As Sunshine Week — a national initiative to promote open and transparent government — draws to a close, subpoenas are flying while federal prosecutors seek records from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as part of the ever-expanding Bridgegate investigation. The recent flurry of activity from the U.S. Attorneys’ offices in New Jersey and New York and a joint committee of the New Jersey Legislature underlines the inherent struggle to obtain records from the Port Authority.
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMBER AMY PAULIN & NEW YORK STATE SENATOR BRAD HOYLMAN
PURPOSE: To hear from stakeholders regarding New York State’s Child-Parent Security Act (A. 6701/S.4617), and to discuss the impact the legislation would have on the lives of parents, children, gestational carriers, and gamete donors.
Tuesday April 1, 2014 10:30 A.M. Legislative Office Building Hearing Room C Albany, NY 12210
“Denying thousands of New York State undocumented public school students the opportunity to attend college is both unjust and shortsighted. The Dream Act would put these students on the path to being greater contributors to our state at a very small cost to taxpayers.
These undocumented students will continue to face steep odds to join the workforce, and by not acting today to help them we end up undermining the future of our city and state economy. I deeply regret that we failed to pass this important legislation today.”
New York, NY, March 14, 2014 — Today, on the anniversary of the fatal 2007 shooting of two on-duty New York Police Department auxiliary officers, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D, WFP – Manhattan) announced the introduction of Auxiliary Police Officers Yevgeniy Marshalik and Nicholas Pekearo Memorial Act (S.6822), which would make the killing of an Auxiliary Police officer the same offense against a police or peace officer. By increasing the penalty for killing an auxiliary officer in the line of duty, the legislation aims to help protect thousands of Auxiliary Police officers across New York.
I recently spearheaded a letter to Governor Cuomo, signed by 19 of my Senate colleagues, supporting a New York State Plan to End AIDS. We called for an additional $10 million appropriation for the New York State AIDS Institute and the appointment of a gubernatorial task force to develop a long-term strategy for ending the AIDS epidemic in our state. Although there is still no cure for AIDS, scientific advances and widespread health care coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act have put an end to the epidemic within reach. Please see our letter below.
On Sunday, March 9, I joined Assembly Member Dick Gottfried, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Borough President Gale Brewer, other elected colleagues and community members in calling on Mayor de Blasio to cancel the city’s concession agreement for a high-end restaurant in Union Square Park’s pavilion. With dozens of places to eat within blocks of Union Square, it’s wrong and shortsighted to place yet another dining establishment in the park. Moreover, it violates the Public Trust Doctrine, which provides that once land has been acquired for use as a municipal park, it cannot be used for private ventures without approval from the State Legislature. I hope that the city will void this contract and restore the pavilion as part of a unified and non-commercial public space.
On Saturday, March 8, I joined Mayor Bill de Blasio, and many of my colleagues in city and state government at a National Action Network rally to support the Mayor’s plan for implementing Universal Pre-K and after-school programs in New York City. Studies show that for every $1 invested in pre-K, there is a $4-$9 measured benefit through reduced costs in special education, crime, welfare and increased economic activity. At the very least, New Yorkers deserve the authority to establish home rule and raise our own taxes to ensure all of our programs are stabilized through adequate funding sources.
On the morning of March 7, I was joined by City Council Member Corey Johnson in distributing fliers outside the West 4th Street subway station seeking information about an alleged anti-gay hate crime that took place on the platform earlier that week. In the incident, the perpetrator approached two men and asked them if they were gay. When they ignored the question, the man made a derogatory statement and punched one of the men in his face, breaking his nose and fracturing his orbital bone. This instance only reinforces the need for an audit of the State Hate Crimes Law, which New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli is currently conducting in response to a report I released on the topic last year.
This fall, the principal of P.S. 41 in the West Village saw firsthand the dangers of New York City streets. In front of the school’s W. 11th St. entrance, she witnessed an out-of-control taxi careen into a child and caregiver.
