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Demanding Community Input on Moynihan Station Air Rights

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.

File: 
Farley Air Rights RFP Letter to ESD.pdf

March 6, 2014
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Co-Sponsoring Legislation to Protect the Character of our Communities

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.

March 4, 2014
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Read Senator Hoylman’s February 2014 Community Report

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

File: 
Hoylman February 2014 Community Report.pdf

February 28, 2014
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Town Hall Meeting on "Vision Zero"

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.

File: 
Vision Zero Legislative Priorities Chart.pdf

February 26, 2014
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Calling for Accountability over Unsafe Construction Conditions

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.

February 25, 2014
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Calling for a State Energy Plan based on Renewable Sources

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.

File: 
Testimony re NYS 2014 Draft Energy Plan.pdf

February 21, 2014
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Statement by Senator Brad Hoylman on Governor Cuomo’s Inclusion of a 30%-of-Income Rent Cap for New York City’s HIV/AIDS Rental

“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 21, 2014
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New York Times: And Surrogacy Makes 3

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.

February 20, 2014
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Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio Announce Affordable Housing Protection for Low-Income New Yorkers Living with HIV/AIDS

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.

February 13, 2014
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Statement by State Senator Brad Hoylman on Inclusion of Commitment for 30% Rent Cap in Mayor de Blasio’s Budget Proposal

“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.

February 12, 2014
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Pushing for a New Avenue A Entrance to the L Train

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.

File: 
Extell L train entrance.pdf

February 11, 2014
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Senator Hoylman Introduces Legislation to Shine Light on Port Authority Records

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 News here.

February 11, 2014
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NY Daily News: State Sen. Brad Hoylman to Introduce Bill to Make Port Authority more Transparent

February 11, 2014 : By Glenn Blain 

ALBANY - In the wake of Gov. Christie’s Bridgegate scandal, a state lawmaker from Manhattan is looking to shed light on the inner workings of the Port Authority.

Sen. Brad Hoylman, a Democrat, plans to introduce legislation Tuesday that would make the Port Authority comply with the state’s Freedom of Information Law governing the release of internal documents.

“We might avoid future bridgegates if the public and the press had more leverage over confidential documents,” Hoylman told the Daily News.

February 11, 2014
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Statement from Senator Brad Hoylman on Senator Skelos’ Plan to Block a Vote on NYC Universal Pre-K

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.”

February 10, 2014
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End Ban on Medicaid Coverage for Transgender Health Services

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.

File: 
Hoylman to NYS re Medicaid Trans Health.pdf

February 10, 2014
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Join me February 25th for a Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Town Hall

On Tuesday, February 25, I am hosting a Pedestrian and Traffic Safety town hall at which a representative of the de Blasio administration will report on implementation of “Vision Zero,” the Mayor’s plan to eliminate traffic fatalities within a decade. Last month the Mayor charged an interagency working group, including the Department of Transportation, NYPD, Taxi and Limousine Commission and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, with developing a comprehensive roadmap for safer streets by February 15. My forum will give Manhattan residents an opportunity to hear the latest news on the plan as well as information on how pedestrians, cyclists and motorists can co-exist more safely on our streets today.

February 6, 2014
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Calling for Municipal Control of Minimum Wage

Yesterday, I joined Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and the statewide Raise Up Coalition in advocating for legislation to allow municipalities to set their own local minimum wage rates above the current state floor of $8 an hour. At a time when the number of low-wage jobs in our state is increasing, allowing municipalities to enact higher minimum wages to better align with local living costs could greatly improve the lives of millions of low income workers. Giving local governments direct control over their minimum wages is a great first step toward reducing income inequality in our state.

February 6, 2014
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Securing Automatic MCI Adjustment Credits for ST-PCV SCRIE & DRIE Tenants

I am pleased to report that CW Capital has heeded the request Council Member Garodnick, Assembly Member Kavanagh and I made, and submitted applications for SCRIE and DRIE tax abatement credit adjustments for each of the recent MCI orders issued to Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village (“ST-PCV”) residents. I have confirmed with the NYC Department of Finance that the applications have been received and are being processed. As a result, ST-PCV tenants who receive SCRIE or DRIE may continue to pay their frozen rent amounts and will not be responsible for the new MCI charges whether or not they filed individual adjustment applications.

February 5, 2014
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Supporting a New Location for Stile’s Market

Today I joined Councilmember Corey Johnson, Congress Member Jerry Nadler, and Assembly Member Dick Gottfried in writing to the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey (PANY) to open a discussion about securing a viable location for Stile’s Farmers Market in Hell’s Kitchen. We would like to explore the possibility of space for this affordable grocery store on PANY property at 551 Ninth Avenue near 42nd Street to ensure the health and well-being of residents along Manhattan’s West Side. Please see our letter to the Port Authority and a recent article on the market in DNA Info below. 

File: 
Stile's Market Letter.pdf

February 5, 2014
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Asking the LPC to Deny the St. Luke’s Tower

On February 4, Assembly Member Deborah Glick, Council Member Corey Johnson and I submitted testimony to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in opposition to the application submitted by the Church of St. Luke in the Fields (“St. Luke’s”) to construct a new building at 100 Barrow Street. While St. Luke’s has been an important part of the Village community for many years, we share Community Board 2’s belief that the proposed tower is not contextually appropriate for construction within the Greenwich Village Historic District. Specifically, the heavy use of glass covering the midsection of the structure represents an architectural design which is incongruous with the rest of the neighborhood, and its height is imposing relative to the rest of the district.

File: 
Joint 100 Barrow LPC Testimony.pdf

February 5, 2014
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