Biography

Dan Quart represents New York’s 73rd Assembly District, which encompasses the Upper East Side, Midtown East, Turtle Bay and Sutton Place.

Dan Quart spent his childhood in Washington Heights before he and his family moved in 1989 to the Ruppert-Yorkville apartment complex on East 90th and 91st street, where he still lives today with his wife Miriam and his son Samuel. He attended Binghamton University and St. John’s Law School.

As the son of a teacher and social worker, Dan supports an effective public education policy that emphasizes smaller class size, stresses teacher development, and nurtures strong community-school relations. In 2003, Dan and his family secured over 2,000 signatures in support of the United Federation of Teachers’ smaller class size initiative. Dan has also served as a volunteer tutor with the Learning Leaders program.

Dan has a strong record of pro bono advocacy. Since 2002, he has served as a volunteer for the Housing Division of the Legal Aid Society, providing free representation for low-income tenants in eviction proceedings. In 2003, New York State Chief Judge Judith Kaye awarded Dan the Pro Bono Publico Award as one of New York City’s top pro bono attorneys. In 2004 and 2005, Dan served as the pro bono attorney for the Eastwood Housing complex on Roosevelt Island, defending tenants in eviction proceedings and prosecuting claims against the management company for failing to provide basic services.

Dan partnered with Columbia Law School’s Environmental Law Program to prosecute a case in New York State Court seeking to protect parklands and uphold the State’s “open space” law. Dan has also served as a volunteer attorney for the Disabled Veterans Consortium, representing a disabled veteran who was denied benefits.

Beginning in 2009, Dan has partnered with Eviction Intervention Services to organize and lead a pro bono clinic representing tenants on the East Side who fall just above the monetary threshold for free legal services, but cannot afford an attorney of their own. Currently, Dan is litigating several cases in New York City Housing Court, and has recruited attorneys to participate in the Clinic and provide free legal representation.

Dan has eight years of service as a member of Community Board 8, where he served as a co-chair of the Transportation Committee and was Chair of the Board’s 2nd Avenue Subway Task Force, where he worked with local elected officials and members of the community on improving the East Side’s overburdened transportation system.

As an Assembly Member, Dan is committed to working on the vital issues that affect the residents of the 73rd Assembly District, including education, transportation, health care and housing.