My thoughts go out to the couple who were brutally attacked in the West Village this past weekend. There is no place for such senseless hate crimes in our city. It is a painful reminder of how much work we have yet to do that this attack took place just steps from where Mark Carson was murdered last spring. Thank you to the NYPD for investigating this matter as a hate crime and working to identify and apprehend the perpetrator.
New York, NY— Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D, WFP – Manhattan), ranking member of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, announced the introduction of the Smartphone and Tablet Security Act (S.6748) to require all smartphones, tablets and similar devices sold in New York State to be equipped with a “kill switch” to allow users to protect their information by rendering their lost or stolen devices permanently inoperable.
Today, I joined Congressman Nadler, Senator Espaillat, Assembly Member Gottfried and Council Member Johnson in writing to the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) to encourage it to include significant community input before advancing any effort to sell air rights from the Farley Post Office Building. The money from this sale will be used to fund Phase Two of Moynihan Station. Given the volume of air rights available, we strongly believe that community members and urban planners must be included in the earliest stages of identifying appropriate receiver sites.
I am pleased to co-sponsor Senate Bill 1771, introduced by Senator Kenneth Lavalle (R - Long Island), that grants municipalities the authority to restrict the growth of formula retail, or “chain stores.” These businesses have steadily infiltrated communities across the state leading to the erosion of the character and identity of historic neighborhoods. We have certainly seen this on the Lower East Side/East Village, where 7-Elevens have replaced bodegas, a Starbucks displaced the original home of The Bean, and the East Village Community Coalition (EVCC) has counted more than 60 chain stores throughout the neighborhood.
Each year, the New York State Senate honors a select group of outstanding women who enrich their communities and strengthen our state as “Women of Distinction.” The Senate also honors outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life by inducting them into the “New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame.”Last year, I was proud to honor two exceptional constituents: Woman of Distinction Susan Steinberg, whom you can read about here, and “Veteran’s Hall of Fame” inductee Jerry Alperstein, whom you can read about here.
On February 25, I hosted a capacity crowd at my town hall on “Vision Zero,” the Mayor’s plan to eliminate traffic fatalities within a decade. According to NYPD statistics, more than 16,000 pedestrians and cyclists were injured in traffic accidents last year, and 178 were killed, a number of those here in our State Senate District.
On Monday, February 24, I stood in solidarity with Build Up NYC and other labor advocates at a rally outside of 435 West 50th Street, to call for developer and contractor accountability over unsafe working conditions. Just three days prior, a construction worker was severely injured at the site which is owned by JDS Development Group and Starwood Capital Group. Previously, in my district at West 18th Street, another Starwood/JDS project had racked up 20 reported safety violations and more than $18,000 in fines. Fines for safety violations cannot be accepted as the cost of doing business. These developers and contractors must maintain safe job sites and be held responsible for their violations of the law that threaten the lives of workers.
On February 20, I submitted testimony to the New York State Energy Planning Board regarding its 2014 Draft New York State Energy Plan. I thanked Board members for adhering to the state’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gases by 80% by the year 2050, but asked them to reconsider their heavy reliance on natural gas as a means to displace coal, oil and nuclear power. While I heartily support a reduction in the use of these dirty and dangerous energy sources, I believe that they should be replaced by renewable sources rather than natural gas extracted through the dangerous process of hydrofracking. Please see my testimony below.
“Governor Cuomo’s decision to include in his 30-day amendments the affordable housing rent contribution cap to low-income people in the City’s HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) rental assistance program will prevent homelessness and dramatically improve the health and well-being of more than 10,000 vulnerable New Yorkers.
I applaud Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio for working together to secure this affordable housing protection that will reduce emergency shelter and healthcare costs and bring the HASA Rental Assistance Program into line with other state and federal low-income housing programs. No longer will low-income HASA clients have to choose between paying for rent or other basic essentials.
February 19, 2014 : By Anemona HartocollisA month before their baby’s due date, Brad Hoylman and David Sigal got a call from the woman they had hired to have their child.She was having contractions; come right away.Mr. Sigal, a filmmaker, had the more flexible schedule. So after a sleepless night, he hopped on a plane to San Diego while Mr. Hoylman stayed in New York and frantically oversaw the dusty conversion of their TV room into a nursery.