Brian Cook is the Assistant Comptroller for Economic Development in the Economic Development Bureau in the Office of the New York City Comptroller, a Board member of the New York City Banking Commission, a delegate to the Community Investment Advisory Board and a Board member of the New York City Industrial Development Agency and its related non-profit BuildNYC. Mr. Cook oversees the Bureau responsible for analyzing inducements for industrial and commercial expansions; reviewing neighborhood development proposals; supporting New York City Business Improvement Districts; evaluating and approving property tax rebate and lean policy; and designating banks for New York City deposit. Additionally, the Bureau makes recommendations to the five New York City Retirement Systems on Economically Targeted Investments, which are investments that are designed to have positive collateral benefits for low-, middle and moderate income New Yorkers. Finally, the Bureau advises the Comptroller’s office on policies related to construction, affordable housing, development, and urban planning.
Prior to assuming this position, Mr. Cook was the Director of Land Use, Planning and Development for the Manhattan Borough President. His duties included overseeing making recommendations on discretionary changes to zoning, land use or environmental law; overseeing the Borough President’s community planning initiatives; training community members in zoning and land use law; negotiating with developers for impact mitigation including public parks and affordable housing; and issuing policy reports on New York City’s development.
Mr. Cook is a graduate of New York University where he received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Metropolitan Studies and a Masters of Public Administration.