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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.

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Event
Sunday, August 23, 2015 - 11:30am - 1:00pm

How will you spend a million dollars? Stop by and tell us how you will make the community an even better place with $1,000,000 in capital projects! RSVP online or call us at 212.860.1950

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Event
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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Press Coverage
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Another perceived ally for community members in Councilman Ben Kallos, who held a public forum last week regarding the super-tall building structures. While Kallos represents a district spanning Sutton Place up to 100th Street and Roosevelt Island, he as voiced his concern for what could be described as the first "Billionaires' Row" suburb. A 90-story building located in Sutton Place is slated to rise 900 feet, outraging a community that believed it would be half as high.

Kallos is now pushing for a cap on buildings reaching over 500 feet in a residential area.

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Press Coverage
Curbed
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

"We want to make sure these buildings are in the context of what we have and what we want to be. We want to make sure we don't have the dog wagging the tail when it comes to planning," Councilman Garodnick said at July 23's meeting (although Central Park South is arguably already wagged.) Although 57th Street may be a lost battle at this point, DNAinfo suggests that attention is now turning to the Upper East Side after DDG's 551-foot-tall condo building was greenlit in mid-June. Council member Ben Kallos, whose district it's in, urged meeting attendees to press the neighborhood's community board to adopt a resolution to change the Upper East Side's zoning to restrict larger developments. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, who has gained a reputation for curtailing development, attended the meeting to cheer Kallos on.

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Event
Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 11:30am - 1:00pm

How will you spend a million dollars? Stop by and tell us how you will make the community an even better place with $1,000,000 in capital projects! RSVP online or call us at 212.860.1950

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Event
Monday, August 31, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

How will you spend a million dollars?

Stop by and tell us how you will make the community an even better place with $1,000,000 in capital projects! RSVP online or call us at 212.860.1950

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Event
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

How will you spend a million dollars?

Stop by and tell us how you will make the community an even better place with $1,000,000 in capital projects! RSVP online or call us at 212.860.1950

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Press Coverage
DNAinfo.com
Monday, July 27, 2015

City Councilman Ben Kallos, who hosted the meeting at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, and other elected officials urged residents to rally for a height cap in zoning districts where one doesn't exist.

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Press Coverage
Capital New York
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

New York City Councilman Ben Kallos, who chairs the Council's governmental operations committee, have the board credit for improvements, saying that “great strides” had been made to “improve the process.”

“However, I grow concerned as 2016 approaches and the presidential election, being an election which people will come out and vote for in numbers we haven’t seen since 2012 and most likely 2008 beforehand ... that the N.Y.C. B.O.E. is not relocating staffers to problem areas where lines form,” Kallos told Capital.

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Press Coverage
New York Times
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Navigating a Bureaucratic Maze to Renew Food Stamp Benefits” (news article, July 24) vividly demonstrates that it is still far too difficult for many struggling New Yorkers to get federal SNAP benefits (the new name for food stamps) to which they are entitled. That’s why we strongly support thebill proposed by City Councilman Ben Kallos that would ease the burden.

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