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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.

Updates

Press Coverage
New York Post
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Manhattan Democrat Ben Kallos wrote to the city’s Law Department on Monday after reading an exclusive story in The Post about how the agency paid InSync Litigation Services $1.2 million over the past five years to deliver legal papers by hand when it could have filed them online for free.

 

  

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Event
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

How will you spend a million dollars?

Stop by and tell us how you will make the community an even better place with $1,000,000 in capital projects! RSVP online or call us at 212.860.1950

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Press Coverage
City Limits
Monday, May 18, 2015

Building state-of-the-art marine transfer stations, with the extra step of cranes putting containers onto barges, has become very expensive. The total construction cost for these stations is approaching $1 billion.

"The day the Solid Waste Management Plan was passed in 2006 it was already obsolete," says Council Member Ben Kallos, who represents the neighborhoods around the 91st Street MTS.

He has joined a long line of local politicians that have taken up the cause. In a March 25 preliminary budget hearing at City Hall, he grilled DSNY Commissioner Kathryn Garcia over rising construction costs.

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Press Coverage
DNAinfo.com
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Help decide what neighborhood projects should get $1 million from City Councilman Ben Kallos' capital budget next year.

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Press Coverage
New York Times
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Mr. Werth is only one obstacle in the quest by the developer, Joseph P. Beninati, to build the deluxe skyscraper. Opposition to his project has spread among the well-heeled in the Sutton Place area in a sign that at least some New Yorkers are exhausted by the relentless pace of construction.

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Event
Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Please join us along with NYPD, DOT, Bike New York, Transportation Alternatives and more to learn the results of our bike safety blitz.

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Newsletter

Dear Neighbor,You’ve given me a remarkable responsibility: to represent you in City Hall.Under previous Council Member Jessica Lappin’s leadership, our communitythrived — a legacy I will diligently continue. I am honored to now representthe community where I grew up and where my mother still lives. My officewill always accessible be and available to you and can be reached bycalling 212-860-1950, visiting us at 244 East 93rd Street, or emailingbkallosatcouncil [dot] nyc [dot] gov. We have important work to do together. Every child should receive the sameworld-class education that I did at Bronx High School of Science. We can worktogether to implement innovative solutions such as identifying new spacesfor schools in our neighborhood, making pre-k universally available to helpchildren get a fair start, and creating CUNY college loan forgiveness programsto help our city’s economy thrive. Older New Yorkers and their caregivers must be supported so they can behealthy and independent. My mother is a senior who lives in the district, and Iam committed to keeping senior centers open and protecting vital services likeMeal on Wheels. We must protect and expand affordable housing. Those who made our neighborhoodwhat it is today deserve to see the benefits of their lifetimes of hardwork. New development, which will come with the completion of the SecondAvenue Subway, must include affordable housing for middle-class New Yorkers.We also have standing battles to continue. I am a member of Asphalt Green’sTriathlon Team and will continue to fight the Marine Transfer Station. I amworking to build a broad coalition of elected officials and community leadersin opposition to any dump in a residential neighborhood. It won’t be easy,it won’t happen right away, and I will need your help — but together, we candefeat it. If we invest in each other — our time, energy and compassion — our governmentcan work better for all of us. Please join me, so that together we canbuild a better city. Sincerely,Council Member Ben KallosDistrict Five: Upper East Side, Midtown East, El Barrio and Roosevelt Island

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Press Coverage
New York Observer
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hearing the news, neighborhood residents stirred themselves promptly into a tizzy of protest. Hundreds turned out to raise a fuss (and learn more about the facts) at meetings of Community Board 6—whose jurisdiction encompasses the neighborhood—SAC and the East River 50s Alliance, a group organized for the express purpose of blocking the tower. Nearly 1,000 people have signed a petition opposing construction circulated by Councilman Ben Kallos, who represents the Upper East Side.

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Event
Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 11:30am - 1:00pm

How will you spend a million dollars? Stop by and tell us how you will make the community an even better place with $1,000,000 in capital projects! RSVP online or call us at 212.860.1950

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Press Release

"100% affordable housing must be required for any new building on existing NYCHA developments. I commend the administration for putting out calls for 100% affordable projects at the first three sites in the infill program. Land is a finite resource in New York City, and we should leverage city-owned land by securing 100% affordable housing in all new building infill."

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