Brad Lander

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Brad Lander
Brad Lander 2010.jpg
Member of the New York City Council from the 39th District
Assumed office
January 1, 2010
Preceded byBill de Blasio
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Meg Barnette
Alma materUniversity of Chicago (B.A.), Pratt Institute (M.S.), University College London (MSc)
WebsiteOfficial website

Bradford S. Lander is the Council member for the 39th District of the New York City Council. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

The district includes portions of Boerum Hill, Borough Park, Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Flatbush, Gowanus, Green-Wood Cemetery, Kensington, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Prospect Park, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Red Hook, South Slope, Sunset Park and Windsor Terrace.[1]

Life and career[edit]

A graduate of the University of Chicago where he received the Harry S. Truman Scholarship and he attended University College London on a Marshall Scholarship, and Pratt Institute.

Lander came into public notice as an affordable housing advocate that has negotiated important affordable housing concessions from the administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg in major development projects. He directed the Pratt Center for Community Development (formerly PICCED) and the Fifth Avenue Committee.

He served for a decade as executive director of the Fifth Avenue Committee,[2] a not-for-profit community-based organization that develops and manages affordable housing. As a director, Lander won local and national recognition for his work at FAC including the 2000 New York Magazine Civics Award,[3] and the 2002 Leadership for a Changing World award, sponsored by the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Sustainable Communities.[2]

In 1999 Rolling Stone Magazine awarded Lander the "Do Something Brick Award" for his community work in affordable housing. Other awards from the Ford Foundation, the Fannie Mae Foundation and the University of Chicago were granted throughout his tenure as a director.

Lander is the former Director of the Pratt Center for Community Development.[4] He stepped down after six years as head of the organization to seek a seat on the New York City Council.[5] He teaches community planning, housing, and urban policy at Brooklyn Law School.[6]

As the director of the Pratt Center,[7] Lander has been a critic of the Bloomberg administration's development policies.[8] he has also been a critic of the Atlantic Yards project.[9][10] Lander's work in 2003–2005 on the Greenpoint-Williamsburg rezoning led to the first New York City inclusionary housing program to create affordable housing in new development outside Manhattan.[11] Lander served on a mayoral taskforce that recommended reforms to the 421-a tax exemption for luxury housing and required that new development in certain areas of the city set aside affordable housing units.[12][13] He co-led the completion of the One City One Future platform,[14] a progressive vision for economic development in New York City.[15]

New York City Council[edit]

Lander was first elected to office on the Democratic Party and Working Families Party lines on November 4, 2009, with 70% of the vote. Lander won a hotly contested Democratic Primary on September 15, 2009 with 41% of the vote in a field of five.[16] Lander was reelected on the Democratic and Working Families Parties' lines on November 5, 2013 to serve for a second term. His current term runs from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2017. He holds the title of Deputy Leader for Policy in the Democratic Conference and chairs the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections.

Lander is a co-founder of the Progressive Caucus in the New York City Council, a group that was described by the New York Times as "the City Council’s most liberal members."[17] For his first term, Brad shared the title of Co-Chair of this caucus with his Manhattan colleague Melissa Mark-Viverito, who was unanimously elected Speaker of the City Council in early 2014.[18]

Lander was one of four original Council Members to bring participatory budgeting to New York City, a project that allows citizens to directly propose, develop, and vote on items in the municipal budget.[19] Over half of the 51 New York City Council Districts now engage in Participatory Budgeting.[20]

Lander opposed rezoning the site of Long Island College Hospital to include affordable housing.[21] As of July 2017, he was the primary sponsor of 20 Local Laws enacted by the City Council and signed by the Mayor.[22] In addition to these efforts, Lander played a prominent role in helping shepherd the Community Safety Act to passage, in partnership with Council Member Jumaane Williams.[citation needed]

Election history
Location Year Election Results
NYC Council
District 39
2009 Democratic Primary √ Brad Lander 40.57%
Josh Skaller 24.92%
John L. Heyer II 23.09%
Bob Zuckerman 7.81%
Gary G. Reilly 3.61%
NYC Council
District 39
2009 General √ Brad Lander (D) 70.49%
Joe Nardiello (R) 16.58%
David Pechefsky (Green) 8.87%
George Smith (Conservative) 2.95%
Roger Sarrabo (L) 1.11%
NYC Council
District 39
2013 General √ Brad Lander (D) 91.72%
James Murray (Conservative) 8.09%

Personal life[edit]

Lander has lived in Brooklyn for two decades. His wife, Meg Barnette, is the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Planned Parenthood NYC. He also served as the Housing Chair of Brooklyn Community Board 6, serves on the board of directors of the Jewish Funds for Justice, and is a little league coach in the 78th Precinct Youth Council.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Housing Advocate Brad Lander to Run for DeBlasio's Council Spot – Daily Intel". Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Award Recipients". August 12, 2001. Archived from the original on September 30, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  3. ^ "The New York Awards 2000". December 18, 2000. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  4. ^ "About Brad Lander – Rooflines – National Housing Institute". Rooflines. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  5. ^ Pratt Center official website Archived August 10, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Lander profile at Brooklyn Law School website". Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Pratt Institute". Archived from the original on October 31, 2007. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  8. ^ "Bloomberg reshapes city, despite high profile setbacks". Newsday. New York. April 10, 2008. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  9. ^ Bernstein, Andrea (September 13, 2005). "Developer Has Mixed Record in Brooklyn". WNYC. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  10. ^ "Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn". Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  11. ^ Cardwell, Diane (December 27, 2004). "City Sees Way to Get Mix of Homes on Brooklyn Waterfront". New York Times. New York City. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  12. ^ "Reforming NYC's 421-a Property Tax Exemption Program". Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  13. ^ Adam Lisberg (February 8, 2009). "Real estate board is hammerin' for old tax breaks". Daily News. New York. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  14. ^ "Travel and Car Rentals". Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  15. ^ "The Brian Lehrer Show: One City/One Future". WNYC. May 12, 2009. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  16. ^ "In the 39th District: Lander crushes four rivals • The Brooklyn Paper". September 16, 2009. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  17. ^ Taylor, Kate (2014-01-23). "An Unassuming Liberal Makes a Rapid Ascent to Power Broker". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
  18. ^ Chen, David W. (March 23, 2010). "12 New York City Council Members Form Liberal Bloc". New York Times. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  19. ^ Sangha, Soni (2012-03-30). "For Some New Yorkers, a Grand Experiment in Participatory Budgeting". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  20. ^ "About PBNYC". Participatory Budgeting. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  21. ^ "Brad Lander Comes Out Against Cobble Hill Rezoning for LICH Development". Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  22. ^ Inc., Granicus,. "The New York City Council - Brad S. Lander". Retrieved 2017-07-07.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bill de Blasio
New York City Council, 39th District