Below is select news coverage of Ben Schaeffer from both before and after his death. Just a few years before passing from COVID-19, Ben made the news for saving people’s lives and defending his religious rights.


DeJesus, Jamie. “Street co-named for MTA conductor.” Brooklyn Reporter, 9 May 2023, 


Del Cerro, Ximena. “Subway hero Benjamin Schaffer commemorated with street co-naming ceremony.” Brooklyn Paper, 4 May 2023,


Boone, Ruschell. “Veteran MTA Conductor and Hero Dies From Coronavirus.” Spectrum News NY1, 1 May 2020,


Tapper, Jake. “An MTA conductor, a hospital worker: remembering some of those lost to COVID-19.” CNN, The Lead, 30 Apr. 2020, .


Chasan, Aliza. “MTA Conductor Who Put ‘His Own Life at Risk’ for Passengers Dies of Coronavirus.” WPIX, 30 Apr. 2020,


“Benjamin Schaeffer, 58, Hero Subway Conductor Who Battled Transit Authority over Jewish Holiday.” Jewish Telegraphic Agency, 30 Apr. 2020


Bandler, Aaron. “NYC Subway Conductor Who Thwarted Possible Terror Attack Dies From COVID-19” Jewish Journal,


Crane-Newman, Molly. “Veteran MTA Conductor Who Once Saved Subway Passengers from Arsonist in Heroic Act Dies of Coronavirus.” New York Daily News, 29 Apr. 2020,


Culliton, Kathleen. “Hero Conductor Among 96 MTA Workers To Die From Coronavirus.” New York City, NY Patch, 29 Apr. 2020,


“Conductor: MTA discriminated by requesting proof he’s Jewish to take off Rosh Hashanah”, News 12 Brooklyn,


“MTA officials ask Orthodox Jewish transit worker to prove he’s observing Rosh Hashanah: union”, New York Daily News,


“Jewish Man Asked by MTA to Prove He Observes Rosh Hashanah for Day Off”, Spectrum News NY1,


Siff, Andrew. “Fearing Explosion, Subway Conductor Quickly Evacuates Train As Passenger Pours Gasoline Inside.” NBC New York, 16 Oct. 2018,


“Muslims and Jews Celebrate Ramadan Together in Sheepshead Bay • Brooklyn Paper.” Brooklyn Paper, 21 May 2018,


TWU Statements: 


 “Conductor Ben Schaeffer to be Honored by NY Transit Museum Historical Program”,


 “A Tribute to Ben Schaeffer, Conductor and Division Vice Chair, 58.” A Tribute to Ben Schaeffer, Conductor and Division Vice Chair, 58.”,


“Urgent Call for Blood Donations for Ben Schaeffer, Fighting for his Life on a Ventilator”


“NBC Report: Conductor Acted Fast to Mitigate Urgent Risk”