Who We Are

BGI Staff

Brian McCormickDirector of Development and Administration

Brian hails from Mystic, CT, and moved to NYC in 1990 and has lived in the Columbia Street Waterfront District for many years. Brian is naturally drawn to the water as a source of inspiration and fun! In his spare time, Brian writes poetry and music, is a big fan of Big Band Music, and has a passion for Brooklyn’s architectural, social and topographical history with a focus on the waterfront.

Milton PuryearDirector of Project Development

Milton works with public agencies and private interests to implement the Greenway. In his former career he was an investment analyst. He has always valued nature and active recreation including cycling, swimming and kayaking. Milton is also the project manager for the restoration of the Mill River and the creation of Mill River Park & Greenway in Stamford, CT.

Gabriel Rodriguez, Communications and Events Manger

Gabriel manages BGI’s events, communications and membership program and also oversees BGI’s volunteers corps of over 800 strong. Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico Gabriel moved to NYC in 2008, starting his professional career in the non-profit Policy and Advocacy sector where he worked for the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families. In 2011, Gabriel started his own events and management agency before shifting his focus to more local and grass roots work.


  • Harry Kaplan, Information Technology
  • Leigh Guldig, Graphic Design
  • Joseph Herscher, Web Development
  • Ten Key Pros, Bookkeeping and Accounting

Board of Directors

  • Mikiyon Alexander
  • Michael Cairl
  • Scott Demel
  • Laurie Ginsberg
  • Daniel Kay
  • Annette Lang
  • Rich Miller
  • Sumner Pingree
  • Robert Pirani
  • Michael Porto
  • Milton Puryear
  • Amy E. Turner
  • Ted Weissberg


Throughout the planning process for the Greenway, BGI has negotiated for and secured property commitments from both public agencies and private owners, including:

  • NYC Department of Transportation
  • NYC Department of Parks & Recreation
  • The Port Authority of NY & NJ
  • NYC Economic Development Corporation
  • Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons

Government and Civic Partners

  • NYC Department of Design & Construction
  • NYC Department of Environmental Protection
  • Congresswoman Nydia M. Velazquez
  • NYS Senator Daniel Squadron
  • NYS Assemblywoman Joan Millman
  • NYS Assemblyman Joseph Lentol
  • NYC Council Member Brad Lander
  • NYC Council Member Steve Levin
  • NYC Council Member Letitia James
  • The Office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams
  • The Horticultural Society of New York
  • The Green School
  • Red Hook Community Justice Center
  • And more…