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About Ben Kallos

Confronted with corruption in Albany, Ben put voting records online so New Yorkers could finally hold politicians accountable. Since then he's run a government reform organization that successfully removed corruption from government and served as Policy Director for former Public Advocate Mark Green.

Ben grew up on the Upper East Side with his mother, who still lives in the neighborhood, and his grandparents, who fled anti-Semitism in Europe. A Bronx Science graduate, Ben knows that our public schools are more than just budget line.  He attended SUNY Albany and SUNY Buffalo Law School, where he paid his own way through.

In the City Council, Ben chairs the Committee on Governmental Operations, where he promotes transparency to ensure every dollar gets spent to improve your quality of life--from affordable housing to senior services to better schools.

Updates

Event
Saturday, July 25, 2015 - 10:00am - 12:30pm

Join us for a healthy cooking demonstration!

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Event
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Help pick the fridges & stoves allocated through participatory budgeting at Lexington Houses.

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Event
Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Join us for a forum on superscrapers and what can be done to prevent them. 

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Legislation
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Congress and the states authority to regulate the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections.

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Event
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Join us for a forum on jobs for NYCHA residents related to the Sandy repair and fortification of Stanley Isaacs for future storms.

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Legislation
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

This bill would prohibit city agencies from applying to any property owned or leased by the city any chemically based pesticide.

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Legislation
Thursday, January 22, 2015

This bill would require each city agency that collects personal information to develop a system to protect the privacy of that information. The system of protection would include appropriate administrative, technical and physical safeguards to ensure the confidentiality of personal records and would also require the destruction of those records once the purpose of collecting that information is achieved. 

 

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Legislation
Thursday, January 22, 2015

This bill would require each city agency that collects personal information to develop, implement and maintain a comprehensive security program to protect that information. As part of the comprehensive security program agencies would need to develop safeguards for protecting personal information, including ongoing employee training, restrictions on physical access to information, disciplinary measures for violation of security program rules, regular monitoring of the security program operations, and periodic review of the security program components.

If the security program is electronic, the program would be required to include secure authentication protocols, unique identifier technologies, control of data security passwords, firewall security protection, and encryption of all transmitted personal information on public or wireless networks, portable media, or shared with third-party service providers 

 

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Legislation
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

This bill would allow a city agency that issues notices of violation returnable to the Environmental Control Board (ECB) to suspend or revoke licenses and permits issued by that agency, or deny applicants for such licenses or permits, where the licensee, permittee or applicant has failed to pay penalties previously imposed by the ECB. Suspension, revocation or denial could take place where the permittee, licensee or applicant had $50,000 in unpaid ECB debt after two years or $25,000 in unpaid ECB debt after four years, or where the licensee, permittee or applicant had $10,000 in unpaid ECB debt, was party to an installment plan and had missed three or more consecutive payments.

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Legislation
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

This bill would require that, when an agency issues a notice of violation to an individual or entity that does not meet the standard for a valid notice of violation established by the Environmental Control Board or Office of Administrative Tribunals, as applicable, the agency amend the notice of violation if possible. The notice of violation would then be provided to the alleged violator in the same manner as an original notice of violation and a new hearing date would be assigned.

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