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Statement by Senator Brad Hoylman on U.S. Senate Passage of ENDA and Continued Need for GENDA

“It is wonderful the U.S. Senate has passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would protect Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender individuals from discrimination on the job. Of course it will not be the law of the land until it is passed by the House of Representatives and signed by President Obama, and even then its protections are limited to the workplace.

November 7, 2013
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Urging the Governor to Sign Legislation to Crack Down on Puppy Mills

On November 1, I joined State Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal and other local elected officials in calling on Governor Cuomo to sign a bill she authored which makes it easier to crack down on “puppy mills” in New York State. Puppy mills are often filthy, overcrowded and lead to serious medical and genetic conditions which are only discovered after the puppies have been sold to local stores and their customers. It is unconscionable for anyone to keep animals in such conditions. 

November 2, 2013
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NY Rising: Include all Storm-Battered Lower Manhattan in Community Reconstruction Area

In early summer, as part of Governor Cuomo’s NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program, Lower Manhattan was awarded $25 million to create and implement locally-created strategies for rebuilding and strengthening the community against future extreme weather. A Community Planning Committee made up of community leaders, experts, and officials has been driving the planning process.

File: 
Hoylman 10-30-13 NY Rising Testimony.pdf

November 1, 2013
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Addressing the Rise in Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes

On October 31, I testified at a hearing held by the New York City Council Committee on Civil Rights regarding the recent rise in anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) crimes in New York City. Through the middle of August, the New York Police Department had reported 68 anti-gay hate crimes this year -- including 41 assaults and two murders -- up from 54 in all of 2012. I noted that as government officials, we have a responsibility to protect our city and its citizens from such vicious, bias-motivated attacks, which send a powerful and fear-inducing message to all members of the targeted community. Please see my testimony below.

File: 
LGBT Hate Crimes testimony.pdf

November 1, 2013
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Senate Education Committee Hearing Assessing the Regents Reform Agenda

On October 29, the State Senate Education Committee held a hearing in Manhattan to review the impact and effectiveness of the reform agenda recently launched by the New York State Board of Regents.

October 30, 2013
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Hurricane Sandy One Year Anniversary

As we approach the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, we should remain cognizant of the existing hardships that continue to affect many of our city’s neighborhoods. New Yorkers have shown great resiliency in the storm’s aftermath and I applaud those who have volunteered on behalf of storm damaged neighborhoods here and across the city. Also, it is my hope that this anniversary can serve as a reminder of the need to be prepared for any disaster. I’d like to encourage everyone to develop an emergency preparedness plan, some tips on which can be found on New York City’s Office of Emergency Management website at www.nyc.gov/readyny.

October 24, 2013
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State Ed Commissioner Should Meet with NYC Parents on Recent Reforms

On October 18, New York State Education Commissioner John King, Jr. announced he and the State Board of Regents would be holding a series of 12 forums in school districts across the state to meet with parents and educators to discuss the Common Core Standards and other education reforms approved by the State Board of Regents. I was deeply disappointed to see that New York City, with its approximately 1.1 million public school students, was left off the list of school districts where forums will be held. Please see below my letter to Commissioner King urging him to hold an additional forum in New York City during the first round of public meetings.

October 22, 2013
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Tesifying at New York City Council on East Midtown Rezoning

On October 22, 2013, I testified before the New York City Council Council Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises regarding the Department of City Planning's proposed East Midtown Rezoning. I am the State Senator representing approximately two thirds of the East Midtown Rezoning area and State Senator Liz Krueger represents the other third. Please see below a joint letter we submitted to Members of the City Council highlighting some of our chief concerns about the proposal.

File: 
Krueger Hoylman EMR City Council Letter.pdf

October 22, 2013
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Promoting Safe Asbestos Removal at PS 63/363

I have been working with New York City Councilmember Rosie Mendez, other local elected officials, the PS 63 and PS 363 school communities, and CB3 to address concerns about the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and School Construction Authority's (SCA) asbestos removal construction project scheduled to start on Friday, November 1 at the school building at 121 East 3rd Street.

October 22, 2013
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Presentation on Frackonomics: Debunking the Financial Myths of Fracking

On October 3, 2013, at Manhattan's SVA Theatre, I hosted a presentation by Energy Policy Forum founder Deborah Rogers on Frackonomics: Debunking the Financial Myths of Fracking. Click play to see the event in its entirety.

