David G. Greenfield

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David Greenfield
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David Greenfield
Member of the New York City Council from the 44th District
Assumed office
March 24, 2010
Preceded by Simcha Felder
Personal details
Born September 26
Brooklyn, NY
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Dina Greenfield
Children 3
Alma mater Touro College (B.A.)
Georgetown University (J.D.)
Religion Jewish
Website Official website

David G. Greenfield is the Council member for the 44th District of the New York City Council. He is a Democrat. The district includes Bensonhurst, Borough Park, Gravesend, Kensington, Midwood and Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn.[1]

Life and career[edit]

He is the founding director and counsel of TEACH NYS [2] and prior to his election served as the executive vice president of the Sephardic Community Federation.[3]

As Director and Counsel of TEACH NYS, Greenfield organized statewide advocacy campaigns that resulted in private and public school parents receiving tax breaks and private schools receiving more government assistance.[4] Greenfield served as deputy director of finance in Senator Joseph Lieberman's 2004 presidential campaign. Prior to that, he had a stint as chief of staff to Assemblyman Dov Hikind.[5]

Greenfield is ranked as the 51st most powerful New Yorker in City & State's most recent Power 100 list, ranking him one slot behind billionaire political activist George Soros.[6]

Greenfield is Orthodox Jewish and prays in R' Landau's Synagogue in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, among other Orthodox shuls in the neighborhood.[7] Greenfield voted against a 2010 bill that required the City Clerks office to post on its website, and hand out at its office, information on where exactly in the U.S. and the world same sex couples are able to get married.[8]

New York City Council[edit]

On January 7, 2010 Greenfield announced his candidacy on the Zev Brenner radio show to replace Simcha Felder.[9] Felder announced his resignation after accepting the post as the new deputy comptroller for accounting and budget under John Liu.[10] Greenfield received powerful endorsements from notable groups and politicians from both sides of the aisle, including US Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) [11] NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg,[12] Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch [13] NY State Senators Carl Kruger, Martin J. Golden.[14] He received the support of local NYC council members Domenic Recchia, Lewis Fidler, Michael C. Nelson, and Vincent J. Gentile, as well as the backing of the Kings County Conservative Party and then Kings County Democratic county leader Vito Lopez and the good government group Citizens Union.[15]

He was elected in his first term by his Brooklyn colleagues to co-chair the Brooklyn delegation and serve as their representative on the Budget Negotiating Team of the New York City Council.[16] He has since gone on to become the chair of the powerful Land Use Committee of the New York City Council.[17]

Greenfield has appeared as a commentator on many national news shows including Fox & Friends [18] and is a frequent political commentator in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal among other national newspapers.[19]

Greenfield denounced an Anti-Semitic outburst in New York City Council Chamber by pro-Palestine activists[when?] protesting commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.[20]

Greenfield is considered a political moderate in a liberal New York City Council.[21] Greenfield authored a law that banned the Department of Sanitation from placing hard-to-remove stickers on vehicles that were parked on the wrong-side of the street.[22] He co-authored a law that requires the Department of Education to notify parents and teachers about potentially harmful polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) in classrooms.[23] Greenfield also introduced a law that would stop New York City from towing cars for unpaid parking tickets and instead boot the car.[24] Greenfield's proposed legislation was adopted by the New York City Council Department of Finance as a pilot program in June 2012.[25] Greenfield is also the author of the Vision Zero legislation that lowers the default speed-limit in New York City to 25 Miles Per Hour. This legislation is the lynchpin of Vision Zero and is widely considered to be the key strategy behind saving lives by reducing traffic accidents in New York City.[26]

Greenfield is a long-time advocate for increased government funding for public and non-public (including religious) schools.[27]

Election history
Location Year Election Results
NYC Council
District 44
2010 Special √ David Greenfield (D) 57.20%
Joe Lazar (D) 40.18%
Kenneth Rice (R) 2.62%
NYC Council
District 44
2013 Democratic Primary √ David Greenfield 90.44%
Jacob Flusberg 9.56%
NYC Council
District 44
2013 General √ David Greenfield (D) 81.47%
Joseph Hayon (R) 17.83%


  1. ^ "Inside Politics: Ask Greenfield!". The Yeshiva World. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  2. ^ "Simcha Felder To Leave Council & Join Comptroller - Race Between Greenfield & Dear for Council". The Yeshiva World. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  3. ^ Vitello, Paul (2009-07-24). "Syrian Sephardic Communities Shaken by Charges Against a Leading Rabbi". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  4. ^ "N.Y. 'Tuition Crisis' Puts Many at Risk". Nysun.com. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  5. ^ "City Council Candidate David Greenfield Receives Key Endorsements From State Senators". Matzav.com. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  6. ^ "City & State - Power 100". City & State. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
  7. ^ "Emunah Magazine Exclusive Interview With David Greenfield". EmunahMagazine.com. Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  8. ^ Gotham Gazette report on Greenfield's vote against same sex marriage info from city clerks
  9. ^ "Source: Felder Resigning | The New York Observer". Observer.com. 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  10. ^ "Felder To Resign From Council To Join Comptroller's Office". NY1. 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  11. ^ Katz, Celeste (2010-02-18). "Lieberman For Greenfield". Daily News. New York. 
  12. ^ http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/General+News/47930/Mayor+Bloomberg+Backs+Greenfield+In+City+Council+Race.html
  13. ^ Haberman, Maggie (2010-02-01). "Koch backs Greenfield". New York Post. 
  14. ^ "NYC Council Candidate David Greenfield Receives Key Endorsements From State Senators". The Yeshiva World. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  15. ^ http://www.citizensunion.org/site_res_view_template.aspx?id=b12c36b3-9472-4c29-9bd2-4e2e4bd062ef
  16. ^ "Brooklyn Leadership Rumble". City & State. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  17. ^ "Tower Broker: Council's New Land Use Chair Set to Become Force in City Politics". New York Observer. Retrieved 2014-11-28. 
  18. ^ "Kanaal van MrNewYorkNY". YouTube. 2009-10-16. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  19. ^ "Why Should You Vote Tomorrow? LIVE TONIGHT: 'ASK GREENFIELD'". The Yeshiva World. 2009-11-02. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  20. ^ "Greenfield's Speech Goes Viral: 1 Million View His Response to 'Naked, Blind Anti-Semitism' by Pro-Palestine Protesters at City Hall". Yeshiva World News. 27 January 2015. 
  21. ^ "A glimmer of hope on City Council for developers". Crains. 2014-01-26. 
  22. ^ Haughney, Christine (2012-01-18). "Forgot to Move Car? City Council Votes to End a Sticker of Shame". New York Times. 
  23. ^ New York City Council. 2011-12-19 http://council.nyc.gov/html/releases/191211stated.shtml.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  24. ^ Yeshiva World News. 2012-01-11 http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/article.php?p=114423.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  25. ^ Brooklyn Eagle. 2012-06-14 http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/brooklyn-pilots-citywide-parking-enforcement-reboot.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  26. ^ "City Council cuts speed limit to 25 miles per hour". New York Daily News. 2014-10-07. 
  27. ^ Santos, Fernanda (2011-06-02). "As Mayor Holds Firm on Teacher Layoffs, Some See Reasons Beyond Money". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Simcha Felder
New York City Council, 44th District