Edward A. Hartzog is an attorney and former congressional staff member with over 15 years of legislative, legal and campaign experience. Most recently, he is the founder and executive director of Kids Voting New York City, Inc. a local affiliate of Kids Voting USA, a national nonpartisan not-for-profit organization that promotes civic education and citizenship for students in grades K-12.
Hartzog is a member of Manhattan Community Board 8 where he serves on the Youth & Education and Environment & Sanitation Committees, as well as the Borough President’s Task Force on Education. He began his career in public service as a United States Senate Page and after graduating from college, served for seven years as a staff member for the House Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs – under Chairman Morris K. Udall of Arizona and his successor Rep. George Miller of California; as well as the Clerk, of the U.S. House of Representatives.
He received his B.A. from Randolph-Macon College, with a major in political science and a minor in history. He left Capitol Hill to pursue graduate studies at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University where he received an MPA in environmental economic policy. He earned his J.D. from the Mauer School of Law at Indiana University-Bloomington and upon graduation was one of ten students from his class selected for membership into the Order of the Barristers.
After law school he moved to New York City where he has practiced law and been active in the community. As an attorney he has represented individuals and corporations in administrative hearings and civil trials in a variety of insurance, employment and commercial matters. Notable cases include an Article 78 petition and appeal for the New York City Central Labor Council in which the 1st Dept. Appellate Division granted equitable estoppel against the NYPD and City of New York – prohibiting the enforcement of discriminatory rules created specifically for the 2000 “Labor Day Parade” – only the third time such relief was ever granted against a municipality in the United States.
His public interest and pro bono work include: a collaboration with the “Straphangers’ Campaign” and plaintiffs in, NYPIRG, et al. v. NY MTA, et al. (2005) – regarding the sale and development of the West Side Rail Yards; and, being a member of the City Bar team that drafted an amicus curiae brief for Mary McKinney, et al. v. The Commissioner of the NY State Dept. of Health, et al. (2007) – regarding the creation of the “Berger Commission.”
During that time he helped organize a panel discussion entitled, “Convention Dissension – Perspectives on Balancing Free Expression Political Action and Public Safety at the RNC Protests,” – that was broadcast by C-Span on the eve of the convention; and, co-moderated a panel entitled, “Religion, Politics and the Future of America” that focused on the need for Democrats and Republicans and the public at large, to better understand the role religion plays in our nation’s public discourse.
During the past several election cycles he has worked with the New York Democratic Lawyers’ Council as a member of “voter protection teams” in New York and Virginia and trained attorneys and law students to serve as poll watchers and election observers. Mr. Hartzog speaks and writes about issues of government, law and policy – including a report for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (“City Bar”) entitled, “Supporting Legislative Rules Reform – ‘The Fundamentals.’” He has also appeared as a panelist at New York Law School (“Curious George Taps the Phones: Lives, Liberty and the Law Five Years After 9/11”), and Cardozo Law School (“How to Run for Office”).
Hartzog lives on the Upper East Side with his wife Nalika and their son Alex.