A History of Progressive UWS Activism

Marc has an unparalleled record of accomplishment as a community leader and activist on the Upper West Side, committed to the struggle for economic and social justice, human rights and political reform. Marc has led rallies in support of labor rights, fighting to protect the jobs of labor organizers at Citarella and for fair contracts and health insurance coverage at ABC News. During the U.N.-sponsored anti-Israel “Durban II” conference in 2009, Marc organized a five-day seminar hosted by Fordham Law School which addressed legitimate concerns about racism, gender bias, xenophobia and genocide around the world.

When the Ku Klux Klan came to New York City in 1999, Marc worked with then-Assembly Member Scott Stringer and many community groups in organizing the counter-protest. Along with other activists from Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Marc was arrested at One Police Plaza as part of an action to protest police brutality and misconduct. Marc has traveled to Central America to monitor the election process in El Salvador, and visited the former Soviet Union to support refuseniks in their struggle for freedom. Marc is the past chair of the New York City chapter of Citizen Action of New York, and has been a leader in advocating for “clean money” campaign finance reform and for fair redistricting.

Marc’s pro bono work has been recognized by Manhattan Legal Services and Legal Services of New York, which honored him in 2007 and 2008 for his work on behalf of limited-income tenants facing eviction from two women’s residences in Manhattan. Previously, he was awarded the New York State Bar Association President’s Pro Bono Service Award for his efforts on behalf of community-based organizations which provide education and public safety programs for immigrants and health care services for people with AIDS. TenantsPAC, the West 75th Street Block Association, Westsiders for Viable Neighborhoods, Ciudadanos Conscientes de Queens, Inc., Friends and Lovers of Riverside Area Life (“FLORAL”), the Upper Manhattan Task Force on AIDS and Friends of Clearwater are among the many nonprofits to benefit from Marc’s assistance. Marc represented City Council Members and State Senators in the legal battle against the West Side Stadium. In 1998, the Manhattan Spirit named Marc a “West Side Hero”.

Marc has served on many non-profit and charity boards, including the URJ Camp Harlam Council, American Friends of Hebrew University – Presidents Council, Americans for Democratic Action, International Sejong Soloists, Jewish National Fund of Greater New York, Planned Parenthood of New York City Associates Division, and the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists. Marc also served as a member of the transition team for New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Marc currently serves as an elected Democratic Party district leader, representing 40,000 Upper West Side residents. In this post, he works closely with elected officials and government agencies to address constituent concerns including tenants’ rights, residential real estate tax reform, and transportation issues, and organizes Democratic campaign activities in swing states. As a court-appointed fiduciary, Marc has sued Fannie Mae and other banks to require them to provide emergency repairs and other services for tenants. Marc previously served on Community Board 7/Manhattan for 10 years, where he was a tireless fighter to protect our community from overdevelopment and to preserve our quality of life, and worked to mediate community disputes.

Marc is a partner at the historic Phillips Nizer law firm, where his practice focuses on developing and preserving affordable housing and providing counseling to individuals, co-op and condo buildings, and small businesses; previously, he founded his own neighborhood-based law practice on the Upper West Side, and worked as chief of staff and counsel to former State Senator Seymour Lachman of Brooklyn, where he drafted legislation and coordinated committee agendas during the Senator’s freshman term. Marc also serves as president of his landmarked co-op building on West 85th Street, and as a board member of the Council of New York Cooperatives and Condominiums, where he is active in the effort to reform the current real estate tax system which discriminates against individual co-op and condo owners.

Marc is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School and holds an L.L.M. in Tax Law from New York University. Marc resides on the Upper West Side with his wife, Judy, a television producer, and coaches the West Side Soccer League teams of their children, Rachel and Barak. They are active members of Congregation Rodeph Sholom.