Glenn Yost for Assembly – 62nd District
Glenn A. Yost is a practicing attorney in Richmond County, New York. His firm, The Yost Law Firm, specializes in family law matters including: custody, visitation, neglect, child support, paternity, family offenses, juvenile delinquency, guardianship, matrimonial matters, real estate transactions, wills, personal injury and criminal law.
Mr. Yost is Of Counsel to New York State Senator Andrew Lanza and Of Counsel to Dansker & Aspromonte, a personal injury law firm located in Manhattan.
Like so many New Yorkers, Mr. Yost was raised by his grandmother and his single mother who struggled to care for him and his sister. He describes his childhood as financially poor but morally rich, instilling in him a strong work ethic and an unwavering commitment to his family, his church and his community.
Glenn began his service to the people of New York at age twenty when, upon graduating from the New York City Police Academy, he was assigned to the 120th Precinct in St. George then later to the 66th Precinct in Brooklyn.
At age twenty-one Glenn was assigned as an undercover operative at Manhattan South Narcotic Division covering the Lower East Side. He was later transferred to Brooklyn South Narcotics Unit where he was assigned to a major case team.
Working deep undercover, Glenn was removed from the roles of the department and, for his safety, was given a fictitious identity and an undercover apartment. He was successful in infiltrating major drug cartels, purchasing large quantities of cocaine, heroin, and guns.
Glenn then volunteered to serve in the newly formed Staten Island Narcotics Division where he was involved in well over five hundred buy and bust operations which resulted in numerous arrests and serious A-1 felony convictions. His testimony and evidence at trial led to many serious convictions, including Staten Island’s first “Crack,” Cocaine Bust.
During his service as an undercover operative, Glenn spent much of his time at trials and Grand Jury proceedings. He grew fond of the law in action so he enrolled in St. John’s University where he eventually received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.
Glenn went on to work in the Robbery Division in Brooklyn North’s 73rd Precinct in Brownsville – one of the busiest commands in New York City. It was there that he and his partner apprehended and dismantled a robbery team that had been plaguing the community. Many merchants, community leaders, elected officials and citizens sent letters of commendation to the Commanding Officer regaling the unit’s efforts and results.
Eventually, Glenn was transferred to the 120th Precinct where he served as the Youth Officer in the Community Affairs Unit. In that position he developed the largest Youth Council in New York City consisting of more than twelve hundred young people. Along with staff from the Borough President’s office, Glenn addressed various High School Assemblies, lecturing about the ill effects of racism. Through the program known as “NO SIR”, an acronym for No Staten Island Racism, Glenn was recognized by Police Commissioner Lee Brown and, at age twenty-eight, was promoted to Detective Third Grade.
After his promotion, Glenn was assigned to the 122 Precinct Detective Squad where he investigated all crime categories including homicide, sex crimes and assault. During this assignment, Glenn effected three arrests for three separate Bribery Charges.
In 1996, Glenn was assigned to the First Deputy Police Commissioner’s Office at Police Headquarters where he served as a Confidential Aide responsible for disciplinary matters.
In 1997, Glenn was promoted to the prestigious rank of Detective Second Grade before being transferred to the Chief of Detectives Office where he served as special assistant to the Chief. The position required a great deal of independent decision making, often on behalf of the Chief. This position provided Glenn with a unique exposure to New York City law and the Criminal Justice System.
During his tenure, Glenn was nominated by the Republican Party to enter the race for New York State Assembly in the 60th District, going up against incumbent, Eric Vitaliano. As required by law, Glenn resigned his position in the police department to make the run. He was endorsed by Governor George Pataki, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Congressman Vito Fossella, Borough President Guy Molinari and Councilman John Fusco. Though he wasn’t successful, he managed to garner more than 42% of the vote against the well-known politician.
Glenn returned to the police department and resumed his responsibilities as special assistant to the Chief. Shortly thereafter he was promoted for a third time, becoming one of the youngest Detectives in the history of New York City to attain the rank of Detective First Grade.
In September 2001, Glenn was accepted into New York Law School. On September 11, 2001, while he was on his way to Police Headquarters, Glenn saw smoke spewing from the World Trade Center tower. He reported the incident then responded to the scene where he and a young rookie Police Officer who he commissioned to help, began moving people from below the building. He was truly a “First Responder”.
Glenn and the young officer moved hundreds of people further north of the towers and away from the falling debris. They were out of harm’s way when the first tower came crashing down. Glenn was later honored by New York, Law School as a student hero for his efforts during the attack. He was also honored by the New York City Police Department.
Glenn completed his 20 year law enforcement career at the Department’s Legal Bureau where he served as a Criminal Advisor. He is considered a highly decorated officer for the many medals he received throughout his career.
Glenn’s Career Highlights
Having graduated with a Juris Doctorate and waiting to take the New York State Bar Exam, Glenn embarked on a new career as a Professor of Criminal Justice at St. John’s University. Soon after he was offered a teaching position at St. Joseph by the Sea High School where he taught History for two years.
Glenn has always believed that through hard work and dedication, a person can fulfill his/her dreams in our great country. He is a firm believer in giving back to his community and is proud to serve on the board of many professional and civic organizations including: Staten Island Trial Lawyers Association – Director; Richmond County Bar Association – Member; Staten Island Women’s Bar Association, – Member; NYPD Honor Legion; Iron Hills Civic Association – Member; Congress of Italian Americans Organization-Member; United Activities Unlimited; Boy Scouts of America – Explorer Program/Advisor; St. Peter’s Church Restoration Project – Founder & Chairman; S.I. Chamber of Commerce; St. Charles Seminary – Fundraiser; S.I. Hospice Cares; St. Joseph by the Sea High School – Fund Raising Committee; S.I. Heart Imaging – Fund Raising committee; S.I. Academy; Staten Island Plainsmen Football; S.I. Children’s Museum/Snug Harbor Cultural Center; Poly Prep – Fund Raiser.
Above all, Glenn has been able to strike a balance between serving his community and being an attentive husband and father. He attributes much of his success to the constant support, devotion and encouragement he receives from his wife, Sabrina and their five children, Richard, Brianna, Lauren, Marisa and Vincent.
Glenn is a parishioner and active member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Church.
Now Glenn is running for State Assembly in the 62nd district to be a voice in Albany for the thousands of South Shore families struggling to be heard against the liberal maelstrom taking place in Albany.