Newsletters https://benkallos.com/newsletters en December News: Campaign Finance Passes, Holiday Party Invitation, Bike Safety, and NY Times Support for My Ethics Reforms https://benkallos.com/newsletter/december-news-campaign-finance-passes-holiday-party-invitation-bike-safety-and-ny-times <span>December News: Campaign Finance Passes, Holiday Party Invitation, Bike Safety, and NY Times Support for My Ethics Reforms</span> <div class="field field--name-field-summary field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><table> <colgroup> <col width="450" /> <col width="200" /> </colgroup> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Dear Neighbor,</p> <p>In this season of thanks, I am grateful for the historic number of New York City residents who came out to the polls and <strong>voted yes on all three ballot questions</strong>.<br /> <br /> With this result, we fundamentally changed New York City elections, which will now rely less on <a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Sweeping">big money</a> from special interest donors and hand more influence to everyday New Yorkers. Ballot questions 2 &amp; 3 will increase <a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#TermLimits">citizen engagement</a> and open up community boards to more New Yorkers.<br /> <br /> During the recent snowstorm, I had to intervene in rescuing a school bus that took more than eight hours to bring children receiving special education home from school. This shows how important legislation I authored is that would <a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#GPS">equip all City school buses with GPS</a>, so parents can locate their kids when the bus doesn't show up, especially in a citywide emergency.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Our <a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Safe_Streets">bike safety program</a> continues to get results with pedestrians and cyclists alike safer from collisions with one another and life-threatening motor vehicles.<br /> <br /> If you are interested in the rich <a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Shaped_By_Imigrants">immigrant history of our neighborhood</a> you can watch an educational video funded in part by our office, complemented by a book we hope will become a best seller.<br /> <br /> The <a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#StateLeg">New York Times praised the ethics reforms I authored</a> and passed in 2016, limiting the City Council's outside income, eliminating additional pay for chairing committees, as an example for Albany to follow.<br /> <br /> Please join me at our <a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Party">Annual Holiday Party</a> on December 13, 5pm-7pm at my district office. Join us for light refreshments as we catch up and take time to review 2018.<br /> <br /> Sincerely,</p> <p><img data-file-id="2013" height="24" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/1a1894a3a45c0329272b438e09ab021c-125x24.png" width="125" /><br /> Ben Kallos<br /> Council Member<br /> <br /> P.S. Everybody <a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Gale_Brewer">loves Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer</a> - especially me!</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="250"> <div><strong>OFFICE EVENTS&nbsp;</strong></div> <div><br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Party"><strong>Holiday Party</strong></a> <div>12/13, 5PM – 7PM&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#NewYork_Classical"><strong id="docs-internal-guid-928a8adf-7fff-b6ad-9345-4b935e0f30cf">New York Classical Theatre: Reading of Women and Servants </strong></a><br /> 12/10, 7:30PM<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#SaveTheDate"><strong id="docs-internal-guid-9ccb473f-7fff-abb7-c66c-6ea94ab7e914">Save The Date: </strong><strong>State of the District</strong></a><br /> 1/13, 1PM – 2:30PM<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <div><strong>MONTHLY EVENTS</strong></div> </div> <div><br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/first-friday-22"><strong>First Friday</strong></a><br /> 12/7, 8AM – 10AM</div> <p><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Mobile"><strong>Mobile District Hours</strong></a><br /> 12/13 &amp; 12/28, 11AM – 2PM</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>HEADLINES</strong></p> <ol> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Sweeping">Campaign Finance Reform Approved with a Milllion Votes</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#GPS">GPS on School Buses Needed to Prevent Lost Children During Storm</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#StateLeg">New York Times Editorializes in Support of My Ethics Reforms as Model for State Legislature</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#TermLimits">Term Limits for Community Board and Civic Engagement Win</a>&nbsp;</li> </ol> <p><strong>NOVEMBER EVENT INVITES</strong></p> <ol start="5"> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Party">Holiday Party</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#SaveTheDate">Save the Date: State of the District</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#NewYork_Classical">New York Classical Theatre: Reading of “Women and Servants”</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>OVERDEVELOPMENT</strong></p> <ol start="8"> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Pix11">Helping Upper East Siders Find Housing with PIX11</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Scaffolding">National Experts Weigh in on Scaffolding Reform</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Amazon">City and State Offer Amazon $3 Billion in Tax Breaks and a Helipad</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>FIXING OUR ELECTIONS AND GOVERNMENT REFORM</strong></p> <ol start="11"> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Soggy_Ballots">Massive Turnout, Long Lines, and Soggy Ballots</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Data_State_Scoop">Making History with Government Data</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>TRANSPORTATION</strong></p> <ol start="13"> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Safe_Streets">Upper East Side Streets Continue to Get Safer for Pedestrians and Cyclists</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Families">Families for Safe Streets</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>EDUCATION</strong></p> <ol start="15"> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#elro">National Education Award Given to Upper East Side Public School</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#CIVIC_hALL">Civic Hall Announces $2 Million in Funding for a Digital Curriculum</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#NYPIRG">Celebrating 45 Years of the New York Public Interest Rights Group</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#elro">Eleanor Roosevelt High School International Dinner</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Childcare">Honoring Our Childcare Workers</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>FOOD, ENVIRONMENT &amp; HELPING NEIGHBORS </strong></p> <ol start="20"> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Compost">Getting More New Yorkers to Compost</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Turkey">Turkey Giveaway for Thanksgiving</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Rally">Rally Against Loss of Coverage at New York Hospitals</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Politics_of_Food">Politics of Food Summit at Baruch College</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Coat_Drive">NY Cares Coat Drive on Roosevelt Island</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Toys-For_Tots">Toys for Tots Drive on the Upper East Side</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>COMMUNITY</strong></p> <ol start="26"> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Gale_Brewer">Everybody Loves Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer—Especially Me</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Ehail">New York City Should Have Its Own Ride Hailing App</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Shaped_By_Imigrants">New Book from Friends of the Upper East Side: “Shaped by Immigrants”</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Public_Charge">Protecting Immigrant Communities: Public Charge</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Religious">Attention Religious Institutions: Apply for a Grant to Upgrade Security</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#The-Roof">The Roof Over Our Heads: A NYLAG Life Planning Workshop</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Shred_A_Athon">Thank You For Attending the Shred-A-Thon Thanksgiving Edition</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#York">The York Theatre Celebrates </a><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#York">48th</a><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#York"> Anniversary</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Anime">Kicking Off Second Annual Anime NYC Weekend</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Minority">Opportunity for Minority and Women-Owned Businesses</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>OFFICE UPDATES </strong></p> <ol start="36"> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Corner">Legislative Corner</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Clinics">Free Legal Clinic&nbsp;</a> &nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Help">Here To Help</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Mobile">Mobile District Hours</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#BenInYour">Ben in Your Building</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#CommunityBoards">Community Boards</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#nypd">NYPD Events</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Neighborhood">Neighborhood and Tenant Associations</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#Adults">Events for Adults</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6631#kids">Events for Kids</a></li> </ol> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/jesse-towsen" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Jesse Towsen</span></span> <span>Thu, 12/06/2018 - 1:26pm</span> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><table> <colgroup> <col width="450" /> <col width="200" /> </colgroup> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p>Dear Neighbor,</p> <p>In this season of thanks, I am grateful for the historic number of New York City residents who came out to the polls and <strong>voted yes on all three ballot questions</strong>.<br /> <br /> With this result, we fundamentally changed New York City elections, which will now rely less on <a href="#Sweeping">big money</a> from special interest donors and hand more influence to everyday New Yorkers. Ballot questions 2 &amp; 3 will increase <a href="#TermLimits">citizen engagement</a> and open up community boards to more New Yorkers.<br /> <br /> During the recent snowstorm, I had to intervene in rescuing a school bus that took more than eight hours to bring children receiving special education home from school. This shows how important legislation I authored is that would <a href="#GPS">equip all City school buses with GPS</a>, so parents can locate their kids when the bus doesn't show up, especially in a citywide emergency.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Our <a href="#Safe_Streets">bike safety program</a> continues to get results with pedestrians and cyclists alike safer from collisions with one another and life-threatening motor vehicles.<br /> <br /> If you are interested in the rich <a href="#Shaped_By_Imigrants">immigrant history of our neighborhood</a> you can watch an educational video funded in part by our office, complemented by a book we hope will become a best seller.<br /> <br /> The <a href="#StateLeg">New York Times praised the ethics reforms I authored</a> and passed in 2016, limiting the City Council's outside income, eliminating additional pay for chairing committees, as an example for Albany to follow.<br /> <br /> Please join me at our <a href="#Party">Annual Holiday Party</a> on December 13, 5pm-7pm at my district office. Join us for light refreshments as we catch up and take time to review 2018.<br /> <br /> Sincerely,</p> <p><img data-file-id="2013" height="24" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/1a1894a3a45c0329272b438e09ab021c-125x24.png" width="125" /><br /> Ben Kallos<br /> Council Member<br /> <br /> P.S. Everybody <a href="#Gale_Brewer">loves Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer</a> - especially me!</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="250"> <div><strong>OFFICE EVENTS&nbsp;</strong></div> <div><br /> <a href="#Party"><strong>Holiday Party</strong></a> <div>12/13, 5PM – 7PM&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a href="#NewYork_Classical"><strong id="docs-internal-guid-928a8adf-7fff-b6ad-9345-4b935e0f30cf">New York Classical Theatre: Reading of Women and Servants </strong></a><br /> 12/10, 7:30PM<br /> <br /> <a href="#SaveTheDate"><strong id="docs-internal-guid-9ccb473f-7fff-abb7-c66c-6ea94ab7e914">Save The Date: </strong><strong>State of the District</strong></a><br /> 1/13, 1PM – 2:30PM<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <div><strong>MONTHLY EVENTS</strong></div> </div> <div><br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/first-friday-22"><strong>First Friday</strong></a><br /> 12/7, 8AM – 10AM</div> <p><a href="#Mobile"><strong>Mobile District Hours</strong></a><br /> 12/13 &amp; 12/28, 11AM – 2PM</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>HEADLINES</strong></p> <ol> <li><a href="#Sweeping">Campaign Finance Reform Approved with a Milllion Votes</a></li> <li><a href="#GPS">GPS on School Buses Needed to Prevent Lost Children During Storm</a></li> <li><a href="#StateLeg">New York Times Editorializes in Support of My Ethics Reforms as Model for State Legislature</a></li> <li><a href="#TermLimits">Term Limits for Community Board and Civic Engagement Win</a>&nbsp;</li> </ol> <p><strong>NOVEMBER EVENT INVITES</strong></p> <ol start="5"> <li><a href="#Party">Holiday Party</a></li> <li><a href="#SaveTheDate">Save the Date: State of the District</a></li> <li><a href="#NewYork_Classical">New York Classical Theatre: Reading of “Women and Servants”</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>OVERDEVELOPMENT</strong></p> <ol start="8"> <li><a href="#Pix11">Helping Upper East Siders Find Housing with PIX11</a></li> <li><a href="#Scaffolding">National Experts Weigh in on Scaffolding Reform</a></li> <li><a href="#Amazon">City and State Offer Amazon $3 Billion in Tax Breaks and a Helipad</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>FIXING OUR ELECTIONS AND GOVERNMENT REFORM</strong></p> <ol start="11"> <li><a href="#Soggy_Ballots">Massive Turnout, Long Lines, and Soggy Ballots</a></li> <li><a href="#Data_State_Scoop">Making History with Government Data</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>TRANSPORTATION</strong></p> <ol start="13"> <li><a href="#Safe_Streets">Upper East Side Streets Continue to Get Safer for Pedestrians and Cyclists</a></li> <li><a href="#Families">Families for Safe Streets</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>EDUCATION</strong></p> <ol start="15"> <li><a href="#elro">National Education Award Given to Upper East Side Public School</a></li> <li><a href="#CIVIC_hALL">Civic Hall Announces $2 Million in Funding for a Digital Curriculum</a></li> <li><a href="#NYPIRG">Celebrating 45 Years of the New York Public Interest Rights Group</a></li> <li><a href="#elro">Eleanor Roosevelt High School International Dinner</a></li> <li><a href="#Childcare">Honoring Our Childcare Workers</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>FOOD, ENVIRONMENT &amp; HELPING NEIGHBORS </strong></p> <ol start="20"> <li><a href="#Compost">Getting More New Yorkers to Compost</a></li> <li><a href="#Turkey">Turkey Giveaway for Thanksgiving</a></li> <li><a href="#Rally">Rally Against Loss of Coverage at New York Hospitals</a></li> <li><a href="#Politics_of_Food">Politics of Food Summit at Baruch College</a></li> <li><a href="#Coat_Drive">NY Cares Coat Drive on Roosevelt Island</a></li> <li><a href="#Toys-For_Tots">Toys for Tots Drive on the Upper East Side</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>COMMUNITY</strong></p> <ol start="26"> <li><a href="#Gale_Brewer">Everybody Loves Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer—Especially Me</a></li> <li><a href="#Ehail">New York City Should Have Its Own Ride Hailing App</a></li> <li><a href="#Shaped_By_Imigrants">New Book from Friends of the Upper East Side: “Shaped by Immigrants”</a></li> <li><a href="#Public_Charge">Protecting Immigrant Communities: Public Charge</a></li> <li><a href="#Religious">Attention Religious Institutions: Apply for a Grant to Upgrade Security</a></li> <li><a href="#The-Roof">The Roof Over Our Heads: A NYLAG Life Planning Workshop</a></li> <li><a href="#Shred_A_Athon">Thank You For Attending the Shred-A-Thon Thanksgiving Edition</a></li> <li><a href="#York">The York Theatre Celebrates </a><a href="#York">48th</a><a href="#York"> Anniversary</a></li> <li><a href="#Anime">Kicking Off Second Annual Anime NYC Weekend</a></li> <li><a href="#Minority">Opportunity for Minority and Women-Owned Businesses</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>OFFICE UPDATES </strong></p> <ol start="36"> <li><a href="#Corner">Legislative Corner</a></li> <li><a href="#Clinics">Free Legal Clinic&nbsp;</a> &nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li><a href="#Help">Here To Help</a></li> <li><a href="#Mobile">Mobile District Hours</a></li> <li><a href="#BenInYour">Ben in Your Building</a></li> <li><a href="#CommunityBoards">Community Boards</a></li> <li><a href="#nypd">NYPD Events</a></li> <li><a href="#Neighborhood">Neighborhood and Tenant Associations</a></li> <li><a href="#Adults">Events for Adults</a></li> <li><a href="#kids">Events for Kids</a></li> </ol> <p><br /> <br /> <a id="Sweeping" name="Sweeping"><strong>Campaign Finance Reform Approved with a Million Votes</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img data-file-id="3113" height="37" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/275c1fa5aae6efc6675d4067bc02f3fa-400x37.png" width="400" /><br /> <br /> On November 6, New Yorkers voted to get big&nbsp;money out of politics. After a decade-long fight for campaign finance reform, voters took matters into their own hands, voting “Yes” on Ballot Question 1.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> As the <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/nyc-initiatives-seek-to-curb-campaign-contributions-and-board-term-limits-1541422800">Wall Street Journal</a> and <a href="https://www.cityandstateny.com/articles/opinion/opinion/new-york-city-charter-revision-campaign-finance-reform.html">City and State</a> reported, the passage of Question 1&nbsp;was an important victory in the fight for campaign finance reform. Over 1.4 million New Yorkers turned their ballots over to vote on at least one ballot question, and 1.1 million of those voters chose “Yes” on Ballot Question 1. That is as many people as voted for Mayor last year. As a result, every small dollar (under $250 for citywide and $175 for others) donated to a campaign participating in the system will be matched by the city eight times, providing matching funds&nbsp;to cover up to 75% of a campaign's&nbsp;spending limit. We also lowered the individual contribution limit to $2,000 for citywide campaigns, $1,500 for borough wide, and $1,000 for City Council.<br /> <br /> I have been fighting for these changes to improve our City’s campaign finance system since I was the executive director of a good government group. As a Council Member, I authored legislation and secured a hearing to reform the system. Recently as the city worked to revise the Charter, I testified before the Charter Revision Commission at every opportunity I had. The new laws will&nbsp;help more diverse candidates run for office and prevent corruption. <a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/site/charter/index.page">Find out more</a> about the three ballot measures or&nbsp;read my <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/statement-ballot-proposals-win">full statement</a> on this historic win at <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/statement-ballot-proposals-win">BenKallos.com/Press-Releases</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="GPS" name="GPS"><strong>GPS on School Buses Needed to Prevent Lost Children During Storm</strong></a><strong> </strong><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.nbcnewyork.com/on-air/as-seen-on/Storm-Strands-Kids-on-NYC-School-Buses-Until-Midnight_New-York-500721502.html"><img align="right" data-file-id="4789" height="135" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/66f4149aacf07cf980831c61eb58de0f-250x135.png" width="250" /></a>The <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/nyregion/snowstorm-total-delays-commute.html">New York Times</a> reported that when Winter Storm Avery hit, I had to intervene along with the Mayor’s office to locate a school bus still stuck in traffic carrying children after midnight. I spent hours on the phone with the Mayor’s team working to locate the children, who receive special needs education, and had been on the bus for more than 10 hours, since&nbsp;they left school in the mid-afternoon. Ultimately, emergency response workers intervened and escorted the bus to its final drop off. The bus driver had to use their personal cell phone to radio for help.