For Dan Garodnick, public service has always been about spotting problems early and implementing meaningful solutions. Born and raised in Stuyvesant Town / Peter Cooper Village, in 2006 Dan foresaw that the sale of the property would put affordable, middle-class 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.
As another sale has become imminent, Dan organized over fifty elected officials from across New York to form a Coalition Against Predatory Equity, who together ensured the commitment of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac not to lend to buyers motivated to run out middle-class tenants by destabilizing affordable units.
Dan made the list of City Hall newspaper’s “Rising Stars” under the age of 40, and has been praised for his “independent streak,” and “creative problem solving.” He has been recognized among a small group of national pro-growth progressive leaders and currently serves as Chair of the City Council’s Economic Development Committee.
The Wall Street Journal described Dan as “smart and fair,” and the Daily News recognized him as one of the Council’s most effective legislators.
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 the expansion of the Transit Benefits Program, allowing employees to purchase Metrocards using pre-taxed earnings and save about $433 every year and heralded as “a business regulation that makes sense.”
Prior to his election to the City Council in 2005, 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. He lives with his wife, Zoe, and two sons, Asher and Devin, in Peter Cooper Village.