As a 12-year Member of the New York City Council, Dan Garodnick was known as one of New York's most independent voices and effective legislators. The author of more than sixty local laws, he specialized in tenants rights, environmental protections, consumer affairs, and land use policy. He was the lead negotiator of the East Midtown and Vanderbilt Corridor rezoning plans that will deliver nearly a billion dollars to improve subways and public spaces in Midtown over the next 20 years. Dan also negotiated the largest affordable housing preservation deal in New York City’s history -- protecting 5,000 units in Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village.
A lawyer with a background in civil rights, Dan represented same-sex couples seeking marriage equality, low-wage workers seeking a living wage, and businesses seeking fair funding for city schools as part of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity. Before running for public office, Dan served as a litigation associate at the New York law firm Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, and as a law clerk to the Honorable Colleen McMahon of the Southern District of New York.
Dan has a BA from Dartmouth College, and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.