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NY Daily News: Locals: Don’t let developer destroy Manhattan’s only stop on the Underground Railroad

February 10, 2013 : By Jennifer H. CunninghamChelsea officials and neighborhood preservationists are demanding the city block a greedy developer from desecrating the only known Underground Railroad stop in Manhattan.An obscure city board will decide Tuesday whether to allow the owner of the building on W. 29th St. to add a fifth floor to the landmark townhouse, which sheltered countless runaway slaves and hosted prominent abolitionists Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison.

February 10, 2013
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Chelsea Now: Our Man in Albany: Q&A with Brad Hoylman

February 6, 2013 : By Scott Stiffler

The following excerpts are from a January 25 phone interview with New York State Senator Brad Hoylman.

February 7, 2013
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Hudson Valley YNN: Governor’s nomination for Court of Appeals being challenged

Febuary 5, 2013 : by Nick ReismanGovernor Cuomo has nominated Jenny Rivera to serve on the Court of Appeals. But some senators raised concerns about her lack of experience, delaying the judiciary committee's vote on Tuesday. And at least one senator still had questions about why exactly Rivera was picked. Capital Tonight's Nick Reisman reports.ALBANY, N.Y. -- Confirmations for the state's highest court tend to be anti-climatic affairs. The governor makes a nomination to the Court of Appeals and the State Senate reviews the candidate and then confirms them. But not this time.

February 7, 2013
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Fighting to Save the Old Chelsea Post Office

Recently, my office heard from a number of constituents concerned about the potential sale by the United States Postal Service (USPS) of the Old Chelsea Station, which is located at 217 West 18th Street. They had seen a letter posted in the station’s lobby from USPS to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) seeking input on a Preservation Covenant for the building, which is listed in the State and National Registers of Historic Places, in the event that it is sold. I confirmed that the aforementioned letter was not, as many had feared, an indication that sale of the building is imminent.

February 5, 2013
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Reviewing Governor's Nomination to Court of Appeals

On February 4, I participated in a hearing as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee to review the nomination of Jenny Rivera, Professor at the City University of New York School of Law, to serve on the New York State Court of Appeals, the state's highest court. Professor Rivera has had a long and distinguished career in public service, including as a staff attorney at Legal Aid Society of New York City, as an Associate Counsel for the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, and as a law clerk to the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She was Commissioner of the NYC Commission on Human Rights from 2002 to 2007.

February 4, 2013
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Celebrating Grand Central Terminal’s Centennial Anniversary

On February 1, I was honored to attend the Centennial Anniversary celebration of Grand Central Terminal (GCT), which I am proud is within my Senate District. Since its opening on February 2, 1913, GCT has served hundreds of millions of passengers and remains one of the City’s most treasured and iconic landmarks. At the time it was completed, GCT was the largest construction project in New York’s history – costing more than $2 billion in today’s dollars.

February 1, 2013
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Join Me In Telling The Boy Scouts To End Anti-Gay Discrimination Now!

As you may have read, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) recently announced that it is considering rescinding its nationwide policy of banning gay young men from membership and gay and lesbian adults from leadership positions.  However, rather than bringing discrimination within its organization to an end across the nation, BSA plans to authorize local chapters to establish their own discriminatory policies. 

File: 
Sen Hoylman to Boy Scouts re Discrimination Policy.pdf

January 31, 2013
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Read Senator Hoylman's January Community Report

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

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January 2013 News from Senator Brad Hoylman.pdf

January 31, 2013
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Being Named an Environmental Leader by NYLCV

I was honored to be named one of the New York League of Conservation Voters’ ‘New Generation’ of environmental leaders. I am looking forward to working with the League and my colleagues to demand full funding for our state's Environmental Protection Fund, to defend our state from environmental threats--from climate change to hydrofracking--and to fight for proactive measures to ensure a more sustainable future.

January 30, 2013
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NYS Senator Brad Hoylman Named Ranking Democratic Member of Both Consumer Protection and Investigations & Government Operations Committees

Albany—New York State Senator Brad Hoylman (D, WFP Manhattan) announced today that he has been named the Ranking Democratic member of both the Consumer Protection and Investigations and Government Operations Committees. He was also named to several other law-related committees and the Senate committee that oversees tourism and parks.Senator Hoylman (D, WFP – Manhattan) said: “I am honored that Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins has placed her trust in me to be the consumer and state watchdog in the State Senate. My other committee assignments reflect my background as a nonprofit lawyer and community activist and the importance of art, cultural affairs and open space in my district. I am excited to get to work on all of these issues.” 

January 28, 2013
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Being Named Ranking Member of Two Senate Committees

On January 28, I was named as the Ranking Democratic member of both the New York State Senate Consumer Protection Committee and the Investigations and Government Operations Committee. I am honored that Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins has placed her trust in me to be the consumer and state watchdog in the State Senate. I was also appointed to the Codes; Crime Victims, Crime and Correction; Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Park and Recreation; and Judiciary committees.

January 28, 2013
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Fighting for Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Residents

On Jan 26, I had my first opportunity as a New York State Senator to address a meeting of the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association (ST-PCV TA).  It was inspiring to see hundreds of ST-PCV residents stream into the Baruch College Mason Hall on a freezing Saturday afternoon to hear an update on matters of importance to tenants of the complex, to voice their concerns, and to come together in unity for benefit of the community as a whole.  It speaks to the TA's strength that not only local elected officials but citywide leaders attended as well.

January 26, 2013
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Supporting Vibrant Adaptive Reuse and Restoration of Historic Pier 57

On January 23, I submitted testimony to the New York City Planning Commission in strong support of applications for zoning changes that would allow for the transformation of the long vacant Pier 57 at 15th Street in Hudson River Park into an innovative cultural and commercial destination.

File: 
Sen Hoylman Testimony on Pier 57 Redevelopment.pdf

January 24, 2013
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Statement Regarding Passage of S2320

ALBANY, January 23, 2013 – Today, I fulfilled a pledge that I made to co-op and condo owners during my campaign for State Senate to vote to extend the long-standing property tax abatement program that had expired in June 2012. Without this vote of the Senate, New York City homeowners in co-ops and condos would have to pay dramatically more in real estate taxes than owners of comparably assessed one-, two- and three-family homes, and the high tax bills could force some of them to sell their homes and leave their neighborhoods.

January 23, 2013
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Hailing President Obama’s Historic Mention of Stonewall in His Innaugural Address

This week the nation saw an historic first as President Obama made a passionate and eloquent defense of equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Americans in his second inaugural address.  I am particularly proud of his mention of Stonewall, the birthplace of the modern LGBT rights movement, which is located in the 27th State Senate District, in the same breath as Seneca Falls and Selma.  I am deeply moved by President Obama’s recognition of families like mine and so many others in my district.  I applaud the President’s substantive accomplishments for LGBT Americans during his first term and am heartened by his soaring declaration, at the outset of his second, that all Americans must be treated as true equals under the law.

January 22, 2013
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