New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Community

As a&nbsp;<a href="/about/biography"><strong>third generation Upper East Sider</strong></a>, I am committed to maintaining our neighborhood's quality of life. I will support and work with our community centers such as cultural and religious institutions as well as neighborhood associations to ensure our neighborhood remains safe, clean and a wonderful place to live.

New York Daily News City fills in details of plan to stave off school bus delays by Michael Elsen-Rooney

City fills in details of plan to stave off school bus delays

Every city school bus will have GPS this fall, to prevent hours long delays that have plagued school years past, the Daily News has learned.

Education Department officials will also be beefing up staff and adding steeper penalties for blown bus routes, according to Miranda Barbot, a spokeswoman for the agency.

City officials announced Wednesday that the changes will take effect by the first day of school on Sept. 5, in addition to a longer-term plan to partner with the rideshare app Via to develop an app that allows parents to track school buses in real time.

ABC7 New York City opens bike lane on dangerous section of 2nd Avenue by ABC7

New York City opens bike lane on dangerous section of 2nd Avenue

MIDTOWN MANHATTAN (WABC) -- The new bike lane through one of New York City's most dangerous intersections is now complete.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning celebrated the opening of the Second Avenue bike lane between 68th Street and 59th Street. This means the avenue now has an uninterrupted bike lane from 123rd Street down to 43rd Street.

Officials said finishing this segment of the bike lane at the foot of the Queensboro Bridge will dramatically improve the safety of thousands of cyclists every day. They hope to one day extend the bike lane down to 34th Street.

Chalkbeat New York NYC officials are behind schedule on installing GPS on school buses before the new year by Yoav Gonen

NYC officials are behind schedule on installing GPS on school buses before the new year

This story was originally published on Aug. 8 by THE CITY.

The Department of Education is running late on a legal mandate to equip every yellow bus with a GPS device by the first day of school, THE CITY has learned.

The City Council in January passed legislation requiring a GPS in all 9,500 yellow buses by the time the 2019-2020 school year starts, on Sept. 5.

The sponsor of the legislation, Councilmember Ben Kallos (D-Upper East Side), noted the DOE hasn’t awarded a contract yet to provide the devices on buses that serve 150,000 students.

New York Post City school buses can now use cameras to catch reckless drivers by Bernadette Hogan

City school buses can now use cameras to catch reckless drivers

ALBANY — City school districts will soon be allowed to attach camera technology to yellow buses aimed at capturing reckless drivers who whiz past stopped buses, according to a bill Gov. Cuomo signed Tuesday.

Right now only a cop can ticket offenders for $250 a pop, but the legislation grants law enforcement the ability to capture, record and transmit evidence of offenders from the bus itself.

New York County Politics Carnegie Hill Gets Smart About Rat Control by William Engel

Carnegie Hill Gets Smart About Rat Control

What’s the best way to get rid of rats? According to Caroline Bragdon, director of neighborhood interventions and pest control services for the Department of Health, the answer isn’t brute force but firm persuasion.

“What we talk about in neighborhood rat management is controlling them at the places they need to survive,” said Bragdon. “Many times in New York, when we get complaints, people want us to spray them, they want us to bomb them, they want us to nuke the place. But they’re gonna keep coming back unless the conditions that attracted them are removed or addressed.”

Wall Street Journal Councilman Calls for Hearing on Nonprofit Contractors and Their Business Ties by Katie Honan

Councilman Calls for Hearing on Nonprofit Contractors and Their Business Ties

A New York City councilman is calling for a hearing to look at nonprofit city contractors after officials opened an investigation into the allegedly undisclosed business ties that a top homeless shelter provider has with a security firm.

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the city’s Department of Investigation had opened a probe into the relationship between Acacia Network Housing Inc., a nonprofit homeless services provider, and SERA Security Services LLC. SERA was founded by the Acacia’s CEO, Raul Russi.

Since 2010, Acacia has received more than $1 billion in contracts from the city’s Department of Homeless Services to operate shelters. The nonprofit paid more than $12 million to SERA in 2017 for the firm to provide security services at some of Acacia’s shelters, according to the nonprofit’s most recent federal tax filing.

El Diario Denuncian al NYPD por violar la Ley del Derecho a Saber by Edwin Martinez

Denuncian al NYPD por violar la Ley del Derecho a Saber

El año pasado, y luego de una dura batalla legislativa que duró más de cuatro años, entró en vigor en Nueva York la llamada “Ley del Derecho a Saber”, una normativa que obliga a que los policías que entran en contacto con civiles, en pesquisas callejeras, se identifiquen plenamente, con nombre y apellido y, además de informar la razón por las que están parando a alguien, se conceda el derecho a negarse a la requisa.

Beyond Pesticides Filmmaker & Former Groundskeeper Who Sued Monsanto & Won To Premiere Film “Ground War” by Beyond Pesticide Blog Staff

Filmmaker & Former Groundskeeper Who Sued Monsanto & Won To Premiere Film “Ground War”

(Beyond Pesticides, April 2, 2019) The new documentary film “Ground War” will have its New York City premiere screening on Saturday, April 6, 2019, 7:30pm at Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, New York, NY. The film is a moving depiction of a son’s quest for answers about the cause of his father’s cancer—which takes him into the world of doctors, scientists, pesticide regulators, victims of pesticide poisoning, activists, and land managers. The issue is exposure to pesticides used to manage lawns and playing fields and the father’s exposure as an avid golfer. The son, who is the filmmaker, finds others on the same search for answers because of harm or death of a loved one, then finds a solution in the work of activists and organic land managers.

Gay City News NYC Veterans Protest Trans Ban, Budget Cuts by Matt Tracy

NYC Veterans Protest Trans Ban, Budget Cuts

Veterans advocates and elected officials gathered on the steps of City Hall March 25 to protest looming budget cuts and remind the general public that President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender service members is not some federal issue in a faraway land — it’s a very real problem in our own backyard.

NYC Veterans Alliance president and founding director Kristen Rouse, who was joined by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Vietnam Veterans of America president John Rowan, and several other members of the veterans community, sent a strong message to elected officials that their causes are as important as any other ones — and they deserve attention now.