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Hoylman Statement on Boy Scouts of America Vote to End Ban on Gay Adult Leaders

NEW YORK - State Senator Brad Hoylman said: “In my first month in office, I wrote to the leadership of the Boy Scouts of America and insisted that they remove any barriers to participation in the organization based on sexual orientation.

July 27, 2015

25 New York Senators Call On General Electric to Commit to Full Cleanup of Hudson River after Decades-Long Dumping of Toxic PCBs

Senator Hoylman and 24 Colleagues from Both Parties Send Letters to CEO Jeffrey Immelt and Gov. Cuomo Urging G.E. to Go Beyond Its Court-Mandated Dredging Requirement

Hoylman: “Anything less than a full cleanup would be a dereliction of G.E.’s corporate and civic responsibility to the people of New York.”

NEW YORK – Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), ranking member of the New York State Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, and 24 of his colleagues in the State Senate are calling on corporate giant General Electric (G.E.) to commit to a full remediation of the Hudson River after its decades-long dumping of toxic PCB chemicals.

July 17, 2015
June 30, 2015

Hoylman Hails Passage of His Legislation to Require Translation of Domestic Violence Complaints

Bill introduced in response to tragic death of Deisy Garcia, whose domestic incident reports languished because they were written in Spanish  

June 26, 2015


Hoylman: “As a gay husband and father, I’m extremely proud to be an American today.” 

State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: “As a gay husband and father, I’m extremely proud to be an American today. Today’s Supreme Court decision affirms the legal, cultural and social validity of my family throughout the entire country. As a Senator representing one of the largest LGBT communities in the world, I couldn’t be more grateful to the litigants and their attorneys – including former colleague Mary Bonauto of GLAD and my dear friend Doug Hallward-Driemeier of Ropes & Gray – and for pressing this momentous case forward. LGBT couples everywhere will now enjoy the same basic civil right that New York State granted back in 2011.

June 26, 2015

Senator Brad Hoylman Partners With U.S. Fish and Wildlife And NYS DEC to Destroy More than One Ton of Illegal Ivory in Times Square

"Ivory Crush" event, initiated by Senator Hoylman, seeks to raise awareness about illegal ivory trade and wildlife crimes against elephants

Hoylman: "An elephant is killed every 15 minutes. If we are to protect this magnificent species from extinction we need to raise awareness about the trade of illegal ivory and choke off consumer demand."

June 19, 2015


Hoylman: "We shouldn't compromise on safety, especially for kids. This proposal is a pale imitation of a bill that would have gone a long way toward protecting our children from toxic toys." 

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), Ranking Member of the Environmental Conservation Committee, denounced a new version of the Child Safe Products Act put forward by Senate Republicans and announced he would drop his co-sponsorship of the legislation.

June 16, 2015

Assembly Member Glick and Senator Hoylman Pass Legislation to Expand Tuberculosis Testing

New bill passed by both houses comes amid news of XDR-TB, a new drug resistant strain of Tuberculosis

ALBANY – Today, the New York State Legislature passed legislation introduced by Assembly Member Deborah Glick and Senator Brad Hoylman (A.7034/S.103) to expand tuberculosis testing by allowing registered nurses to administer tests without needing a patient specific order from a licensed physician or nurse practitioner. The bill, which passed the Assembly today and the State Senate on June 10, comes amid recent reports of a new drug resistant strain of TB called XDR-TB.

June 16, 2015

Hoylman Blasts Senate Republicans on Expiring Rent Laws

Hoylman: Senate Republicans are toying with the lives of more than two million New Yorkers

ALBANY - State Senator Brad Hoylman said: “Tonight, by allowing New York's rent laws to expire, State Senate Republicans are toying with the lives of more than two million New Yorkers. Rather than renewing and strengthening these important laws, my misguided Republican colleagues have passed phony ‘one house’ legislation that would fundamentally undermine the rent laws themselves.

June 15, 2015

Senator Brad Hoylman Initiates “Ivory Crush” To Be Held This Friday In Times Square

 Senator Hoylman: "An elephant is killed every 15 minutes. If we are to protect this magnificent species from extinction we need to raise awareness about the trade of illegal ivory and choke off consumer demand."

NEW YORK - State Senator Brad Hoylman, Ranking Member of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, said: “I'm proud to have initiated this effort by writing to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to request an ivory crush in Times Square in my district because New York City is the epicenter of the illegal ivory trade. 

June 15, 2015

Hoylman Statement on Cooper Union's Decision to Seek New Leadership

NEW YORK – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: “As the Senator representing Cooper Union, I'm very pleased the college has purged its leadership ranks of those responsible for the college's financial mismanagement and subsequent decision to charge undergraduates tuition, which directly contradicts Peter Cooper's original intention of providing a higher education 'open and free to all.'  I'm pleased that the college will soon have new leadership and I hope that new leadership will ensure this historic institution remains tuition-free.

