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.
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.
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.
As I have reported in previous months, New York State’s Fiscal Year 2013-14 Budget approved the closure of Bayview Correctional Facility, a former medium-security women’s prison located at 550 West 20th Street. On July 24, I held a meeting, attended by Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, representatives of other local elected officials, members of Manhattan Community Board 4 (CB4), and representatives from New York State Empire State Development (ESD) – the entity tasked with the sale of the building – to establish a dialogue between the community and ESD about Bayview’s next chapter. I was pleased to hear from ESD that the State is interested in the community’s priorities for the facility.
On July 24, I submitted testimony at the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) public hearing on its fiscal year 2014 Draft Annual Plan. I addressed some of the many shortcomings in the Plan and expressed my deep concerns regarding the proposed infill development plan, the cuts to Section 8 vouchers, the deteriorating conditions in NYCHA developments across my district, and the City’s failure to address NYCHA’s fiscal challenges. Please see my testimony below.
On July 9, I joined with Assembly Member Glick to submit testimony to the Landmarks Preservation Commission in opposition to the proposed demolition of 130 Seventh Avenue South, to make way for a new, seven story building that would be out of context with the Greenwich Village Historic District in which it is located. Please see our testimony below.
Earlier this year, I sent a letter to the New York City Department of Education (DOE) supporting a proposal by the Clinton School for Writers and Artists’ School Leadership Team and Parent Association for the school to become a combined middle and high school, enrolling students in grades 6 through 12. Manhattan Community Board 5 (CB5) passed a resolution in support of this proposal back in April.I am pleased to report that the DOE has heeded our call and will be submitting this proposed expansion to the Panel for Educational Policy in the fall—in time to take effect when the Clinton School moves into its new home at 10 East 15th Street for the 2015-16 school year. I’d like to thank CB5, as well as Clinton School parents and the SLT for their advocacy.
I was pleased to learn that on June 25, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) voted unanimously to designate the Church of St. Paul the Apostle a Landmark. I had submitted testimony to the Commission in favor of landmark designation of the Church, which is located at 120 West 60th Street. You may read LPC's designation report here. I am grateful to LPC for acting to preserve the remarkable 19th Century Medieval Revival-style church and protect it from the looming overdevelopment on the Upper West Side.
I recently testified at a New York City Department of Sanitation’s scoping hearing regarding its proposed East 25th Street Sanitation Garage, which would house refuse and recycling collection trucks, salt spreaders and snow plows in the middle of a largely residential community and next to a state-designated Regional Trauma Center. I expressed a number of significant concerns including the impacts trucks coming and going from the facility would have on traffic and noise levels; how the garage would affect Waterside Plaza residents, whose only pedestrian egress is onto 25th Street; and the risks associated with storing hundreds of gallons of fuel in the heart of our hospital corridor and adjacent to the FDR Drive.
On June 26, Senator Hoylman spoke before a crowd of thousands who gathered in front of the Stonewall Inn to celebrate the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in United States v. Windsor, which struck down the Defense of Marriage Act’s ban on federal recognition of legal same-sex marriages. Following is a transcript of Senator Hoylman's remarks:
On June 25, I testified before the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) in support of approving the proposed South Village Historic District. The area has transformed itself several times, beginning as a fashionable residential neighborhood on the outskirts of the city in the early 19th century, evolving into a haven for working-class immigrants and eventually becoming a hotbed of political and social revolution. Many of its buildings remain intact and the district is undeniably worthy of designation. I also strongly urged LPC to move forward with designation of the final portion of the South Village Historic District south of Houston Street. Please see my testimony below.
“This is a great day for all LGBT families, like mine.“With the decision today to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, Edie Windsor and her late wife Thea Syper, have joined the pantheon of civil rights heroes. History will inscribe their names alongside the likes of King, Parks, Marshall, Anthony and Milk.“I am so grateful for the courage of Edie and her brilliant attorney, Roberta Kaplan, to take on this discriminatory federal policy.“As we celebrate, we must continue to fight to ensure that the decisions reached today are used to remove bigotry and hate from all of our nation’s laws, and bring full equality to the 37 states that still treat LGBT families as second-class citizens.”
Recently, DOT solicited comments on its proposed regulations relating to the Intercity Bus Permit System. On June 24, I sent a letter to DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan outlining my concerns and echoing recommendations that had been made by Manhattan Community Boards 3 and 4, which are disproportionately impacted by the growing number of commercial buses on city streets. Please see my letter below.
Albany, NY – New York State Senator Brad Hoylman (D, WFP – Manhattan) announced today the passage of the The Health Care Delivery Models Study Act (S.4493A Hoylman/A.6838A Gottfried), which directs the New York State Commissioner of Health to conduct a study of the provision of services at urgent care centers, mini clinics operating within pharmacies and other health care delivery models not presently required to undergo the state Certificate of Need process nor required to obtain authorization to conduct office based surgery.
June 19, 2013 by Alissa FleckRash of anti-gay violence in the City prompts senate hearing to assess efficacy of hate crimes law and rehabilitative optionsFormer senator Tom Duane sat before elected officials and members of the community at a senate forum and talked about the time in 1983 when he was brutally beaten outside a bar because of his sexual orientation.“It was a matter of life or death,” said Duane. “A few weeks later I called the [District Attorney] and the police department which took the report and asked when the trial was and they told me it had been adjudicated—classified as a misdemeanor.”
On June 17, I joined U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and my colleague, New York State Senator 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. Presently, there is no room on those lines for passengers to bring their bicycles on-board, but Senator Schumer revealed that Amtrak is currently building new baggage cars that could be configured for bike storage at a facility in Elmira, NY. Moreover, Amtrak already has successful “Bring Your Bicycle On Board” programs on its Boston-Portland line, New York-Charlotte line, and in California, where the program is so popular that Amtrak now requires reservations.