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Senator Hoylman Condemns Gun Violence in Soho Nightclub

New York, NY (September 12, 2013) – New York State Senator Brad Hoylman (D, WFP – Manhattan) released the following statement today regarding the shooting incident that took place early this morning in which four individuals were injured by a gunman who opened fire in the Sounds of Brazil nightclub at 204 Varick Street in SoHo. The establishment is located in Senator Hoylman’s district. The shooter remains at large and the gun has not been recovered, according to press reports. “The shooting injuries of four people in SoHo today is a stark reminder of the enduring need to eradicate gun violence, which sadly has struck the West Side of Manhattan again. My thoughts are with the victims and their families.

September 12, 2013
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Letter on Outside Employment for the 2012 Calendar Year

The Moreland Commission to Identify Public Corruption has requested members of the State Legislature provide them with details of outside employment income over $20,000 from any single source in calendar year 2012. I took office as a state senator on January 1, 2013 and since this date have had no outside income. Please see my response to the commission below.

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Hoylman Moreland Commission response.pdf

September 12, 2013
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Standing with Striking NYC Fast Food Workers

On August 29, I was proud to stand with striking fast food workers at a Wendy’s in lower Manhattan and to declare my solidarity with thousands of their fellow workers at fast food chains across the country who staged walkouts to protest decades of exploitation and demand fair wages. Average hourly pay for fast food workers is the lowest of any occupation in the city, and even those who work full-time earn less than federal poverty guidelines. In fact, right now, our government is subsidizing highly-profitable fast food chains by providing cash assistance, food stamps, and public health insurance to their underpaid workers. Fair pay and rights in the workplace are moral imperatives.

August 31, 2013
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Senators Hoylman & Gianaris & Assembly Member Glick Hail Court Ruling Allowing California Ban on ‘Gay Cure’ for Minors

Urge Swift Passage of New York Bill, S.4917/A.6983New York, NY (August 29, 2013) – The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling today upholding California’s law prohibiting licensed therapists from attempting to change the sexual orientation or gender expression of patients under 18 years old. New York State Senator Brad Hoylman (D, WFP – Manhattan), State Senator Michael Gianaris (D – Queens) and State Assembly Member Deborah Glick (D – Manhattan), who are carrying similar legislation (S.4917/A.6983) in New York, released the following joint statement:

August 29, 2013
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Legislative Gazette: Hoylman report examines spike in hate crimes

August 26, 2013 : By Matthew DondiegoFollowing a series of anti-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered attacks, state Senator Brad Hoylman has released a report on New York's hate crime laws. The detailed report reveals anti-LGBT hate crimes have increased in each of the last three years and its author is urging fellow lawmakers to reform its handling of hate crimes and discriminatory attacks.

August 27, 2013
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Statement by Senator Hoylman in Wake of Death of Transgender Woman Attacked in Harlem

New York, NY (August 23, 2013) – New York State Senator Brad Hoylman released the following statement about the death last night of a young transgender woman, who reportedly had been the victim of a brutal, bias-motivated attack:

August 23, 2013
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Senator Hoylman, Senator Gianaris & Assembly Member Glick Renew Call for Ban on So-Called ‘Gay Cures’ for Kids

New York, NY (August 20, 2013) – In the wake of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s signing of legislation prohibiting state-licensed mental health professionals from practicing sexual orientation change efforts on minors, also known as “conversion therapy,” New York State Senator Brad Hoylman (D, WFP – Manhattan), State Senator Michael Gianaris (D – Manhattan) and State Assembly Member Deborah Glick (D – Manhattan), who are carrying similar legislation (S.4917/A.6983) in New York, released the following statements:Senator Hoylman said:“Conversion therapy is among the worst frauds in history and has been discredited by the American Psychological Association and other leading mental health organizations.

August 21, 2013
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Halting Deadly Meningitis Outbreak

In mid-August, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) officials expressed cautious optimism that a dangerous outbreak of meningitis among gay and bisexual men had been contained. Between August 2010 and February 2013, DOHMH reported 22 cases, including seven which were fatal, but no new cases have been reported in the past seven months.

