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Brad Hoylman

D

Running, 2020 New York State Senate District 27, Primary Election

Assistant Majority Leader on Conference Operations, New York State Senate (2019 - Present)

New York State Senate, District 27 (? - Present)

Quick Facts
Personal Details

Education

  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1992-1996
  • MPhil, Politics, Oxford University, 1989-1992
  • BA, Political Science/English Literature, West Virginia University, 1989

Professional Experience

  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1992-1996
  • MPhil, Politics, Oxford University, 1989-1992
  • BA, Political Science/English Literature, West Virginia University, 1989
  • General Counsel, Partnership for New York City, 2000-2012
  • Associate, Frankfurt, Garbus, Klein & Selz, 1998-2000
  • Associate, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, 1996-1998

Political Experience

  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1992-1996
  • MPhil, Politics, Oxford University, 1989-1992
  • BA, Political Science/English Literature, West Virginia University, 1989
  • General Counsel, Partnership for New York City, 2000-2012
  • Associate, Frankfurt, Garbus, Klein & Selz, 1998-2000
  • Associate, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, 1996-1998
  • Assistant Majority Leader on Conference Operations, New York State Senate, 2019-present
  • Senator, New York State Senate, District 27, 2012-present
  • Deputy Democratic Conference Floor Leader, New York State Senate, 2017-2019
  • Candidate, New York State Senate, District 27, 2018
  • Candidate, New York City Council, District 1, 2001

Former Committees/Caucuses

Former Member, Aging Committee, New York State Senate

Former Member, Codes Committee, New York State Senate

Former Member, Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Committee, New York State Senate

Former Member, Environmental Conservation Committee, New York State Senate

Former Ranking Member, Investigations and Government Operations Committee, New York State Senate

Former Member, Libraries Committee, New York State Senate

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Cities Committee

Member, Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee

Member, Finance Committee

Member, Health Committee

Chair, Judiciary Committee

Member, Rules Committee

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1992-1996
  • MPhil, Politics, Oxford University, 1989-1992
  • BA, Political Science/English Literature, West Virginia University, 1989
  • General Counsel, Partnership for New York City, 2000-2012
  • Associate, Frankfurt, Garbus, Klein & Selz, 1998-2000
  • Associate, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, 1996-1998
  • Assistant Majority Leader on Conference Operations, New York State Senate, 2019-present
  • Senator, New York State Senate, District 27, 2012-present
  • Deputy Democratic Conference Floor Leader, New York State Senate, 2017-2019
  • Candidate, New York State Senate, District 27, 2018
  • Candidate, New York City Council, District 1, 2001
  • Member, Democratic County Committee, 2000-present
  • Member, Manhattan Community Board 2, 1999-present
  • Member, Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats, 1998-present
  • Member, National Association for Abortion Rights, 1998-present
  • Member, National Organization for Women, 1998-present
  • Member, Lower Manhattan Loft Tenants, 1995-present
  • Member, Beit Simchat Torah, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Synagogue, present
  • Former Board Member, Citizen Action
  • Former Board Member, Class Size Matters
  • Former Trustee, Community Service Society
  • Former Board Member, Empire State Pride Agenda
  • Former President, Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats
  • Former Board Member, Tenants and Neighbors
  • Democratic District Leader, 66th A.D., New York County, 2006-2011
  • Chair, Manhattan Community Board No. 2, 2011-2012, 2008-2010

Other Info

— Awards:

  • EPL/Environmental Advocates Legislator Of The Year, 2015
  • Rhodes Scholar, 1989
  • Harry S Truman Scholar, 1986

Policy Positions

New York State Legislative Election 2018 Political Courage Test

Education

1. Do you support adopting federal education standards in New York ?
- Yes

2. Should immigrants unlawfully present in the United States who graduate from New York high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
- Yes

3. Should students' standardized test scores be used to evaluate teacher performance?
- No

4. Do you support state funding for charter schools?
- Yes

5. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Legislative Priorities

In the following area, please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
- I'm running for re-election to continue to fight for progressive legislation, protect the most vulnerable in our community and bring accountability and transparency to state government.We must pass laws to:*protect a woman's right to choose*enact voting, ethics and campaign finance reform*safeguard LGBTQ New Yorkers*fight climate change*strengthen workers' rights*pass the Child Victims Act*fully fund public education*enact Congestion Pricing & fund the MTA*stop gun violence*support our arts and cultureI'm looking forward to being part of a new Democratic majority in the State Senate that takes on these challenges.

