Councilman David G. Greenfield represents New York’s 44th Council District, which comprises Midwood, Borough Park, and Bensonhurst. He was elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2013 by an overwhelming margin.
Councilman Greenfield 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 Chair of the Land Use Committee, Councilman Greenfield is instrumental in developing and implementing a new affordable housing plan for New York. He is also a member of the Speaker’s leadership team and the Council’s Budget Negotiation Team, which was responsible for negotiating the City’s $85 billion budget with the Mayor’s Office.
Recently, Greenfield pushed through the City Council an historic bill that will provide security guards at non-public schools in New York. For the first time ever, children attending non-public schools will receive the same level of protection that their public school counterparts have enjoyed for years. Greenfield is also the author of the Council’s NYC Clean Up Initiative, which provides over $10 million in funding to hire formerly homeless individuals to clean city streets. This successful collaboration with groups like The Doe Fund and ACE has given hundreds of people jobs, collected 750,000 bags of trash and beautified major commercial streets in every neighborhood in New York.
Councilman Greenfield is a strong advocate for neighborhood beautification and the only elected official in New York City currently renovating every single park and playground in his district. Through his efforts, all 13 parks and playground in his neighborhoods have either been fully renovated or are in the process of being renovated. Greenfield led the fight for Vision Zero and safer streets 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.
Prior to serving on the Council, Greenfield was Executive Vice President of the Sephardic Community Federation, working 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. Greenfield’s work led to legislation providing for $600 million in tax credits to parents of all school-age children.
Councilman Greenfield is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C. and Touro College in New York City, where he graduated summa cum laude and was valedictorian. Greenfield is also an adjunct professor of law at Brooklyn Law School. He is a proud lifelong resident of Brooklyn, where he happily lives with his wife and three young children.