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Reclaiming CHARAS for Community Use

On November 17, Senator Hoylman joined Council Member Rosie Mendez, former Council Member Margarita Lopez, Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh, SOCCC-64 and other advocates at a community town hall regarding the former PS-64/CHARAS site. He was proud to offer his support in reclaiming the building for community use and will continue to fight with Loisaida residents in the months ahead.

 

 

November 19, 2014
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Senator Hoylman Hails Passage of New Jersey Bill to Shine Light on Port Authority Records

New York, NY— Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D – Manhattan), ranking member of the New York State Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee, hailed the New Jersey State House’s passage of legislation to close the loophole that exempts the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from the New York’s and New Jersey’s freedom of information laws.

The New York State legislature passed identical legislation in June of this year. Pursuant to the interstate compact that created the Port Authority, any new laws affecting the agency must be enacted by both New York and New Jersey.

November 14, 2014
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Neighborhood Rallies to Save Our Lady of Pompeii Senior Center

Greenwich Village seniors, elected officials and community leaders demand Our Lady of Pompeii renews beloved senior center’s lease

November 3, 2014
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Read Senator Hoylman’s October 2014 Community Report

Senator Hoylman’s October 2014 Community Report is available for download as a .pdf below.

File: 
October 2014 Community Report.pdf

November 1, 2014
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Save the Senior Center at Our Lady of Pompeii Church

After learning on October 23 that the pastor of Our Lady of Pompeii Church at 25 Carmine Street doesn’t intend to renew the lease of its longstanding senior center, I helped spearhead a letter to Cardinal Timothy Dolan seeking intervention by the Archdiocese. I was joined by Congressman Jerry Nadler, Borough President Gale Brewer, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Member Deborah Glick and Council Members Corey Johnson and Margaret Chin. I have personally urged the pastor to negotiate with Greenwich House, the not-for-profit organization which operates the senior center. Please join me and my colleagues in government, Greenwich House and seniors at a rally and press conference this coming Monday, November 3 at 12:30 p.m.

File: 
2014-10-28 Letter to Archdiocese re Our Lady of Pompeii.pdf

October 27, 2014
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Senator Hoylman Commends Environmental Control Board for Silencing Nightly Noise from East Village 7-Eleven

NYC Environmental Control Board Judge orders roaring air conditioner/HVAC to be turned off daily from 8 pm - 8 am

Hoylman: 7-Eleven’s long-suffering neighbors will finally get some relief” 

October 21, 2014
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Extend Reverse Mortgages to Co-ops

Congressman Jerrold Nadler and I recently spearheaded a letter, also signed by Senator Chuck Schumer, Assembly Member Deborah Glick and Council Member Corey Johnson, to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), asking the agency to extend reverse mortgages to co-op owners. Under HUD’s Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program, homeowners over age 62 can apply for reverse mortgages to leverage some of the equity in their homes for other expenses. Currently co-op owners, who face rising maintenance fees and other costs of living, aren’t eligible for the program.

File: 
HECM Program Letter 10_17_14.pdf

October 18, 2014
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Top Score for Protecting Our Environment

I’m pleased to have received the highest State Senate score from the Albany-based non-profit EPL/Environmental Advocates, which recently issued its annual scorecard grading members of the New York State Legislature on their positions and votes on key legislation affecting New York’s air, land, water, wildlife and public health. For more information about the EPL/Environmental Advocates scorecard or to read the entire report please visit www.eplvotersguide.org

October 10, 2014
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Officials Blast 7-Eleven for Blocking Order to Remove Noisy Refrigeration Unit

7-Eleven attempting to block City from enforcing environmental protection order in the East Village at 170 Avenue A

Hoylman: It’s like living in a wind tunnel. Neighbors can’t get a good night’s sleep thanks to 7-Eleven” 

October 6, 2014
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Read Senator Hoylman’s September 2014 Community Report

Senator Hoylman’s September 2014 Community Report is available for download as a .pdf below.

