As lifelong tenant Ben knows what it's like to have his rent spiked to force his family out during a difficult high risk pregnancy. Living through this pandemic in a market-rate one-bedroom with his wife, daughter, and cat, Ben knows first hand that despite all the vacant apartments everyone is talking about New York City still has an affordable housing crisis.
Real estate developers get billions in tax breaks, corrupt politicians get thousands in contributions, and tenants pay for it all. That's why Ben has always refused big money from real estate developers, corporations, and lobbyists. This has freed Ben to fight to build or preserve affordable housing, against the displacement of affordable housing by overdevelopment, and for tenants:
Hundreds of thousands of affordable homes will now be available for re-rental thanks to a law Ben wrote, with 6,000 affordable homes built or preserved on city land under his oversight and 1,000 affordable apartments built or preserved in his district alone. We’ve also won the first-of-its-kind, community-led rezoning to stop Billionaire's Row then gone on to rezone residential neighborhoods throughout the city to stop the construction of buildings with empty voids that only serve to give billionaires better views. Ben even wrote the law to turn down the volume on after-hours construction.