New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

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Technically Brooklyn New York City Council adopts civic-tech hack as its own by Tyler Woods

New York City Council adopts civic-tech hack as its own

The story of Councilmatic actually goes back to 2009, when Moore was working on OpenCongress.org, a site that tracked bills and votes in Congress. New York City Councilman Ben Kallos, then still a private attorney, cold-called Moore and told him he should build something like it for New York City. He teamed up with Code for America’s Mjumbe Poe, who built Councilmatic at a hackathon in Philadelphia in 2011, and brought it up to New York to run it here.