Brad Lander

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.

Qualifications/ Experience

Government (City and State)

  • 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.

Financial/ Business/ Compliance

  • 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.

Managerial Experience

  • 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).

Track Record of Transparency and Accountability

  • 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.

Investment Strategy

  • 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.

Audit Strategy

  • 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.

Miscellaneous Notes

  • 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.
December 19, 2020

Progressive leaders make it their mission to afflict comfortable New Yorkers

June 10, 2020

My commitment to working to defund the NYPD

May 2, 2019

Park Slope Residents Raise Questions About Two New Homeless Shelters

May 28, 2019

535 & 555 4th Avenue Homeless Family Shelters FAQ

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