August 20, 2013
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Putting Pressure on Russia to Repeal Anti-LGBT Laws

In response to the Russian Federation’s recent enactment of a number of discriminatory laws against LGBT people and their supporters, I joined City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and my other LGBT colleagues in City and State government in sending a letter to President Obama calling on him to refuse any diplomatic mission to Russia until President Putin repeals its anti-LGBT statutes.  According to Human Rights Watch, the statutes include:

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To President Obama re Russia.pdf

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To IOC re Russia.pdf

August 16, 2013
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Senator Hoylman Calls for Comptroller Audit of Hate Crimes Law

New York, NY (August 16, 2013) – In the wake of the most recent anti-LGBT attack on August 14 in Chelsea, New York State Senator Brad Hoylman today released a report on New York’s Hate Crimes Law, informed by expert testimony from a Senate forum earlier this summer. The report contains four recommendations, including a call for the New York State Comptroller to conduct an audit of law enforcement agencies to ensure they are properly reporting hate crimes and training officers and supervisors in identifying, responding to and investigating such crimes.

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Hate Crimes Law Assessment Report 8.15.13.pdf

August 16, 2013
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Working with US Senator Schumer to get Bike Cars on NY Amtrak Lines

In my last report, I noted that I had joined U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and my colleague, New York State Senator Betty Little (R-Queensbury), at a press conference calling on Amtrak to add baggage cars capable of carrying bicycles on their Adirondack and Ethan Allen trains, which run from Penn Station to Albany and Saratoga, and other points north. I’m pleased to announce that Amtrak heeded our call and began accommodating bicycles on board in a demonstration program in late July. I’m optimistic that this demonstration will soon become a full-fledged convenient and affordable new way for my constituents to access the beautiful bicycle trails of the Adirondacks and surrounding areas.

August 9, 2013
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Calling for Denial of the Proposed East Midtown Rezoning

On August 7, I submitted testimony to the New York City Planning Commission opposing the proposed rezoning of East Midtown. I appreciate the importance to our city of securing East Midtown’s position as a premiere business district, but I have serious reservations about the proposal, which was drafted with limited community consultation and rushed into the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure. I am disappointed that the Department of City Planning refused to slow this process down and work with affected communities, preservationists and advocates for a more livable city to develop a more thoughtful, bolder rezoning that would truly revitalize East Midtown. Please see my testimony detailing my major concerns with the proposal below.

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Hoylman East Midtown Rezoning CPC testimony.pdf

August 7, 2013
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Senator Hoylman Hails Governor Cuomo’s Signing of Bill to Allow Life-Saving Meningitis Vaccination at Pharmacies

Albany, NY – Last night, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law State Senator Brad Hoylman’s and State Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell’s legislation to expand access to meningitis vaccines in the midst of an alarming and deadly outbreak of the disease among men who have sex with men (MSM).

August 1, 2013
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Standing Up to Preserve Fulton Houses Playground

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), in conjunction with Artimus Construction, plans to construct an 18-story affordable residential building with 158 units and community facility uses on a site currently used as a parking lot at 429-433 West 18th Street. Earlier this month, community members learned that the proposal – a hard-fought provision of the 2005 West Chelsea Rezoning – had been modified without any community consultation to include the demolition of an existing playground, used by residents of the adjoining Robert Fulton Houses, to provide for accessory parking. On July 10, I spoke out against this outrageous plan at a public forum held by HPD and Artimus at the Fulton Houses Community Center.

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To HPD re Fulton Houses Playground.pdf

July 31, 2013
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Promoting Local Greening Initiatives

On July 24, I held an organizing meeting on adopting and gardening the tree pits in the pedestrian islands adjoining bike lanes (also known as “bike lane tree pits”) at Metro Baptist Church on West 40th Street. The meeting, facilitated by Cultivate Hell’s Kitchen New York horticulturist Shanti Nagel, gave constituents from across my district the opportunity to learn about gardening best practices and the resources available to volunteer gardeners, as well as meet and organize with others in the neighborhood.

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2013 CGC Presentation.pptx

July 26, 2013
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Gay City News: Hoylman Celebrates an Activist First Session

July 24, 2013 : By Nathan RileyA jubilant Brad Hoylman entered his fundraiser with his face flushed and pep in his step. Though suits were everywhere, the freshman state senator arrived with his shirt open and casually dressed in khakis, his daughter and husband in tow, looking completely at home, confident he was among friends.He had come from the June 26 rally at the Stonewall bar celebrating the US Supreme Court decision driving a stake into the Defense of Marriage Act, the law prohibiting the federal government from recognizing married gay couples or offering the associated benefits to them.

July 25, 2013
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