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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

August 2016 News: Deed Restrictions, More Pre-K Seats, and Better Bus Service

I hope you had a chance to relax and enjoy yourself this month, maybe at Carl Schurz Park, where the New York Classical Theatre gave us our very own Shakespeare in the Park, with very well attended performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

We secured dozens of additional Pre-Kindergarten seats for the East Side, which allow four year olds to go to school in their own neighborhoods. I allocated $2 million this year  to revitalize the East River Esplanade. This adds to $45 million I have previously secured as Co-Chair of the East River Esplanade Task Force with Congress Member Carolyn Maloney. And in Ruppert Park, I helped fund Big Belly solar compactor trash cans to keep the park clean and pest free.

The Department of Investigation released its independent query into why the city removed deed restrictions on the Rivington Street nursing home, allowing it to be turned into luxury condos. The report confirmed that the best interest of the city was not given due consideration in this deal. I plan to hold a Council hearing in the fall to ask more questions and discuss proposals for how we can prevent a similar deal from happening again.

Don't forget on Thursdays from 3:30pm to 6:30pm, until November 17, you can get a GrowNYC Fresh Food Box full of farm fresh produce for only $12 at my district office (order the week before). There are only a few weeks left of the summer -- make sure you are outside enjoying them.

Sincerely,

Ben Kallos
Council Member

P.S. We will hold First Friday this month on August 12, not 5.

SPECIAL EVENTS
August 20 & 21
12pm – 4pm
FDR Four Freedoms Park
Imagination Playground & the Uni Project

August 4
6pm – 9pm
FDR Four Freedoms Park
Music at Sunset: Swing with Fleur Seule

DISTRICT OFFICE EVENTS
August 4, 11, 18 & 25
3:30pm – 6:30pm:
Fresh Food Box

August 9
6-8pm
Policy Night

August 12
8am-10am:
First Friday

August 25
6pm-7:30pm:
Citi Bike Skills Class

TABLE OF CONTENTS

TOP HEADLINES 

  1. Deed Restrictions Initial Investigation Findings
  2. More Pre-K seats to the Upper East Side
  3. Better Bus Service

PARKS

  1. Investing Additional $2 Million in East River Esplanade
  2. Shakespeare in Our Park
  3. Cleaning Up Ruppert Park

ENVIRONMENT

  1. Fresh Food Box
  2. Cooking with Kallos
  3. Reusable Bags
  4. Celebrating 40 Years of GrowNYC
  5. Kicking Off City of Water Day
  6. Catskill Challenge with Governor Cuomo
  7. Studying Microbes in Subways

TECH

  1. Pokémon Go “PokéStop” at Our Office
  2. Law.com: Leading the Civic Revolution
  3. United Nations Civic Camp
  4. STEM Institute for Public School Teacher
  5. Free Course from NYU’s GovLab

COMMUNITY

  1. Citi Bike Expansion and Station Modifications
  2. Holmes Infill Update
  3. Honoring Our Constitution

CITY COUNCIL UPDATES

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

EVENTS

  1. City Council Events
  2. Events Funded by Our Office
  3. Community Events

Updates

Press Coverage
DNAinfo.com
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Councilman Ben Kallos opposed the new Citi Bike station last year and plans on working with the DOT to get it moved.

Recently the councilman suggested the agency move it around the corner against Ruppert Park on Second Avenue between East 90th and East 91st streets.

“This is a very uphill battle,” Kallos said. “Citi Bike has not moved very many locations, except to the extent that we’re able to work with the community for minimal changes.”

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Newsletter

I hope you had a chance to relax and enjoy yourself this month, maybe at Carl Schurz Park, where the New York Classical Theatre gave us our very own Shakespeare in the Park, with very well attended performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

We secured dozens of additional Pre-Kindergarten seats for the East Side, which allow four year olds to go to school in their own neighborhoods. I allocated $2 million this year  to revitalize the East River Esplanade. This adds to $45 million I have previously secured as Co-Chair of the East River Esplanade Task Force with Congress Member Carolyn Maloney. And in Ruppert Park, I helped fund Big Belly solar compactor trash cans to keep the park clean and pest free.

The Department of Investigation released its independent query into why the city removed deed restrictions on the Rivington Street nursing home, allowing it to be turned into luxury condos. The report confirmed that the best interest of the city was not given due consideration in this deal. I plan to hold a Council hearing in the fall to ask more questions and discuss proposals for how we can prevent a similar deal from happening again.

Don't forget on Thursdays from 3:30pm to 6:30pm, until November 17, you can get a GrowNYC Fresh Food Box full of farm fresh produce for only $12 at my district office (order the week before). There are only a few weeks left of the summer -- make sure you are outside enjoying them.

Sincerely,

Ben Kallos
Council Member

P.S. We will hold First Friday this month on August 12, not 5.

SPECIAL EVENTS
August 20 & 21
12pm – 4pm
FDR Four Freedoms Park
Imagination Playground & the Uni Project

August 4
6pm – 9pm
FDR Four Freedoms Park
Music at Sunset: Swing with Fleur Seule

DISTRICT OFFICE EVENTS
August 4, 11, 18 & 25
3:30pm – 6:30pm:
Fresh Food Box

August 9
6-8pm
Policy Night

August 12
8am-10am:
First Friday

August 25
6pm-7:30pm:
Citi Bike Skills Class

TABLE OF CONTENTS

TOP HEADLINES 

  1. Deed Restrictions Initial Investigation Findings
  2. More Pre-K seats to the Upper East Side
  3. Better Bus Service

PARKS

  1. Investing Additional $2 Million in East River Esplanade
  2. Shakespeare in Our Park
  3. Cleaning Up Ruppert Park

ENVIRONMENT

  1. Fresh Food Box
  2. Cooking with Kallos
  3. Reusable Bags
  4. Celebrating 40 Years of GrowNYC
  5. Kicking Off City of Water Day
  6. Catskill Challenge with Governor Cuomo
  7. Studying Microbes in Subways

TECH

  1. Pokémon Go “PokéStop” at Our Office
  2. Law.com: Leading the Civic Revolution
  3. United Nations Civic Camp
  4. STEM Institute for Public School Teacher
  5. Free Course from NYU’s GovLab

COMMUNITY

  1. Citi Bike Expansion and Station Modifications
  2. Holmes Infill Update
  3. Honoring Our Constitution

CITY COUNCIL UPDATES

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

EVENTS

  1. City Council Events
  2. Events Funded by Our Office
  3. Community Events
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Press Coverage
New York Amtersdam News
Thursday, July 28, 2016

A coalition of city and state elected officials, transport officials and activists have come to together to push for effective fixes that would improve overall bus service. The group includes elected officials such as Borough President Eric Adams, State Sen. Daniel Squadron, Assembly Member Ron Kim, City Council Members Chaim Deutsch, Vincent Gentile, Ben Kallos and Peter Koo, Director of the NYC TransitCenter Tabitha Decker, Executive Director and Tri-State Transportation Campaign Board Member of the MTA Veronica Vanterpool, Executive Director of the Riders Alliance John Raskin, Campaign Associate of NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign Jaqi Cohen, bus rider activist from Queens Jeanne Majors and bus riders.

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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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