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Charles Lesnick, Esq.
Chuck Lesnick has been involved in economic development and government for over 25 years with former Governor Mario Cuomo, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, the City of Yonkers, the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development and in the private sector as an executive with several property management and affordable housing development corporations. In his practice of law he specializes in historic tax benefits and other programs that make possible the adaptive re-use of old buildings.
Chuck Lesnick also presides over the City Council of New York’s fourth largest City with 200,000 residents and a budget in excess of $800 million. As Yonkers City Council President, Chuck is also a voting member of all standing committees of the City Council (chairing Rules and Budget and formerly co-Chairing Real Estate and Education), the Board of Contract and Supply, the Empire Zone Advisory Board and the Community Development Agency (CDA). Chuck actively promotes economic development in Yonkers. As the former Director of Economic Development for the City of Yonkers, Chuck fought to secure funds to begin the waterfront redevelopment and restoration of the historic downtown pier.
Chuck’s contacts in government span the region and beyond. He is the immediate past President of the Westchester Municipal Officials Association where he helped lead the Westchester Collaborative Assessment Commission to examine tax assessment practices in 43 assessing jurisdictions. He is the NYS Chairman of the Democratic Municipal Officials.
A highly qualified leader and planner, Chuck holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Yale, a Masters in Urban & Regional Plan¬ning from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs at Princeton and a J.D. from the NYU School of Law.
Longtime Yonkers community activists, he and his wife, Dr. Beth Schorr-Lesnick, have two daughters, Ariel, a Wesleyan Sophomore and Emily, a recent graduate of Macalester College.