Gun

1. Should teachers be allowed to bring guns into the classroom?
- No

2. Should a license be required for gun ownership?
- Yes

3. Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- Yes

4. Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
- Yes

5. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Health

1. Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
- Yes

2. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

3. Should the state government increase funding for treatment facilities to combat opioid abuse?
- Yes

4. Do you support legislation that grants citizens the right to choose to die through euthanasia?
- Yes

5. Do you support eliminating religious exemptions for vaccinations?
- Yes

6. Do you support Medicaid expansion through New York 's health care programs?
- Yes

Social

1. Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in New York 's anti-discrimination laws?
- Yes

2. Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in New York 's anti-discrimination laws?
- No

3. Do you support greater efforts by New York state government in closing the pay gap between men and women?
- Yes

4. Should New York permit localities to adopt "Sanctuary City" immigration policies?
- Yes

5. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Environment & Energy

1. Do you support state funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
- Yes

2. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

3. Do you support state government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?
- Yes

4. Do you support increasing state funding for clean drinking water initiatives?
- Yes

Abortion & Reproductive

1. Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-choice

2. Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
- Yes

3. Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
- No

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Campaign Finance & Government Reform

1. Do you support any limits on campaign contributions to state candidates?
- Yes

2. Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
- Yes

3. Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
- Yes

4. Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
- No

5. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Crime & Public Safety

1. Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
- No

2. Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
- No

3. Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
- No

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

5. Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
- Yes

6. Do you support replacing the cash bail system with a supervised release system for misdemeanor charges?
- Yes

Economic

1. Do you support an increase of the minimum wage of New York ?
- Yes

2. Do you support state government spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

3. Do you support lowering state taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

4. Do you support reducing state government regulations on the private sector?
- Yes

5. Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
- Yes

6. Do you support requiring welfare applicants to pass a drug test in order to receive benefits?
- No

7. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Budget, Spending, & Tax

Budget Stabilization:

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing New York 's budget.

1. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

2. Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions?
- No

3. Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees?
- No

4. Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients?
- No

5. An income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- Yes

Articles

Governor Cuomo Signs Landmark Limousine Safety Reforms

Feb. 3, 2020

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed a comprehensive package of legislation putting into place new reforms and safety standards for the limousine industry. The 10-point package includes new safety regulations such as: seatbelt requirements, immobilization of defective limousines, increased penalties for illegal U-turns, GPS requirements, customer service resource requirements, regular validation of vehicle and driver safety information, new commercial driver's license requirements for limousine drivers, creation of a passenger task force and drug and alcohol testing. "These far-reaching reforms deliver much-needed protections that will help keep dangerous vehicles off our roadways, crack down on businesses that do not prioritize safety and will give New Yorkers piece of mind when they enter a limo in this state," Governor Cuomo said. "New York stands with those who lost loved one in the horrific crashes that inspired this legislation and I commend the family members who worked tirelessly to help pass these bills to help prevent future tragedies." Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, "Limousines and celebrations usually go hand-in-hand, and the Senate Democratic Majority wants to keep it that way. The crashes that have taken place because of unsafe limos and lax regulations are tragedies, and we have a responsibility to address this problem. The Senate Majority stands, and grieves, with the families who lost loved ones to limo crashes and who turned that suffering into activism. These bills, which I thank the Governor for signing into law, will help improve safety, hold companies accountable, and save lives." Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said, "Too many times, joyous events here in New York have turned into tragic accidents because of a lack of oversight and safety standards in the limousine industry. That ends now. These reforms will hold the industry accountable, making limos safer for passengers, drivers and everyone on our roads." Chair of the Committee on Transportation Senator Timothy M. Kennedy said, "By passing this comprehensive package of legislation, the Senate and Assembly are strengthening standards across New York State, and changing the way the industry is regulated to ensure passenger safety is prioritized. The families who lost loved ones in the limo crashes in Schoharie and Cutchogue were instrumental in the pursuit of these reforms, and their commitment to make New York safer will undoubtedly prevent other families from experiencing the same heartbreak they have endured. I thank Governor Andrew Cuomo, Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Speaker Carl Heastie for working alongside us to fast-track this historic deal, and I look forward to seeing these important measures enacted." Chair of the Committee on Transportation Assembly Member William B. Magnarelli said, "Laws making stretch limousines safer for drivers, passengers and everyone on our roads is needed for our state. The Governor's signing of these bills into law creates oversight and reform of the limousine industry. They ensure that companies and drivers meet enhanced licensing and inspection regulations, and mandate the use of safety features such as seatbelts and GPS. I am happy to be a part of this movement to protect our residents and believe these changes will save lives and prevent future tragedies." Seatbelt Requirements (S.6191C/A.9057) This legislation provides that motor vehicles converted into stretch limousines on or after January 1, 2021 have at least 2 safety belts for the front seat and at least one safety belt in the rear for each passenger the vehicle was designed to hold, as well as requiring all stretch limousines to be retrofitted to include seatbelts by January 1, 2023. New Commercial Driver's License Requirements for Limousine Drivers (S.6192A/A.8474A) This legislation requires individuals operating limousines carrying 9 or more passengers, including the driver, to have a passenger endorsed commercial driver's license. Immobilization and Impoundment of Defective Limousines (S.6193C/A.9056) This legislation allows the Commissioner of Transportation to impound or immobilize stretch limousines in certain situations and provides that an impounded motor vehicle will not be released unless the Commissioner provides written notice that the vehicle has passed re-inspection. Any release of a vehicle without approval by the Commissioner will be punishable by a fine of up to $10,000. Increased Penalties for Illegal U-Turns (S.6188B/A.8172B) Violations will be subject to a $250 to $400 fine and/or up to 15 days imprisonment. Second violations in eighteen months will be subject to a $600 to $750 fine and/or up to 45 days imprisonment. Violations involving a stretch limousine making an illegal U-turn while carrying at least one passenger would be subject to a $750 to $1,000 fine and/or up to 180 days imprisonment. GPS Requirements for Limousines (S.6187C/A. 9058) This legislation requires stretch limousines to use GPS technology designed specifically for commercial vehicles upon the creation of federal standards. New Customer Service Resources (S. 6185B/A.8214B) This legislation requires the Commissioners of Transportation and Motor Vehicles to establish, maintain, monitor and publicize a telephone hotline operated and maintained by the Department of Motor Vehicles used to report safety issues with stretch limousines and safe limo website maintained by the Department of Transportation. The DOT and DMV may investigate the reports generated by the hotline and use verified information from those reports in their enforcement actions. Driver's License Validation (S.6604B/A.9059) This legislation requires that every motor carrier furnish the Department of Motor Vehicles a list of each altered motor vehicle designed to carry 9 or more