October 18, 2013
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SantaCon Must Clean Up its Act

Each year, local elected officials, community boards and local precincts are besieged by complaints as SantaCon, a mass pub crawl of people dressed in Santa Claus costumes, passes through their neighborhoods and the actions of its participants can have a detrimental effect on residents’ quality of life. Please see below the letter I sent to SantaCon organizers urging them to work with the New York Police Department and local community boards on a strong and effective plan for controlling the event.

 

File: 
10.15.13 Santa Con Public Safety Letter.pdf

October 17, 2013
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Thank You VNSNY for Our Successful Free Flu Shot Event

On October 16, Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) came to my district office to administer free flu shots to constituents from across my district. Over the course of three hours, VNSNY nurses gave a total of 88 flu shots; I was happy to get one myself. If you have not already gotten your flu shot, please visit the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's flu prevention website at nyc.gov/flu to identify a provider near you.

October 17, 2013
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Read Senator Hoylman’s October Community Report

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

File: 
Hoylman October 2013 Community Report.pdf

October 16, 2013
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Vote No on Proposed Constitutional Amendment to Legalize Casino Gambling

The New York Casino Gambling Amendment is Proposal One of six state constitutional amendments that will be on the General Election ballot on November 5, 2013. It would make casino gambling legal and permit the State Legislature to authorize up to seven casinos. Earlier this year, I voted against this constitutional amendment and spoke out against it on the Senate floor. On November 5, I urge you to vote “no,” too. 

October 13, 2013
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Free Flu Shots – Wednesday, October 16 in My District Office

On Wednesday, October 16, from 10 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., my office will be providing free flu shots, courtesy of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, to adults as well as to children 9 and over with parental consent. Space is limited and appointments are recommended to guarantee your shot. For more information or to make an appointment, call my office at (212) 633-8052 or email hoylman@nysenate.gov with your complete contact information and the time you would like to come in for your shot.

October 6, 2013
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Senator Hoylman Demands Hotel Owners Respect Sandy Evacuees’ Rights as Tenants

New York, NY (October 4, 2013) – New York State Senator Brad Hoylman issued the following statement today in response to reports that local hotel operators were seeking to illegally evict evacuees of Superstorm Sandy despite being offering payments by New York Disaster Interfaith Services for their continued stay.  “I am deeply disturbed that 30 Superstorm Sandy evacuees living in hotel rooms in my district and hundreds in hotels elsewhere in the city are potentially facing imminent illegal eviction after the City terminated its hotel reimbursement program.

October 4, 2013
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Critical State Bill to Protect Student Privacy

On September 30, I testified before the New York City Council Committee on Education in strong support of Resolution No. 1768, which calls on the State to pass A.6059/S.4284, of which I am a co-sponsor. The bill, which was introduced by Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell, would prohibit the release of students’ personally identifiable information to third parties without parental consent.

File: 
Sen Hoylman Student Privacy Testimony.pdf

October 1, 2013
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Remarks at the Inauguration of the Roche Translational and Clinical Research Center

This morning, I was honored to speak at the Inauguration of the Roche Translational and Clinical Research Center at the Alexandria Center for Life Science, located in my Senate District.  Below is a transcript of my remarks.Good morning. My name is Brad Hoylman and I am the Senator representing the 27th State Senate District, which includes NYU Langone Medical Center, one of the leading academic medical centers here on the East Side of Manhattan.It is my great pleasure to welcome Roche to the district. And back to New York City, after having left here over one hundred years ago.

October 1, 2013
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Supporting Sustainability at PS 33

On September 28, I was pleased to join members of the PS 33 (Chelsea Prep) community at the school’s first annual Sustainable Technology Charrette. The event, part of the Center for Green Schools’ Green Apple Day of Service, featured presentations from experts in green technologies that are integrated into the Chelsea Prep curriculum. To date, these technologies include recycling and composting throughout the school, hydroponic units in the classroom, and a bike blender that is powered by human pedaling. I applaud Principal Linore Lindy, the PS 33 Green Committee and the entire school community for their commitment to creating a healthy, safe, cost-efficient and productive learning environment where energy and resources are conserved.

September 30, 2013
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