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Illegal Addition at 515 East 5 Street

On July 15, I was joined by Council Member Rosie Mendez, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh in submitting joint testimony to the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) opposing a variance to legalize the sixth and seventh floor addition landlord Ben Shaoul built without proper permits at 515 East 5th Street. Residents and their advocates have been fighting this illegal addition since it was constructed in 2006. We noted Mr. Shaoul’s pattern of flouting Department of Buildings’ rules, and the occupancy and building code violations at the property, which put tenants at risk. Please see our testimony below.

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Joint 515 E 5 St BSA Testimony.pdf

July 16, 2014
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Senator Hoylman & Eyewitness News Expose Times Square Scam Artists

New York, NY—New York State Senator Brad Hoylman announced today an investigation in conjunction with ABC7 Eyewitness News into the “New York Times Square News” (TSN), a for-profit organization soliciting donations from tourists in Times Square and falsely holding itself out as a charity.The operators of TSN are the former directors of the sham not-for-profit United Homeless Organization. As part of a June 2010 judgment obtained by the Attorney General shutting down the fraudulent group, they were permanently barred from operating a not-for-profit in New York State.

July 16, 2014
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Promoting Community Composting Programs

On July 12, I joined Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh at the announcement by the Borough President’s Solid Waste Advisory Board and the Citizens Committee for New York City of their 2014 Community-Scale Composting Grants. In addition to La Plaza Cultural Community Garden, where the announcement was held, three other programs in our Senate District were among the grantees: East Side Community High School, Green Oasis Community Garden and P.S. 3. A complete list of grantees, who were awarded funds to build compost bin systems and given materials and supplies needed in order to ensure project sustainability, can be seen here.

July 14, 2014
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Be Alert: Two Stuy Town Sexual Assaults

I was very concerned to learn earlier this month that the New York Police Department (NYPD) is seeking a suspect in two sexual assaults that had taken place at Stuyvesant Town in the prior two months. The day the NYPD made the announcement I distributed information at the complex in an effort to raise awareness and engage community assistance in bringing the assailant to justice. Please click below to see the wanted poster and a letter advising residents about what had happened also signed by Assembly Member Kavanagh, Congresswoman Maloney and Council Member Garodnick.

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Joint letter re Stuy Town Sexual Assaults.pdf

July 12, 2014
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West Village Slow Zone Update

On June 25, I received a response from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to my letter echoing CB2’s call for an expansion of the West Village Slow Zone one block east to Sixth Avenue. While I am disappointed that the DOT did not commit to an expansion at this time due to planning and time constraints, I am encouraged by the agency’s commitment to consider the additional area as a second phase to the slow zone. Additionally, to alleviate risk in the short-term, the DOT will be conducting a feasibility study for the placement of speed humps near the schools within the additional area.

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WV Slow Zone Follow Up.pdf

July 10, 2014
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Supporting Environment New York’s Call for Policies to Promote Electric Vehicles

Today I joined Environment New York, as well as Assembly Members Linda Rosenthal and David Buchwald, as the organization unveiled its new report, “Driving Cleaner: More Electric Vehicles Mean Less Pollution.” In 2006, documentarian Chris Paine asked “Who Killed the Electric Car?” Today, companies like Tesla right here our senate district have brought the electric car back to life. The report finds that more than 220,000 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are on America’s roads today and in just the last two years, annual sales of electric vehicles have increased by 500 percent.

July 2, 2014
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Read Senator Hoylman’s June 2014 Community Report

Senator Hoylman’s June 2014 Community Report is available for download as a .pdf below.

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June 2014 Enews.pdf

June 30, 2014
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Hoylman Decries Failure of NYS Senate to Pass “Gay Conversion Ban” in Light of Supreme Court Decision Upholding California Law

“The Supreme Court's decision today to decline to hear a challenge to California's law prohibiting so-called ‘gay conversion therapy’ for minors is a milestone in our fight to outlaw this harmful and widely-discredited practice by licensed mental health providers. The court’s decision is also a sad and embarrassing reminder how New York lags behind other states that are protecting LGBT kids. It’s shameful that we can’t get the same legislation to the floor of the State Senate because of obstructionism by the Republican leadership -- even though it had the votes (35) to pass.”

 

June 30, 2014
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Lauding Governor Cuomo’s Historic Announcement of a New York State Plan to End AIDS

“Today, Governor Cuomo put New York at the forefront of the fight against HIV and AIDS. Although there is still no cure, scientific advances and widespread health care coverage through NY State of Health have put an end to the epidemic within our reach. I applaud Governor Cuomo for recognizing the potential to end AIDS in New York State by 2020 and for committing the human and financial resources necessary to develop and execute a plan to do so.

June 29, 2014
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Statement by Senator Hoylman on the Failure of the Senate to Vote on his Legislation to Ban Conversion Therapy

Albany, NY—State Senator Brad Hoylman released the following statement on the failure of the Senate leadership to bring S.4917-B to ban sexual orientation change efforts on minors in New York State to the floor for a vote:

“It's bitterly disappointing that the State Senate bowed to partisan politics and failed to protect our kids in New York from so-called “conversion therapy," which considers homosexuality a sickness that needs to be cured.

June 20, 2014
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Statement by Senator Hoylman on the Passage of the Compassionate Care Act

Today, in the final hours of the 2014 Legislative Session, the New York State Senate passed the Compassionate Care Act, which establishes a medical marijuana program in New York State. I joined 48 of my colleagues in voting for this bill, which is about a simple concept: alleviating suffering for severely ill New Yorkers. The legislation includes provisions to ensure medical marijuana is reserved for patients with serious medical conditions and is dispensed and administered by the appropriate state agencies to ensure that the program cannot be abused.

