Ex-Forest City officials Bender and Cantone launch consulting office, cite "existing and future clients"
Dear Friends & Colleagues,
After more than a decade at Forest City, we are proud to announce the formation of Bender Cantone Consulting Inc., a full service public affairs firm specializing in governmental relations, public policy, political consulting, strategic communications and community outreach.
Using our combined 40 years of experience in public service and 20 years in the private sector, we will offer clients comprehensive and innovative approaches to solving complex problems.
Over the last decade, we have developed and implemented successful public affairs strategies for some of the City and State’s most visible development projects, and we look forward to utilizing this experience for the benefit of our existing and future clients.
Many thanks to our friends and colleagues for all their support over the years, and we look forward to seeing and hearing from you all soon.
We can be reached at 347-328-1088, or firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Bruce R. Bender
Bruce is a public affairs veteran having served as a senior governmental official as well as a private sector executive. At FCRC, one of the foremost urban real estate developers in the New York metropolitan area, Bruce oversaw government, media and community affairs including comprehensive PR strategies for some of the largest projects in the NYC metropolitan area. A 25 year government professional, he was Chief of Staff for the Speaker of the New York City Council and responsible for overseeing the City’s legislative and budgetary processes and served as the chief negotiator with the Mayor's Office. Bruce has managed and consulted countless local, city- and state-wide political campaigns over the course of his career. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from NYU and a Masters in Public Policy from the New School for Social Research.
Scott C. Cantone
An experienced government executive and attorney with 15 years of public service, Scott served in both the administrations of New York City Mayors Bloomberg and Giuliani. He served in the cabinet of Mayor Giuliani where he was responsible for overseeing the administration's federal, state and city legislative affairs and was Special Counsel to the Deputy Mayor for Operations. As First Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), Scott was the Chief Operating Officer of a City agency responsible for managing the city’s real estate portfolio, citywide procurement, and the civil service system. Most recently, Scott was an executive at Forest City Ratner Companies where he developed comprehensive public relations strategies and managed government, community and media affairs. Scott has also held numerous positions with the State Legislature in Albany and has managed and consulted many local, city- and state-wide political campaigns. He holds a Juris Doctor from the City University of New York School of Law and a BA in Political Science and Communications from the State University of New York at Albany.