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Seth Pinsky

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Seth Pinsky was appointed president of the NYCEDC in 2008 by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, having joined the agency in 2003 as a vice president. During his tenure, NYCEDC became an international leader in the field of economic development, focusing both on transforming the city's underlying economy and investing in its critical infrastructure.

Among the initiatives advanced by NYCEDC under Pinsky's leadership were the redevelopment of Willets Point in Queens, Coney Island in Brooklyn, the Homeport in Staten Island, and the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx, as well as the creation of a major new bioscience research park on City-owned land, north of Bellevue Hospital. Under Pinsky, NYCEDC also managed the construction of the first two phases of the High Line in Manhattan, launched the new East River Ferry service connecting Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan and is advancing plans for the world's largest observation wheel in St. George in Staten Island.

In the area of economic modernization, under Pinsky, NYCEDC created the Center for Economic Transformation (CET), which, in addition to launching a network of business incubators across the City that today house more than 600 companies, developed and oversaw the Bloomberg Administration's international Applied Sciences NYC competition. The Applied Sciences competition will result in a significant expansion of Columbia University's engineering school, as well as the creation of a new engineering institute in Downtown Brooklyn led by NYU that will include CUNY, Carnegie Mellon University and others. It will also result in the creation of a $2 billion engineering campus on Roosevelt Island, being developed by Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

Most recently, Pinsky served as Director of Mayor Bloomberg's Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, which developed a $20 billion plan to help neighborhoods stricken by Hurricane Sandy to rebuild smarter and stronger and to protect critical citywide systems and infrastructure from the likely impacts of climate change in coming decades. While at NYCEDC, Pinsky served as a lead negotiator on behalf of New York City for projects ranging from Yankee Stadium and Citifield, to the World Trade Center, to the acquisition of Hunters Point South in Queens, the largest middle-income housing development in the City since Starrett City.

Prior to joining the NYCEDC, Pinsky was an associate at the law firm of Cleary Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in the Real Estate practice and a financial analyst at James D. Wolfensohn Inc. He is a graduate of Columbia College, where he majored in Ancient History, and of Harvard Law School.

Appearances on CUNY TV

BrianLehrer.tv

BuildingNY:NYStories

CityWide

CUNY TV Presents ABNY

Eldridge & Co.

The Stoler Report-New York's Business Report