Last month, I joined Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and Council Member Helen Rosenthal in writing to the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) to commend them on the proposed Lincoln Square Bow Tie Pedestrian Improvements on Broadway and Columbus Avenue between 62nd and 66th Streets. Our letter also echoed the modifications that CB7 suggested in its March resolution, which includes correcting the ponding in the area and ensuring a more robust and permanent delineation of the bicycle route between 67th and 64th Streets. Additionally, we recommended the installation of a leading pedestrian interval at the corner of 65th Street and Columbus Avenue, which has proven to be exceedingly dangerous.
The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) seeks to support independent businesses with its “Business of the Month” program. Each month, a local business in Greenwich Village, the East Village, or NoHo is featured on the GVSHP website, blog, and social media, reaching thousands of local residents. GVSHP highlights what makes the business so special and why locals love it. It’s a great way to draw attention to our retail treasures and increase their patronage and support.
Last week, I joined a dozen of my colleagues in writing to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and Assembly Majority Leader Carl Heastie asking them to support the “Move NY Fair Plan.” This plan would more fairly distribute toll costs for drivers on Manhattan’s bridge crossings, and would generate over $1 billion per year for public transit, thus helping to close the gap in the MTA’s capital plan. In our letter, we asked that revenue from this plan be used to conduct Full Line Reviews across the entire subway system at least every five years, and that recommended improvements be quickly implemented. Full Line Reviews have led to measurable improvements on the F, L, and G lines, such as more frequent service and countdown clocks.
As Ranking Member of the Senate’s Environmental Conservation Committee, I am pleased to present a special panel discussion on the “Health of the Hudson” to take place on Thursday, June 4 from 6:30-8:30pm at the School of Visual Arts Theater at 333 West 23rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues). I will be joined by experts in the field who will discuss the state of the Hudson River, the mounting challenges it faces, and what we must do to preserve it for years to come. Panelists include Daniel Raichel, Staff Attorney for Natural Resources Defense Council; Paul Gallay, President and Hudson Riverkeeper for Riverkeeper; and Hayley Carlock, Environmental Attorney for Scenic Hudson.
Please join me, Assembly Member Deborah Glick, and the Westbeth Artists Residents Council for a Senior and Disability Rent Freeze Workshop on Wednesday, May 6 from 5-7pm in the Westbeth Community Room, located at 55 Bethune Street. If you are age 62 or above, live in a rent-regulated building, and make under $50,000 per year, you may qualify to have your rent frozen under the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) program. If you receive disability benefits, you may qualify for the Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE). Join us to see if you qualify and sign up! The event is co-sponsored by Congressman Jerry Nadler, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Council Member Corey Johnson, and Community Board 2. See the attached flyer for more details.
On Tuesday, May 19 from 9-11am, I will be holding a public forum in Albany to address the current and anticipated effects of global climate change on the State of New York and the State’s efforts to combat man-made climate change. The purpose of the event is to hear from scientific experts, New York residents and businesses impacted by climate change, and environmental advocates and government officials about the progress of New York State’s Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For more information, or to sign up to attend the forum, see the notice here or contact Burton Phillips, my Counsel, at 518-455-2451 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW YORK - State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: “This decision is a touchdown for New York taxpayers. I’m pleased the NFL decided today to end the charade of being a tax exempt organization and start paying its fair share of taxes. It defies common sense that an organization with $10 billion in annual revenue and a chief executive paid $44 million a year -- more than most Fortune 500 companies --would be considered a non profit entity. The NFL has joined the ranks of the NBA and Major League Baseball by voluntarily relinquishing their tax exempt status and it was prudent of them to do so before being mandated by the state and federal government."
Scientific research shows indoor tanning beds are detrimental to the long-term health of users under the age of 18; increase risk of cancer by 75 percent
Hoylman: “As high school prom season approaches, there’s simply no excuse for allowing our kids to be exposed to this level of cancer risk”
NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) introduced a bill to ban all minors from using indoor tanning beds, which extensive research has shown to be linked to melanoma and other serious health problems.
Hoylman: “Survivors deserve their day in court. Plus, we must shine a light on abusers, some of whom still have contact with our kids.”
NEW YORK – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: “Today, I filed a motion for committee consideration for the Child Victims Act in the Senate Codes Committee, which should force a committee vote on this legislation based on past Senate practice.
Roundup Deemed ‘Probably Carcinogenic to Humans’ By World Health Organization
Senator Hoylman: “Halt sales of this dangerous product now”
NEW YORK – Today, to mark Earth Day 2015, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) announced his legislation placing a statewide moratorium on the sale, distribution or use of products that contain glyphosate, a widely-used herbicide deemed “probably carcinogenic to humans” by the World Health Organization (WHO). Glyphosate is the main ingredient in the popular Monsanto week-killer “Roundup,” which is currently sold in stores throughout New York State.
Hoylman to Department of Health: “The closure of an STD clinic in a community with the number of syphilis cases far above the city average is unacceptable and defies common sense”
NEW YORK – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: “I’m deeply concerned by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DOHMH) decision to close the longstanding STD clinic on West 28th Street for two to three years and instead direct patients to an alternative facility on West 100th Street at a time when Chelsea is suffering from an outbreak of syphilis.
Hoylman: “New Yorkers should know where their senators stand on this important issue”
NEW YORK – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), who introduced S.0121 with cosponsor State Senator Michael Gianaris to ban "conversion therapy" in New York State, said: “I’m hopeful that the White House’s support of legislation to ban state-licensed ‘conversion therapy’ on LGBT youth will provide us in New York a renewed impetus to bring this bill to the Senate floor this year.
On March 25, I joined Borough President Gale Brewer and 28 Manhattan elected officials in writing to City Planning Commission Chair Carl Weisbrod about the proposed citywide text amendment entitled “Zoning for Quality and Affordability.” While this zoning proposal is meant to address a laudable citywide goal of increasing affordable housing, the proposal ignores community context and does not give communities adequate time to respond. The text amendment would increase building height limits across the board, superseding existing contextually zoned districts which were mapped with the hard work of community advocates and were often the result of hard compromises.
Last week, I joined my colleagues Senator Daniel Squadron, Borough President Gale Brewer, Assembly Members Deborah Glick, Brian Kavanagh, and Sheldon Silver, and Council Members Margaret Chin and Rosie Mendez in writing to NYPD Commissioner William Bratton asking for stronger enforcement of a law meant to address non-criminal complaints emanating from liquor licensed establishments. The “6 in 60” law, passed in 2010, establishes a clear legal standard – six incidents reported by police to the State Liquor Authority (SLA) within any 60 day period – for determining when a liquor licensed premise has become a focal point for police attention and is thereby subject to review by the State Liquor Authority.