New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

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Wall Street Journal New York City Summer Is Safest in Years, Records Show by Josh Dawsey and Pervaiz Shallwani

New York City Summer Is Safest in Years, Records Show

Councilman Ben Kallos, an Upper East Side Democrat, said there was more aggressive panhandling, street homelessness and people disobeying traffic laws in his district.

Wall Street Journal Residents Wary as Bike Share Expands by Mozes Zarate

Residents Wary as Bike Share Expands

Some residents were worried about losing parking to stations that are built in the roads, as opposed to on sidewalks. In response, the city asked the transportation department to consider sidewalk stations instead for those locations, said City Councilman Ben Kallos, whose district includes Upper East Side and Midtown.

Wall Street Journal Bill Would Boost Free Breakfasts in Classrooms by Mara Gay

Bill Would Boost Free Breakfasts in Classrooms

Free breakfast has been available to all 1.1 million New York City school students since 2003. All city schools offer the meal before the school day begins, but some also serve breakfast in classrooms after the start of school, or provide bagged breakfasts that children can eat in the classroom.

“We need to provide some transparency around what schools are doing,” said Councilman Ben Kallos, an Upper East Side Democrat and co-sponsor of the legislation. Brooklyn Councilman Stephen Levin is the bill’s other co-sponsor.

Under the bill, the Department of Education would be required to publicly post the number of students who receive free breakfast before and after the school day begins, as well as the number of schools that have a salad bar in their cafeteria, and the number of students served after-school snacks and dinner.

Wall Street Journal Proposal for NYC Forms: Option to Identify as Multiracial by Mara Gay

Proposal for NYC Forms: Option to Identify as Multiracial

New Yorkers would be able to identify as more than one race on city documents under legislation set to be introduced in the City Council on Tuesday.

“We just wanted to bring New York City into the 21st century,” said Councilwoman Margaret Chin, a Manhattan Democrat and the lead sponsor of the measure. “This will allow New Yorkers to identify their heritage and be proud of it. They shouldn’t have to only check one box.”

The bill, which is co-sponsored by Councilman Ben Kallos and Councilman Corey Johnson, both Democrats, would require city agencies to have the capacity to maintain the new demographic information within three years of the bill becoming law.