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Read Senator Hoylman's April Community Report

Senator Hoylman's April Community Report is available for download as a .pdf below or can be viewed here.

File: 
April 2013 Newsletter.pdf

April 1, 2013
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Calling for City to Subject Any P.S 191/P.S. 199 Redevelopment to ULURP

As you may know, the New York City Education Construction Fund (ECF) is planning to solicit proposals for the redevelopment of the current sites of P.S. 191 and P.S. 199 as residential towers with new school facilities. On March 28, I sent a letter to the New York City Department of Education and ECF echoing CB7’s call for robust community engagement before issuing any Request for Proposals (RFP) and to guarantee that any redevelopment would be subject to the City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).

March 29, 2013
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Welcoming ‘On Deck,’ Newest Addition to NYC Tech Sector

On March 28, I joined Mayor Bloomberg and On Deck Capital CEO Noah Breslow in a press conference announcing the opening of the company’s New York City headquarters at 1400 Broadway. On Deck, which describes itself as a “technology-powered Main Street lender,” is a welcome addition to our city’s blossoming tech sector and a vital resource for small brick and mortar businesses that do not qualify for traditional bank loans. Since the company launched six years ago, it has provided more than $14 million in small loans (an average of $30,000 each) to local businesses, and more than $37 million to New York State-based businesses.

March 29, 2013
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Senator Hoylman Speaks on the Importance of the New York State AIDS Institute - 3/27/13

During debate on the FY 2013-14 budget, Senator Hoylman spoke against cuts to the New York State AIDS Institute.

March 28, 2013
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Senator Hoylman Denounces Political Budget Gimmicks and Cuts to Programs for State’s Most Vulnerable

Albany, NY, March 27, 2013— Early this morning, the New York State Senate passed the final bills in the budget package for Fiscal Year 2013-2014.New York State Senator Brad Hoylman reserved the bulk of his comments for the debate over the revenue bill and delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor:“Mr. President, Groucho Marx once said:Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.That's what this revenue bill does. It diagnoses the incorrect problem and applies the wrong remedies.Mr. President, the problem with New York's economy is not taxes on families with children earning between $40,000 and $300,000.

March 27, 2013
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Senator Hoylman Speaks on the Importance of Early Intervention

While speaking in support of State Cecilia Tkaczyk's resolution J.968, Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 2013 as Autism Awareness Month in the State of New York, Senator Hoylman emphasized the importance of early intervention for young people with autism.

March 26, 2013
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Senator Hoylman Speaks on the Need for Increased Transparency in State Senate Operations

On March 25, 2013, Senator Hoylman spoke on the Senate Floor re: S3046, a bill that requires State Senate committee and floor votes to be made available online and session and committee meetings to be webcast.  Senator Hoylman voted yes on measure and cited the need for even more transparency and committee reform.

March 26, 2013
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Legislative Gazette: Bill would put speed cameras across NYC

March 25, 2013 : By Amanda ContoSen. Brad Hoylman, D-Greenwich Village, voiced support for legislation that would establish a pilot program to enforce maximum speed limits by means of "speed cameras," in New York City.The legislation (A.4327) was introduced earlier this year by Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, D-Manhattan. Sen. Andrew Lanza, R-Great Kills, is expected to introduce companion legislation in the Senate.

March 26, 2013
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NYS Senator Hoylman Voices Strong Support for Speed Camera Legislation

New York, NY— Earlier this year, New York State Assembly Member Deborah Glick introduced legislation (A4327) to establish a demonstration program to enforce maximum speed limits by means of speed limit photo devices, or “speed cameras,” in New York City.  It has been reported that New York State Senator Andrew Lanza will be introducing companion legislation in the Senate. Speed cameras have been credited with reducing speeding and crash rates in cities throughout the nation, including a 40% reduction in collisions in Paradise Valley, AZ.  Police in Washington D.C. reported a 56% reduction in traffic fatalities after speed cameras were installed.

March 19, 2013
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Speaking up for People with Developmental Disabilities

On March 15, 2013, I addressed the Manhattan Developmental Disabilities Council’s annual legislative breakfast (MDDC). Of particular concern to the organization is Governor Cuomo’s proposed 6% ($120 million) cut to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) in the Fiscal Year 2013-14 New York State Budget. This would result in a massive $240 million reduction in funding for community-based supports and services to people with developmental disabilities because New York would lose $120 million in federal matching funds as well.