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2018/11/17/city-councilman-says-proposed-gps-tracking-systems-for-school-buses-could-have-prevented-snowstorm-nightmare/?utm_campaign=true_anthem&amp;utm_content=5bf0ebfc04d3014847310a34&amp;utm_medium=facebook&amp;utm_source=social"><img align="right" data-file-id="4801" height="140" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/bb5fc70e826de3dc65fa7eb4a6bfb5ac-250x140.png" width="250" /></a>As <a href="https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2018/11/17/city-councilman-says-proposed-gps-tracking-systems-for-school-buses-could-have-prevented-snowstorm-nightmare/?utm_campaign=true_anthem&amp;utm_content=5bf0ebfc04d3014847310a34&amp;utm_medium=facebook&amp;utm_source=social">CBS 2 News</a> reported, a package of legislation I introduced in September would have prevented this situation from happening. The legislation requires the Department of Education to install GPS devices on every single New York City school bus, so the vehicles can be located in real time by the City and parents. It is a shame we have not seen more movement and urgency in getting this simple fix implemented, especially after a recent hearing in the City Council where I personally questioned DOE Chancellor Carranza about this ongoing annual problem. Learn more about what occurred by reading my <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/statement-children-special-needs-stranded-school-bus-after-midnight">full statement</a> from the morning of the incident. See more coverage of my bill and how it will prevent this from happening again from coverage in <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/nyc-and-nj-take-heat-over-response-to-snowstorm-1542399963?mod=searchresults&amp;page=1&amp;pos=1">The Wall Street Journal</a>, <a href="https://wcbs880.radio.com/articles/special-needs-student-stuck-school-bus-10-hours-during-snowstorm">WCBS Radio</a>, <a href="https://www.nbcnewyork.com/on-air/as-seen-on/Storm-Strands-Kids-on-NYC-School-Buses-Until-Midnight_New-York-500721502.html">NBC 4</a>, <a href="http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2018/11/16/first-snowfall-of-the-season-nyc-">New York 1</a> and <a href="https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/ny-metro-storm-smashes-city-schools-20181116-story.html">New York Daily News</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="StateLeg" name="StateLeg"><strong>New York Times Editorializes in Support of My Ethics Reforms as Model for State Legislature</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4261" height="48" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/b70aba91b2a00e14d228c13e92855144-325x48.png" width="325" />When&nbsp;I ran for&nbsp;office, I promised to fight to&nbsp;eliminate&nbsp;corruption and the appearance of corruption in government. We took a huge step toward making that happen in the City Council&nbsp;in 2016, when we passed&nbsp;<a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2560152&amp;GUID=52D3026A-7111-4C0A-B8B6-4215192147E9">Local Law 20 of 2016</a>,&nbsp;which I authored and passed. This law made the City Council a full-time job and banned outside income as well as “<a href="https://www.thecreativeresistance.us/lulu-land/" target="_blank">lulus</a>,”&nbsp;stipends from the Speaker that <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-clip/new-york-daily-news-lulu-heroes-and-zeroes-editorial">The Daily News</a> referred to as "legal grease."<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In November,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/25/opinion/editorials/no-albany-pay-raise-without-limits-on-outside-income.html">The New York Times Editorial Board</a> commended the progress the City Council made against corruption and recommended that New York State follow our example and “act as responsibly” as the City Council did in 2016.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> This would be the first time in twenty years that state lawmakers receive a pay raise. I believe this raise in pay must come with a promise to root out corruption. As the Times said, "Good government demands fair compensation for lawmakers, but only when they earn and keep the public’s trust,” which I feel will only happen with a transparent government of elected officials performing honestly that rejects lulus and outside income. Read my statement in response to the editorial at <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/statement-cm-kallos-new-york-times-editorial-board-endorsing-city-council-rules">BenKallos.com/press-releases</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="TermLimits" name="TermLimits"><strong>Term Limits for Community Board and Civic Engagement Win&nbsp;</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4685" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/e8c2d5e2b73aee2d31c77cc13ac29085-250x187.jpg" width="250" />Changes made to the City Charter as a result of&nbsp;Ballot Questions 2 and 3 passing will have positive effects on our government. I supported&nbsp;and advocated for passage of both measures and I am&nbsp;proud to have helped push them through.<br /> <br /> Ballot Question 2&nbsp;creates a <a href="https://www.nyccfb.info/nyc-votes/vgwelcome/state-general-2018/ballot-proposals/proposal-2/?languageType=English">Civic Engagement Commission</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;a citywide participatory budgeting program&nbsp;to promote participation by residents in making recommendations for projects in their communities.<br /> <br /> Ballot Question 3&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nyccfb.info/nyc-votes/vgwelcome/state-general-2018/ballot-proposals/proposal-3/?languageType=English">imposes term limits</a> on Community Board Members. This measure is important because term limits are crucial for democracy.&nbsp;I am glad we have them on the federal level for president and I know on the local level they will help get more New Yorkers involved. My advocacy for this measure goes back to before I was in office, when I was a member of Community Board 8. In the City Council, I introduced <a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2103598&amp;GUID=56EA5939-9A4B-4280-B32D-F717E0B7F2A4&amp;Options=&amp;Search=" target="_blank">Int. 585 of 2014</a> with Council Member Daniel Dromm to establish term limits for the boards, and I am pleased that New Yorkers have supported this measure on the ballot.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>NOVEMBER EVENT INVITES</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Party" name="Party"><strong>Holiday Party</strong></a><br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/holiday-party-3"><img align="none" data-file-id="4809" height="776" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/2edc42676fefe2d855d3f8a090163a73-600x776.jpg" width="600" /></a><br /> You are invited! On Thursday, December 13, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, join me and my team at my District Office to celebrate the holiday season, discuss what we have been doing in 2018, and enjoy light refreshments. RSVP by calling (212)860-1950&nbsp;or at <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/holiday-party-3">BenKallos.com/Events</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Holiday Party<br /> December 13, 5:00pm to 7:00pm<br /> District Office<br /> 244 East 93rd Street<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/holiday-party-3">RSVP</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="SaveTheDate" name="SaveTheDate"><strong>Save The Date: State of the District</strong></a><br /> <img data-file-id="4793" height="776" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/58cf032cd2b05740a863f82544686fdc-600x776.jpg" width="600" /><br /> You are cordially invited to our annual State of the District.<br /> <br /> State of the District<br /> 1:00 PM, Sunday, January 13<br /> Memorial Sloan Kettering<br /> 430 East 67th Street<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/state-district-0" target="_blank">RSVP</a><br /> <br /> Please join me for my annual report to you on the State of the District, recognizing all the work my office and members of our community have done together over the past 5 years and giving a preview of what’s in store for 2019. RSVP by calling 212-860-1950 or <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/state-district-0">BenKallos.com/Events</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="NewYork_Classical" name="NewYork_Classical"><strong>New York Classical Theatre: Reading of Women and Servants</strong></a>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4693" height="323" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/35486df2ebbf4fcaa892b6b393b6bc54-250x323.jpg" width="250" />I am excited to sponsor this reading of the newly rediscovered play by Lope de Vega, <em>Women and Servants</em>. The NY Classical Theatre is presenting this play as part of&nbsp;an important project to diversify the classics of the theatre canon. The play was&nbsp;recently rediscovered in an overlooked 17th Century manuscript in Madrid's Biblioteca Nacional.<br /> <br /> The <em>comedia</em> emerges from its 400-year sleep with a remarkable freshness: it presents a world of suave self-fashioning and accommodation, where creaky notions of honor and vengeance have virtually no place.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>NY Classical Women and Servants</strong><br /> Monday, December 10, 7:30PM<br /> Church of the Epiphany<br /> 1393 York Avenue at 74th Street<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/new-york-classical-theatre-reading-women-and-servants">RSVP</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>OVERDEVELOPMENT</strong><br /> <br /> <a id="Pix11" name="Pix11"><strong>Helping Upper East Siders Find Housing with PIX 11</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4705" height="121" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/e71c5a745fc8fa673165c80ca0928313-250x121.jpg" width="250" /></strong>I joined <a href="https://pix11.com/2018/11/08/nyc-affordable-housing-crisis-helping-puerto-rican-grandma-who-evacuated-hurricane-marie-get-a-home/">PIX 11’s</a> “Monica Makes it Happen” for a discussion on the affordable housing crisis plaguing our City. The show focused on the problems at&nbsp;the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). NYCHA has been in the news recently for its $22 billion capital budget deficit needed to fix leaky roofs, mold, broken elevators, dangerous lead pipes, and faulty heating systems.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> To make matters worse, NYCHA cannot keep up with the housing demands of our most vulnerable friends and neighbors, which leaves many seniors in need of affordable housing. By 2030, there will be 1.84 million seniors (65 and over) living in NYC, according to the <a href="http://metro-iaf-ny.org/">Metro Industrial Area Foundation</a>. This includes Anna Rivera, a senior who was devastated by Hurricane Maria last year and was forced to move in with her family in New York City. Anna Rivera has been through half a dozen community and city waiting lists for homes. For more information, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pix11news/videos/264414167596061/?q=pix%2011">watch the show</a> and hear Anna tell her story on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pix11news/videos/264414167596061/?q=pix%2011" target="_blank">Pix11.com</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Scaffolding" name="Scaffolding"><strong>National Experts Weigh in on Scaffolding Reform</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4717" height="270" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/df30a10ba13484705c6daec059e028e6-250x270.jpg" width="250" />Thank you to&nbsp;<a href="https://barnard.edu/">Barnard College</a>, Lori Gold, and her family for inviting me to participate in a panel discussing the current scaffolding legislation on the books in New York City. Lori Gold is the sister of <a href="https://www.facebook.com/GraceGoldMemorialScholarshipFund/?__tn__=kC-R&amp;eid=ARDYg3csTGaJSJFFXxKUI9tr7mSnGgvi9v7gQ53ITzMXm9rsEWBpp2pfAPmAnYBCW7JHFUo_PYiZqzz5&amp;hc_ref=ARQ6RiGmyDPlqs2cP_zlc2cmZzgp_QwYxK3bL6zo7iff39WcHVIfbu7nZyGpc8gLlz0&amp;fref=nf&amp;__xts__%5b0%5d=68.ARCVujT55FH3eaub24C7BhwLPD0U1ODqR_vw9Icj7V3-JJg4C3YjPC7O1IGvJQyvAc17aK6zSoIqRZGzxqs7dVdhinXirsAz3jM18kfyh1jkiZJ4oU5NCWh2a1h_Nk5-pf0o-7qWTEAVhw8HQt253HsPcItI4K5MQQdAIY14djNYOSRgAqnifx8SvbbtjdXx5TxqwJX_Rno9-KERybebHVscimu3ODGyAU5QPX9_amzuusHAybRiBl1eQfquYRc7XBWUOB93APl3dsrgSmD3roGUSehT0QY8s-6xNfj_vQUbIdEIiXY0QgGMikdI4DjXtgY8urw15Fn5HUHIkkXiqA">Grace Gold</a> who was killed in 1979 in New York by a piece of masonry that fell from a building.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Ms. Gold’s tragic death lead to the adoption of (<a href="https://www.habitatmag.com/Publication-Content/Board-Operations/2008/2008-December/Local-Law-11-A-Primer">Local Law 11</a>), or the Facade Inspection and Safety Program, an important safety law which has had the unintended consequence of covering New York City with scaffolding. The panel featured industry experts such as Dan Allen of CTA Architects, Sharon Lobo of Indus Architects, and Michael Peterman of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates. We&nbsp;discussed the implications of Local Law 11 and the legislation I have introduced to force&nbsp;building owners to take down unnecessary scaffolding or get the necessary facade work done within 90 days. If that timeline is not met or is ignored, the work would then be done by the City and the costs would be billed to the building owner. I believe we must maintain the safety standards of Local Law 11, while updating the law so the work actually gets done and the scaffolding comes down in a timely manner.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The panel discussion and breakfast raised $200,000 in honor of Grace’s memory for a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/GraceGoldMemorialScholarshipFund/?__tn__=kC-R&amp;eid=ARDYg3csTGaJSJFFXxKUI9tr7mSnGgvi9v7gQ53ITzMXm9rsEWBpp2pfAPmAnYBCW7JHFUo_PYiZqzz5&amp;hc_ref=ARQ6RiGmyDPlqs2cP_zlc2cmZzgp_QwYxK3bL6zo7iff39WcHVIfbu7nZyGpc8gLlz0&amp;fref=nf&amp;__xts__%5b0%5d=68.ARCVujT55FH3eaub24C7BhwLPD0U1ODqR_vw9Icj7V3-JJg4C3YjPC7O1IGvJQyvAc17aK6zSoIqRZGzxqs7dVdhinXirsAz3jM18kfyh1jkiZJ4oU5NCWh2a1h_Nk5-pf0o-7qWTEAVhw8HQt253HsPcItI4K5MQQdAIY14djNYOSRgAqnifx8SvbbtjdXx5TxqwJX_Rno9-KERybebHVscimu3ODGyAU5QPX9_amzuusHAybRiBl1eQfquYRc7XBWUOB93APl3dsrgSmD3roGUSehT0QY8s-6xNfj_vQUbIdEIiXY0QgGMikdI4DjXtgY8urw15Fn5HUHIkkXiqA">scholarship</a> started by her sister Lori. For more information about the panel discussion, read coverage in <a href="https://www.habitatmag.com/Publication-Content/Building-Operations/2018/2018-November/Grace-Gold">Habitat</a> and learn more about my scaffolding bill from coverage in <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-clip/new-york-times-scaffolding-harlem-corner-making-eyes-sore-least-17-years-winnie-hu">The New York Times</a>, <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-clip/pix11-pix11-investigates-how-safe-citys-300-miles-scaffolding-henry-rosoff">PIX11</a>, <a href="https://benkallos.com/video/city-council-hearing-legislation-limiting-how-long-scaffolding-can-stay-without-ongoing-work">FOX 5</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="https://benkallos.com/video/ny1-councilman-targets-blight-city-thousands-buildings-surrounded-scaffolding">New York 1</a>. If you would like to donate to the Grace Gold Foundation <a href="http://Facebook.com/GraceGoldMemorialScholarshipFund" target="_blank">Facebook.com/GraceGoldMemorialScholarshipFund</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Amazon" name="Amazon"><strong>City and State Offer Amazon $3 Billion in Tax Breaks and a Helipad</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4725" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/418a5253f6454ef1cda780edfb0ecf45-250x187.jpg" width="250" />As <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/nov/14/amazon-hq2-new-york-protest-queens-long-island-city">The Guardian</a> reported, like many other New York City elected officials, I have serious concerns with the level of subsidy being offered and the secretive process to bring Amazon to Long Island City. No major deal that will profoundly affect everyday New Yorkers should require our government to&nbsp;sign&nbsp;a non-disclosure agreement,&nbsp;excluding community members and their&nbsp;City Council representatives from the discussion.<br /> <br /> As the <a href="https://nypost.com/2018/11/18/nyc-politicians-still-use-amazon-despite-slamming-hq2/?utm_campaign=site%20buttons&amp;utm_medium=site%20buttons&amp;utm_source=url_sitebuttons">New York Post</a> reported,&nbsp;I am an Amazon customer who understands the value of Amazon wanting to come to our great City. That is why, along with&nbsp;many of my colleagues, I&nbsp;signed on to a letter highlighting the reasons why Amazon&nbsp;should come to&nbsp;New York City. In that letter,&nbsp;we never offered Amazon $3 billion in tax breaks or a helipad, and no such offer should have been made without the input of local residents, like the Roosevelt Islanders who may be displaced by higher rents when Amazon moves in next door.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Amazon is one of the biggest companies in the nation, worth billions of dollars. There is no reason we should be giving it extra-generous financial package at a moment when our City is in dire need for billions in funding to fix the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and to make repairs on our subways. For more, read coverage from <a href="https://ny.curbed.com/2018/11/14/18095799/amazon-hq2-long-island-city-rally-critics">Curbed</a>, <a href="https://patch.com/new-york/astoria-long-island-city/nys-3b-gift-amazon-could-pay-wish-list-fixes-pols">Patch</a> and <a href="https://psmag.com/economics/how-queens-is-pushing-back-against-amazon-hq2">Pacific Standard</a>.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>FIXING OUR ELECTIONS AND GOVERNMENT REFORM</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Soggy_Ballots" name="Soggy_Ballots"><strong>Massive Turnout, Long Lines, and Soggy Ballots</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> This past Election Day, 38 percent of eligible New York City residents came out to vote. That means despite torrential rains turnout was up significantly from the 22.7 percent we saw in 2014. Sadly, our City Board of Elections (BOE) was not prepared for this and there were widespread reports of long lines at polling places. As reported by <a href="https://www.cityandstateny.com/articles/politics/campaigns-elections/new-york-city-purged-voters-2016-it-wasnt-mistake.html">City and State</a>, in my former position as Chair of the Committee on Governmental Operations, I often brought attention to the City BOE’s lack of preparedness for elections, which too often leaves New Yorkers disenfranchised. During the April 2016 Democratic primaries, the BOE discarded about 90,000 of 121,056 votes from the five boroughs on “the basis the voters were unaffiliated”, with over 60,000 of them coming from the outer boroughs. Following this election, the City Council had oversight hearings and questioned BOE Executive Director Mike Ryan about the failures of his agency that day. I will continue to hold the BOE accountable,&nbsp;asking the questions we all want answers to. Read my full statement from Election Day at <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/council-member-ben-kallos-statement-long-lines-election-day-midterms-2018">BenKallos.com/press-releases</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Data_State_Scoop" name="Data_State_Scoop"><strong>Making History with Government Data</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> In November, New York City made the <a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/site/analytics/index.page">Mayor’s Office of Data and Analytics</a> (MODA) a permanent part of New York City government. The new law, which I co-sponsored, ensures that MODA, which was founded by executive order in 2006, survives future Mayoral administrations that might otherwise have let it fall by the wayside.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> MODA is charged with aggregating and analyzing data from across City agencies to more effectively address crime, public safety, and quality of life issues. It is known as the center of civic intelligence for using analytics to strategically prioritize risk, delivering services more efficiently, enforcing laws more effectively and increasing transparency. For more information on what this means for our City, read the coverage in <a href="https://statescoop.com/nyc-council-codifies-mayors-office-of-data-analytics/">Statescoop</a>.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>TRANSPORTATION</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Safe_Streets" name="Safe_Streets"><strong>Upper East Side Streets Continue to get Safer for Pedestrians and Cyclists</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="http://www.ourtownny.com/local-news/20181130/safer-east-side-streets" target="_blank"><img align="right" data-file-id="4805" height="169" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/fb649d6ddadb2d8ad5d184090cf014cf-300x169.jpg" width="300" /></a>My office's&nbsp;Bike Safety program continues to improve street safety on the Upper East Side. The program which stretches from East 30th Street in Council Member Keith Powers’ district to East 97th street was launch in 2014. As research shows since then, there has been a trend toward fewer injuries for pedestrians, cyclists and motorist injured in collisions.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> This year, the program included a new bike safety officer, Officer Tuohey, and the expansion of protected bike lanes.