New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

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New York Daily News NYC councilman pushing mandatory air quality tests near garbage stations through new bill by Erin Durkin

NYC councilman pushing mandatory air quality tests near garbage stations through new bill

"We're going to see hundreds of trucks coming into residential neighborhoods," he said. "We're looking at knowing [pollution levels] on an hour to hour, day to day basis because there are 35,000 children playing in a park near this garbage dump."

New York Daily News EXCLUSIVE: Legislation introduced to tighten New York City campaign finance rules by Erin Durkin

EXCLUSIVE: Legislation introduced to tighten New York City campaign finance rules

“We’re taking on the onslaught of dark money and special interests in the city’s elections,” said Councilman Ben Kallos, chair of the government operations committee and one of the sponsors.

New York Daily News NYC businesses with thousands in unpaid fines could lose licenses under proposed bill by Erin Durkin

NYC businesses with thousands in unpaid fines could lose licenses under proposed bill

Under the bill being introduced by Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) Wednesday, businesses could lose their licenses or permits if they have $50,000 overdue for two years, or $25,000 overdue for five years. They’d also get hit if they owe $10,000 and fail to make three straight payments on a payment plan.

“There’s $1.5 billion that’s sitting on the table,” Kallos said. “Passing these laws to revoke permits would do a lot to improve quality of life.”

New York Daily News NYC tenants would get a voter registration form with every new lease under upcoming bill by Erin Durkin

NYC tenants would get a voter registration form with every new lease under upcoming bill

Tenants would get a voter registration form with every new lease under a bill that will be introduced in the City Council this week.

Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) will sponsor the legislation, which would require landlords to distribute the forms, encouraging newcomers to the city to sign up to vote and people who are moving within the five boroughs to update their registration.

“People are coming from all over the country,” Kallos said. “This will make sure that as people get here, they will register to vote as they get their lease.”

New York Daily News Councilman wants recycled concrete used for city streets by Erin Durkin

Councilman wants recycled concrete used for city streets

A new City Council bill would mandate the use of recycled concrete in all new street construction projects.

Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) is introducing the legislation that would require at least 30% of concrete to come from demolished roads and buildings.

It’s a move to cut carbon emissions that come from concrete production, he said.

“We need to make sure that any new construction is limiting our greenhouse gas emissions,” Kallos said. “The city deals with tens of thousands of tons of demolition waste every day.”

New York Daily News Bill introduced to help city drivers find cars after they’ve been towed by Erin Durkin

Bill introduced to help city drivers find cars after they’ve been towed

A Manhattan city councilman is looking to end the game of hide-and-seek that faces drivers whose cars are towed because of temporary parking restrictions.

A bill introduced Thursday by Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Upper East Side) would let owners find out where their car was moved by calling 311 or consulting the Department of Transportation’s website.

New York Daily News Pols Propose Free Tuition Plans for CUNY Schools by Erin Durkin

Pols Propose Free Tuition Plans for CUNY Schools

With President Obama set to tout a proposal for free community college education in Tuesday night’s State of the Union, some local pols are pushing for the city to take matters into its own hands with free tuition at CUNY schools.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said instead of waiting for Washington to act, the city should eliminate tuition at its seven community colleges. He sent a letter to the Independent Budget Office asking them to determine how much it would cost.

“When you look at the political reality in Washington and the challenges that they are going to face in the upcoming legislative cycle, this relief is needed now and we really can’t wait for the infighting that’s taking place in DC,” Adams said.

Tuition for 77,000 community college students is now $4500 a year - but Adams noted free tuition used to be standard practice at CUNY schools.

Another proposal by Councilman Ben Kallos would have the city repay 10% of CUNY grads’ loans for every year they remain living in the city - so if they stay here for ten years, they’d get the education free.

“One of the largest hurdles we’re seeing to a productive America is everyone graduates ready to enter the market under a crushing amount of debt,” Kallos said.

New York Daily News City Council to review legislation allowing New Yorkers to vote early in municipal elections by Erin Durkin

City Council to review legislation allowing New Yorkers to vote early in municipal elections

New Yorkers would be able to cast ballots in municipal elections early — really early — under legislation that is set to be introduced before the City Council on Wednesday.

The bill, sponsored by Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan), would open select polling places for two weeks leading up to election day for elections for mayor, council and other city offices but not for state or federal elections. The bill would apply to both primaries and the general election.

The city would have to open at least 51 polling sites — one in each City Council district — from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each weekday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends, until the Friday before the election.

New York Daily News To compete with Uber, New York City's yellow and green cabs would get their own app under new City Council bill by Erin Durkin

To compete with Uber, New York City's yellow and green cabs would get their own app under new City Council bill

The city would launch its own taxi hailing app to compete with Uber and Lyft under a bill introduced in the City Council Monday.

Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) is sponsoring the bill to require the city to create an e-hail app for its regular fleet of more than 13,000 yellow cabs and 6,000 green ones.

“City taxis need an app if they’re going to compete, and New Yorkers should be able to e-hail a cab in the rain without having to worry about surge pricing,” Kallos said, referring to Uber’s practice of jacking up prices when demand is highest.

New York Daily News Bill will up number of traffic signals accessible to the blind by Erin Durkin

Bill will up number of traffic signals accessible to the blind

The Council also passed a bill to require more city agencies to register New Yorkers to vote.

Seven agencies including the Human Resources Administration and Department for the Aging will be newly required to distribute registration forms under the bill, sponsored by Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan.)