As a current elected official seeking higher office, I am prohibited from sending mass mailings including digital newsletters to residents, even those subscribed to receive them every month, under the New York City Charter. This blackout period is mandated to begin 90 days ahead of the Democratic primary on June 22nd, 2021, starting on Wednesday, March 24, ending after the elections.
During this period of time, my government office will only be able to send correspondence specifically related to events, constituent service, the City budget, and health emergency-related announcements. You will still be able to contact my district office by phone at 212-860-1950, by email at BKallos@BenKallos.com, and on social media at @BenKallos on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Our full newsletter will still be available at BenKallos.com.
Happy Passover, Easter, and Ramadan! Last year, we began a new custom of concluding the Passover Seder singing "Next Year, in Person!" This year we continued the tradition with new hope as our city begins to recover and as more New Yorkers are vaccinated. Next week, vaccine eligibility will expand to residents aged 16 and older, which means every adult in New York will be able to get their vaccine.
After seven years of advocacy, we finally announced the expansion of 3-K for All citywide, including our neighborhood, and I couldn’t be happier! Please be sure to apply and remember that our success in fulfilling the need will depend on your partnership in securing more providers and identifying buildings with vacant space that would accommodate a new 3K or pre-kindergarten. As we seek to re-open permanently many families are complaining that the Department of Education's 2-case rule is keeping schools closed too often and I agree.