Ben Kallos has demonstrated an excellent ability to combine idealism with pragmatism, and we believe he will be a competent and capable borough president.
Ben Kallos is a leader whose policies have earned our support. He cares about residents & always speaks up for marginalized communities, whether it is securing health and safety repairs for NYCHA tenants or passing Local Law 64.
Afura Atta-Mensah, Esq
Executive Director, Community Voices Heard Power!
When we met Kallos during the 2013 election, he began working on our platform before he was even elected into office. Within weeks of attending our forum, he had convened meetings with city agencies to discuss allowing indie theater artists accessing publicly owned space. Once elected, he introduced the CitySpaces legislation. He has also co-sponsored the Commercial Rent Stabilization bill. He has been a strong ally ever since.
A lifelong tenant, Ben Kallos grew up with a single mom, living with his grandparents who fled anti-Semtism. As Co-Chair of the City Council Progressive Caucus, he has fought corruption, authoring laws to get big money out of politics, put thousands of affordable homes back on the market, and help house our City’s homeless. He’s funded over 1,600 new school seats, $874 million for resilient parks, and new trash cans to clean up New York City. As a lead sponsor on the Climate Mobilization Act, he is working to use buildings as a key weapon in the fight against climate change. Kallos is proud to have partnered with AIANY and is working to introduce legislation to replace “low-bid” procurement for contracts, including design work, to place greater weight on qualifications and other performance metrics. Endorsed by the New York Times in 2013 for his "fresh ideas," he has plans for an equitable recovery to win a Manhattan for all of us. He has won more than 80 endorsements, including from Congresswoman Maloney, Carpenters, Bus Drivers, and Nurses, and is extremely honored to be endorsed by AIANY.
A- Ben Kallos - [Kallos] strikes us - through his track record of votes and op-eds -of being fairly well aligned with the Human-Scale vision for the city and we think his longer record shows he does understands how to defend Manhattan from the forces of overdevelopment that are lining up here in the city waiting to be unleashed in the next administration. He wrote: “Most Council Members have used member deference to upzone to print money for developers and fill their campaign coffers over the objections of their communities. I’ve been widely criticized for “breaking”member deference by using it to protect my districts from the march of supertall buildings across billionaires row into residential districts.” He is also has a track record of being a good government reformer with many long and detailed documents outlining ideas on how to improve the functioning of city government.