I was pleased to learn that on June 25, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) voted unanimously to designate the Church of St. Paul the Apostle a Landmark. I had submitted testimony to the Commission in favor of landmark designation of the Church, which is located at 120 West 60th Street. You may read LPC's designation report here. I am grateful to LPC for acting to preserve the remarkable 19th Century Medieval Revival-style church and protect it from the looming overdevelopment on the Upper West Side.
I recently testified at a New York City Department of Sanitation’s scoping hearing regarding its proposed East 25th Street Sanitation Garage, which would house refuse and recycling collection trucks, salt spreaders and snow plows in the middle of a largely residential community and next to a state-designated Regional Trauma Center. I expressed a number of significant concerns including the impacts trucks coming and going from the facility would have on traffic and noise levels; how the garage would affect Waterside Plaza residents, whose only pedestrian egress is onto 25th Street; and the risks associated with storing hundreds of gallons of fuel in the heart of our hospital corridor and adjacent to the FDR Drive.
On June 26, Senator Hoylman spoke before a crowd of thousands who gathered in front of the Stonewall Inn to celebrate the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in United States v. Windsor, which struck down the Defense of Marriage Act’s ban on federal recognition of legal same-sex marriages. Following is a transcript of Senator Hoylman's remarks:
On June 25, I testified before the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) in support of approving the proposed South Village Historic District. The area has transformed itself several times, beginning as a fashionable residential neighborhood on the outskirts of the city in the early 19th century, evolving into a haven for working-class immigrants and eventually becoming a hotbed of political and social revolution. Many of its buildings remain intact and the district is undeniably worthy of designation. I also strongly urged LPC to move forward with designation of the final portion of the South Village Historic District south of Houston Street. Please see my testimony below.
“This is a great day for all LGBT families, like mine.“With the decision today to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, Edie Windsor and her late wife Thea Syper, have joined the pantheon of civil rights heroes. History will inscribe their names alongside the likes of King, Parks, Marshall, Anthony and Milk.“I am so grateful for the courage of Edie and her brilliant attorney, Roberta Kaplan, to take on this discriminatory federal policy.“As we celebrate, we must continue to fight to ensure that the decisions reached today are used to remove bigotry and hate from all of our nation’s laws, and bring full equality to the 37 states that still treat LGBT families as second-class citizens.”
Recently, DOT solicited comments on its proposed regulations relating to the Intercity Bus Permit System. On June 24, I sent a letter to DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan outlining my concerns and echoing recommendations that had been made by Manhattan Community Boards 3 and 4, which are disproportionately impacted by the growing number of commercial buses on city streets. Please see my letter below.
Albany, NY – New York State Senator Brad Hoylman (D, WFP – Manhattan) announced today the passage of the The Health Care Delivery Models Study Act (S.4493A Hoylman/A.6838A Gottfried), 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.
June 19, 2013 by Alissa FleckRash of anti-gay violence in the City prompts senate hearing to assess efficacy of hate crimes law and rehabilitative optionsFormer senator Tom Duane sat before elected officials and members of the community at a senate forum and talked about the time in 1983 when he was brutally beaten outside a bar because of his sexual orientation.“It was a matter of life or death,” said Duane. “A few weeks later I called the [District Attorney] and the police department which took the report and asked when the trial was and they told me it had been adjudicated—classified as a misdemeanor.”
On June 17, I joined U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and my colleague, New York State Senator Little (R-Queensbury), at a press conference calling on Amtrak to add baggage cars capable of carrying bicycles on their Adirondack and Ethan Allen trains, which run from Penn Station to Albany and Saratoga, and other points north. Presently, there is no room on those lines for passengers to bring their bicycles on-board, but Senator Schumer revealed that Amtrak is currently building new baggage cars that could be configured for bike storage at a facility in Elmira, NY. Moreover, Amtrak already has successful “Bring Your Bicycle On Board” programs on its Boston-Portland line, New York-Charlotte line, and in California, where the program is so popular that Amtrak now requires reservations.
On June 14, I held a public forum in my capacity as Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations to assess the efficacy of New York State’s 13-year-old Hate Crimes Law, including how state and local government agencies are implementing and enforcing the Law and whether amendments should be considered to expand the data collection, statistical reporting, law enforcement training requirements and/or otherwise further the Law’s goals.
On June 13, I submitted comments at a public hearing concerning the New York City Education Construction Fund’s (ECF) plan to solicit proposals to redevelop the current sites of P.S. 191 and P.S. 199 as residential towers with new school facilities. The hearing, organized by the Save Our Schools Coalition and Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal, gave community members the opportunity to hear from experts about the potential implications of the redevelopment plan, as well as a platform from which to voice their own opinions.
On June 13, at the New York City Rent Guidelines Board’s (RGB’s) only public hearing on its proposed rent increases of up to 6.25% for one year lease renewals and up to 9.5% for two year lease renewals in rent stabilized apartments, I submitted testimony urging the RGB to impose a freeze on rents for all rent regulated apartments as well as for lofts, hotels, rooming houses, single room occupancy buildings and lodging houses. Please see my testimony below.
On June 11, I submitted testimony to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) echoing CB7’s resolution in favor of landmark designation of the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, located at 120 West 60th Street. I urged LPC to act now, nearly half a century after the Commission originally identified the building as historically significant, to preserve the remarkable 19th Century Medieval Revival-style church – particularly in the context of looming overdevelopment on the Upper West Side. Please my testimony below.
On June 10, 2013, the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) held a public hearing regarding its proposed amendments to the Rent Stabilization Code, the Tenant Protection Regulations and the State and New York City Rent Control Regulations. While I firmly believe that much more needs to be done to ensure all tenants have access to safe, affordable housing, and to combat landlord fraud and misconduct, the proposed amendments are a welcome improvement to the rent regulations. Please see my testimony below.
On June 4, 2013, on the floor of the New York State Senate, Senator Hoylman opposedS4487, a bill which would amend the Criminal Procedure Law to authorize a court to order a defendant, at the request of a victim, to submit to HIV testing within 48 hours of the filing of an indictment or superior court information charging the defendant with certain enumerated sex offenses.
Senator Hoylman made the following statement on the Senate floor explaining his vote against the bill:
On May 31, I was joined by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, New York State Senator Daniel Squadron, New York State Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh, and New York City Councilmember Rosie Mendez in sending a letter to the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) in support of Tompkins Square Park & Playground Parents’ Association’s application for a neighborhood slow zone. As CB3 knows, a slow zone in this area would reduce the speed limit for motor vehicles from 30 to 20 miles per hour which, according to DOT, would reduce traffic-related accidents and pedestrian injuries.