New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Melissa Klein

New York Post NYC parents say de Blasio’s free child care program is a mess by Melissa Klein

NYC parents say de Blasio’s free child care program is a mess

In-person learning is now supposed to start Sept. 29 for those in kindergarten through fifth grade and to Oct. 1 for older students after de Blasio made an 11th-hour decision to delay the opening.

Councilmen Ben Kallos, who joined Councilman Brad Lander in July saying the program fell far short of the number of slots needed, said the city had done a poor job of explaining exactly what Learning Bridges provided and how to apply.

“I would just say it’s a total mess,” Kallos said.

City Hall could not provide much in the way of answers including how many children had been offered slots.

New York Post City Has Spent $147K for Scaffolding Outside Courthouse by Melissa Klein

City Has Spent $147K for Scaffolding Outside Courthouse

"The city does not limit how long a sidewalk shed can stay in place. Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) has proposed legislation that would require such eyesore sheds be removed after seven days if no work takes place, but the bill has stalled."