Martin R. Cantor has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, a Master of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Hofstra University focusing on the socio-economic relationships between education, household income, community and workforce development, and a Doctor of Education Degree from Dowling College. He has served as Suffolk County Economic Development Commissioner (New York State’s largest suburban county), brought Computer Associates to Suffolk County, and created over 23,000 jobs with an estimated $1.4 billion annual payroll economic impact. He has served as: Chief Economist-New York State Assembly Subcommittee for the Long Island Economy; Senior Fellow at the White Plains, New York based Institute for Socioeconomic Studies – a public policy think tank concentrating on poverty in America and senior citizen quality of life; Chair and Chief Economist of the Long Island Development Corp; a building trades labor/management arbitrator; a consultant to the Nassau Interim Financial Authority; a faculty member in the Brooklyn College Department of Economics; Executive Director of the Patchogue Village Business Improvement District; and Director of Economic Development and Chief Economist for Sustainable Long Island, and the Long Island Fund for Sustainable Development, providing financial, technical assistance to businesses and not-for-profit organizations His work is included in the National Tax Rebate-A New America With Less Government, and has prepared downtown revitalization plans for Long Island and New York City neighborhoods featuring arts districts, economic restructuring, waterfront projects and community organizing. He was the architect of the Nassau County Comptroller’s debt restructuring plan for resolving Nassau County’s fiscal crisis; has been a Long Island Business Journal columnist; has authored: federal, state and local legislation; economic impact analyses; analysis of Long Island’s economic, demographic, employment, tax, and educational bases; a convention center feasibility study; taxpayer cost of acquiring open space; and health care reform; and Director of Dowling College’s Long Island Economic and Social Policy Institute; and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Economics
He is a Certified Public Accountant in private practice; Director of the Long Island Center for Socio-Economic Policy, a consulting economist and economic development consultant to public officials, counties, towns, villages, Industrial Development Agencies, and communities; and Chairman of the Suffolk County Judicial Facilities Agency which financed the acquisition of the Cohalan State Court Complex and the construction of the Suffolk County Jail in Yaphank. He provides economic and business commentary on television and radio; is Co-host of Focus 55, a public affairs program on Channel 55, is a columnist for the Long Island Business News, Long Island’s largest business weekly, and Networking Newspaper for Women, has appeared in the New York Times, Newsday, and LI Pulse, and has been syndicated nationally by Newsday, Bridge News and Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service. He is an Honorary Member of Delta Mu Delta – The National Honor Society in Business Administration and has been recognized by the National Association of Counties for innovative uses of Industrial Revenue Bonds, for international trade promotion initiatives, for downtown revitalization policies, and for minority business incubator initiatives. He was invited by Dr. William Julius Wilson of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government to present his paper entitled Race Neutral Sustainable Economic Development. He is the author of the recently published Long Island, The Global Economy and Race: The Aging of America’s First Suburb.