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Demanding Retraction of Stuy Town-Peter Cooper Village Mid-Lease Rent Increases

On May 15, I joined City Councilmember Dan Garodnick, State Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, City Councilmember Jessica Lappin and the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village (ST/PCV) Tenants Association in denouncing the complex owners’ sudden decision to raise rents mid-lease on ST/PCV residents who were part of the Roberts v. Tishman Speyer class action. The rent increases, which are slated to go into effect on June 1 and reportedly range from $100 to more than $1,000 a month, are permitted by fine print in the Roberts settlement. Earlier this year, I joined many of my colleagues in government in writing to CWCapital Asset Management to urge the company not to take advantage of any such provision.

May 15, 2013
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Expressing Concerns about the Proposed East Midtown Rezoning

On May 13, I testified before the Multi-Board Task Force on East Midtown Rezoning (the Task Force) at its hearing on the New York City Planning Commission’s proposed rezoning of East Midtown. As I rule, I do not weigh in on rezoning proposals until the affected community boards have had their say but in this case I made an exception because the Task Force comprised of those boards asked me to do so. In my comments, I highlighted my belief that any plan to rezone East Midtown must include protections for the many historically and architecturally important buildings in the area as well as a concrete plan to finance the much-needed improvements to the area’s transportation infrastructure in a timely manner.

File: 
Sen Hoylman re East Midtown Rezoning.pdf

May 14, 2013
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Rallying Behind Victims of Anti-Gay Violence

On May 13, I joined New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in voicing support for victims of a recent anti-gay attack near Madison Square Garden (MSG) and in distributing flyers seeking the public's help in identifying the perpetrators. I am outraged that anti-LGBT violence continues to be a problem in our city. The attack near MSG and another the following week outside the Port Authority Bus Terminal undermine our city’s reputation as a global beacon of tolerance and diversity.The vicious assaults are not a reflection of who we are as a city or community, but they serve as a reminder that we as New Yorkers still have work to do to end all forms of hate and violence.

May 14, 2013
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Susan Steinberg

Susan Steinberg, a neighborhood activist, tenant leader, and advocate for social and environmental justice, has been a pillar of the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village (ST-PCV) community in which she has lived for more than three decades. 

May 13, 2013
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Telling NYU: Respect Graduate Assistants’ Democratic Choice on Unionization

On May 9, I joined a delegation of NYU graduate research and teaching assistants, UAW Regional Director Julie Kushner, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, New York State Assemblymembers Deborah Glick and Brian Kavanagh, and New York City Councilmember Margaret Chin in urging NYU President John Sexton to agree to a free and fair process to re-establish the graduate assistants’ union, whose last contract expired in 2005. As the State Senator whose district includes NYU’s main campus, it is personally disappointing to me that the university has persistently refused to recognize its graduate research and teaching assistants’ right to organize.

May 9, 2013
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Going Door-to-Door to Provide Claim Forms for Roberts-Class Members

The Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association (ST-PCV TA) recently announced that approximately 5,400 current or former tenants who were illegally charged market rate rents for their apartments have not filed the requisite claim forms, which must be postmarked by May 15, in order to be reimbursed from the J-51 Roberts case settlement.

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ST-PCV Roberts flyer.pdf

May 9, 2013
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Metro: Transgender discrimination costs New York millions: Report

May 8, 2013 : By Alison BowenDiscrimination against transgender people is costing New York millions, according to a new report.The study, released yesterday by the UCLA’s Williams Institute, says that housing and employment discrimination cost the state millions of dollars as people lean on public assistance instead.According to the study, workplace discrimination could cost the state about $7 million each year.The report estimates about 58,000 New Yorkers are transgender and said 59 percent are covered under local anti-discrimination statutes.

May 8, 2013
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Honoring NYS Senate Woman of Distinction Susan Steinberg

Each year, the New York State Senate honors a select group of "Women of Distinction" – women from across New York who have dedicated themselves to improving the lives of others, enriching their communities and strengthening our state.

May 8, 2013
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NYS Senator Hoylman Cites New Evidence Showing Economic Impact of Discrimination Against Transgender New Yorkers

Albany, NY (May 8, 2013) – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D, WFP – Manhattan) hailed an economic impact study released yesterday by a UCLA Law School think tank showing that employment and housing discrimination against transgender individuals costs New York millions of dollars annually as strong new evidence for Senate passage of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, or GENDA (S195/Squadron – A4226/Gottfried). GENDA would prohibit this kind of discrimination against transgender New Yorkers.

