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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 grandparents, who fled anti-Semitism in Europe and his mother who still lives here, and who Ben currently supports in her battle against Parkinson's disease. Graduating from Bronx Science, Ben knows that our public schools are more than just budget line.  he also attended SUNY Albany and SUNY Buffalo Law School, where he paid his own way.

In the Council, Ben 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 Daily News
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Yorkers would finally be able to register to vote with a click of a mouse under a bill to be introduced in the City Council.

Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) will introduce legislation to allow would-be voters to register online.

Currently, the Board of Elections requires paper registration forms to be mailed in the old fashioned way.

“We hope to have a city where everyone who is eligible can vote easily,” Kallos said. “We make it really hard to register, really hard to vote, and we can make it a lot easier.”

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Press Coverage
Edible Manhattan
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

City Councilman Ben Kallos has come a long way from his days at The Bronx High School of Science, though not so far from its rooftop greenhouse, where he tilled the soil as a teenager. The council member has been at the forefront of pushing New York City’s food agenda to new heights, from providing 1.1 million children with free lunches and dinners to making fresh fruits and vegetables available at NYCHA housing developments to cooking for his constituents at the Greenmarkets.

We caught up with Councilman Kallos to talk new initiatives, old favorite restaurants and where New York stands in terms of progressive food policy in America (hint: relatively speaking, we’re doing pretty well).

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Press Release

Intro 508 to allow New York City residents to register online was introduced today by Council Member Ben Kallos, Chair of the Committee on Governmental Operations and Progressive Caucus Members Co-Chairs Antonio Reynoso and Donovan Richards, as well as Council Members Danny Dromm, Mark Levine, Helen Rosenthal, Stephen Levin, Brad Lander, Ydanis Rodriguez, Debi Rose, and Carlos Menchaca. The bill requires the Board of Elections to provide a secure website for registration. Twenty four States offer online voter registration in some form, many with a fully paperless process that can be submitted directly online. New York City consistently struggles with voter participation and turnout.

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Newsletter

Dear Neighbors,

It has been my pleasure to represent you in the City Council since January. Over the past nine months, my favorite moments have been the ones spent together in the community, such as inauguration, First Fridays, policy nights, cooking demonstrations at the Green Market and community events. If you have an event you would like me to attend, please send over an invitation. I will try my best to be there. 

Since the New Year, we have taken great strides towards greater opportunities for all New Yorkers with:

  • 50,000 universal pre-k seats, and more to come;
  • Paid sick leave;
  • More affordable apartments;
  • $35 million in funds for the East River Esplanade;
  • Steps to make streets safer through Vision Zero; and
  • A stronger fight against the Marine Transfer Station.

There is more to do, but the progress is encouraging. Please contact me with any thoughts, questions, requests for assistance or ideas for a better city. Here are just a few ways you can reach me:

Phone: (212) 860-1950 
Email: BKallosatcouncil [dot] nyc [dot] gov
Website: www.BenKallos.com
Twitter: @BenKallos 
Facebook: Facebook.com/BenKallos
In person: 244 East 93rd Street 

I look forward to working together.
As always, I am at your service.

Sincerely,Council Member Ben Kallos

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Press Coverage
DNAinfo.com
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Look both ways before crossing this street — and then look again.

The intersection of East 57th Street and Second Avenue is the most dangerous in the area — with more than 130 crashes and 19 people injured in the past two years, according to a survey by City Councilman Benjamin Kallos.

That amounts to an average of more than five collisions every month.

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Press Release

New York, NY--Oct 7, 2014--A City Council bill introduced today by Council Member Julissa Ferreras and co-sponsored by Councilman Ben Kallos aims to improve transparency at the Environmental Control Board (ECB). The outstanding debt to the City of New York for ECB judegements is $1.5 billion, of which 84% is over 24 months old.   

 

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Press Coverage
New York Daily News
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fifteen more city agencies will be required to distribute voter registration forms under a bill to be introduced in the City Council Tuesday. The bill sponsored by Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) will require agencies like the NYPD, FDNY, the Human Resources Administration, which handles welfare benefits, and the Department for the Aging, which runs senior centers, to have the forms on hand at offices where they interact with the public.

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Press Coverage
New York Daily News
Monday, October 6, 2014

Fifteen more city agencies will be required to distribute voter registration forms under a bill to be introduced in the City Council Tuesday.

The bill sponsored by Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) will require agencies like the NYPD, FDNY, the Human Resources Administration, which handles welfare benefits, and the Department for the Aging, which runs senior centers, to have the forms on hand at offices where they interact with the public.

With the new changes, almost every agency that regularly deals with the public will be required to sign up voters, Kallos said, noting declining voter turnout rates.

“Voting is down. Voter registration is often a hurdle to voting. This legislation will make sure that any time you’re interacting with government, you can get a voter registration form,” he said.

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Press Coverage
City and State First Read
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

TODAY’S SKED:

10 a.m. - New York City Councilman Ben Kallos and other elected officials host senior citizen health fair, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 E. 70th St., Manhattan.

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Newsletter

Dear Friend,

This is a busy month for all of us, with no sign of slowing down. I hope you will join me at a community event this month:
 

  • First Friday
  • Policy Night
  • Senior Health Fair
  • Bike Safety forum with NYPD
  • Town Hall
  • Three Participatory Budgeting Neighborhood Assemblies
  • Free Legal Housing Clinic
  • Mobile hours
  • and more!

Details for all are in this newsletter or at BenKallos.com/Events.

To those observing, I hope you had a happy Rosh Hashanah and wish you a meaningful Yom Kippur.

I look forward to seeing you at one of this month's events, or saying hello if we run into one another in the neighborhood.

Sincerely,

Ben Kallos

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