Why Did Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Steven Glassman Tell The Sun-Sentinel He Had Never Been Party To A Lawsuit?

In January 2018, The Sun-Sentinel published a questionnaire it submitted to then-Fort Lauderdale Commission candidate Steven M. Glassman. Like most newspaper candidate questionnaires, Glassman’s answers were intended to give a brief biographical sketch of the candidate. The questionaire asked questions like place of birth, education, marital status and goals if elected. But a question as simple as whether you have ever been sued may have tripped up Commissioner Glassman.

According to the January 10, 2018 article, the Sun-Sentinel asked: “Have you ever been the plaintiff or defendant in a civil action, bankruptcy or foreclosure?”

Glassman responded, “no.”

The question was straightforward. No qualifiers as to location or time span. The newspaper simply asked Glassman if he was ever part of a lawsuit.

NEW YORK STATE OF MIND

Before moving to south Florida, Commissioner Steven M. Glassman lived in Buffalo, New York. According to the questionaire, the retired Glassman and his spouse Randolph have been together for forty years. According to a 2013 email, Glassman began his teaching career in Buffalo around 1977. He was an instructor at the Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts. Erie County records show Steven M. Glassman and Randolph Morris purchased a home on Pearl Street in June 1986.

While Glassman says he moved in 1994, Erie County records show he was party to at least two court actions. Records from March 1997 show Steven M. Glassman and Randolph Morris were the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against Jonathan Simon.

In May, 2002, The New York State Department of Labor Employment brought a case against Steven M. Glassman and Randolph Morris doing business as (dba) “Randy Salon.”

ADVOCATES PUT CITY 10 YEARS BEHIND IN AIDS ACCEPTANCE

On February 15, 1992, the Buffalo News wrote how the local gay community was handling the AIDS/ HIV crisis. “ADVOCATES PUT CITY 10 YEARS BEHIND IN AIDS ACCEPTANCE,” spoke to many prominent Buffalo residents about discrimination against those with HIV.

According to activists, even though Magic Johnson’s case had raised awareness about the disease, many in Buffalo still felt mistreated due to ignorance about HIV/AIDS. Reporter Gene Warner wrote, “And the state Division of Human Rights plans to reopen a case after initially finding probable cause that an Elmwood Avenue hair salon may have discriminated against a fired cosmetologist because the employer believed he had tested positive for HIV.”

In the report, hair stylist Thomas Bradford claimed he was fired because his employer believed him to be HIV positive.

The state Division of Human Rights, after a preliminary investigation, found probable cause in November to believe that there was discrimination and recommended the case go to a public hearing. According to two sources, that same office later changed its mind and decided to reopen the original investigation.

Thomas Bradford was a hair stylist at Randy Salon.

Acknowledging the competing claims in the Bradford case, the Buffalo News sought comment from the owners of Randy Salon.

Steven M. Glassman, a partner in the salon, has denied the accusation vehemently, claiming Bradford was an independent contractor, not an employee, did not possess a current license to practice cosmetology and all his claims have distorted the truth.

Did Glassman forget the cases in New York?

Is this a case of mistaken identity?

Did the Sun-Sentinel print the wrong answer?

Was the State Department of Labor Employment case related to the Bradford investigation?

Was he trying to hide information from Fort Lauderdale voters?

Commissioner Steven M. Glassman did not respond to repeated requests from REDBROWARD.

Is AHF CEO Michael Weinstein Forcing His “Twisted Political Views” On City Of Fort Lauderdale?

When he was just fourteen years old, Michael Weinstein joined a “group of activists occupying” a New York high-rise development. Weinstein and friends were opposed to the gentrification of their Brooklyn neighborhoods. Flash-forward fifty years to find the same Michael Weinstein declaring war on Fort Lauderdale residents opposed to his sixteen story building filled with nearly 700 “micro units.” On Tuesday, Weinstein, the CEO of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), held a press conference to blunt growing criticism of his pet project in Fort Lauderdale.