passengers and requires that the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles annually review the bus driver files of each driver employed by a motor vehicle carrier who operates a stretch limousine, along with publishing various safety metrics. DMV must annually update its website to provide information on motor carriers operating stretch limousines and data on limousine operations and drivers. Creation of Passenger Task Force (S.6189C/A.1316C) This legislation establishes the stretch limousine passenger safety task force to conduct a comprehensive review of matters influencing the safety, adequacy, efficiency and reliability of stretch limousine transportation. Drug and Alcohol Testing (S.6186B/A.712A) This legislation will require that large for-hire vehicle drivers and motor carriers be subject to pre-employment and random drug and alcohol testing. Seatbelt Use in Taxi and Livery Vehicles (S.7134/A.8990) This legislation expands seatbelt use requirements in for-hire vehicles. Representative Paul Tonko said, "Our hearts remain broken for the families of the deadly Schoharie and Long Island crashes who have somehow managed to turn personal tragedy from dangerous limousines into a fierce and inspiring resolve. Their wisdom and guidance helped shape the bipartisan national limousine safety package I have been pushing Congress to enact, and their advocacy continues to lift our efforts at the state and national levels to ensure we are doing everything possible to prevent future tragedies of this kind. My thanks to these impressive families and many leaders across New York who have come together to advance this worthwhile legislative state package. I will not stop pushing until our comprehensive package of improvements to close loopholes and raise safety standards becomes law nationwide." Senator Brad Hoylman said, "In my Senate district, emergency departments report seeing hundreds of injured rear seat cab passengers a year with split lips, broken noses, cracked teeth, and traumatic brain injuries. The passenger injury phenomenon is so common in ERs that physicians have given it a name: 'partition face'. Now thanks to our legislation today, New York joins more than half of the states that require rear seat passengers in taxis, Ubers and Lyfts to wear seatbelts to protect themselves and other riders. Seat belts save lives. But only if we use them. I'm grateful to the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Transportation Chair Senator Tim Kennedy for helping pass this common-sense legislation." Senator James Gaughran said, "The survivors of the tragedies of Cutchogue and Schoharie led the charge to pass important limo safety legislation that will protect passengers and drivers alike. These bills, including mandatory seat belts and cracking down on illegal U-turns, are critical safety measures that will prevent tragic crashes like the one just a few years ago in Cutchogue, from happening again. I thank the brave and tireless advocacy of the families of the Cutchogue and Schoharie crashes for being the driving force behind these bills and fighting for safety. Thank you Governor Cuomo for signing these bills into law." Senator Anna Kaplan said, "The unimaginable tragedies that took place in Cutchogue and Schoharie were a rude awakening for all New Yorkers about the safety of stretch limousines. As lawmakers, we have a duty to families across the state to take action to prevent such senseless tragedy from ever happening again, and I'm very proud to sponsor legislation as part of that effort to keep our residents safe." Senator Rachel May said, "A graduation or wedding should be one of the best times of your life. You shouldn't worry about whether the limo service you hire will get you home safely at the end of the day. My bill will make it easier for safety issues to be reported to the Commissioner of Transportation. We have seen too many preventable tragedies because limousines weren't well-maintained or regularly inspected. New Yorkers deserve better oversight." Senator Jen Metzger said, "The devastating loss of lives from the 2018 crash in Schoharie was a call to action for stronger laws to keep people safe on our roads. My bill to mandate drug and alcohol testing for limo drivers and other for-hire vehicles, along with the other urgent legislation that we passed in early January, will save lives and prevent future tragedies. I want to thank Senate Transportation Chair Tim Kennedy for championing this vital package of legislation." Senator James Sanders, Jr. said, "This bill is important in insuring the safety of both pedestrians and motorists. It is vital that the DMV have up-to-date records regarding stretch limousine companies and their drivers, especially when it comes to defects and crashes. As we all know a car can be a dangerous weapon if not operated properly, and when we think about vehicles that are even larger like stretch limousines that often transport many people, we have to be even more cautious." Assembly Member Amy Paulin said, "I am very pleased that these critical safety measures have become law. I thank Governor Cuomo for working with the Legislature to complete this comprehensive set of initiatives. Access to seat belts for limousine passengers and random drug testing for drivers are common sense and practical steps that will help ensure the safety of not only limousine passengers but for everyone traveling on New York roadways. The creation of a Limousine Passenger Safety Task Force means that we will continue to address issues that confront the safety of Limousine passengers and drivers in the future." Assembly Member Angelo Santabarbara said, "Following the deadly limousine crash in Schoharie that claimed the lives of 20 people, the need for updated laws governing stretch limousines was apparent. That's why work on this important legislative package has continued here at the State Capitol on behalf of the families that have lost loved ones and for the safety of our communities. While we see these important bills signed into law to strengthen regulations and improve standards here in New York, I also urge US Congress and Senate leaders to come together and pass similar measures in Washington DC to ensure the safety of passengers in every state."

