About Ben


Like many of his fellow New Yorkers, Ben saw last year’s presidential election as a troubling reminder that the survival of progressive, democratic values requires a dedicated and active grassroots leadership. He understands that confronting the challenges facing our country in the coming years will require enthusiastic and principled engagement by all Americans, especially those who have not been previously involved in organized politics. To build the local infrastructure necessary to re-energize the progressive movement in New York, Ben has decided to run for office for the first time. He is contesting the race for party District Leader against a long-time incumbent with the hope of building an accessible and active Democratic Party.

Though a newcomer to electoral politics, Ben has had an extensive career in public service. He was born and raised here on the Upper East Side and moved back to the neighborhood in 2016. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University, Ben spent three years working for the State Division of the Budget in Albany. There, he helped lead efforts to streamline the State bureaucracy and deliver better performance for New Yorkers from their government. He now works as a senior policy analyst at the State Division of Housing and Community Renewal developing affordable housing policy and working to improve the enforcement of the State’s tenant protection and rent stabilization laws.

Over the past year, Ben has committed to activism and political organizing: coordinating events to connect residents of the 76th Assembly District with their elected officials in Washington, advocating for a pedestrian-friendly and transit-oriented neighborhood before the Community Board 8 Transportation Committee, leading outreach on climate and environmental activism for Indivisible Upper East Side, and joining the Four Freedoms Democratic Club’s executive board.

  • Upcoming events

    Third Week of Petitioning
    Monday, June 19, 2017 at 07:00 AM through June 23, 2017 · 1 rsvp

    We had another really great week of petitioning. Despite Saturday's bad weather, the whole community turned out for Roosevelt Island Day. All our hard-working volunteers have been on the street day and night getting us closer to our goal of collecting 1,500 signatures. If you couldn't make it, check out the schedule below and sign up for a shift this week.


    • Monday AM - 72nd and 2nd (outside the Q station)
    • Monday PM - 72nd and 1st (Morton Williams)
    • Tuesday AM - 68th and 2nd (M15 SBS stop)
    • Tuesday PM - 65th and 1st (Gristedes)
    • Wednesday AM - 72nd and 2nd (outside the Q station)
    • Wednesday PM - BREAK
    • Thursday AM - 68th and 2nd (M15 SBS stop)
    • Thursday PM - Roosevelt Island (outside the F station)
    • Friday AM - 72nd and 2nd (outside the Q station)
    • Friday PM - BREAK
    • Saturday AM - 66th Street Farmers Market (I'll be there all morning. Feel free to only come for a little).
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