May 8, 2013
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NYS Senator Hoylman’s Comments on the Nomination of Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam to the NYS Court of Appeals

On May 6, 2013, the New York State Senate unanimously confirmed Justice Shelia Abdus-Salaam to the New York State Court of Appeals. Following is a transcript of comments Senator Hoylman made on the Senate floor prior to the confirmation vote.As a member of the Judiciary Committee of the State Senate it is a great honor to say a few words about the ascension of Justice Shelia Abdus-Salaam to the Court of AppealsFirst, I must note the historic nature of today.It took 166 years, but thanks to Governor Cuomo and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, we will now have an African-American woman on New York’s highest court.

May 6, 2013
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Joining AG Schneiderman in Announcing Crack Down on Post-Sandy Gas Price Gouging

On May 2, I joined New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman as he announced he is filing lawsuits against four service stations for charging consumers excessively high gas prices in the days immediately following Hurricane Sandy last November. Attorney General Schneiderman also announced he has reached monetary settlements with 25 other service stations and has investigations pending against dozens more.

May 3, 2013
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NY1: State Attorney General Cracks Down On Gas Price Gouging Following Sandy

May 2, 2013 : by Zack Fink

Four gas stations in New York State, including one in Brooklyn, are being sued by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for allegedly price gouging customers following Hurricane Sandy, and the attorney general has reached settlements with another 25 suspected stations. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.

May 3, 2013
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WSJ Metropolis Blog: Attorney General Suing Gas Stations for Sandy Price Gouging

May 2, 2013 : By Joe JacksonNew York state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Thursday the filing of lawsuits against four gas station operators for price gouging in the wake of superstorm Sandy.The suits against one Brooklyn station and three in Long Island come after an investigation by Schneiderman’s office that spanned the six months since Sandy struck.Another 25 gas stations in counties surrounding New York City reached settlements worth $167,8450  with the attorney general’s office over price gouging.

May 2, 2013
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Senator Hoylman, Assembly Members Wright & Kavanagh Announce Legislation Requiring Full Public Review of Any NYCHA Land Disposition

New York, NY— New York State Senator Brad Hoylman, Assembly Housing Chair Keith L.T. Wright and Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh are introducing S.4641/A.6964, the “NYCHA Real Property Public Review Act,” which requires that any disposition of land or buildings by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) be subject to New York City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), the same review process that other city agencies must adhere to when redeveloping public land. The need for legislative action is clear.

May 2, 2013
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Welcoming Participants in Empire State Pride Agenda’s Equality and Justice Day

On April 30, 2013, Empire State Pride Agenda, New York’s statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights and advocacy organization, held its Equality and Justice Day in Albany. This annual event, which features a rally at the Capitol, workshops, caucuses and visits with elected representatives, is an opportunity for the LGBT community to show its strength and depth of support. Following is a transcript of welcoming remarks I made to the event’s participants.

April 30, 2013
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Senator Hoylman Introduces “Ethics Patch” to Close Loopholes in 2011 Laws

Albany, NY (April 29, 2013)—Today, New York State Senator Brad Hoylman introduced the Federal Corruption Loophole Closure Act (S.4807-A) and another bill (S.4836), which together close loopholes in the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011 that exempted most elected officials in Albany who are convicted of felonies related to their elective office from forfeiture or reduction of their pensions.

April 29, 2013
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Continuing the Fight to Save Old Chelsea Station

On Thursday, April 11th, I was proud to stand with local residents, other elected officials, and Chuck Zlatkin of the New York Metro Area Postal Workers Union at the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) public forum on its proposed closure and sale of Old Chelsea Station. At the meeting, which was sponsored by Community Board 4, I reiterated to Joseph Mulvey, USPS’s Real Estate Specialist, what I and my colleagues in government have been saying since we first learned of the proposed sale: that selling the facility and leasing new space elsewhere in the neighborhood simply does not make sense.

April 28, 2013
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New York Daily News: Openly gay state senator introduces bill to ban conversion therapy for people under 18

April 27, 2013 : By Kenneth LovettALBANY - The state Senate’s only openly gay lawmaker wants to outlaw a controversial therapy that attempts to make gay youth straight.Legislation introduced Friday by Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) would bar mental health providers from trying to change the sexual orientation of anyone under the age of 18.If enacted, a licensed mental health provider who ignored the law would be cited for unprofessional conduct and subject to licensing sanctions.

April 28, 2013
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Addressing Challenges Faced by New Yorkers Living with HIV/AIDS

On April 25, I was pleased to co-sponsor and speak at a seminar hosted by VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt’s Center for Comprehensive Care on improving care for people living with HIV and AIDS (PLHIV). As the representative of a district with one of the state’s highest concentrations of PLHIV, I especially appreciated the focus on obstacles individuals face in getting the care they need, and solutions that are applicable in their neighborhoods and communities. Particular attention was paid to the challenges of AIDS and aging, medication adherence and the stigma that continues to surround HIV/AIDS more than 30 years after the start of the epidemic.

April 27, 2013
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