Arthur speaks to Voters at East River Park

Cynthia Nixon backs Arthur Schwartz for City Council - The Village Sun

The Village Sun - May 25, 2021

“Arthur Schwartz is a New Yorker’s New Yorker,” said Nixon, who lives in Noho. “At the forefront of the progressive movement for five decades, Arthur is a tireless attorney who lends his voice and critical services to important labor, housing and many other progressive issues — more often than not pro bono. He never stops fighting for justice. As a district leader, Democratic Committee member and community leader for decades, Arthur is a champion for good schools, and also more green spaces and playgrounds for our neighborhoods."

Lawsuit filed over East Side Coastal Resiliency report redactions - The Village Sun

Lincoln Anderson - April 6, 2021

Village District Leader Arthur Schwartz, who is running for City Council District 3, told The Village Sun he still plans to file an appeal on his “alienation” lawsuit on East River Park. The suit argues that the state Legislature must vote to “alienate” the park to allow the resiliency project since the major construction project would remove the park from public use for a significant amount of time.

Big Win! Lawsuit Brings Elevators to 14th Street Subway Stops! Schumer Demands Funding - WestView News

WestView News - April 3, 2021

On Saturday, March 27, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer paid a visit to the West Village. Standing with Arthur Schwartz, candidate for City Council, Borough President Gale Brewer, and disability rights advocates, he demanded full funding not only for elevators the MTA has agreed to at 6th and 7th Avenue at 14th Street, but for elevators Citywide. To read more about the elevators, visit

Mount Sinai on Beth Israel: Damn the Torpedoes, Full Speed Ahead - WestView News

Penny Mintz - April 3, 2021

Despite demonstrations and public forums and petitions opposing the closure of Beth Israel; despite a lawsuit filed by Arthur Schwartz grounded on the lack of review before the state approved the closure of Beth Israel’s cardiac surgery, maternity, neonatal, and pediatric-intensive-care units; despite the still-raging pandemic which has made the need for hospital beds now and in the future glaringly apparent, Mount Sinai will close Beth Israel Hospital, and the 16th Street buildings will be sold at the highest price possible. Brad 1 and Brad 2 made that abundantly clear in their appearance at CB3.

F and C trains to return to pre-pandemic levels - Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Raanan Geberer - March 31, 2021

Charging that the cutbacks had been made without public input in violation of city statutes, the TWU launched its lawsuit earlier this month, headed by attorney Arthur Schwartz. A TWU vice president, Eric Loegel, said that the MTA could actually be exacerbating a potentially dangerous health situation by forcing a growing number of riders onto fewer trains while the pandemic is still on.

Joe gives go-ahead on congestion-pricing study - The Village Sun

The Village Sun - March 30, 2021

Schwartz, an attorney and a candidate for City Council District 3, is well versed in the ins and outs of environmental assessments and environmental impact studies. He has argued for their necessity in numerous community lawsuits he has brought over the years — including against the 14th St. busway.

“Under Trump, there was no intention of pushing it along,” he said of congestion pricing. “I think it’ll happen now that Biden is there.”

Schwartz said that, under normally required environmental reviews, the approval process could take two to three years. But he speculated that congestion pricing for Gotham could conceivably be exempted from the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, and be O.K.’d in as fast as one year.

MTA to restore full C, F train service while subway boss Feinberg hints at return to 24-hour systemAM NY

Mark Hallum - March 30, 2021

In recent weeks, TWU has launched litigation to stall the MTA making the reduced service on the two lines permanent with attorney Arthur Schwartz getting a stay on a temporary restraining order against the agency approved by a judge last week for an additional two weeks.

Schumer pushes FTA to give disabled New Yorkers a lift - AM NY

Dean Moses - March 28, 2021

“Everyone should imagine what it is like, not only for people in a wheelchair, but for someone like my own mother, who uses a walker, or someone who is blind, or someone who has arthritic knees and can’t walk on long stairways, to know that they do not have access to the subway system,” said Arthur Schwartz, member of the Advocates for Justice General Counsel and Democratic District Leader.

