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Dan Padernacht was born and raised in the Bronx, where he attended P.S. 95, J.H.S 143, and Fordham Preparatory School.  Dan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Fairfield University and a Juris Doctor from the John Marshall Law School. After law school, he opened a law practice in his own neighborhood of Van Cortlandt Village. Dan’s family has lived in our community for three generations. 


Dan is a local attorney who counsels individuals on the purchase and sale of their homes, business formations and other personal matters. He is part of a project team creating over 450 apartments of affordable housing in the Bronx. Dan has represented numerous tenants pro-bono in housing disputes. Dan also acted as pro-bono counsel for the Fort Independence Park Neighborhood Association (FIPNA) in a lawsuit against New York City to preserve the character and quality of the neighborhood. 

For 10 years, Dan has served as a member of Bronx Community Board 8, where in 2014 he was elected and served as Chair for three years. He is currently Chair of the Traffic and Transportation Committee, Vice Chair of the Land Use Committee, and has served on several additional committees, including Public Safety, Housing, and the Hudson River Greenway and Veterans committees, which he created when Chair of the Board. 

Dan volunteers his time in our local schools.  He teaches students the basics of law and civics at his alma mater, P.S. 95, where he contributes his experience as a seasoned attorney in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition. 


As Chair of Community Board 8, Dan was the head of a city agency for three years.  In that role, Dan fostered a collaborative environment for Board members and implemented changes that continue through present date. He supervised City employees and was responsible for planning the Board’s annual budget. He represented the Board in borough-wide and citywide meetings and he was on-call for emergencies or incidents in the District. 


During his 10 years on the Community Board, Dan worked with city agencies, elected officials, community groups, institutions, public utilities, residents and other community stakeholders on important issues and initiatives in our area. In all of his leadership roles on the Community Board, Dan makes it a priority to reach the four corners of the District, make the public body more transparent in its operations, and promote ongoing discussions of important issues to inform and engage the public. 


Dan served on the Croton Filtration Monitoring Committee, a statutorily created body comprised of the Bronx Borough President, 11th District Council Member, DEP, the NYC Parks Department and the Chairs of Community Boards 7, 8 and 12.  Dan was chaired the CFMC for one year and played an integral role in getting two weekends of public access to the grounds of Jerome Park Reservoir. 


Aside from government, Dan is a community leader in many other ways and commonly known as a go-to person for those who need assistance with a problem.   


Dan is running for City Council to expand his role as a public servant because he passionately believes he can make a direct and impactful difference in the lives of the people and families of our neighborhoods in the City Council. 

Dan will work to improve our quality of life, reduce crime, protect our environment, and make sure our tax dollars are spent wisely. He is committed to creating better public schools, community centers and transportation.  Dan will prioritize local businesses that help mold our neighborhoods, work with local workforce advocates and make sure our seniors receive the care and services they have worked a lifetime to deserve.  He is committed to the efficient and effective delivery of services and open transparency in government operations. 

Dan understands the needs of each neighborhood in District 11 are specific to its residents.  As your councilman, he will treat those needs with the attention and passion that are required to address them with the utmost success. 

It is Dan’s mission every day to stand up for our community and make sure our family’s futures are a top priority at City Hall. 



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