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Infrastructure improvements include:</p> <ul> <li>Improving bike lane on Second Avenue between 68th &amp; 59th streets from shared to partially parking protected planned for 2019.</li> <li>Providing a pedestrian and bike crossing for the 59th Street Queensboro Bridge planned for 2019.</li> <li>Doubling bike lanes from just First Avenue and the 90th &amp; 91st Street pair to include Second Avenue, 70th &amp; 71st Street and 77th &amp; 78th Streets in 2017.</li> <li>Leading pedestrian intervals along York Avenue to give pedestrians a chance to cross before vehicles get the green light in 2016.</li> <li>“Safety neckdowns” have extended the curb and islands have been added at dangerous intersections throughout the Upper East Side, so pedestrians have less distance to cross.</li> </ul> <p>As <a href="http://www.ourtownny.com/local-news/20181130/safer-east-side-streets">Our Town</a> reported, the program is working since “traffic collisions involving cyclists on the East Side have trended downward in recent years even as ridership has increased.”<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Educating cyclists along with enforcement from the NYPD has made a difference when it comes to protecting older residents on our streets. For more information on the program and detailed statistics read the release on <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/pedestrian-and-bicycle-safety-east-siders-continues-downward-trend-fourth-year-row" target="_blank">BenKallos.com/Press-Releases</a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Families" name="Families"><strong>Families for Safe Streets</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4729" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/afac50771c532afa6bd135d1e392fa23-250x187.jpg" width="250" /></strong>I spoke at a gathering of Families for Safe Streets, a group of family members of victims of traffic collisions that is working to improve transportation safety in our city. The event which was attended by local clergy and was part of <a href="https://worlddayofremembrance.org/">World Day of Remembrance</a> was an opportunity for families to share stories of friends and loved ones taken too soon by traffic collisions. It was a grounding experience to spend time with these residents and faith leaders. For more information, the website for <a href="https://www.transalt.org/familiesforsafestreets">Families for Safe Streets</a> has updates on what is being done for traffic safety. For more information on traffic safety in the district, read our article from <a href="http://www.ourtownny.com/columnsop-ed/20180904/let8217s-not-wait-10-years-for-traffic-safety">Our Town</a> to see what my office is doing to improve the street infrastructure.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>EDUCATION</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="National_Award" name="National_Award"><strong>National Education Award Given to Upper East Side Public School</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4733" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/7b08b142284e427176f79752a9b2d74c-250x187.jpg" width="250" /></strong>In November, the U.S. Department of Education recognized the work of amazing students from the Upper East Side’s own P.S. 183 the Robert Louis Stevenson School. <a href="https://www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/index.html">The National Blue Ribbon School Award</a> affirms the academic prowess of students and the work of educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students can excel. Since I was elected, I have allocated just over $1.4 million for upgrades in technology equipment, air conditioning, and facility maintenance. The school’s participation in the annual Sotheby’s Art Show which I help fund is one of my favorite events of the year. At this ceremony it was a pleasure recognizing the work of former Principal Tara Napoleoni-Goldberg and current Principal Martin Woodard as well as that of the students and the school’s very active PTA. This award is just further proof that we have a gifted learning institution here on the Upper East Side. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/benkallos/videos/2185458488389281/">Watch</a> the ceremony and see the award given to the school at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/benkallos/videos/2185458488389281/">Facebook.com/BenKallos/Videos</a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="NYPIRG" name="NYPIRG"><strong>Celebrating 45 Years of the New York Public Interest Rights Group</strong></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.nypirg.org/">The New York Public Interest Research Group</a>, or NYPIRG for short, is a non-partisan, nonprofit, research and public education organization that has been around since 1973. In November, I had the honor of awarding them a Proclamation recognizing and celebrating their 45 years of service to New York City. The student-directed organization has affected policy reforms while educating hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers to be advocates. NYPIRG’s recruitment of tens of thousands of community-based members has enhanced its institutional impact while bringing together the voices of New Yorkers to public policy debates. NYPIRG has played a key role in fighting for more than 120 public interest laws and executive orders over the course of its history. Additionally, NYPIRG examines important issues, produces studies, and engages New Yorkers in public education campaigns designed to produce policies that strengthen democracy, enhance the rights of consumers and voters, protect the environment and public health, and improve New York City mass transit. If there is one organization that deserves this recognition, NYPIRG is it. Thank you to NYPIRG for its years of service and commitment to educating young New Yorkers and serving the public.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="CIVIC_hALL" name="CIVIC_hALL"><strong>Civic Hall Announces $2 Million in Funding for a Digital Curriculum</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4737" height="188" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/a29b8d6ee1c36b8c5d3ed67985b883e9-250x188.png" width="250" /></strong>It was a pleasure to speak at <a href="https://civichall.org/">Civic Hall</a> this year as they announced a $2 million grant from <a href="https://news.cognizant.com/2018-11-20-Cognizant-U-S-Foundation-Awards-2-Million-Grant-to-Civic-Halls-New-Initiative-for-Developing-New-York-Citys-Digital-Workforce">The Cognizant U.S. Foundation</a>. The grant will be used to support science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and other technical education programs as well as digital skills training programs for City non-profit organizations and residents. The event was attended by Council Member Carlina Rivera and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer who is a founding member of Civic Hall and a tremendous supporter of everything tech. For more information on this funding visit CivicHall.org and <a href="https://cognizantusfoundation.org/">CognizantusFoundation.org</a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="elro" name="elro"><strong>Eleanor Roosevelt High School International Dinner</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4781" height="250" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/9731c6bbe7b35375722e4e0aff959f29-250x250.jpeg" width="250" /></strong>The 2018 International Dinner at Eleanor Roosevelt High School was a true delight in November. I’d like to thank Principal Saliani and the Co-PTA Presidents Stacey Curry, Jaya Nahmiyas, and Virginia Kindred for inviting me and allowing me to speak at the dinner. Joining me were U.S. Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney and Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright. The dinner was a success in highlighting the advances in technology and job opportunities available to high school students. Since I have been in office I have allocated over $475,000 for technology upgrades, Model U.N, auditorium risers and a library renovation.<br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Childcare" name="Childcare"><strong>Honoring Our Childcare Workers</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://councilnyc.viebit.com/player.php?hash=kIL1Y5FTBVUe"><img align="right" data-file-id="4745" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/c81062d74bdf2852bd848e585782a68a-250x187.jpg" width="250" /></a></strong>In November, I recognized the dedication of our childcare workers from <a href="https://www.dc1707.net/">District Council 1707</a> with a proclamation for honoring them for 45 years of dedication to protecting thousands of New York City childcare workers. I have been looking forward to celebrating this achievement with DC 1707 for a long time. This past June I marched alongside AFSCME DC 1707 Executive Director Kim Medina <a href="https://benkallos.com/video/council-member-kallos-marches-w-dc1707-calling-wage-parity-center-based-child-care-workers">in support of wage parity for center-based child care workers</a>. They have been making progress for vulnerable workers that need financial and educational support in underappreciated fields. One of DC 1707’s crowning achievements was their innovation of the child daycare system by unionizing over 6,000 childcare workers; currently, they have as many as 30,000 members. DC 1707 went on to further improve the situation of workers in the City’s nonprofit and for-profit home care agencies as well. DC1707 funded <a href="https://www.dccnyinc.org/members/early-childhood-career-ladder/">Early Childhood Career Ladder (ECCL)</a> as a successful initiative to improve the quality of care children receive in the City as well as offer benefits to childcare workers that includes financial support for professionals that want to further their education. Watch the award ceremony by visiting <a href="https://councilnyc.viebit.com/player.php?hash=kIL1Y5FTBVUe" target="_blank">BenKallos.com/videos</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>FOOD, ENVIRONMENT &amp; HELPING NEIGHBORS </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Compost" name="Compost"><strong>Getting More New Yorkers to Compost</strong></a><strong> </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4261" height="48" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/b70aba91b2a00e14d228c13e92855144-325x48.png" width="325" />As reported by <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/09/nyregion/nyc-compost-zero-waste-program.html">The New York Times</a>, our City’s sanitation and waste diversion methods are still lackluster and efforts to improve efficiency are not having much success. Approximately one-third of the waste sent to the Department of Sanitation is food scraps that end up dumped in landfills as far away as South Carolina. This is an environmentally damaging and expensive process that will cost New York City $411 million in 2019 and will increase to $421 million by 2021.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Following the launch of the City’s pilot program for residential composting, I have tried to encourage Upper East Side buildings to participate, in order to get us closer to our goal of “<a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/site/sustainability/initiatives/zero-waste.page">Zero Waste by 2030</a>.” Unfortunately, the progress has been slow mostly due to the inconvenience of the smelly brown bins used to collect food scraps. Despite this obstacle, we must continue to work to create less landfill-bound trash by composting more organic waste.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> To move things forward, earlier this year I introduced legislation (<a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/improved-source-separation-public-places-and-zero-waste-reporting-mandated-0">Int. 843</a>) that would improve source separation in public places and (<a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/improved-source-separation-public-places-and-zero-waste-reporting-mandated-0">Int. 844</a>) which mandates <a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/site/sustainability/initiatives/zero-waste.page">Zero Waste by 2030</a> and demands proof we are doing everything we can to achieve it.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> It is financially and environmentally prudent for the City to create less trash. Therefore, I encourage Upper East Siders to look into the programs <a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/service/2165/organics-collection-program">DSNY</a> offers as well as <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/grownycs-upper-east-side-compost-go-site-joined-council-member-ben-kallos">GrowNYC’s Compost On-The-Go</a> program. See a <a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/docs/nyc-food-scrap-drop-off-sites.pdf">complete list</a> of food drop off sites in New York City.<br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Turkey" name="Turkey"><strong>Turkey Giveaway for Thanksgiving</strong></a><strong> </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4749" height="333" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/b935c910bba07ff41e79d7357615a410-250x333.jpg" width="250" /></strong>With the help of the <a href="http://nycommonpantry.org/">New York Common Pantry</a>, I had the pleasure of delivering free turkeys to residents of New York City Housing Authority developments in District 5. We handed out over 150 turkeys, which I funded through my office, families residing at Stanley Isaacs, Holmes Towers, Lexington Houses, and Robbins Plaza. I also visited seniors at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House ahead of Thanksgiving to wish them a happy holiday.<br /> As reported by <a href="https://www.amny.com/news/hunger-nyc-food-poverty-1.23595077">amNewYork</a>, 1 in 8 New Yorkers struggles with food insecurity and although that is less than it was in 2012 it is still almost 2 million people. Every year my office hands out these turkeys to get additional help around the holidays to families that might need it. If you live in a NYCHA development in Council District 5 and want a turkey next year, call my office next November at 212-860 1950 to get on the list. You can also get additional food now by joining the <a href="http://nycommonpantry.org/">New York Common Pantry</a> at <a href="http://nycommonpantry.org/">nycommonpantry.org</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Rally" name="Rally"><strong>Rally Against Loss of Coverage at New York Hospitals</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4753" height="250" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/9f1f0dbda90012d6061d00fec0b7b88f-250x250.jpg" width="250" /></strong>In November, I rallied with advocates, fellow Council Members, and 32BJ workers at a protest demanding New York Presbyterian and other City hospitals work with insurance group Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield to be more transparent about increasing costs. Since the protest, New York Presbyterian and Empire have reached an agreement although the problem still persists with other city hospitals.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> At the rally, workers demanded huge disparities in pricing for similar procedures at hospitals here in New York City be explained. City hospitals are not handling procedure costs fairly with the public and both the health funds of Upper East Side residents many of which are 32BJ members are at risk from inflated costs. One example given was an average of $83,000 for a hip replacement at New York Presbyterian when the City average is $58,000 at other hospitals. For more information, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f76IC6Gi_hw">watch the rally</a> or visit <a href="https://clearhealthcosts.com/blog/2017/05/saved-3800-mri-people-use-data/">ClearHealthcosts.com</a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Politics_of_Food" name="Politics_of_Food"><strong>Politics of Food Summit at Baruch College</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4757" height="250" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/94292a764651557d4a739074bbab1d9c-250x250.jpg" width="250" /></strong>Thank you to <a href="https://www.cityandstateny.com/">City and State</a> for inviting me to participate in the Politics of Food panel discussion at <a href="http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/">Baruch College</a> last month. As part of the panel, I shared my experiences over the past five years advocating for policies to combat hunger in children and seniors as well as to move toward healthy eating habits to prevent obesity. The panel was moderated by <a href="https://isaacscenter.org/">Stanley Isaacs Center</a> President Gregory Morris and featured State Senator Luis Sepulveda, <a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/about/about-hra.page">Human Resources Administration</a> Commissioner Steven Banks, <a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/site/dfta/index.page">New York City Department for the Aging Deputy Commissioner</a> Caryn Resnick, and <a href="https://www.heart.org/">American Heart Association's</a> Robin Vitale.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Since I have been in office I successfully advocated for universal free lunch for all 1.1 million New York City School Children. I have also introduced legislation like <a href="https://benkallos.com/legislation/introduction-442-2014-healthy-happy-meals">Int. 442</a>, which requires fast food restaurants to default their kids’ drinks to healthy options. At the panel I went on to emphasize the need for my Automatic Benefits bill to be enacted so that New Yorkers who qualify for government benefits programs and do not apply still get them. To see the entire discussion, watch the panel discussion at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/benkallos/videos/344946979606998/">Facebook.com/BenKallos</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Coat_Drive" name="Coat_Drive"></a><img align="right" data-file-id="4761" height="385" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/705538a374d241ba1c297460be5f4301-250x385.jpg" width="250" /><a id="Coat_Drive" name="Coat_Drive"><strong>NY Cares Coat Drive on Roosevelt Island</strong></a><br /> <br /> Winter 2018 has started with a bang this year. Roosevelt Island is doing its part in helping vulnerable families by hosting a coat drive through December 28. Donating gently used warm coats and items for cold weather will do wonders for a family or individual in need. To drop off your donation visit the Public Safety Department at 550 Main Street. Thank you to <a href="https://www.newyorkcares.org/?gclid=Cj0KCQiA8_PfBRC3ARIsAOzJ2urPtJiK69BUnsPN2P9fMDLDnJToZKblnmKyxqqPoM2WMUCOgDIuBTIaAirREALw_wcB">New York Cares</a> for working to make this coat drive happen. Clothing donations can be dropped off 24-hours a day at 7 days a week. For more information, please call 212-832-4545.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Toys-For_Tots" name="Toys-For_Tots"><strong>Toys for Tots Drive on the Upper East Side</strong></a><br /> <br /> Every child deserves some toys during the holiday season. You can donate new, unwrapped toys to the <a href="https://toysfortots.org/Default.aspx">U.S Marine Corps Toys for Tots</a> through December 15th. Please help bring in Christmas gifts to children in the community who are less fortunate. There are at least four Manhattan Mini Storage locations which will serve as Toy Drop Off Locations in Manhattan including right here in my district at <strong>420 E. 62nd St., New York, NY 10065</strong>.</p> <p><strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4785" height="296" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/1c7c78f54de1ecde429aa874b4146dec-250x296.jpg" width="250" /></strong>To donate, simply bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child age 1 to 12 to a collection box at one of the Manhattan Mini Storage locations above. Toys will be picked up by a Coordinator, sorted by age and gender, and distributed to the less fortunate children of our community. For more information visit <a href="http://toysfortots.org/frequently_asked_questions">ToysForTots.org/frequently_asked_questions</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>COMMUNITY </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Gale_Brewer" name="Gale_Brewer"><strong>Everybody Loves Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer—Especially Me</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4765" height="216" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/1574d65d4bf3b66c5edcc749e1849204-250x216.jpg" width="250" /></strong>If you live in New York City, have been to any public meeting or community event, or read this newsletter then you've probably met Gale Brewer. I am grateful everyday that she is our Manhattan Borough President and a strong partner standing up to over development. <a href="https://www.cityandstateny.com/articles/personality/interviews-profiles/manhattan-borough-president-gale-brewer.html">City and State</a> profiled her in a piece title "<a href="https://cityandstateny.com/articles/personality/interviews-profiles/manhattan-borough-president-gale-brewer.html" target="_blank">Everybody Loves Gale</a>" highlighting many of her accomplishments throughout her astonishing career in public service to our City. Here's what I had to say:<br /> <br /> “Gale Brewer gives me courage to be as honest as I am,” Kallos said. “She is one of the most honest people in politics, and I hope to be a close second.” Kallos emulates Brewer – “I want to be Gale Brewer when I grow up. I say it all the time ..."