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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Organizing for Safety and Security in Public Housing Communities

On February 13, I addressed a forum on Public Safety in Public Housing organized by the resident associations (RAs) of six lower Manhattan NYCHA developments: Campos Plaza, Baruch Houses, Smith Houses, Rutgers Houses, Vladeck Houses and Fulton Houses. The event brought together NYCHA residents, elected officials, community-based organizations and representatives of the New York Police Department to collaborate on identifying solutions to end the rise in crime within NYCHA developments.  I spoke of the need for stronger relationships between residents of public housing developments and their broader communities and the imperative for NYCHAs and their neighbors to share resources.

February 14, 2013

Supporting Professor Jenny Rivera’s Confirmation to the Court of Appeals

On February 11, the New York State Senate approved the nomination of City University of New York School of Law Professor Jenny Rivera to the New York Court of Appeals, the State’s highest court. I am proud to have spoken forcefully in support of Professor Rivera at a hearing on her nomination, as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

February 11, 2013

Chelsea Now: Our Man in Albany: Q&A with Brad Hoylman

February 6, 2013 : By Scott Stiffler

The following excerpts are from a January 25 phone interview with New York State Senator Brad Hoylman.

February 7, 2013

Fighting to Save the Old Chelsea Post Office

Recently, my office heard from a number of constituents concerned about the potential sale by the United States Postal Service (USPS) of the Old Chelsea Station, which is located at 217 West 18th Street. They had seen a letter posted in the station’s lobby from USPS to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) seeking input on a Preservation Covenant for the building, which is listed in the State and National Registers of Historic Places, in the event that it is sold. I confirmed that the aforementioned letter was not, as many had feared, an indication that sale of the building is imminent.

February 5, 2013

Celebrating Grand Central Terminal’s Centennial Anniversary

On February 1, I was honored to attend the Centennial Anniversary celebration of Grand Central Terminal (GCT), which I am proud is within my Senate District. Since its opening on February 2, 1913, GCT has served hundreds of millions of passengers and remains one of the City’s most treasured and iconic landmarks. At the time it was completed, GCT was the largest construction project in New York’s history – costing more than $2 billion in today’s dollars.

February 1, 2013

Join Me In Telling The Boy Scouts To End Anti-Gay Discrimination Now!

As you may have read, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) recently announced that it is considering rescinding its nationwide policy of banning gay young men from membership and gay and lesbian adults from leadership positions.  However, rather than bringing discrimination within its organization to an end across the nation, BSA plans to authorize local chapters to establish their own discriminatory policies. 

Sen Hoylman to Boy Scouts re Discrimination Policy.pdf

January 31, 2013

Being Named an Environmental Leader by NYLCV

I was honored to be named one of the New York League of Conservation Voters’ ‘New Generation’ of environmental leaders. I am looking forward to working with the League and my colleagues to demand full funding for our state's Environmental Protection Fund, to defend our state from environmental threats--from climate change to hydrofracking--and to fight for proactive measures to ensure a more sustainable future.

January 30, 2013

Being Named Ranking Member of Two Senate Committees

On January 28, I was named as the Ranking Democratic member of both the New York State Senate Consumer Protection Committee and the Investigations and Government Operations Committee. I am honored that Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins has placed her trust in me to be the consumer and state watchdog in the State Senate. I was also appointed to the Codes; Crime Victims, Crime and Correction; Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Park and Recreation; and Judiciary committees.

January 28, 2013

Fighting for Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Residents

On Jan 26, I had my first opportunity as a New York State Senator to address a meeting of the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association (ST-PCV TA).  It was inspiring to see hundreds of ST-PCV residents stream into the Baruch College Mason Hall on a freezing Saturday afternoon to hear an update on matters of importance to tenants of the complex, to voice their concerns, and to come together in unity for benefit of the community as a whole.  It speaks to the TA's strength that not only local elected officials but citywide leaders attended as well.

January 26, 2013

Supporting Vibrant Adaptive Reuse and Restoration of Historic Pier 57

On January 23, I submitted testimony to the New York City Planning Commission in strong support of applications for zoning changes that would allow for the transformation of the long vacant Pier 57 at 15th Street in Hudson River Park into an innovative cultural and commercial destination.

Sen Hoylman Testimony on Pier 57 Redevelopment.pdf

January 24, 2013

Statement Regarding Passage of S2320

ALBANY, January 23, 2013 – Today, I fulfilled a pledge that I made to co-op and condo owners during my campaign for State Senate to vote to extend the long-standing property tax abatement program that had expired in June 2012. Without this vote of the Senate, New York City homeowners in co-ops and condos would have to pay dramatically more in real estate taxes than owners of comparably assessed one-, two- and three-family homes, and the high tax bills could force some of them to sell their homes and leave their neighborhoods.

January 23, 2013

Hailing President Obama’s Historic Mention of Stonewall in His Innaugural Address

This week the nation saw an historic first as President Obama made a passionate and eloquent defense of equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Americans in his second inaugural address.  I am particularly proud of his mention of Stonewall, the birthplace of the modern LGBT rights movement, which is located in the 27th State Senate District, in the same breath as Seneca Falls and Selma.  I am deeply moved by President Obama’s recognition of families like mine and so many others in my district.  I applaud the President’s substantive accomplishments for LGBT Americans during his first term and am heartened by his soaring declaration, at the outset of his second, that all Americans must be treated as true equals under the law.

January 22, 2013