New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Jenna DeAngelis

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Welcomed with open arms by the Eastside Taskforce for Homeless Outreach and Services, co-founded by city councilmember Ben Kallos.

“There’s a lot of folks in the neighborhood, we have probably a dozen or so, that everybody knows. They’ve got their spot, and this will help get all the homeless folks off the streets and into a room with a place to sleep and be safe, warm and fed each night,” Kallos said.

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He’s trying to enact change on his own, connecting with city Councilman Ben Kallos for help.

“Max has proposed a really great idea, which is just that if you are calling 911 from a mobile phone you should be able to set it so that the operator can see your live video, can hear what’s going on around you and have that available as evidence,” Kallos said.

It’s an idea the councilmember plans to explore in an effort to make something good out of a bad experience and make city streets more safe. They would be exploring this with security in mind as an option for callers who consent to using a video method.