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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.

Most Recent Newsletter

September News: Tenant Blacklist, Town Hall, and Preparing for Emergencies

While summer is a great time to slow down, we also use it as a chance to catch up, with the introduction of legislation to protect hundreds of thousands from the “Tenant Blacklist,” fight patronage, and open city owned and operated spaces for the arts after hours, as well as passing legislation I authored into law to plan for climate change and a more resilient waterfront.

You can prepare for hurricane season with storms like Hermine with the Office of Emergency Management and our Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) on September 29 on Roosevelt Island where you can get your free “Go Bag” or “Go Bag Kit.” RSVP to reserve your free Go Bag.

Please join me for our annual Town Hall this September to learn and ask questions about Pre-Kindergarten seats in the district, the completion of the Second Avenue Subway, Bus Service, Parks Improvements, Bike Safety, and get your free reusable bag. RSVP to reserve your free reusable bag.

How was your summer?

Sincerely

Ben Kallos
Council Member

P.S. We will hold First Friday this month on September 9th.

SPECIAL EVENTS

September 15, 6pm
Town Hall

September 29, 6:30pm
Emergency Preparedness
(Go Bags Giveaway
)
 

DISTRICT OFFICE EVENTS

September 9
8am-10am
First Friday

September 13, 6pm
Policy Night

September 12, 19 & 26
6:30pm-8:30pm
Participatory Budgeting Neighborhood Assemblies

September 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
3:30pm-6:30pm
Fresh Food Box
 

TOP HEADLINES

  1. Fighting “Tenant Blacklist” by Regulating Screening Companies
  2. Fighting Patronage
  3. Waterfronts and Resiliency, An Advisory Board Re-Established
  4. Emergency Preparedness CERT, Go Bag Giveaway
  5. Town Hall

ARTS

  1. Bill to Open City Owned Properties to the Arts
  2. ”Suicide Squad” Premiere Contest

TRANSPORTATION

  1. Moving the 91st Street Citi Bike Station
  2. Support Our Bus Drivers
  3. Gillen Brewer Students Take on Track Fires

COMMUNITY

  1. Suing to Protect Rent Freeze
  2. Register to Vote For President
  3. Supporting our Building Service Workers
  4. Girl Scouts Visit First Friday and Play Pokemon Go
  5. Preservation Pays, Challenge
  6. Participatory Budgeting:Neighborhood Assemblies Decided How to Spend $1 Million in the Community
  7. Adopt-A-Planter
  8. Fresh Food Box Continues at Office
  9. Affordable Rental Housing Opportunity, NYC Housing Connect
  10. Street Improvements Affect Available Parking
  11. Backing Folding Helmets

CITY COUNCIL UPDATES

  1. Legislative Corner
  2. Legal Clinic
  3. Here to Help
  4. Mobile District Hours
  5. Ben In Your Building

    EVENTS

    1. City Council Events
    2. Events Sponsored by My Office
    3. Community Events for Kids
    4. Community Events for Adults
    5. Resources

    Updates

    Press Coverage
    The Villager
    Friday, September 30, 2016

    Thursday’s hearing by the City Council’s Committee on Oversight and Investigations — co-chaired by Vincent Gentile and Ben Kallos — clocked in at a solid six hours.

     

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    Press Coverage
    New York Post
    Friday, September 30, 2016

    City Councilmember Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan), chair of the Committee on Governmental Operations, said the hearing elicited a number of contradictions from prior accounts from City Hall.

     

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    Press Coverage
    DNAinfo.com
    Friday, September 30, 2016

    Council member Kallos told those present at the hearing that he agreed to limit Shorris' questioning to two-and-a-half hours because the mayor's office told him that Shorris had to be on a plane to Oklahoma for a mayoral conference the same day.

    But Shorris said he was not going to Oklahoma and added that he had no idea why the City Council got that impression.

    Kallos said he found the misinformation "disturbing." The city council later released a statement on the matter.

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    Press Coverage
    The Village Voice
    Friday, September 30, 2016

    Councilmembers Ben Kallos, chair of the committee of governmental operations, and Vincent Gentile, the chair of the oversight and investigations committee, sparred with a soft-spoken Shorris, who spoke in exhausting detail of his involvement in the deed removal beginning two years ago.

     

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    Press Coverage
    New York Daily News
    Friday, September 30, 2016

    City Councilman Ben Kallos asked First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris if he would say on the record why he could only testify for a limited time.

     

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    Press Coverage
    Gothamist
    Friday, September 30, 2016

    "Something went very wrong here," said Councilmember Ben Kallos, Chair of the Council Committee on Governmental Operations. "We must address the issues of mismanagement, communication failure and outside influence."

     

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    Press Coverage
    New York Observer
    Friday, September 30, 2016

    The miscommunication today played out in “real-time,” as City Councilman Ben Kallos, the chairman of the committee on governmental operations put it, when, during the hearing, he asked Shorris why he had to leave—”for the record.”

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    Press Coverage
    Wall Street Journal
    Friday, September 30, 2016

    Councilman Ben Kallos, a Manhattan Democrat and chairman of the hearing, pointed out that Mr. Shorris is responsible for about 30 different agencies, making it difficult for him to know exactly what each is doing.

     

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    Press Coverage
    New York Times
    Friday, September 30, 2016

    Councilman Ben Kallos of Manhattan asked why Mr. Shorris had not followed up to make sure his decision — that the center should remain a nursing home — had been observed.

     

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