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Senator Hoylman Applauds Governor Cuomo for Barring Non-Essential Government Travel to Indiana

NEW YORK - State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: “I applaud Governor Cuomo for his leadership in barring non-essential state-funded travel to Indiana in the aftermath of its discriminatory new law, which is an assault on basic civil rights for LGBT Americans everywhere. The Governor has sent a strong message that New York will not tolerate legalized discrimination against gays and lesbians. 

"At the same time, I'm mindful that we have more work to do in Albany because transgender New Yorkers do not enjoy the same protections as the rest of us, and so I hope the outrage directed towards Indiana will also help spur new momentum on passing the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act."

March 31, 2015

LGBT Legislators Urge Gov. Cuomo to Issue Executive Order Boycotting Discriminatory Indiana Law

Senator Hoylman and Assemblymembers Glick, O’Donnell, Bronson and Titone Call New Indiana Law “Uniquely Abhorrent and Alarming”

NEW YORK – The five LGBT members of the NYS Legislature today urged Governor Cuomo to boycott Indiana’s new discriminatory law known as the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA), signed into law last week by Governor Mike Pence.

In a strongly worded letter, Senator Brad Hoylman and Assemblymembers Deborah Glick, Daniel O’Donnell, Harry Bronson and Matthew Titone called the new law “uniquely abhorrent and alarming,” and asked Cuomo to “immediately sign an Executive Order barring state-funded travel to the state of Indiana.”

March 31, 2015


Campaign Launched in February Wins Additional $2.1 Million for Youth Shelters 

Senator Enlisted Support of Singer Miley Cyrus on Social Media

Hoylman: “New funding reverses years of cuts that have forced thousands of New York kids to sleep on the streets”

NEW YORK – Last night the New York State Legislature voted to include $4.5 million for homeless youth shelters in the 2015-16 budget, $2.1 million more than previous years and the first appreciable increase in funding for such shelters since 2008.

March 31, 2015

Senator Hoylman Praises Inclusion of Increased Homeless Youth Shelter Funding in 2015 New York State Budget

 Allocation of $4.5 million in state budget marks first appreciable increase in homeless youth shelter funding since 2008

Hoylman: “Miley Cyrus’ advocacy on behalf of homeless kids is a perfect example of how star power can be used to help others”

NEW YORK - State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: “No kid should ever be turned away from a youth shelter due to overcrowding. That’s why I’m grateful to the Governor and the legislative leaders for including $4.5 million in the final budget agreement to help provide for new shelter beds. If approved, this will be the first appreciable increase in funding for homeless youth shelters since 2008 and help reverse years of cuts.

March 27, 2015

Join Me for an Earth Day Open House on April 24

As Ranking Member of the Senate’s Environmental Conservation Committee, I want to hear your ideas on how to improve our environment. Please join me in my District Office, located at 322 8th Avenue at West 26th Street, on Friday, April 24th from 4-6pm for light refreshments, giveaways, and informal conversation about the environment and any other issues you’d like to discuss. Bring your old batteries for recycling! For more information or to RSVP, please email or call 212-633-8052, and please see a flyer for the event below.

Earth Day 2015 Flyer.pdf

March 25, 2015


Senator Hoylman: “The proximity of this construction site to 800 elementary students at a local public school on the block makes this a matter of the utmost importance.”

March 18, 2015

Hoylman Applauds NYS Liquor Authority Decision to Deny Liquor License Renewal for Disruptive Hudson Square Nightclub “Greenhouse”

Decision Comes Following Community Complaints and Joint Letter Urging Denial of License 

NEW YORK – State Senator Brad Hoylman said: “I’m very pleased the New York State Liquor Authority has decided to once and for all deny a liquor license renewal to this disruptive and dangerous nightclub. This establishment’s violent culture, along with its excessive noise and litter regularly interfered with the lives of too many of my constituents and while Greenhouse closed in April of 2014, today’s decision means that the surrounding community can rest knowing it will not return. 

March 11, 2015

Senator Hoylman Applauds Ringling Bros.' Decision to Phase Out Elephant Acts, Calls on Other Circuses to Do the Same

Hoylman Bill Would Ban the Use of Whips, Bull Hooks and Other Implements Used During Elephant Acts 

NEW YORK - State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: "I applaud Feld Entertainment and Ringling Bros. for agreeing to phase out all elephant acts by 2018. New York needs to do more to protect animal rights, which is why I’ve introduced legislation to eliminate the use of whips, bull hooks and other implements used during elephant acts that inflict pain and suffering on these majestic animals. I urge other circuses to follow the Ringling Bros.’ example and put an end to elephant acts."

March 5, 2015

Nominations for 2015 New York State Senate Women of Distinction

Each year, the New York State Senate honors a select group of outstanding women who enrich their communities and strengthen our state as “Women of Distinction.” 

Last year, I was proud to honor an exceptional constituent: Woman of Distinction Marisa Redanty, whom you can read about here.

