Fighting for SoHo and NoHo

In May 2021, the New York City Department of City Planning (DCP) certified the SoHo/NoHo Neighborhood Plan, which began a months long public process–a Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP)–exploring a potential up-zoning in SoHo and NoHo. Since that time, I have repeatedly raised concerns with City Council Members and urged the DCP to address the lack of a clear mechanism for Joint Live Work Quarters for Artists (JLWQA) among other issues that put residents and small businesses at risk.

In November 2021, I testified before the New York City Council Land Use Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises regarding the SoHo/NoHo Neighborhood Plan. This ULURP has been discussed over the past few years and is currently before the City Council; it is likely to be voted on before the end of 2021. I testified against the passage of this ULURP and am urging our City Council representatives to recognize the harm that could come because of these zoning changes to SoHo and NoHo.

I am deeply concerned that the SoHo/NoHo Neighborhood Plan will result in little to no affordable housing construction because of the inability to guarantee that any housing will be constructed, and that increases in Floor Area Ratio (FAR) will encourage demolitions that will drive out existing rent-regulated tenants. It seems apparent that there is a great possibility of a net-negative number of affordable units created because of the attrition seen in the existing rent-regulated housing stock.

Additionally, I am concerned that the increases in retail commercial square footage will usher in big box stores and other intrusive destination retail elements that have already been so harmful to this community. Similarly, there is no bar to dormitory use under this plan, which is a clear threat from incursions by large institutions to simply build housing which will not serve the needs of local residents. Finally, I feel that the Arts Fund and lack of protections for Joint Live Work Quarters for Artists will further harm the neighborhood by making tenants vulnerable to eviction and incentivizing landlords to harass tenants out of their homes as long as they make a contribution to the vague arts fund.

I am strongly opposed to the ULURP and unless some changes can be made to this proposal I fear that negative outcomes experienced by the community will go unmitigated.

Bringing Greater Transparency to the State Liquor Authority

In October 2019, the Governor signed my bill, Assembly Bill 4315 which I cosponsored with Senator Brad Hoylman (S55), that requires the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) to create and maintain a public database of information that is specific to on-premise liquor licenses. Much of this information is already in digital format as it has been standard practice at SLA to maintain digital copies. This new law ensures that SLA will make such information readily available online so that any member of the public can easily ascertain specific information about a bar or restaurant.

Historically, members of the public, or members of the local community boards, have been forced to submit a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request in order to gain information about a premise’s stipulations that were passed in the SLA Full Board. This information is important for neighborhood residents and local police to ensure that bars and restaurants are complying with their stipulations. We hope that with more readily available information the community will have greater awareness of the stipulations governing the bars and restaurants that residents typically live above.

Fighting for Responsible Energy Policy

I wrote to Governor Cuomo in August 2019 to express my concerns about the proposed siting for the Bluestone Energy Project, which would bring 26 670-foot wind turbines to Broome County. While projects like this are critical for fighting climate change, the proposed site for these turbines lies in an area with high numbers of […]

Advocating for Solar Power

New York has taken important steps to fight climate change this year, including the passage of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. To achieve the goals of this landmark legislation, we will need to be innovative in our approach to renewable energy. To this end, in August 2019, I wrote again to Governor Cuomo […]

Installation of a Speed Camera Along West Street

On June 28, 2019, I was happy to join the Department of Transportation’s Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and other colleagues for a press conference along West Street in Lower Manhattan to announce the installation of a new speed camera on the busy thoroughfare near two elementary schools. The School Safety Camera bill I sponsored in the […]

Advancing Improvements at the MTA

In the 2019 Session it was my pleasure to help pass legislation that would ensure upgrades to the electrical substation that is located under Grand Canal Court Park at the corner of Avenue of the Americas and Canal Street. This will allow for necessary upgrades to the power load along the A, C, and E […]

Advocating for Property Tax Reform

Over the last several months, I have written multiple times to the New York City Office of Management and Budget (OMB) about how the speculative nature of the New York City real estate market has caused property values to balloon at the expense of local residents. This, in turn, has caused an exponential increase in […]

NY Times: ‘Not Just One of the Boys’: How Women Fought Their Way to N.Y.’s Seat of Power

A century after the first two women arrived in Albany, New Yorkers elected a record number of women to state government. Here are the stories about how they made their mark.

By Vivian Wang / March 25, 2019

School Zone Speed Camera Bill Passed

I am thrilled to report that on March 19, 2019 my school zone speed camera expansion bill was passed in both the Assembly and Senate. This historic passage is the culmination of several years’ work to ensure that all children, their caregivers, and school staff are protected against the dangers of speeding motorists as they […]

Testifying in Support of Elizabeth Street Garden

In March 2019 I testified before the City Planning Commission (CPC) at the Department of City Planning (DCP) regarding the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) application that would destroy Elizabeth Street Garden. This difficult and complicated ULURP is a prime example of the need for the DCP to exact an evaluative and nuanced understanding […]

Opposing the Williams Pipeline

March 2019 The Williams Pipeline is a 23-mile pipeline proposed by Williams Transco that would run under New York Harbor to deliver fracked gas from Pennsylvania through the waters off Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. What could possibly go wrong? Williams Transco’s application for the pipeline was approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC) […]

Newsweek:  Death From Above–Lawmaker Envisions Bird-Safe Buildings in New York City

By M.L. Nestel / January 24, 2019 Death litters the base of the sky-mirroring Time Warner Center. Dozens of badly damaged songbirds bash into its panes and disappear when they meet Charlie Alamo’s broom and dustbin. “I’ve seen a lot of dead birds here,” he told Newsweek last year. Collecting chirpless birds has become part of […]

Passage of the Reproductive Health Act

On January 22, 2019, the 46th Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the state legislature passed the Reproductive Health Act, a bill that I sponsored and helped to pass in the Assembly a number of times in previous years, and finally was signed into state law at the start of the legislative session. Once a national […]

Celebrating the Passage of GENDA and a Ban on Conversion Therapy

During the first week of the new session, in January 2019, the legislature passed my bill which bans Conversion Therapy practices from being administered to minors. While adults can make their own decisions, in the State of New York no person under the legal age of 18 who is questioning their sexuality or gender identity […]

Calling on the DOT to Improve West Village Intersections

In December 2018, I wrote to the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) regarding a number of intersections along West 4th Street that intersect with Charles Street, Perry Street, West 11th Street, Bank Street, and finally West 12th Street. Because of the stoplight at West 11th Street, drivers eager to make the light at […]

Advocating for Construction Coordination to Mitigate Residential Complaints

As you know, ensuring New York City’s utilities are functioning at their full capacity is essential to keeping the City running. Although noise from construction projects is expected in the City that never sleeps, many residents in Lower Manhattan feel inundated with the constant flow of never-ending construction projects, extended completion dates and constant construction […]

Requesting Information Regarding Policies at New York City Emergency Agencies

In December 2018, I wrote to the New York City Laws Department to inquire about polices within different emergency agencies such as the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) and New York City Police Department (NYPD). A startling article in the New York Post outlines a discrimination claim within FDNY regarding an African American man, […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]