Build NYC Board Meetings & Public Hearings
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Zachary W. Carter (ex officio)/James McSpiritt (alternate)*
Mr. Carter is the 78th Corporation Counsel of the City of New York. As the chief legal officer of the City, Mr. Carter oversees the Law Department with over 700 attorneys, who represent the City’s interest in thousands of legal matters facing the City. In 1993 he was appointed by President Bill Clinton as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District, the first African-American to hold that office. His office prosecuted the full range of federal criminal cases, including major narcotics, securities fraud and human trafficking. Most notably, Mr. Carter oversaw civil rights prosecutions against police officers in the Abner Louima torture case and against rioters who killed Yankel Rosenbaum during the City’s Crown Heights riots in 1991. Prior to becoming the Corporation Counsel, Mr. Carter was a partner in the firm Dorsey & Whitney. He oversaw the Trial Group at the firm’s New York office and was co-chair of the firm’s White Collar Crime and Civil Fraud practice. Mr. Carter has served as a magistrate judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and as a judge of the New York City Criminal Court. He has served as chairman of the New York City Mayor’s Committee on the Judiciary from 2002 through 2013. Mr. Carter has received the Public Interest Law & Society Award from the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and the Emory Buckner Medal from the Federal Bar Council. He graduated from Cornell University in 1972 and New York University School of Law in 1975.
Ms. Cintron is President of the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (BOEDC), which provides incentives and assistance to new and expanding firms in the Bronx. Among its activities, BOEDC is an SBA 504 lender (only one of two in New York State) as well as being in charge of the Bronx Empowerment Zone fund. Ms. Cintron was previously the Executive Director of the Puerto Rican and Latino Caucus of the New York State Senate and has worked in a variety of roles in the private, not-for-profit, and public sectors. Ms. Cintron received an undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Old Westbury, a Master’s degree from the Fordham University School of Education, and a Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Mr. Cook is the Director of the Bureau of Economic Development in the New York City Comptroller’s Office. The Bureau manages and makes investment recommendations to the New York City Retirement Systems for their Economically Targeted Investment programs and conducts research to build economic development policy. He previously worked at the Manhattan Borough President’s Office as the Director of Land Use, Planning, and Development where he was responsible for the Borough President’s policies and official recommendations on rezoning, development projects, and city map changes. Mr. Cook graduated from New York University for his BA and MPA.
Albert V. De Leon
Mr. De Leon is an attorney/consultant in the financial services industry. He was previously Head of Compliance Advisory & Monitoring with the Zurich Insurance Group-Americas; General Counsel at Dexia Bank’s New York Branch and at Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken’s NY Branch (at each bank he was responsible for US legal, regulatory and compliance matters). He has extensive experience in the financial services industry. Mr. De Leon is a graduate of The City College of New York, where he majored in Political Science and Philosophy, and the University of San Diego School of Law where he received his law degree.
Mr. Doyle is Executive Vice President of 32BJ, the largest property services union in the country. 32BJ represents more than 120,000 property service workers security officers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. To build the union’s membership and increase the union’s strength to win for members and their families, Kevin directs 32BJ’s growth program. He is responsible for directing the work of the local’s three regions to ensure that organizing, contract and political campaigns meet strategic growth goals and build union capacity. He started as an AFSCME member and union steward at Bridgeport Airport. He later joined Local 1199 SEIU as a Political Action Director, Vice President and Pension and Health Fund Director. He attended Fairfield University in Connecticut.
Ms. Feirstein is a Managing Director with AKF Consulting Group, which she formed in April 2002. Previously she was an investment banker with Citigroup’s Municipal Securities Division and she was a bond lawyer with Brown & Wood, now Sidley & Austin. She is a member of the College Savings Foundation and is active in the College Savings Plans Network as the Chair of the CSPN Corporate Affiliate Committee and a member of the Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee. She also serves on the Board of the Corporate Affiliates of the National Association of State Treasurers. Ms. Feirstein graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the University of Virginia School of Law. She is a FINRA-licensed Registered Representative (Series 7) and a Municipal Principal (Series 53).
Anthony C. Ferreri
Mr. Ferreri is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Staten Island University Hospital. An 800-bed, multi-campus teaching hospital, Staten Island University Hospital is the borough’s largest employer and contributes $320 million to that community’s economy. Mr. Ferreri is a graduate of Wagner College in Staten Island, where he studied Social Studies, and Rutgers University, where he earned his Master of Science degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations. He is also a PhD Candidate studying Management at California Coast University in Santa Ana, California. Mr. Ferreri has gained extensive experience in business and leadership development during his 35 years of service as a hospital administrator and human resources executive.
Alicia Glen (ex officio)/Carolee Fink (alternate)*
Ms. Glen is the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development of the City of New York. She was previously the Managing Director and Head of the Urban Investment Group for The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Deputy Mayor Glen was New York’s Assistant Commissioner for Finance at the City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development from 1998 to 2002 and served as an attorney with Brooklyn Legal Services from 1993 to 1996. Deputy Mayor Glen is a graduate of Amherst College and Columbia Law School.
Mr. Haber, at the time of joining New York City Industrial Development Agency in 1986, was a partner and managing partner with Hardesty & Hanover, PC consulting Engineers, New York. He retired in 2001. He is a graduate of The City College of New York and received a degree in Civil Engineering.
