Updates

Press Coverage
TechPresident
Friday, February 7, 2014

A new platform officially launching Monday hopes to provide voters with the opportunity to pose questions to elected officials and other prominent figures every day of the year, in some ways echoing an ongoing Ask Me Anything concept.

- Read more


Press Coverage
New York Daily News
Friday, February 14, 2014

As Upper East Siders continue their campaign to upend the reopening of the E. 91st St. waste transfer station, the politicians refuse to suggest an alternative site. Mayor de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito support the five borough plan.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/uptown/pols-trash-talk-leads-article-1.1613973#ixzz2tuMD8Mzr

- Read more


Press Coverage
Capital New York
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Council members Brad Lander and Ben Kallos, along with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, are the first New York elected officials to sign up for a new online platform that allows the public to directly ask questions of elected officials.

- Read more


Press Coverage
Long Island Exchange
Thursday, February 6, 2014

This morning, Council Member Ben Kallos, staff and volunteers from progressive advocacy groups and labor groups advocated for Universal Pre-K in New York City on the Upper East Side. Council Member Kallos’ team engaged members of the public in conversation, distributing information and signed up interested residents. 

- Read more


Press Release

New York, NY – Today, on the naming of City Council committee assignments, the following statement can be attributed to Council Member Ben Kallos (District Five, Manhattan): 

 

"I am honored to be named Chair of the Committee on Governmental Operations, where I will work with my committee to create a government that is more open, transparent, and accountable to the working families that make our city great.  Our task will be to make our city more efficient at seamlessly serving all of our city’s residents, so that government just works for the people."

 

He will serve on the committee with a bipartisan and geographically diverse committee, including Council Members David Greenfield, Mark Levine, Ritchie Torres and Steven Matteo. 

 

Kallos’ priorities on the Committee on Governmental Operations include:

 

• Reforming the community board system in partnership with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer to improve openness, accountability and transparency;  

• Working with the Campaign Finance Board and the Voter Assistance Commission to expand and further empower public financing of campaigns to promote the best candidates; 

• Working with the New York City Board of Elections to ensure smooth elections and greater enfranchisement of New Yorkers; and

• Working with the Commission on Public Information and Communication (COPIC) as well as the Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS) to promote transparency through the facilitation of open data for the public.

 

The Committee on Governmental Operations reviews municipal structures and organization, with jurisdictions on the following agencies, boards, and commissions:

 

·         The New York Law Department

·         The Board of Elections

·         The Board of Standards and Appeals

·         The New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS)

·         The New York City Community Boards

·         The New York City Tax Commission

·         The Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS)

·         The Financial Information Services Agency

·         The Commission on Public Information and Communication

·         The New York City Campaign Finance Board

·         The Voter’s Assistance Commission

 

Kallos was also named to the Women’s Issues committee, Land Use Committee, the Land Use Subcommittee on Landmarks, and the Committee on State and Federal Legislation. 

"With Council Member Kallos on the Federal and State Affairs committee, I look forward to working closely with him to keep Albany accountable, including fighting for voting districts that are fair and equal. With our state and city governmentso connected, we need Council Members working to keep up the reforms we've begun,” said Bill Samuels, Founder of good government reform group the New Roosevelt Initiative. 

At the beginning of his career in public service, Kallos put Albany voting records online so New Yorkers could hold politicians accountable. As Executive Director of New Roosevelt, he worked to help defeat corrupt politician Pedro Espada.

 “Ben Kallos will be a strong advocate for women in the City Council. Joining the women’s issues committee will allow him a platform to be a leader on the issues that matter to women and their families, whether that’s creating opportunities for women-owned businesses or advocating for health coordinators in schools to better serve our kids,” said Sonia Ossorio, President of the National Organization for Women – New York City (NOW-NYC).

 

###

Read more


Press Coverage
New York Times
Saturday, February 8, 2014



Councilman Ben Kallos at a rally supporting Mayor Bill de Blasio’s prekindergarten proposal in Manhattan last month. Ángel Franco/The New York Times

- Read more


Press Release

I hope you are staying warm and dry as we face another winter storm.  New York City is expected to get up to a foot of snow, with a winter storm warning in effect until 6AM on Friday. My office is your resource to make sure you stay safe and that your city keeps on working for you in spite of the conditions outside.

Read more


Newsletter

Dear Friend,

I hope you are staying warm and dry as we face another winter storm.  New York City is expected to get up to a foot of snow, with a winter storm warning in effect until 6AM on FridayMy office is your resource to make sure you stay safe and that your city keeps on working for you in spite of the conditions outside.

 

Read more


Press Release

New York, NY --  Today, Council Member Ben Kallos launched his First Friday open house events with 50 community members in attendance. The events will take place every first Friday of the month from 8AM to 10AM and will be open to all District Five residents with interest in meeting their Council Member. Topics covered included:

  • The importance of jobs for young people with full benefits;
  • Opposition to the Marine Transfer Station being built near NYCHA housing in the district;
  • Ways to improve local transportation, including balancing the Select Bus Service with local buses to serve the neighborhoods where the Select Bus Service doesn't stop; 
  • Concern over rents going up, making it difficult for residents to stay in their homes, and the downsizing of seniors in Knickerbocker Plaza.

"Meeting community members and learning about their ideas for a better New York is the best part of my job," said Council Member Kallos. "I am happy to open the doors of my office to everyone who would like to participate in local government, and look forward to meeting many more residents in the months and years ahead." 

