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Compassionate Care Act Passes Senate Health Committee

On May 20, The Compassionate Care Act, which would legalize the use of medical marijuana for New Yorkers diagnosed with one of 20 serious, debilitating, and life-threatening chronic illnesses, passed the New York Senate Health Committee. I joined eight of my fellow committee members in voting for this bill to alleviate suffering for severely ill New Yorkers and I hope to be able to vote for it again on the Senate floor. The Compassionate Care Act will now move to the Senate Finance Committee. If it passes that committee it could be brought to the floor for a full vote before the June 19 end of the 2014 legislative session. Please see the Daily News story on the Health Committee vote here.

May 21, 2014
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Penn South’s Walter Mankoff Inducted into New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame

Albany, NY – Each year, the New York State Senate selects nominees to the New York State Veterans’ Hall of Fame to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life. This year, State Senator Brad Hoylman selected Army veteran and Penn South resident Walter Mankoff, who has made tremendous contributions to his community as a longtime member of the Penn South board of directors, Manhattan Community Board 4 and Penn South Social Services board.

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May 21, 2014
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Statement by Senator Hoylman on de Blasio Administration Decision that Pier 40 Air Rights Transfer Must Go Through City Review

I commend Mayor de Blasio, along with Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen and City Planning Commissioner Carl Weisbrod, for heeding our call and insisting that a proposal to transfer air rights from Pier 40 in the Hudson River Park to the St. John’s Building at 550 Washington Street must utilize New York City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), instead of a General Project Plan (GPP) as authorized by New York State. 

May 21, 2014
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State Senator Hoylman Mourns Passing of Former State Senator Catherine Abate

State Senator Brad Hoylman issued the following statement on the passing of Catherine Abate, who was a three-term Democratic District Leader from Greenwich Village and a two-term State Senator from the 27th District before she became President and CEO of Community Healthcare Network (CHN) 15 years ago.

May 19, 2014
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Fox 5: NY lawmakers weigh ban on 'gay-conversion' therapy

May 15,2014 : By Arthur Chi'en 

Some mental health professionals in New York engage in a practice that basically assumes that if you're gay you're broken but you can be fixed. The science behind that is being challenged now as state lawmakers want to ban the practice altogether.

May 16, 2014
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NY Daily News: Sexual orientation conversion therapy victims speak out at hearing for banning the practice on minors

May 15, 2014 : By Corinne LestchWhen Mathew Shurka came out as gay at 16, his father thought he could be cured.Shurka was sent to a sex orientation conversion therapist, who told him he would be straight in six weeks. The process involved cutting off contact with his mother and sisters to limit his interactions with women.At a hearing Thursday, Shurka recounted the depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts he experienced after his long string of so-called therapy sessions with several licensed mental health professionals.

May 16, 2014
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New York State Senators Brad Hoylman & Michael Gianaris and New York State Assembly Member Deborah Glick, Hold Public Forum on Legislation Barring Sexual Orientation Change “Therapy” for Minors

New York, NY – New York State Senators Brad Hoylman & Michael Gianaris, and New York State Assembly Member Deborah Glick today held a legislative forum in New York City to address the merits of their legislation (S.4917-B/A.6983-B) to prohibit sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) by licensed mental health professionals in New York State.SOCE, or so-called “conversion therapy” or “reparative therapy,” has long been discredited by leading associations of health and mental health practitioners, and has been shown to have harmful long-term effects on the well-being and mental health of LGBT youth.

May 16, 2014
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Keep Hydrofracking Waste Out of New York

I recently joined colleagues in the State Senate Democratic Conference in urging passage of four pieces of legislation aimed at protecting New York State from hydrofracking waste products. While there remains a moratorium on hydrofracking in New York, transportation and disposal of byproducts of the practice are currently legal and taking place within New York’s borders.

May 14, 2014
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Honoring NYS Senate Woman of Distinction Marisa Redanty

Each year, the New York State Senate honors a select group of “Women of Distinction” – women from across New York who have dedicated themselves to improving the lives of others, enriching their communities and strengthening our state.

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May 14, 2014
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Statement on CW Capital's Announcement That it Will Foreclose on ST-PCV Debt

Upon CW Capital's May 13 announcement that the company will foreclose on debt for Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village (ST-PCV), raising the likelihood that it will sell the property, Senator Hoylman issued the following statement:

May 14, 2014
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Senator Hoylman Extremely Disappointed by Senate Passage of MMA Bill

"I am extremely disappointed that the State Senate has again passed a bill to permit the violent and gladiatorial sport of Mixed Martial Arts, without ensuring proper long-term health care coverage for its fighters. The health consequences of MMA are no longer hypothetical - there is mounting scientific evidence that MMA fighting is directly correlated to brain trauma. A new study by the the American Journal of Sports Medicine released in March reveals that knock-outs during MMA fights result in a higher rate of brain trauma than knock-outs in similar sports such as boxing and traditional martial arts. The UFC profits from sensationalized violence, while refusing to take financial responsibility for the health consequences.

