The author of New York City’s first Green Energy Code, the Contractor Whistleblower Protection Law, and the Tenant Protection Act, Council Member Dan Garodnick is known as one of New York City’s most effective legislators.
In 2015, Dan negotiated the biggest housing preservation deal in New York City’s history — 5,000 middle class housing units in Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village. He recently delivered an unprecedented $220 million to improve mass transit in and around Grand Central, seizing the opportunity to rezone the Vanderbilt Avenue corridor of East Midtown to not only promote growth but also to improve subway service. The New York Times has also praised Dan for his “independent streak” and for being a “fighter for increased funding for the city’s public school students.”
A lawyer with a background in civil rights, Dan has represented same sex couples seeking marriage equality, 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.
Garodnick grew up in a rent-stabilized apartment in Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village and he lives in that neighborhood today with his wife Zoe and two young sons.