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Richard N. Gottfried
Assembly District 75
January 2016
Community Update

Consumers Have a Right to Know If It's GMO

In December, I spoke at a City Hall news conference in support of Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal's bill, A. 617, to require labeling GMO food (genetically engineered food) in New York. I believe New Yorkers have a right to know if products they're consuming contain GMOs, and I am co-sponsoring the bill.

Joining us at the news conference were organizations like Food & Water Watch, the NY Public Interest Research Group, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of NY, Consumer Reports, the Natural Resources Defense Council, GMO Free NY, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, and the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter.

photo Speaking out for legislation introduced by Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal (left) to label genetically engineered food.

Honoring a Hero in the Fight for Historic Preservation

Last month, at the annual meeting of the preservationist organization, Landmark West!, I presented an Assembly proclamation to Gene Norman, Chairman of the Landmarks Preservation Commission from 1983 to 1989. He led the agency in designating hundreds of historic buildings on the Upper West Side and protecting dozens of Broadway theaters, and chaired the hearings on the designations of the Upper West Side & Riverside-West End Historic Districts.

Along with many other New Yorkers, I worked with him to protect and strengthen the City's protection of landmarks. Joining friends and supporters of Landmark West! in honoring Gene Norman at the event were luminaries like Hayden Planetarium head Neil deGrasse Tyson, former Mayor David Dinkins, and journalist Bill Moyers.

With Gene Norman, then-Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis testifying in Albany in 1984 to protect the NYC Landmarks Law (top); and joining Landmark West! in honoring him last month.

Apply for a Reduced-Fare MetroCard

The MTA offers Reduced-Fare MetroCards to senior citizens and people with qualifying disabilities. Applications for reduced-fare MetroCards are accepted at MTA service buses and vans parked throughout the city. The buses offer a range of services, including applying for or refilling a Reduced-Fare MetroCard, buying or refilling a regular MetroCard, or getting answers to MetroCard-related questions. Vans sell Unlimited Ride MetroCards and Pay-Per-Ride MetroCards, and they refill MetroCards and Reduced-Fare MetroCards. These special vehicles are stationed in or near our Assembly district on a regular schedule:

  • Chelsea: MTA bus at W. 23rd St. & 9th Ave., 2nd & 4th Thurs. of month, 11:30am - 1:30pm
  • Kips Bay: MTA van at E. 28th St. & 2nd Ave, 1st & 3rd Thurs. of month, 12:00pm - 2:30pm
  • Union Square: MTA van between E. 14th & E. 15th Sts., 2nd Tues. of month, 8:00am - 10:00am
  • Hudson Guild Service Center, 119 9th Ave. , 2nd Mon. of month, 9:30 am - 11:30 am (senior citizen MetroCards only).

Seniors and people with disabilities can also download Reduced-Fare MetroCard application forms on the MTA website at .

If you have questions about Reduced-Fare MetroCards, call the MTA at (718) 330-1234.

photo In December, I received a "Distinguished Legislator" award from Baruch College from its President, Mitchel Wallerstein.

Office Addresses
District Office
214 West 29th Street
Suite 1002
New York, NY 10001
Fax: 212-243-2035
Albany Office
LOB 822
Albany, NY 12248
Fax: 518-455-5939