The damage control press conference was a disaster. Michael Weinstein repeatedly interrupted members of the media and the public who dared to ask questions. Weinstein repeatedly threatened to shut down the event if people kept asking questions. He even threatened to “count to five” if this reporter asked a follow up question.

Instead of forging a compromise, Weinstein declared war on the residents of Fort Lauderdale. Weinstein said, “We are as capable of waging a fight as anyone because People living with AIDS have face more discrimination and more hate than any other group.”

When asked about putting the project in a less residential area, a snarky Weinstein said, “Further from Rio Vista, is that what you’re saying? Further from the wealthy communities?”

FROM COMMUNIST LEADER TO CEO

The class warfare lingo used at the AHF press conference is nothing new for Michael Weinstein. According to an April 2017 exposé in the New York Times Magazine, Michael Weinstein’s an “ex-Trotskyite” who founded one of California’s first gay communist organizations. After his move to Los Angeles in 1972, Weinstein started the “Lavender And Red Union.” In 1977, a socialist newspaper reported the Lavender And Red Union, “a self-proclaimed “communist’ gay liberation group…recently embarked upon a cautious ideological turn toward Trotskyism.” The socialist paper said the group’s call for a “permanent revolution” was “a clear break with the Stalinist/Maoist/New Left milieu from which we emerged.”

Months later, the same socialist newspaper claimed Weinstein’s group betrayed the gay liberation movement. According to the report, “About 85 conference attendees witnessed the pitiful and ironic spectacle of the [Lavender And Red Union] majority members vilifying their own gayness and past struggles in order to fuse with the notoriously anti-gay and anti-feminist Spartacist League.”

Weinstein went on to become an editor for “Young Spartacus,” the official newspaper of the Spartacist League. Throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, Young Spartacus produced the typical pro-Communist screeds. Headlines of the Young Spartacus blasted US attempts to undermine the Soviet Union or Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini, while other stories praised unions and left-wing political groups.

By the late 1980s, Weinstein’s activism turned to the growing AIDS crisis. According to the NYT Magazine, Weinstein’s AHF, Inc. currently has a $1.4 billion dollar budget equaling the budget of Planned Parenthood.

CODED LANGUAGE

As he explained in his opening statement on Tuesday, Michael Weinstein sees his Fort Lauderdale project as a “moral issue.” Yet his remarks were filled with the political language of an experienced communist newspaper editor. He said, Will Fort Lauderdale…and these other communities of great wealth, continue to be places that are hospitable to people of low income or will these cities become, in essence, rich ghettos.”

Weinstein said he would continue to oppose development in Los Angeles. He said, “We have been against granting exemptions to luxury development in working class areas.”

Weinstein mocked residents who opposed his project because, “I see cranes everywhere. If the drawbridge goes up as soon as it involves poor people, it doesn’t speak well for the community.” He said, “Why is the luxury building going up? I see them everywhere.”

Despite statements that the development will not exclusively cater to those living with HIV/AIDS, Weinstein tried to paint the opposition as bigots. He repeatedly said residents referred to not wanting “those people” living nearby. Weinstein refused to give specifics.

TWISTED POLITICAL VIEWS

According to activist Peter Staley, a Weinstein critic, AHF’s noble mission to help those with HIV/AIDS is hurt by Weinstein’s political agenda. Staley told the New York Times Magazine, “A.H.F.’s problem is that once it created the largest AIDS empire on the planet, it started using that power for nefarious purposes: Michael Weinstein’s twisted political views.”

Is Michael Weinstein waging class warfare on Fort Lauderdale’s “wealthy” neighborhoods? He openly mocks Rio Vista residents.

Who’s next? Victoria Park? Idelwylde? Coral Ridge?

Will Fort Lauderdale leaders allow Michael Weinstein to morph Fort Lauderdale into Los Angeles or San Francisco?

Did Weinstein discuss his “twisted political views” in his meetings with Mayor Dean Trantalis and Commissioner Steve Glassman?