2013 Voter Guide

Candidates for 39th City Council District

* If there is an asterisk next to a candidate's name, s/he did not submit a profile or record a video.
Brad Lander
Democratic, Working Families

Party Enrolled In: Democratic

Current Occupation: Brad Lander represents Brooklyn's 39th District in the New York City Council.

Previous Occupation(s): Brad directed the Pratt Center for Community Development, where he helped communities plan for equitable development and the Fifth Avenue Committee where he redeveloped dozens of neighborhood buildings into affordable housing.

Education: Brad holds a Masters from Pratt Institute and University College London, and a Bachelors degree from the University of Chicago.

Organizational Affiliations: Brad is a founding co-chair of the City Council's Progressive Caucus, which fights for good jobs, equitable development, and investments in public schools, transportation, and the safety net.

Prior Public Experience: na

1. What is the most important issue in Council District 39 you would address if elected?

Brad's top priority is to advance a more broadly-shared prosperity in New York City by rebuilding our city's public infrastructure through a forward-thinking public works program that invests in NYC, creates good jobs, and makes the city more resilient and livable.


2. What other important issues would you address if elected?

Promote smart investments in vital services like early childhood education, public schools, public safety, libraries and parks. Build a better city by addressing our affordable housing crisis, advancing the health and well-being of New Yorkers across the income spectrum and making the city a model for confronting and preventing climate change. Promoting equal justice under the law and ensuring city government is accountable, democratic and open to public participation.


3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?

Brad worked with Park Slope neighbors to form the Friends of Park Slope Library; with Windsor Terrace residents to keep their grocery store; with Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens community members to win traffic safety improvements; and with Kensington neighbors to open a youth-run farmers market. He has successfully fought to guarantee paid sick days for one million New Yorkers who didn't have them before. Brad brought "participatory budgeting" to New York City, which empowers residents to decide how to spend public money. Brad is committed to fight for the resources our public schools need, allocated over $4 million for new technology and facility upgrades in local schools and opposed the overuse of high-stakes testing.


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Party Key
  • C = Conservative
  • D = Democratic
  • WF = Working Families