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Joining AG Schneiderman in Announcing Crack Down on Post-Sandy Gas Price Gouging

On May 2, I joined New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman as he announced he is filing lawsuits against four service stations for charging consumers excessively high gas prices in the days immediately following Hurricane Sandy last November. Attorney General Schneiderman also announced he has reached monetary settlements with 25 other service stations and has investigations pending against dozens more.

May 3, 2013
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Senator Hoylman, Assembly Members Wright & Kavanagh Announce Legislation Requiring Full Public Review of Any NYCHA Land Disposition

New York, NY— New York State Senator Brad Hoylman, Assembly Housing Chair Keith L.T. Wright and Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh are introducing S.4641/A.6964, the “NYCHA Real Property Public Review Act,” which requires that any disposition of land or buildings by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) be subject to New York City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), the same review process that other city agencies must adhere to when redeveloping public land. The need for legislative action is clear.

May 2, 2013
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Welcoming Participants in Empire State Pride Agenda’s Equality and Justice Day

On April 30, 2013, Empire State Pride Agenda, New York’s statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights and advocacy organization, held its Equality and Justice Day in Albany. This annual event, which features a rally at the Capitol, workshops, caucuses and visits with elected representatives, is an opportunity for the LGBT community to show its strength and depth of support. Following is a transcript of welcoming remarks I made to the event’s participants.

April 30, 2013
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Senator Hoylman Introduces “Ethics Patch” to Close Loopholes in 2011 Laws

Albany, NY (April 29, 2013)—Today, New York State Senator Brad Hoylman introduced the Federal Corruption Loophole Closure Act (S.4807-A) and another bill (S.4836), which together close loopholes in the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011 that exempted most elected officials in Albany who are convicted of felonies related to their elective office from forfeiture or reduction of their pensions.

April 29, 2013
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Continuing the Fight to Save Old Chelsea Station

On Thursday, April 11th, I was proud to stand with local residents, other elected officials, and Chuck Zlatkin of the New York Metro Area Postal Workers Union at the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) public forum on its proposed closure and sale of Old Chelsea Station. At the meeting, which was sponsored by Community Board 4, I reiterated to Joseph Mulvey, USPS’s Real Estate Specialist, what I and my colleagues in government have been saying since we first learned of the proposed sale: that selling the facility and leasing new space elsewhere in the neighborhood simply does not make sense.

April 28, 2013
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Addressing Challenges Faced by New Yorkers Living with HIV/AIDS

On April 25, I was pleased to co-sponsor and speak at a seminar hosted by VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt’s Center for Comprehensive Care on improving care for people living with HIV and AIDS (PLHIV). As the representative of a district with one of the state’s highest concentrations of PLHIV, I especially appreciated the focus on obstacles individuals face in getting the care they need, and solutions that are applicable in their neighborhoods and communities. Particular attention was paid to the challenges of AIDS and aging, medication adherence and the stigma that continues to surround HIV/AIDS more than 30 years after the start of the epidemic.

April 27, 2013
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Rolling Out a New Campaign to Pass GENDA

On April 23, I joined New York State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, the prime sponsors of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), at a Housing Works press conference launching a new campaign calling for a vote on the bill this year and an end to the stalling of transgender civil rights in New York.

April 24, 2013
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Senator Hoylman Commends DFS Superintendent Lawsky for Taking Decisive Action in Fight Against Meningitis Outbreak

New York, NY (April 24, 2013) — Today, New York State Superintendent of Financial Services Benjamin M. Lawsky sent letters to health insurers directing them to inform the public that meningitis vaccines effective against a new, lethal strain of that disease are covered under insurance.New York State Senator Brad Hoylman (D, WFP – Manhattan), who had reached out to the Superintendent to request this action, said: “I commend Benjamin Lawsky, the Superintendent of Financial Services, for directing health insurers to inform health care providers and the public that vaccination for meningitis is covered by their insurance plans. I greatly appreciate the Cuomo Administration’s decisive action on this issue.

April 24, 2013
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Statement by NYS Senator Hoylman Condemning Torture

Albany, NY (April 23, 2013) – “I deplore the comments made in recent days by the Chairman of the New York State Senate Homeland Security Committee that the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing should be tortured. Torture can never be justified to extract information or a confession from suspects. The law is clear: U.S. law, the U.N. Convention against Torture, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights all impose an absolute ban torture, even during wartime.

April 23, 2013
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NYS Senator Brad Hoylman Issues Earth Day Call to Action Against Fracking

“Forty-three years ago today, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin organized a nationwide grassroots demonstration and teach-in for a sustainable environment and called it ‘Earth Day.’ The rallies held in cities, towns and universities united millions of Americans behind a concerted call for action, ushering in creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.  

April 22, 2013
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Statement of NYS Senator Hoylman on Continued Discrimination by Boy Scouts of America

New York, NY (April 19, 2013) —Today, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) released its proposed revision to the Membership Standards Resolution, which, if approved, would end the organization’s ban on gay youths but would maintain its exclusion of gay and lesbian adult leaders.As the only openly-gay New York State Senator and as an Eagle Scout (Troop 70, Lewisburg, WV), I am dismayed by BSA’s continued failure to remove all barriers to participation in its organization based on sexual orientation. If adopted, the organization’s latest proposal would maintain the ban on gay and lesbian adult leaders.

