New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

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Huffington Post Stand Against The Shadows: March To Protest Unregulated Super-Towers by Robert Brenner

Stand Against The Shadows: March To Protest Unregulated Super-Towers

New York City Council Member Ben Kallos, representing District 5, said the most important thing was to include regulations for supetalls in the new the Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA) proposal issued by NYC Planning.

Huffington Post The Power of #GivingTuesday -- December 2, 2014 by Ben Kallos

The Power of #GivingTuesday -- December 2, 2014

As Americans, we have much to be thankful for. We live in a great nation with services that support us and our loved ones. As a City Council Member representing the East Side of Manhattan, I am also deeply thankful to be a New Yorker. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for the many blessings that we have, and #GivingTuesday is a time to give back.

On November 25, just before Thanksgiving, I was proud to join New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to declare December 2, 2014 to be #GivingTuesday. This is a day for us to give back to the organizations and charities that are important to us. #GivingTuesday is a natural outlet for our generosity and an antidote to the shopping frenzy of the days just prior.

Huffington Post Merger Offers Opportunity to Bridge Digital Divide by Ben Kallos

Merger Offers Opportunity to Bridge Digital Divide

The digital divide grows wider every moment and, with it, income inequality -- but we have a chance to significantly decrease it by requiring free and affordable universal broadband and consumer protections from the merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. New York State's Public Service Commission is voting on whether such a merger is in the "public interest." The approval of New York State, home of the nation's top media market, New York City, is essential to the current merger.

Huffington Post In Control Ben Kallos Attacks Out of Control Trash Plan by Matthew Chapman

In Control Ben Kallos Attacks Out of Control Trash Plan

Check out this video of New York City Council Member Benjamin Kallos coolly picking apart an element of Bloomberg's old trash plan that has gone out of control.

The collection and disposal of trash in New York City, but particularly in Manhattan, is achieved through a mixture of poorly regulated private trash vehicles and relatively well-maintained and environmentally sound government ones. Recycling rates are embarrassingly low, 15 percent compared to up to 75 percent in other cities.