Budget funds golf tournament, but not tenant protections

State Senator Brad Hoylman voted no on numerous parts of the budget that were ultimately passed. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

In the latest “Big Ugly,” the state budget released on Saturday morning yanked $4.5 million from tenant protections by completely de-funding the housing agency’s Tenant Protection Unit.

State Senator Brad Hoylman, who voted no against that measure and numerous others included in the budget, blamed his own chamber for the move. However, he said he’s been assured the TPU will continue to be able to operate through emergency funding set aside by the governor, which was also done last year. Still, said Hoylman, “What kind of message does that send to New Yorkers? The budget is a real statement of our values.”

Meanwhile, the Republican-controlled chamber saw fit to spend $3 million of taxpayer funds on an upstate golf tournament because, they said, it would create jobs and spur economic growth in the area.

In arguments that are now online on YouTube, Hoylman responded, “Four and half million dollars was cut from the budget. I’d like to see the Dick’s Sporting Goods money put into the Tenant Protection Unit.”

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Perv poses as Good Samaritan, before sexually abusing woman in Union Square

Police are on the lookout for a creep who pretended to be helping a woman find Penn Station, only to lead her to Union Square where he sexually abused her.

Cops said that on Sunday, September 11 at around 1:35 a.m., the victim, a 22-year-old woman, was walking along East 39th Street and Lexington Avenue when she asked a man for directions to Penn Station. The man then told her to follow him and they began to walk downtown.

Once they got to 5th Avenue, at the intersection of West 15th Street, the man pushed the victim inside of a double phone booth where he sexually abused her. He then fled the scene. The victim wasn’t injured, but was taken to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation.

The suspect is described as having a light complexion and dark hair. He was last seen wearing a red American Eagle t-shirt, blue jeans and Converse sneakers.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.