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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 grandparents, who fled anti-Semitism in Europe and his mother who still lives here, and who Ben currently supports in her battle against Parkinson's disease. Graduating from Bronx Science, Ben knows that our public schools are more than just budget line.  he also attended SUNY Albany and SUNY Buffalo Law School, where he paid his own way.

In the Council, Ben promotes transparency to ensure every dollar gets spent to improve your quality of life - from affordable housing to senior services to better schools.

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Press Coverage
JP Updates
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Reached for a comment, Council Member Ben Kallos told JP, “I am appalled by the attack that took place on the East Side. Violence, particularly if rooted in bias, is abhorrent and does not belong in our city. I am confident that the incident is receiving a swift and thorough investigation."

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Press Coverage
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Happy Meals might soon need to get healthier. A New York City councilman is introducing legislation that would set stricter nutritional standards for meals served with toys.

The bill would prohibit fast food eateries from offering free toys or coupons if the kids' serving, like a McDonald's Happy Meal, contained more than 500 calories or 600 mg of sodium.

Councilman Ben Kallos, a Democrat from Manhattan, will introduce the bill on Thursday.

The measure is designed to help fight childhood obesity. If the bill eventually passes, restaurants that violate the measure will have to pay fines. A call to a McDonald's spokesman was not immediately returned.   

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Press Coverage
CNN Money
Friday, August 22, 2014

The McDonald's (MCD) kids meals, as well as those from Burger King (BKW) and Wendy's, are in the cross hairs of the New York City Council, which is considering restrictions on any fast food meals that includes a toy.

Councilman Benjamin Kallos introduced a "Healthy Happy Meals" bill Thursday that requires them to have no more than 500 calories and 600 milligrams of sodium.

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Press Coverage
StateTech
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The city is partnering with several organizations, including the nonprofit Sunlight Foundation and open-data solutions firm Ontodia, to “unlock and analyze municipal decision-making information stored in the City Record — going back more than 15 years,” the city announced. That will include more than 4,000 daily publications of the City Record, which includes data on government procurement, public hearings and meetings as well as hiring.

The law will go into effect in August 2015, but the Department of Citywide Administrative Services is expected to make the necessary changes before then to ensure its timely implementation.

“Hard copies and PDFs of the City Record are distributed daily, but putting the information online in a format that can be analyzed will help us understand the stories behind them,” Council Member Ben Kallos told StateTech.

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Press Release

New York, NY–The following statement can be attributed to Council Member Ben Kallos, Chair of the New York City Council Committee on Governmental Operations, on the newly-adopted reforms in the appointment process to the New York City Board of Elections: 

"Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito is adding an unprecedented transparent and open process for appointing a Board of Elections Commissioner. The Speaker's voluntary improvement of appointment practices to the Board of Elections by having a public Rules Committee hearing demonstrates once again her commitment to fair decision-making that empowers members and the public."

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Press Coverage
NY1
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

Happy Meals will need to become healthier meals if one city councilman gets his way.

Manhattan Councilman Ben Kallos plans to introduce a bill requiring strict new health standards on fast food kids meals that offer free items like toys.

The legislation would ban fast food restaurants from including the freebies if the meals exceed 500 calories and more than 600 milligrams of sodium.

Restaurants would also be forced to include at least half a cup of fruit or vegetables, or a serving of whole-grain products in kids meals.

First-time offenders would face a fine of $200 to $500.

A third offense could cost as much as $2,500.

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