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Daniel Garodnick (born May 4, 1972) is an American lawyer and a former Democratic New York City Councilmember. He is the president and chief executive officer of the Riverside Park Conservancy.

Dan Garodnick
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Member of the New York City Council
from the 4th district
In office
January 1, 2006 – December 31, 2017
Preceded byEva Moskowitz
Succeeded byKeith Powers
Personal details
Born (1972-05-04) May 4, 1972 (age 46)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Zoe Segal-Reichlin
EducationDartmouth College (BA)
University of Pennsylvania (JD)
WebsiteOfficial website


Early life and educationEdit

Garodnick was born in New York City and is a graduate of Trinity School (1990). He received his B.A. from Dartmouth College (1994)[1] where he served as class president for each of his four years. He earned a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (2000),[2] where he was Editor-in-Chief of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

Between college and law school, Garodnick spent time in both Millen, Georgia and Portsmouth, Virginia helping to rebuild African American churches that had been burned by arson.[3] He also spent two years working for the New York Civil Rights Coalition as the director of a program to teach New York City public school ways to combat racial discrimination, and how to use government to effect social change.[4]


An attorney, Garodnick practiced as a litigator at the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison where he focused on securities litigation and internal investigations of companies. While there, he represented the Partnership for New York City in the successful Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit regarding public school funding.[citation needed]

Prior to joining the firm, he served as a law clerk to Judge Colleen McMahon of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He spent two years working for the New York Civil Rights Coalition.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

In May 2008, Garodnick married Zoe Segal-Reichlin, senior associate general counsel and director of advocacy of Planned Parenthood.[6] They have two children.[7]

New York City CouncilEdit

Garodnick was elected to New York City Council in 2005, winning 63 percent of the vote in the general election and defeating both the Republican and Libertarian candidates. In the five-way Democratic primary that year he won 59% of the vote. He won reelection in 2009 and 2013.[citation needed]

During his twelve-year tenure, The New York Times praised Garodnick for his “independent streak” and noted that he had “distinguished himself in the fight to preserve middle-class housing.”[8] The Wall Street Journal has called him “smart and fair”[9] and POLITICO New York noted that he is known as a “policy wonk” who has “bucked the establishment."[10]

In 2017, City & State called Garodnick a “no-nonsense negotiator.”[3] Garodnick earned this reputation for repeatedly bringing parties to an agreement in difficult negotiations. In 2007, Garodnick successfully stepped in to broker an agreement between renowned Chef Daniel Boulud and the staff at his eponymous restaurant, who sought redress and compensation after Asian and Latino employees had been discriminated against and passed over for promotions.[11] In 2008, when a developer proposed rezoning the largest stretch of undeveloped, privately owned land in Manhattan, Garodnick was able to adjust the plan to reduce the height of the towers, provide for acres of gardens and a school, as well as a $10 million contribution from the developer for a pedestrian bridge over the FDR Drive.[12] In 2015, when the de Blasio administration and Council Member Carlos Menchaca were at a logjam over the $115 million redevelopment of the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, Garodnick helped broker an agreement between both sides.[13]

Garodnick's last term as councilman ended on December 31, 2017, when he was succeeded by Keith Powers.

Garodnick authored and passed over 60 laws during his tenure on the New York City Council.[14]

New York City Comptroller campaignEdit

On April 3, 2012 Garodnick announced that he would seek the Democratic nomination for New York City Comptroller.[15] On November 28, 2012 Garodnick dropped out of the Comptroller race, and immediately endorsed Scott Stringer, while pledging to run for re-election in District 4. Stringer had previously been running for Mayor.[16] Garodnick was opposed in his bid for re-election by attorney Helene Jnane.[17]

Election historyEdit

New York City Council: District 4
Election Candidate Party Votes Pct Candidate Party Votes Pct Candidate Party Votes Pct Candidate Party Votes Pct
2005 Primary Dan Garodnick Dem 7,270 58.01% Jack Lester Dem 2,116 16.89% Meryl Brodsky Dem 2,015 16.08% Jack Karako Dem 1,113 9.03%
2005 General Dan Garodnick Dem 23,304 63.77% Patrick M. Murphy Rep 13,153 35.24% Jak Karako Lib 370 0.99%
2009 General Dan Garodnick Dem 23,431 74.60% Ashok G. Chandra Rep 7,972 25.40%
2013 General Dan Garodnick Dem 21,366 70.51% Helene Jnane Rep 8,911 29.49%


  1. ^ Campus Journal: "Dartmouth Seeks Ethics for the Age of Computers". New York Times. January 5, 1994.
  2. ^ Alumni Briefs Archived 2010-08-01 at the Wayback Machine. Penn Law Journal. Fall 2008.
  3. ^ a b admin (2017-04-14). "Dan Garodnick is a no-nonsense negotiator. Does he have what it takes to run for mayor?". CSNY. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  4. ^ admin (2017-04-14). "Dan Garodnick is a no-nonsense negotiator. Does he have what it takes to run for mayor?". CSNY. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  5. ^ Board, New York City Campaign Finance. "2005 NYC Voter Guide: Candidate Profile: Dan Garodnick". Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  6. ^ "Weddings: Zoe L. Segal-Reichlin and Daniel R. Garodnick". New York Times. May 11, 2008.
  7. ^ "How Daniel Garodnick, a New York Councilman, Spends His Sundays". Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  8. ^ Board, The Editorial (2014). "Opinion | The Next Council Speaker". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  9. ^ Kusisto, Laura (2014-09-13). "New York City Councilman Daniel Garodnick Faces Tough Tests in Real Estate Battles". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  10. ^ "Jeffries rules out mayoral run, Garodnick explores bid". Politico PRO. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  11. ^ cl_admin (2007-08-21). "Out of the Box Public Service". Colorlines. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  12. ^ Bagli, Charles V. (2008-03-13). "Plan for Ambitious East Side Project Clears Big Hurdle". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  13. ^ Gay, Mara (2015-04-09). "Officials Agree on Brooklyn Terminal Development". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  14. ^ "The New York City Council - Daniel R. Garodnick". Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  15. ^[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "Dan Garodnick Exits Stage Right". 28 November 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  17. ^ "Attorney running for Council". 22 August 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2018.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Eva Moskowitz
New York City Council, 4th District
Succeeded by
Keith Powers