<br /> <br /> Read the rest of what I had to say along with countless other elected officials in <a href="https://cityandstateny.com/articles/personality/interviews-profiles/manhattan-borough-president-gale-brewer.html" target="_blank">City &amp; State</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Ehail" name="Ehail"><strong>New York City Should Have Its Own Ride Hailing App</strong></a><strong> </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> As reported by the Gotham Gazette back in 2014, I introduced <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/city-e-hail-app-proposed-compete-uber-lyft">legislation</a> that would give New York City the ability to create an application called “City E-Hail” that could compete with Uber and Lyft. The app would allow New Yorkers to e-hail any of the participating 13,637 yellow cabs and 6,000 green cabs. The universal e-hail app would be contracted or created by the Taxi &amp; Limousine Commission (TLC). Almost four years ago I introduced this bill because I knew that companies like Uber and Lyft had an upper hand on yellow cabs. Taxis need <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6M8szlSa-8o">an app of their own</a> to compete because New Yorkers need to be able to get a cab in the rain without having to worry about surge pricing. As an app developer myself, I believe New York City must support its tech sector: Instead of making new technologies illegal, or regulating them out of business, we should provide a level playing field with fair competition so that companies, drivers and riders all win. For more information on the proposed bill, read the release at <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/city-e-hail-app-proposed-compete-uber-lyft">BenKallos.com/press-releases</a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Shaped_By_Imigrants" name="Shaped_By_Imigrants"><strong>New Book from Friends of the Upper East Side: “Shaped by Immigrants”</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://www.friends-ues.org/now-available-get-your-copy-of-shaped-by-immigrants-a-history-of-yorkville/"><img align="right" data-file-id="4769" height="195" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/73b12f678a8bf8d1f7e3533cb2b2dc61-250x195.jpg" width="250" /></a></strong>As a lifelong Upper East Sider, I am proud of the rich history our neighborhood holds. To highlight that history and educate the public last year, I allocated $35,000 to <a href="http://www.friends-ues.org/yorkvillebook">Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts</a>, which they used to write and publish a book titled, <em>Shaped by Immigrants: A History of Yorkville.</em> The book goes into detail explaining the historical timeline of our Community’s architecture and public works that have left a mark on the Upper East Side. The book itself is broken down into chapters based on the contributions of Irish, Czech, Hungarian, and German immigrant communities of the Upper East Side. For more information on the book and how it came about, read <a href="http://www.ourtownny.com/local-news/20181119/the-subway-and-the-soul-of-yorkville">Our Town’s</a> coverage or <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/BenKallosNYC/videos">check out the panel</a> discussion I participated in discussing the book. Friends of the Upper East Side Historic districts has made a paperback version of the book available online for $30 and can you&nbsp;watch a 15-minute, mini-documentary on our neighborhood’s rich history at <a href="https://www.friends-ues.org/yorkvillebook/">friends-ues.org/yorkvillebook</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Public_Charge" name="Public_Charge"><strong>Protecting Immigrant Communities: Public Charge</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4797" height="250" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/2cdd94848ec8005380ae28b92cef33ad-250x250.png" width="250" />On October 10, 2018, the federal government proposed a change to a longstanding rule called “public charge” that would have broad impacts on immigration and immigrant communities in the United States. This proposed rule is not yet in effect; however, if the rule does go into effect, it would drastically reduce the numbers of people eligible for a green card or a visa.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The new rule would significantly expand the list of public benefits that are subject to a public charge determination, adding SNAP, non-emergency Medicaid, Medicare Part D, and federally funded housing assistance. It would give a higher weight to medical history, wealth and assets, education history, age, and other factors in evaluating immigration applications.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Families will be forced to decide whether to access benefits for which they are lawfully eligible or face adverse immigration consequences. There is already a drop in enrollment for U.S. benefit programs included and excluded from the rule, as this proposed rule generates widespread fear.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> If families – if children – lose access to SNAP, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, and Medicare Part D, we will invariably see rises in homelessness, taxed food pantries, and higher rates of reliance on Emergency Rooms and failure to treat chronic illnesses.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Thankfully, this rule has not yet been finalized. All members of the public are invited to submit a comment concerning the real-life impact this rule might have should it go into effect. The comment period will close on December 10, 2018 at 11:59 pm. I would like to invite you to join me in submitting a comment sharing your own dissatisfaction and disgust with this proposed rule.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> You can learn more about the rule and find guides for submitting a public comment by visiting <a href="https://www.ouramericanstory.us/">www.ouramericanstory.us</a><br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Religious" name="Religious"><strong>Attention Religious Institutions: Apply for a Grant to Upgrade Security</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> As the country figures out a way to protect institutions that can be attacked by extremists, many nonpublic schools and synagogues have applied for and received Homeland Security funding to install security upgrades within their buildings. One of the security measures recommended by the federal grant process is installing bollards on the sidewalk to prevent vehicles from being able to drive into the building.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The funds to pay for these upgrades are now available, but if your organization encounters difficulties from city agencies like the Department of Transportation, Department of Building, or even the NYPD feel free to contact my office and the City Council‘s Jewish Caucus.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> On Thursday, December 6, at 4pm, Council Member Chaim Deutsch will be hosting a meeting with schools and synagogues facing this issue, along with representatives from each agency, as well as the Speaker’s office and the Mayor’s office. I encourage you to join this meeting, and to pass along the information to any institutions that may be facing these same issues. If you are interested in attending, please email scheduler@BenKallos.com.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Upgrading Security at Religious Institutions Info Session<br /> Thursday, December 6th<br /> 4pm to 5:30pm<br /> 250 Broadway, 16th floor hearing room<br /> RSVP to Scheduler@BenKallos.com<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="The-Roof" name="The-Roof"><strong>The Roof Over Our Heads: A NYLAG Life Planning Workshop</strong></a><strong> </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> On Wednesday, December 5, the <a href="https://www.nylag.org/">New York Legal Assistance Group</a> (NYLAG), in collaboration with DOROT, will present Life Planning Workshop, “The Roof Over Our Heads” at DOROT’s office at 171 W 85th Street. The goal of the workshop is to provide older adults with education and information about how to protect their rights as tenants and guard themselves against landlords that are causing them difficulties. The program will be divided into two parts:<br /> <br /> The morning session from 10am to noon will be a deep dive into actions older adults can take to obtain repairs and disability accommodations, freeze their rent (SCRIE and DRIE), find affordable housing and rent assistance programs, handle a difficult landlord that may be harassing, discriminating against, or trying to force the tenant out and more. NYLAG attorneys will save time for Q&amp;A.<br /> <br /> The afternoon session will consist of individually scheduled one-on-one appointments with NYLAG attorneys, allowing older adults to consult privately on a range of topics. The attorneys are also available to assist in preparing documents including powers of attorney, statutory gift riders, SSI appointments of representative forms, and HIPAA releases. To register for the morning program and/or to schedule a private appointment in the afternoon with an attorney or social worker, individuals should contact Wendy Handler by email or phone at whandler@dorotusa.org or 917-441-3724.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Shred_A_Athon" name="Shred_A_Athon"><strong>Thank You For Attending the Shred-A-Thon Thanksgiving Edition</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Thank you to everyone in the neighborhood who came out to our last Shred-A-Thon event of the year in November. For anyone interested in joining us in 2019, look for announcement in the next three months for spring of 2019. When the time comes, bring your personal documents that you no longer want lying around. Get them destroyed and protect your privacy and identity. You bring the paper and the giant shredder truck turns it into micro bits while you watch! You can also bring compost, eyeglasses, corks, batteries and cords.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="York" name="York"></a><a id="York" name="York"><strong>The York Theatre Celebrates 48th Anniversary</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4773" height="250" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/583155adfaf9d8fb1360f693a67acbda-250x250.jpg" width="250" />Thank you to everyone who attended The York Theatre Company's 48th anniversary for an important night for the arts and the community. Betty Cooper Wallerstein was one of two honorees along with Susan Stroman, with an short aria written and sung by an opera singer in her honor along with an award I had the privilege of presenting. Thank you to Betty Cooper Wallerstein for her years of serving the Upper East Side and the New York City theater community.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Anime" name="Anime"><strong>Kicking Off Second Annual Anime NYC Weekend</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4777" height="121" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/79af0a8aec1bd19755f58f9620083691-250x121.jpg" width="250" /></strong>For the second year, I had a blast opening the Anime NYC Weekend, a convention dedicated to Japanese popular culture. I was joined in the festivities by Anime NYC founder Peter Tatara and a representative from the <a href="https://www.ny.us.emb-japan.go.jp/en/html/index.html">Consulate General of Japan</a> before opening the exhibit hall. I declared the weekend of November 15-17 Anisong World Matsuri Day, named after the Japanese concert series that visited New York for <a href="http://animenyc.com/">Anime NYC</a>. For the weekend, Anime NYC broke personal attendance records with 36,000 attendees from all 50 states and over 15 countries. For more information, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nARti0pUbM">watch the video</a> of the opening ceremony at BenKallos.com/videos<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Minority" name="Minority"><strong>Opportunity for Minority and Women-Owned Businesses</strong></a><strong> </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/nycbusiness/article/strategic-steps-for-growth">Strategic Steps for Growth</a> a City initiative has helped over 100 minority and women business to develop a plan for growth. Through this program&nbsp;participants gain knowledge and experience through small evening class sessions taught by an NYU professor; peer-mentoring meetings; advice from business leaders; and networking with City and NYU procurement professionals.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Throughout the course, each business owner will develop a customized three-year Strategic Growth Action Plan a detailed roadmap for growing your business. Graduates have secured over $150 million in public contracts and have created 400 new jobs. Valued at $10,000, this program is presented by the NYC Department of Small Business Services in collaboration with the NYU Stern School’s W.R. Berkley Innovation Lab. Applications are due by January 11th, and classes will begin in late January. Learn more and apply at <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/strategicsteps">www.nyc.gov/strategicsteps</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol start="1"> </ol> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="mcnBoxedTextBlock" width="100%"> </table> <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody class="mcnBoxedTextBlockOuter"> <tr> <td class="mcnBoxedTextBlockInner" valign="top">&nbsp;</td> <td align="center" valign="top"> <table align="left" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="mcnBoxedTextContentContainer" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" class="mcnTextContentContainer" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="mcnTextContent" valign="top"> <div><strong>OFFICE UPDATES </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Corner" name="Corner"><strong>Legislative Corner</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> This month seven bills I co-sponsored earlier this year became law. The bills all work to improve quality of life during pregnancy. <a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3498545&amp;GUID=2E53C403-B3C7-4C34-9FF2-85385B01E790&amp;Options=&amp;Search=">Int 0913-2018</a> sponsored by Council Member Rosenthal allows more access rights to doulas in medical facilities and <a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3498546&amp;GUID=87504419-6255-4349-B173-F4A9FA5009FE&amp;Options=&amp;Search=">Int 0914-2018</a> also sponsored by Council Member Rosenthal to better report maternal mortality and morbidity.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3498511&amp;GUID=DF40CA42-25CB-44D2-AF7F-880164C68CD2&amp;Options=&amp;Search=">Int 0905-2018</a>, <a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3498480&amp;GUID=2D855420-B17C-4397-9C8F-1FEA63FFC852&amp;Options=&amp;Search=">Int 0878-2018</a>, and <a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3498479&amp;GUID=0379DE1A-74CC-47E4-A883-25CC388CFD7F&amp;Options=&amp;Search=">Int 0879-2018</a>, authored by Council Members Cornegy, Rivera, and Cumbo respectively, create more requirements for lactation rooms. This includes requiring employers to implement a lactation room accommodation policy, for certain employers to provide lactation rooms, and to require lactation rooms in certain city areas.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3486161&amp;GUID=3CF07AD1-1B21-4439-8745-3F667C632E3D&amp;Options=&amp;Search=">Int 0853-2018</a>, sponsored by Public Advocate James, created a study researching the feasibility of childcare for city employees. <a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3332175&amp;GUID=0816F267-B9B7-4445-8EB0-8372C2166B63&amp;Options=&amp;Search=">Int 0380-2018</a> will require the Department of Citywide Administrative Services to make diapers and baby wipes available to residents and recipients of subsidized child care centers at their facilities.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Clinics" name="Clinics"><strong>Free Legal Clinics</strong></a><br /> <br /> Need a lawyer? Every month I sponsor legal clinics where you can get free legal advice in my District Office at 244 East 93rd Street from 3pm-6pm: <ul> <li><strong>General Civil Law</strong>, 3rd Tuesday</li> <li><strong>Life Planning Clinic</strong>, 3rd Wednesday</li> <li><strong>Family Law and Domestic Violence</strong>, 1st Tuesday</li> <li><strong>Housing Clinics</strong>, Every Monday and 1st Wednesday</li> </ul> Please call my office at 212-860-1950 in advance to schedule your appointment.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <a id="Help" name="Help"><strong>Here to Help</strong></a><br /> <br /> We are here to help. My social work team can help you find out what services you are eligible for and assist you in your application. Some examples include: <ul> <li><strong>Seniors: </strong>Medicare savings, Meals-on-Wheels, Access-A-Ride</li> <li><strong>Housing: </strong>searching for affordable units, free legal housing clinic at my office</li> <li><strong>Job Resources: </strong>training resources and assistance, unemployment benefits</li> <li><strong>Families: </strong>Universal Pre-K, Head Start, After-School programs</li> <li><strong>Finances:</strong> cash assistance, tax credits, home energy assistance</li> <li><strong>Nutrition: </strong>WIC, free meals for all ages</li> </ul> <strong>Please also call us at 212-860-1950 or email us at bkallos@benkallos.com with any unresolved 311 complaints.</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Mobile" name="Mobile"><strong>Mobile District Hours </strong></a><br /> <br /> Get assistance wherever in the district you are when we bring our office to you. Please join us at monthly mobile district hours from 11am–2pm: <ul> <li><a href="https://www.isaacscenter.org/">Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center</a>, 415 East 93rd Street, 2nd Tuesday</li> <li><a href="http://carterburdencenter.org/programs/roosevelt-island-senior-center/">Roosevelt Island Senior Center</a>, 546 Main Street, 4th Wednesday</li> </ul> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="BenInYour" name="BenInYour"><strong>Ben in Your Building</strong></a><strong> </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> The "Ben in Your Building Program" is a chance to discuss issues of importance to you and your neighbors in person, in your home. Please consider inviting me to your cooperative or condominium annual meeting or tenants association meeting and I will be happy to join you. Over the past year, I have visited several buildings to discuss matters of importance in the neighborhood, including street furniture, road conditions, homeless outreach, sanitation issues and you name it. Please schedule a "Ben in Your Building" today by calling 212-860-1950 or email <a href="mailto:Scheduler@BenKallos.com">Scheduler@BenKallos.com</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="CommunityBoards" name="CommunityBoards"><strong>Community Boards</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/3: Community Board 6 Transportation Committee Meeting</strong><br /> <em>7:00pm, 550 1st Avenue (NYU Langone Medical Center), Alumni Hall A</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/4: Community Board 11 Public Safety &amp; Transportation Committee</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, Bonifacio Senior Center 7 East 116th Street</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/4: Community Board 11 Housing Committee</strong><br /> 6:30pm, <em>CB11 Board Office 1664 Park Avenue</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/4: Community Board 8 Street Life Committee</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, Marymount Manhattan College 221 E 71st St</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/5: Community Board 8 Transportation Committee</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, New York Blood Center, Auditorium 310 East 67th Street, (First-Second)</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/5: Community Board 11 Land Use, Landmarks &amp; Planning Committee</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, Bonifacio Senior Center 7 East 116th Street</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/6: Community Board 8 Parks and Waterfront Committee</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, CUNY Hunter College – Glass Cafe 695 Park Ave, 3rd Floor</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/6: Community Board 11 Environment, Open Space &amp; Parks Committee</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, CB11 Board Office 1664 Park Avenue</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/10: Community Board 11 Human Services Committee</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, CB11 Board Office 1664 Park Avenue</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/11: Community Board 11 Youth &amp; Education Committee</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, CB11 Board Office 1664 Park Avenue</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/11: Community Board 11 Economic Development &amp; Culture</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, Bonifacio Senior Center 7 East 116th Street</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/12: Community Board 6 Full Board Meeting</strong><br /> <em>7:00pm, 433 1st Avenue (NYU School of Dentistry), Room 220</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/13: Community Board 6 Business Affairs and Street Activities Committee Meeting</strong><br /> <em>7:00pm, CB6 Board Office - 211 E. 43rd Street, Suite 1404</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/17: Community Board 8 Landmark’s Committee</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, Marymount Manhattan College 221 E 71st St</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/17: Community Board 6 Housing, Homeless, &amp; Human Rights Committee Meeting</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, CB6 Board Office - 211 E. 43rd Street, Suite 1404</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/18: Community Board 8 Land Use and Full Board Meeting</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, New York Blood Center, Auditorium 310 East 67th Street, (First-Second)</em><br /> Public Session – Those who wish to speak during the Public Session must register to do so by 6:45 pm<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="nypd" name="nypd"><strong>NYPD EVENTS</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong>12/10: 19th Precinct Community Council Holiday Party</strong><br /> <em>7:00pm-8:00pm, St. Vincent Church, 869 Lexington Ave</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><a id="Neighborhood" name="Neighborhood">Neighborhood and Tenant Association Meetings</a> </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Second Wednesday, 12/12: Lexington Houses Tenant Association</strong><br /> 6:00pm, 1539 Lexington Avenue<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>First Wednesday, 12/5: Roosevelt Island Residents Association Common Council Meeting</strong><br /> 8:00 pm-10:00 pm, Good Shepherd (Downstairs), 543 Main Street<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Second Tuesday, 12/11: Stanley Isaacs Tenant Associations</strong><br /> 7:00 pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, 415 East 93rd Street<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Third Tuesday, 12/18: Holmes Towers Tenant Association</strong><br /> 7:00 pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, 415 East 93rd Street<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Thursday 12/13: East 79th Street Neighborhood Association</strong><br /> 6:00pm-8:00pm, Temple Shaaray Tefila, 250 East 79th Street<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>EVENTS:</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Adults" name="Adults"><strong>Events for Adults</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.mvhm.org/"><strong>12/1:A Victorian Christmas: Cocktail Hour</strong></a><br /> <em>8:00 pm, </em><em>Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden</em><br /> Come to our Museum for cocktails, tours, dancing and 19th century live holiday music in our secret ballroom with Wassail, plum pudding and Victorian portraiture with Santa Claus. It’s naughty but nice. Dress: Victorian luxe. In conjunction with Gemini and Scorpio.