On the morning of March 7, I was joined by City Council Member Corey Johnson in distributing fliers outside the West 4th Street subway station seeking information about an alleged anti-gay hate crime that took place on the platform earlier that week. In the incident, the perpetrator approached two men and asked them if they were gay. When they ignored the question, the man made a derogatory statement and punched one of the men in his face, breaking his nose and fracturing his orbital bone. This instance only reinforces the need for an audit of the State Hate Crimes Law, which New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli is currently conducting in response to a report I released on the topic last year.
This fall, the principal of P.S. 41 in the West Village saw firsthand the dangers of New York City streets. In front of the school’s W. 11th St. entrance, she witnessed an out-of-control taxi careen into a child and caregiver.
My thoughts go out to the couple who were brutally attacked in the West Village this past weekend. There is no place for such senseless hate crimes in our city. It is a painful reminder of how much work we have yet to do that this attack took place just steps from where Mark Carson was murdered last spring. Thank you to the NYPD for investigating this matter as a hate crime and working to identify and apprehend the perpetrator.
New York, NY— Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D, WFP – Manhattan), ranking member of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, announced the introduction of the Smartphone and Tablet Security Act (S.6748) to require all smartphones, tablets and similar devices sold in New York State to be equipped with a “kill switch” to allow users to protect their information by rendering their lost or stolen devices permanently inoperable.
Today, I joined Congressman Nadler, Senator Espaillat, Assembly Member Gottfried and Council Member Johnson in writing to the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) to encourage it to include significant community input before advancing any effort to sell air rights from the Farley Post Office Building. The money from this sale will be used to fund Phase Two of Moynihan Station. Given the volume of air rights available, we strongly believe that community members and urban planners must be included in the earliest stages of identifying appropriate receiver sites.
I am pleased to co-sponsor Senate Bill 1771, introduced by Senator Kenneth Lavalle (R - Long Island), that grants municipalities the authority to restrict the growth of formula retail, or “chain stores.” These businesses have steadily infiltrated communities across the state leading to the erosion of the character and identity of historic neighborhoods. We have certainly seen this on the Lower East Side/East Village, where 7-Elevens have replaced bodegas, a Starbucks displaced the original home of The Bean, and the East Village Community Coalition (EVCC) has counted more than 60 chain stores throughout the neighborhood.
Each year, the New York State Senate honors a select group of outstanding women who enrich their communities and strengthen our state as “Women of Distinction.” The Senate also honors outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life by inducting them into the “New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame.”Last year, I was proud to honor two exceptional constituents: Woman of Distinction Susan Steinberg, whom you can read about here, and “Veteran’s Hall of Fame” inductee Jerry Alperstein, whom you can read about here.
On February 25, I hosted a capacity crowd at my town hall on “Vision Zero,” the Mayor’s plan to eliminate traffic fatalities within a decade. According to NYPD statistics, more than 16,000 pedestrians and cyclists were injured in traffic accidents last year, and 178 were killed, a number of those here in our State Senate District.
On Monday, February 24, I stood in solidarity with Build Up NYC and other labor advocates at a rally outside of 435 West 50th Street, to call for developer and contractor accountability over unsafe working conditions. Just three days prior, a construction worker was severely injured at the site which is owned by JDS Development Group and Starwood Capital Group. Previously, in my district at West 18th Street, another Starwood/JDS project had racked up 20 reported safety violations and more than $18,000 in fines. Fines for safety violations cannot be accepted as the cost of doing business. These developers and contractors must maintain safe job sites and be held responsible for their violations of the law that threaten the lives of workers.
On February 20, I submitted testimony to the New York State Energy Planning Board regarding its 2014 Draft New York State Energy Plan. I thanked Board members for adhering to the state’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gases by 80% by the year 2050, but asked them to reconsider their heavy reliance on natural gas as a means to displace coal, oil and nuclear power. While I heartily support a reduction in the use of these dirty and dangerous energy sources, I believe that they should be replaced by renewable sources rather than natural gas extracted through the dangerous process of hydrofracking. Please see my testimony below.
“Governor Cuomo’s decision to include in his 30-day amendments the affordable housing rent contribution cap to low-income people in the City’s HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) rental assistance program will prevent homelessness and dramatically improve the health and well-being of more than 10,000 vulnerable New Yorkers.
I applaud Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio for working together to secure this affordable housing protection that will reduce emergency shelter and healthcare costs and bring the HASA Rental Assistance Program into line with other state and federal low-income housing programs. No longer will low-income HASA clients have to choose between paying for rent or other basic essentials.
February 19, 2014 : By Anemona HartocollisA month before their baby’s due date, Brad Hoylman and David Sigal got a call from the woman they had hired to have their child.She was having contractions; come right away.Mr. Sigal, a filmmaker, had the more flexible schedule. So after a sleepless night, he hopped on a plane to San Diego while Mr. Hoylman stayed in New York and frantically oversaw the dusty conversion of their TV room into a nursery.
Governor Andrew Cuomo, Albany, NY (February 13, 2014)
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced a new affordable housing protection for low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. With today’s announcement, New Yorkers who are permanently disabled by HIV/AIDS and receive rental assistance will pay no more than 30 percent of their income toward their rent. Without this protection, more than 10,000 New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS are denied affordable housing and required to pay upwards of 70 percent of their disability income toward their rent.
“I applaud Mayor de Blasio for correcting an historic wrong and funding the 30%-of-income rent contribution cap for the HIV/AIDS Rental Assistance Program in his budget announced today, fulfilling a major campaign promise to the LGBT and HIV/AIDS communities.
This is a tremendous victory for more than 10,000 vulnerable New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS who were excluded from a standard that applies to other every other federal and New York State low-income housing program. No longer will these individuals have to choose between paying for rent or other basic essentials, such as utilities, transportation, clothing, and unreimbursed medical expenses.
As you may know, Extell Development recently announced plans for a mixed-use, as-of-right development on the block of 14th Street between Avenues A and B. On February 10, I wrote to Extell to request that it contribute toward the construction of a second entrance to the 1st Avenue L train subway station. As members of CB6 know, the western end of the platform has become a serious safety concern as straphangers mass near the station’s only entrance/exit, creating dangerous overcrowding at the platform’s edge and potential obstruction of egress in the case of emergency.
New York, NY— Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D – Manhattan), ranking member of the Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee, announced the introduction of legislation (S.6593) to subject the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). Senator Hoylman's legislation was covered in today's NY Daily Newshere.
Albany, NY - “The State Senate governing coalition must allow a vote on Mayor de Blasio’s plan for a reliable and adequate funding stream to provide Universal Pre-K in New York City. The Mayor won election on this proposal with the largest margin for a newly-elected mayor since the Consolidation of New York City in 1898. It would be an affront to the voters of New York City if the Senate does not bring the Mayor’s proposal to the floor.”
I recently sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo and State Health Commissioner Nirav Shah urging them to repeal a state regulation banning Medicaid coverage of transgender-related health services. The regulation, which dates from the late 1990s, effectively denies low-income transgender New Yorkers access to vital transition-related health care. California has permitted Medicaid coverage for transgender health care and services since 2001 and five states, including Connecticut, now require health insurance providers to cover treatments related to gender transition. Transgender people receiving Medicaid deserve the same access to essential care as all other eligible New Yorkers. It’s long past time New York lifted this damaging, discriminatory regulation.