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Rosh Hashanah is the celebration of the Jewish New Year where many take pause and reflect on the year as they head in to the next.  In my reflection, I realize how great a year it has been and how integral you have been to my success.  Thank you for being a part of my life.  May you have a happy and healthy year!

Hope you join us for our Code v. Code Discussion Series: Laws that Hurt Us and Where They Come From event on Wednesday, October 17, or our Young Leaders event on Thursday, October 18.

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Your support has put our campaign in the lead, according to today's public finance filing!  
Thank you to nearly 350 of you for investing almost $35,000 in our campaign for a better city.

Community Updates:

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Press Coverage
Crain's Insider
Friday, December 4, 2009

Ben Kallos has launched NYCPoliticalCalendar.com, a social organizing site that lists political events and fundraisers.

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New York Daily News
Friday, September 11, 2009

Government transparency is all the rage these days.

 

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City and State
Monday, September 14, 2009

Ben Kallos

Policy director

 

Kallos grew up in Manhattan and attended the State University of New York in Buffalo. He majored in psychology and communication and double-minored in philosophy and religion before going straight to law school.

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Press Coverage
City and State
Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Cynical pols deliver conventional wisdom that voters don’t care about redistricting, but don’t tell that to New York City Council candidate Benjamin Kallos.

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New York Daily News
Tuesday, December 1, 2009

“Here's a helpful tool: A New York City political calendar.”

 

 

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New York Observer
Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Here's a new web site that is intended to serve as a public calendar for all those political events happening around New York.

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Press Coverage
Our Town
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Cynical pols deliver conventional wisdom that voters don’t care about redistricting, but don’t tell that to New York City Council candidate Benjamin Kallos, reports City & State.

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Our Town
Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Ben Kallos, chief of staff to Assembly Member Jonathan Bing, is the first person officially running for the seat held by first-term Council Member Jessica Lappin.

 

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New York Observer
Thursday, November 5, 2009

The New York State Senate's chief information officer team just launched an early version of their Open Legislation Portal today.

Mr. Hoppin and his team will update the site by the end of the month with more information that "has never been seen before on the Internet," according to Mr. Hoppin, thanks to the rules reforms passed by the Senate in June. The data collected, which was previously only available by enacting the Freedom of Information Act, will include detailed transcripts of sessions, committee votes and committee attendance.

As the Observer reported in June, Ben Kallos, former chief of staff to Assemblyman Jonathan Bing who was working on Mark Green's campaign, launched NewYork.OpenLegislation.org, which allowed users see how each lawmaker voted on a particular piece of legislation and see whether lawmakers  attended their  committee meetings. Mr. Kallos and a few of his colleagues paid for the site out of his own pocket.

The state's moves to make this kind of data more available to the public are ahead of City Hall, where Gale Brewer, chair of the Council's Technology in Government Committee, is leading the open legislation charge.

 

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New York Observer
Monday, June 15, 2009

Ben Kallos, former chief of staff to Assemblyman Jonathan Bing who is currently working on Mark Green's campaign, is launching a new Web site that allows users to search the attendance records of state lawmakers, making available information that the state isn’t so quick to provide. (Ask folks in the Albany press corps about that.)

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Press Coverage
TheMusic.FM
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A friend of TheMusic.FM is running for City Council and one of his many on-point positions is the need to reform New York’s ridiculous cabaret laws which make dancing illegal in most establishments.

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Happy 4th of July!  As we celebrate our Nation’s independence, it is a chance to suggest revolutionary ideas to make things better.  With that in mind, I hope that this season’s update is useful to you.

Hope you can join us for our Tech Event on Wednesday, June 27, First Amendment Event on Thursday, June 28, or our Community Event on Monday, July 9.

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Press Coverage
New York Observer's PolitickerNY
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

At Upper East Side City Council candidate Benjamin Kallos’ unique redistricting-themed fundraiser last night, Mark Favors, the lead plaintiff in the redistricting lawsuit that led to court-drawn congressional lines in New York, was the guest of honor and had some interesting thoughts on the redistricting situation, especially from his perspective as an African-American resident of Harlem.

Watch Mr. Favor's specific remarks by clicking http://kallosforcouncil.com/media/redistricting-discussion-mark-favors

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Saturday, April 28, 2012
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New York Observer
Monday, December 21, 2009

Mr. Kallos has kept himself busy, putting his knowledge of technology and geeky insights to use in local government. The result is a series of Web sites that take local political info out of dusty file cabinets and up online. One site lets people see if they’re registered to vote. Another lets users check the attendance records of state lawmakers. His latest creation: a crowd-sourced calendar for political events around New York City and the state.

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