<br /> <a href="http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html">http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/2: </strong><strong>Ring in the Holidays at our Annual Holiday Open House</strong><br /> <em>1pm - 4pm, The New York Public Library</em><br /> Stephen A. Schwarzman Building,Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street<br /> For more info visit <strong>nypl.org/holiday</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/3: Reducing Stress This Holiday Season through Meditation with Rosanna Jimenez</strong><br /> <em>5:30 pm, Webster Library</em><br /> The scientific community has recently been exploring the use of meditation as a<br /> healing modality. Join Rosanna Jimenez, long time mediator as she discusses the<br /> extraordinary effect of meditation. It can reduce stress-related responses, improve<br /> concentration, and enhance clarity of thought and mental equilibrium. She will<br /> also present a simple, yet powerful meditation technique that will be explained and<br /> practiced during the session. This can enrich one’s life personally, professionally, spiritually and help with seasonal stress.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/4: Talk Dance to Me with Associate Director, Collections &amp; Research Services and Curator, Jerome Robbins, Dance Division</strong><br /> <em>5:30 pm, Webster Library</em><br /> Do you like dance? The performing arts? Come to Webster Library for a discussion of Linda Murray’s work as curator of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division at the Library for the Performing Arts.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/4: Workshop: Become a Story Collector with NYC Department of Records and Information Services With Womens Activism.NYC</strong><br /> <em>11:30 am, Webster Library</em><br /> Join staff from the New York City Department of Records and Information Services to learn how to be a story collector! They aim to collect 20,000 crowd-sourced stories by 2020 to celebrate women’s suffrage and they could use your help to reach their goal!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2018/12/04/adult-coloring"><strong>12/4, 12/11: Adult Coloring</strong></a><br /> <em>11:00 am, 96th St. Library</em><br /> Looking for a new way to relax? Enjoy the sublime pleasure of coloring. Coloring sheets, crayons, coloring pencils, and reading materials will be provided to participants by the library.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2018/12/04/adult-coloring"><strong>12/4, 12/11: Word for Beginners</strong></a><br /> <em>3:00 pm, 96th St. Library</em><br /> Learn the basic features of Microsoft Word 2010, a word processing program you can use to create documents. Topics include: entering and editing text, saving files, and various formatting options. This is a comprehensive course, so please make sure you can attend all sessions. Call 212-289-0908 to register. Tuesdays, 3-5.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2018/12/05/be-happy-now-how-cultivate-high-levels-happiness"><strong>12/5: Be Happy – Now!</strong></a><br /> <em>5:00 pm, Webster Library Auditorium</em><br /> We all want to be happy. But many of us find happiness to be elusive, at<br /> best. Speaker, trainer, and certified professional coach, Barbara Phillips,<br /> will share practical steps for cultivating happiness and building your<br /> capacity to live your life by design rather than default. If you want to live a life you love living, this workshop is for you!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="http://www.carterburdennetwork.org/upcomingevents/2018/12/5/free-mammograms"><strong><em>12/5:Free Mammograms</em></strong></a><br /> <em>10:00 am, Roosevelt Island Senior Center</em><br /> Free breast cancer screenings for anyone over the age of 40 years. Sign up at the Roosevelt Island Senior Center with Lisa or Yulisa.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2018/11/07/learn-play-chess-adults"><strong><em>12/5:Learn To Play Chess For Adults </em></strong></a><br /> <em>&nbsp;2:00 pm, Webster Library</em><br /> &nbsp;Learn to play the most popular game ever: A game of strategy and problem solving. Whether you are beginner or a more advanced player you can learn the strategies that will make you a better chess player. Best part of all CHESS IS FUN!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/6: 1-on-1 Tech Help</strong><br /> <em>12:00 pm, Webster Library </em><br /> Work one-on-one with a staff member. Use this time to<br /> improve Internet skills, navigate emails or Microsoft Office,<br /> or bring in your device for an e-reading tutorial.<br /> Space is limited to 6, 20-minute slots per session.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2018/11/29/film-strike-band-1940"><strong>12/6: Film- Strike Up The Band</strong></a><br /> <em>2:00 pm, 97th St. Library</em><br /> 120 min., b&amp;w, Busby Berkeley, Dir. Starring Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland. Youngsters in a high school band prepare for a big competition. ADMISSION FREE<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/6: Film Screening &amp; Conversation Kawomera: Plant, Pray, Partner for Peace</strong><br /> <em>5:30 pm, Webster Library</em><br /> Join us for a screening of KAWOMERA, a documentary short film about an interfaith community of coffee farmers living in Uganda as examples of Peaceful CoExistence, and a discussion with its director Marla Mossman.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.mskcc.org/event/school-radiation-therapy-open-house"><strong><em>12/7: School of Radiation Therapy Open House</em></strong></a><br /> <em>8:30 am Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center</em><br /> Join us at our next Open House to be held on Friday, December 7th at from 8:30AM-12:00PM for a presentation of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Radiation Therapy Program. Learn about what a radiation therapist does on a day-to-day basis, the admission process for entering our program, and the curriculum. If you plan to go on a tour of our department you must sign an Attestation of Health Fitness and during flu season (as determined by the New York State Health Commissioner), you will need to either present proof of appropriate flu vaccination or wear a surgical mask in all patient areas. You must register for this event.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2018/12/08/career-transition-job-search-101"><strong>12/8:Career Transition: Job Search 101</strong></a><br /> <em>2:00 pm, Yorkville Library Meeting Room</em><br /> Speaker, trainer, and certified professional coach, <strong>Barbara Phillips</strong>, will help you get greater clarity on key elements of the job search process and explain key tools for finding a “best fit” job. The workshop will be highly interactive and there will be time for Q’s and A’s to address participants’ specific needs.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2018/12/08/clone-draft-music-puccinis-la-boheme-recital-new-york-opera-forum"><strong>12/8: Music - Mozart's LE NOZZE DI FIGARO recital by New York Opera Forum</strong></a><br /> <em>1:00 pm, 96th St. Library</em><br /> New York Opera Forum performs the complete opera of LE NOZZE DI FIGARO by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. A live musical recital performed in concert with piano accompaniment. The musical program is co-sponsored with New York Opera Forum which was founded by Richard Nechamkin in 1983 to give classically trained singers the opportunity to learn and perform standard operatic repertoire in the original languages. ADMISSION FREE<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/9: For the Miracles Concert</strong><br /> <em>3:00 pm, Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum</em><br /> “YPC Choristers will perform two joyous works that celebrate the spirit of the season. They will open with a rendition of Benjamin Britten’s, <strong>“A Ceremony of Carols”</strong> a holiday cantata for chorus and harp. It will be followed by Samuel Adler’s, “<strong>The Flames of Freedom”</strong> a beautiful cantata for three-part, treble-voice chorus and piano. The eight short movements, which include well-known holiday songs and hymns, represent the eight lights of Hanukkah.”<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/10: An Evening of Art with Elizabeth Cronin, Assistant Curator, The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs</strong><br /> <em>5:30 pm, Webster Library</em><br /> Join Elizabeth Cronin, Assistant Curator of The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs for an exploration of the division’s newest contemporary exhibit.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/11: It’s Alive! Two Centuries of Frankenstein in Two Galleries and an Atrium With Elizabeth Denlinger, Curator of the Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle</strong><br /> <em>5:30 pm, Webster Library</em><br /> Come one, come all! Join Elizabeth Denlinger, Curator of the Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of<br /> Shelley and His Circle, for an exploration of Frankenstein at 200. She'll describe the task of putting together a large exhibition -- Frankenstein the novel, but also the theatrical and cinematic versions as well as comic books and illustrated editions. Frankenstein at 200 is a collaborative exhibit between The Morgan Library &amp; Museum and The New York Public Library and is available for viewing at The Morgan Library &amp; Museum.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://ypc.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e0999f99d3d1109a17253090b&amp;id=fa60f5c601&amp;e=ce552814a4"><strong>12/12:Winter Wonder – YPC’s Annual Winter Concert</strong></a><br /> <em>7:00 pm, Carnegie Hall</em><br /> “YPC will culminate its 30th anniversary year with a return to the grandeur of Carnegie Hall for a very special Winter Holiday concert. The spotlight will be turned on our award-winning choristers and special guests <strong>Time for Three</strong>. We know you will be truly inspired by our choristers and we hope you will be able to join us! <strong>Please feel free to RSVP to me by December 1</strong> to reserve your complimentary tickets at <strong>cleclair@ypc.org</strong> or at (212) 289-7779 ext. 17.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2018/12/12/adult-one-one-computer-help-workshop"><strong>12/12, 12/26:Adult One-on-One Computer Help Workshop</strong></a><br /> <em>11:30 am, Yorkville Library Meeting Room</em><br /> Work one-on-one with a volunteer tutor. Improve Internet skills, create, and use email, cell phone help, Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Powerpoint). Wednesday 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pre-registration required in person or by phone at 212.744.5824. Seating is Limited.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/13: Poetry Reading: Dorothea Lasky – Milk</strong><br /> <em>5:30 pm, Webster Library</em><br /> Spend an evening at Webster Library listening to poet Dorothea Lasky’s newest work, Milk. “In her latest collection, Dorothea Lasky brings her signature style--a deeply felt and uncanny word-music- to all matters of creativity, from poetry and the invention of new language to motherhood and the production of new life...Milk investigates overused paradigms of what it means to be a creator and encapsulates its horrors and joys--setting fire to the enigma that drives the vital force that enables poems, love, and life to happen.”<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/13: </strong><a href="https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2018/12/13/la-leche-league-support-group-nursing-mothers"><strong>La Leche League Support Group for Nursing Mothers</strong></a><br /> <em>10:30 am, 96th St. Library</em><br /> In person local meet-up with other local like-minded families. A wonderful opportunity to meet with other parents who are or have been in the same position you are. La Leche League is the world's foremost authority on breastfeeding. This program promotes a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/13: Computer Basics</strong><br /> <em>12:00 pm, Webster Library</em><br /> Learn about the various types and components of<br /> computers, including basic computer terminology, an<br /> overview of operating systems, and popular software<br /> Applications. Registration begins on Monday, December 3rd.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.mvhm.org/"><strong>12/14: Christmas in the 1820s</strong></a><br /> <em>12:30 pm, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden, </em><br /> Come break bread with us over stimulating conversation at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum. Free admission for residents of New York City’s District 5. Christmas: the sound of carols, the scent of brightly decorated evergreens, hot cider and a joyful merry, merry. Find out why Christmas sparked fear in some of New York’s well-heeled residents, and how it all changed when we talk about CFhristmas in the early 19th century during this month’s Lunchtime Lecture.<br /> Bring your lunch; we supply liquid refreshments, talk, and a short tour of the Museum’s period rooms.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2018/12/17/early-childhood-intervention-education-parents-and-families"><strong>12/17: Early Childhood Intervention Education for Parents and Families</strong></a><br /> <em>1:00 pm, Yorkville Library Meeting Room</em><br /> Please joins us as Bellevue Hospital's Healthy Kids Series presents Early Childhood Intervention Education for Parents and Families. The New York City Early Intervention Program is an entitlement program to enhance the abilities of infants and toddlers (0-3 years) who are not learning, playing, growing, walking, or talking at a pace typical for their stage of development. All services provided by the program are confidential, voluntary, and free for families, regardless of income, immigration, or insurance status. The NYC EIP provides assistance around individualized instruction, speech therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.<br /> This workshop is free. You do not need to pre-register.<br /> For more information, please call (212), 562-7790.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/17: Uncover The Neighborhood</strong><br /> <em>5:30 pm, Webster Library</em><br /> Take a walk down memory lane...with the Assistant Director of the Library’s Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books division. Learn tips and tricks for exploring Yorkville in an exploration of our research collections.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/20, 12/27: Introduction to the Internet</strong><br /> <em>12:00 pm, Webster Library</em><br /> This two-part workshop will teach you how to define the Internet and what it can be used for, how to use browsers such as Google Chrome, how to use search engines, plus how to sign up for and use an email account, and more! Registration begins on Monday, December 3rd.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="kids" name="kids"><strong>Events for Kids</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.mvhm.org/"><strong>12/1:A Victorian Christmas </strong></a><br /> <em>6:30 pm, </em><em>Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden</em><br /> Visit the museum first, then sit for a proper holiday portrait with our Victorian Santa. Tour our museum to see 19th century period rooms decked out for the holidays and have your portrait photographed professionally with Santa in front of a lavishly bedecked Christmas tree. For children, adults and families. In conjunction with Gemini and Scorpio.<br /> <a href="http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html">http://www.geminiandscorp<em>io.com/events.html</em></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.chabadsutton.org/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/3148716/jewish/Chanukah.htm"><strong>12/2:Chabad at Beekman-Sutton presents Bright Lights Big Menorah</strong></a><br /> <em>3:00-4:30 pm, Sutton Place Park (Sutton Place South)</em><br /> Family celebration of Chanukah with food, games, activities, and music. For more information call 212-758-3770 or visit <a href="http://www.chabadsutton.com">www.chabadsutton.com</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/2 Holiday Tree Lighting at Carl Schurz Park</strong><br /> <em>5:00-6:00 pm, 86th Street and East End Avenue</em><br /> What began as a handful of intrepid carolers is now an event worthy of being featured in Betsy Pinover Schiff's new book <em>Tis the Season New York</em>. As has become our tradition Cantori New York &amp; Orbital Brass will be there to help Carl Schurz Park Conservancy ring in the 2018 holiday season.<br /> Hot chocolate, candy canes, cookies and candles included!<br /> <br /> <strong>12/2: Holiday Tree Lighting on 86th</strong><br /> <em>5:00 pm, 86th Street at East End Avenue</em><br /> A cherished, family tradition: carols, Cantori Choir, Orbital Brass, candlelight, candy canes, hot chocolate... and an evening your family will cherish for years to come.<br /> Held snow, rain or balmy weather!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/3: FDNY Celebrates Hanukkah</strong><br /> <em>4:30 pm, 9 Metrotech Center in Brooklyn</em><br /> The <a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/site/fdny/index.page">New York City Fire Department</a> cordially invites you to attend the FDNY celebration of Chanukah. Celebrate the Festival of Lights with the Ner Tamid Society and the Society for Diversity and Inclusion on Monday, December 3rd from 4:30 to 6:30pm at 9 Metrotech Center in Brooklyn. Wrapped gifts welcome for our toy drive for toys for tots.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2018/12/03/hummingbird-robotics-stem"><strong>12/3: Hummingbird Robotics/ STEM</strong></a><br /> <em>&nbsp;3:00 pm, East 67th St. Library</em><br /> Kids will be guided through a combination of coding using cardboard, recyclable materials, and the Hummingbird robotics kit to bring stories to life, introduce movement and interactivity to your library's art projects, and create helpful new inventions for your community. Audience: Teens/Young Adults (13-18 years)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2018/11/06/free-play-1"><strong>12/4, 12/11, 12/18:Free Play</strong></a><br /> <em>4:00 pm, Webster Library</em><br /> Join us on Tuesday afternoons for a fun chance to socialize with other kids from the community! Toys are provided. Please note: This program is for both caregiver and child. It is not a structured program. *Take care to supervise children at all times.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2018/12/05/storytime-fun"><strong>12/5: Storytime Fun!</strong></a><br /> <em>11:00 am, 11:30 am Webster Library</em><br /> Join Lex, children from birth to 3 years, and their parents/caregivers for interactive stories, action songs, fingerplays, and spend time with other toddlers in the neighborhood. There is a limit of 15 children and their caregivers. Tickets are given out the morning of the program on a first come, first serve basis. Times of the programs are approximate.