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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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Senator Hoylman Denounces Political Budget Gimmicks and Cuts to Programs for State’s Most Vulnerable

Albany, NY, March 27, 2013— Early this morning, the New York State Senate passed the final bills in the budget package for Fiscal Year 2013-2014.New York State Senator Brad Hoylman reserved the bulk of his comments for the debate over the revenue bill and delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor:“Mr. President, Groucho Marx once said:Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.That's what this revenue bill does. It diagnoses the incorrect problem and applies the wrong remedies.Mr. President, the problem with New York's economy is not taxes on families with children earning between $40,000 and $300,000.

March 27, 2013
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Senator Hoylman Speaks on the Need for Increased Transparency in State Senate Operations

On March 25, 2013, Senator Hoylman spoke on the Senate Floor re: S3046, a bill that requires State Senate committee and floor votes to be made available online and session and committee meetings to be webcast.  Senator Hoylman voted yes on measure and cited the need for even more transparency and committee reform.

March 26, 2013
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NYS Senator Hoylman Voices Strong Support for Speed Camera Legislation

New York, NY— Earlier this year, New York State Assembly Member Deborah Glick introduced legislation (A4327) to establish a demonstration program to enforce maximum speed limits by means of speed limit photo devices, or “speed cameras,” in New York City.  It has been reported that New York State Senator Andrew Lanza will be introducing companion legislation in the Senate. Speed cameras have been credited with reducing speeding and crash rates in cities throughout the nation, including a 40% reduction in collisions in Paradise Valley, AZ.  Police in Washington D.C. reported a 56% reduction in traffic fatalities after speed cameras were installed.

March 19, 2013
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Speaking up for People with Developmental Disabilities

On March 15, 2013, I addressed the Manhattan Developmental Disabilities Council’s annual legislative breakfast (MDDC). Of particular concern to the organization is Governor Cuomo’s proposed 6% ($120 million) cut to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) in the Fiscal Year 2013-14 New York State Budget. This would result in a massive $240 million reduction in funding for community-based supports and services to people with developmental disabilities because New York would lose $120 million in federal matching funds as well.

March 15, 2013
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Seeking to Prevent the State from Sharing Sensitive Student Data

Recently, I heard from a number of constituents who were very disturbed to read in a Reuters article that the New York State Education Department (NYSED) plans to share confidential student information with the non-profit corporation inBloom Inc., with which the agency contracted to provide a K-12 student database. The article noted that for-profit tech companies and other commercial vendors could have access to this data, and that the company “cannot guarantee the security of the information stored.” I immediately reached out to New York State’s Education Commissioner to clarify these plans and to urge that our State not proceed with any initiatives that could compromise the privacy of our public school students and their families.

File: 
NYSED inBloom letter.pdf

March 15, 2013
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NYS Senator Hoylman Voices Democratic Conference’s Opposition to Devastating Cuts to NYC Public Schools in GOP/IDC Budget Reso

ALBANY—Today, the New York State Senate passed its one-house budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2013-2014. New York State Senator Brad Hoylman joined 15 of his colleagues in voting ‘nay’ on the resolution, which was written behind closed doors by the Republican and Independent Democratic Conferences and rushed onto the Senate floor. On behalf of the Democratic Conference, Senator Hoylman specifically addressed the budget resolution’s $240 million in devastating cuts to New York City public schools.

March 11, 2013
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Sharing in the Thanks for Helping Westbeth after Sandy

On March 10, I was honored to participate in a "Thank You Reception," hosted by the Westbeth Community of Artists, for all who came to the aid of the hard-hit Westbeth Artists' Housing after Hurricane Sandy. Last November, I joined local elected officials, community members, volunteer art restorers and others who arrived en masse to do whatever was needed to make life more comfortable for the hundreds of residents left without heat, water and electricity, and whose boilers, elevators, laundry room, sculpture studio and art storage space were badly damaged.

March 10, 2013
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Urging Immediate Action on PCB Remediation at PS 87 and Schools Across NYC

On March 8, I joined State Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal, U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler, State Senator Jose M. Serrano, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, other local elected officials, and PS 87 Parent-Teacher Association co-president Ann Binstock at a press conference to express our outrage at the New York City Department of Education’s (DOE) woefully inadequate handling of a PCB leak discovered in a PS 87 light fixture last December 7 and not revealed to parents and the school’s administrators until March 4. It's distressing that nearly five years after dangerous levels of PCB contamination were first discovered in a half-dozen New York City public schools, the DOE continues to shirk transparency and accountability.

