District 44 - Council Member - Democrat
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David G. Greenfield

David G. Greenfield

District 44 - Council Member - Democrat
Chair - Committee on Land Use
Entered City Council: 03/25/10
Represents: Borough Park, Midwood and Bensonhurst

Background Information

David G. Greenfield was elected to the New York City Council in a special election on March 23, 2010 and overwhelmingly reelected in November 2012 and November 2013. In all three races, he won a majority of votes in each neighborhood of the 44th council district including Midwood, Borough Park and Bensonhurst. 

David chairs the Council's influential Committee on Land Use which oversees the Department of City Planning, the Landmarks Preservation Commission and the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. As part of its portfolio, the committee reviews and must approve all applications for zoning changes across New York's five boroughs. As Land Use chair, David oversaw the rezoning of the Domino Sugar factory in Brooklyn, Astoria Cove in Queens and One Vanderbilt in Manhattan -- a historic deal which included $230 million in transportation improvements by the developer to Grand Central Terminal. David also serves as a member of the Speaker's leadership team and the Council's budget negotiating team, which is responsible for negotiating New York City’s $78.5 billion budget with the Mayor's office.

David is an experienced attorney, education advocate and land use expert, who has long devoted himself to making New York City safer and more affordable while improving its quality of life. In 2012, Greenfield's law ended the city's frustrating practice of placing one million impossible-to-remove neon stickers on car windows each year to enforce alternate side parking regulations. In 2013, Greenfield passed a law allowing for prepayment of muni-meters and turning off muni-meters when parking rules are not in effect or when a meter runs out of receipt paper. In 2014, Greenfield led the fight for Vision Zero and street safety by legislating new neighborhood slow zones and authoring the law that lowered the speed limit to 25 miles per hour on local streets, significantly reducing pedestrian deaths in New York City. Meanwhile, in the city's annual budget process, David is a tireless advocate for senior servies and education funding and has secured nearly $28 million to renovate every single park in his district. In 2015, Greenfield's NYC Cleanup initiative was the most popular Council initiative, providing $5.3 million to all 51 council districts to clean local sidewalks and streets.

David is widely known for his honesty and integrity. His reputation for “telling it like it is” has made his perspective sought after by news media around the world. Even before he was elected, David was featured as a political analyst on diverse news outlets including Fox News and the New York Times. He is frequently quoted in national and international newspapers and is a regular political analyst on American, Israeli and Russian radio. David hosts his own popular weekly radio show on 620AM every Thursday night at 7pm.

Before his election, David was Executive Vice President of the Sephardic Community Federation, the umbrella government relations and public policy organization of the Sephardic Jewish community, where he worked closely with public officials at every level of government to improve the lives of all New Yorkers. He was also the founding Director and Counsel of TEACH NYS, advocating on behalf of parents of New York State's 500,000 Catholic, Jewish, and independent school-children. David's successful strategy led to legislation that provides for $600 million in tax credits for parents of all school-age children. David was a member of the Mayor's Non-Public School Standing Committee, where he spearheaded a three-year campaign that culminated in free tutoring services, valued at tens of millions of dollars each year, for thousands of New York City students.

Prior to his work at the Sephardic Community Federation and TEACH NYS, David served as Deputy Director of Finance to Senator Joe Lieberman’s presidential campaign, Chief of Staff to NYS Assemblyman Dov Hikind and a corporate lawyer at Rosenman & Colin LLP.  David is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC and Touro College in New York City, where he graduated summa cum laude and was valedictorian.

David is a proud lifelong resident of Brooklyn where he happily lives with his wife and three small children.