News Clips

  • New York State Senator Will Try To Force Trump To Release Tax Returns Before 2020

    December 18, 2016

    Donald Trump hasn’t even been sworn in as president yet, but a New York Democrat already wants to make his reelection more painful.

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  • Force presidential candidates to release their tax returns: After Trump, New York must set a new standard

    December 18, 2016

    The 2016 presidential election cycle may go down in history as a breaking point for American political normalcy. Over the course of his trajectory from an upstart challenger in a crowded Republican primary to a belligerent and divisive presidential candidate to a President-elect who is surrounding himself with extremist elements of the right wing, Donald Trump has obliterated many of the political norms that Americans had taken for granted.

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  • An Antidote to Donald Trump’s Secrecy on Taxes

    December 18, 2016

    President-elect Donald Trump refused to release his tax returns during the campaign and there is no sign that he will, ever. He broke longstanding tradition and set a terrible precedent for future presidential candidates.

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  • Legislative Gazette -- Sen. Hoylman urges NY to follow the lead of Massachusetts and ban wage history questions

    August 02, 2016

    Responding to the far-reaching equal pay law signed into law this week in Massachusetts, Sen. Brad Hoylman, D-Manhattan, is calling on the New York State Legislature to pass his bill that would prevent employers from asking about an applicant’s wage history as a condition of employment.

    Bill S.6342/A.5982 — sponsored by Hoylman and Assembly Member Marcos Crespos — would help close New York’s gender gap by preventing employers from requiring a wage history as a requirement for an interview, application, or as a condition for accepting a job.

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  • NY Daily News -- ‘Look back’ window crucial for child sex abuse victims to revive their cases and gain closure as adults

    May 20, 2016

    A colleague put me in touch with a man — I’ll call him Dan — who wanted to speak to me because he'd heard I was sponsoring legislation in Albany with Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to bring justice to survivors of child sexual abuse.

    Dan had been an excellent student in high school — top of his class, star athlete and bound for the Ivy League.

    Professionally, he had soared too, until recently. Dan was depressed, lost his job and facing eviction because he couldn’t make the rent. His life had spun out of control, but he couldn't figure out why.

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  • NY Daily News -- Albany must act now to help child sex abuse victims seek justice

    May 10, 2016

    Dozens of child sexual abuse survivors from across the state descended upon the state capital last week to share with lawmakers their personal stories and the dire need to reform New York’s outdated statute of limitations for the crimes committed against them.

    Unfortunately, their bravery seemed unappreciated by some who unceremoniously turned them away.

    It wasn’t the first time that these survivors were ignored by the powerful. Hopefully, it will be one of the last.

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  • NY Daily News -- New York's outdated statute of limitations robbing child sex abuse victims of justice

    March 30, 2016

    The story that a Long Island foster parent allegedly got away with abusing children for two decades should make our blood boil. The question remains: Is Albany going to do anything about it?

    Tragically, reports of child sexual abuse are familiar New York headlines. At the Horace Mann School in the Bronx, a recent report identified more than 60 former students abused by more than 22 employees since the 1960s. At Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, famed football coach Philip Foglietta was accused of abusing more than 10 students during his 40-year tenure.

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  • NY Daily News – Gay, lesbian politicians from New York will endorse Hillary Clinton for president

    January 25, 2016

    ALBANY — Ten gay and lesbian state and city Democratic elected officials on Tuesday are set to formally endorse Hillary Clinton for president, the Daily News has learned.

    Among those backing Clinton are state Sen. Brad Hoylman, a Manhattan Democrat and the state’s only openly gay senator, as well as Assembly members Deborah Glick (D-Manhattan), Daniel O’Donnell (D-Manhattan), Harry Bronson (D-Rochester), and Matthew Titone (D-Staten Island).

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  • Associated Press – Convicted NY Lawmakers Tapped Campaign Funds for Lawyer Fees

    January 23, 2016

    The two ex-leaders of New York’s Legislature tapped their campaign funds for a combined $3.6 million last year in an unsuccessful attempt to beat federal corruption charges, a practice that some lawmakers are trying to ban.

    “When you get campaign dollars, people expect you to use them in campaigns,” said Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Westchester Democrat. “It’s not expected to be used as get-out-of-jail-free funds.”

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  • NY Daily News – Landlords overcharging rent-stabilized tenants could face stiffer penalties

    January 12, 2016

    ALBANY – Landlords who overcharge a rent-stabilized tenant would face tougher fines under a bill set to be introduced by two Manhattan state lawmakers, the Daily News has learned.

    The bill by Sen. Brad Hoylman and Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, both Democrats, would increase penalties against landlords to five times the amount of the overcharge, plus interest, for a first violation and 10 times the amount for subsequent violations.

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    Since first being elected to the State Senate in 2012, Brad has been an outspoken voice for reforming the way business is done in Albany.

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    As ranking member of the Environmental Conservation Committee, Brad has been a leader on key environmental issues. 

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    It is essential that New York City remains a place that is affordable for people from all walks of life.

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    New York State’s senior citizens have made significant contributions to our society, and we have an obligation to help them maintain their health, safety, dignity and quality of life.

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    As the parent of a public school student, Brad knows first-hand the importance of supporting New York's public schools and its teachers, who should be commended for their dedication to education our children. 

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    Health care is a right, and New Yorkers should not go without medically necessary services – including primary, preventive and specialist care, reproductive, mental health, dental and vision care, hospitalization, prescription drug and medical supply costs – for fear of how they will pay their medical bills.

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    As the only openly-LGBT member of the New York State Senate, Brad has championed the need for expanding rights for LGBT New Yorkers.

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    Brad believes it is important that we maintain (and improve upon) our state's transportation infrastructure while being mindful that the transportation sector constitutes a significant amount of New York's greenhouse gas emissions. 

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    Brad recognizes that 2008 recession and the slow economic recovery since has taken a toll on working class families in New York. He will continue to support measures in Albany that increase working class families' take home pay while steadfastly guarding against budget cuts that would harm New York’s most vulnerable populations.

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    Brad believes immigration reform is crucial to the future of New York’s economy and its international competitiveness. Research has documented the extent to which immigrants foster innovation and serve as the backbone to numerous sectors in the workforce. While most immigration policy is handled at the federal level, Brad is supportive of measures that can be taken at the state level as well.

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    Brad sponsors a number of measures to crack down on gun violence and passed legislation in 2015 that required domestic violence incident reports filed in languages other than English to be promptly translated by police departments.

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    Brad is a staunch defender of choice. He’s extremely concerned that more than 40 years after Roe v. Wade, women’s reproductive rights remain under attack not only from the far right but also from the Republican establishment. Brad will fight to defend women’s rights to make their own health care decisions by ensuring full access to safe abortions, contraception and reproductive health care.

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  • HIV / AIDS

    New York State has been a leader in confronting the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but there is still much work to be done to improve our HIV prevention, treatment and care services.

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