May 13, 2014
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Statement by Senator Hoylman on Decision by New York Public Library to End Renovation Plans

NYS Senator Brad Hoylman, whose district includes the New York Public Library’s Central Library, and who has previously expressed opposition to the proposed Central Library renovation plan (see here), issued the following statement on the decision by the New York Public Library to abandon the plan:

May 7, 2014
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NY Daily News: NYS Sen. Brad Hoylman seeks to ban powdered alcohol in New York

NYS Sen. Brad Hoylman seeks to ban powdered alcohol in New York

By Ken Lovett, May 6, 2014

A Manhattan state senator has introduced a bill to ban the sale of powdered alcohol products in New York.

Under the bill introduced Monday by Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), first time offenders would faces fines of up to $5,000. Repeat offenders could be hit with a misdemeanor carrying a fine of up to $10,000 per offense.

The bill would also prohibit anyone under 21 from possessing the powdered alcohol, known as Palcohol.

May 6, 2014
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Lower East Side Protest Against Notorious Landlord

On Saturday, May 3, I joined the Stop Croman Coalition, GOLES, the Cooper Square Committee, and other tenant advocates at a rally in Tompkins Square Park protesting the terrible treatment of tenants by notorious landlord Steven Croman of 9300 Realty. I have been helping numerous constituents living in Croman buildings to fight the landlord’s abusive tactics designed to force them out of their rent-regulated apartments. You may see video of my remarks at the rally here.

May 5, 2014
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Read Senator Hoylman’s April 2014 Community Report

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

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Hoylman April 2014 Community Report.pdf

April 30, 2014
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Senator Brad Hoylman and Senator José M. Serrano Laud Passage of Speed Camera Legislation by the New York State Senate

State Senator Brad Hoylman and State Senator José M. Serrano released the following statements today applauding the passage of S.6918 by the New York State Senate to authorize 120 additional speed cameras in New York City school zones.

Senator Brad Hoylman said: “Residents in my district and across New York City have suffered tremendously because of reckless driving in school zones. I applaud Mayor de Blasio for insisting that Albany take action to significantly expand the City’s speed camera initiative, and Senator Serrano along with my colleagues in the Senate and Assembly for acting swiftly to bring this much needed legislation to the desk of Governor Cuomo.”

April 30, 2014
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Senator Hoylman Introduces Legislation to Restore Identifying Lights to City Select Bus Service

New York, NY— Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman announced the introduction of legislation (S.7068) to permit New York City Transit (NYCT) to use flashing purple lights on Select Bus Service (SBS) buses, which require riders to pay at a sidewalk machine before boarding, rather than paying on-board with a Metrocard or exact change, as they must do on traditional buses.

April 28, 2014
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Public Forum on Legislation Barring Sexual Orientation Change “Therapy” for Minors

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMBER DEBORAH GLICK, NEW YORK STATE SENATORS BRAD HOYLMAN & MICHAEL GIANARIS

SUBJECT: Legislation (S.4917-B/A.6983-B) which would prohibit licensed mental health professionals from engaging minors in sexual orientation change efforts.

PURPOSE: To hear from stakeholders, including mental health care professionals, legal experts, LGBT individuals, and advocates about the need for this legislation and its implementation elsewhere, including New Jersey and California.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

10:00 A.M.

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SOCE Public Forum Notice.pdf

April 24, 2014
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Senator Hoylman Calls on State Liquor Authority to Revoke License of Dangerous Soho Nightclub

“Enough is enough. The State Liquor Authority should shut down Greenhouse nightclub at 150 Varick Street once and for all. The operators have clearly shown they don’t know how to run a safe venue for customers and in the process they’ve shown no respect for the local neighborhood.

April 24, 2014
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Milestone for our New Middle School at 75 Morton Street

On March 24, New York State officially transferred the building it owned at 75 Morton Street to the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA), which will now transform the site into a middle school that is expected to hold at least 800 students. This milestone is a tremendous achievement for local schoolchildren and their families, who have endured classroom overcrowding for far too long. I thank my colleagues in government, especially Assembly Member Deborah Glick, and Community Education Council 2, the 75 Morton Task Force and Community Alliance, and Community Board 2 for their hard work and persistence in making a new middle school at 75 Morton Street a top priority.

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SCA 75 Morton Letter.pdf

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DOE 75 Morton Charter Letter.pdf

April 23, 2014
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