Democratic Candidate for New York City Comptroller
Brad Lander is finishing his second term as a member of City Council, representing parts of Brooklyn. He is a founder of the Progressive Caucus of City Council and aspires to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” Lander considers himself a Democratic Socialist, supports defunding the police, and has been endorsed for Comptroller by progressive Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. His professional background is in city planning and affordable housing.
- Lander served on the City Council for 8 years, representing parts of Brooklyn. He was elected on the Democratic and the Working Families party line.
- As a member of the City Council, Lander participated in the city’s budget process.
- Lander has a law degree and teaches urban planning and housing policy.
- Lander spent 15 years as the Executive Director of two non-profits: the Pratt Center and then Fifth Avenue Committee (a non-profit in Park Slope that developed and managed affordable housing).
- In 2019 Lander admitted he broke City Council ethics rules and apologized for using his office to fundraise for a non-profit he started.
- In an unrelated incident, Lander was criticized in 2019 for supporting two homeless shelters in his Park Slope Neighborhood that would cost taxpayers $10,000 annually per sheltered family, with critics noting there were approximately $89 million in unexplained costs that would apparently benefit real estate interests and service providers.
- Lander led the introduction of Participatory Budgeting in City Council, in which individual members of the Council can choose to empower their constituents to vote on the allocation of some of the district funds.
- Lander has promised to factor in climate change and equity when evaluating investment opportunities for the city’s pension funds.
- Lander will divest from fossil fuels.
- Lander will create a dedicated audit team to assess agencies from the lens of sustainability and environmental justice instead of focusing exclusively on the traditional lens of rooting out waste and corruption.
- Lander favors the creation of a public Bank of New York and would channel city deposits through that instead of the private sector banks. Lander says this bank would invest in minorities and women-owned businesses, community land trusts and renewable energy infrastructure.
- Lander is a staunch advocate of placing the homeless in hotels.
- Lander supports defunding the police.
- Lander has been endorsed by progressive Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Congressman Jerry Nadler, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Tiffany Caban, among other Democratic Socialists and members of the Working Families party.
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Serves as the Chief Executive The mayor has the power to appoint and remove the commissioners of more than 40 city agencies including the police, fire, education, sanitation, health and more. The mayor also has full control over the city’s public schools.
Sets budget priorities for billions of dollars The mayor and the City Council determine how city’s money should be allocated, what departments should grow or shrink, which programs should be expanded or contracted and how big the municipal workforce should be.
Manages relationships with state and federal lawmakers The mayor serves as the city’s advocate, champion and negotiator, fostering productive relationships with state and federal lawmakers.
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The office is responsible for the prosecution of violations of New York state laws (federal law violations in Manhattan are prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York).
A DA's duties typically include reviewing police arrest reports, deciding whether to bring criminal charges against arrested people, and prosecuting criminal cases in court. The DA may also supervise other attorneys, called Deputy District Attorneys or Assistant District Attorneys.
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The public advocate is a non-voting member of the New York City Council with the right to introduce and co-sponsor legislation.
The public advocate also serves as an an ombudsman for city government, providing oversight for city agencies, investigating citizens' complaints about city services and making proposals to address perceived shortcomings or failures of those services.
Along with the Mayor and the Comptroller, the public advocate is one of three municipal offices elected by all the city's voters. In the event of a vacancy or incapacity of the mayor, the public advocate is first in line to become mayor.
What do City Council Members do?
From Woodlawn to Coney Island, every neighborhood in New York City is part of a Council District. There are 51 of these Districts, each represented by an elected Council Member.
Council Members Introduce and vote on legislation (proposed laws) having to do with all aspects of City life; negotiate the City's budget with the Mayor and approve its adoption; monitor City agencies such as the Department of Education and the NYPD to make sure they're effectively serving New Yorkers; and review land use and making decisions about the growth and development of our city.
What makes a good Comptroller?
- Complex Managerial Experience — Leads a staff of about 800 employees across all various skill sets including accountants, attorneys, economists, engineers, IT professionals, etc.
- Sound Investment Strategy — Serves as the Chief Investment Officer who has the final say in how the City’s five public pension funds totaling approximately $250 billion in assets are invested.
- Track Record of Transparency & Accountability — Serves as the fiscal “watchdog” — overseeing the auditing team for the entire City, with the power to hold the City accountable when contractors/agencies are falling short. Approves all City contracts and reviews performance.
- Government Experience (City & State) — Understands complex interplay between agencies and lawmakers. Responsible for resolving legal claims on behalf of and against the City.
- Budgeting — Advises the City on any potential developments affecting the city’s fiscal outlook, e.g. relocation of businesses outside NYC, issuing municipal debt. Sets and enforces the prevailing wage.
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Each Borough President advises the mayor on issues relating to their respective borough. They propose legislation, zoning changes, city-wide budget recommendations, and influence direction for land-use. Borough presidents also appoint members to the New York City Planning Commission, and members to other local boards including community boards.