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2018/12/12/tonights-sky-planetarium-show"><strong>12/12: <em>Tonight's Sky Planetarium Show</em></strong></a><br /> <em>4:30 pm, Webster Library</em><br /> Let us bring the night sky to you! Intrepid Educators will bring an inflatable planetarium and digital projector to your location. Once inside, students will learn about the stars and planets; the Sun and Moon; the constellations and mythology; and how sailors and astronauts can use the stars to navigate. For ages 13-18 years old. Presented by Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/15: NYSoM Holiday Mania</strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm, 1573 Madison Avenue Entrance on 106th Street</em><br /> NYSoM Holiday League: Papa Kwanzaa, Santa Claus, The Dreidelator &amp; Lady New Year will all be in the house. NYSoM gift giveaway (toys/books for children, gifts for adults;-first come first serve). NYSoM winter village with appearances from Frosty The Snowman, Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer &amp; more. Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa &amp; New Years Activities. ALL THIS &amp; MORE, FREE ADMISSION.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2018/12/19/constructive-kids-lego-building-workshop"><strong>12/19: Constructive Kids: LEGO Building Workshop</strong></a><br /> <em>4:00 pm, 96th St. Library</em><br /> Come and build with LEGOs in the library.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2018/12/21/games-toddlers-develop-fine-motor-skills"><strong>12/21: Games for Toddlers to Develop Fine Motor Skills</strong></a><br /> <em>11:00 am, 96th St. Library</em><br /> Fun activities for toddlers, that will help them to develop their fine motor skills. Refreshments will be served.</div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> Thu, 06 Dec 2018 18:26:58 +0000 Jesse Towsen 6631 at https://benkallos.com November News: Vote TOMORROW & Flip Your Ballot! New Security Cameras & Library, Legionnaires, Fighting Overdevelopment and Hate https://benkallos.com/newsletter/november-news-vote-tomorrow-flip-your-ballot-new-security-cameras-library-legionnaires <span>November News: Vote TOMORROW &amp; Flip Your Ballot! New Security Cameras &amp; Library, Legionnaires, Fighting Overdevelopment and Hate</span> <div class="field field--name-field-summary field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><table> <colgroup> <col width="450" /> <col width="200" /> </colgroup> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"><strong>Vote Tomorrow, </strong>Tuesday, November 6th, and don't forget to <strong><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#Flip" target="_blank">Flip Your Ballot!</a></strong><br /> <br /> We continue to focus on improving quality of life with new security cameras along the East River Esplanade and other hard-to-patrol areas and breaking ground on a years-overdue <a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#Library" target="_blank">library for Roosevelt Island</a>.<br /> <br /> Our fight against overdevelopment continues to grow with a <a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#300Activists" target="_blank">rally to save our neighborhoods</a>, our lawsuit against the city and developer in Sutton that resulted in a vital concession: the building construction will have to<a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#Super-Tall" target="_blank"> follow the community's rezoning</a> for the first 150 feet.<br /> <br /> At City Hall we've seen hearings on NYCHA infill and legislation I've authored to let <a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#GPS" target="_blank">parents track school buses</a>, clean water towers, and prevent <a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#Legionaires" target="_blank">Legionnaires</a>. We've stood up to hate throughout our country and even in <a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#HateGroups" target="_blank">our neighborhood</a> more unified than ever.<br /> <br /> PS: I hope you had a Happy Halloween and that you enjoy your Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for (or scared of) this year? <p>Sincerely,</p> <p><img data-file-id="2013" height="24" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/1a1894a3a45c0329272b438e09ab021c-125x24.png" style="margin: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; border-image: none; width: 125px; height: 24px;" width="125" /><br /> Ben Kallos<br /> Council Member<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>HEADLINES</strong></p> <ol> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#Flip" target="_blank">Vote Tuesday and Flip Your Ballot</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#GPS" target="_blank">Tracking School Buses with GPS to Make Children Safer</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#72" target="_blank">72 Proposals to Change Our City</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#Legionaires" target="_blank">Protecting Public Health From Legionnaires &amp; Dirty Water Towers</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#336000" target="_blank">$336,000 in Funding for Security Cameras on the Upper East Side</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#Library" target="_blank">Roosevelt Island Breaks Ground on New Library</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#HateGroups" target="_blank">Denouncing Hate Groups on the Upper East Side</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>OVERDEVELOPMENT</strong></p> <ol start="8"> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#Super-Tall" target="_blank">Sutton Super-Tall Construction Will Follow Community Rezoning as Court Case Proceeds</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#300Activists" target="_blank">Rally For Our Neighborhoods Draws 300 Activists</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#Scaffolding" target="_blank">Scaffolding Bill Update: Structure Removed after 14 Years</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>NOVEMBER EVENT INVITES</strong></p> <ol start="11"> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#cb8forum" target="_blank">Understanding Your Ballot: Community Board 8 Forum</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#Medicare" target="_blank">Medicare Open Enrollment Event</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#FireSafety" target="_blank">Fire Safety Education Presentation</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#Shred-A-thon" target="_blank">Shred-A-Thon Thanksgiving Edition</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#NightLife" target="_blank">Night Life Office Town Hall</a></li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;<br /> <strong>FIGHTING FOR WORKERS RIGHTS AND SMALL BUSINESSES </strong></p> <ol start="16"> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#SBJSA" target="_blank">Small Business Jobs Survival Act</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#BuildingService" target="_blank">Building Service Awards with 32BJ and Our Town</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#CountMeIn" target="_blank">Count Me In Rally</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#Columbia" target="_blank">Fighting for Postdoctoral Student Worker Rights at Columbia University</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#pervaillingWages" target="_blank">Working to Get Prevailing Wages for Building Workers</a></li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;<br /> <strong>COMMUNITY</strong></p> <ol start="21"> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#BoardMeetings" target="_blank">You Can Now Stream Community Board Meetings</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#Senior-Health" target="_blank">College Affordability and Senior Health Fair Thank You</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#playhouse" target="_blank">Honoring Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and Sanford Meisner</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#Pre-K" target="_blank">Working for More Pre-K Seats on the Upper East Side</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#East86" target="_blank">East 86th Street Neighborhood Association Meeting</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#Rightoknow" target="_blank">Right to Know Act Now in Effect</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#NeighborhoodPolicing" target="_blank">Neighborhood Policing Comes to the 19th Precinct</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#Compost" target="_blank">Cutting the Ribbon for Queens’ Newest Compost Site Serving Roosevelt Island</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#BikeSafety" target="_blank">Bike Safety: Folding Helmets</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#Freakonomics" target="_blank">Freakonomics of Government</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#Harlem" target="_blank">Harlem Educational Activities Fund</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#Muslim" target="_blank">Muslim Volunteers for New York Annual Food Drive</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#West30thSteet" target="_blank">New Affordable Housing Opportunity on West 30 Street</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#Veterans" target="_blank">Veterans Benefit Fair</a></li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;<br /> <strong>OFFICE UPDATES </strong></p> <ol start="35"> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#LegislativeCorner" target="_blank">Legislative Corner</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#FreshFoodBox" target="_blank">Fresh Food Box</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#FreeLegalClinics" target="_blank">Free Legal Clinics</a> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#HeretoHelp" target="_blank">Here to Help</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#Mobile" target="_blank">Mobile District Hours</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#BenInYourBuilding" target="_blank">Ben in Your Building</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#CommunityBoards" target="_blank">Community Boards</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#NYPD" target="_blank">NYPD Events</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#Tennant" target="_blank">Neighborhood and Tenant Associations</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#KIDS" target="_blank">Events for Adults</a></li> <li><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#ADULTS" target="_blank">Events for Kids</a></li> </ol> </td> <td valign="top" width="250"> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>OFFICE EVENTS&nbsp;</strong></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/medicare-rights-open-enrollment-event-0" target="_blank"><strong>Medicare Open Enrollment Event</strong></a> <div style="text-align: left;">11/1, 4PM – 6PM&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/fire-safety-education-presentation" target="_blank"><strong>Fire Safety Education Presentation</strong></a><br /> 11/8, 5PM – 6:30PM<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/shred-thon-3" target="_blank"><strong id="docs-internal-guid-1054c58e-7fff-e385-159c-c2dcbd4f8ee4">Shred-A-Thon Thanksgiving Edition</strong></a><br /> 11/18, 10AM – 2PM<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>COMMUNITY EVENTS</strong></div> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6581#cb8forum" target="_blank"><strong>Understanding Your Ballot</strong></a></div> <div style="text-align: left;">11/1, 6:30PM –&nbsp;9PM<br /> &nbsp;</div> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong style="text-align:center">MONTHLY EVENTS</strong></div> </div> <div style="text-align: left;"><br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/first-friday-21" target="_blank"><strong>First Friday</strong></a><br /> 11/2, 8AM – 10AM</div> <p style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/fresh-food-box-26" target="_blank"><strong>Fresh Food Box</strong></a><br /> 11/1, 11/8, 11/15,&nbsp;3:30PM –&nbsp;6:30PM<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/mobile-district-hours-12" target="_blank"><strong>Mobile District Hours</strong></a><br /> 11/13 &amp; 11/28, 11AM – 2PM</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span>Mon, 11/05/2018 - 9:00am</span> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><table> <colgroup> <col width="450" /> <col width="200" /> </colgroup> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"><strong>Vote Tomorrow, </strong>Tuesday, November 6th, and don't forget to <strong><a href="#Flip" target="_blank">Flip Your Ballot!</a></strong><br /> <br /> We continue to focus on improving quality of life with new security cameras along the East River Esplanade and other hard-to-patrol areas and breaking ground on a years overdue <a href="#Library" target="_blank">library for Roosevelt Island</a>.<br /> <br /> Our fight against overdevelopment continues to grow with a <a href="#300Activists" target="_blank">rally to save our neighborhoods</a>, our lawsuit against the city and developer in Sutton that resulted in a vital concession: the building construction will have to<a href="#Super-Tall" target="_blank"> follow the community's rezoning</a> for the first 150 feet.<br /> <br /> At City Hall we've seen hearings on NYCHA infill and legislation I've authored to let <a href="#GPS" target="_blank">parents track school buses</a>, clean water towers, and prevent <a href="#Legionaires" target="_blank">Legionnaires</a>. We've stood up to hate throughout our country and even in <a href="#HateGroups" target="_blank">our neighborhood</a> more unified than ever.<br /> <br /> PS: I hope you had a Happy Halloween and that you enjoy your Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for (or scared of) this year? <p>Sincerely,</p> <p><img data-file-id="2013" height="24" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/1a1894a3a45c0329272b438e09ab021c-125x24.png" style="margin: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; border-image: none; width: 125px; height: 24px;" width="125" /><br /> Ben Kallos<br /> Council Member<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>HEADLINES</strong></p> <ol> <li><a href="#Flip" target="_blank">Vote Tuesday and Flip Your Ballot</a></li> <li><a href="#GPS" target="_blank">Tracking School Buses with GPS to Make Children Safer</a></li> <li><a href="#72" target="_blank">72 Proposals to Change Our City</a></li> <li><a href="#Legionaires" target="_blank">Protecting Public Health From Legionnaires &amp; Dirty Water Towers</a></li> <li><a href="#336000" target="_blank">$336,000 in Funding for Security Cameras on the Upper East Side</a></li> <li><a href="#Library" target="_blank">Roosevelt Island Breaks Ground on New Library</a></li> <li><a href="#HateGroups" target="_blank">Denouncing Hate Groups on the Upper East Side</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>OVERDEVELOPMENT</strong></p> <ol start="8"> <li><a href="#Super-Tall" target="_blank">Sutton Super-Tall Construction Will Follow Community Rezoning as Court Case Proceeds</a></li> <li><a href="#300Activists" target="_blank">Rally For Our Neighborhoods Draws 300 Activists</a></li> <li><a href="#Scaffolding" target="_blank">Scaffolding Bill Update: Structure Removed after 14 Years</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>NOVEMBER EVENT INVITES</strong></p> <ol start="11"> <li><a href="#cb8forum" target="_blank">Understanding Your Ballot: Community Board 8 Forum</a></li> <li><a href="#Medicare" target="_blank">Medicare Open Enrollment Event</a></li> <li><a href="#FireSafety" target="_blank">Fire Safety Education Presentation</a></li> <li><a href="#Shred-A-thon" target="_blank">Shred-A-Thon Thanksgiving Edition</a></li> <li><a href="#NightLife" target="_blank">Night Life Office Town Hall</a></li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;<br /> <strong>FIGHTING FOR WORKERS RIGHTS AND SMALL BUSINESSES </strong></p> <ol start="16"> <li><a href="#SBJSA" target="_blank">Small Business Jobs Survival Act</a></li> <li><a href="#BuildingService" target="_blank">Building Service Awards with 32BJ and Our Town</a></li> <li><a href="#CountMeIn" target="_blank">Count Me In Rally</a></li> <li><a href="#Columbia" target="_blank">Fighting for Postdoctoral Student Worker Rights at Columbia University</a></li> <li><a href="#pervaillingWages" target="_blank">Working to Get Prevailing Wages for Building Workers</a></li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;<br /> <strong>COMMUNITY</strong></p> <ol start="21"> <li><a href="#BoardMeetings" target="_blank">You Can Now Stream Community Board Meetings</a></li> <li><a href="#Senior-Health" target="_blank">College Affordability and Senior Health Fair Thank You</a></li> <li><a href="#playhouse" target="_blank">Honoring Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and Sanford Meisner</a></li> <li><a href="#Pre-K" target="_blank">Working for More Pre-K Seats on the Upper East Side</a></li> <li><a href="#East86" target="_blank">East 86th Street Neighborhood Association Meeting</a></li> <li><a href="#Rightoknow" target="_blank">Right to Know Act Now in Effect</a></li> <li><a href="#NeighborhoodPolicing" target="_blank">Neighborhood Policing Comes to the 19th Precinct</a></li> <li><a href="#Compost" target="_blank">Cutting the Ribbon for Queens’ Newest Compost Site Serving Roosevelt Island</a></li> <li><a href="#BikeSafety" target="_blank">Bike Safety: Folding Helmets</a></li> <li><a href="#Freakonomics" target="_blank">Freakonomics of Government</a></li> <li><a href="#Harlem" target="_blank">Harlem Educational Activities Fund</a></li> <li><a href="#Muslim" target="_blank">Muslim Volunteers for New York Annual Food Drive</a></li> <li><a href="#West30thSteet" target="_blank">New Affordable Housing Opportunity on West 30 Street</a></li> <li><a href="#Veterans" target="_blank">Veterans Benefit Fair</a></li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;<br /> <strong>OFFICE UPDATES </strong></p> <ol start="35"> <li><a href="#LegislativeCorner" target="_blank">Legislative Corner</a></li> <li><a href="#FreshFoodBox" target="_blank">Fresh Food Box</a></li> <li><a href="#FreeLegalClinics" target="_blank">Free Legal Clinics</a> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li><a href="#HeretoHelp" target="_blank">Here to Help</a></li> <li><a href="#Mobile" target="_blank">Mobile District Hours</a></li> <li><a href="#BenInYourBuilding" target="_blank">Ben in Your Building</a></li> <li><a href="#CommunityBoards" target="_blank">Community Boards</a></li> <li><a href="#NYPD" target="_blank">NYPD Events</a></li> <li><a href="#Tennant" target="_blank">Neighborhood and Tenant Associations</a></li> <li><a href="#KIDS" target="_blank">Events for Adults</a></li> <li><a href="#ADULTS" target="_blank">Events for Kids</a></li> </ol> </td> <td valign="top" width="250"> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>OFFICE EVENTS&nbsp;</strong></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/medicare-rights-open-enrollment-event-0" target="_blank"><strong>Medicare Open Enrollment Event</strong></a> <div style="text-align: left;">11/1, 4PM – 6PM&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/fire-safety-education-presentation" target="_blank"><strong>Fire Safety Education Presentation</strong></a><br /> 11/8, 5PM – 6:30PM<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/shred-thon-3" target="_blank"><strong id="docs-internal-guid-1054c58e-7fff-e385-159c-c2dcbd4f8ee4">Shred-A-Thon Thanksgiving Edition</strong></a><br /> 11/18, 10AM – 2PM<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>COMMUNITY EVENTS</strong></div> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: left;"><a href="#cb8forum" target="_blank"><strong>Understanding Your Ballot</strong></a></div> <div style="text-align: left;">11/1, 6:30PM –&nbsp;9PM<br /> &nbsp;</div> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong style="text-align:center">MONTHLY EVENTS</strong></div> </div> <div style="text-align: left;"><br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/first-friday-21" target="_blank"><strong>First Friday</strong></a><br /> 11/2, 8AM – 10AM</div> <p style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/fresh-food-box-26" target="_blank"><strong>Fresh Food Box</strong></a><br /> 11/1, 11/8, 11/15,&nbsp;3:30PM –&nbsp;6:30PM<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/mobile-district-hours-12" target="_blank"><strong>Mobile District Hours</strong></a><br /> 11/13 &amp; 11/28, 11AM – 2PM</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <strong>HEADLINES</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Flip" name="Flip"><strong>Vote Tuesday and Flip Your Ballot</strong></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://flipyourballot.nyc/" target="_blank"><img data-file-id="4665" height="792" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/5efe8cba3a4d0ddb68ef11fb862ce4d9-612x792.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 612px; height: 792px; margin: 0px;" width="612" /></a><br /> Vote tomorrow, Tuesday, November 6, and flip your ballot to vote on three proposals to amend the City Charter on the back. It has been almost 30 years since the City’s charter was updated so this is a once in a generation opportunity for New Yorkers to have their voices heard.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> You will be asked three questions:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://flipyourballot.nyc/ballot-proposals/#prop1" target="_blank">Question One</a>: Campaign Finance</li> <li><a href="https://flipyourballot.nyc/ballot-proposals/#prop2" target="_blank">Question Two</a>: Civic Engagement</li> <li><a href="https://flipyourballot.nyc/ballot-proposals/#prop3" target="_blank">Question Three</a>: Community Boards</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;The Campaign Finance amendments proposed in Question One are:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Halving contribution limits</strong> to participating candidates to a maximum of $2,000 citywide, $1,500 borough-wide, and $1,000 for City Council.