Elevators Coming To 14th Street Subway Stations At Sixth & Seventh Avenues, MTA SaysGothamist

Sophia Chang - March 27, 2021

The MTA will install two elevators at the 14th Street and Seventh Avenue subway station to serve riders of the 1, 2 and 3 lines, expanding its existing commitment to build elevators at the connected Sixth Avenue station for the F and L lines, disability rights advocates announced at a press conference Saturday.

But the victory is subject to the Federal Transit Administration approving and releasing previously-allocated funds to commence the project, which Arthur Schwartz, president of the Legal Foundation Advocates for Justice, called on the federal government to act quickly on.

Schumer calls to fast-track federal funding for W. 14th St. subway elevators - The Village Sun

Lincoln Anderson - March 27, 2021

In short, already allocated federal money needs to be shifted to allow the M.T.A. to use it for the new elevators that will serve the Village/Chelsea 14th St. stations. The Federal Transit Administration must authorize the reallocation. That’s where Schumer comes in.

After hearing that the cash was there but just needed to be shifted, Schwartz, who is running for City Council in District 3, reached out for help to the powerful Senate majority leader, whom he has known for 23 years.

MTA cuts to C, F train service now opposed by city officials calling the move a health hazardAM NY

Mark Hallum - March 23, 2021

TWU leaders have retained bus lane critic and city council candidate Arthur Schwartz as an attorney in their lawsuit to place a temporary restraining order on the MTA’s plan to make the cuts permanent. Schwartz said the judge had ruled in his favor allowing for a two-week stay of execution for C and F line cuts, or until about April 7.

The MTA, on the other hand, is undeterred by the case.

Critics say lntro 2186 would freeze out community, empower developers - The Village Sun

Lincoln Anderson - March 19, 2021

Village District Leader Arthur Schwartz ominously recalled when New York City had another “director” of planning, Robert Moses, whom author Robert Caro dubbed the “power broker.” During his long reign, Moses was considered the most powerful man in both the city and the state.

“Sixty years ago, Robert Moses wanted to run a highway through Greenwich Village,” Schwartz said. “Jane Jacobs stood up.

YOUTUBE: Attorney Arthur Schwartz makes the union's case against service cuts on the C and F lines

Youtube - March 19, 2021

Local 100 files suit against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's plans to permanently cut service on the C and F lines. We are represented in the case by Attorney Arthur Z. Schwartz.

Lawsuit claims MTA is cutting service illegally on the F and C train lines causing dangerous crowdingAM NY

Mark Hallum - March 18, 2021

Transport Workers Union Local 100 announced the launch of a lawsuit Thursday morning against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for allegedly foregoing the public review process before imposing service cuts to the C and F trains.

Headed up by attorney and City Council candidate Arthur Schwartz, the suit’s objective is to place a temporary restraining order on the cuts before they are made permanent and as ridership continues to make strides toward recovery.

Union Sues MTA over Crowded Subways  

Fox 5

Mac King - March 18, 2021

"They're making temporary cuts into permanent cuts at the same time subway ridership is increasing," attorney representing TWU 100 Arthur Schwartz said.

This week, the MTA reported multiple post-pandemic highs in subway ridership. The reduced service cuts the frequency of peak-hour F trains in half and moves peak-hour C trains from arriving every 8.5 minutes to every 12 minutes.

Union sues to stop MTA reduced service on C and F subway lines - Daily News

Clayton Guse  - March 18, 2021

“The authority has said we are not cutting any service,” said Arthur Schwartz, an attorney for Local 100. “They got all the money they wanted from the stimulus package, but they’re cutting service in hope that nobody would know about it.”

Schwartz said the case is similar to a suit Local 100 won in January over the MTA’s plan to cut some jobs at subway token booths that would have left them empty during workers’ lunch breaks. The judge ruled the job changes amounted to a service cut, and said the MTA had to hold public hearings before implementing them.