Governor Cuomo Announces Three-Way Agreement with Senate Majority Leader Cousins and Assembly Speaker Heastie on Limousine Safety Legislation Package

Jan. 14, 2020

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a three-way agreement with Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on a limousine safety regulation package. The 10- point package introduces new safety regulations such as: seatbelt requirements, immobilization of defective limousines, increased penalties for illegal u-turns, GPS requirements, customer service resource requirements, regular validation of vehicle and driver safety information, new commercial driver's license requirements for limousine drivers, creation of a passenger task force and drug and alcohol testing. "These comprehensive reforms will give authorities much-needed new powers to get dangerous vehicles off the road, weed out bad actors and put into place common sense safety standards that will increase public safety in every corner of New York, "Governor Cuomo said. "The horrific crashes that sparked this action shook this state to its very core and we stand with those who lost loved ones in these accidents and worked tirelessly to help prevent future tragedies once and for all." "Limousines and celebrations usually go hand-in-hand, and the Senate Democratic Majority wants to keep it that way," Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. "The crashes that have taken place because of unsafe limos and lax regulations are tragedies, and we have a responsibility to address this problem. The Senate Majority stands, and grieves, with the families who lost loved ones to limo crashes and who turned that suffering into activism. These bills, which have the support of the Senate Majority, Assembly Majority, and Governor Cuomo, will help improve safety, hold companies accountable, and save lives." "Limos are so often the vehicle of choice for joyous occasions - weddings, proms and special events. But we have seen too many turn into tragedy," Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said. "The bills we pass today build on the progress we made in last year's budget, creating necessary oversight for the for-hire limousine industry and ensuring they are held accountable. These critical reforms will mean safer vehicles, safer roads and saved lives." Chair of the Committee on Transportation Senator Timothy M. Kennedy said, "By passing this comprehensive package of legislation, the Senate and Assembly are strengthening standards across New York State, and changing the way the industry is regulated to ensure passenger safety is prioritized. The families who lost loved ones in the limo crashes in Schoharie and Cutchogue were instrumental in the pursuit of these reforms, their commitment to make New York safer will undoubtedly prevent other families from experiencing the same heartbreak they have endured. I thank Governor Andrew Cuomo, Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Speaker Carl Heastie for working alongside us to fast-track this historic deal, and I look forward to seeing these important measures enacted." Chair of the Committee on Transportation Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli said, "Horrific crashes right here in New York State have drawn national attention to the inadequacies of our state's traffic safety laws regarding limousines. Limos present a unique set of safety challenges for both drivers and passengers alike. My legislation will help address some of these deficiencies by ensuring these vehicles are equipped with seatbelts, limo drivers are being held to the same standard as drivers of other high-occupancy vehicles and that we continue to study these safety issues and make necessary changes down the road." Seatbelt Requirements (S. 6191C/A. 9057) This legislation provides that motor vehicles converted into stretch limousines on or after January 1, 2021 have at least 2 safety belts for the front seat and at least one safety belt in the rear for each passenger the vehicle was designed to hold, as well as requiring all stretch limousines to be retrofitted to include seatbelts by January 1, 2023. New Commercial Driver's License Requirements for Limousine Drivers (S. 6192A/A.8474A) This legislation requires individuals operating limousines carrying 9 or more passengers, including the driver, to have a passenger endorsed commercial driver's license. Immobilization and Impoundment of Defective Limousines (S. 6193C/A. 9056) This legislation allows the Commissioner of Transportation to impound or immobilize stretch limousines in certain situations and provides that an impounded motor vehicle will not be released unless the Commissioner provides written notice that the vehicle has passed re-inspection. Any release of a vehicle without approval by the Commissioner will be punishable by a fine of up to $10,000. Increased Penalties for Illegal U-Turns (S. 6188B/A.8172B) Violations will be subject to a $250 to $400 fine and/or up to 15 days imprisonment. Second violations in eighteen months will be subject to a $600 to $750 fine and/or up to 45 days imprisonment. Violations involving a stretch limousine making an illegal u-turn while carrying at least one passenger would be subject to a $750 to $1,000 fine and/or up to 180 days imprisonment. GPS Requirements for Limousines (S. 6187C/A. 9058) This legislation requires stretch limousines to use GPS technology designed specifically for commercial vehicles and meeting federal standards. New Customer Service