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Statement by Senator Hoylman on the Passage of the Compassionate Care Act

Today, in the final hours of the 2014 Legislative Session, the New York State Senate passed the Compassionate Care Act, which establishes a medical marijuana program in New York State. I joined 48 of my colleagues in voting for this bill, which is about a simple concept: alleviating suffering for severely ill New Yorkers. The legislation includes provisions to ensure medical marijuana is reserved for patients with serious medical conditions and is dispensed and administered by the appropriate state agencies to ensure that the program cannot be abused.

The bill, which has been passed by both houses of the Legislature and is supported by Governor Cuomo will:

June 20, 2014
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Statement by Senator Hoylman on Passage of Legislation to Authorize New York City to Lower Speed Limits

Today the New York State Senate passed legislation to authorize New York City to lower the motor vehicle speed limit to 25 mph, a key part of Mayor de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” plan to eliminate traffic fatalities within a decade. Approximately 4,000 New Yorkers are seriously injured, and over 250 are killed every year in traffic accidents in New York City. Reduced speed limits have been proven to reduce fatality rates and give pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers alike increased response time. Research shows an individual struck by a motor vehicle travelling at 40 mph has a 70% probably of being killed, while one hit by a car travelling at 25 mph has a fatality likelihood of only 10%.

June 19, 2014
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Hoylman and Gottfried Pass Legislation Paving Way for 50 More Years of Affordability at Penn South

Albany, NY -- The New York Senate and Assembly passed legislation sponsored by Senator Brad Hoylman and Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried (S7709/A9937) authorizing the New York City Council to renew the property tax exemption for the 2,820 unit middle-income Penn South co-op in the Chelsea neighborhood, provided it maintains its status as affordable housing.

June 19, 2014
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Pedestrians Need a Safer Riverside Boulevard

I recently spearheaded a letter with my colleagues Congressman Jerry Nadler, Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal and Council Member Helen Rosenthal to Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, asking the agency to address safety concerns on Riverside Boulevard. Though the DOT instituted a traffic-calming plan on the Boulevard between West 62nd and West 72nd Streets in 2011, we’ve heard from the community that these measures have proven insufficient, especially considering the concentration of early childhood education institutions and the high pedestrian traffic of local families. I thank the Coalition for a Livable West Side and the Committee for Pedestrian Safety on Riverside Boulevard for bringing these concerns to our attention. Please see our letter below.

File: 
Riverside Boulevard Pedestrian Safety Letter.pdf

June 18, 2014
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Statement by Senator Hoylman on the Senate’s Passage of S.7709 to keep Penn South Affordable

Senator Hoylman released the following statement regarding the New York State Senate’s passage today of S.7709 authorizing the New York City Council to grant up to 50 years of additional real property tax exemption to the 2,820 unit middle-income co-op Penn South, provided it maintains its status as affordable housing:

June 18, 2014
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Rent Guidelines Board Should Freeze All Rents

On June 16, I submitted testimony at the New York City Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) on its proposed rent increases of 0% to 3% for one-year lease renewals, and 0.5% to 4.5% for two-year lease renewals in rent stabilized apartments. I noted that while many tenants are still reeling from the recession, and more than a third of renter households in the City paid 50 percent or more of their household income for rent in 2011, RGB data show landlords of rent stabilized properties have seen eighth consecutive years of increased Net Operating Income. I urged the RGB to allow tenants to make up economic ground and to impose a freeze on rents for all rent regulated apartments as well as for lofts, hotels, rooming houses, single room occupancy buildings, and lodging houses.

File: 
RGB 2014 Testimony.pdf

June 17, 2014
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Hoylman-Sponsored Legislation Passes New York Assembly with Bipartisan Support; Senator Hoylman Demands Full Senate Vote

Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman released the following statement on the Assembly passage of A.6983-B to ban sexual orientation change efforts on minors in New York State:

Senator Hoylman said: "Today's passage of A.6983-B in the New York State Assembly is a major step towards banning so-called conversion ’therapy‘ on LGBT youth by licensed mental health professionals. Being an LGBT young person isn't an illness that needs to be cured. Thanks to the leadership of Assembly Member Glick and Speaker Silver, we're one step closer to joining New Jersey and California in protecting our kids from being subject to this dangerous practice and their parents from being victims of a proven scam.

June 16, 2014
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75 Morton School Update

On June 13, along with Assembly Member Glick, Council Member Johnson, representatives of Congressman Nadler and Borough President Brewer, as well as parent advocates, I met with the School Construction Authority (SCA) to discuss plans for the new school to be established at 75 Morton. The SCA has firmly committed to having the building ready to open in September 2017, and shared with us floor-by-floor plans that include 10 classrooms per grade level, a dedicated space for District 75 students, and an outdoor play space. Certain other elements, such as the possibility of a school-based health clinic and the design of the gymnasium and auditorium, were the subject of discussion at a school district-wide forum this week.

