Martin Cantor

Director, Long Island Center for Socio-Economic Policy
28 Woodmont Road, Melville, New York 11747
Tel: (631) 491-1388
Fax: (631) 491-6744



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: Vice-Chair-Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency; 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; Chief Economist for Destination LI; 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 columnist for Long Island Business Journal and Networking Newspaper for Women; 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; an analyses of taxpayer costs 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, oversaw the construction of the Suffolk County Jail in Yaphank and financed the $70 million purchase/leaseback of the Dennison Building to Suffolk County.  He provides economic and business commentary on television and radio; was 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, 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 Long Island, The Global Economy and Race: The Aging of America’s First Suburb, and is paper Retention of Long Island Millennials at a Community College: Are They College Ready? appeared in the international peer-reviewed Journal for Leadership and Instruction.

In 2020 he was inducted into the Long Island Business Hall of Fame and was a winner of the 2021 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Innovation for his weekly appearances on News 12’s “The New Normal” during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

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