The bill, which has been passed by both houses of the Legislature and is supported by Governor Cuomo will:

June 20, 2014
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Statement by Senator Hoylman on Passage of Legislation to Authorize New York City to Lower Speed Limits

Today the New York State Senate passed legislation to authorize New York City to lower the motor vehicle speed limit to 25 mph, a key part of Mayor de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” plan to eliminate traffic fatalities within a decade. Approximately 4,000 New Yorkers are seriously injured, and over 250 are killed every year in traffic accidents in New York City. Reduced speed limits have been proven to reduce fatality rates and give pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers alike increased response time. Research shows an individual struck by a motor vehicle travelling at 40 mph has a 70% probably of being killed, while one hit by a car travelling at 25 mph has a fatality likelihood of only 10%.

June 19, 2014
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Hoylman and Gottfried Pass Legislation Paving Way for 50 More Years of Affordability at Penn South

Albany, NY -- The New York Senate and Assembly passed legislation sponsored by Senator Brad Hoylman and Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried (S7709/A9937) authorizing the New York City Council to renew the property tax exemption for the 2,820 unit middle-income Penn South co-op in the Chelsea neighborhood, provided it maintains its status as affordable housing.

June 19, 2014
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Pedestrians Need a Safer Riverside Boulevard

I recently spearheaded a letter with my colleagues Congressman Jerry Nadler, Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal and Council Member Helen Rosenthal to Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, asking the agency to address safety concerns on Riverside Boulevard. Though the DOT instituted a traffic-calming plan on the Boulevard between West 62nd and West 72nd Streets in 2011, we’ve heard from the community that these measures have proven insufficient, especially considering the concentration of early childhood education institutions and the high pedestrian traffic of local families. I thank the Coalition for a Livable West Side and the Committee for Pedestrian Safety on Riverside Boulevard for bringing these concerns to our attention. Please see our letter below.

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Riverside Boulevard Pedestrian Safety Letter.pdf

June 18, 2014
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Statement by Senator Hoylman on the Senate’s Passage of S.7709 to keep Penn South Affordable

Senator Hoylman released the following statement regarding the New York State Senate’s passage today of S.7709 authorizing the New York City Council to grant up to 50 years of additional real property tax exemption to the 2,820 unit middle-income co-op Penn South, provided it maintains its status as affordable housing:

June 18, 2014
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Calling on the FCC to Scrutinize Comcast-Time Warner Merger

On June 16, I was joined by seven of my colleagues in sending a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asking it to carefully scrutinize a proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. This merger would combine the two internet service providers lowest ranked on the American Customer Satisfaction Index, and give Comcast control of over 30 million subscribers, a roughly 30% share of the television and internet services market. Such a monopoly would likely increase prices, cause declines in service, give the company undue control over the content consumers may access, and diminish overall industry standards, affecting not only Comcast’s and Time Warner’s customers but cable subscribers throughout the country.  Please see our letter below.

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FCC Comcast-TW Letter.pdf

June 17, 2014
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Rent Guidelines Board Should Freeze All Rents

On June 16, I submitted testimony at the New York City Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) on its proposed rent increases of 0% to 3% for one-year lease renewals, and 0.5% to 4.5% for two-year lease renewals in rent stabilized apartments. I noted that while many tenants are still reeling from the recession, and more than a third of renter households in the City paid 50 percent or more of their household income for rent in 2011, RGB data show landlords of rent stabilized properties have seen eighth consecutive years of increased Net Operating Income. I urged the RGB to allow tenants to make up economic ground and 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.

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RGB 2014 Testimony.pdf

June 17, 2014
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Hoylman-Sponsored Legislation Passes New York Assembly with Bipartisan Support; Senator Hoylman Demands Full Senate Vote

Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman released the following statement on the Assembly passage of A.6983-B to ban sexual orientation change efforts on minors in New York State:

Senator Hoylman said: "Today's passage of A.6983-B in the New York State Assembly is a major step towards banning so-called conversion ’therapy‘ on LGBT youth by licensed mental health professionals. Being an LGBT young person isn't an illness that needs to be cured. Thanks to the leadership of Assembly Member Glick and Speaker Silver, we're one step closer to joining New Jersey and California in protecting our kids from being subject to this dangerous practice and their parents from being victims of a proven scam.

June 16, 2014
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Stopping Illegal Hotels

This month, I joined Borough President Brewer, Congressman Nadler, Senators Krueger and Espaillat, Assembly Members Gottfried and Rosenthal, Council Members Johnson and Rosenthal, and many other local elected officials in writing to Mayor de Blasio to encourage him to issue formal memoranda in opposition to A.7848/S.5039 and A.7495/S.5637. These pieces of legislation would undermine the enforcement of our zoning and housing laws, and lead to an increase in the number of illegal hotels in residential buildings. Please see our letter below.

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illegal hotel letter to mayor.pdf

June 15, 2014
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Federal Funding for Important Storm Resiliency Projects

I am pleased that US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan recently announced $335 million of preliminary funding for the first phase of the “Big U” resiliency project. The project would help build a barrier along Manhattan’s coastline from West 57th street, down to Battery Park City, and up to East 42nd Street, to protect us from flooding and rising sea levels. I believe the proposal will help us accomplish the physical, social, economic and ecological improvements necessary to protect us from natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy. Last month, I joined State Senator Squadron and other local elected officials in sending a letter to Secretary Donovan, urging federal support for the Big U proposal through its Rebuild by Design (RxD) competition.

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Rebuild by Design - Big U - elected officials support letter.5.29.2014.pdf

June 15, 2014
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