Like many of his fellow New Yorkers, Ben saw the 2016 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. Ben decided in 2017 to run for office for the first time, contesting the race for party District Leader against a long-time incumbent and won a landslide victory with overwhelming community and grassroots support.
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.
To learn more about what he stands for you can read the platform Ben ran on or take a look at the periodic progress reports he posts on his work building the Party here on the East Side. And be sure to sign up for his email list, "like" his page on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter.