On May 21, I joined Councilmember Rosie Mendez, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh in submitting joint testimony before the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) regarding 515 East 5 Street. As you may know, the owner of the building built illegal rooftop apartments and, in the process, greatly decreased the existing tenants’ quality of life. The BSA previously found the 6th floor addition illegal and the owner is now seeking to reverse that finding. In our testimony, we express our collective opposition to the owner’s appeal. Please see our testimony below.
Today, I joined the Senate Democratic Conference to call for action to enact a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing and require a comprehensive health impact study. The moratorium will provide experts more time to assess concerns about the potential impacts hydrofracking will have on New York’s environment and economy. We shouldn’t be fracking first and asking questions later. That’s why I’m co-sponsoring S4236-A along with my Senate Democratic colleagues to demand a moratorium on fracking until a comprehensive health impact assessment is completed. The health of our kids and the purity of our ground water is just too important to risk it.
Each year, the New York State Senate selects nominees to the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life. This year, I was pleased to nominate Stuyvesant Town resident and longtime New York City public school teacher Jerry Alperstein. Jerry, along with his wife, daughter and grandson, traveled to Albany on May 21, 2013 for the official induction celebration, at which he and dozens of other veterans from across New York State were recognized for their service to their country and communities.
GENDA Would Expand Hate Crimes Law to Include Crimes Against Transgender New Yorkers, Prohibit Discrimination Based on Gender Expression or Identity
ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the Senate sponsor of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), is urging immediate Senate passage of his legislation following a spate of anti-LGBT attacks around New York.
New York, NY – New York State Senators Brad Hoylman and Daniel Squadron released the following statement today about a reported anti-gay attack on Broadway between Prince and Houston Streets early Tuesday morning.
This weekend, an openly gay man was shot to death after a confrontation in Greenwich Village Friday in what police commissioner Ray Kelly is calling a hate crime. According to New York state Senator Brad Hoylman of Manhattan, whose district includes Greenwich Village, the incident was at least the fifth instance of anti-gay violence in Manhattan this month.
Pickus: You’ve tracked this spate of what you see as discriminatory crime in recent weeks, and I’m wondering what you’re doing in your role as senator to combat that.
Jerry Alperstein served as a Seaman in the Navy during the Vietnam War (1966-1967) and received Vietnam Service and National Defense medals for honorable and meritorious performance of his duty. Jerry’s service to his country continued upon his return home from Vietnam, in both his professional life educating future generations of Americans, and through many volunteer activities in which he demonstrated his abiding commitment to his fellow veterans.For nearly two decades, Jerry was a highly respected educator in the New York City public school system. He served as a social studies and music teacher, and ultimately as a program chairman at the High School of Fashion Industries in Manhattan.
In the wake of the apparent hate-motivated killing of a gay man in Greenwich Village early in the morning on May 18 and four other apparent anti-LGBT hate crimes in Manhattan over the prior two weeks, New York State Senator Brad Hoylman released the following statement:
In the wake of an outbreak of a strain of invasive meningococcal disease among men who have sex with men (MSM) in New York City, I joined with New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and other LGBT City and State elected officials in a coalition working closely with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Department of Financial Services to respond swiftly and comprehensively to this threat to public health. Please see a press release issued by Speaker Quinn’s office, which details our efforts, below.
On May 17, I testified at a New York City Council Committee on Public Housing hearing regarding a resolution in support of my bill, the NYCHA Real Property Public Review Act (S4641/A6964), which is sponsored in the New York State Assembly by Housing Committee Chair Keith Wright. Our legislation would ensure that any time the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) seeks to sell or lease its land or buildings, public housing residents and the broader communities to which they belong would have a voice through the fair and transparent process afforded by the City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).
On May 15, I joined State Senator Liz Krueger, other Democratic State Senators, State Assembly Members and City Councilmembers, and leaders of the Women’s Equality Coalition at a press conference restating our commitment to passage of Governor Cuomo’s full 10-point Women’s Equality Act in this year’s legislative session.
On May 15, I joined the SOCCC-64 coalition, Councilmember Rosie Mendez, Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh, members of CB3, and Lower East Side residents in marching and rallying to save the former CHARAS/El Bohio Community Center located at 605 East 9 Street from being converted into student dormitories. Together, we delivered the message loud and clear to Gregg Singer, the current owner of the building, and Jamshed Bharucha, the president of Cooper Union, that the community does not want dormitories in our former community center. For decades, CHARAS/El Bohio Community Center was a cherished public space for Lower East Side residents and I will continue to work with allies to return the building to community use.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.