Alan Gerson

Alan Jay Gerson (born November 1, 1957) is a former Democratic Party member of the New York City Council, first elected in 2001, and reelected in 2005, to represent the 1st district in Manhattan. Prior to that Gerson served as Chair of Manhattan Community Board 2 from 1998 to 1999, serving on its board from 1990 to 2001.[1] Gerson lost the Democratic Primary to Margaret Chin on September 15, 2009, following previous challenges by her in the 2001 and 2004 primaries. The district is located in Lower Manhattan and includes Tribeca, portions of the Lower East Side, Chinatown, Little Italy, Greenwich Village, and the Financial District.[2]

Alan J. Gerson
Member of the New York City Council
from the 1st district
In office
January 1, 2002 – December 31, 2009
Preceded byKathryn E. Freed
Succeeded byMargaret Chin
ConstituencyManhattan: SoHo, NoHo, TriBeCa, Washington Square area, South Village, Battery Park City, Wall Street area, South Street Seaport area, City Hall area, Little Italy, Chinatown, Lower East Side
Personal details
Born (1957-11-01) November 1, 1957 (age 63)
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materStuyvesant High School
Columbia College
Columbia Law School

Gerson is a lifelong New York City resident and graduate of P.S. 41, I.S. 70, and Stuyvesant High School (1975[3]). He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Columbia College of Columbia University (1979[4]), and was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar from Columbia Law School. He was an aide to New York State Assembly Member William Passannante. Gerson practiced law with Kelley Drye & Warren for 18 years.[2]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Kathryn E. Freed
New York City Council, 1st district
Succeeded by
Margaret Chin