</li> <li><strong>Matching each small dollar with 8 public dollars</strong>, up from 6.</li> <li><strong>Matching nearly every small dollar</strong> by giving candidates 75% of the money they need to run in public dollars up from only 55%.</li> </ul> <p>Find and confirm your poll site using the poll site locator at</p> <p><a href="https://nyc.pollsitelocator.com/search">https://nyc.pollsitelocator.com/search</a><br /> <br /> <strong>Pledge to vote </strong>on both sides of your ballot on<strong>&nbsp;Tuesday, November 6 </strong>at</p> <p><a href="http://benkallos.com/charter/pledge"><strong>BenKallos.com/charter/pledge</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="GPS" name="GPS"><strong>Tracking School Buses with GPS to Make Children Safer</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/ny-metro-school-bus-horror-stories-and-possible-fixes-at-hearing-20181016-story.html" target="_blank"><img align="right" data-file-id="4505" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/e2b3e5b347cfe6f793b43fad6ed72cba-300x225.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></a></strong>As reported by <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/ny-metro-school-bus-horror-stories-and-possible-fixes-at-hearing-20181016-story.html">PIX 11 News</a>, I was joined in October by countless parents and advocates at a rally and hearing where we discussed legislation to fix the New York City <a href="http://optnyc.org/public1/default.aspx?logout=1">Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT)</a>’s issues getting kids to school and home on time and safely. No parent should have to wonder where their child is or when their child is finally getting home from a school bus ride gone off-track.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The bills I have proposed aim to fix the current state of affairs which has led to children getting lost and going on hours-long rides without parents knowing where the kids are:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3673405&amp;GUID=9ACA8B06-619E-4DAA-B2D4-8C4C80DB9E8B">Int. 1099</a> would install GPS trackers on all school buses so parents can track the school buses in real-time.</li> <li><a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3695081&amp;GUID=CEF5F7CC-C373-4A36-A41E-A773DAAB875E&amp;Options=Advanced&amp;Search=">Int. 1148</a> would make bus routes available to parents at least 30 days before school starts, force trial runs, reporting annually on how yellow bus routes are determined, the number of buses and staff needed to meet those goals and recommendations for how buses can help improve access to academic opportunity and desegregate.</li> </ul> <p>Together, these bills would help parents rest assured knowing when and where their school bus is going to pick up or drop off their child using an app on their phone. GPS tracking on school buses is technology that has been used effectively in school districts like Houston, Texas for years. There is no reason it should not work here.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Thank you to Council Member Chaim Deutsch and Education Committee Chair Mark Treyger for their support and work on this issue. The success we have in bringing attention to this problem would not have been possible without the advocacy of <a href="https://www.advocatesforchildren.org/">Advocates for Children of New York</a> and <a href="https://www.skyerlaw.com/">The Law Offices of Regina Skyer and Associates</a>. Learn more about this bill in the <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/council-members-treyger-deutsch-and-kallos-stand-advocates-and-families-calling-opt">release</a>,&nbsp;the <a href="https://benkallos.com/video/council-members-treyger-deutsch-kallos-advocates-call-opt-install-gps-trackers-school-buses">press conference</a>, or in coverage by the <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/ny-metro-school-bus-horror-stories-and-possible-fixes-at-hearing-20181016-story.html">New York Daily News</a>.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="72" name="72"><strong>72 Proposals to Change Our City</strong></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/charter2019" target="_blank"><img align="right" data-file-id="4669" height="168" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/d812820f21db70f645ba99abe27e8c52-300x168.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 168px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></a>It's time that the City's founding document its Charter be updated for the 21st century removing references to telegraphs or paying poll workers poverty wages of $1.25 an hour. Now that we've concluded the Mayor's Charter Revision Commission, the City Council is moving forward with its own <a href="http://www.charter2019.nyc/">Charter Revision Commission</a> that will make proposals for the 2019 ballot, which has already started soliciting ideas to further improve the City Charter. Over the past few months, I have carried around a copy of the City Charter—reading and highlighting it—and I can tell you it is in desperate need of an overhaul.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Earlier this month I testified in front of this commission and submitted my list of <a href="https://benkallos.com/sites/default/files/2018-10/Testimony_Charter2019_20181010_Final.pdf">72 recommendation to improve the Charter</a>&nbsp;with three main themes:</p> <ol> <li><strong>Land Use:</strong>&nbsp;Empower communities in land use by changing the makeup of decision-making boards to have fewer mayoral appointments and include representation from the city council.</li> <li><strong>Budget:</strong>&nbsp;Create a budget that anyone can review with budgeted amounts, actual spending, and a plan for the future, and create the lockbox we need to protect congestion pricing from unscrupulous politicians.</li> <li><strong>Protect the Will of the People to Enshrine Campaign Finance and Ethics Reforms in the Charter</strong>: Reforms that are essential to the functioning of our democracy, established through previous referenda, local law, and city council rules, should be enshrined in the City Charter.</li> </ol> <p>For a complete list of my recommendations submitted to this second revision commission separate from the Mayor’s commission visit <a href="http://benkallos.com/charter2019" target="_blank">BenKallos.com/charter2019</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Legionaires" name="Legionaires"><strong>Protecting Public Health From Legionnaires &amp; Dirty Water Towers</strong></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.wnyc.org/story/cooling-tower-owners-flout-legionnaires-law-city-council-looks-crack-down/" target="_blank"><img align="right" data-file-id="4673" height="388" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/723b45d873b3c9e163a48d72dbcd7050-300x388.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 388px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></a>In 2015, a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires Disease in the Bronx was eventually connected to cooling towers in the neighborhoods where the deaths occurred. The 16 deaths and 130 cases were the impetus of <a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2402123&amp;GUID=164871EA-F727-4020-9047-1E9EDF17BB04">Local Law 77</a>, which sought to prevent a similar tragedy from ever happening again. In the years since its passage, several legionnaires clusters have been discovered in neighborhoods around our City.&nbsp;In 2017, when we found a cluster of Legionnaires' on the Upper East Side it is this law that let us know where every tower was so that we could test them and stop the disease from spreading.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> According to recent reporting by <a href="https://www.wnyc.org/story/cooling-tower-owners-flout-legionnaires-law-city-council-looks-crack-down/">WNYC</a>, half of the city’s cooling tower units remain out of compliance with Local Law 77. After working with <a href="http://gothamist.com/2018/06/06/legionnaires_health_department.php" target="_blank">WNYC</a>’s reporter Sean Carlson I introduced new legislation requiring cooling tower owners to submit inspection results to the city as soon as they are received. The legislation, <a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3702900&amp;GUID=CEFDE1CE-85C0-4050-8EC9-99BDDE637764&amp;Options=&amp;Search=">Introduction 1149</a> goes even further by forcing buildings to stay on top of upcoming inspection dates, with the City’s Health Department now required to send electronic reminders to cooling towers owners that cleanings are upcoming. A second bill, <a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3702907&amp;GUID=2FE64CFA-31F5-4E86-A3A2-FB2CA9DCC7CF&amp;Options=&amp;Search=">Introduction 1150</a>, aims to prevent owners of buildings where water tanks are part of the drinking water supply from engaging in deceptive behaviors like not cleaning the towers until immediately before an inspection and then reporting results from after the cleaning.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you are a resident in a building with a cooling tower or water tank, ask your building management to <a href="http://coolingtowers.cityofnewyork.us">register online</a> or review information on<a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/business/permits-and-licenses/cooling-towers.page"> cooling tower registration and maintenance</a>. Read coverage in&nbsp;<a href="https://www.wnyc.org/story/cooling-tower-owners-flout-legionnaires-law-city-council-looks-crack-down/">WNYC</a>.<br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="336000" name="336000"><strong>$336,000 in Funding for Security Cameras on the Upper East Side</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HvcTOYETJM" target="_blank"><img align="right" data-file-id="4517" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/c63ad306a4563d96ec275033dfecd090-300x225.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></a></strong>As reported by the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/ny-metro-argus-cameras-east-20181024-story.html">New York Daily News</a>, the Upper East Side is already known as a safe place to raise a family but with $336,000 in funding from my office to install security cameras in hard-to-patrol public spaces, it will be getting even safer. The locations for the security cameras were chosen in consultation with community organizations and the NYPD following a positive vote by hundreds of residents in Participatory Budgeting.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Location of new NYPD security cameras:</strong><br /> <em>Hard-to-Patrol Parks - $160,000</em></p> <ul> <li>64th Street and FDR Drive to cover pedestrian bridge and Andrew Haswell Green - $35,000</li> <li>FDR Drive at 65th Street and 68th Street to cover East River Esplanade - $90,000</li> <li>70th Street to cover the East River Esplanade - $35,000</li> </ul> <p><em>Transit Hub - $141,000</em></p> <ul> <li>83rd Street and 2nd Avenue to cover Q subway station</li> <li>86th Street at 2nd Avenue to cover Q subway station</li> <li>86th Street at 3rd Avenue to cover 4/5/6 and Q subway stations</li> <li>86th Street and Lexington Avenue to cover 4/5/6 station</li> </ul> <p><em>Quality of Life Hotspots - $35,000</em></p> <ul> <li>75<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;Street and 1<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;Avenue to cover local quality of life hotspot</li> </ul> <p>The cameras are linked directly to the 19th precinct using fiber optics and the innovative ARGUS system with the intention to provide immediate police responses to criminal activity. NYPD officers are inconvenienced in patrols at the location due to it being only accessible via the pedestrian bridge on 63rd or 70th Street.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> For more details on the new cameras along the East River Esplanade and on East 86th Street be sure to read <a href="https://patch.com/new-york/upper-east-side-nyc/high-tech-cameras-set-protect-east-86th-street-esplanade">Patch’s</a> coverage or watch the press conference at <a href="https://benkallos.com/video/council-member-kallos-rockefeller-university-nypd-19th-announce-336000-security-cameras">BenKallos.com/videos</a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Library" name="Library"><strong>Roosevelt Island Breaks Ground on New Library</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyThJ664QjM" target="_blank"><img align="right" data-file-id="4521" height="172" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/085e58b5baf991764e9ca8b4a95e1eda-300x172.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 172px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></a></strong>In October we finally broke ground on construction of the new library for Roosevelt Island. This is a project that had been stalled for years, dating back to before I was elected. I worked with Borough President Gale Brewer to put pressure on the City to get construction started. The project that started this year is now slated for completion in 2019.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The new building is an energy efficient 5,200-square building at 504 Main Street. Since I was elected I have secured $1.7 million for the Roosevelt Island Library to move to this new location and to bring technology upgrades to this branch. Thank you to New York Public Libraries President Tony Marx, RIOC President Susan Rosenthal, and to State representatives Serrano and Seawright for breaking ground with me. The new branch will be fully ADA accessible, with a canopy to enhance public safety and with automatic doors. The area surrounding the entry will be re-landscaped and an exterior book drop will be built. In addition, the library will serve as a local bus stop. Learn more in the <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/construction-begins-new-york-public-librarys-new-roosevelt-island-branch" target="_blank">release</a>,&nbsp;watch the <a href="https://benkallos.com/video/council-member-kallos-joins-nypl-ddc-break-ground-new-roosevelt-island-library" target="_blank">press conference</a>&nbsp;or in coverage from&nbsp;<a href="https://patch.com/new-york/upper-east-side-nyc/city-begins-work-new-roosevelt-island-library" target="_blank">Patch</a>.<br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="HateGroups" name="HateGroups"><strong>Denouncing Hate Groups on the Upper East Side</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJvqy2lhNPg" target="_blank"><img align="right" data-file-id="4529" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/89a2645f36d468b6da9fc56a4468b3a8-300x225.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></a></strong>Violence, bigotry and anti-semitism have no place in our nation. This is why I stood shoulder-to-shoulder with my fellow elected officials at two separate press conferences as we worked with our NYPD to fully investigate and arrest members of a far-right group responsible for a brawl and beating that took place at a Republican Club just outside my district. Since the evening of October 12, when the violent brawl took place, the NYPD has arrested a total of 5 members of this group and continues to search for more. Thank you to Comptroller Stringer, Speaker Johnson, Assembly Member Quart, Council Member Powers, and all the elected officials who stood up against this incident and made sure the NYPD and the community at large were made aware that this type of behavior will never be tolerated here. Watch our press conferences at <a href="https://benkallos.com/video/speaker-johnson-council-member-kallos-ues-elected-officials-denounce-alt-right-group-attack" target="_blank">BenKallos.com/videos</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>OVERDEVELOPMENT</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Super-Tall" name="Super-Tall"><strong>Sutton Super-Tall Construction Will Follow Community Rezoning as Court Case Proceeds</strong></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://therealdeal.com/2018/10/24/a-community-group-claimed-victory-over-gammas-sutton-place-tower-it-might-be-short-lived/" target="_blank"><img align="right" data-file-id="4677" height="168" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/c86d0e8d4e24eae72590b01db05980b2-300x168.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 168px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></a>We won a victory in the fight against the Sutton Super-Tall Tower when the developer agreed to follow to the rules of the community’s rezoning for the first 150 feet which will be an enforced through an ordered by Judge Debra A. James. This was the result of oral arguments by Michael Hiller the attorney for ERFA and myself, who I joined for oral argument on October 12. This means if there is any construction before 2019, the building will adhere to tower on base standards, which require 45 to 55 percent of the building to be built below 150 feet, thus limiting the height of the building. The developer cannot start building a tower and then claim it is too late to reverse course if and when we win our case. The next court hearing is slated for early December.<br /> <br /> Read coverage in <a href="https://therealdeal.com/2018/10/24/a-community-group-claimed-victory-over-gammas-sutton-place-tower-it-might-be-short-lived/" target="_blank">The Real Deal</a> and <a href="http://www.manhattanexpressnews.nyc/e-58th-st-tower-fight-debate-whos-ahead/" target="_blank">Manhattan Express</a>.&nbsp;Join the fight against overdevelopment and super-tall towers in residential neighborhoods by donating at&nbsp;<a href="http://Erfa.nyc/donate" target="_blank">ERFA.nyc/donate</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="300Activists" name="300Activists"><strong>Rally For Our Neighborhoods Draws 300 Activists</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><a href="http://BenKallos.com/petition/stop-super-scrapers" target="_blank"><img align="right" data-file-id="4533" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/85015f6b209dce60b4f28fae41c9612a-300x225.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></a></strong>It was truly a breath of fresh air seeing community members and activists from all over New York City come together and protest in front of City Hall against overdevelopment and how it is damaging our City. This is an issue which I have led advocacy on for years, successfully winning the first-of-its-kind grassroots rezoning of an entire neighborhood. Thank you to organizations like <a href="http://www.humanscale.nyc/">Human Scale</a>, ERFA, Central Park West Neighbors, and Residents for Reasonable Development for organizing and pushing the event. Join the fight against overdevelopment at <a href="http://BenKallos.com/petition/stop-super-scrapers" target="_blank">BenKallos.com/petition/stop-super-scrapers</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Scaffolding" name="Scaffolding"><strong>Scaffolding Bill Update: Structure Removed after 14 Years</strong></a><strong> &nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4537" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/b741ba0b47ec85b4f8c743a0cd2a3bf0-300x225.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />There is no reason scaffolding should be up in front of a building for 14 years. As reported by <a href="https://ny.curbed.com/2018/10/17/17990624/nyc-old-sidewalk-shed-removed-harlem">Curbed</a>, one of New York City’s longest standing eyesores was finally taken down in October after being up for way over a decade. The scaffolding was located in Harlem on Lenox Avenue and West 123rd Street. Under the legislation I have introduced and fought for, building owners would have up to 90 days to fix dangerous facade conditions and an additional 90 days for owners to fix dangerous conditions upon extension. After the 180 days, the city would step in to do the work correcting any dangerous condition and bill the owner for all the costs. Under the current version of this legislation, new construction would need to continue without more than seven days of interruption until the new development is safely capped off or completed. Exemptions in the legislation provide for weather, stop work orders, time awaiting permit renewals or in cases of safety risks. For more information on the bill see coverage in&nbsp; <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-clip/new-york-times-scaffolding-harlem-corner-making-eyes-sore-least-17-years-winnie-hu">The New York Times</a>, &nbsp;<a href="https://benkallos.com/press-clip/pix11-pix11-investigates-how-safe-citys-300-miles-scaffolding-henry-rosoff">PIX11</a>, <a href="https://benkallos.com/video/city-council-hearing-legislation-limiting-how-long-scaffolding-can-stay-without-ongoing-work">FOX 5</a>, <a href="https://benkallos.com/video/ny1-councilman-targets-blight-city-thousands-buildings-surrounded-scaffolding">New York 1</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>NOVEMBER EVENT INVITES</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="cb8forum" name="cb8forum"><strong>Understanding Your Ballot</strong></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SWg1JgOY1g"><img align="right" data-file-id="4545" height="387" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/5f3383879b23c68833dafe3207b0194c-300x387.