File: 
Hoylman-Serrano PS87 PCB letter.pdf

March 9, 2013
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Read Senator Hoylman's March Community Report

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

File: 
March 2013 newsletter

March 7, 2013
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NYS Senator Brad Hoylman Dismayed by Senate Passage of MMA Bill

Albany, March 6, 2013—Today, the New York State Senate passed legislation (S2755) to legalize Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in New York State. Senator Brad Hoylman (D, WFP - Manhattan) joined 14 of his colleagues in voting against the bill. MMA, which is also known as cage fighting, ultimate fighting, or no-holds barred fighting, has been dubbed by U.S. Senator John McCain as “the human equivalent of cockfighting.”  MMA, along with boxing, stands apart from every other sanctioned sport because its aim is to cause physical harm and injury to an opponent until they are unable to continue, the primary goal being to knock the opponent unconscious, which has been shown in numerous medical studies to result in acute brain damage.

March 6, 2013
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WCBS 880: State Senator Opposes Closure Of Chelsea Prison

March 5, 2013 : Reporter Pete Haskill

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - New York State is planning to close a prison in a pricey Manhattan neighborhood and one local politician is against the move.

In a neighborhood of luxury apartments and high end galleries, it’s almost as if the Bayview Correctional Facility is hiding in plain sight. 

But there it is at 550 West 20th Street in Chelsea.

March 5, 2013
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March 21: Rally Against Gun Violence

I urge you to join my office and New York Voices Against Gun Violence in a massive rally against gun violence starting at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 at the Harlem State Office Building, 163 West 125th Street (just east of Seventh Avenue).  As I reported earlier this year, I am proud to have voted for the NY SAFE Act of 2013, which enacts the toughest assault weapons ban in the nation. Its passage broke the gun lobby’s decades-long grip on the legislature and, not surprisingly, the gun lobby has come out swinging, organizing opposition and mounting challenges to the law. Too many families and communities have been devastated by gun violence.

March 5, 2013
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Making the Case for Comprehensive Campaign Finance Reform

Ending Albany’s “pay-to-play” culture through comprehensive campaign finance reform was a core theme of my candidacy. Two months into my tenure in the State Senate, the imperative to implement a system that includes public financing, matched contributions and lower contribution limits for candidates for state offices is clearer to me than ever. Please click here to see my op-ed on the topic, “Reform Albany’s Campaign Finance System,” which appeared in last week's The Villager newspaper.

March 4, 2013
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Calling for Immediate Action to Increase – and Index – the Minimum Wage

On February 27, I joined Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and other members of the Senate Democratic Conference at a press conference calling for immediate action to raise the New York State minimum wage and index future increases to the rate of inflation.

February 28, 2013
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Rallying for Good Jobs & Responsible Development

On February 26, I joined “Build Up NYC,” an alliance of public officials, labor unions and advocates, at a rally advocating for safe and responsible development that provides good wages and benefits. Developers who receive public support – whether in the form of public funds, tax abatements or zoning changes – have an obligation to provide safe, good-paying jobs with affordable health insurance and retirement benefits for their employees. The rally, which took place in my district on 54th Street and Eighth Avenue, specifically targeted real estate developer Starwood Capital, which has used non-union labor at a nearby, problem-plagued development site as well as at its other development sites across the city.

February 27, 2013
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Calling for Robust Community Engagement on NYCHA’s Proposed Infill Development Plan

On February 20, I joined Manhattan Community Board 3, Borough President Scott Stringer, New York City Councilmember Margaret Chin and other local elected officials in sending a letter to Mayor Bloomberg and New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Chairman John Rhea calling for greater transparency and community engagement in the City’s proposed infill development plan.  As you may know, the City has proposed leasing NYCHA-owned land on eight public housing developments to private developers so that they may build private residential housing with modest affordable housing components.

February 21, 2013
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Add Your Voice: Raise and Index the Minimum Wage!

As President Obama so pointedly said in his recent State of the Union address, “corporate profits have rocketed to all-time highs, but for more than a decade, wages and incomes have barely budged.” Here in New York, Governor Cuomo has proposed increasing the minimum wage to $8.75 per hour to help address the growing gap between the rich and poor in our state. While I appreciate his support for a long-overdue increase, working families will not see a lasting benefit if we fail to index future increases to inflation. 

February 15, 2013
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Statement re: DEC Decision to Delay Fracking Until Health Study is Complete

After sustained pressure from environmental activists and their allies in government, Governor Cuomo’s administration took a positive step this week in the fight against hydrofracking in New York State. Per a request made by the Commissioner of the State Department of Health (DOH), the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that it would delay the finalization of its supplemental generic environmental impact statement (SGEIS) on hydrofracking until the ongoing study of the potential health impacts of this dangerous drilling method is completed. Before this announcement, DEC was slated to complete the SGEIS and issue final regulations before the end of this month, officially opening the door to hydrofracking.

February 15, 2013
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