2012 Summer Update

Happy 4th of July!  As we celebrate our Nation’s independence, it is a chance to focus on revolutionary ideas to make things better.  With that in mind, I hope that this season’s update is useful to you.

Hope you can join us for our Tech Event on Wednesday, June 27, First Amendment Event on Thursday, June 28, or our Community Event on Monday, July 9.

Free Summer Events

Met Opera in the Park

Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series
@ Summer Stage in Central Park
July 25, 2012, 8PM – 10PM
Details @ http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/calendar/the-metropolitan-opera-summer-recital-series/

Naumburg Orchestral Concerts
Naumberg Bandshell Concerts@ Naumburg Bandshell                          
(mid-Central Park off 72nd Street south of Bethesda Fountain)
July 10, 2012, 7:30PM
July 24, 2012, 7:30PM
August 7, 2012, 7:30P
Details @ http://www.naumburgconcerts.org/

Philharmonic in the Park
Philharmonic in the Park@ The Great Lawn
(mid-Central Park off 79th Street north near Delacorte Theater)
July 13, 2012, 8:00PM, Tchaikovsky & Respighi
July 16, 2012, 8:00PM, Wagner, Tchaikovsky & Brahms
Details @ http://nyphil.org/concertsTicks/parks.cfm

ReduxDesign for the Real World – Redux: Social Design Award Exhibition
@ White Box
(329 Broome Street, New York, NY)
June 18, 2012 – July 15, 2012, M – F, 11AM – 6PPM
Details @ http://www.whiteboxny.org/current.html

Our HausOur Haus 10th Anniversary Exhibition
@ Austrian Cultural Forum
(11 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022)
May 17, 2012 – August 26, 2012, Daily 10AM – 6PM
Details @ http://www.acfny.org/event/our-haus/

More Transparency in Albany

Something unique happened this legislative session, with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s refusal to use the “message of necessity,” which bypasses the New York State Constitutional 3 day sunlight requirement, for last minute legislation.  This was covered by Ken Lovett in the Daily News and even received praise from Bill Samuels.

Earlier this year, Citizen’s Committee for an Effective Constitution (EffectiveNY.org) founders Bill Samuels and Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb toured Upstate New York presenting to Editorial Boards and at Town Hall meetings on the “message of necessity” and other Constitutional topics.  Learn more at http://EffectiveNY.org.

Citizen’s Committee for an Effective Constitution was also proud to announce the winner of its first Essay Contest, Patrick Woods, Editor of the Albany Law Review, a native of the Bronx and a fellow graduate of the Bronx High School of Science.  You can read coverage in the Albany Times Union or read the winning essay at EffectiveNY.org.

Election Registration Legislation and June 26, 2012 Primary

Earlier this month the Voter Empowerment Act of New York was introduced by Senator Michael Gianaris and Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh and I was proud to join Bill Samuels as Executive Director of New Roosevelt in announcing its introduction at a press conference with Brennan Center, Citizen Action, New York Democratic Lawyers Council, and other good government groups.  The omnibus legislation that includes other legislation that I have had the privilege work on provides for:

  • Automatic registration at government agencies;
  • Pre-registration of 16- and 17-year-olds;
  • Automatic transfer of registration when moving within New York State;
  • Electronic registration and verification; and
  • Changing parties up to 10 days prior to an election.

You can read the announcement at http://www.brennancenter.org/content/resource/gianaris_kavanagh_brennan_center_introduce_voter_empowerment_act_of_new_yor

If you live in a district with a Congressional Primary on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 please don't forget to vote.

BikeShare Results!

Bike Share NYCInitial advocacy for the expansion of BikeShare to include Roosevelt Island gained traction last month with a resolution in support passing Community Board 8 Manhattan’s Transportation Committee and Full Board.  This resolution followed a similar letter from Roosevelt Island Residents Association.  You can read the resolution and letter by clicking here or on the the image on the right, which would not have been possible without the public support from members of Roosevelt Island Residents Association, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation and other residents.

