Rajkumar and state committee members are rallying behind Kallos for his record on reform
New York, NY - Today Council Member Ben Kallos received the endorsement of New York State Assemblymember-Elect Jenifer Rajkumar in his race for Manhattan Borough President. Rajkumar identified Kallos’ history of standing up for women and people of color as well as his courage in fighting corruption in government for her endorsement. Rajkumar is the first South Asian American elected to the New York State Assembly. State Committee Members Conrad Foa and Tamika Mapp highlighted Kallos' wins for tenants and on campaign finance reform.
“Ben Kallos has been a champion for immigrants, women and the disenfranchised during his time in the City Council," said New York State Assemblymember-Elect Jenifer Rajkumar. “He stands out for his political courage, advocating for what's right even when it’s hard. He has tremendous work ethic, tirelessly serving the people. As the first South Asian American woman elected to the New York State Assembly, I know the importance of having allies like Ben in the fight for equity.”
This week Council Member Ben Kallos became the only candidate in the race for Manhattan Borough President to qualify for matching public funds payment. With a payment of over $460,000 based on New York City’s 8 to 1 matching campaign finance program, Kallos is demonstrating he has grassroots support from New York City residents making small dollar donations.
This week local state committee members also endorsed Kallos:
"Ben Kallos is a reform Democrat who has been assiduously pressing for campaign finance reform for over a decade. Ben can be credited as the driving force to pass full matching public funds legislation for candidates for NYC elective offices," said Conrad Foa, New York State Committee Member for the 73rd Assembly District, and 30+ year member of the Lexington Democratic Club. "I watched Ben work his way up from Chief of Staff to former NYS Assembly Member Jonathan Bing to a NYC Council Member. I have seen what he can do, and I know what he is capable of doing, so, without reservation, I endorse Ben Kallos for Manhattan Borough President. Ben's record evidences his tireless caring about our community. Ben has successfully fought against inappropriate overdevelopment in our community. There are many, many issues that Ben has stood for, that are important to those of us who live in Manhattan. I know that Ben has already forged the relationships that will enable him to work successfully for us. Manhattanites need Ben Kallos."
“Ben Kallos is the best person to represent the people of Manhattan,” said State Committeewoman Tamika Mapp. “Ben has proven during his time in the City Council that he will stand up to landlords and real estate interests to support tenants, as a renter himself. He has brought more school seats to his district, funded safety and enrichment projects at schools, and advocated for the health and safety of students, teachers, and administrators during the COVID-19 pandemic. Manhattan needs a Borough President with the heart and moral compass that Ben has.”
Tamika Mapp is the State Committeewoman for the 68th Assembly District. Tamika is a small business owner, serving as CEO for East Harlem Tax Services, a member of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, and a mentor to small businesses. Tamika has spent her life serving others. She is a veteran of the US Army, PTA President, and Girl Scout Leader.
City Council Member Ben Kallos currently enjoys endorsements from Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Environmental Chair and Council Member Costa Constantinides, and Former Public Advocate Mark Green for his run for Manhattan Borough President. Seventy four labor unions have endorsed Kallos including, ATU 1181, Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 1 & Local 7, Carpenters Local 1556, 157, 20, 212, 2287, 2790, 45, 740 & 926, CWA Local 1101, Heat and Frost Insulators Local 12, IUOE Local 1, 14, 15, 211, 30, 891 & 92, Iron Workers Local 197, 361, 40 & 580, Laborers Local 1010, 108, 147, 18A, 20, 6A, 731, 78 & 79, Mason Tenders District Council, Metallic Lathers and Reinforcing Iron Workers Local 46, NYC and Vicinity District Council of Carpenters and Joiners of America, NYC Coalition of Operating Engineers, New York Concrete Workers’ District Council, New York Professional Nurses Union, New York State Iron Workers District Council, New York State Laborers’ Political Action Committee, Organization of Staff Analysts, Pavers & Roadbuilders District Council, Sheet Metal Workers Local 28, Steamfitters Local 638, and Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2.