Candidate Profile: Noah Gotbaum (CD 6)
Noah Gotbaum (CD 6)
Political Party: Democrat
Office Seeking: City Council District 6
Opponents: Ken Biberaj (CD 6) Debra Cooper (CD 6) Marc Landis (CD 6) Helen Rosenthal (D) Mel Wymore (CD 6)
Currently: President of Community Education Council 3
Previously: Co-Founder of New York Cares, Member of Community Board 5
Education: Amherst College (BA), Yale University (MBA)
Endorsements: New York Metro Area Postal Workers Union; Local 194 Operating Engineers; Diane Ravitch; State Senator Bill Perkins; ATU Local 1181; District Council 37; Council of School Supervisors and Administrators; Detectives Endowment Association; SSEU Local 371; David Dinkins, fmr. NYC Mayor
About Noah Gotbaum:
- Gotbaum started his career in public service in 1980 while working for the late Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts. He created New York Cares, a large-scale volunteer corps in New York City that “mobilizes nearly 60,000 volunteers annually to serve over 500,000 New Yorkers in need” and also owned and operated one of New York’s largest recycling companies.
- Gotbaum has made education the central focus of his campaign. He has been an education activist for many years and maintains education as the central piece of his city council campaign agenda. As President of Community Education Council District 3, Gotbaum organized parents and community members against school overcrowding to establish the first new elementary school on the Upper West Side in over 40 years. He helped secure $11 million in federal magnet grant funding, but has been an outspoken opponent of charter schools. He opposes the closing of community public schools and argues instead for increased support and early interventions in struggling schools.
- Development As the chairman of the Development Committee of Community Board 5, Gotbaum fought to ensure that new development projects “provided adequate community benefits”. Gotbaum also said “We have to stand up and say, ‘you want to build luxury high rises? Then they have to be in scale, and if they don’t make sense for our community then you’re out of luck.’”
- Safety Gotbaum also worked to establish the “Green Apple Bond” financing plan which provided for the immediate eradication of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in public schools.
- 95th Street Homeless Shelter “These shelters are bad policy, dangerous, wasting millions of dollars… We have to have leadership and the courage to say this is wrong, corrupt and unethical and unsafe.”
From the Candidate:
- “This is my home and my neighborhood, this is my district, being able to live and work here, make a difference here is great.”