‘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.

Opposing Unjust Census Questions

Letter to Secretary Wilbur Ross March 23, 2018 I urge Secretary Ross to reject any attempt to include questions regarding U.S. citizenship and immigration status in the 2020 Decennial Census. Asking for such information would have a chilling effect on the Census completion rate. The United States Census Bureau states that the goal of the Census is to serve “as the leading source of quality data about the nation’s people and economy.” Implementing questions about citizenship would undermine this goal.

Honoring Lucy and Lenny Cecere

Co-Naming MacDougal Street in Honor of Lucy & Lenny Cecere April 4, 2018 “I am proud to support the co-naming of MacDougal Street in honor of Lucy and Lenny Cecere and this block is where their wonderful store “Something Special” was located. Lucy and Lenny were pillars of the South Village community, and were original partners in the Caring Community which provides services throughout the community. Lucy and Lenny were truly the heart and soul of their neighborhood, and worked closely with all elected officials on every level to improve the neighborhood around them. They should absolutely be memorialized in our community for all their good works and kind spirits.”

Maintaining Sanctuary Cities and States

Letter to Attorney General Sessions Regarding Sanctuary Cities February 15, 2018 I am outraged at comments made by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen during a Senate committee hearing confirming that DHS has requested that the Department of Justice investigate whether it is possible to arrest state and local elected officials in so-called “Sanctuary” cities and states.

Supporting Tipped Workers

Letter to Secretary R. Alexander Acosta regarding Tipped Wages January 25, 2018 I have deep concerns about the Department of Labor’s proposed rule that would transfer control of tips out of the hands of workers and into the hands of employers. The Department of Labor has argued that the current rules governing tips are unfair to so-called “back of the house” workers, those workers like cooks, dishwashers, and others who generally do not interact with customers and therefore do not have the opportunity to receive tips. While bringing more equity to the relationship between front of the house and back of the house workers in an admirable goal, the proposed rule is not the way to do it.

Advocating for Protecting the Church of the Nativity

Letter to Pope Francis to Protect the Church of the Nativity January 19, 2018 Dorothy Day was a New York native, activist, devout Catholic, co-founder of The Catholic Worker and generator of the Catholic Worker Movement. She has been named a Servant of God and is undergoing the canonization process. As a New Yorker, her influence is felt in her longtime service to those in need, which prompted an increase in the care that our most vulnerable populations are able to receive. For most of her life, she prayed regularly at the Church of the Nativity located within my district in New York City.

What Actually Happens When Women Run & Win Elections

Published in Bustle on November 7, 2017 “Deborah Glick regularly works across party lines in her role as a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly, and firmly believes that more women in power would lead to better outcomes across the board, particularly in education and healthcare.

Vote No on the State Constitutional Convention

November 2, 2017 Every 20 years, New Yorkers are asked to decide whether this state should hold a constitutional convention to consider constitutional amendments. That question will be on the ballot once again on Election Day. Holding a constitutional convention would threaten many of the essential protections already included in the New York State Constitution, and I encourage people to vote No.

Concerns Over Ride Sharing Apps

March 16, 2017 “Some lawmakers still remain concerned over the overall business model for ride hailing and its treatment of drivers and safety for passengers, including women and the disabled. ‘It’s a very, very large company that sees itself as a technology company, and therefore provides a platform, but does not view their drivers as employees,’ said Assemblywoman Deborah Glick (D – Manhattan). ” To see the whole story, go to: http://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/capital-region/politics/2017/03/16/ride-hailing-in-upstate-new-york-latest

Statement on Orlando Tragedy

My heart goes out to the friends and families of those lost and injured in the horrific attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida …

Testimony to Landmark 11 Jane Street

Testimony before the Landmarks Preservation Commission June 7, 2016 Thank you for the opportunity to testify before you today regarding the proposed redevelopment of 11 Jane Street, within the Greenwich Village Historic District. This proposal includes the demolition of the existing garage structure and the new construction of a 95 foot tall residential building. The proposed project would drastically alter the mid-block height of a narrow street in the Greenwich Village Historic District. Additionally, this taller structure would block out light and air from the surrounding street and community. I have deep reservations regarding this project and the negative impact it will have on the character of Jane Street. 

Testimony to NY Rent Guidelines Board

Thank you for the opportunity to testify before you today regarding the potential changes in renewal leases for rent-stabilized tenants …

Testimony on Success Academy

Testimony Regarding Success Academy’s Application in Manhattan’s Community School District 1 January 8, 2015  Thank you for the opportunity to testify before you regarding Success Academy Charter School’s application to open an elementary school in Manhattan’s Community School District 1. I gave previous testimony regarding Success Academy when it was slated to enter community school District 2 and once again I am voicing my displeasure at this unwanted incursion.

Testimony on South Village Historic District

Testimony Before the Landmarks Preservation Commission June 25, 2013 Thank you for the opportunity to testify today regarding the proposed South Village Historic District. The South Village is full of a rich cultural and architectural history that must be preserved. I hope this hearing is a sign of a significant commitment to help ensure that the character of the South Village, and the history of the late-19th and early-20th century immigrants who populated it, is preserved through an expeditious vote to designate the entirety of the identified South Village as an official Historic District. 

Testimony Against Hydrofracking

Testimony Regarding the Department of Environmental Conservation Proposed Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement and Proposed Regulations November 30, 2011  As the Assemblymember who represents a large portion of lower Manhattan I continue to oppose New York State’s proposed venture into the intensive process of Hydraulic Fracturing (“Fracking”). This proposed venture has the potential to greatly damage New York State’s scarce water and green resources. Fracking could endanger our scarce water and food supply, overburden our already depleted waste water and highway infrastructure, present significant health concerns for residents, and could create a housing crisis through technical defaults of mortgages not written to allow drilling permits. While America’s need for energy has increased so too has the need for government to weigh the economic benefits for a few versus the ecological and environmental impact that could last generations. 

Testimony on Third Avenue Corridor

Testimony before the Department of City Planning regarding the Re-zoning of the Third Avenue Corridor August 24, 2010  Thank you for this opportunity to testify before you today regarding the rezoning of the Third Avenue Corridor.  I fully support the re-zoning  of  this area, especially in light of the fact that the Bowery is an important part of an area rich in historical significance and is abutted by several neighborhoods that have already received the protection that comes from appropriate zoning including the Special Little Italy District, the NoHo Historic District and the west side of Bowery. In light of this, it seems only appropriate to protect the Third Avenue Corridor as well.