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.

Governor Ron DeSantis’ Statement on Appeal by Former Broward Sheriff Scott Israel

Statement from Governor Ron DeSantis’ office:

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis filed a request with the 4th District Court of Appeal asking for expedited consideration that would send the case of the Governor’s removal of Scott Israel to the Florida Supreme Court for a final ruling.

Yesterday, the Broward Circuit Court ruled in favor of Governor DeSantis recognizing his authority to suspend former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel for neglect of duty and incompetence which was appealed by Israel in the 4th DCA.

Governor DeSantis issued the following statement regarding the appeal by Israel:

“Scott Israel continues to live in denial,” said Governor DeSantis. “The court has recognized my authority as governor to suspend him for neglect of duty and incompetence and this appeal is just his latest delay tactic. I have filed a request with the Fourth DCA asking for expedited consideration to move this case to the Florida Supreme Court for a final ruling so that the Senate can resume the process of formally removing him.”

RPOF Chairman On Broward SOE Lawsuit: “Snipes Will Have To Listen To The Court”

Republican Party Of Florida (RPOF) Chairman Blaise Ingoglia said he hopes the party’s lawsuit against Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes will guarantee a fair, open and transparent process. “Snipes has to abide by the law and she has not been abiding by the law,” Ingoglia said. “She’s been sort of making it up as she goes along.” Ingoglia, a member of the Florida House of Representatives, spoke at the Southwest Broward Republican Organization meeting on Monday.

As REDBROWARD reported last week, the RPOF lawsuit is the third case brought against Snipes. Earlier this month, Snipes admitted to Federal Judge Beth Bloom that illegal votes were cast in 2016. Snipes supporters claimed the Federal lawsuit brought by the ACRU was politically motivated by Republican activists.

However, REDBROWARD first reported that Democrat candidate Tim Canova was suing Snipes in Broward Circuit Court over the 2016 Democratic primary. Canova lost his challenge against Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Out Of Touch).

Ingoglia said Snipes has a history of not doing the right thing. He said, “[Snipes] takes too long to remedy” issues with elections. “Now Snipes will have to listen to the Court,” Ingoglia said.