Lander was born in Missouri and was raised in St. Louis. Lander received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago, his master’s degree in anthropology from University College London, and his master’s degree in urban planning from the Pratt Institute. Lander has previously worked as a community planner and housing advocate and was the director of the Pratt Center for Community Development and the Fifth Avenue Committee. Lander was elected to represent New York City’s 39th district in the City Council in 2009 and was reelected in 2013. Lander co-founded the Council’s Progressive Caucus and currently serves as the Deputy leader of Policy.
Lander wants to better invest in NYC’s infrastructure by removing waste and saving time. Lander plans on establishing a dedicated capital projects audit team, advocating for a Deputy Mayor for Infrastructure, turning the City’s Ten-Year Capital Strategy into a long-term infrastructure plan, and prioritizing green procurement in the City’s capital program, among other goals.
Lander wants to improve traffic and street safety in NYC by removing the NYPD from routine traffic enforcement, expanding the City’s network of traffic lights and cameras to enforce traffic violations, transferring the Collision Investigation Squad from the NYPD to the Department of Transportation, and decriminalizing minor pedestrian and cyclist infractions to promote sustainable modes of transportation.
Lander plans on continuing to aggressively audit the agencies on Comptroller Stringer’s “watch list” and ensuring more frequent auditing of agencies that have especially large footprints such as the Department of Education and NYPD. In addition, Lander believes in the need for audits that make sure we are “accounting for our values,” such as performance, equity, climate, accessibility, infrastructure, and public health audits.
Lander wants to establish a Strategic Plan for Responsible Fiduciary Investing that will combine maximizing risk-adjusted market returns with investing in NYC’s communities so that the City can increase the amount of money it spends on New Yorkers. Lander also supports the establishment of a NYC Public Bank.
Environmental Reform/Climate Change
Lander plans on establishing a dedicated audit team to assess agencies from a lens of sustainability and environmental justice in addition to creating new climate loans that will assist property owners in transitioning to renewable energy and reducing emissions.
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