Happy Fourth of July! As we celebrate our freedom we must remember that the price of liberty is eternal vigilance.
We continue to fight overdevelopment. While the developer of a supertall building won special treatment so that our community's hard-won rezoning wouldn't apply to his building for billionaires, we will bring the fight to court.
We passed an $89 billion budget for the city that invests in our children, libraries, and parks while making transit more affordable and taking a look at why property taxes are higher in this neighborhood than many others.
As we invest in schools, we broke ground on 180 new pre-kindergarten seats that should be ready for next year, stood up for specialized high schools and congratulated graduates from more than a dozen schools, sharing nothing less than the secret of life, spreading a message of tolerance, and hoping to inspire the next generation.
We are working to make our streets safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers by giving everyone their own safe space. On Monday, July 9th, the Department of Transportation will be proposing a parking-protected bike lane to protect cyclists on Second Avenue below 68th Street and crosstown bike lane pairs on 65th and 66th as well as 84th and 85th Streets.
I hope you will join me for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in Carl Schurz Park nightly at 7pm from July 17th through the 22nd.
As I continue the second half of my paternity leave through the month of July, I took time out to fight for Universal Childcare, paying our childcare workers equitably and keeping children from being separated at the borders. Although I am on leave, my staff is still there to help every day from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday at 212-860-1950, or you can email me at BKallos@BenKallos.com.
7/18, 11AM – 6PM
- Victories in the New City Budget
- Breaking Ground on 180 New Pre-K Seats
- Congratulating 2018 Graduates
- Developer Wins Special Treatment to Build Supertall
- Filling the Second Avenue Gap, New Crosstown Bike Lanes, and Pedestrian Safety Measures
- Meet the Leaders Interview: Ben Kallos
- Shakespeare in Carl Schurz Park
- New Senior Technology Tutoring
- Five Mile Stone Meeting with Community
- Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) in Your District
- Protecting Specialized Education at Stuyvesant, Bronx Science and Brooklyn Tech
- Celebrating Bronx High School of Science’s 80th Anniversary
- Fighting for Speed Cameras Around New York City Schools
- STEM Training for Teachers at Cornell Tech
- Universal Child Care Starting with Government Employees
- Pay Equity for Child Care Workers
- Governor Cuomo Launches LGBTQ Fellowship
- YMCA Scholarship For the Children of Servicemembers and Veterans
AFFORDABLE HOUSING & OVERDEVELOPMENT
- Affordable Housing Mansion Giveaways
- Scaffolding Plagues the Upper East Side
- Won Funding for Public Housing Repairs
- Low Rent Increase on Rent Stabilized Tenants
- Crain's Business Breakfast
- Overdevelopment Forum, Thank You
- What Lives in Our Subways
- Fighting Legionnaires’ Disease
- Partnering with Students to Reduce Childhood Obesity
- Fresh Food Box
- Groundbreaking on Senior Center and Youth Center at Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center
- Roosevelt Island Town Hall, Thank You
- Honoring Glaser’s Bake Shop After 116 Years
- Efforts to Boost Tourism on Roosevelt Island
- Remembering NYPD Hero Struck Down by 911
- Ruppert Park Beautification by Muslim Volunteers
- Summer Fun, Thank You
- New York Foundation for Senior Citizens City-wide Minor Home Repair Services