About Dan

The author of New York City's first Green Energy Code, the Contractor Whistleblower Protection Law, and the Tenant Protection Act, Dan Garodnick is a legislator committed to solving the critical issues facing New York City.

Born and raised on the East Side of Manhattan, Dan was elected to the New York City Council in 2005. The New York Times praised him for his "independent streak," and for having “distinguished himself in the fight to preserve middle-class housing and other issues.” The Wall Street Journal says he has earned a reputation as being “smart and fair.” His common sense approach earned Garodnick a place on City Hall's list of "The Next Generation of Political Leaders in New York."

A leader in the fight for affordable housing, Dan spearheaded the multi-billion dollar tenant-backed bid for the purchase of Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village. He then passed the Tenant Protection Act, allowing tenants to sue landlords for harassment, and launched the Coalition Against Predatory Equity, a group of over 50 elected officials and tenant advocacy groups aimed at taking on predatory landlords city-wide.

Dan also delivered an unprecedented $220 million to repair mass transit in and around Grand Central Terminal, seizing the opportunity to rezone areas of East Midtown to promote growth and deliver better subway service. And in order to dramatically improve local parkland, he helped broker a deal between the United Nations and the City to fund an East River Greenway at no additional cost to city taxpayers.

With a background in civil rights and education advocacy, Dan represented thirteen same-sex couples seeking marriage equality in New York State, and sought and received funding to rebuild African-American churches in Virginia and Georgia burned by racially-motivated arson.  Dan also represented the Partnership for New York City in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit and directed the New York Civil Rights Coalition's "Unlearning Stereotypes: Civil Rights and Race Relations Program" in 42 New York City public schools, teaching students non-violent ways to combat racial discrimination.

Prior to entering public office, Dan practiced as a securities litigator at the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Colleen McMahon of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Dan holds a J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review, and a B.A. in Government from Dartmouth College. He grew up in a rent-stabilized apartment in the Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village community, and he lives in that neighborhood today with his wife, Zoe, and sons Asher and Devin.