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Whats happening this week in the West Village and the New York Assembly
‘It’s a Great Day!’ At Last, Ribbon is Cut on Morton Middle School
October 4, 2018 | Posted by: The Villager BY LINCOLN ANDERSON Middle-schoolers were laughing, screaming and happily cavorting with each other. Humongous bubbles were blowing around everywhere and bursting on top of people. A girl was stiltwalking through the crowd while balancing a stack of schoolbooks on her head. Meanwhile, trying to be heard above the joyful din, politicians, community school activists and city education officials sung the praises of the new 75 Morton middle school and the determined, inspiring, years-long community effort that incredibly brought it all to fruition. Among them was Richard Carranza, the city’s schools chancellor, who was presented with a special plaque reading, “Just Believe.” After all, that’s what local schools activists always kept doing, even when the project stalled and hopes of obtaining the building seeming to be slipping out of reach.“It’s a great day. It’s a beautiful day and a day to celebrate,” Assemblymember Deborah Glick told the keyed-up crowd. “I thank you all.” It was Glick who originally identified the site for the school and kept stubbornly pushing to get the state to sell it to the city.
Celebrating Victory for Merchant’s House Museum
September 2018 This month, I again submitted testimony regarding a Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) application for 27 East 4th Street, a lot with a single story building that directly abuts the Merchant’s House Museum and threatens to destroy this indispensable historic home in New York City. The proposal would allow the construction of an 8-floor hotel with ground floor restaurant and share a party wall with the completely landmarked Merchant’s House Museum structure next door. The Merchant’s House Museum which maintains City, State, and National Landmark status is one of the few structures with interior and exterior Landmark designation. It is managed by the New York City Parks Department, is held in the public trust, and tells the unique story of the merchant Treadwell family and their place in New York City history. There does not exist such a vivid historical record, including the Treadwell family’s clothing, furniture, and personal possessions, anywhere else in New York City, and the threat of development next door could destroy that record and history permanently.I am pleased to see that the New York City Council voted to deny this ULURP application because of the immense significance of the historic structure next door. This is a positive for our community and shows that development at all costs does not mean destroying a beloved historic home and museum that exists within the public trust.
Statement on Israel’s Discriminatory New Surrogacy Law
Letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu August 15, 2018 I am writing to express my deep disappointment at the passage of a new surrogacy law that expanded state-supported surrogacy to single women but excludes same-sex couples and single men, in turn effectively denying state-supported surrogacy to Israel’s gay citizens. As a proud Jewish legislator and the first openly gay or lesbian member of New York State’s legislature, I have long been proud of Israel’s record on gay and lesbian rights. However, by excluding gay and lesbian couples from the right to marry and continuing to exclude same-sex couples and men from state-supported surrogacy, Israel is enshrining discrimination against the LGBTQ community and effectively preventing many from the ability to begin a family. I am heartened by the acts of civil disobedience Israelis have engaged in to protest this new law, and am hopeful that the government will soon take action to ensure that all Israelis are treated equally under the law.
Urging Comprehensive Environmental Impact Study of In-Water Storm Surge Barriers
Letter to U.S. Army Corp of Engineers August 8, 2018 As the Assemblymember representing much of Lower Manhattan’s west side, I am deeply invested in both the health of the Hudson River and in protecting the communities I serve from flood damage. I witnessed the damage that Super Storm Sandy wrought on New York’s coastal communities firsthand, and am glad that the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is undertaking a coastal risk management study (CSRM) to evaluate the impacts of a number of proposals to mitigate storm surges.
Suspension of SNAP Payments at Farmers Markets
Letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue August 2, 2018 It has recently come to my attention that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is suspending their contract with NoVo Dia Group, the only USDA-authorized contractor utilized to facilitate the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) payment at neighborhood Farmers Markets. Due to the high rate of food insecurity throughout the nation, I worry this sudden decision will impact individuals in need of affordable, fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables which can be accessed at farmers markets. The loss of this app-based program serves as another hurdle for people already experiencing hardships.