Resources (S. 6185B/A.8214B) This legislation requires the Commissioners of Transportation and Motor Vehicles to establish, maintain, monitor and publicize a telephone hotline operated and maintained by the Department of Motor Vehicles used to report safety issues with stretch limousines and safe limo website maintained by the Department of Transportation. The DOT and DMV may investigate the reports generated by the hotline and use verified information from those reports in their enforcement actions. Driver's License Validation (S. 6604B/A.9059) This legislation requires that every motor carrier furnish the Department of Motor Vehicles a list of each altered motor vehicle designed to carry 9 or more passengers and requires that the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles annually review the bus driver files of each driver employed by a motor vehicle carrier who operates a stretch limousine, along with publishing various safety metrics. DMV must annually update its website to provide information on motor carriers operating stretch limousines and data on limousine operations and drivers. Creation of Passenger Task Force (S. 6189C/A.1316C) This legislation establishes the stretch limousine passenger safety task force to conduct a comprehensive review of matters influencing the safety, adequacy, efficiency and reliability of stretch limousine transportation. Drug and Alcohol Testing (S. 6186B/A.712A) This legislation will require that large for-hire vehicle drivers and motor carriers be subject to pre-employment and random drug and alcohol testing. Seatbelt Use in Taxi and Livery Vehicles (S. 7134/A.8990) This legislation expands seatbelt use requirements in for-hire vehicles. Senator James Gaughran said, "Today we are taking action on important limo safety legislation that will protect passengers and drivers alike. These bills, including mandatory seat belts and cracking down on illegal U-turns, are critical safety measures that will prevent tragic crashes like the one just a few years ago in Cutchogue, from happening again. I thank the brave and tireless advocacy of the families of the Cutchogue and Schoharie crashes for being the driving force behind today's bills and fighting for safety." Senator Rachel May said, "A graduation or wedding should be one of the best times of your life. You shouldn't worry about whether the limo service you hire will get you home safely at the end of the day. My bill will make it easier for safety issues to be reported to the Commissioner of Transportation. We have seen too many preventable tragedies because limousines weren't well-maintained or regularly inspected. New Yorkers deserve better oversight." Senator James Sanders, Jr. said, "This bill is important in insuring the safety of both pedestrians and motorists. It is vital that the DMV have up-to-date records regarding stretch limousine companies and their drivers, especially when it comes to defects and crashes. As we all know a car can be a dangerous weapon if not operated properly, and when we think about vehicles that are even larger like stretch limousines that often transport many people, we have to be even more cautious." Senator Anna Kaplan said, "The unimaginable tragedies that took place in Cutchogue and Schoharie were a rude awakening for all New Yorkers about the safety of stretch limousines. As lawmakers, we have a duty to families across the state to take action to prevent such senseless tragedy from ever happening again, and I'm very proud to sponsor legislation as part of that effort to keep our residents safe." Senator Jen Metzger said, "The devastating loss of lives from the 2018 crash in Schoharie was a call to action for stronger laws to keep people safe on our roads. My bill to mandate drug and alcohol testing for limo drivers and other for-hire vehicles, along with the other urgent legislation that we passed today, will save lives and prevent future tragedies. I want to thank Senate Transportation Chair Tim Kennedy for championing this vital package of legislation." Senator Brad Hoylman said, "In 2018 alone, there were 40 fatal or critical injury crashes in taxis and livery vehicles. Seat belts are a proven way to save lives and prevent serious injuries -- and as the horrific crash in Schoharie shows us, not wearing a seat belt can have tragic consequences. That's why it's so important for every passenger in a taxi or for-hire vehicle to buckle up. Thanks to the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the new Senate Majority is passing common-sense legislation to ensure all New Yorkers are safe." Assemblymember Amy Paulin said, "Today's legislative action will make stretch limousines safer for drivers, passengers and everyone on our roads. The bills enacted will bring oversight and reform to every aspect of the limousine industry, from licensing and inspection to the use of seatbelts and GPS. I believe these changes will save lives and prevent future tragedies." Assemblymember Angelo Santabarbara said, "The tragic limousine crash in Schoharie that claimed the lives of 20 people was deemed the worst transportation disaster in nearly a decade. This horrific event left a scar on our community and the need for updated laws governing stretch limousines is apparent. These bills are aimed at strengthening regulations and improving standards to ensure the safety of passengers. It's important that we get this legislative package signed into law a soon as possible to prevent tragedies like this from happening again."

