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>.

CBS New York Manhattan Man Sues Construction Company, Local Stores Over Late Night Noise And Wins by Natalie Duddridge

Manhattan Man Sues Construction Company, Local Stores Over Late Night Noise And Wins
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – When his calls to 311 about extreme noise didn’t get any results, a Manhattan resident decided to take his case to court.

Honking, construction noise, trucks and crews banging.

Most New Yorkers simply put up with living in a noisy city, Upper East Side resident Mike Edison is fed up with it.

CBS New York City Hopes New Bike Lane Near 59th Street Bridge Will Make Dangerous Area Safer For Cyclists by Andrea Grymes

City Hopes New Bike Lane Near 59th Street Bridge Will Make Dangerous Area Safer For Cyclists

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A new bike lane that snakes across the busy entrance to the 59th Street Bridge on Second Avenue is a safety concern for some people.

But others say once everyone gets used to it, the area will actually become safer for cyclists, CBS2’s Andrea Grymes reported Wednesday.

New York Daily News Long Island bus camera pilot program shows reckless drivers brazenly blowing past stopped school buses as NYC weighs program by Denis Slattery

Long Island bus camera pilot program shows reckless drivers brazenly blowing past stopped school buses as NYC weighs program

ALBANY — The flashing red lights and stop sign should be enough – but a staggering number of drivers blatantly ignore the warnings and blow past stopped school buses on a daily basis, according to video obtained by the Daily News on Friday.

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.