For Dan Garodnick, public service is about spotting problems early and driving forceful solutions. Born and raised in Stuyvesant Town / Peter Cooper Village, where he, his wife and son live today, Dan foresaw that the sale of the property would put middle-income housing at risk in New York City, and initiated an unprecedented, multi-billion dollar bid on behalf of 25,000 tenants to buy the property.
When Dan heard that there was a challenge to parent-sponsored teacher assistants, he quietly brought together the Chancellor of New York City Schools, the head of the teachers union, and the parent community and worked out an agreement – before the problem became an insurmountable conflict.
In response to complaints about protester noise outside a popular East Side restaurant, Dan not only curbed the protests, he helped solve the underlying race-based dispute between the restaurant and its workers.
For his vision, persistence, and insistence on results, Dan has earned a reputation among his colleagues as a thoughtful, determined problem-solver. As Dan has said, “If you identify issues early, you can not only bring people together around a solution, you can also build the relationships that will help defuse the next problem coming down the pike.”
He has authored some of the most important legislation to pass the Council in the past number of years, including the Tenant Protection Act, giving tenants an opportunity to sue for harassment; the City’s first Green Energy Code, to reduce carbon emissions from buildings; and sweeping reforms of the process server industry.
Dan has made the list of City HallI newspaper’s "Rising Stars" under the age of 40, and has been praised for his “independent streak,” and “creative problem solving.” He has brought transparency to government and sound land use decisions to his district. He was elected by his peers to chair the Manhattan Delegation and currently serves as Chair of the Council’s Economic Development Committee.
Prior to his election, Dan was a litigator at the New York Law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP, and a law clerk for the Honorable Colleen McMahon of the Southern District of New York. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.