Today the New York State Senate passed legislation to authorize New York City to lower the motor vehicle speed limit to 25 mph, a key part of Mayor de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” plan to eliminate traffic fatalities within a decade. Approximately 4,000 New Yorkers are seriously injured, and over 250 are killed every year in traffic accidents in New York City. Reduced speed limits have been proven to reduce fatality rates and give pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers alike increased response time. Research shows an individual struck by a motor vehicle travelling at 40 mph has a 70% probably of being killed, while one hit by a car travelling at 25 mph has a fatality likelihood of only 10%.
Albany, NY -- The New York Senate and Assembly passed legislation sponsored by Senator Brad Hoylman and Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried (S7709/A9937) authorizing the New York City Council to renew the property tax exemption for the 2,820 unit middle-income Penn South co-op in the Chelsea neighborhood, provided it maintains its status as affordable housing.
I recently spearheaded a letter with my colleagues Congressman Jerry Nadler, Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal and Council Member Helen Rosenthal to Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, asking the agency to address safety concerns on Riverside Boulevard. Though the DOT instituted a traffic-calming plan on the Boulevard between West 62nd and West 72nd Streets in 2011, we’ve heard from the community that these measures have proven insufficient, especially considering the concentration of early childhood education institutions and the high pedestrian traffic of local families. I thank the Coalition for a Livable West Side and the Committee for Pedestrian Safety on Riverside Boulevard for bringing these concerns to our attention. Please see our letter below.
Senator Hoylman released the following statement regarding the New York State Senate’s passage today of S.7709 authorizing the New York City Council to grant up to 50 years of additional real property tax exemption to the 2,820 unit middle-income co-op Penn South, provided it maintains its status as affordable housing:
On June 16, I was joined by seven of my colleagues in sending a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asking it to carefully scrutinize a proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. This merger would combine the two internet service providers lowest ranked on the American Customer Satisfaction Index, and give Comcast control of over 30 million subscribers, a roughly 30% share of the television and internet services market. Such a monopoly would likely increase prices, cause declines in service, give the company undue control over the content consumers may access, and diminish overall industry standards, affecting not only Comcast’s and Time Warner’s customers but cable subscribers throughout the country. Please see our letter below.
On June 16, I submitted testimony at the New York City Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) on its proposed rent increases of 0% to 3% for one-year lease renewals, and 0.5% to 4.5% for two-year lease renewals in rent stabilized apartments. I noted that while many tenants are still reeling from the recession, and more than a third of renter households in the City paid 50 percent or more of their household income for rent in 2011, RGB data show landlords of rent stabilized properties have seen eighth consecutive years of increased Net Operating Income. I urged the RGB to allow tenants to make up economic ground and to impose a freeze on rents for all rent regulated apartments as well as for lofts, hotels, rooming houses, single room occupancy buildings, and lodging houses.
Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman released the following statement on the Assembly passage of A.6983-B to ban sexual orientation change efforts on minors in New York State:
Senator Hoylman said: "Today's passage of A.6983-B in the New York State Assembly is a major step towards banning so-called conversion ’therapy‘ on LGBT youth by licensed mental health professionals. Being an LGBT young person isn't an illness that needs to be cured. Thanks to the leadership of Assembly Member Glick and Speaker Silver, we're one step closer to joining New Jersey and California in protecting our kids from being subject to this dangerous practice and their parents from being victims of a proven scam.
This month, I joined Borough President Brewer, Congressman Nadler, Senators Krueger and Espaillat, Assembly Members Gottfried and Rosenthal, Council Members Johnson and Rosenthal, and many other local elected officials in writing to Mayor de Blasio to encourage him to issue formal memoranda in opposition to A.7848/S.5039 and A.7495/S.5637. These pieces of legislation would undermine the enforcement of our zoning and housing laws, and lead to an increase in the number of illegal hotels in residential buildings. Please see our letter below.
