New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Mary Frost

Brooklyn Daily Eagle Housing Works employees protest, claiming harassment and union-busting tactics by Mary Frost

Housing Works employees protest, claiming harassment and union-busting tactics

Manhattan Councilmember Ben Kallos said, “It says something that the number one demand is caseload.” The average pay of Housing Works employees is $16.23, he noted, “Too close to the minimum wage.” He also listed “No clear grievance process and concern about a safe work environment” as good reasons to unionize.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle NYC: Success of ‘City-Wide’ Bike-Share Program Not Wide Enough by Mary Frost

NYC: Success of ‘City-Wide’ Bike-Share Program Not Wide Enough

Officials, including Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez, chair of the Council Committee on Transportation, and Councilmember Ben Kallos, said the move was all about equity for the outer boroughs.

"We have spent years working to get bike sharing in all five boroughs and although we have made a lot of progress some areas don't have it,” Kallos said in a statement.

 

Brooklyn Daily Eagle 'City of Water Day' celebrates NYC's maritime roots and reclaimed waterfront by Mary Frost

'City of Water Day' celebrates NYC's maritime roots and reclaimed waterfront

New York City Councilmember Ben Kallos (Upper East Side, Roosevelt Island) told the crowd, “We’re taking back our waterfront.” He said that the expanded ferry service expected to roll out in 2017-2018 would “connect all five boroughs.”

The Councilmember has literally immersed himself in his subject.

“It’s always a please to swim across the East River, and around the Statue of Liberty with New York Swim,” he said. “Tomorrow morning I’ll be in the Hudson, swimming from 99th to 79th.”

Brooklyn Daily Eagle De Blasio signs bills to make NYC information open, searchable online by Mary Frost

De Blasio signs bills to make NYC information open, searchable online

Want to know who is getting a city contract to reconstruct the pavement around Brooklyn Borough Hall, what new rules the Taxi and Limousine Commission is considering or what Request for Proposals the city has issued in Brooklyn?

The City Record has published that sort of information -- procurement, public hearings, disposition of public property and hiring -- every day in print since 1873 and online for the last couple of years. But the data is in a format that can’t be easily searched or analyzed, stumping those who need historical information or a big-picture understanding of the city’s operations. 

On Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill that will bring the city’s municipal data archives into the 21st century.

Councilmembers Brad Lander (Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, Kensington) and Ben Kallos (Upper East Side) sponsored the bills.