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Brad Hoylman

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Brad M. Hoylman is an American Democratic politician. He is a Democratic Senator for the New York State Senate in Manhattan's 27th district, first elected in the 2012 state election.

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Petitioning Brad Hoylman, New York State Senate

Support the TRUMP Act: No Presidency without Tax Returns

As initially reported in Buzzfeed, Fortune, and the New York Times editorial board, New York State Senator Brad Hoylman (D. 27th District) has introduced a bill that can fix some of the damage done by the 2016 election. This bill deserves and needs popular support. The T.R.U.M.P. (Tax Returns Uniformly Made Public) Act, "would force candidates for president to release five years of tax returns to the New York State board of elections no later than 50 days before the general election, which would in turn redact personal information and make the returns public. Failure to comply with the legislation should it become law would prohibit the state’s electors from voting for that candidate and the candidate’s name would not appear on the New York state ballot."  As Hoylman states, Trump's refusal to disclose his returns have denied voters "an important perspective on the candidate’s potential conflicts of interests as well as their financial well-being and how much he gave to charity.”  With Russian interference in the 2016 election now an established fact, it is essential that Trump's tax returns be released. This bill will be a crucial lever in forcing that release. It could moreover could prove instrumental in restricting the reach of the incoming Trump administration. Since the Republican administration and congress would be unlikely to act on this, this becomes a matter for the states. And thus New York, with its 31 electoral votes, can make a significant national impact with this legislation. Please sign and share. Senator Hoylman is following our petition's progress with interest. Since the bill was first announced there have been similar bills introduced in California, Massachusetts, and Maine. There is a chance to make a real difference here. Your support matters!

Chris Monroe
140,895 supporters
Petitioning Todd D. Kaminsky, Andrew M. Cuomo, Joseph P. Addabbo, Frederick Akshar, Jamaal T. Bailey, Brian A. Benjamin, Alassandra Biaggi, George Borrello, Philip M. Boyle, Neil D. Breslin, Jabari Brisport, J...

Oppose Todd Kaminski's bill to label Swastika a hate Symbol. It is an ancient Hindu symbol

Honorable Senator Todd Kaminski's petition to label Swastika as a hate symbol is misguided and unconstitutional as it attempts to mis-label a significant Hindu Symbol and fails to consider the symbol's Hindu religious and cultural significance.  It is akin to labeling the symbol of cross or Star of David as a hate symbol. What does the word 'swastika' mean? In Sanskrit, the word swastika is a combination of ‘su’ (meaning ‘good’) and ‘asti’ (meaning ‘to exist’) — often getting translated as ‘all is well.’ The swastika is thus understood to be a symbol of auspiciousness and good fortune. It is used as a positive symbol by 1.8 billion Hindus, Jains and Buddhists. Though the Nazi symbol was originally called the hakenkreuz (meaning ‘hooked cross)’, early translations of Adolf Hilter’s “Mein Kampf” into English substituted swastika for hakenkreuz, thereby popularizing the notion of a “Nazi swastika”. What is the symbolism of the swastika? Though many Hindus displaying the swastika do so in the spirit of auspiciousness, its meaning is much deeper and ancient.  The four limbs can be interpreted as representing: The four Vedas (foundational scriptures of Hinduism), the Rig Veda, the Yajur Veda, the Sama Veda, and the Atharva Veda.The four traditional stages of life: Brahmacharya (youth/student), Grihasta (adult/family), Vanaprastha (elder); Sannyasa (old age/renunciation of the world).The four goals of life: Dharma (right conduct), Artha (prosperity), Kama (pleasure), Moksha (spiritual liberation).The four yugas (cyclical world ages): Satya Yuga, Treta Yuga, Dvapara Yuga, Kali Yuga. We are currently in the shortest yuga, and the last before the cycle begins again, the Kali Yuga.The four seasons: Though not everyplace on Earth experiences the seasons in the same way and some places translate the procession of the year’s natural phenomena in different terms, the four limbs of the swastika can also be taken to represent winter, spring, summer, fall. The procession of the seasons mirroring the procession of the stages of life.The four cardinal directions.The swastika is one of humanity’s oldest and most consistently used symbols across nearly every human culture. It has more than 10,000 years of positive associations behind it. In that context and to educate people about this ancient symbol in proper context, we propose that the language of the bill be amended. Actual text of the bill can be found at: We propose the bill to be amended as follows: Purpose of the Bill: To require New York school children be educated regarding the meaning of hakenkreuzs (often incorrectly referred to as swastikas) and nooses as symbols of hatred and intolerance. Justification: As incidents of hate crimes have skyrocketed across New York State and the nation as a whole, it is imperative that the Legislature mandate compulsory education for school children on the meaning and significance of hateful symbols used to instill fear in communities across our State. In particular, it is vital for students to be aware of the meanings of the Hakenkreuz (often incorrectly referred to as a Swastika) commonly exhibited as the emblem of Nazi Germany - as well as the noose - commonly exhibited as a symbol of racism and intimidation. This measure will do just that, by mandating schools educate students regarding these two symbols of hate, with an eye towards stamp-ing out hate, bigotry, and intolerance from our great State. The Proposed Amended Bill with Swastika’s history and tradition in proper perspective Section  1.  Legislative findings.  The legislature hereby finds the recent spike in hate crimes across our state and nation as a whole to be highly disturbing and a societal epidemic in need of remedy. As many of our youth are not aware of the hateful connotations behind Hakenkreuzs (often incorrectly referred to as Swastikas) and nooses, it is necessary for the legislature to mandate compulsory education in all schools across our great state in regard to the meanings of these two symbols of hate. Requiring students be educated in the significance of these displays of bigotry will go a long way toward fostering a more inclusive and tolerant society for all. Section. 2.  The  education  law is amended by adding a new section 801-b to read as follows: § 801-B. INSTRUCTION REGARDING SYMBOLS OF HATE.  THE REGENTS SHALL ENSURE THAT THE COURSE OF INSTRUCTION FOR GRADES SIX THROUGH TWELVE INCLUDES A COMPONENT ON THE MEANING OF THE HAKENKREUZ (A SYMBOL THAT IS INCORRECTLY REFERRED TO AS THE SWASTIKA) AS THE EMBLEM OF NAZI GERMANY, AS WELL AS THE NOOSE AS A SYMBOL OF RACISM AND INTIMIDATION.  THE REGENTS SHALL DETERMINE HOW TO INCORPORATE SUCH COMPONENTS INTO EXISTING CURRICULA, AND THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PROMULGATE ANY REGULATIONS NEEDED TO CARRY OUT SUCH DETERMINATION OF THE REGENTS. (1)  THE REGENTS SHALL ENSURE THAT THE COURSE OF INSTRUCTION FOR GRADES SIX THROUGH TWELVE INCLUDES A COMPONENT ON THE MEANING OF THE SWASTIKA AS A SYMBOL OF PEACE, WELL-BEING AND PROSPERITY FOR DOZENS OF CULTURES AND NEARLY TWO BILLION PEOPLE CURRENTLY LIVING, IS THOUSANDS OF YEARS OLD, AND WHICH PRE-DATES NAZI GERMANY AND BEARS NO RELATION IN MEANING OR PURPOSE TO THE HAKENKREUZ (THE EMBLEM OF NAZI GERMANY). (2)  THE REGENTS SHALL ENSURE THAT THE COURSE OF INSTRUCTION FOR GRADES SIX THROUGH TWELVE WILL DISTINGUISH BETWEEN THE TERM SWASTIKA (A SANSKRIT WORD AND A SYMBOL WHICH MEANS PEACE, WELL-BEING, AND PROSPERITY) AND THE HAKENKREUZ WHEN REFERRING TO THE GEOMETRICALLY SIMILAR YET DISTINCT EMBLEM OF NAZI GERMANY. Signatories: Asamai Hindu Temple & Community Center, Hicksville, NY  

Hindus, Jains and Buddists Living in New York
41,704 supporters
Petitioning Didi Barrett, Daphne Jordan, Andrew M. Cuomo, Chris Tague, Kevin Cahill, Jonathon Jacobson, Kieran Michael Lalor, Jake Ashby, Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes, Carmine E Arroyo, Rodneyse Bichotte, Carl He...

Reinstate NY Religious Exemptions to Vaccines

We the undersigned, are calling on you to  work for the repeal of the newly enacted ban on religious exemptions to vaccines. The US Constitution, our civil rights, the Nuremberg Code, parental prerogative, science and statistics have all been ignored in the process leading up to the passage of New York Assembly Bill 2371a. Our outrage about the passage of this bill is founded upon the reasons that we discuss here. Our founding Fathers placed great importance on religious freedom by emphasizing it in the very first amendment in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof: or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press: or the right of people peaceably to assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” How we as individuals feel about another person’s religion is irrelevant. We do not even need to understand another person’s religion. Beliefs are non-negotiable. Our country was based on the concept that there are many ways to walk with God and all ways should be honored and respected. The 14th amendment in the Bill of Rights protects all of us, vaccinated or not. It says we all should receive the same “privileges” (such as education) just by being citizens. It says: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States: nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law: nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Bill A2371a is in direct opposition to the Nuremberg Code. The Nuremberg Code came out of the Nuremberg Trials after World War II and is an international agreement on the treatment of human beings and their inherent rights. There are ten points to this Code. The very first point is: “The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, over-reaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion; and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved, as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision. This latter element requires that, before the acceptance of an affirmative decision by the experimental subject, there should be made known to him the nature, duration, and purpose of the experiment; the method and means by which it is to be conducted; all inconveniences and hazards reasonably to be expected; and the effects upon his health or person, which may possibly come from his participation in the experiment. The duty and responsibility for ascertaining the quality of the consent rests upon each individual who initiates, directs or engages in the experiment. It is a personal duty and responsibility which may not be delegated to another with impunity.” Forcing people to vaccinate their children goes against this Code. Children cannot give consent as they are not legally or mentally able to make these decisions and should not be placed in the position of  having to do so (as with the proposed bills on HPV and other vaccines). A child who is deemed not old enough to drive, drink alcohol, get married or vote is surely not old enough to make important medical decisions that may have life-long effects. Referring to this year’s outbreak of measles as an “epidemic” is misleading and inflammatory language when compared to other causes of death. There has been one death due to complications of measles (pneumonia) in the last twenty years. While of course, any death is regrettable, this one death hardly represents an epidemic. Real epidemics in our country include:* 70,237 deaths from drug overdose 47,123 deaths from suicide 35,000 deaths from car accident 15,000 deaths from gunshot (plus 28,000 injuries from gunshot)These numbers do not include  those who have died from suicide 42,743 cases of tick borne illnesses (a conservative number as many more went undiagnosed and unreported) *these numbers are from the CDC and are for 2017 only. According to the CDC, early childhood illnesses were declining even before the first use of vaccines. When people get an illness like measles, they then have life-long immunity; whereas with the vaccine they need continual boosters. The fact that the pharmaceutical companies require multiple boosters and that many people who have received vaccines still get “early childhood illnesses” proves that the effectiveness of vaccines should be questioned. The negative effects of vaccines have been intentionally hidden as proven by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP)  created by the US government to protect vaccine producing companies from lawsuits. The NVICP has paid out over $4 billion in claims in thousands of cases. This allows big pharmaceutical companies to continue making vast amounts of money with no accountability.  Common ingredients in vaccines include:* live virus propagated in chick embryos, guinea pig cell cultures, bovine (cow) and porcine (pig) cells, human diploid lung fibroblasts (cultured from aborted human fetuses), human albumin, fetal bovine serum, hydrochloric acid, MSG, MRC-5 cells including DNA and protein, EDTA, phenoxyethanol (a preservative that the FDA has warned is harmful to babies), glutaraldehyde (a disinfectant), up to 500mcg of aluminum, formaldehyde, polysorbate 20 and 80, soy, and vero cells from the African Green Monkey kidneys. You can see from this short list that vaccinations represent serious and often dangerous issues for people who need to remain Kosher and for whom beef or pork is forbidden, people who have convictions against abortion due to religious beliefs, people who find the use of human fetuses and human DNA inhumane or medically questionable, people who have egg/soy/gluten allergies, or people who are vegetarian.  *The ingredients listed herein are easily found on product inserts from vaccine manufacturers such as Merck & Co. and GlaxoSmithKline. Furthermore, the vaccine “catch up” schedule is dangerous and untested. Time is required between each vaccine dose for antibodies to develop. There have been no studies on multiple vaccines in a short period of time. We do not know how this will affect our growing children. By forcing these vaccinations, you are condoning experimenting on our children without our consent and without care or knowledge of the potential consequences. Being able to look at individual risk factors such as autoimmune illnesses, immunocompromised situations, family history of reactions to vaccines, allergies and other developmental concerns before administering a vaccine, would be the medically responsible thing to do. However, we have not been able to find any information about acceptable NY State medical exemptions. When a doctor was asked, we were told an adverse reaction must happen after receiving a vaccine before a medical exemption can be granted. This means that we must risk irreversible damage and only have an exemption from further vaccines after the damage has been done to our children. We find this wanton disregard for the safety and wellbeing of our children unacceptable. There are other questions that must be addressed related to the new law. For example: What about providing an equal education to the children who have special needs and Individulal Education Plans (IEPs)? What steps are being taken to support them when they are now denied services at any public or private school?  We reject the label that we are “anti-vaccine”. We are pro-informed choice. There should always be choice and informed consent in any medical procedure. According to the Johns Hopkins Medical School website, medical error is the third leading cause of death in the USA. We cannot leave these decisions to others. Each individual must be able to understand the possible benefits and possible risks of any medicine, vaccine or procedure and take responsibility for consent or dissent. We must all be able to say “Yes” or “No”. To deny bodily autonomy and parental prerogative goes against the principles on which this country is founded. This position is the equivalent to My Body = My Choice.  We need to be able to make careful choices based on our families religious and health needs. Each family should be able to make the choice that is best for their children. The government does not know our children. We do. We are relying on our elected officials to stand up for and protect our religious and civil rights. Again we ask you to please do all you can to repeal Bill A2371a.  For further information please check these websites: We also encourage you to research vaccine injury. A good start would be to research VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) at to read reports in the Children’s Health Defense News and Views. 

Jennifer McIsaac
28,315 supporters
Petitioning Andrew M. Cuomo, Aravella Simotas, Carmen Arroyo, Didi Barrett, Rodneyse Bichotte, Vivian Cook, Maritza Davila, Carmen N. De La Rosa, Inez E. Dickens, Patricia Fahy, Sandra R. Galef, Deborah Glick,...

Require Hospitals to Publish Data on Pregnancy Outcomes

Since January, New York has lost at least three Black mothers due to childbirth related deaths: in July, Sha-Asia Washington died during a Cesarean birth at Woodhull Hospital; in April, Amber Rose Isaac died during a Cesarean birth at Montefiore Medical Center; and in March, Cordielle Street died a week after she gave birth due to complications. Their deaths are the direct result of racism that has led to a Black maternal mortality crisis in New York and the United States, as a whole: Black women, nationally, are at least three times more likely to die from pregnancy and birth related complications--in New York, this number is closer to twelve times--and 50% more likely to suffer severe pregnancy and birth complications than white women.  In 2016, New York State Law § 2803-J Information for Maternity Patients was passed, mandating that New York hospitals annually publish their data on birth related events and procedures such as number of vaginal or Cesarean births, use of forceps or vacuum, inductions, vaginal births after prior Cesareans, and other vital statistics. In light of the ongoing Black maternal mortality crisis, we insist this law be expanded to include reporting on maternal deaths, before, during and up to six weeks after childbirth; third trimester fetal losses and stillbirths; hemorrhage; and injuries related to childbirth including damage to tissue and organs during Cesarean birth, third and fourth degree tearing; with a racial break down on all data points. In low income, predominantly Black or Hispanic neighborhoods physical proximity to a hospital is often a major deciding factor of where to receive prenatal and labor care. Recent studies show that the hospital at which pregnant people receive care is a primary determinant of Cesarean rates, morbidity and mortality. In absence of published hospital data regarding pregnancy outcomes, pregnant people and particularly Black women in New York State, cannot make informed decisions about where to receive their care or whether their local hospital is a safe place for them to birth their babies. Transparency in racial disparities of pregnancy and birth outcomes is an essential step in ensuring better outcomes for all pregnant New Yorkers. New York’s hospitals have been allowed to operate with impunity after deaths, loss or injury occur for too long. Requiring hospitals to publish maternal, fetal and infant morbidity and mortality data is essential in holding these institutions accountable for preventable injuries and deaths and improving pregnancy outcomes for patients. We implore you to amend New York State Law § 2803-J Information for Maternity Patients to include statistics and racial data on maternal deaths, third trimester fetal losses and stillbirths, and birth related injuries. This information is critical in the fight against New York’s maternal mortality crisis and vast racial disparities in maternal health.

Jessica Pournaras
18,350 supporters
Petitioning Carolyn B. Maloney, Terry Cavanaugh, Brad Hoylman

Don't let Fox News call itself `news`

This petition asks that the FCC revoke Fox News' license until 'News' is removed from its branding, or until it revises its practices to conform with standards of broadcast journalism. The undersigned understand why the FCC does not want to limit protected speech, but demand the FCC enforce its mandate to protect the public interest as concerns broadcasting. The FCC states that "broadcast licensees may not intentionally distort the news," and that "rigging or slanting the news is a most heinous act against the public interest." So why is a cable TV channel allowed to lie, distort, and promote solely Republican causes under the banner of "news"? Since John Kerry's unsuccessful 2004 presidential bid, Fox News has had a clear right-wing agenda, and it has become steadily more biased since Obama's 2008 election. In the Trump era, it has been documented repeatedly (by Politico, by the Washington Post, by Newsweek) how the president repeats talking points from Fox, which in turn broadcasts pro-Trump messaging. Fox News employees join the Trump White House and vice versa; the line between the two is gone. We are witnessing for the first time on American soil televised propaganda, in the style of  fascist and authoritarian regimes. If you haven't noticed this on your own already, it's fully explained by investigative journalist Jane Mayer here.  According to the FCC website "there are two issues related to broadcast journalism that are subject to Commission regulation: hoaxes and news distortion." As measured by Politifact, Fox News is "Mixed factually and borderline Questionable based on poor sourcing and the spreading of conspiracy theories that later must be retracted after being widely shared." This constant stream of misinformation has had a direct impact on the the last several elections, essentially defrauding the nation. In April 2020 their science-denial and misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic is literally killing people. We say, enough, this is madness. Fox News is incompatible with democracy and public health. Right now this country is suffering an epidemic of ignorance. Trump is only a symptom; Fox News is a leading cause, a political operation masquerading as a journalism outlet. Enforcing our broadcasting rules is part of the cure. To be delivered to: FCC Enforcement Chief Rosemary Harold, the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and the Office of NY State District 27, where Fox News has its main office and facilities.

Chris Monroe
11,744 supporters
Petitioning Steven Cymbrowitz, Carl E Heastie, Brian Kavanagh, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Andrew M. Cuomo, Annalyse Kiomoroske, Lenny Markh, Nick Stabile, Suzy Spilker Ballantyne, Jonathan Shapiro, Linda B. Rosen...

Demand an End to Real Estate Loopholes in NY

The future of Central Park is threatened by large, dark shadows that are cast by superscrapers. The New York State Legislature must pass  A2128/S2016 !!! Supertall buildings already completed or under construction will cast long shadows in the Park, blocking playgrounds, open fields, pathways and vegetation from sunlight. This bill will prevent builders from taking further advantage of multiple loopholes in our zoning code that threaten Central Park. We encourage the State to pass this important legislation which will benefit New York for generations to come Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal and State Senator Robert Jackson are the prime sponsors of legislation (A2128/S2016) that would amend the multiple dwelling law by setting logical floor to ceiling heights which would close the mechanical void and other loopholes.  We believe that the New York City Department of City Planning text amendments are too narrowly focused and overly generous to developers. With the City’s disinterest in finding a meaningful way to close loopholes, passing this state-level legislation is essential. For a city so starved for both affordable housing and space, we cannot tolerate zoning that invites developers to perch super luxury housing units atop empty void space. Save Central Park NYC thanks Assembly Member Rosenthal and Senator Jackson for taking the lead in addressing these important issues at the state level. We would also like to thank the following members of the New York State Assembly and Senate for cosponsoring this legislation and for their support thus far: In the Assembly: Gottfried, Seawright, Barron, Stirpe, Carroll, Colton, Epstein, Taylor, Simon, Benedetto, Glick, Dinowitz, Richardson, Niou, De La Rosa, Quart, Dickens, Simotas, Fernandez, Aubry, Rodriguez, Blake, Reyes, Magnarelli, Wallace, Walker, Cook, Griffin In the Senate: Biaggi, Gounardes, Hoylman, Krueger, Salazar, Serrano Visit for more information! By signing our petition, you agree to join our mailing list. You can opt out anytime.

Save Central Park NYC
6,998 supporters