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.