Mary Silver is an attorney, administrator, education advocate, and active community leader with deep New York City roots. For more than twenty years, she has been front and center taking on and resolving a range of issues--from education access to crime prevention to public safety. A graduate of New York University, earning a J.D. and a Ph.D. simultaneously, she has had a diverse career working for the global accounting firm KPMG; NYU School of Continuing & Professional Studies; NYU School of Law; and the law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Mary has committed herself to raising, along with her husband attorney Perry D. Silver, three remarkable daughters--all of whom attended New York City public schools.
As a dedicated parent leader, Mary has made a meaningful impact as PTA president, fundraiser, and member of multiple School Leadership Teams. In addition, she diligently served for six years as an elected member and officer of the Community Education Council for New York City School District 2. In recognition of her distinguished education record and community leadership, in 2010, Mary received the New York State Senate Women of Distinction Award.
On top of her education advocacy, which resulted in securing over $3 million in capital funding and grants for libraries, science labs, playgrounds, gymnasiums, air conditioning, wiring, and technology for New York City public schools, Mary has played a critical role in addressing quality-of-life issues in her community. She has worked closely with elected officials, as well as the 13th,17th, and Midtown South precincts, to tackle safety, security, and homeless issues, and to break up drug rings operating out of local fast-food restaurants. Mary has also actively served on the Community Advisory Boards for the 30th Street Shelter and Mainchance Drop-In Center to build cooperation among shelter administrators, shelter residents, and local community members.
Currently, Mary is an appointed member of Community Board 6, where she has served on the Housing, Homeless, and Human Rights Committee; the Public Safety and Environment Committee; and the Health and Education Committee. Mary is also an active member of the Metropolitan Synagogue, the Murray Hill Neighborhood Association, and the Gramercy Neighborhood Associates. Additionally, she is a member in good standing of the New York State Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
Mary is proud to be running for the open seat in New York City Council District 2, which stretches from the Lower East Side to Murray Hill. She is passionate about using her personal knowledge, legal and business expertise, public-school parent experience, and unique capabilities to represent and benefit every neighborhood and every individual living in the district. Mary has chosen to live in Council District 2 because she recognizes that the district is a great place to raise a family, pursue education, build a career, start a business, and be involved in the community.
With her two decades of community leadership and accomplishments, Mary will continue to advocate for children and seniors, support small-business owners, champion affordable housing, enhance the East River waterfront, preserve our park space and advance education, transportation, immigration, public-safety, and healthcare issues. She is a hands-on leader who will tirelessly focus on and address the district's key issues for all constituents and neighborhoods up and down the East River. Mary Silver will represent District 2 proudly and vigorously.