June 11, 2015

Assembly Member Ron Kim and Senator Brad Hoylman Introduce Legislation Authorizing State to Protect Nail and Beauty Salon Workers

ALBANY –Assembly Member Ron Kim (D-Queens) and State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) have introduced a bill (A.7630/S.5748) supported by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo that would empower the Secretary of State to take immediate action to protect nail and beauty salon workers across New York. The legislation comes in the wake of an extensive investigation by The New York Times into working conditions at New York City nail and beauty salons, revealing a litany of abhorrent labor practices.

June 10, 2015

Hoylman Passes Bill To Expand New York Hate Crimes Law to Include Gang Assaults

Legislation to Close “Gang Assault Loophole” Comes After Ringleader in Vicious Anti-Gay Gang Assault Evades Hate Crime Charges

Hoylman: “Hate crimes are on the rise in New York. We need to do everything in our power to combat them and ensure those who commit these heinous crimes bear the full weight of justice under the law” 

ALBANY – Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) praised the vote on his legislation (S.497) that would close a loophole in the law to include gang assault in the first and second degrees as prerequisite offenses that could be charged as hate crimes. The bill passed the Senate on a 58-2 vote.

June 8, 2015


Environmental lawyers and advocates highlight threats of crude oil trains and pollution caused by GE dumping of dangerous PCB chemicals

Hoylman: “The Hudson continues to be threatened by the potential for a major oil spill and the presence of carcinogenic PCBs”

June 7, 2015

Senator Hoylman and Government Colleagues Engage in Civil Disobedience in State Capitol in Support of Strengthening Rent Regulations

Hoylman: “Some things are worth getting arrested over. Saving the rent laws is one of them.”

ALBANY - State Senator Brad Hoylman said: “Yesterday, I got arrested in the Capitol building in an act of civil disobedience to sound the alarm to my colleagues in Albany that it’s urgent we act now to strengthen the rent laws. I have 50,052 rent-regulated apartments in my district – the fifth most in the state --  so the expiration of the rent laws is of tremendous importance to my constituents and me.

June 4, 2015

Senator Hoylman Presents “Veterans Hall of Fame” Award to WWII Veteran and Original Stuy Town Tenant Milton Nussdorf at Jewish War Veterans Annual Memorial Service

Hoylman: “Country and community. As a member of The Greatest Generation in WWII and an original tenant of Stuy Town who built our local community, Milton Nussdorf is well-deserving of this honor.”

“Milton served our nation, not once, but twice. First during WWII and thereafter as a counselor at the VA Hospital helping our service members reintegrate into society.”

June 1, 2015

Next Week: How We Can Save the Hudson

Thousands of gallons of domestic crude oil are being shipped along the Hudson River, threatening a catastrophic impact in the event of a spill. Dangerous PCB chemicals remain in the river from decades of industrial pollution, with long-term cleanup plans in flux. What can we do to protect the Hudson from these and other threats? As Ranking Member of the Senate’s Environmental Conservation Committee, I am pleased to present a special panel discussion on the health of the Hudson River to take place on Thursday, June 4 from 6:30-8:30pm at the SVA Theatre at 333 West 23rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues). I will be joined by experts in the field who will discuss the state of the Hudson River, the mounting challenges it faces, and what we must do to preserve it for years to come.

Oil Spill on the Hudson.pdf

May 29, 2015

Hoylman Bill to Promote Use of Energy Efficient Appliances Passes Senate

Legislation requires organizations receiving state funds from NYS Dormitory Authority and/or the Urban Development Corporation to purchase “Energy Star” certified appliances when available 

Hoylman: “I’m very pleased the Senate passed my legislation to promote energy efficient products that combat climate change while also lowering utility bills for New York families and businesses”

May 28, 2015

Hoylman Urges Up or Down Vote on Child Victims Act Following New Report Showing Number of Horace Mann Abuse Victims to be More than Double than Initially Reported

Hoylman: “Horace Mann Action Coalition report is ‘Exhibit A’ why we must act”

ALBANY - State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: "The Horace Mann Action Coalition report is ‘Exhibit A’ why the New York State Senate needs to pass the Child Victims Act (S63/A2872), which I sponsor. This issue clearly isn’t going away -- the number of alleged child sexual abuse victims at Horace Mann appear to be more double than initially reported by the Bronx district attorney.

“It’s appalling that because of New York’s archaic statutes of limitation, abusers can escape prosecution – just as 22 school employees did who allegedly preyed on students for thirty years at Horace Mann.

May 27, 2015

Report from Senator Hoylman Shows Shameful Treatment of NY Veterans Discharged for Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity; Senator Unveils Legislation to Restore State Benefits for Discharged LGBT Vets

Memorial Day Report finds at least 53 state benefits for veterans are directly contingent upon their discharge status

“New York Restoration of Honor Act” would make veterans discharged solely due to their sexual orientation or gender identity eligible for state benefits

Hoylman: “We must act now to restore honor to those who risked their lives for our nation but have shamefully been denied access to the veterans’ benefits they deserve, just because of who they are.”

May 26, 2015