City Councilman Dan Garodnick, who is term-limited out of the council in 2017, has raised a considerable campaign war chest split among three different accounts for a potential statewide run.
A central player in the process to develop a thorough proposal is City Council Member Dan Garodnick, who, along with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, was tapped in May to head the Midtown East Steering Committee.
"He certainly has become a conscientious voice of reason in the New York City Council and certainly someone who I think a lot of us respect, even if we don't always agree with him," [Councilman David] Greenfield said.
The proposal should be for a vibrant 21st Century business district, and not an isolated set of new skyscrapers, disconnected to the world around them. That means we need to consider the appropriate density and urban design for the entire district, and to provide that future development improve pedestrian and transit circulation, open space, and access to daylight. We also need to be mindful of the historic fabric of midtown and consider which important buildings should be preserved.
“We’ve set the standard for independent expenditures in New York City, and communications from candidates should be no different,” Mr. Garodnick said in an interview. “There should be no mystery about the source of political communications.”
Garodnick said that making improvements in the city’s transportation systems was a top priority of his constituents, along with ensuring good public schools, keeping housing affordable and maintaining the low levels of crime the Upper East Side currently experiences.
The next speaker will be judged by her or his independence and ability to reform Council rules to introduce transparency and accountability. Council members should consider the reputation and legislative record offered by Mr. Garodnick, who seems the better choice.
In eight years on the City Council, Daniel R. Garodnick has pushed for police reform, rallied with labor leaders in support of paid sick days and fought to preserve middle-class housing in his district.
As thefts of Apple products rise in New York, the NYPD and the City Council are thinking differently to curb the surge.
“A good idea alone is not enough to justify action today,” the Council speaker, Christine C. Quinn, and Councilman Daniel R. Garodnick, who represents the area, said in a statement. “After extensive negotiations, we have been unable to reach agreement on a number of issues in the proposed plan.”