June 14, 2014
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Fighting to Preserve Affordability at Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village

On June 13, I joined hundreds of Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village (ST/PCV) residents and fellow elected officials including Senator Chuck Schumer, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Council Member Dan Garodnick and Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh on the steps of City Hall to demand a tenant-led sales process to preserve affordability at the over-11,000 unit, historically middle-class complex.

June 12, 2014
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Hoylman’s Legislation to Allow Gangs to be Charged with Hate Crimes Passes New York State Senate

New York Hate Crimes Law could be strengthened this year as Assembly Member Danny O'Donnell announces introduction of bill in the New York State Assembly

June 11, 2014
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Statement by Senator Hoylman on News that Real Estate Investor Seeking to Seize Control of ST-PCV

"The legal battle between CW Capital and a “mysterious investor” reported yesterday is a stark reminder of the rampant real estate speculation that threatens the long-term affordability of Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village and the need for government to intervene now.

The 25,000 resident population of Stuy Town-Peter Cooper is larger than many cities in New York. Imagine the response if, say, Kingston or Glens Falls were being sold off to real estate investors!

June 6, 2014
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State Senator Brad Hoylman Releases Report on the Urgent Need to Protect LGBT Youth in New York from So-Called “Conversion Therapy”

New York, NY— Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D – Manhattan), released a report summarizing the findings from a May 15 legislative forum held in New York City to address the merits of legislation (S.4917-B/A.6983-B) to prohibit licensed mental health professionals from engaging in so-called “conversion therapy” with minors.

June 3, 2014
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Expand the West Village Slow Zone

On June 2, I wrote to the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) to seek an expansion to its proposed West Village slow zone, which would impose a 20 mile-per-hour speed limit on the blocks from Houston Street to West 11th Street and from Hudson Street to 7th Avenue South. I echoed the request of Community Board 2 and PS 41 Principal Kelly Shannon that the eastern boundary be moved one block east to 6th Avenue. This additional area is home to many schools and institutions that serve youth and senior citizens, as well as many residential streets which are often subjected to fast and reckless driving. A slow zone will help to protect the many pedestrians in this area and contribute to the realization of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero goal of reducing traffic fatalities.

File: 
West Village Slow Zone Expansion Letter to DOT.pdf

June 3, 2014
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My Resolution Honoring the Memory of Former Senator Catherine Abate

On June 3, the New York Senate passed a resolution I introduced mourning the death of former Senator Catherine Abate, who dedicated her life and career to public service. Prior to being elected to represent New York’s 27th Senate District, Catherine was an attorney and director of training at the Legal Aid Society in New York City; Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Division of Human Rights and Chair of the New York State Crime Victims Board under Governor Mario Cuomo; and Commissioner of Probation and Correction under Mayor David Dinkins. After her tenure in Albany, she made significant and lasting contributions in the area of public health as President and CEO of Community Healthcare Network.

June 3, 2014
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Read Senator Hoylman’s May 2014 Community Report

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

File: 
Hoylman May 2014 Community Report.pdf

May 31, 2014
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Senator Hoylman Hails Passage of Bill to Shine Light on Port Authority Records

New York, NY— Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D – Manhattan), ranking member of the Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee, hailed the Senate’s passage of S.6718A to close the loophole that exempts the Port Authority from the New York State’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). Senator Hoylman first called for increased transparency of Port Authority records when he introduced the Port Authority Open Government Act (S.

May 28, 2014
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Keynote at the Pride Agenda’s Annual Spring Dinner

On May 17, I had the honor of giving the keynote address at the Empire State Pride Agenda’s annual Spring Dinner in Rochester. In addition to applauding the many victories our community has won in great part due to the Pride Agenda's leadership, I discussed GENDA, conversion therapy, surrogacy and Albany ethics. You can see a video of my remarks below.

May 27, 2014
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Push for Passage of Entire Women’s Equality Act

On May 20, I joined advocates and members of the Senate Democratic Conference to urge the passage of the entire, ten-point Women’s Equality Act (WEA), which comprehensively addresses the disparities that exist for women across New York State. Despite being passed twice in the State Assembly, the full Women’s Equality Act has not even been brought before the Senate for a vote. Just last week, the Senate held its annual “Women of Distinction” ceremony to honor women from across our state for their tremendous contributions to our communities, yet New York’s women continue to face gender-based discrimination and inequality.

May 22, 2014
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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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