Deborah J. Glick

Deborah J. Glick (born December 24, 1950) is a member of the New York State Assembly representing the 66th Assembly District in Lower Manhattan, including the neighborhoods of Greenwich Village, the East Village, the West Village, Tribeca, and Battery Park City. She is a Democrat.

Deborah Glick
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Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 66th district
Assumed office
January 3, 1991
Preceded byWilliam F. Passannante
Personal details
Born (1950-12-24) December 24, 1950 (age 70)
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceNew York, New York


Glick is a lifelong resident of New York City and has lived in Greenwich Village for over 40 years.[1] A graduate of the City University of New York's Queens College, she received a Master of Business Administration degree from Fordham University. Glick owned and managed a small printing business in TriBeCa before becoming Deputy Director of General Services at the New York City Department of Housing, Preservation, and Development, where she worked until May 1990.[1]

Glick's political activism began in college and she is still strongly involved in grassroots organizing. Glick first ran for the State Assembly in 1990 and won, becoming the first openly gay state legislator in New York State[2] She has served in the legislature for 28 years, championing a number of progressive legislative causes as well as key local issues. She is Jewish.[3]

Legislative recordEdit

Glick serves as the Chair of the Assembly's Higher Education Committee, which oversees all private and public higher education institutions, financial assistance for students, and professional licensing, a position she has held since 2007.[4] Additionally, Glick serves on the Ways and Means, Rules, Governmental Operations and Environmental Conservation Committees.[5] She also serves as the Chair of the Assembly's Intern Program, overseeing the Assembly's student interns.[6]

As an Assemblymember, her legislative priorities have focused on women's rights, including expanding access to reproductive healthcare; LGBTQ rights; environmental preservation and protection; the protection of animals, especially those in shelters; higher education; tenants’ rights; increasing pedestrian and traffic safety; maintaining and expanding open space; and support for the arts.[1]

LGBTQ and women's rightsEdit

Glick's legislative victories include passage of the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act (SONDA), which was finally signed into law in December 2002. Glick's Hospital Visitation Bill became law in 2004, providing domestic partners the same rights that spouses and next-of-kin have when caring for a loved one in a hospital or nursing facility.

She has worked on issues of concern to women for over thirty years, including advocating for reproductive freedom, a change in the rape statutes, and women's health concerns. The Women's Health and Wellness Act, a bill that promotes early detection and prevention of certain medical conditions affecting women, including breast cancer and osteoporosis and provides coverage for contraceptives, became law on January 1, 2003. Glick was the lead sponsor of the Reproductive Health Act, to codify and expand protections granted in Roe vs. Wade in New York State, which was signed into law in January, 2019. She is also the lead sponsor of Assembly bill A5911, which would require crisis pregnancy centers to disclose that they will not provide abortions or birth control services, or make a referral for such services, and that they are not licensed medical providers.

Protection of animalsEdit

Glick is an animal lover and has sponsored and helped pass a number of bills to improve animal welfare. These include the Veterinary Emergency Response and Mobility Act, which allows out-of-state veterinarians and veterinary technicians to provide assistance in New York during declared disasters and high-volume animal cruelty investigations, an act to prohibit the importation, possession, sale, or release of Eurasian boars in New York State, and a law prohibiting the online shooting of animals or targets. She has also fought for increased funding for animal shelters, and was twice successful in allocating a $5 million capital matching grant to humane societies across the state.

Higher educationEdit

In her role as Chair of the Higher Education committee, Glick has championed the SUNY and CUNY systems and the rights of students. Among her legislative achievements, Glick was the primary sponsor of the Student Lending Accountability, Transparency and Enforcement Act, which established protections for students and parents to protect them from exploitative student loans and became law in 2007. She also sponsored and championed legislation to implement the Enough is Enough Program, which requires New York State higher education institutions to adopt a statewide uniform definition of affirmative consent and a number of policies protecting the rights of sexual assault victims and those who report assaults. Glick has also been an ardent supporter of the rights of student workers, such as graduate teaching and research assistants, to collectively bargain through establishing union chapters.

Tenant's rights and arts supportEdit

During her tenure, Glick has been a strong advocate for tenants’ rights and has sponsored and won renewal of the Loft Law. This law brings formerly commercial buildings up to residential code and protects current tenants, many of them artists, from eviction. This law became permanent in 2010. Deborah has always been a strong proponent of the arts and has consistently advocated for increases in funding statewide because of her conviction that the arts play a crucial role in the economic and cultural life of New York City and New York State. Currently, she is the sponsor of several measures to protect the rights of tenants, as well as legislation to provide a tax credit to renters.

Pedestrian and traffic safetyEdit

Glick has been a champion for pedestrian safety. She was the lead Assembly sponsor of a bill establishing a pilot program to install speed cameras in schools zones in 2013, which studies show has demonstrably reduced dangerous driving in those zones. Glick has championed legislation to expand that program, which has been blocked by the New York State Senate; however, after the pilot program expired in 2018, it was renewed and expanded by the New York City Council.

Glick was also the primary sponsor of bills allowing cities to set speed limits below 25 miles per hour, requiring motorists to yield to the right of way of pedestrians in crosswalks uncontrolled by traffic signals, and requiring those under 16 to use seat belts when riding in the backseat.

Parks and open spaceEdit

Glick has long fought against efforts to privatize open space in her district, and has been a strong proponent of maintaining and increasing park space in her district and in New York City. Glick was active in the fight to develop the Westside piers into Hudson River Park, and since the Park's creation has fought at the State and City level for adequate funding for the Park's maintenance and against efforts to privatize parts of the Park.

Glick has also been involved in grassroots community activism to preserve open space, including the preservation of the Elizabeth Street Garden. She was the lead sponsor on a bill that aided in the creation of the Stonewall National Monument, the first National Monument honoring the history of the LGBT rights movement.

Disability rightsEdit

Glick was the lead sponsor of legislation requiring the MTA to make 100 key stations fully accessible. While the MTA has not completed this work, Glick has advocated for its completion and for expanding accessibility to additional stations.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Deborah J. Glick - Assembly District 66 |Assembly Member Directory | New York State Assembly". Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  2. ^ "Deborah J. Glick - Assembly District 66 | New York State Assembly". Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  3. ^ "Deborah Glick, New York, 1990 · Out and Elected in the USA: 1974-2004 · OutHistory: It's About Time". Retrieved April 12, 2020.
  4. ^ "Standing Committee on Higher Education |Committees | New York State Assembly". Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  5. ^ "Deborah J. Glick - Assembly District 66 |Assembly Member Directory | New York State Assembly". Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  6. ^ "Internship Program - Applications | New York State Assembly". Retrieved February 19, 2021.

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New York State Assembly
Preceded by
William F. Passannante
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 61st district

Succeeded by
Robert A. Straniere
Preceded by
John Ravitz
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 66th district