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.