Schwartz slams Glick for not demanding Cuomo resign - The Village Sun

Lincoln Anderson - March 12, 2021

Prominent members of New York’s congressional delegation have also said Cuomo must pack it in, including Jerrold Nadler, Carolyn Maloney, Nydia Velazquez and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. So has state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

Meanwhile, in Greenwich Village, District Leader Arthur Schwartz agrees that Cuomo must go — but says Assemblymember Deborah Glick must also do the same for not demanding the governor’s ouster. Schwartz, a City Council candidate, blasted Glick for what he called “slavish loyalty” to the governor.

David v. Goliath: Schwartz Sues to Stop Election Petitioning - WestView News

Penny Mintz - March 3, 2021

Arthur Schwartz is running hard for city council in Council District 3. Running for office is a time-consuming endeavor, to say the least. But that has not stopped Schwartz from continuing to use his considerable legal acumen to try to push people and government to do the right thing. For forty years or longer he has donated his time to lawsuits aimed at such measures as trying to save Beth Israel Hospital, getting ballfields installed at Pier 40, and representing disabled Lower East Side residents who lost a dozen bus stops. He’s been a regular David versus Goliath who now wants to fight battles from a different platform.

Get Your Clipboards: State Supreme Court Refuses To Suspend Ballot Petitioning - Gothamist

Brigid Bergin, WNYC - February 23, 2021

Hours after the hearing, Schwartz sent a letter to the court about the many calls he received after the hearing from candidates who live in counties where setting up a booth is not an option and they would still need to go door-to-door to collect signatures.

In his ruling, Nervo acknowledged that COVID-19 would make in-person petitioning more difficult and require candidates to take heightened precautions. “However, legislators from across the State have determined that reducing the number of signatories required on a petition is the appropriate response to these impacts,” he wrote.

More Than 100 Sue De Blasio And Cuomo To Block Ballot Petitioning - Gothamist

Brigid Bergin, WNYC - February 9, 2021

New York City mayoral candidates Eric Adams, Art Chang, Carlos Menchaca and Maya Wiley are all plaintiffs in the suit.

They are being represented by attorney Arthur Schwartz, a long-serving Democratic Party district leader in Manhattan and a candidate for City Council in District 3, the seat currently held by Council Speaker Corey Johnson.

Since all State Supreme Court Justices also petitioned to get on the ballot at one point, Schwartz said he plans to ask one question: “I would ask that judge point blank if they would feel comfortable standing on a corner, in front of a grocery store, or in front of a building petitioning for his or herself to get on the ballot.”

Arthur Schwartz gets Bernie group’s backing - The Village Sun

The Village Sun - January 29, 2021

“Being part of this group is humbling,” Schwartz said. “It is an endorsement, like my endorsement by Black Lives Matter, based on my 52 years of activism, and my work over the last five years organizing around the issues which have moved the Democratic Party in a far more progressive direction.

“Just like Bernie is a loud voice who fears no one, my candidacy is built around the same model. I want to be Organizer in Chief for our Council District, and I want to be a voice in City Hall which no one will ignore.”

Local candidates join student organizers, back largest tuition strike in history at Sunday rally - Columbia Spectator

Abby Melbourne,  Faith Andrews, Maya Mitrasinovic - January 18, 2021

The rising cost of tuition—and thus, the greater need for students to take out loans—has long been a discussion on Columbia’s campus. Arthur Schwartz, CC ’74 and a candidate for New York City Council District 3 representative, spoke during the rally about his frustration that today’s student movements are making the same demands his peers made when he was still an undergraduate. Back then, students tried to push back against a $50 increase from the then-tuition rate of $1,000. Now, with the tuition for Columbia College at $58,920, he was more than ready to show his support for a new generation of student activists.

NYC candidates say it’s unsafe to collect voter signatures amid pandemic - New York Post

Carl Campenile - January 10, 2021

Arthur Schwartz, 67, a candidate running for Council in lower Manhattan, also said it would be “nuts” to require petitioning at this time.

“I would have to go door-to-door and hand voters a pen. It’s ridiculous, People are going to get sick” said Schwartz, who is law chairman of the Manhattan Democratic Party.

First ruling goes against ranked-choice voting opponents - City & State New York

Rebecca C. Lewis - December 16, 2020

The rejection of the temporary restraining order is the beginning of the end of the lawsuit, according to Arthur Schwartz, an attorney arguing against the lawsuit. “I think their case is pretty much dead in the water,” Schwartz told City & State. The judge also rejected the plaintiff’s request of an expedited preliminary injunction hearing, citing concerns over potential delays to mailing military ballots. Schwartz explained that means that any further decisions in the case will take longer than the plaintiffs originally wanted, as Feb. 2 fast approaches. “Stopping an election where there's already early voting and absentee ballots and whatever is pretty impossible to do,” Schwartz said.

Press Release - December 3, 2020

Transport Workers Union Local 100, New York’s Public Transit Union, has endorsed Arthur Schwartz for City Council in District 3.

Arthur Schwartz rolls with T.W.U.; Transit union endorses Council bid - The Village Sun

The Village Sun - November 21, 2020

First he was endorsed by Black Lives Matter, whose local leader hailed him as an O.G. (original gangster).

Now Arthur Schwartz is ridin’ with the Transport Workers Union. Yes, that’s right, Local 100 of the T.W.U. is rolling with the Village Democratic district leader, endorsing him for City Council in the West Side’s District 3.

Press Release - November 30, 2020

Veteran NYC labor lawyer and civil rights activist Arthur Schwartz has received the endorsement of Black Lives Matter of Greater NY in his race for City Council in District 3.

Black Lives Matter backs Arthur Schwartz for City Council - The Village Sun

Lincoln Anderson - November 16, 2020

“We endorsed him, yes we did,” Hawk Newsome, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, confirmed to The Village Sun.

Technically, the Black Lives Caucus, the group’s political arm, gave Schwartz the nod.

From the start, BLM members have been in awe of Schwartz’s progressive activist credentials.

“He’s been doing this going back decades,” Newsome said, “back to the Attica rebellion, [representing] ACORN, the unions. Arthur’s just been there for so long. You visit him in his office — well, back when people had offices — it’s like history.”

EXCLUSIVE: Mt. Sinai rethinking Beth Israel Hospital downsizing plan - The Village Sun

Lincoln Anderson - November 13, 2020

Further ratcheting up the resistance, three years ago, Arthur Schwartz, the Village’s Democratic district leader, who is currently running for City Council in District 3, filed a lawsuit to keep the existing Beth Israel open.

Fast-forward to this past March, after the pandemic hit and officials were warning of a surge of COVID patients. Schwartz and Penny Mintz, then running for Democratic State Committee, held a press conference in front of Beth Israel demanding that Mount Sinai reopen 600 of the First Ave. hospital’s beds that the two politicos claimed were being “warehoused.”

Council candidate Schwartz calls for free buses, more M14 stops, subway elevators - The Village Sun

The Village Sun - September 22, 2020

While Village attorney Arthur Schwartz is known for his lawsuit against the 14th St. busway, it’s not the only issue he has with the bus system.

Last week, Schwartz, who is running for the City Council District 3 seat, called for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to make buses free again, just like they were during five months of the pandemic until the end of August.

Village woman fights to evict ‘serial grifter’ - The Village Sun

The Village Sun - September 6, 2020

Schwartz said Gladstone’s ex-girlfriend — on top of having her credit cards allegedly stolen by the chiseler — wound up having to pay Gladstone $20,000 to get her out of her Christopher St. apartment.

Similarly, though Gladstone was scheduled to be evicted from the Barrow St. home on March 31, she still had the gall to demand $24,000 to leave, according to Schwartz.

