Gary Ackerman
Gary Ackerman

Former New York City Congressman Gary Ackerman is now a partner at Gotham Government Relations in Garden City.

Brad Gerstman, Gotham’s founding partner, called Ackerman a “household name in the world of policy-making and advocacy” who brings a deep knowledge of international and domestic affairs to the firm.

First elected in 1983, Ackerman, 75, retired from his post in 2013.

As chairman of the Asia subcommittee during the 1990s, the Congressman traveled to North Korea to discuss nuclear non-proliferation.

He made history during that visit by being the first person since the Korean War to cross the demilitarized zone upon his return to South Korea.

Ackerman, who joined Gotham last month, was a Congressional delegate to the United Nations and member of the Cuba Democracy Caucus.

He currently is executive of the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians.