2017 Endorsements

Democratic Club

Tonight SDNYC's membership reviewed requests from more than 70 candidates seeking the Club's endorsement in the 2017 municipal elections, including the 45+ candidates that attended this evening's endorsement meeting to speak directly with our members about their commitment to the LGBT community and we are pleased to announce that our members voted to endorse the following candidates:

* Council District 5 -- Ben Kallos


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Ben Kallos - New York City Council, District 5

The well-being of New Yorkers has been a top priority to Council Member Kallos since his election in 2013. He has authored, supported, and sponsored various pieces of legislation to make this priority a reality. In his next term, Kallos will be working on a bill dealing with organic waste. He would also like to see the expansion of bike share to Roosevelt Island, a part of his his district that is currently not served by this type of program.

"Our cities can help save the planet, using efficiencies of city living to lower our carbon imprints," said Council Member Ben Kallos, who has received an average score of 98 out of 100 spanning three years of the NYLCV Environmental Scorecard. "From more public transit riders to expanding bike share, reducing our waste stream, and retrofitting city skyscrapers that generate the bulk of New York City's green house gases, we as a city can do so much to do our part and lead the way. I am grateful to NYLCV for their partnership in passing laws to protect our environment and their 'seal of confidence' in all that we can do together with another four years."


StreetsPAC Announces Initial 2017 City Council Endorsements

StreetsPAC Announces Initial 2017 City Council Endorsements

“We’re excited to offer our first endorsements of 2017 to a diverse and impressive roster of candidates, all of whom are dedicated to making New York City’s streets safer and our transit system better,” said Eric McClure, Executive Director of StreetsPAC. “We look forward to helping elect, or re-elect, each and every one of them to the City Council.”

“Interest in safe, complete streets, and in subways and buses that run reliably, are more important to New Yorkers than ever before,” said Hilda Cohen, a founding member of StreetsPAC’s board. “More and more, we find that people are ‘Vision Zero voters’ – these issues really determine their choices in the voting booth."

BenKallos.jpgBen Kallos, Council District 5, Manhattan (Incumbent) – Kallos, who first won his East Side seat in 2013, is a Vice-Chair of the City Council’s Progressive Caucus.  He’s committed to filling the gaps in the Second Avenue protected bike lane, and to adding additional crosstown bike lanes in his district.  He’s also working to bring Citi Bike to Roosevelt Island, and Select Bus Service to 96th Street, and is dedicated to completion of the East Side Greenway.





“The Carpenters Union is proud to offer our endorsement and support to these candidates for City Council. They have demonstrated a firm commitment to our membership and all working class New Yorkers. We will work tirelessly to ensure their election and look forward to partnering with them in their role as Councilmembers.” -Joseph A. Geiger, Executive Secretary- Treasurer, NYC & Vicinity District Council of Carpenters


“At a time when Washington is failing us we must work to ensure our local elected officials rise up and represent our values. I am proud to announce the endorsement of four critical new faces running for seats in the New York City Council today and to put the strength of the RWDSU behind them and many incumbents that will fight to ensure that workers are heard in government,”said Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union (RWDSU). “Carlina, Keith, Diana and Justin know what hard working families need in New York City to live and work here and I know they will write and support legislation that helps not just union members but all workers across our city. The RWDSU is ready to get to work on these campaigns and in support of the many elected officials running for re-election that we are endorsing today.”