New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

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New York Post De Blasio backs bill to limit bundling of campaign contributions by Michael Gartland

De Blasio backs bill to limit bundling of campaign contributions

A bill by Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan), discussed at a hearing Monday, would prohibit campaigns from accepting public matching funds off money raised by lobbyists who bundle unlimited contributions from other donors.

By law, lobbyists, contractors and others doing business with the city can give no more than $400 to a mayoral candidate. But a loophole allows those same individuals to bundle unlimited amounts from others to the same candidates.

New York Post School chancellor afraid mock elections would cause bullying by Michael Gartland

School chancellor afraid mock elections would cause bullying

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said Wednesday she is concerned that holding mock presidential elections in schools could lead to the type of bullying common in the real race for the White House.

New York Post Even de Blasio is projecting a homeless increase next year by Michael Gartland

Even de Blasio is projecting a homeless increase next year

New Yorkers who say they’re seeing a lot more homeless on the streets better brace for next year — when even the de Blasio administration is projecting an increase.

The numbers are contained in small type in the mayor’s Management Report, which predicts that 3,350 individuals will be sleeping “on the streets, in parks, under highways, on subways, and in the public transportation stations in New York City.”

New York Post De Blasio’s affordable-housing plan doesn’t have many backers by Michael Gartland

De Blasio’s affordable-housing plan doesn’t have many backers

“I share the mayor’s goal for affordability, but have concerns about the lack of mixed-income developments proposed in the plan,” said Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan).

“A middle-income family should still have somewhere to live in this city. They’re not provided for in the mayor’s plan.”

New York Post Councilman wants de Blasio to combat illegal hotels by Michael Gartland

Councilman wants de Blasio to combat illegal hotels

A Manhattan councilman is calling on Mayor de Blasio to do more to combat illegal hotels, saying they pose a threat to tourists and neighbors alike.

In a Feb. 16 letter to the city’s Department of Information Technology, Upper East Side Councilman Ben Kallos urged the agency to provide more public information on complaints about illegal hotels and apartment owners that use sites like Airbnb and requested that 311 create a specific category for people to lodge complaints.

New York Post UES trash transfer station would triple city’s costs: study by Michael Gartland

UES trash transfer station would triple city’s costs: study

Transporting Manhattan’s garbage through a controversial ­Upper East Side waste-transfer station would cost triple what the city is now paying, according to a new study.

The findings of the Independent Budget Office provided new ammunition to opponents who have been fighting the waterfront transfer station since it was first proposed in 2006 by the Bloomberg administration.

The IBO said trash that now costs $93 a ton to ship to New Jersey and Yonkers for incineration would cost $278 a ton via the transfer station, which is ­ under construction.