March 4, 2015

Advocating for the Passage of the Child Safe Products Act

Yesterday, I spoke at a press conference to rally support for the Child Safe Products Act, legislation that would require manufacturers to eliminate the use of chemicals like lead, mercury and arsenic in children’s toys. We need to protect our kids from known carcinogens and it’s imperative that the Senate take up this bill, which has bipartisan support but failed to be brought to the floor for a vote last year. 


March 4, 2015

Statement By Senator Brad Hoylman, Lead Amicus Appellant, On Yesterday's Court Decision Protecting Rent-Stabilization Rights

Hoylman: This ruling will help maintain the integrity of our state’s long-standing tenant protection laws by making clear that New Yorkers cannot be forced from their homes as a result of filing for bankruptcy.

March 3, 2015

Highlighting Public Safety and Quality of Life Concerns at Riis Houses

On February 19, I wrote to New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye regarding public safety and quality of life concerns at Jacob Riis Houses, located in my district between East 8th and 13th Streets and Avenue D and FDR Drive. Notably, there is a severe rodent infestation and inconsistent lighting that contributes to residents feeling unsafe on the grounds at night. Please see my letter urging NYCHA to address these issues attached.

Letter to New York City Housing Authority Chair Shola Olatoye.pdf

February 26, 2015
February 24, 2015


Coalition Calls On New York State Legislature To Allocate $4.75 Million Toward Homeless Youth Shelters In FY 2015-16 Budget

Cites Data Showing Homeless Youth Shelter Funding Has Been Slashed 66 Percent Since 2008, Number Of Homeless Youth Getting Turned Away From Shelters Has Skyrocketed From 573 To 5,041

Hoylman: “It’s Unconscionable That Thousands Of New York Kids Struggle Each Year To Find A Safe Place To Sleep.”

February 12, 2015

State Senator Brad Hoylman invites you to #5000TooMany A Rally for Homeless Youth

Thursday, February 12, 1:00-1:30 PM, on the Steps of City Hall, we are calling on New York State to increase funding for homeless youth to $4.75 million this year.

In 2012, kids were turned away from shelters more than 5,000 times because there wasn’t enough space – a tenfold increase since 2008 when funding was cut by 66 percent. This winter alone, more than 400 kids have been turned away. Our kids deserve a safe place to sleep.

See the flyer attached and RSVP to or 212-633-8052.

Homeless Youth Rally Flier.pdf

February 11, 2015

Senator Hoylman Lauds Court Decision Ruling "Conversion Therapy" a Fraud

Hoylman: "It’s time for New York State to protect our kids and families from this abusive scam"

New York, NY – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: “Yesterday's decision by a New Jersey Superior Court that so-called ‘conversion therapy’ providers are perpetrating consumer fraud is yet another reason why it’s essential that New York State ban this completely discredited and harmful practice.

“Well-meaning parents of LGBT kids are being duped by quack therapists into spending tens of thousands of dollars to ‘cure’ kids who have nothing wrong with them. As the court found, the ‘therapy’ doesn’t work because being gay isn’t a disease or disorder, it’s perfectly natural.

February 11, 2015

Statement from Senator Brad Hoylman on Illegal Hotel Fire in Hell’s Kitchen

New York, NY - Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: "My heart goes out to all who were affected by this life-threatening incident, which was completely preventable and yet another example of why it’s essential that we crack down hard on illegal hotel operators like Highpoint Associates. 

February 6, 2015

Senator Brad Hoylman Commends New Report on the Harmful Effects of Dumping Hydrofracking Waste in New York State

Sen. Hoylman Has Introduced Legislation to Keep Fracking Waste Out of New York

February 5, 2015

Senator Brad Hoylman Applauds Public Advocate's Report On Illegal Hotels

New York, NY – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said, “I applaud Public Advocate Letitia James for her work cracking down on illegal hotels and the unscrupulous landlords who run them. My district has one of the highest illegal hotel concentrations in the city, and it's despicable that these shady landlords fail to abide by basic fire, safety and zoning laws. I will continue to stand with my colleagues in government to protect the rights of New York City tenants and finally put an end to illegal hotels."


February 4, 2015

Statement from Senator Brad Hoylman On Mayor De Blasio’s State of the City Address

New York, NY - State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: "I‘m extremely pleased the Mayor focused his State of the City on the single biggest challenge facing working families in New York: affordable housing. I particularly welcome his plans to protect and strengthen rent regulations in Albany, provide free legal defense to tenants in rezoning areas, help homeless veterans, create and preserve senior housing and provide housing for artists. These initiatives are key to my district in Manhattan, where skyrocketing rents, porous regulations and aggressive landlords are forcing longtime tenants out of their homes.

"I look forward to working with the Mayor and my colleagues at both the state and city level to tackle these issues in the weeks and months ahead." 

February 3, 2015