New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Dan Rivoli

New York Daily News Scientific study wants to identify all the microbes in subways around the world by Dan Rivoli

Scientific study wants to identify all the microbes in subways around the world

Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan), whose district covers Weill Cornell, joined Mason’s team to help the city earn bragging rights on the diversity of its microorganisms.

“New York City is bigger and better than anywhere else, so I’m assuming the same for our microbes,” Kallos said. “We should have more microbes from all over the world and in higher concentration because there is no subway system like ours.”

AM New York Make room: crosstown buses to get more crowded by Dan Rivoli

Make room: crosstown buses to get more crowded

Elected officials on the East and West Side, who are sending a letter to the MTA brass about the changes, want a boost in service, not a reduction, at a time when buses bunch up and plod through streets.

"As people are complaining about bus service and are not using it as much because of how poor the service is, that's the least time you want to make it less and less desirable to get on," said Councilman Ben Kallos, who signed the letter with six other Manhattan lawmakers including U.S. Reps. Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney.

AM New York City crime map could plot tickets, summonses under bill by Dan Rivoli

City crime map could plot tickets, summonses under bill

New York City's crime map can tell you where a burglary or assault occurred, but a bill being introduced today would make the city plot traffic tickets and summonses as well, the legislation's author, Councilmen Ben Kallos told amNY.

Kallos' bill requires noncriminal violations to be posted on the city's crime map along with dates, times and location information down to the longitude and latitude coordinates, if possible.

He said this level of detail would bolster the city's Vision Zero pedestrian safety effort by providing more exact locations of incidents and traffic violations.

AM New York Bus countdown clocks see influx of cash from lawmakers by Dan Rivoli

Bus countdown clocks see influx of cash from lawmakers

Constituents in Councilman Ben Kallos' Upper East Side district voted to spend $300,000 for 15 electronic signs on the westbound stops of the M96, M86, M79 and M66 crosstown buses.

Kallos then set aside an additional $340,000 for 17 electronic signs on M31 downtown and westbound stops.