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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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Newsletter

Dear Neighbors,

It has been my pleasure to represent you in the City Council since January. Over the past nine months, my favorite moments have been the ones spent together in the community, such as inauguration, First Fridays, policy nights, cooking demonstrations at the Green Market and community events. If you have an event you would like me to attend, please send over an invitation. I will try my best to be there. 

Since the New Year, we have taken great strides towards greater opportunities for all New Yorkers with:

  • 50,000 universal pre-k seats, and more to come;
  • Paid sick leave;
  • More affordable apartments;
  • $35 million in funds for the East River Esplanade;
  • Steps to make streets safer through Vision Zero; and
  • A stronger fight against the Marine Transfer Station.

There is more to do, but the progress is encouraging. Please contact me with any thoughts, questions, requests for assistance or ideas for a better city. Here are just a few ways you can reach me:

Phone: (212) 860-1950 
Email: BKallosatcouncil [dot] nyc [dot] gov
Website: www.BenKallos.com
Twitter: @BenKallos 
Facebook: Facebook.com/BenKallos
In person: 244 East 93rd Street 

I look forward to working together.
As always, I am at your service.

Sincerely,Council Member Ben Kallos

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Press Coverage
DNAinfo.com
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Look both ways before crossing this street — and then look again.

The intersection of East 57th Street and Second Avenue is the most dangerous in the area — with more than 130 crashes and 19 people injured in the past two years, according to a survey by City Councilman Benjamin Kallos.

That amounts to an average of more than five collisions every month.

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Press Release

New York, NY--Oct 7, 2014--A City Council bill introduced today by Council Member Julissa Ferreras and co-sponsored by Councilman Ben Kallos aims to improve transparency at the Environmental Control Board (ECB). The outstanding debt to the City of New York for ECB judegements is $1.5 billion, of which 84% is over 24 months old.   

 

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Press Coverage
New York Daily News
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fifteen more city agencies will be required to distribute voter registration forms under a bill to be introduced in the City Council Tuesday. The bill sponsored by Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) will require agencies like the NYPD, FDNY, the Human Resources Administration, which handles welfare benefits, and the Department for the Aging, which runs senior centers, to have the forms on hand at offices where they interact with the public.

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Press Coverage
New York Daily News
Monday, October 6, 2014

Fifteen more city agencies will be required to distribute voter registration forms under a bill to be introduced in the City Council Tuesday.

The bill sponsored by Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) will require agencies like the NYPD, FDNY, the Human Resources Administration, which handles welfare benefits, and the Department for the Aging, which runs senior centers, to have the forms on hand at offices where they interact with the public.

With the new changes, almost every agency that regularly deals with the public will be required to sign up voters, Kallos said, noting declining voter turnout rates.

“Voting is down. Voter registration is often a hurdle to voting. This legislation will make sure that any time you’re interacting with government, you can get a voter registration form,” he said.

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Press Coverage
City and State First Read
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

TODAY’S SKED:

10 a.m. - New York City Councilman Ben Kallos and other elected officials host senior citizen health fair, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 E. 70th St., Manhattan.

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Newsletter

Dear Friend,

This is a busy month for all of us, with no sign of slowing down. I hope you will join me at a community event this month:
 

  • First Friday
  • Policy Night
  • Senior Health Fair
  • Bike Safety forum with NYPD
  • Town Hall
  • Three Participatory Budgeting Neighborhood Assemblies
  • Free Legal Housing Clinic
  • Mobile hours
  • and more!

Details for all are in this newsletter or at BenKallos.com/Events.

To those observing, I hope you had a happy Rosh Hashanah and wish you a meaningful Yom Kippur.

I look forward to seeing you at one of this month's events, or saying hello if we run into one another in the neighborhood.

Sincerely,

Ben Kallos

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Press Coverage
New York Daily News
Thursday, October 2, 2014

A report written with extensive community input, titled Livable Streets, spotlights the 10 most treacherous intersections --including E. 57th St. and Second Ave., where there have been nearly six collisions per month and Second Ave. crossings at E. 63rd and E. 60th Sts., which each record roughly five collisions per month.

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Press Release

Part I: Dangerous Intersections (PDF)Part II: Street Improvements (PDF)

New York, NY– A crowd-sourced safe streets report released by the office of City Council Member Ben Kallos today consolidated public feedback identifying dangerous intersections, street corners that have become inaccessible to the disabled. The report also features necessary improvements to transit and the streetscape such as desired areas for bike racks and seating. The two-part report follows a mailing by the Council Member to 60,000 households in the district (available on the bottom of the release), five forums and numerous public appearances seeking to empower residents to improve their streets.

Resident feedback in the report shows:

  • Dangerous intersections in District 5 from Midtown East to the Upper East Side, including a top ten list;
  • Bus transit remains a priority, despite cuts in service, as seniors in the district are too far from other transit options;
  • High demand for bus shelters, benches and countdown clocks;
  • Streets and corners are poorly maintained in certain locations, making some corners inaccessible for walkers and wheelchairs while other conditions contribute to trip and falls;
  • Bike lanes remain highly controversial in this area of Manhattan.
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Press Coverage
New York Observer
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A slew of city council and assembly members rallied at City Hall today to call for a rent freeze on rent-regulated apartments next year and, more ambitiously, the end of a law that has granted Albany great sway over how New York City regulates affordable housing.

Mr. Williams–along with Council members Ben Kallos, Vanessa Gibson, Mark Levine and Corey Johnson and Assembly members Richard Gottfried, Walter Mosley and Linda Rosenthal–took turns railing against both the restrictions placed on the city’s ability to rent regulate and the failure of the Rent Guidelines Board to not enact a freeze on rent-controlled apartments this year.

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