About Brian

Brian Benjamin was born in Harlem to an immigrant mother who had come to this country with hopes for a better future for her son. Brian has always believed in New York City as a place where anybody can achieve their dreams, and after earning a degree in Public Policy from Brown and a Master’s in Business from Harvard, Brian returned to Harlem to start his career.

Brian gained crucial insight into financial management by working as an investment advisor at Morgan Stanley before deciding to apply his skillset for the greater public good. Working at a minority-owned business to build affordable housing, Brian helped create over one thousand affordable and environmentally sustainable units, all while helping young people develop work skills and secure good construction jobs through community youth programs.

Elected to represent Harlem and the Upper West Side in the State Senate in 2017, Brian has distinguished himself as a leader in criminal justice reform and tenant protections. Brian sponsored a bill to prevent landlords from drastically increasing rent on rent-stabilized apartments, and he successfully fought to divest New York's public pension funds from for-profit prisons.

Brian is ready to apply his passion for making New York a just and affordable place to live and his financial expertise to the position of New York City Comptroller.

Brian lives with his wife and daughter in Harlem.

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Brian's Vision

Retiree Investments Must Be Protected

Brian's parents are former city employees who depend on their city pensions for their retirement; pensions just like those the Comptroller is the custodian of. He knows New York City's Comptroller has an extremely important job that directly affects the financial future of every New Yorker. Managing a pension system valued at over $199 billion and working to maximize returns for pensioners is central to the job, and Brian is well-prepared to step up to this task on day one.

PROPER INVESTMENTS SHOULD REFLECT OUR VALUES

As State Senator, Brian successfully fought to divest New York’s public pension funds from private prisons. As Comptroller, Brian will direct New York City investments into the kinds of companies that are leading us into a better future–such as those focused on renewable energy sources and investing in companies that create real affordable housing; including for the ever increasing homeless population.

To facilitate this investing power, Brian is proposing that New York City create a Public Bank. In addition to fighting to lower the number of unbanked and underbanked New Yorkers and contracting with M/WBEs, this Bank could undertake lending programs that private banks are less interested in undertaking, such as a worker cooperatives, capital to build units of lower-income and senior affordable housing, and mortgages to new homeowners.

USING OUR PENSION FUND TO FORCE REFORM

Wall Street can’t ignore the values of a $199 billion investor, but all too often New York has passively accepted the decisions of management in the companies we invest. Brian will push banks to disclose more about their lending practices and demand that companies New York invests in have gender and ethnic diversity in their board rooms, contract with minority and women-owned businesses, as well as have acceptable pay equity and non-discrimination policies for all employees.

RIGOROUS OVERSIGHT OF NEW YORK CITY AGENCIES AND DEPARTMENTS

When a beloved Harlem public school for the arts was slated for partial closure after receiving extra taxpayer funding, Brian wanted to know what had happened. He wanted to know how the money was spent and what metrics were used to determine that the school should close. After conversations with parents, teachers, and agency officials, Brian recommended a collaborative innovative solution that saved the school which is now thriving.

He’ll use that same rigorous approach as Comptroller to maximize oversight of agencies like NYCHA, the MTA, and the Department of Education on behalf of tenants, commuters, and parents because Brian understands that the act of spending more money on our priorities isn’t the only measure of success. We need to spend money effectively, in a way that measurably improves the lives of NYC residents. Every dollar that New York spends is an investment in our future and should be treated with the utmost respect.

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(HARLEM, NY) Today, State Senator Brian A. Benjamin announced his campaign for New York City Comptroller has raised $195,386 ....

(HARLEM, NY) Today, State Senator Brian A. Benjamin announced his campaign for New York City Comptroller has raised $195,386 ....

The May 25 death of George Floyd – a Minneapolis man who suffocated with a policeman’s knee on his neck – has mobilized the ....

The May 25 death of George Floyd – a Minneapolis man who suffocated with a policeman’s knee on his neck – has mobilized the ....

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Digital Media Solutions (DMS), alongside the office of New York State Sen. Brian A. Benjamin and the First Corinthian Baptist ....

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Protests Flare While the President Calls for Violence; State Sen. Brian Benjamin; Ask the Mayor; Dating in the Pandemic ....

State Senator Brian Benjamin joined the show to discuss the New York State and City fiscal crises brought about by the COVID ....

State Senator Brian Benjamin joined the show to discuss the New York State and City fiscal crises brought about by the COVID ....

Three days after a woman angrily confronted a man in Central Park and then called police claiming “there’s an African America ....

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Three days after a woman angrily confronted a man in Central Park and then called police claiming “there’s an African America ....

Brian Benjamin is introducing the bill in the wake of viral video of a white woman calling the cops on a black man in Central ....

Brian Benjamin is introducing the bill in the wake of viral video of a white woman calling the cops on a black man in Central ....

Democratic New York City Comptroller candidate Brian Benjamin has raised more than $260,000 in the last three ....

Democratic New York City Comptroller candidate Brian Benjamin has raised more than $260,000 in the last three ....

Democratic New York City Comptroller candidate Brian Benjamin has raised more than $260,000 in the last three ....

Democratic New York City Comptroller candidate Brian Benjamin has raised more than $260,000 in the last three ....

ALBANY — State Sen. Brian Benjamin is setting his sights on the city comptroller’s office. The Harlem ....

ALBANY — State Sen. Brian Benjamin is setting his sights on the city comptroller’s office. The Harlem ....

The 2021 primary for New York City Comptroller may be 21 months away, but there are already three declared Democratic ....

The 2021 primary for New York City Comptroller may be 21 months away, but there are already three declared Democratic ....

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