| Gale Brewer|
| October 24, 1960 (age 55)
Detroit, Michigan (1960-10-24) |
Michigan State University (B.A.)
Yale University (M.P.H.)
Yale University, Michigan State University
Helen Rosenthal (born October 24, 1960) is the Council member for the 6th District of the New York City Council. She is a Democrat. The district includes the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Helen Rosenthal Wikipedia
Rosenthal was born in Detroit, Michigan and received a B.A. in socio-economic policy and political theory from Michigan State University in 1982, and a Masters in Public Health from Yale University in 1987.
From 1988 to 1995, Rosenthal served as an Assistant Director of the New York City Office of Management and Budget, where she managed the city's healthcare budget under Mayors Ed Koch, David Dinkins, and Rudy Giuliani.
Rosenthal is a longtime member of Community Board 7, having served as Strategy and Budget Committee Chair, Vice Chair, and eventually board chair from 2007 to 2009. During this time, she advocated for additional public school seats on the Upper West Side, using data collection to dispute the city's assertion that the district had 1,500 empty school seats. This resulted in the creation of P.S. 452 in 2010.
In March 2012, Rosenthal announced her candidacy for District 6 of the New York City Council, whose incumbent, Gale Brewer, was term-limited out of office. Rosenthal focused her campaign on issues including public school education, affordable housing, budget expertise, and mass transit improvements. Her bid was endorsed by organizations including the Sierra Club, the National Organization for Women-NYC, and TenantsPAC, a group which advocates for rent-regulated tenants. Other supporters included Gloria Steinem, Michael Moore, former City Councilwoman Ronnie Eldridge, State Senator Liz Krueger, and State Assemblywoman Deborah Glick.
On September 10, 2013, Rosenthal won the Democratic nomination for the District 6 City Council seat, defeating six other candidates. She went on to win the November general election with 78% of the vote, and her vote total was the highest of any candidate running for City Council throughout New York City.
Pedestrian safety emerged as a key issue for Rosenthal when three pedestrians were struck and killed on the Upper West Side over a ten-day period in January 2014.