I am pleased that US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan recently announced $335 million of preliminary funding for the first phase of the “Big U” resiliency project. The project would help build a barrier along Manhattan’s coastline from West 57th street, down to Battery Park City, and up to East 42nd Street, to protect us from flooding and rising sea levels. I believe the proposal will help us accomplish the physical, social, economic and ecological improvements necessary to protect us from natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy. Last month, I joined State Senator Squadron and other local elected officials in sending a letter to Secretary Donovan, urging federal support for the Big U proposal through its Rebuild by Design (RxD) competition.
On June 13, along with Assembly Member Glick, Council Member Johnson, representatives of Congressman Nadler and Borough President Brewer, as well as parent advocates, I met with the School Construction Authority (SCA) to discuss plans for the new school to be established at 75 Morton. The SCA has firmly committed to having the building ready to open in September 2017, and shared with us floor-by-floor plans that include 10 classrooms per grade level, a dedicated space for District 75 students, and an outdoor play space. Certain other elements, such as the possibility of a school-based health clinic and the design of the gymnasium and auditorium, were the subject of discussion at a school district-wide forum this week.
On June 13, I joined hundreds of Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village (ST/PCV) residents and fellow elected officials including Senator Chuck Schumer, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Council Member Dan Garodnick and Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh on the steps of City Hall to demand a tenant-led sales process to preserve affordability at the over-11,000 unit, historically middle-class complex.
On June 2, 2014, I wrote to the New York City Department of Transportation’s Manhattan Borough Commissioner asking that the planned West Village Slow Zone be expanded one block east to encompasses the many schools and institutions serving youth and senior citizens between 6th and 7th Avenues and West Houston and West 11th Streets. Please see my letter below.
"The legal battle between CW Capital and a “mysterious investor” reported yesterday is a stark reminder of the rampant real estate speculation that threatens the long-term affordability of Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village and the need for government to intervene now.
The 25,000 resident population of Stuy Town-Peter Cooper is larger than many cities in New York. Imagine the response if, say, Kingston or Glens Falls were being sold off to real estate investors!
New York, NY— Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D – Manhattan), released a report summarizing the findings from a May 15 legislative forum held in New York City to address the merits of legislation (S.4917-B/A.6983-B) to prohibit licensed mental health professionals from engaging in so-called “conversion therapy” with minors.
On June 2, I wrote to the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) to seek an expansion to its proposed West Village slow zone, which would impose a 20 mile-per-hour speed limit on the blocks from Houston Street to West 11th Street and from Hudson Street to 7th Avenue South. I echoed the request of Community Board 2 and PS 41 Principal Kelly Shannon that the eastern boundary be moved one block east to 6th Avenue. This additional area is home to many schools and institutions that serve youth and senior citizens, as well as many residential streets which are often subjected to fast and reckless driving. A slow zone will help to protect the many pedestrians in this area and contribute to the realization of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero goal of reducing traffic fatalities.
On June 3, the New York Senate passed a resolution I introduced mourning the death of former Senator Catherine Abate, who dedicated her life and career to public service. Prior to being elected to represent New York’s 27th Senate District, Catherine was an attorney and director of training at the Legal Aid Society in New York City; Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Division of Human Rights and Chair of the New York State Crime Victims Board under Governor Mario Cuomo; and Commissioner of Probation and Correction under Mayor David Dinkins. After her tenure in Albany, she made significant and lasting contributions in the area of public health as President and CEO of Community Healthcare Network.
New York, NY— Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D – Manhattan), ranking member of the Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee, hailed the Senate’s passage of S.6718A to close the loophole that exempts the Port Authority from the New York State’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). Senator Hoylman first called for increased transparency of Port Authority records when he introduced the Port Authority Open Government Act (S.
On May 17, I had the honor of giving the keynote address at the Empire State Pride Agenda’s annual Spring Dinner in Rochester. In addition to applauding the many victories our community has won in great part due to the Pride Agenda's leadership, I discussed GENDA, conversion therapy, surrogacy and Albany ethics. You can see a video of my remarks below.