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About Ben Kallos

New York City Council Member Ben Kallos was praised by the New York Times for his “fresh ideas” and elected in 2013 to represent the Upper East Side, Midtown East, Roosevelt Island and East Harlem along with all 8.4 million New Yorkers in the New York City Council. He 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. As Chair of the Governmental Operations Committee he has sought to root out patronage, de-privatize government, eliminate billions in waste, expand elections, and to use technology to improve access to government. As Co-Chair of the Progressive Caucus he has become a leading advocate for education, affordable housing, public health, sustainable development and transportation improvements and safety. His office is open and transparent, with constituents invited to decide on how to spend one million dollars on local projects in the district as well as to join him in a conversation on the First Friday of each month, or he will go to them for “Ben In Your Building.” Visit BenKallos.com.

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This is ground control to Major Tom by David Bowie cover by Smashing PumpkinsFighting for NY's Healthcare led by @nygovcuomo @ltgovhochulny @1199seiu with support of @repmaloney @repadrianoespaillat @galeabrewer and many moreNew Yorkers want as many options as they can have to get where they are going. No one has ever asked me to ban or even cap @uber. 
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By appointment from 3PM - 6PM:
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Call (212) 860-1950 to schedule your appointment.
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  • Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center - 2nd Tuesday
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