Draft Station Maps have been posted, with suggestions to provide bicycles at transportation hubs to and from Roosevelt Island already incorporated.  See more at http://a841-tfpweb.nyc.gov/bikeshare/station-map/

Opposing the Marine Transfer Station

Residents for Sane Trash Solutions joined Community Board 8 Speaks for an episode devoted to the marine transfer station to be built in East Harlem-Yorkville at 91st Street off York Avenue.   While activist Jennifer Ratner was able to join us for the episode Department of Transportation declined to participate.

You can learn more about the marine transfer station by watching online at CB8M.com or by visiting http://sanetrash.org.

Silent March to End Stop and Frisk

In 2011, NYPD officers conducted 685,724 street stops, a more than 600 percent increase since 2002, with more than 4 million people stopped since then.  Black and Latino males between the ages of 14-24 accounted for percent 4.7% of population, and 41.6% of the stops in 2011. The number of stops of young black men exceeded the entire city population of young black men.

On Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17, I joined my fellow members of Community Board 8 Manhattan as well as thousands in a silent march to end stop and frisk and racial profiling.  You can learn more at http://silentmarchnyc.org/

Video, Photos and Media Coverage

Our Commitment to Transparent Campaign

Did you miss the Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic Legal Hackathon or the Redistricting Discussion with Mark Favors the plaintiff in the lawsuit responsible for the Congressional lines for whose Primary Election is this Tuesday?  Don’t worry, the great thing about transparency advocates is that we run our campaigns the way we would run our government and you can watch or read what you missed online in the news or on this website.

Catch up on what you missed at the the Legal Hackathon or watch the opening video in which I participated

Redistricting Discussion

Read news coverage on the event in the New York Observerwatch Mark Favors discuss the redistricting lawsuit, or find your pictures.

Parkinson’s Unity Walk

Special thanks to the generous outpouring of support for my “Team Kallos” in this year’s Parking’s Unity Walk.  You can learn more about the walk and where you as a caretaker can get support in the last newsletter, see pictures or watch video.

Upcoming Events

As always, I try to save the best for last and we’ve got three events coming up in the next two weeks.  While the election is in 2013, this July will be my first filing, and will be used by the New York City Campaign Finance Board, community groups, news media, and others to determine the credibility of my candidacy.  Your early support matters!

Tech Event

Please join Raj Goel of BrainLink and Charles Rawls of BadWolf Partners for a tech event:

Wednesday, June 27, 2010
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
BadWolf Partners
36-19 Starr Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101

The event will feature a menu that is as creative as my campaign for City Council:

  • Vodka infused cherry tomatoes (aka deconstructed bloody mary)
  • Wine-infused fruit salad (aka Deconstructed Sangria)
  • Rum-infused pineapples & coconuts (Deconstructed Pina Colada)
  • Reisling-infused strawberries
  • Bourbon-infused cherries
  • An inspired Grapes + Cheese platter
  • Simply the MOST AMAZING MEZZE from Habbibi Queens

Drinks include: Boilermakers, Donalds (Beer + Vodka), Loaded Corona (Corona + Bacardi Limon), etc.

You can learn more about the technology platform at http://kallosforcouncil.com/solutions/technology

RSVP online at https://kallosforcouncil.com/civicrm/event/info?id=23&reset=1

First Amendment Event by TheMusic.FM

Please join TheMusic.FM, NYC-based music blog featuring the best in emerging electronic music, rock & hip hop, and its founder Mike Lewis for an event on the First Amendment:

Thursday, June 28
6PM to 9PM
Professor Thom's
219 2nd Avenue
(2nd Floor "Loft" with outdoor terrace)
$5 Drink Special: Champagne, Wine & Draft Miller Light

Mike Lewis shares, “Ben has supported culture, music and nightlife knowing that they drive the New York City economy, has defended Constitutionally protected freedoms including serving as Amicus Counsel in Viacom v. YouTube.  Ben supports reforming the draconian cabaret laws that criminalize dancing in unapproved venues (in a climate where virtually no new venues can be approved).”

RSVP online at https://kallosforcouncil.com/civicrm/event/info?id=25&reset=1

Community Event

July 9th, 2012
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Manchester Pub
920 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Open Bar on Beer on Wine

RSVP at https://kallosforcouncil.com/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=26