Bob Holden is catching up on all this tech stuff

New York City Council Member Robert Holden.
New York City Council Member Robert Holden.
William Alatriste for the New York City Council
New York City Council Member Robert Holden.

Bob Holden is catching up on all this tech stuff

The City Council’s tech chairman weighs in on his new post – and slams Tiffany Cabán.
June 26, 2019

New York City Councilman Robert Holden may not be a “techie,” but that doesn’t mean he’s not up to the task of tackling the digital issues that affect everyday New Yorkers. A self-proclaimed moderate, the first-term councilman has yet to chair a committee, but thanks to former tech chairman Peter Koo’s departure to take over the Parks And Recreation Committee, Holden will now lead the Technology Committee.

While the appointment was only announced this month, Holden is already diving into the role, meeting with the city’s new chief technology officer minutes before speaking with City & State on Wednesday about his goals for the committee – and his reaction to Tiffany Cabán’s apparent upset in the race for Queens district attorney.

Responses have been edited for length and clarity.

We’re here to talk about technology, but we can’t ignore the news of the day out of your own borough – Tiffany Cabán’s apparent victory in the race for Queens DA. You backed Melinda Katz, though you yourself have resisted identifying with the Queens Democratic Party. What’s your reaction to Tuesday night’s results?

I was shocked. If you looked at social media, Tiffany Cabán was getting a lot of people weighing in and a lot of people liking her stuff, I just don't think she has the