Daniel Garodnick

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Dan Garodnick
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Member of the New York City Council from the 4th District
Assumed office
January 1, 2006
Preceded by Eva Moskowitz
Personal details
Born (1972-05-04) May 4, 1972 (age 44)
New York, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Zoe L. Segal-Reichlin
Children 2
Alma mater Dartmouth College (B.A.)
University of Pennsylvania (J.D.)
Religion Jewish
Website Official website

Daniel Garodnick (born May 4, 1972) is the Council member for the 4th District of the New York City Council. He is a Democrat.

The district includes the Upper East Side, Central Park South, Grand Central Terminal, Tudor City, Waterside, Peter Cooper Village, Carnegie Hill, Stuyvesant Town, the United Nations as well as part of Yorkville and Turtle Bay in Manhattan.

Life and career[edit]

Garodnick was born in New York City and is a graduate of Trinity School (1990), where he was president of the student senate and the model congress. He received his B.A. from Dartmouth College (1994)[1] where he served as class president for each of his four years. He earned a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (2000),[2] where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.

An attorney, Garodnick practiced as a securities litigator at the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. While there, he represented the Partnership for New York City in the successful Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit regarding public school funding. He also represented 13 same-sex couples seeking the right to marry in New York State.

Prior to joining the firm, he served as a law clerk to Judge Colleen McMahon of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He spent two years working for the New York Civil Rights Coalition.

In May 2008, Garodnick married Zoe Segal-Reichlin, associate general counsel of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.[3] They have two children.

On April 3, 2012 Garodnick announced that he would seek the democratic nomination for New York City Comptroller.[4] On November 28, 2012 Garodnick dropped out of the Comptroller race, and immediately endorsed Scott Stringer, while pledging to run for re-election in District 4. Stringer had previously been running for Mayor.[5] Garodnick was opposed in his bid for re-election by attorney Helene Jnane.[6]

New York City Council[edit]

Garodnick was elected to New York City Council in 2005, winning 63 percent of the vote in the general election and defeating both the Republican and Libertarian candidates. In the five-way Democratic primary that year he won 59% of the vote. He won reelection in 2009 and 2013.

In 2007, Garodnick, along with Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito, introduced the Tenant Protection Act. The bill, signed into law by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in March 2008, made harassment of tenants by landlords a violation of the housing code.[7] Garodnick spearheaded a $4.5 billion tenant-backed bid to purchase Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village on behalf of the residents in order to preserve the properties as "affordable housing". Met Life sold the properties to Tishman Speyer in a highly leveraged deal for $5.4 billion.[8]

Garodnick formerly served as co-chair to the Council's Infrastructure Task Force. In that role, Garodnick has advocated for infrastructure investments as a means of stimulating the economy, and explored measures to encourage the use of alternative energy.[9]

Election history[edit]

New York City Council: District 4
Election Candidate Party Votes Pct Candidate Party Votes Pct Candidate Party Votes Pct Candidate Party Votes Pct
2005 Primary Dan Garodnick Dem 7,270 58.01% Jack Lester Dem 2,116 16.89% Meryl Brodsky Dem 2,015 16.08% Jack Karako Dem 1,113 9.03%
2005 General Dan Garodnick Dem 23,304 63.77% Patrick M. Murphy Rep 13,153 35.24% Jak Karako Lib 370 0.99%
2009 General Dan Garodnick Dem 23,431 74.60% Ashok G. Chandra Rep 7,972 25.40%
2013 General Dan Garodnick Dem 21,366 70.51% Helene Jnane Rep 8,911 29.49%


External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Eva Moskowitz
New York City Council, 4th District