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Giving Veterans Who Were Denied Honorable Discharge Due to Their LGBTQ Identity the Right to Have Their New York State Benefits Restored

Nov. 12, 2019

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (S.45B/A.8097) enacting The Restoration of Honor Act, giving LGBTQ veterans who were denied an honorable discharge because of their sexual orientation or gender identity the right to apply to have their New York State veterans' benefits restored. Under Don't Ask Don't Tell and similar policies hundreds of thousands of veterans received less than honorable discharges. As a result of that those individuals are ineligible for veterans' benefits. While military discharge decisions can only be formally changed by the federal government, The Restoration of Honor Act allows these veterans to apply to claim their New York State benefits. "Countless service members were discharged from the military simply because of who they are. Adding insult to injury, they were then denied the services and benefits they earned as members of our armed forces who fought to protect our country and defend our ideals," Governor Cuomo said. "With this measure we are righting that wrong and sending a message to LGBTQ veterans that we have their backs, just as they had ours." The bill also restores benefits eligibility for veterans who received less than honorable discharges as a result of military sexual trauma, traumatic brain injury, or post-traumatic stress disorder. This makes New York the first state in the nation to restore the benefits of veterans who received less than honorable discharges either because of these traumas or because of their LGBTQ identity. Senator Brad Hoylman said, "According to a study my office conducted in 2015, there are more than 50 New York State benefits denied to LGBTQ veterans who were less than honorably discharged on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Even as gay and lesbian Americans have been able to openly serve in the military for nearly a decade, generations of LGBTQ Americans are still unable to access many veterans' benefits due to the status of their military discharge. We are finally addressing this injustice by passing the Restoration of Honor Act, thanks to a new Senate majority led by Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins that stands resolutely in favor of LGBTQ rights. I'm grateful to my co-sponsor Assembly Member Didi Barrett for her work with me to pass this bill, to Assembly Member Buchwald for his years of advocacy for this legislation, to LGBT rights groups like SAGE which have been fighting for our community for decades, and to Governor Cuomo for signing it into law today." Assembly Member Didi Barrett said, "The brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms are owed nothing but respect and support when they return home. Yet sadly, this has not been the case for too many of our veterans in the LGBTQ community, those suffering from trauma, and those struggling with mental and behavioral health disorders. 'Bad papers' shouldn't prevent service men and women from accessing the benefits and resources they've earned when they return home. With the enacted Restoration of Honor Act, we can finally put this immoral practice to an end. I thank the governor for signing this groundbreaking legislation and helping us right this terrible wrong." Today's bill signing is the latest step in Governor Cuomo's commitment to further protections and equality for New York's LGBTQ community. Last month, New York became the first state in the country requiring all of its veterans' services staff to be certified in LGBTQ and HIV+ competency training. All Division of Veterans' Services staff in the state must receive the MMAA Rainbow Shield cultural competency training, designed to help educate and empower providers and advocates who serve the LGBTQ and HIV+ military and veteran community. This past August, the Governor announced multi-agency opposition to the federal government's proposed rollback of healthcare protections for transgender and gender nonconforming individuals, with the New York State Department of Financial Services, Division of Human Rights and the Office of Children and Family Services calling on the federal government to abandon the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposal that would undermine discrimination protections for transgender and gender nonconforming individuals and limit the types of insurance that must comply with the Affordable Care Act's nondiscrimination protections. In June, Governor Cuomo signed legislation banning the use of the "gay and trans panic" defense in criminal proceedings. In April, as the federal government's transgender military ban took effect, the Governor directed the Division of Veterans' Services, the Division of Military and Naval Affairs, and the Division of Human Rights to provide all necessary services and resources to transgender service members who are displaced by the abhorrent federal policy which endorses discrimination in the armed forces and undermines national security. In January, Governor Cuomo signed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, landmark legislation that prohibits employers, educational institutions, landlords, creditors, and others from discrimination against individuals on the basis of gender identity or expression.

Events

2020

Mar. 22
Covid-19 Virtual Town Hall

Sun 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

Senator Brad Hoylman New York, NY

Mar. 15
Covid-19 Virtual Town Hall

Sun 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

Senator Brad Hoylman New York, NY