Ben Kallos attends a ribbon-cutting on the East River Esplanade in April 2019. His monthly First Friday event will be held in-person this week for the first time since the pandemic began. (Jeffrey WZ Reed/New York City Council)
UPPER EAST SIDE, NY — For the first time since the pandemic began, a local lawmaker's popular monthly forum will be held in-person again.
City Councilmember Ben Kallos's "First Friday" discussion — held, as the name suggests, at the start of each month — will return 8 a.m. Friday.
Rather than over Zoom, it will be held at Ruppert Park. (In case of rain, it will go virtual, but forecasts currently call for clear skies.)
To participate, residents must RSVP online. Questions can also be submitted in advance on the RSVP form, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kallos has held the forums each month since he took office in 2014. Speaking to Patch earlier this winter, Kallos said he hoped whoever succeeds him — now likely to be Julie Menin — would continue the tradition.
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"If elected officials spent more time face-to-face with their constituents, they'd do a better job," he said.
Attend the First Friday event at Ruppert Park starting 8 a.m. Friday in the park, on Second Avenue between East 90th and 91st streets.