WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – David Buchwald, a Democratic member of the White Plains Common Council, has announced his attention to seek his party’s nomination to run against incumbent Assemblyman Robert Castelli (R, C – Goldens Bridge) for the 89th District seat.
Buchwald joins lawyer Jeremiah Frei-Pearson in the race for the Democratic endorsement.
“I think it would be great for our district to have someone like me to fight for them,” Buchwald said about his decision to run. “I’ve come to recognize that this is an opportunity to devote more of my life to public service and strengthen the respect we have for government. I have come to the conclusion it is the right thing to do.”
Buchwald has served as chairman of the White Plains Traffic Commission where he worked to promote more efficient traffic rules, pedestrian safety, bicycle access and improve on-street parking rules.
After graduating from Yale University, where he received a B.S. in physics, Buchwald worked for three years at the Manhattan offices of NERA, an economics research firm headquartered in White Plains, He then went on to receive a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a Masters of Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He currently works in the tax department of the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he represents both business and pro bono clients in need of tax advice.
Buchwald has been active in government and Democratic politics for over 15 years. He has twice interned on Capitol Hill, for Congresswoman Nita Lowey and the Senate Science and Technology Caucus. In 2004 he served as the director of issues research for the successful George Latimer for Assembly campaign. He is a member and former corresponding secretary of the White Plains Democratic City Committee.
Among other activities, Buchwald serves on the board of trustees of the White Plains Historical Society and is a former board member of the White Plains Downtown Residents Association. In June 2008, he was appointed by Governor David Paterson to serve as one of Westchester County’s representatives on the Metro-North Railroad Commuter Council (MNRCC), an oversight and advisory body that seeks to improve the railroad’s services and responsiveness to the needs of riders.
Buchwald grew up in Larchmont and attended the Mamaroneck public schools. He has lived in White Plains for 10 years.
“I come at things from a policy background,” he said. “I was interested in public policy before I was interested in elected office. But I’ve gained an appreciation for over the last few years that public service as an elected official is a meaningful way to bring about important changes that can improve people’s lives.”