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.
On June 13, along with Assembly Member Glick, Council Member Johnson, representatives of Congressman Nadler and Borough President Brewer, as well as parent advocates, I met with the School Construction Authority (SCA) to discuss plans for the new school to be established at 75 Morton. The SCA has firmly committed to having the building ready to open in September 2017, and shared with us floor-by-floor plans that include 10 classrooms per grade level, a dedicated space for District 75 students, and an outdoor play space. Certain other elements, such as the possibility of a school-based health clinic and the design of the gymnasium and auditorium, were the subject of discussion at a school district-wide forum this week.
On June 13, I joined hundreds of Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village (ST/PCV) residents and fellow elected officials including Senator Chuck Schumer, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Council Member Dan Garodnick and Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh on the steps of City Hall to demand a tenant-led sales process to preserve affordability at the over-11,000 unit, historically middle-class complex.
On June 2, 2014, I wrote to the New York City Department of Transportation’s Manhattan Borough Commissioner asking that the planned West Village Slow Zone be expanded one block east to encompasses the many schools and institutions serving youth and senior citizens between 6th and 7th Avenues and West Houston and West 11th Streets. Please see my letter below.
"The legal battle between CW Capital and a “mysterious investor” reported yesterday is a stark reminder of the rampant real estate speculation that threatens the long-term affordability of Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village and the need for government to intervene now.
The 25,000 resident population of Stuy Town-Peter Cooper is larger than many cities in New York. Imagine the response if, say, Kingston or Glens Falls were being sold off to real estate investors!
New York, NY— Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D – Manhattan), released a report summarizing the findings from a May 15 legislative forum held in New York City to address the merits of legislation (S.4917-B/A.6983-B) to prohibit licensed mental health professionals from engaging in so-called “conversion therapy” with minors.
On June 2, I wrote to the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) to seek an expansion to its proposed West Village slow zone, which would impose a 20 mile-per-hour speed limit on the blocks from Houston Street to West 11th Street and from Hudson Street to 7th Avenue South. I echoed the request of Community Board 2 and PS 41 Principal Kelly Shannon that the eastern boundary be moved one block east to 6th Avenue. This additional area is home to many schools and institutions that serve youth and senior citizens, as well as many residential streets which are often subjected to fast and reckless driving. A slow zone will help to protect the many pedestrians in this area and contribute to the realization of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero goal of reducing traffic fatalities.
On June 3, the New York Senate passed a resolution I introduced mourning the death of former Senator Catherine Abate, who dedicated her life and career to public service. Prior to being elected to represent New York’s 27th Senate District, Catherine was an attorney and director of training at the Legal Aid Society in New York City; Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Division of Human Rights and Chair of the New York State Crime Victims Board under Governor Mario Cuomo; and Commissioner of Probation and Correction under Mayor David Dinkins. After her tenure in Albany, she made significant and lasting contributions in the area of public health as President and CEO of Community Healthcare Network.
New York, NY— Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D – Manhattan), ranking member of the Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee, hailed the Senate’s passage of S.6718A to close the loophole that exempts the Port Authority from the New York State’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). Senator Hoylman first called for increased transparency of Port Authority records when he introduced the Port Authority Open Government Act (S.
On May 17, I had the honor of giving the keynote address at the Empire State Pride Agenda’s annual Spring Dinner in Rochester. In addition to applauding the many victories our community has won in great part due to the Pride Agenda's leadership, I discussed GENDA, conversion therapy, surrogacy and Albany ethics. You can see a video of my remarks below.
On May 20, I joined advocates and members of the Senate Democratic Conference to urge the passage of the entire, ten-point Women’s Equality Act (WEA), which comprehensively addresses the disparities that exist for women across New York State. Despite being passed twice in the State Assembly, the full Women’s Equality Act has not even been brought before the Senate for a vote. Just last week, the Senate held its annual “Women of Distinction” ceremony to honor women from across our state for their tremendous contributions to our communities, yet New York’s women continue to face gender-based discrimination and inequality.
On May 16, my colleagues in government and I were shocked to learn that the State and the Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT) had secretly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last December with Atlas Capital Group, which co-owns the St. John’s Building at 550 Washington Street. The MOU was apparently signed in anticipation of the transfer of air rights through a General Project Plan (GPP) from Pier 40 in the Hudson River Park to the St. John’s site, which is directly across the West Side Highway, without going through New York City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).
On May 20, The Compassionate Care Act, which would legalize the use of medical marijuana for New Yorkers diagnosed with one of 20 serious, debilitating, and life-threatening chronic illnesses, passed the New York Senate Health Committee. I joined eight of my fellow committee members in voting for this bill to alleviate suffering for severely ill New Yorkers and I hope to be able to vote for it again on the Senate floor. The Compassionate Care Act will now move to the Senate Finance Committee. If it passes that committee it could be brought to the floor for a full vote before the June 19 end of the 2014 legislative session. Please see the Daily News story on the Health Committee vote here.
Albany, NY – Each year, the New York State Senate selects nominees to the New York State Veterans’ Hall of Fame to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life. This year, State Senator Brad Hoylman selected Army veteran and Penn South resident Walter Mankoff, who has made tremendous contributions to his community as a longtime member of the Penn South board of directors, Manhattan Community Board 4 and Penn South Social Services board.
I commend Mayor de Blasio, along with Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen and City Planning Commissioner Carl Weisbrod, for heeding our call and insisting that a proposal to transfer air rights from Pier 40 in the Hudson River Park to the St. John’s Building at 550 Washington Street must utilize New York City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), instead of a General Project Plan (GPP) as authorized by New York State.
State Senator Brad Hoylman issued the following statement on the passing of Catherine Abate, who was a three-term Democratic District Leader from Greenwich Village and a two-term State Senator from the 27th District before she became President and CEO of Community Healthcare Network (CHN) 15 years ago.
Walter Mankoff was called to serve his country in the United States Army in July 1953. He did so with honor and distinction. Given Scientific and Professional Classifi cation as a Personnel Management Specialist, Walter served two years in a Quartermaster Company in Fort Lee, Virginia, and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He played a key role in company administration and relations with higher headquarters, and was ultimately promoted to Corporal. Walter was honorably discharged in June 1955, and received both a Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medal.
Some mental health professionals in New York engage in a practice that basically assumes that if you're gay you're broken but you can be fixed. The science behind that is being challenged now as state lawmakers want to ban the practice altogether.