April 19, 2013
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Introducing Legislation to Create Free Online Tax Prep For All

I marked Tax Day, April 15, by introducing legislation (S4570) directing the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance to create an online program to allow all New Yorkers to prepare and file their federal and state income tax returns free of charge.  Currently, New York only has limited free online tax preparation services, all of which are provided by outside vendors with a profit motive. So-called “free file” programs are run by for-profit third parties, include hidden fees and are available only to taxpayers who meet income guidelines. 

April 15, 2013
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Calling for New Open Space to Offset Impact of Culture Shed

On April 10, I submitted testimony to the New York City Planning Commission (CPC) regarding the City Department of Cultural Affairs’ (DCA) proposed Culture Shed, an expandable structure intended to house a variety of public and private cultural uses at West 30th Street and 11th Avenue in the emerging Hudson Yards development. The innovative facility will feature retractable canopies which, when fully deployed, will completely enclose an adjacent 20,000 square foot plaza that was promised to the local community as open-to-the-sky, publicly accessible space after lengthy negotiations on the 2005 Hudson Yards rezoning. DCA’s dynamic project promises to bolster the city’s cultural landscape as a vibrant backdrop for events and exhibitions.

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BH_CultureShed.pdf

April 10, 2013
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Weighing in on Madison Square Garden Special Permit Applications

Earlier today, I submitted testimony to the New York City Planning Commission on Madison Square Garden’s (MSG) application for two special permits -- one to allow the operation in perpetuity of its 22,000 seat arena in area zoned to allow an arena of only 2,500 seats, and another to allow large LED advertising signs that exceed the surface area and use restrictions of the site’s existing zoning. As you may know, the original special permit expired on January 24, 2013 after a term of 50 years.

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MSG CPC Testimony BH.pdf

April 10, 2013
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Declaring Solidarity with NYC Fast Food Workers

I’m proud to declare my solidarity with the hundreds of fast food workers who are returning to work after walking out yesterday to protest decades of exploitation and to demand better pay. Just as the growth of the national economy -- and the so-called recovery from the Great Recession -- has left behind average Americans, low-wage fast food workers have not seen any benefits from the record profits made by the large chains that employ them. Average hourly pay for fast food workers is the lowest of any occupation in the city, and even those who get full-time work earn less than federal poverty guidelines. 

April 5, 2013
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Renewing the Call for Campaign Finance Reform as Recent Scandals Give New Impetus for Rules Overhaul

“The indictments of public officials from both parties over the last week underscore the rotten and pervasive ‘pay-to-play’ culture in Albany. We need to increase transparency dramatically and wean Albany off a system that rewards legislators with campaign contributions for supporting causes backed by special interests. I congratulate the U.S. Attorney for pursuing these cases and agree with him that they raise alarming questions about the pervasiveness of the corruption in New York State government. But with every crisis there is an opportunity. In addition to prosecuting to the fullest extent of the law those who have violated the voters’ trust, we should take this opportunity to promulgate steps to systematically reform campaign finance. 

April 5, 2013
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Announcing April 22 Town Hall Meeting on Peter Stuyvesant Post Office Relocation

As you may know, the United States Postal Services (USPS) recently announced that it is seeking to relocate from the Peter Stuyvesant Post Office at 432 East 14th Street, where its lease is up for renewal. The agency would move the delivery carrier operation to its Madison Square facility at 149 East 23rd Street, and retail operations would be housed in another as-yet-unidentified local facility. There will be a Town Hall meeting about this proposed relocation at Campos Plaza (611 East 13th St.) on April 22 at 6:30pm. If you are concerned about this issue and would like to weigh in on USPS’ plans, I encourage to attend and let your voice be heard. Convenient access to postal services is a crucial issue for residents and small businesses.

April 4, 2013
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Read Senator Hoylman's April Community Report

Senator Hoylman's April Community Report is available for download as a .pdf below or can be viewed here.

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April 2013 Newsletter.pdf

April 1, 2013
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Calling for City to Subject Any P.S 191/P.S. 199 Redevelopment to ULURP

As you may know, the New York City Education Construction Fund (ECF) is planning to solicit proposals for the redevelopment of the current sites of P.S. 191 and P.S. 199 as residential towers with new school facilities. On March 28, I sent a letter to the New York City Department of Education and ECF echoing CB7’s call for robust community engagement before issuing any Request for Proposals (RFP) and to guarantee that any redevelopment would be subject to the City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).

March 29, 2013
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Welcoming ‘On Deck,’ Newest Addition to NYC Tech Sector

On March 28, I joined Mayor Bloomberg and On Deck Capital CEO Noah Breslow in a press conference announcing the opening of the company’s New York City headquarters at 1400 Broadway. On Deck, which describes itself as a “technology-powered Main Street lender,” is a welcome addition to our city’s blossoming tech sector and a vital resource for small brick and mortar businesses that do not qualify for traditional bank loans. Since the company launched six years ago, it has provided more than $14 million in small loans (an average of $30,000 each) to local businesses, and more than $37 million to New York State-based businesses.

March 29, 2013
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