New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Public Safety

We must work together to keep our neighborhood safe from crime and emergencies like construction accidents. In the wake of the two crane collapses on the Upper East Side last year that claimed 9 lives, we must increase financial support for emergency services, improve construction regulation and community notice, as well as expand our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/get_prepared/cert.shtml&quot; target="_BLANK"><strong>Community Emergency Response Teams</strong></a>.

Upper East Side Patch Use More Cameras To Keep NYC Buses Moving, Pols Say by Noah Manskar

Use More Cameras To Keep NYC Buses Moving, Pols Say

UPPER EAST SIDE — Cameras have deterred drivers from running red lights and speeding past schools — and they could help keep New York City's bus lanes clear too, lawmakers and advocates say.

State law limits the number of routes where cameras can be used to ticket drivers who block bus lanes. Legislators and transit advocates say they want to change that through the state budget so cameras can be used across the city.

Upper East Side Patch UES Council Rep Proposes Equipping School Buses With Cameras by Brendal Krisel

UES Council Rep Proposes Equipping School Buses With Cameras

"I would love to see New York City and New York State catch up to other jurisdictions to keep children and parents safe, but I would also like us to become a leader," Kallos told the Post.

School buses are currently equipped with stop arm devices that display a stop sign when the bus is stopped for pickups and dropoffs. Drivers are supposed to yield so that kids can get to the curb safely, but nearly 50,000 drivers ignore the signals each year in New York State, the Post reported.

Staten Island Advance (SILive.com) Should school buses have cameras to record cars passing them illegally? by Annalise Knudson

Should school buses have cameras to record cars passing them illegally?

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- After two separate incidents in which vehicles in Brooklyn drove on a sidewalk near a school within the last week -- almost mowing down school children and pedestrians -- a New York City councilman is calling for a new law that would add cameras to the stop sign of a school bus.

CBS New York NYC Lawmaker Proposing ‘Stop Arm’ Law That Would Fine Drivers Who Pass School Buses Illegally by CBS New York News Staff

NYC Lawmaker Proposing ‘Stop Arm’ Law That Would Fine Drivers Who Pass School Buses Illegally

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — One New York City lawmaker wants to make it easier to fine drivers who don’t hit the brakes around stopped school buses.

ABC7 NYC Councilman wants cameras on sides of school buses after incidents of sidewalk driving by N.J. Burkett

NYC Councilman wants cameras on sides of school buses after incidents of sidewalk driving

A New York City Council member is calling for cameras on the sides of school buses that can record drivers so impatient they drive dangerously, following two such incidents recently in Brooklyn.

PIX11 New proposal for school bus cameras aimed at catching drivers who ignore safety regulations by Associated Press

New proposal for school bus cameras aimed at catching drivers who ignore safety regulations

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Police are looking for at least two drivers in Brooklyn who were caught on camera driving on a sidewalk to get around school traffic... coming dangerously close to kids.

City Councilman Ben Kallos is proposing drastic measures to deal with impatient drivers, according to reports published in the NY Post.

New York Post New law proposes school bus cameras to catch unsafe motorists by Bernadette Hogan

New law proposes school bus cameras to catch unsafe motorists

Cameras are just about everywhere and now a Manhattan legislator wants to add them on school buses

Motorists are supposed to hit the brakes when confronted by a stopped school bus.

But an estimated 50,000 a year statewide ignore the safety regulation.

The Real Deal Ben Kallos wants to crack down on unsafe sidewalk sheds by Decca Muldowney

Ben Kallos wants to crack down on unsafe sidewalk sheds

The city is cracking down on that scourge of New York City: unsafe sidewalk sheds.

While sidewalk sheds are meant to protect pedestrians from falling debris at construction sites, a spate of accidents in which sidewalk sheds have done more harm than good, Council member Ben Kallos has introduced a bill to tighten safety regulations. Kallos’ told Gothamist that his office has found seven sidewalk shed incidents in which pedestrians were injured since 2017.

Gothamist Lawmakers Take Aim At The Hundreds Of Miles Of Scaffolding Around NYC by Rhiannon Corby

Lawmakers Take Aim At The Hundreds Of Miles Of Scaffolding Around NYC

There are over 300 miles of scaffolding in this city. Those damp, dimly-lit plywood tunnels installed alongside construction sites are meant to keep construction materials from falling on pedestrians below. But sidewalk sheds can also be dangerous. Earlier this month, construction workers in Williamsburg were injured when a sidewalk shed gave way beneath them. Last summer, scaffolding in Brooklyn Heights fell outside a Starbucks, injuring three people below. And in 2017, a young woman suffered major spinal damage when scaffolding collapsed on her in SoHo.