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March 21: Rally Against Gun Violence

I urge you to join my office and New York Voices Against Gun Violence in a massive rally against gun violence starting at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 at the Harlem State Office Building, 163 West 125th Street (just east of Seventh Avenue).  As I reported earlier this year, I am proud to have voted for the NY SAFE Act of 2013, which enacts the toughest assault weapons ban in the nation. Its passage broke the gun lobby’s decades-long grip on the legislature and, not surprisingly, the gun lobby has come out swinging, organizing opposition and mounting challenges to the law. Too many families and communities have been devastated by gun violence.

March 5, 2013
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DNAInfo.com: Plan to Close Chelsea Women's Prison Draws Fire

March 4, 2013: By Mathew Katz

CHELSEA — A state plan to shut down the city's only medium-security women's prison has come under fire from locals and elected officials, who say the West Chelsea facility provides important rehabilitation services to New York's inmates and their families.

Bayview Correctional Facility at 550 W. 20th St. is surrounded by posh art galleries, soaring condos, and the Chelsea Piers recreational complex. Some locals, on edge about encroaching gentrification in the neighborhood, also fear the historic building could become yet another high-priced residential high-rise.

March 4, 2013
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Making the Case for Comprehensive Campaign Finance Reform

Ending Albany’s “pay-to-play” culture through comprehensive campaign finance reform was a core theme of my candidacy. Two months into my tenure in the State Senate, the imperative to implement a system that includes public financing, matched contributions and lower contribution limits for candidates for state offices is clearer to me than ever. Please click here to see my op-ed on the topic, “Reform Albany’s Campaign Finance System,” which appeared in last week's The Villager newspaper.

March 4, 2013
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The Villager: It’s time to reform Albany’s campaign finance system

February 28, 2013 : By New York State Senator Brad Hoylman

I heard a lot about Albany’s “pay-to-play” culture before I took office as a state Senator last month. Still, it was a culture shock to see it in action. For example, there is a practice that allows lobbyists to call senators off the Senate floor during session for face-to-face meetings about bills. Talk about being at the beck and call of special interests.

February 28, 2013
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Calling for Immediate Action to Increase – and Index – the Minimum Wage

On February 27, I joined Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and other members of the Senate Democratic Conference at a press conference calling for immediate action to raise the New York State minimum wage and index future increases to the rate of inflation.

February 28, 2013
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Rallying for Good Jobs & Responsible Development

On February 26, I joined “Build Up NYC,” an alliance of public officials, labor unions and advocates, at a rally advocating for safe and responsible development that provides good wages and benefits. Developers who receive public support – whether in the form of public funds, tax abatements or zoning changes – have an obligation to provide safe, good-paying jobs with affordable health insurance and retirement benefits for their employees. The rally, which took place in my district on 54th Street and Eighth Avenue, specifically targeted real estate developer Starwood Capital, which has used non-union labor at a nearby, problem-plagued development site as well as at its other development sites across the city.

February 27, 2013
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Calling for Robust Community Engagement on NYCHA’s Proposed Infill Development Plan

On February 20, I joined Manhattan Community Board 3, Borough President Scott Stringer, New York City Councilmember Margaret Chin and other local elected officials in sending a letter to Mayor Bloomberg and New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Chairman John Rhea calling for greater transparency and community engagement in the City’s proposed infill development plan.  As you may know, the City has proposed leasing NYCHA-owned land on eight public housing developments to private developers so that they may build private residential housing with modest affordable housing components.

February 21, 2013
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Add Your Voice: Raise and Index the Minimum Wage!

As President Obama so pointedly said in his recent State of the Union address, “corporate profits have rocketed to all-time highs, but for more than a decade, wages and incomes have barely budged.” Here in New York, Governor Cuomo has proposed increasing the minimum wage to $8.75 per hour to help address the growing gap between the rich and poor in our state. While I appreciate his support for a long-overdue increase, working families will not see a lasting benefit if we fail to index future increases to inflation. 

February 15, 2013
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Statement re: DEC Decision to Delay Fracking Until Health Study is Complete

After sustained pressure from environmental activists and their allies in government, Governor Cuomo’s administration took a positive step this week in the fight against hydrofracking in New York State. Per a request made by the Commissioner of the State Department of Health (DOH), the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that it would delay the finalization of its supplemental generic environmental impact statement (SGEIS) on hydrofracking until the ongoing study of the potential health impacts of this dangerous drilling method is completed. Before this announcement, DEC was slated to complete the SGEIS and issue final regulations before the end of this month, officially opening the door to hydrofracking.

February 14, 2013
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Organizing for Safety and Security in Public Housing Communities

On February 13, I addressed a forum on Public Safety in Public Housing organized by the resident associations (RAs) of six lower Manhattan NYCHA developments: Campos Plaza, Baruch Houses, Smith Houses, Rutgers Houses, Vladeck Houses and Fulton Houses. The event brought together NYCHA residents, elected officials, community-based organizations and representatives of the New York Police Department to collaborate on identifying solutions to end the rise in crime within NYCHA developments.  I spoke of the need for stronger relationships between residents of public housing developments and their broader communities and the imperative for NYCHAs and their neighbors to share resources.

February 14, 2013
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Supporting Professor Jenny Rivera’s Confirmation to the Court of Appeals

On February 11, the New York State Senate approved the nomination of City University of New York School of Law Professor Jenny Rivera to the New York Court of Appeals, the State’s highest court. I am proud to have spoken forcefully in support of Professor Rivera at a hearing on her nomination, as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

February 11, 2013
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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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