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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

July News: Rent Freeze, Funding for Parks & Schools, Fresh Food and More

Dear Friend,

This year's budget reflected years of hard work with hundreds of millions in savings, billions set aside for a rainy day and investments in our district's parks and public schools. I continue to fight to protect our tenants and preserve our neighborhoods helping rent stabilized tenants win a second consecutive rent freeze.

As Co-Chair of the East River Esplanade Taskforce with Congress Member Carolyn Maloney, I've invested nearly $2 million in the Esplanade including adding irrigation, renovating, removing fences, and greening. I am also working with Community Board 8 to de-privatize our Queensboro Oval Park under the bridge and open it for the public, please circulate and sign the petition at BenKallos.com/petition/oval

The Department of Transportation (DOT) will be completing the CitiBike rollout above 86th street, reducing the size of some stations, and infilling with new stations, a process I look forward to working with you to ensure takes you into consideration. DOT will also be painting crosstown bike lanes without taking away any traffic lanes or parking. We are also working with the newly formed East 72nd Street Neighborhood Association to restore the East 72nd stop for M15 Select Bus Service, please circulate and sign the petition at BenKallos.com/petition/m15sbs

As Chair of the Committee on Governmental Operations I continue to fight special interests with legislation to limit their influence, oversight hearings, and stopping lobbyists from running our elections.

Stay-cation with me this July in the city and enjoy free Music at Sunset at Four Freedoms Park and A Midsummer Night's Dream at Carl Schurz Park, both supported with funding from my office and let me know what you think.

On Thursdays from 3:30pm to 6:30pm, starting this July 7 running through November 17, you can now get a GrowNYC Fresh Food Box full of farm fresh produce for only $12 at my district office.

Happy Fourth of July!

Sincerely,

Ben Kallos
Council Member

SPECIAL EVENTS:

July 7, 14, 21, 28:
3:30PM - 6:30PM
Fresh Food Box

July 10, 12PM
Cooking with Kallos

July 12, 14-17, 7PM
A Midsummer Night's Dream

July 16 & 17, 12PM - 4PM
Imagination Playground

July 21 & 28, 6PM
Music at Sunset

UPCOMING EVENTS:

July 12, 6PM
Policy Night

July 28, 6:30PM
CitiBike Street Skills Class

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. Budget Savings & Transparency
  2. Council Member Item Funding
  3. Celebrating Pride and Controlling Guns
  4. Cleaning Up 86th Street New Trash Cans and BID
  5. Fighting to Protect Our Landmarks
  6. We Won Another Rent Freeze

Transportation and Parks

  1. Crosstown Bike Lanes
  2. Bike Share Completion, Infill and Reduction
  3. Bike Safety
  4. Restore the M15 SBS Stop at 72nd Street
  5. Rally for the Queensboro Oval

Education

  1. Pre-K Seats for the East Side and Roosevelt Island
  2. Chapin Reduces Hours of Construction
  3. Global Sampling Day
  4. Rockefeller University’s Expansion Begins
  5. Food Policy Award & Free School Lunch Support from Rachael Ray
  6. Cultural After School Adventures Performances
  7. Congratulations Graduates

Good Government

  1. Fighting Special Interests
  2. Keeping Lobbyists from Running Elections
  3. Fighting Corruption at All Levels
  4. Public Comment and Analytics Bills
  5. Voter Information Portal Becomes Law
  6. One Job to Do: Voting

Equality

  1. Gender Pay Gap
  2. Free Feminine Hygiene Products
  3. Supporting the Striking Workers at the Hamilton
  4. Macy’s Fair Contract Rally
  5. Verizon Workers Strike Ends in Success
  6. Supporting Our Immigrant Families

Community

  1. Get Your Fresh Food Box at My District Office
  2. Shakespeare in Our Park
  3. 180 East 88th Street Skyscraper Update
  4. Roosevelt Island Town Hall
  5. Literary Landmarks Dedicated to Remarque and Doctorow
  6. DOROT Turns 40
  7. Roosevelt Island Shabbat
  8. Street Fairs and Parades

Office Updates

  1. Participatory Budgeting
  2. Summer Reading Challenge
  3. Join Coro’s New York City Youth Council
  4. In the Neighborhood
  5. Legislative Corner
  6. Legal Clinics
  7. Here to Help
  8. Mobile District Hours
  9. Ben in Your Building

Events

  1. City Council Events
  2. Events Funded by Council Member Kallos
  3. Community Events
  4. Community Resources

Updates

Press Coverage
New York Daily News
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Also out for stretches of time for medical reasons were Annabel Palma (D-Bronx), who was gone from last July to October, Debi Rose (D-Staten Island), from January to March, and Inez Dickens (D-Manhattan), from September to December.

Posting perfect attendance were Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan), Republican minority leader Steve Matteo, and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

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Press Coverage
DNAinfo.com

"We are rebuilding the East River Esplanade brick by brick and dollar by dollar to connect 60th street to 125th street in one seamless park," Kallos said in a statement on July 11. "John Finley Walk from 81st street to 84th will receive the attention it needs to go from roadway to greenway."

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Legislation
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to prohibiting hydraulic fracturing in New York City.

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Legislation
Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Local Law to amend the New York city charter, in relation to the voters guide requirements of the campaign finance board.

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Legislation
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A Local Law to amend the New York city charter, in relation to an office of food policy.

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Legislation
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Local Law to amend the New York city charter, in relation to early voting in municipal elections.

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Legislation
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

This bill would require the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DOITT) to require City websites to use web analytics to help optimize their websites. Web analytics are tools used to measure a website’s use, traffic, traffic sources and analyze other web data for the purposes of improving the effectiveness of a website.

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Legislation
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

This bill would require the mayor to establish and maintain a public online database to contain certain information for every agency procurement that exceeds the small purchase limits. This information includes applicable requests for proposals or public notices, submitted responses, and details about the awarded contract (such as the name of the contractor, term of the contract, and dollar amount of the contract).

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Legislation
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Beginning in Fiscal 2018, this legislation would require the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) to provide access to certain budget-related documents in a machine-readable format, such as an Excel or CSV spreadsheet. Specifically, it would require that OMB provide the documents in such format by posting them on its website, on the Open Data Portal, and through an application program interface, as well as providing a copy to the Council. The documents that would be included in such requirement include, the preliminary budget, and any supporting schedules; the executive budget, and any supporting schedules; the budget message; the council’s alterations to the executive budget, and any supporting schedules; the adopted budget, and any supporting schedules; the departmental estimates; the statement of proposed direct expenditures in each service district; the financial plan, and any supporting schedules or supplemental data; the draft ten-year capital strategy; the ten-year capital strategy; any report on staffing levels; and the budget function analysis.

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Legislation
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

This bill would amend provisions of the Campaign Finance Board’s small donor matching program by raising the matchable amount of contributions from an eligible donor from $175 to $250 and increasing the amount of public funds available to a participant from 55% of a candidate’s expenditure limit to 85% of a candidate’s expenditure limit.

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