Kallos and staff, including Director of Constituent Services Debbie Lightbody, facilitated the event and assured attendees of accessibility and transparency beyond the monthly First Fridays, including on social media, in person, by phone, by email and more. 

Ben Kallos has represented Manhattan's District Five (Upper East Side, Midtown East, El Barrio and Roosevelt Island) in the City Council since January 2014. 
 ###

Read more


Press Release

"The city has a clear, detailed and comprehensive plan to bring pre-k and afterschool to all of New York City'schildren. It has the strong support of New Yorkers. Albany has a mandate tohear the voice of New York City residents and allow it to come to a vote." Council Governmental Operations Committee Chair Council Member Ben Kallos

Read more


Newsletter

In my first month as your City Council Member, I am focused on making our schools better and our city government more transparent. We’re already working to assist members of our community with their needs – whether it’s helping you navigate local government or delivering meals to homebound seniors after following our first winter storm.

Read more


Press Coverage
Our Town
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

On Sunday, January 26, Benjamin Kallos was joined by over 700 Upper East Side leaders and residents as he took the oath of office for the city council, representing the Upper East Side’s 5th district.

- Read more


Press Coverage
Our Town
Thursday, January 2, 2014

With new leadership in city government we have an amazing opportunity for the East Side and the City as a whole to bring about fundamental changes and tangible results.

- Read more


Press Coverage
Capital New York
Friday, January 31, 2014

Nine members of Congress from New York City also signed on to the plan on Thursday, and Councilman Ben Kallos campaigned for the mayor's plan outside the 4 and 5 trains on the Upper East Side on Friday morning. 

- Read more


Press Coverage
Capital New York
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Council members Brad Lander and Ben Kallos, along with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, are the first New York elected officials to sign up for a new online platform that allows the public to directly ask questions of elected officials.

- Read more


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 community  thrived — a legacy I will diligently continue. I am honored to now represent  the community where I grew up and where my mother still lives. My office  will always accessible be and available to you and can be reached by  calling 212-860-1950, visiting us at 244 East 93rd Street, or emailing  bkallosatcouncil [dot] nyc [dot] gov.

We have important work to do together. Every child should receive the same  world-class education that I did at Bronx High School of Science. We can work  together to implement innovative solutions such as identifying new spaces  for schools in our neighborhood, making pre-k universally available to help  children get a fair start, and creating CUNY college loan forgiveness programs  to help our city’s economy thrive.

Older New Yorkers and their caregivers must be supported so they can be  healthy and independent. My mother is a senior who lives in the district, and I  am committed to keeping senior centers open and protecting vital services like  Meal on Wheels.

We must protect and expand affordable housing. Those who made our neighborhood  what it is today deserve to see the benefits of their lifetimes of hard  work. New development, which will come with the completion of the Second  Avenue Subway, must include affordable housing for middle-class New Yorkers.  We also have standing battles to continue. I am a member of Asphalt Green’s  Triathlon Team and will continue to fight the Marine Transfer Station. I am  working to build a broad coalition of elected officials and community leaders  in 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 can  defeat it.

If we invest in each other — our time, energy and compassion — our government  can work better for all of us. Please join me, so that together we can  build a better city.

Sincerely,

Council Member Ben Kallos
District Five: Upper East Side, Midtown East, El Barrio and Roosevelt Island

In this Issue:

  • Participatory Budgeting
  • City Council Inauguration
  • Supporting Early Education for all New York City Children
  • Committee of Governmental Operations
  • Recently Married
  • Fighting the Marine Transfer Station
  • Safer Streets
  • Transportation Forums
  • Join A Policy Committee
  • Summer Reading Challenge
  • Summer Fellowship
Read more


Press Release

I made the following statement on today's vote on Resolution 0003-2014 calling on Governor Cuomo to call special elections to fill all vacancies in the Assembly and State Senate.

Read more


Video
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Updates
Read more


Press Release

New York, NY --  This morning, Council Member Ben Kallos, staff and volunteers from progressive advocacy groups and labor groups advocated for Universal Pre-K in New York City on the Upper East Side. Council Member Kallos' team engaged members of the public in conversation, distributing information and signed up interested residents. The canvassers backed city's Pre-K plan to expand coverage to the 70% of the estimated 73,250 families who require full-day Pre-K for their 4-year-olds. 

Read more


Press Release

Today at noon, more than seven hundred community leaders and guests joined United States Senator Charles “Chuck” Schumer, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Letitia "Tish" James, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, State Senator Liz Krueger, Council Member Dan Garodonick, Former Public Advocate Mark Green, Former Council Member Jessica Lappin, Former Assembly Member Jonathan Bing, and Bill Samuels to celebrate the inauguration of Council Member Benjamin J. Kallos. Congress Member Carolyn Maloney, who is on an international trip, provided remarks by video message.

Read more


Press Release

New York, NY – Today, on the naming of City Council committee assignments, the following statement can be attributed to Council Member Ben Kallos (District Five, Manhattan): 

 

"I am honored to be named Chair of the Committee on Governmental Operations, where I will work with my committee to create a government that is more open, transparent, and accountable to the working families that make our city great.  Our task will be to make our city more efficient at seamlessly serving all of our city’s residents, so that government just works for the people."

Read more