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.