March 15, 2013
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Seeking to Prevent the State from Sharing Sensitive Student Data

Recently, I heard from a number of constituents who were very disturbed to read in a Reuters article that the New York State Education Department (NYSED) plans to share confidential student information with the non-profit corporation inBloom Inc., with which the agency contracted to provide a K-12 student database. The article noted that for-profit tech companies and other commercial vendors could have access to this data, and that the company “cannot guarantee the security of the information stored.” I immediately reached out to New York State’s Education Commissioner to clarify these plans and to urge that our State not proceed with any initiatives that could compromise the privacy of our public school students and their families.

File: 
NYSED inBloom letter.pdf

March 15, 2013
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Senator Hoylman Speaks on the Senate Floor Against S2040

On March 6, 2013, Senator Hoylman expressed his opposition to S2040, which prohibits the throwing, tossing, expectorating or expelling of saliva or other bodily secretion or excretion at or on an employee of a correctional facility.

March 12, 2013
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NYS Senator Hoylman Voices Democratic Conference’s Opposition to Devastating Cuts to NYC Public Schools in GOP/IDC Budget Reso

ALBANY—Today, the New York State Senate passed its one-house budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2013-2014. New York State Senator Brad Hoylman joined 15 of his colleagues in voting ‘nay’ on the resolution, which was written behind closed doors by the Republican and Independent Democratic Conferences and rushed onto the Senate floor. On behalf of the Democratic Conference, Senator Hoylman specifically addressed the budget resolution’s $240 million in devastating cuts to New York City public schools.

March 11, 2013
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Sharing in the Thanks for Helping Westbeth after Sandy

On March 10, I was honored to participate in a "Thank You Reception," hosted by the Westbeth Community of Artists, for all who came to the aid of the hard-hit Westbeth Artists' Housing after Hurricane Sandy. Last November, I joined local elected officials, community members, volunteer art restorers and others who arrived en masse to do whatever was needed to make life more comfortable for the hundreds of residents left without heat, water and electricity, and whose boilers, elevators, laundry room, sculpture studio and art storage space were badly damaged.

March 10, 2013
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Urging Immediate Action on PCB Remediation at PS 87 and Schools Across NYC

On March 8, I joined State Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal, U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler, State Senator Jose M. Serrano, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, other local elected officials, and PS 87 Parent-Teacher Association co-president Ann Binstock at a press conference to express our outrage at the New York City Department of Education’s (DOE) woefully inadequate handling of a PCB leak discovered in a PS 87 light fixture last December 7 and not revealed to parents and the school’s administrators until March 4. It's distressing that nearly five years after dangerous levels of PCB contamination were first discovered in a half-dozen New York City public schools, the DOE continues to shirk transparency and accountability.

File: 
Hoylman-Serrano PS87 PCB letter.pdf

March 9, 2013
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Read Senator Hoylman's March Community Report

Senator Hoylman's March Community Report is available for download as a .pdf below or can be viewed here.

File: 
March 2013 newsletter

March 6, 2013
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NYS Senator Brad Hoylman Dismayed by Senate Passage of MMA Bill

Albany, March 6, 2013—Today, the New York State Senate passed legislation (S2755) to legalize Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in New York State. Senator Brad Hoylman (D, WFP - Manhattan) joined 14 of his colleagues in voting against the bill. MMA, which is also known as cage fighting, ultimate fighting, or no-holds barred fighting, has been dubbed by U.S. Senator John McCain as “the human equivalent of cockfighting.”  MMA, along with boxing, stands apart from every other sanctioned sport because its aim is to cause physical harm and injury to an opponent until they are unable to continue, the primary goal being to knock the opponent unconscious, which has been shown in numerous medical studies to result in acute brain damage.

March 6, 2013
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WCBS 880: State Senator Opposes Closure Of Chelsea Prison

March 5, 2013 : Reporter Pete Haskill

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - New York State is planning to close a prison in a pricey Manhattan neighborhood and one local politician is against the move.

In a neighborhood of luxury apartments and high end galleries, it’s almost as if the Bayview Correctional Facility is hiding in plain sight. 

But there it is at 550 West 20th Street in Chelsea.

March 5, 2013
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