New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Leaders & Activists

Clayton Banks, co-founder of Silicon Harlem

Clayton Banks, co-founder of Silicon Harlem

"The next Manhattan Borough President must embrace technology to ensure our digital transformation creates opportunities for all. Ben Kallos is the only candidate or elected official who has a background in computer science and humanized technology. Ben's  values and is advocacy for inclusive goals ensure we collectively prepare for the future," said Clayton Banks, co-founder of Silicon Harlem.

"Ben Kallos is calling out racism when he sees it whether in our public school textbooks, how the city is distributing iPads, or with the digital divide," continued Banks, who co-authored an op-ed proposing replacing racist textbooks with culturally responsive digital texts to save $82 million. "I am endorsing Ben Kallos for Manhattan Borough President because of his evidence-based, data-informed approach to lead Manhattan and improve the quality of life for all."

Tamika Mapp, State Committee Member, 68th Assembly District

Tamika Mapp, State Committee Member, 68th Assembly District

“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.

Conrad Foa, State Committee Member, 73rd Assembly District

Conrad Foa, State Committee Member, 73rd Assembly District

"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."

Chuck Nice, Comedian, Environmental Activist, and Co-Host of StarTalk

Chuck Nice, Comedian, Environmental Activist, and Co-Host of StarTalk

“Climate change is no joking matter and I’m a comedian. We can’t keep ignoring the world around us, our forest burning, and the rising sea level. The party might keep going, but you better know how to swim. I am endorsing Ben Kallos for Manhattan Borough President because he knows we have a climate emergency and will use an evidence-based approach to fighting climate change,” said Chuck Nice, comedian, environmental activist, and frequent co-host of StarTalk.

Environmental Activist, Writer, Actor, standup comedian, radio and TV personality Chuck Nice, was recently delighted to deliver a TED talk, on the main stage of the Vancouver conference, regarding the unintended consequence of future tech and human interaction. Currently, he is the co-host of Star Talk with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, one of the top five science podcasts on the globe, and is seen regularly on the Today Show. He is also the founder of “Shhh, It’s Real!” (Climate Campaign), utilizing entertainment as a means of spurring climate action in the everyday lives of citizens.

Captain Planet Co-Creator Barbara Pyle

Captain Planet Co-Creator Barbara Pyle

"Ben Kallos is a leader, a true advocate, and a fighter not only for the environment and sustainability but also for social justice. I'm very proud to know Ben and it is my honor to endorse him for Manhattan Borough President," said Barbara Pyle, co-creator of Captain Planet and the Planeteers. "When we created Captain Planet and the Planeteers 30 years ago, our mission was to inspire and empower a new generation of environmentally literate leaders. Ben is exactly the kind of person our program hoped to inspire: Planeteers that would go on to be in politics and in positions of power where they can make a difference for the betterment of the planet. Seeing the work Ben has done and what he represents in New York City is a dream come true for me. I am impressed with his commitment and I could not imagine a better Borough President. New York City is lucky to have him. He gives me hope for the future and is an ideal role model for today's young people to not only walk to the ballot box, but to run, run for office, that is."

Environmental Activist, filmmaker, executive producer, photographer and TV executive Barbara Pyle spent two decades as CNN’s environmental editor. In 1989, Barbara and Ted Turner co-created the animated action adventure series Captain Planet and the Planeteers. Broadcast in over 100 countries to popular and critical acclaim Captain Planet still maintains a dedicated international fan base. The Barbara Pyle Foundation. Its mission is “to use media in all its forms to make the world a better place and empower people to protect the planet.”