Federal Judge Orders New York Presidential Primary Back On - Gothamist

Brigid Bergin, WNYC - May 6, 2020

Assistant Attorney General Matthew Conrad, who was representing the state board in the matter, noted that representatives of both former Vice President Joe Biden and the Sanders campaign had agreed to rules to allow the Sanders campaign to keep hundreds of the delegates he had already won at the convention.

But attorney Arthur Schwartz, who was representing delegates removed from the ballot, noted that the agreement would not apply in New York since Sanders had been removed from the ballot before the primary contest could award those delegates.

NYC Homeless Services worker claims boss coerced sex and made her life a living hell - NY Daily News

Michael Gartland - February 13, 2020

According to the letter sent by Lawtone-Bowles’ lawyer, Arthur Schwartz, Lawtone-Bowles at first “consented” to the affair, but by July, she broke it off — and Lawrence allegedly made work for her increasingly miserable.

“Lawrence told other employees that he was going to ‘get rid’ of her, and she got an order of protection,” Schwartz wrote in his letter to Banks. “Lawtone-Bowles felt vulnerable and began blasting supervisors, including Lawrence, via emails and tweets. For this and other insubordinate acts arising out of her frustration, she was suspended, and HRA has sought her termination.”

Local Groups Sue City Over Plan To Overhaul East River Park - Gothamist

Sydney Pereira - February 7, 2020

The lawsuit, led by the West Village lawyer Arthur Schwartz, who vigorously fought the 14th Street bus priority project, argues the project must receive state legislature approval to "alienate" the park for the seawall, which the lawsuit argues is a "nonpark purpose." The lawsuit adds, "creating a park on top of a seawall is sugar-coating a nonpark purpose." (Schwartz was not immediately available for an interview Friday.)

MTA Sued Again for Failing to Make Accommodations for Pregnant Workers - The Chief

Bob Hennelly - September 17, 2019

The alleged failure of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to comply with city and state laws that direct employers to accommodate pregnant employees with alternative work arrangements continues to prompt legal actions.

NYC Transit Union Fights Political-Ad Ban - Courthouse News Service

Nick Rummell - December 6, 2016

Last year the union posted advertisements claiming that the city subway system could degenerate into decrepitude similar to that of the 1970s over funding for the MTA’s $26 billion capital plan. That advertisement showed Mayor Bill de Blasio jumping a subway turnstile. De Blasio derided the ad at the time.

Sunday’s complaint seeks an injunction and a ruling that the MTA’s policy violates the First Amendment. The union is represented by Arthur Schwartz of Advocates for Justice, Chartered Attorneys.

Tom Doyle Wins Halt to Sale of Home He, Husband of 56 Years Shared- Gay City News

Paul Schindler - November 3, 2016

Schwartz and his co-counsel, Jamie L. Wolf, filed suit claiming that time Cornwell and Doyle spent vacationing in New Hope, Pennsylvania, over the years qualified them as common law spouses in that state. Though New York State does not have a legal category of common law spouse (and nor does Pennsylvania since 2005), if the couple qualified for that status in the years prior to 2005, New York State would, under existing precedent, recognize such a marriage.

One wrinkle in the argument, of course, is that it requires the retroactive application of last year’s US Supreme Court marriage equality ruling to the years when Doyle and Cornwell vacationed in New Hope, a point on which there are no clear legal guidelines.

A Brownstone and the Bitter Fight to Inherit It - The New York Times

Sarah Maslin Nir - October 23, 2016

Arthur Z. Schwartz, a lawyer who is representing Mr. Doyle, said there was legal precedent for such an argument. More important, he said, was the simple issue of fairness. “I thought there was an injustice,” Mr. Schwartz said. “Because this was clearly the will of Bill Cornwell.”

Woman Claims ConEd Fired Her Over An Erotic Instagram Post - Gothamist

Scott Heins - May 3, 2016

“What stood out to us most vividly about the Instagram page is not the Con Edison evaluator’s poor sense of artistic judgment, but the context,” Chirichella’s attorney, Arthur Schwartz, wrote in a letter to Con Ed.

Chirichella is seeking unspecified damages in her suit. A representative from Con Ed told the Daily News "We are reviewing the matter now.”

Chirichella's suit stressed her photo is "no more sexually explicit than works of Da Vinci, Titian, or Michaelangelo, and less explicit than photos published in Sports Illustrated."

Women who exposed sexual harassment at Con Ed seek $20M- New York Post

Julia Marsh - November 23, 2015

“The women were very annoyed that the AG did little consultation with them about settlement,” said Guy and Curtis’ attorney, Arthur Schwartz.

“Since they had gone to the [Equal Employment Opportunity Commission] in the first place, they had the right to proceed despite [a] settlement,” Schwartz said.

Attorney and police don’t see eye to eye in spy cameras case - AMNY

AMNY - September 10, 2015

In July, Village District Leader Arthur Schwartz made headlines when he turned himself in for arrest at the Sixth Precinct for grand larceny. His alleged crime: taking five small surveillance cameras from a hallway at 95 Christopher St. that had been installed outside the apartment door of Ruth Berk, a nonagenarian longtime resident for whom he was acting as legal guardian.

Schwartz said he was simply trying to stop the landlord’s harassment of the senior chanteuse.

A return court date was set for Oct. 15.

Fight Over Manhattan Apartment and Surveillance Cameras Lands Tenant’s Guardian in Court - The New York Times

Colleen Wright - July 15, 2015

As her legal guardian, Arthur Schwartz is responsible for the care and well-being of a 91-year-old woman named Ruth Berk.

But recently he noticed someone else was keeping a watchful eye over her, too.

Last month, Mr. Schwartz said, he decided to look into claims by Ms. Berk’s daughter that cameras were peering down on her mother’s apartment, a rent-controlled two-bedroom in Greenwich Village, from the hallway outside her door.

Manhattan lawyer turns himself in for stealing cameras outside client’s apartment while building case in landlord-tenant dispute  - Daily News

Rocco Parascandola, Larry McShane & Shayna Jacobs - July 14, 2015

A prominent Manhattan attorney has landed on the wrong side of the law.

Arthur Schwartz, accompanied by his lawyer, surrendered Tuesday morning at the Sixth Precinct in Manhattan — the latest twist in a bitter dispute between a landlord and a 93-year-old tenant.

Color blind MTA bus driver fights to get back behind wheel  - Daily News

Pete Donohue - September 20, 2013

The MTA filed a lawsuit to block Transport Workers Union Local 100 from having the dispute settled by TWU-MTA contract arbitrator Richard Adelman. The MTA argues such a medical dispute is outside Adelman's jurisdiction.

Union lawyer Arthur Schwarz, however, said the MTA is really wants to prevent Adelman from hearing the case. After Adelman issued pro-union decision in a separate matter last month, the MTA pink-slipped the arbitrator, saying his services would no longer be required in a few months.

Schwartz contends Adelman can't be fired without the union's consent and will ask a state labor-relations board to intervene, Schwartz said.

475 MTA token clerk jobs safe (for now) after judge halts booth closings  - Daily News

Pete Donohue - May 6, 2010

NYC Transit President Tom Prendergast said the budget-burdened authority might have to pay about $600,000 a week and $2.4 million a month if the token booth layoffs are delayed further. The savings will have to be made up somewhere, "most likely through other head-count reductions," he said.

A Manhattan Supreme Court justice signed the temporary restraining order after Transport Workers Union lawyer Arthur Schwartz argued the MTA failed to hold legally mandated hearings.

Transit Strike Into 2nd Day; Stakes Climb  - The New York Times

Janny Scott & Sewell Chan - December 22, 2005

The union's lawyer, Arthur Z. Schwartz, argued that the judge could not rule on the state's request for fines against the three officials because they were in mediation, and not present in court. Although he had not been asked by the state, the authority or the city to jail any union officials, Justice Jones said "one or more of these people could possibly be sent to jail" and agreed that they needed to be present.

