ALBANY -- This week, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) was sworn in for his second, two-year term to represent New York’s 27th Senate District, which includes the neighborhoods of Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, Greenwich Village, the Upper West Side, Midtown/East Midtown, Columbus Circle, Times Square, Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village, the East Village and Lower East Side. Hoylman was sworn in alongside his husband David and their 4-year-old daughter, Silvia. (See photo attached)
“It is an honor to serve the people of New York’s 27th District and over the course of my next term, I promise to continue to fight to expand opportunity for working families throughout our city,” said Senator Hoylman. “That means helping to create more and better access to affordable housing, serving as an advocate for those who don't have a voice in the State Capitol, and rooting out corruption in Albany so that government works for the people – not just special interests. I’m incredibly proud to stand here today with my daughter Silvia and husband David, and I look forward to working alongside my colleagues in the Senate to ensure this Legislative Session is even more productive than the last one.”
During his first term, Senator Hoylman was an active voice on progressive issues, standing proudly with Governor Cuomo to help pass the SAFE Act, and co-sponsoring legislation to lower the citywide speed limit in New York City to 25 miles per hour, legalize and regulate medicinal marijuana, and close the Port Authority loophole exempting it from New York State's Freedom of Information Law. His advocacy resulted in the adoption of a 30%-of-income rent cap for low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS, the expansion of transgender health coverage by private insurers and under Medicaid, and an audit of the state's Hate Crimes Law by New York State Comptroller Thomas Dinapoli.
He was also the prime sponsor of legislation that expanded access to the life-saving meningitis vaccine, mandated a study of the increasing number of so-called “urgent care” health centers, and preserved 50 more years of affordability for the 2820 unit, limited-equity co-op known as Penn South.
Hoylman served on a number of committees in his first term, including the Judiciary; Consumer Protection; Investigations and Government Operations; Health; Crime Victims, Crime and Correction; and Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation committees.
Prior to being elected to the New York State Senate in 2012, Hoylman served three terms as Chair of Manhattan Community Board 2 and was Counsel for the Partnership for New York City.