File: 
September enews.pdf

October 6, 2014
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Senator Hoylman Introduces Legislation to Modernize New York State Birth Certificates

Modern Family Birth Certificate Act changes birth certificates to reflect LGBT families

Hoylman: New York’s laws must keep pace with our changing families” 

October 2, 2014
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Victory at the Former P.S. 64/CHARAS Building

On September 29, I joined Council Member Rosie Mendez, Save Our Community Center CHARAS-64, East Village Community Coalition, Good Old Lower East Side, Community Board 3 and many other elected officials and community organizations at a rally celebrating the Stop Work Order issued by the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) at the former P.S. 64/CHARAS building (605 East 9th Street). This site has always been intended for the public benefit. For over a year, Council Member Mendez has called on DOB to deny the building owner’s alteration application to create dorm rooms for Cooper Union and the Joffrey Ballet School because the contractual lease agreements with the schools do not conform to requirements.

File: 
DOB CHARAS Letter.pdf

September 29, 2014
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Apply for Senior/Disability “Rent Freeze” – Friday, October 10

As a result of action taken at the state and local level, the household income cap for New York City’s Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) and Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) programs have been increased to $50,000. To help senior and disabled constituents determine their eligibility and apply for these critical rent freezes, I’m hosting a SCRIE/DRIE Workshop on Friday, October 10 from 3 - 5 p.m. at the Greenwich House - Our Lady of Pompeii Senior Center, 25 Carmine Street (corner of Bleecker Street). Please see below for more information, including event co-sponsors, eligibility guidelines and what documentation to bring.

File: 
Village SCRIE-DRIE Invite.pdf

September 29, 2014
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How are the Police Handling Hate Crimes?

Last year, I requested that State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli audit the oversight and management of New York's Hate Crimes Law. The request was part of a report I released in the wake of a 30% surge in bias crimes across the state against religious and ethnic minorities and LGBT people.

September 26, 2014
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Restore the M3 to University Place

Last month I spearheaded a joint letter to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority/New York City Transit and New York City Department of Transporation calling for the restoration of the M3 bus line’s former northbound route starting on University Place from 9th to 14th Streets. As CB2 noted in its June 20, 2014 resolution, restoring the M3 bus line to its previous start will benefit the Central Village’s senior citizens and disabled persons, as well as mothers and children, working people and tourists, who currently must walk a great distance to access a northbound bus route. Please see our letter below.

File: 
2014-8-25 Letter to MTA-DOT re M3 Route.pdf

September 18, 2014
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LPC Should Designate Final Portion of the South Village Historic District

Earlier this month I wrote to the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s (LPC) new Chair, Meenakshi Srinivasan, to encourage the designation of Phase III of the South Village Historic District (SVHD). This final portion of the SVHD and the historic buildings contained within it are exceptionally vulnerable given development pressure from all neighboring areas, which was only exacerbated by the 2013 rezoning of Hudson Square. Please see my letter below.

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To LPC re SVHD.pdf

September 18, 2014
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Opposing Variances at 515 East 5th Street

On September 16, I submitted testimony to the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) opposing landlord Ben Shaoul’s request for variances to the requirements of New York State’s Multiple Dwelling Law at 515 East 5th Street. I noted that Mr. Shaoul’s financial hardship claim, which is completely of his own making, rings hollow since for eight years he has been receiving market rate rents on units in the building’s illegally constructed sixth and seventh floor additions. I further noted Mr. Shaoul’s pattern of flouting Department of Buildings’ rules, and the multiple occupancy and building code violations levied on the property, put tenants at risk. Please see my testimony below.

File: 
Hoylman 515 E 5th MDL Variance Testimony.pdf

September 16, 2014
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Rally Against Tenant Displacement and Landlord Harassment

New York, NY – Residents of 222/224 West 21st Street held a rally to protest tenant displacement and landlord harassment on Sunday, September 14, 2014.  Residents were joined by State Senator Brad Hoylman, Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, City Council Member Corey Johnson, neighbors and housing advocates, who demanded that the new building owner, Slate Property Group, remedy the multiple violations and unsafe living conditions in the building.

September 15, 2014
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Share Better Coalition to Stop Illegal Hotels

On September 12, I helped launch the Share Better coalition, which includes over 100 elected officials, housing groups, and community activists united in the fight against illegal hotels. We cannot sit by while illegal hotel operators and unscrupulous landlords further exacerbate New York City's housing crisis by taking units off the market to rent to travelers, while NYC residents are priced out of the neighborhoods they call home. Illegal hotels place residents and visitors at risk and must be stopped. As I said at the launch event, we're all are in favor of the share economy but what about the fair economy?

September 13, 2014
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