NEW YORK – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) released the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s announcement yesterday committing $500,000 in new funds to the New York City AIDS Memorial. Senator Hoylman, both as the former Chair of Community Board 2 and the only openly-LGBT member of the New York State Senate, has been intimately involved with the ongoing efforts to establish a memorial at the site of the former St. Vincent's Hospital campus.
Senator Hoylman joined Governor Cuomo yesterday at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem to announce the new funds in honor of World AIDS Day. Video of the event is available above.
“I can't think of more appropriate way to commemorate World AIDS Day than today's announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo to provide an historic level of funding to end AIDS in New York and State support for a permanent AIDS Memorial at the site of St. Vincent's Hospital in my Senate district, which treated so many patients during the height of the AIDS crisis. As the birthplace of the modern LGBT civil rights movement and an epicenter of the early AIDS crisis, New York has a unique responsibility to memorialize 30 years of loss, activism and progress concerning the public health crisis of our time, which has taken the lives of more than 100,000 of our brothers and sisters. I'm extremely grateful to Governor Cuomo for his unparalleled leadership on ending the epidemic and look forward to continuing to support his efforts in this regard in Albany, along with Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins."