The New York Casino Gambling Amendment is Proposal One of six state constitutional amendments that will be on the General Election ballot on November 5, 2013. It would make casino gambling legal and permit the State Legislature to authorize up to seven casinos. Earlier this year, I voted against this constitutional amendment and spoke out against it on the Senate floor. On November 5, I urge you to vote “no,” too.
On Wednesday, October 16, from 10 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., my office will be providing free flu shots, courtesy of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, to adults as well as to children 9 and over with parental consent. Space is limited and appointments are recommended to guarantee your shot. For more information or to make an appointment, call my office at (212) 633-8052 or email email@example.com with your complete contact information and the time you would like to come in for your shot.
New York, NY (October 4, 2013) – New York State Senator Brad Hoylman issued the following statement today in response to reports that local hotel operators were seeking to illegally evict evacuees of Superstorm Sandy despite being offering payments by New York Disaster Interfaith Services for their continued stay. “I am deeply disturbed that 30 Superstorm Sandy evacuees living in hotel rooms in my district and hundreds in hotels elsewhere in the city are potentially facing imminent illegal eviction after the City terminated its hotel reimbursement program.
On September 30, I testified before the New York City Council Committee on Education in strong support of Resolution No. 1768, which calls on the State to pass A.6059/S.4284, of which I am a co-sponsor. The bill, which was introduced by Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell, would prohibit the release of students’ personally identifiable information to third parties without parental consent.
This morning, I was honored to speak at the Inauguration of the Roche Translational and Clinical Research Center at the Alexandria Center for Life Science, located in my Senate District. Below is a transcript of my remarks.Good morning. My name is Brad Hoylman and I am the Senator representing the 27th State Senate District, which includes NYU Langone Medical Center, one of the leading academic medical centers here on the East Side of Manhattan.It is my great pleasure to welcome Roche to the district. And back to New York City, after having left here over one hundred years ago.
On September 28, I was pleased to join members of the PS 33 (Chelsea Prep) community at the school’s first annual Sustainable Technology Charrette. The event, part of the Center for Green Schools’ Green Apple Day of Service, featured presentations from experts in green technologies that are integrated into the Chelsea Prep curriculum. To date, these technologies include recycling and composting throughout the school, hydroponic units in the classroom, and a bike blender that is powered by human pedaling. I applaud Principal Linore Lindy, the PS 33 Green Committee and the entire school community for their commitment to creating a healthy, safe, cost-efficient and productive learning environment where energy and resources are conserved.
Albany, NY – Yesterday afternoon, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law State Senator Brad Hoylman’s (D -Manhattan) and State Assembly Health Committee Chair Dick Gottfried’s (D-Manhattan) legislation 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.
On September 25, I joined New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Borough President Scott Stringer, State Senator Liz Krueger, State Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh, City Council Member Dan Garodnick and school officials at a ribbon cutting ceremony for PS 281 (The River School), a brand new K-5 elementary school at 425 East 35 Street.
I was honored to have been invited to give the keynote address at the Eighth Annual West Side Tenants’ Conference, which was held on September 21 at Fordham Law School. I reminded participants that in this country, the precept that housing is an undeniable, unalienable right goes back to 1944, when Franklin Roosevelt declared that the U.S. had adopted a second bill of rights, including the right to a decent home. Regrettably, our state government, which controls our city housing laws, continues to treat housing as a privilege, not a right. I noted that the only way to put tenants on a level playing field and get our priority bills through the State Senate is to make Campaign Finance Reform the first bill on the tenants’ agenda.
On September 18, I joined New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and other local officials at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new PS 51 (Elias Howe School) at 525 West 44th Street. The school, which was previously located a block away on West 45th Street, had been relocated to the Upper East Side for two years during the new school’s construction as part of the Gotham West development, which also includes more than 600 units of affordable housing. Manhattan Community Board 4 and its Housing Health and Human Services Committee co-chair Joe Restuccia were justifiably praised for their role in securing both the school and the hundreds of affordable apartments.
On September 17, the opening day of a UN General Assembly meeting focused on poverty and public health, I joined executive directors of leading HIV/AIDS organizations, people living with HIV (PLHIV) and their advocates in an act of civil disobedience to draw attention to the millions who lack access to lifesaving treatment because wealthy countries are cutting back on funding.
On September 16, I delivered testimony before the New York City Council’s Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses in strong support of the West End-Collegiate Historic District Extension. This remarkable concentration of historic buildings, which was approved for designation by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission on June 25 of this year, is a crucial part of a larger stretch of West End Avenue, from West 70th Street to West 109th Street, for which local elected officials, CB7, the West End Preservation Society, Landmark West! and other community-based organizations have long sought historic district designation. Please see my testimony below.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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: