Hoylman: Picture of New York Senate isn’t a pretty one for tenants

State Sen. Brad Hoylman

State Sen. Brad Hoylman

By Sabina Mollot

New York voters kept power in the hands of the State Senate’s Republicans on Tuesday with the Republicans winning a a 32-31 majority. Additionally, a Democrat who has caucused with Republicans, Simcha Felder, may continue to do so, City & State reported, which would solidify Republicans’ position to 33 in the 63-seat chamber.

As a result, State Senator Brad Hoylman said he suspects that any hope of strengthening the rent laws as well as passing other Democrat legislation will now be up to the Assembly and the governor.

“You’re not going to have Senate Democrats being able to exact much leverage,” he said. But, he added, of course he is still going to try to get the rent laws strengthened when they’re up for renewal in 2015. “We have to keep trying,” Hoylman said. “There is no alternative.”

Hoylman, who was reelected with over 85 percent of the vote in an inactive campaign, said that he thought the more closely contested state races were affected by nation-wide trends as well as a lot of real estate and hedge fund money being poured into the coffers of candidates in those races. One million dollars was spent on TV ads this weekend alone, he noted, from supporters of charter schools. This “seemed to have made the difference in the Wagner and Gipson races,” he said. Justin Wagner and Terry Gipson were upstate Democratic candidates who lost to Republicans Terrence Murphy and Sue Serino, respectively. Another upstate Democrat, CeCe Tkaczyk, who’d won with a mere 18 votes last time, lost her seat on Tuesday.

“The amount of money that’s been spent was unexpected and unprecedented,” Hoylman added. “This is a terrific example of why we need campaign finance reform.” Previously, it appeared as though Democrats control of the State Senate following the election would be likely, with a plan by a breakaway group of Democrats who’d been caucusing with Republicans, to once again ally with more mainline Democrats. The plan, announced in June, had been cheered by Governor Cuomo.

On the turn of events, Hoylman said he wasn’t going to blame anyone.

“It’s up to Senate Democrats to win their own races,” he said. “You can’t rely on the governor or the mayor to win our local districts. I’m not pointing fingers the day after on who’s responsible.” He added, “I’m sure there’ll be a lot of finger pointing in the weeks and months to come.”

6 thoughts on “Hoylman: Picture of New York Senate isn’t a pretty one for tenants


    I hope that Gov. Cuomo pays dearly for his selfish actions: by just passively supporting Democrats for the NYS Senate. With obvious future presidential ambitions, he wants to appear “moderate” rather liberal to gain at least some conservative support should he contend for the White House.

    Then, there is the commission he set up to root our all the corruption in Albany which he had promised — well only until they came close to him and the people close to him. Then he shut it down. And, now he has pleased the real estate industry and will get support from them because this will avoid substantial rent guideline changes in favor of tenants.

    I might point out that as recently as a few months ago, he was expected to win with about 75% of the vote. When he realized he was in trouble in terms of winning by a landslide, he flooded the airways with ads — odd for an incumbent sure to win.. Final count: just 59%.

    He has demonstrated his arrogance and hubris..

  2. The system is rigged. It is not about who is in power of a system rigged. It is about who has the insight, ideas and actions that change the system to un-rig it.
    It is really tiring all these politician’s excuses for not being able to do their jobs because they are not the majority one in control and power of an antiquated system clearly rigged.
    We need new politicians who will change the system instead of vying to be in charge of the rigged system. Politicians play the same games for centuries with the same excuses.
    Seriously, change the game already!

  3. Politicians, from the White House down, are owned and controlled by the corporations/interests who stuff their coffers. Look at how Bloomberg uses his wealth to stuff the coffers of those who support his favorite causes. Whether his “causes” be good or bad is not really the point. The point is that the country is being run by those can buy politicians and those who can be bought. And they all can be bought.

    In NYC the Real Estate biggies and the Developers buy the politicians. It is totally wrong and something should be done about it because this is not a real democracy anymore. I don’t know what the word for it is. Maybe “Oligarchy?” I know that I don’t even feel like voting anymore. I just hold my nose and vote for the lesser of the two evils.

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