Mr. Mirones is a former New York State Assemblyman, having been elected to serve three terms in the state legislature representing the 60th Assembly District. He has since returned to the private sector, where prior to his public service Mr. Mirones was President and CEO of Arimed, Inc. A graduate of New York University, Mr. Mirones is an American Board Certified prosthetist, orthotist, and pedorthist specializing in orthopedic rehabilitation. He is a past President of the National Pedorthic Association and has lectured extensively to the medical community.
“Lucky” Karen Richardson
Lucky is a co-founder and the COO of Lucky’s Real Tomatoes. LRT is New York’s premier specialty tomato purveyor, focusing on American, field-grown, sun-ripened, fresh tomatoes. The company pioneered the “farm to fork” food movement in the 1970’s by harvesting direct from the farm tomatoes for fine dining restaurants in New York and identified a niche market for year round “summer time” tomatoes. LRT developed a wholesale division to include servicing distributors and foodservice operators, first in the Northeast, then expanding nationwide. Lucky designed and executed the marketing strategy for “Lucky” products, to develop the integral brand it is today. She co-instituted internal food safety and traceability systems, years before government regulation. Lucky’s Real Tomatoes is the official tomato supplier for the James Beard House. She was recently featured in The Packer’s “Women in Business” profile and her products have been the subject of numerous articles in many major publications, books and food channel programs, as well as her involvement with the country’s leading culinary schools, such as the CIA in New York and California. Lucky is spearheading dynamic growth with the launch of a nationwide foodservice distribution network to distribute the “Lucky” Brand products and Bejo Seed’s new “Tasti-Lee” brand tomatoes. Her affiliations are United Fresh, The PMA, City Harvest, The Food Bank and The Culinary Institute of America. She is on the Board of Directors of EWVIDCO and serves on the Food Council at St. John’s Bread and Life. She served as a mentor at Covenant House for 10 years and on the Mentor Advisory Board.
Robert D. Santos
Mr. Santos is the Vice President for Campus Planning and Facilities Management at The City College of New York. He oversees all phases of facilities planning and capital projects on the CCNY campus and has managerial responsibility for Physical Plant Services and Campus Security. His career spans a wide-range of senior level appointments in higher education, cultural institutions, municipal government and construction. He joined CCNY from The New York Public Library, where he served as Vice President and Chief Operations Officer. Prior to that, Mr. Santos was Assistant Vice President, Operations with Lehrer McGovern Bovis, Inc. He holds BA degree from the State University of New York and a JD from University of Michigan Law School.
Scott Stringer (ex officio)/Brian Cook (alternate)*
Scott M. Stringer is the New York City Comptroller. He was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1992, representing Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and won election in 2006 as Manhattan Borough President. He was elected Comptroller on November 5, 2013. As a trustee of the New York City Employees Retirement System (NYCERS), Mr. Stringer has worked to protect and grow members’ pension dollars. He has also called for more comprehensive risk assessment and management, and further diversification of pension investments to ensure the fund’s long term sustainability. Mr. Stringer has pushed hard to create economic opportunity for all New Yorkers, and has been a strong advocate for open government and community engagement. He has fought hard for immigrant rights, was one of the first co-sponsors of a 1995 bill in the state assembly to provide marriage equality, and passed landmark legislation protecting victims of domestic violence. He has dedicated himself throughout his public service career to building a strong middle class for the city—focusing on New York City’s fiscal health and issues that matter to working people, including affordable housing, budget reform, school overcrowding, and public safety. Mr. Stringer was born and raised in Washington Heights, where he attended local public schools and graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He and his wife, Elyse, live with their two sons, Maxwell and Miles, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
Carl B. Weisbrod (ex officio)/Barry Dinerstein (alternate)*
Mr. Weisbrod is the Chair of the City Planning Commission. His service in government began in the Lindsay administration, which he joined as a young anti-poverty lawyer at the Department of Relocation. Mr. Weisbrod was appointed by Mayor Koch to spearhead the city’s efforts to transform Times Square, and he also served as the Executive Director of the New York City Department of City Planning, Executive Director of the National Service Program, and Chairman of the New York City Loft Board. As president of New York State’s 42nd Street Development Project, Mr. Weisbrod led the effort to revitalize Times Square. Under Mayor Dinkins, he was the founding president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where he negotiated the United States Tennis Association’s 99-year lease in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park as well as the transaction that brought Harlem its first major supermarket, the Pathmark on 125th Street. Mayor Bloomberg appointed him as a Director of the Trust for Governors Island and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, where he helped lead the post-9/11 recovery of downtown neighborhoods. That tenure overlapped with his 10 years as the founding president of the Alliance for Downtown New York, the largest business improvement district in the nation. He has also served as the head of the real estate division of Trinity Church. Mr. Weisbrod is a former Trustee of the Ford Foundation and the Urban Land Institute. He has been a partner at the firm HR&A since 2011, where he managed the successful rezoning of the Hudson Square area in Manhattan into a dynamic hub for creative industries and new housing, including up to 700 affordable units. He is a graduate of Cornell University and New York University’s School of Law. Mr. Weisbrod currently lives on Roosevelt Island with his wife, Jody Adams, a retired family court judge.
*Alternates may be temporarily replaced for single meetings