Citywide Strike Halts New York Subways and Buses  - The New York Times

Jennifer Steinhaur - December 21, 2005

During the hearings, the union said the authority had engaged in "extreme provocation" by demanding changes in the rules governing transit workers' pension benefits. Arthur Z. Schwartz, a lawyer for Local 100, said the Taylor Law stipulated that pension rules for the local's members were not subject to collective bargaining.

"They are putting the union against the wall, demanding something that the law says we cannot be asked to agree to," Mr. Schwartz said.

PUBLIC LIVES; Lawyer Prescribes: Shake Before Helping - The New York Times

Randy Kennedy - February 5, 1999

Arthur Z. Schwartz loves to count the ways he has made people miserable.

It started as far back as the Bronx High School of Science, where he badgered the administration to ease the dress code. Then at Columbia University during the Vietnam War, he joined the sit-ins, was arrested three times and signed up with a radical Maoist group.

''I always make the joke,'' he says, ''that when I put in my law school application there, Columbia sent me a letter back saying, 'Are you kidding?' ''

Big, Brash and Bent on Change; Chief of Local Sees Corruption in City Workers' Union - The New York Times

Steven Greenhouse - September 30, 1998

Mr. Rosenthal's lawyer, Arthur Schwartz, said he could find no evidence that Negotiations Consulting, of Deer Park, had done any work for the union. Gerard DiNardo did not return repeated phone calls.

Shortly after being elected, Mr. Rosenthal, a Baruch College dropout who worked for the Parks Department for 27 years, became one of the founders of the Committee for Real Change in D.C. 37, a group of dissidents that is pressing for more oversight of each local's finances and elections.

Gunning for Gus - City Limits

Michael Hirsch - September 1, 1998

On the 11th floor of the federal court building last winter, high above Foley Square, a middle-aged attorney was methodically yanking at the underpinnings of one of New York’s oldest-style labor machines. With a mat of tousled hair and a tufty mustache making him look like a Wheaten Terrier in a drip-dry suit, Arthur Z. Schwartz was making labor history. The 45-year-old labor lawyer was representing Carlos Guzman, an Ecuadorian porter employed at the World Trade Center. Guzman, with Schwartz’s help and guidance, has spent much of the 1990s trying to unseat the city’s most notorious labor chieftain, Gus Bevona, boss of the 52,000-member Service Employees International Union Local 32B-32J.

Riverfront Wrangling Yields Playing Fields for Hudson Pier - The New York Times

Thomas J. Lueck - December 23, 1997

''This is a small step, but it sets an important precedent,'' said Arthur Schwartz, a Manhattan lawyer who represented a coalition of parents' groups, environmentalists and Greenwich Village advocates who had sued to block the state's plan for parking, and to secure part of the pier for recreation.

''This is the first time that a commercial space on the waterfront is being converted to parkland,'' Mr. Schwartz said, ''and once it begins drawing people out there, they are not going to be inclined to give it up.'' The indoor soccer field will be ready for use by February, and the rooftop field, which will require the installation of drainage pipes, soil and sod, will be ready by September, Mr. Schwartz said.

Con Ed Loses Its Fight On Dismissed Worker - The New York Times

NY Times - March 14, 1982

The court ruled unanimously that the dismissal violated a section of the Energy Reorganization Act, designed to protect employees who complain about conditions, and that Mr. Cotter had been justified in complaining about safety violations.

Mr. Cotter's attorney, Arthur Z. Schwartz, said that the back pay would total about $30,000.


Michael Oreskes - December 24, 1981

Mr. Montuoro, a former official of the New York City blasters' union, Local 29 of the Laborers' International Union, has said that Mr. Donovan was present at a luncheon when an envelope that Mr. Montuoro said contained $2,000 was passed to the president of the union by an official of the construction company with which Mr. Donovan was associated.

Mr. Montuoro's lawyer, Arthur Z. Schwartz, issued a statement earlier this week saying that Mr. Montuoro had been found by judges to be a credible witness in several criminal and civil cases.


Michael Oreskes - December 14, 1981

Mr. Montuoro served as secretary treasurer of the local from October 1975 to May 1978. He has a criminal record on narcotics and weapons possesion charges. But his lawyer, Arthur Z. Schwartz, said that there were no current charges pending against Mr. Montuoro and that during a Federal grand jury investigation of the blasters' union he had testified freely without receiving a grant of immunity. Says He Made No 'Deals'

The fruit of advocacy: Harry the fruit man returns to his corner spot - The Village Sun

Arthur Z. Schwartz - March 24, 2021

Harry Almendar has worked the corner of Seventh Ave. and 12th St. with his amazing fruit cart for more than 20 years. The last few have been quite rocky, but on March 23, after a 16-month absence, Harry has returned to his space, now in front of the AIDS Memorial Park!

Up until 2018 Harry worked that corner, which was bordered by a utility building run by St. Vincents Hospital. He served hospital workers, visitors and hundreds of people each day on their way to and from the subway station at 12th and Seventh.

Thoughts About Racism, Our History in Greenwich Village, and the Tasks Ahead - WestView News

Arthur Z. Schwartz - March 3, 2021

It now seems like a long, long time ago, but it was only last June, after the horrific murder of George Floyd, that our city and over two-thirds of our country, was united around the cause of racial justice.

It began on May 31st, the day after the videos of the horrific events in Minneapolis were shown on the internet. Here in New York City, where we had been locked in our homes for over two months, afraid to even venture out to the store, tens of thousands marched about the events that had occurred and chanted “Black Lives Matter.” So many of us engaged in soul-searching. Schools and workplaces engaged in almost unprecedented reflection about racism and our roles in perpetuating it. After my 14 year-old daughter finished an online high school student meeting she came to dinner and asked me, “Do you know about white skin privilege?” When I replied that I was the attorney for Black Lives Matter she replied, “What does that prove?”

COVID vaccines: Where is the leadership? - The Village Sun

Arthur Z. Schwartz - February 1, 2021

On Jan. 14, at 2:30 a.m., I got a needle full of the Moderna vaccine stuck into my arm.

It wasn’t easy to get that done. As soon as I heard that Governor Cuomo had opened the vaccine to people age 65 and over, I got on the Internet trying to make an appointment. For three hours I filled out computer forms posted by different agencies, at least seven in all. Not one had an appointment available — and I looked as far ahead as June. Then I started calling locations listed on some New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene site — pharmacies, urgent-care clinics, hospitals. Not one call got me an appointment.

Vija Saved From the Government - WestView News

Arthur Z. Schwartz - November 1, 2020

Vija Vetra, a Latvian dancer, is the oldest resident of Westbeth. She is 97 years old. Yet she still travels around the world to perform, at least before COVID shut the world down.

When we last wrote about Vija in WestView we described how she had been cheated out of her life savings, all of $3000, by scammers who told her that they were from the Social Security Administration, and that she had to pay $3000 to avoid prosecution for fraud committed by someone using her Social Security number. Unfortunately, Vija fell for it, and as 2020 started she was penniless.

Arthur Schwartz on why he’s running for City Council - The Village Sun

Arthur Z. Schwartz- July 21, 2020

The current candidate for the City Council seat, though a moral, personable and hardworking guy, is not going to break from his boss’s mold and provide the leadership our community and our city need. He is not someone who will march (with a mask) at the leadership of a protest. Or who will get himself arrested defending an elderly tenant. I am.

So I  am running. I will run a campaign based on ideas for change. Ideas for democratization of our city. Mobilization of our community for change. And, hopefully, coming out of the primary election next June 22, I will be one of a score of like-minded city councilmembers who will fundamentally turn New York City around.

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