2012 Winter Update

Like many of you who are receiving this I am doing my best to make the world a better place. Some days are better than others and most victories impossible to accomplish alone. To that end, I hope that this update as well as the last one inspire you to join a particular cause with me or are useful to you in other ways.

And last but not least


Launching a Coalition of Opposites to Improve the New York Constitution


New Yorkers deserve a more effective State Constitution, a more effective state government, a more effective civic process and a more effective economy.

To accomplish that goal New Roosevelt launched the Citizens’ Committee for an Effective Constitution, a coalition of opposites, building http://effectiveny.org to host public discussion of the New York State Constitution and serve as a non-partisan platform for how to best reform the constitution and create effective change on issues including campaign finance reform and redistricting. 

In addition $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to winners of a statewide Law School scholarship essay competition focusing on constitutional issues. Learn more about how to enter at http://effectiveny.org/essay-contest

The launch was first reported by Associated Press Albany Capitol Editor Michael Gormley and was carried by statewide print, web, broadcast and new media outlets including the Associated Press; Niagara Gazette; Daily Gazette; Democrat and Chronicle; Post-Standard; Saratogian; LoHud.com; Journal News; Poughkeepsie Journal; Staten Island Advance; Long Island Press; News 10.


Continuing the Fight for Fair Redistricting

Proposed Senate District 29New Roosevelt continues to fight for redistricting reform as part of the ReShapeNY coalition.  Earlier this year the New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR) released a new set of maps for public comment. 

To see “The 20 Ugliest Gerrymandered Districts” take a look at this slideshow in the New York Observer’s Politicker.  The new proposed Senate District encompassing Roosevelt Island was affectionately named in this article “Swimming Frog Gives Birth.”

You can read more about our past activity in the last newsletter or by visiting www.NewRooseveltInitiative.com.


Personal Experience with Healthcare in New York

City MD Urgent Care

On December 26, after 5 days of stomach pain I stopped by the CityMD Urgent Care location on 86th between 1st and 2nd Avenue on the way to work.  Ten minutes later I had been examined by a Doctor and sent to the Lenox Hill Hospital Emergency Room with a likely appendicitus. Lenox Hill Hospital provided me with top quality care.  I had an appendectomy that day and have made a full recovery.

North Shore LIJ Lenox Hill Hospital


Job Opportunities with Governor Cuomo

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently launched the New New York Leaders Initiative, a two-part program that will recruit talented young professionals and college students to serve in state government composed of the Empire State Fellows Program and the Student Intern Program. Both are designed to attract a diverse group of talented leaders, including those from underrepresented groups, to state government to become the next generation of policy makers.  Applications for the fellows program are due June 1, 2012 with compensation of up to $72,765 plus benefits.


Statewide Voter Protection Coordinator Job Opportunities for the Obama Campaign

The Obama campaign has begun accepting applications for statewide voter protection coordinators (VPCs). In their assigned states, VPCs are responsible for creating and implementing the voter protection program in coordination with the OFA state counsel, national voter protection team and statewide field team. Apply online by clicking here.


Running for a Better District and a Better City

In both my professional and private lives, I am committed to making New York a better place for all of us to live by advocating for transparency, accountability and a good government that serves the people. I know that a better city starts with a better district and that's why I've decided to run for City Council in New York's Fifth District  to succeed  Council Member Lappin who is exploring a run for Manhattan Borough President.

New York Observer’s PolitickerNY and City and State News have already taken notice of my candidacy: 

You can find out more about my campaign  - including opportunities for volunteering and offering new ideas - by visiting www.kallosforcouncil.com

I need to raise $120,600 and I hope you'll consider donating to my campaign.  The Democratic Primary is capped at $213,000, with $92,400 in public funding available, matched at 6:1 for the first $175 of every contribution made by a resident of New York City.  In this race every dollar really does count: a $10 contribution will become $70, $100 contribution will become $700 after matching and the maximum contribution of $175 will become $1,225. 


Invitation to Celebrate Leap Day and My Birthday


Join Friends of Benjamin Kallos 
in Celebrating Leap Day and his Birthday by
supporting his campaign for City Council

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
7PM to 10PM

Off the Rails
1754 Second Avenue, New York, New York
(between 91st & 92nd Street, on the East Side of the Street, behind all the construction)
Help support small business along the Second Avenue Subway construction


Contribution Levels:

$100 Hosts
$50 Young Professionals
$25 Young Democrats
$10 Students

Drink Specials with

Your Contribution:
$3 Specialty Shots
$4 Light Drafts
$5 Wines/Bottles/Well

Host Committee:
Ted Anastasiou, Pat Barrientos, Mara Blumenthal, Seamus Campbell, Tedd Collins, Hon. Costa Constantinides, Mike Corbett, Keith Dumanski, Michael Gilberg, Jeff Greenberg, Hon. Stephanie Hausner, Stephanie Elaine Hunt, Errol King, Justin Krebs, Charles Lenchner, Elana Levin, Lance Polivy, Jenni Royer, Jugba Santi, Matthew Silverstein, Chris Smith, Ahmed Tigani, Michael Treybich, Maxwell Weiss, Sam Wong, Ben Yee

(listed alphabetically - please call 212-600-4960 if you wish to join the host committee)

Purchase tickets in advance at kallosforcouncil.com


Fundraiser Invitation


Last Update

Missed the last update and want to get caught up?