Dan Padernacht

Dan 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. During school, Dan represented the United States in the International Negotiation Competition for Law Students in Singapore.  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.

Experience in our Neighborhoods

Dan is a local attorney who counsels individuals on the purchase and sale of their homes, business formations, and other personal matters. He 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.

Dan was part of a project team creating over 450 apartments of affordable housing in The Bronx.​

For more than 11 years, Dan has served as a member of Bronx Community Board 8. In 2014, he was elected as Chair of the Board and served for three years. He is currently Chair of the Traffic and Transportation Committee and Vice Chair of the Land Use Committee. He has served on several other committees, including the Aging, Executive, Housing, Law-Rules-Ethics, and Public Safety committees. In addition, Dan serves on the Hudson River Greenway committee, which he created when Chair of the Board. Dan has extensive experience working with government agencies and elected officials. He is ready to hit the ground running from Day 1 as your Council Member.

Dan volunteers in a local school. He teaches students the basics of law and civics at P.S. 95, where he attended grammar school, contributing his experience as a seasoned attorney in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition.


As the head of a city agency, Community Board 8, for three years, Dan fostered a collaborative environment for Board members and implemented changes that continue to this day. He supervised City employees and planned the Board’s annual budget. He represented the Board in borough-wide and citywide meetings and was on call for emergencies or incidents in the district.

Over his more than 11 years on the Community Board, Dan has 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 to 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 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.