Elected Officials, Advocates Demand State Senate Return to Albany Immediately to Vote on Reproductive Health Act and Speed Camera Bill
STATE SENATE JEOPARDIZING THE SAFETY OF NEW YORK WOMEN AND CHILDREN July 2018 New York, NY- Assemblymember Deborah Glick, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Borough President Gale Brewer and advocates Transportation Alternatives, Planned Parenthood demand Senate Majority Leader Flanagan call the State Senate back to Albany immediately to vote on the Reproductive Health Act (A.1748/S.2796) and Speed Camera Bill (A.7798C/S.6046C). The Senate’s inaction jeopardizes the health and safety of all New Yorkers. “The State Senate has callously turned their back on the women and children of New York. New Yorkers cannot be safe without control over their own bodies or the knowledge that they can walk to school safely,” said Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick. “It’s time to stop playing political games with the lives of innocent New Yorkers. Senate Majority Leader Flanagan must call the Senate back immediately and vote on the Reproductive Health Act and the Speed Camera Bill.”
Demanding Repeal of “Zero Tolerance” Immigration Policy
Letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions June 15, 2018 I am writing to demand that you immediately repeal the “zero tolerance” immigration policy you announced May 7, which has created a crisis at the border and had untold negative consequences for those seeking asylum, families, and communities. Since your announcement, which stated that the Department of Justice would prosecute anyone who crosses the border illegally (even if those who cross present themselves to border agents as asylum seekers), there has been a rapid increase in the number of immigrants in federal jails. The last year has also seen increased reports of asylum seekers being met before they reach the border to prevent them from requesting asylum or being denied their credible fear interviews and turned away (which violates United States and International law), and an increase in the long term detention of asylum seekers.
Protesting Draconian Child Separation Policy
Letter to Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen June 6, 2018 I was deeply distressed to learn of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) announcement that it would begin separating children from their parents when they present themselves at the US-Mexican border, and have been horrified by the testimony and recent coverage of those families who have been subjected to this draconian policy. Both Attorney General Sessions and Chief of Staff Kelly have justified the child separation policy by stating that those who cross the border are doing so illegally, and in committing a crime essentially deserve whatever they get. To suggest that the commission of a crime can be used as a justification for the state to terrorize families and children is abhorrent. Equally abhorrent is the effective erasure of asylum seekers in the discussion of these policies – when someone crosses the border to escape violence and terror, they are not committing an illegal act, and to treat it as such and meet them with similar violence and terror is a tragedy that degrades our democracy and the expressed ideals of our nation.
Fighting Against Inhumane Wildlife Killing Contests
May 3, 2018 “There is no place for inhumane and cruel wildlife killing contests in a civilized society. These activities are portrayed by some as entertainment, but they engender a heartless disrespect for humans’ relationship with nature and are disruptive to the ecosystem. I thank the Humane Society of the United States for continuing to expose these killing contests as the cruel blood sport that they truly are. We must take meaningful action to end this senseless killing in New York and pass A.4116a/S.5148a immediately,” said Assemblymember Deborah Glick (D-Manhattan). For the full press release, visit the Human Society here.
Interview on Reproductive Health Act
Capitol Pressroom Interview March 21, 2018 The Reproductive Health Act which would codify the Roe v. Wade decision into New York State law has stalled in the Senate Health Committee. We discussed the effort to pass the bill with the lead sponsor of the Assembly version, Asm. Deborah Glick (D-Manhattan). Listen to the whole story here.
Here are the Issues that matter to Deborah - click for more information.
Neighborhood Preservation Issues
New York City truly is a city of neighborhoods, each with its own unique characteristics. I am fortunate to represent an Assembly ...
Our Parkland and Waterfront
In a City that may sometimes feel like a concrete jungle, parks serve a number of vital functions. They serve as our backyards, contributing ...
Improving the Lives of Women
My political activism was sparked through fighting for reproductive rights. When I was in college, a woman was not ...
Current LGBT Rights and Issues
As the first openly LGBT representative in New York State, I have long fought for equality for the LGBT community. Although, after a long ...
Animal Rights and Standards
Horse carriages are often used as an iconic symbol of New York. We associate them with romantic movies and of times when our ...
Affordable Housing Issues
As housing prices soar, it is more essential than ever that legislators work to maintain our affordable housing stock so that New York can ...
In the past nine years, New York State has repeatedly been the victim of massive flooding caused by momentous storms. In 2005 one storm ...
Striving for Quality Education
Providing a high-quality public education for every student in my district has been one of my guiding principles during my time in office ...
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