New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

New York Daily News

New York Daily News Loophole allows people with city business to shower thousands on candidates despite contribution limits by Anna Sanders

Loophole allows people with city business to shower thousands on candidates despite contribution limits

 “There is no question that someone doing business with the city is only going to bundle because they think it will help their bottom line,” Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) said.

Critics of the loopholes hope an increase in the public match, from 6-to-1 to 8-to-1 for certain donations, will help curb big-money influence in the 2021 elections.

“Hopefully that disincentives this behavior,” Kallos said.

New York Daily News All New Yorkers deserve retirement security by By I. DANEEK MILLER and BEN KALLOS

All New Yorkers deserve retirement security

New Yorkers face the same problem as many Americans: employers do not provide a retirement plan at work. If we don’t address our inadequate retirement system, 2 out of every 5 older American households will fall into poverty or near-poverty when they retire at 62. Along with this human toll, massive downward mobility among the elderly will hurt our economy, cutting demand and jobs while increasing the need for more government and social spending.

Due to federal inaction, 43 states (and the city of Seattle) have made various proposals to expand their residents’ access to retirement coverage. New York State is one of 11 that has passed reforms into law.

New York Daily News Every school bus in city would get cameras under proposed NYC Council bill by Shant Shahrigan

Every school bus in city would get cameras under proposed NYC Council bill

About 50,000 drivers statewide illegally pass a stopped school bus everyday, according to a study cited by Cuomo’s office.

“By not letting this dangerous behavior go unpunished we will be letting drivers know that this is not OK and that the consequences will be in the mail,” Kallos said.

His bill would impose fines of $250 to $275 on first-time offenders and $300 for second- and third- offenders. Part of the funds raised by the fees would go to the city’s Department of Education.

New York Daily News Mayor de Blasio pushes automatic retirement accounts for NYC workers by Shant Shahrigan

Mayor de Blasio pushes automatic retirement accounts for NYC workers

“Because of the lack of coverage, we are going to face a crisis in the next 10 years,” New School Professor Teresa Ghilarducci, who co-authored the study, told the Daily News.

She applauded the legislation from Councilmen Daneek Miller (D-Brooklyn) and Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan), saying, “It makes a huge difference” for both young and old workers.

New York Daily News Even with new GPS, NYC parents still in the dark on school bus delays, locations by Michael-Elson Rooney

Even with new GPS, NYC parents still in the dark on school bus delays, locations

“I’m beyond disappointed,” Council Member Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan), who spearheaded a January City Council law requiring the tracking devices, told The News Wednesday.

“What’s the point of having a GPS on a school bus if you can’t track the GPS?” he said.

New York Daily News City fills in details of plan to stave off school bus delays by Michael Elsen-Rooney

City fills in details of plan to stave off school bus delays

Every city school bus will have GPS this fall, to prevent hours long delays that have plagued school years past, the Daily News has learned.

Education Department officials will also be beefing up staff and adding steeper penalties for blown bus routes, according to Miranda Barbot, a spokeswoman for the agency.

City officials announced Wednesday that the changes will take effect by the first day of school on Sept. 5, in addition to a longer-term plan to partner with the rideshare app Via to develop an app that allows parents to track school buses in real time.

New York Daily News NYC spends millions on cheap, single-ply toilet paper by Anna Sanders

NYC spends millions on cheap, single-ply toilet paper

New York City is literally flushing millions down the toilet.

The city has spent at least $8.8 million on cheap toilet paper since June 2013 – and the costs are piling up under Mayor de Blasio.

Around $1.58 million was wasted on toilet paper last fiscal year, a 12% bump since 2014, according to records obtained by The Daily News. Last month alone, the city bought $126,000 worth of toilet paper rolls.

The city uses about four million rolls every year, buying only cheap, single-ply toilet paper, according to the Citywide Administrative Services. An average of $1.45 million was spent on potty paper annually over the last few years.

New York Daily News De Blasio announces citywide plan to improve bike safety, acknowledges streets are in crisis by Clayton Guse

De Blasio announces citywide plan to improve bike safety, acknowledges streets are in crisis

“A lot of what they mayor has announced are things happening throughout the city in a piecemeal approach,” said Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan).

“In my neighborhood (the Upper East Side), people are already getting bike safety education and bike safety enforcement," Kallos said. "But without a citywide approach, it won’t change behavior.”

DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said the new bike lanes will eliminate “thousands” of parking spaces. Opposition to elimination of parking spaces has stalled installation of new bike lanes for more than a decade.

New York Daily News Domestic violence legislation seeks to reveal how effective orders of protection are by Anna Saunders

Domestic violence legislation seeks to reveal how effective orders of protection are

The bill would also mandate district attorneys and NYPD report on recidivism of domestic violence, how many survivors are hurt or killed after they called law enforcement, the outcome of cases handled by DAs and what specifically police do when incidents are called in.

Kallos said he hopes to eliminate confusion in how domestic violence incidents are reported and give the public the data necessary to enact policies to improve the lives of survivors.

“Domestic violence is an underreported problem in New York City,” Kallos said. “However, underreporting of incidents by survivors is just the tip of the iceberg. The City also has a serious issue with the differing criteria for reporting domestic violence by the NYPD and District Attorneys’ offices which have to make decisions on who to charge and what to charge them with.”

New York Daily News NYC Board of Elections made new online voter registration worse than paper enrollment by Anna Sanders

NYC Board of Elections made new online voter registration worse than paper enrollment

New Yorkers will be able to register to vote online later this week — but the process will take even more time than snail-mail enrollment.

The Campaign Finance Board’s new web portal will go online this Thursday after the Board of Elections voted to add another step to the process, making enrolling through the new system even more cumbersome than traditional paper registration.