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 387px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></a> Watch <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SWg1JgOY1g" target="_blank">WNET</a> for a panel discussion hosted by <a href="https://www.cb8m.com/">Community Board 8</a> on November 1st at 6:30 pm. The educational townhall is an effort to help the public understand the choices available in the upcoming Charter Revision vote on Election Day. Other members of the panel include Comptroller Scott Stringer and Borough President Gale Brewer. The discussion will be moderated by <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/">Gotham Gazette</a> Executive Editor Ben Max. For more information call 212 758-4340 or visit <a href="mailto:info@cb8m.com">Info@CB8m.com</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Understanding Your Ballot</strong><br /> November 1, 6:30PM-9PM<br /> P.S. 59 Auditorium<br /> 233 East 56th Street<br /> <a href="https://www.cb8m.com/event/zoning-development-committee-3/">RSVP</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Medicare" name="Medicare"><strong>Medicare Open Enrollment Event</strong></a><br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/medicare-rights-open-enrollment-event-0"><img align="right" data-file-id="4549" height="388" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/440a42fdefc2b4d53a4eb2e5bfd5c081-300x388.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 388px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></a><br /> The Medicare Rights Center and I invite you to participate in an Enrollment Awareness Event. Find out what you need to know about the <a href="https://www.medicareresources.org/faqs/when-is-the-next-medicare-open-enrollment-period/">Medicare Fall Open Enrollment period</a>. Get connected to programs that help pay the costs associated with Medicare.</p> <ul> <li>Medicare eligibility, costs, and coverage</li> <li>Medicare Savings Programs and Extra Help for the Part D Prescription Drug Benefit</li> </ul> <p><strong>Medicare Open Enrollment Event</strong><br /> November 1, 4PM - 6PM<br /> Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center<br /> 415 East 93rd Street.<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/medicare-rights-open-enrollment-event-0">RSVP</a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="FireSafety" name="FireSafety"></a><strong><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/fire-safety-education-presentation"><img align="right" data-file-id="4557" height="388" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/fed41ff3c979fec707911919715d10c6-300x388.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 388px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></a></strong><a name="FireSafety"><strong>Fire Safety Education Presentation</strong></a><br /> <br /> Fire safety educators from the New York City Fire Department will present a training focused on the most common causes of fire and fire injuries in the home. Educators will provide information on how to prevent fires and what to do in case of fire.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Fire Safety Education Presentation</strong><br /> November 8, 5PM-6:30PM<br /> District Office<br /> 244 East 93rd Street<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/fire-safety-education-presentation">RSVP</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Shred-A-thon" name="Shred-A-thon"><strong>Shred-A-Thon Thanksgiving Edition</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/shred-thon-3"><img align="right" data-file-id="4561" height="388" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/dca50afd8850e2ce135b3ded18e5882c-300x388.png" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 388px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></a></strong>I am looking forward to this year’s Shred-A-Thon Thanksgiving edition. Make sure you arrive early and have everything you want to be shredded prepared and ready to go. Bring any and all of your old personal documents that you no longer want laying around. Get them destroyed and protect your privacy and identity. You bring the paper and the giant shredder truck turns it into micro bits while you watch! &nbsp;You can also bring compost, eyeglasses, corks, batteries and cords.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Shred-A-Thon</strong><br /> Sunday, November 18, 10AM - 2PM<br /> 92nd Street Greenmarket (at First Avenue)<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/shred-thon-3">RSVP</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="NightLife" name="NightLife"><strong>Night Life Office Town Hall</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4565" height="388" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/9604b416454445c14aed540d248910da-300x388.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 388px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></strong>On Wednesday, November 28 at 5:30pm, I will be helping the newly minted <a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/site/mome/initiatives/office-of-nightlife.page">Office of Nightlife</a> continue its five-borough listening tour hearing from nightlife stakeholders regarding their issues, priorities, and ideas. At this event, agency officials will be available to listen to issues and ideas from the public, as well as to respond to any clarifying questions if necessary but not in a questions and answer format.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Night Life Office Town Hall</strong><br /> Wednesday, November 28<br /> 5:30PM - 8:00PM<br /> The Town Hall<br /> 123 West 43rd&nbsp;Street<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>FIGHTING FOR WORKERS RIGHTS AND SMALL BUSINESSES</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="SBJSA" name="SBJSA"><strong>Small Business Jobs Survival Act</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4569" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/9522bd2f8465d2a8f76986b53e45d8bb-300x225.jpeg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /> </strong>It is no secret that small businesses are struggling in Manhattan and other parts of New York City. In October, I worked with local activists and small business owners to voice our demand for passage of the <a href="http://takebacknyc.nyc/sbjsa">Small Business Jobs Survival Act</a>. This bill would require property owners to offer minimum 10-year lease renewals to commercial tenants, among other measures. Small businesses have been pivotal for the growth of our city, they are crucial to making New York City a treasured place to work and visit.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Small Business Jobs Survival Act would work by bringing the following reforms:</p> <ul> <li>A minimum 10-year lease with the right to renew, so small businesses can better plan for the future of their business.</li> <li>Equal negotiation terms when it comes time to renew commercial leases with recourse to binding arbitration by a 3rd party if fair terms cannot be found.</li> <li>Restrictions to prevent landlords from passing their property taxes on to small business owners.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;For more information on the legislation and the recent hearing and press conferences in support of the bill read <a href="https://patch.com/new-york/upper-east-side-nyc/s/gj8kp/bill-aims-to-tackle-empty-stores-and-landlord-extortion-in-nyc?utm_campaign=newsletter&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=newsletter-daily&amp;utm_term=article-slot-2">Patch</a>.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="BuildingService" name="BuildingService"><strong>Building Service Awards with 32BJ and Our Town</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4573" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/26c535f4f000e7a632662b26b735c2db-250x187.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 187px; margin: 0px;" width="250" /></strong>It was an honor to present Kristina Bellamy with the 2018 Helping Hand Award at the 32BJ Building Service Workers Awards. Thank you to <a href="http://www.seiu32bj.org/">32BJ SEIU</a> President Hector J. Figueroa for standing with me to hand out the award in service to the men and women of 32BJ. A special thank you to <a href="http://www.ourtownny.com/">Our Town</a> for putting on this event and making out building workers feel appreciated.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="CountMeIn" name="CountMeIn"><strong>Count Me In Rally</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4577" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/bbbffdfd38648e7ec0cdb091f840ba20-250x187.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 187px; margin: 0px;" width="250" /></strong>When developers receive billions in government giveaways it is important that everyone receive a benefit including those constructing the building. I was proud to join construction workers calling for better wages, health benefits and the opportunity to one day retire as part of the year's long&nbsp;“Count Me In” campaign.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Columbia" name="Columbia"><strong>Fighting for Postdoctoral Student Worker Rights at Columbia University</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4581" height="121" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/7d7b9669fb1c8b31f20f911bc1861a76-250x121.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 250px; height: 121px; margin: 0px;" width="250" /></strong>I was proud to stand up for the graduate student workers at Columbia University in October. As co-chair of the <a href="https://council.nyc.gov/caucuses/progressive-caucus/">Council’s Progressive Caucus</a>, I hand-delivered a <a href="https://nycprogressives.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/columbia_letter-member_20181010.pdf">letter</a> on behalf of the workers to University President Lee Bollinger and members of the <a href="https://www.columbia.edu/">Columbia University</a> Board of Trustees urging them to begin negotiations with elected representatives of these workers who have voted to engage in collective bargaining.&nbsp;Recently, the <a href="https://www.nlrb.gov/">National Labor Relations Board</a> (NLRB) verified that postdoctoral researchers voted decisively – 68% – in favor of unionization. &nbsp;The latest count indicates that 5,000 researchers and teachers have now voted by a more than 2 to 1 margin for UAW representation at Columbia University.&nbsp;I have supported the graduate workers’ efforts to unionize in the past, including their <a href="https://nycprogressives.com/2018/04/30/new-york-city-council-progressive-caucus-support-the-graduate-workers-of-columbia/">strike in April</a>. I support the right of these workers to unionize with the goal of enhancing their ability to provide quality teaching and research at Columbia.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="pervaillingWages" name="pervaillingWages"><strong>Working to Get Prevailing Wages for Building Workers</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4585" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/abfb7ffaede1352f66f5df14b135da90-250x187.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 187px; margin: 0px;" width="250" /></strong>New York City’s building workers, whether in co-ops, condos, or in NYCHA facilities, are really what make life in the city possible. They deserve to be paid adequately and fairly. I rallied with a group of workers outside of City Hall calling on the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to pay their workers a prevailing wage. Any development that is being run by or getting subsidies from City government should be paying more than minimum wage. By paying City workers minimum wage instead of a prevailing wage, the city itself is creating workers that will only be able to afford public housing or need some kind of housing subsidy. As chair of the Committee on Planning and Dispositions, I have made it my business to ensure that any developer getting tax breaks from the City pays workers a prevailing wage. The City needs to renegotiate and do the same. Watch the press rally at <a href="https://benkallos.com/video/2bj-seiu-call-nycha-and-city-put-prevailing-wage-standards">BenKallos.com/videos</a><br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>COMMUNITY</strong><br /> <br /> <a id="BoardMeetings" name="BoardMeetings"><strong>You Can Now Stream Community Board Meetings</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4589" height="63" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/64d81f4c978e2d99331860d0feaae365-250x63.png" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 63px; margin: 0px;" width="250" /></strong>After receiving requests from residents and <a href="https://www.cb8m.com/">Community Board 8</a> to stream their meetings live online, I allocated $20,000 in this year’s budget to put the Community Board. As of October 2018, a longtime partner of the community board public broadcast station <a href="https://www.wnet.org/">WNET</a> will professionally record and broadcast the full board meetings via <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBx7qFOwmGI">youtube</a>. For at least the next 12 months, the public will be able to watch full board meetings online. For information on the allocation and the work and cooperation, it took to make this happen to see the coverage in <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-clip/upper-east-side-patch-council-reps-fund-ues-community-board-meeting-live-streams-brendan">Patch</a> or read the release on <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/cb-8-meetings-be-live-streamed-after-allocation-cm-kallos-and-powers">BenKallos.com/press-releases</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Senior-Health" name="Senior-Health"><strong>Senior Health Event and College Affordability Forum Thank You</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4593" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/6fd30c044ec5471505ae3c43d25881bb-250x187.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 187px; margin: 0px;" width="250" /></strong>Thank you to everyone who attended last month’s Annual Senior Health Fair with Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright. Many Upper East Side residents turned out to receive no-cost flu shots among other services. A special thank you to the York Avenue Ramblers for keeping the music going throughout the event<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Also last month, I also partnered with <a href="https://www.lizkrueger.com/">New York State Senator Liz Krueger</a> and <a href="http://rebeccaseawright.com/">Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright</a> at our College Affordability Forum to discuss programs for affordable college in New York and the Excelsior scholarship program requirements.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The event was hosted by Eleanor Roosevelt High School and saw good turnout despite the torrential rains. The team of experts did an excellent job informing prospective students and parents on the many programs available to New Yorkers and how to best apply for the Excelsior program. For more information on the Excelsior Scholarship and how you or your loved ones may qualify visit <a href="https://www.ny.gov/programs/tuition-free-degree-program-excelsior-scholarship">ny.gov/programs/tuition-free-degree-program-excelsior-scholarship</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you missed the event but are still interested, watch the panel discussion at <a href="https://benkallos.com/video/council-member-kallos-senator-krueger-and-assembly-member-seawright-host-college">BenKallos.com/videos</a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="playhouse" name="playhouse"><strong>Honoring Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and Sanford Meisner</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4597" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/bb4cd0371670cc6b962a01e6df1f49bc-250x187.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 187px; margin: 0px;" width="250" /></strong>Congratulations to the <a href="http://neighborhoodplayhouse.org/">Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre</a> on their 90th Anniversary and to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanford_Meisner">Sanford Meisner</a> on their legacy of bringing the arts to our community and New York City as a whole. From a small class of students starting in 1915, the playhouse and the late Meisner have made a significant cultural impact on the city with a list of incredibly talented alumnus. It was truly a privilege to honor Meisner with a proclamation, who joined the playhouse in 1935 and rose to head of the program in 1940 and the theatre as a whole with a proclamation from my office. His famous Meisner technique for acting has since been used by actors around the world. Thank you to Pamela Moller Kareman, Executive Director of the Neighborhood Playhouse, for the invitation and for helping me honor the organization. For more information read coverage in a story by <a href="https://www.broadwayworld.com/off-off-broadway/article/Neighborhood-Playhouse-School-Of-The-Theatre-Sanford-Meisner-To-Be-Honored-By-The-The-Office-Of-The-City-Council-20181010">Broadway World</a> or watch the video of me presenting the proclamation to the theatre at <a href="https://benkallos.com/video/cm-kallos-awards-proclamation-neighborhood-playhouse-school-theatre">BenKallos.com/videos</a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Pre-K" name="Pre-K"><strong>Working for More Pre-K Seats on the Upper East Side</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4601" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/60f1d96d22efc3864fd818ac9e3ba2e2-250x187.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 187px; margin: 0px;" width="250" /></strong><a href="http://www.manhattanexpressnews.nyc/ues-electeds-more-pre-k/">Manhattan Express</a> profiled my work my office has done to achieve the number of Pre-K seats our neighborhood has finally reached roughly 950 seats. In the last year, hundreds of seats have been added with new locations on Third Avenue and East 95th Street and on East 57th Street and East 82nd Street. In the coming year, another Pre-K Center will be opening on East 76th Street with an additional 180 seats — bringing the total of new seats to more than 450 in two years.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> I am proud of this accomplishment but we have more to do. Based on 2015 and 2016 numbers detailing birth rates on the Upper East Side and the City’s expansion into 3K we will need over 5,000 seats in just a few years. If you need help with Pre-K admissions and applications or are looking for information on seats call my office at 212-860-1950 or email UPK@BenKallos.com<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="East86" name="East86"><strong>East 86th Street Neighborhood Association Meeting</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4621" height="243" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/9989fdc1bd15534d679f57696d89f8ae-250x243.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 243px; margin: 0px;" width="250" /></strong>Thank you to the East 86th Street Neighborhood Association for having me at their annual meeting in October. I spoke to residents about the recent changes by the NYPD toward Neighborhood Policing at the 19th Precinct and about ongoing construction at East 86th Street. I also had the chance to update the community on the recent progress on our efforts to create a business improvement district for the East 86th Street business corridor. Residents also asked questions about how the City Council is planning to help out small business and how Select Buses in the district have improved commutes. Thank you to East 86th Street Neighborhood Association leaders Elaine Walsh, Susan Gottridge, and Andrew Fine for extending the invite and keeping my office and staff up to date on conditions in his part of the District.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Rightoknow" name="Rightoknow"><strong>Right to Know Act is Now in Effect</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4609" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/7ea41d925c056487e3c13f15bfc40c29-250x187.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 187px; margin: 0px;" width="250" />As of October 19, the Right to Know Act is in effect in New York City. Passed in January, this new law serves as a start to the further conversation about civilian rights in police stops and aims to curb law-abiding citizens unnecessary encounters with police. This pair of laws which I supported and believed in since its inception works in the following ways to reform:<br /> <strong>Consent to Search law</strong> -- When NYPD officers have no legal justification to search you, your vehicle or your home, they should not search you unless they get your “voluntary, knowing and intelligent” consent. This means that in these situations, officers should not search you unless:</p> <ul> <li>The officers asks for your consent</li> <li>The officer informs you that a search won’t be conducted without your consent &amp; checks to make sure you understand</li> <li>You give your consent.</li> </ul> <p><strong>NYPD ID law</strong> -- Requires that in certain situations officers should</p> <ul> <li>Tell you their name, rank, command and the reason they are interrupting your day.</li> <li>At the end of those interactions, if they have not given you a summons or arrested you, they should give you a business card that has their name, rank, and badge number, and their command.</li> </ul> <p>The law is part of a city council response to real concerns for the aggressive stop-and-frisk tactics that often lead to misuses of power. It is a law that I have always thought is necessary and will improve relations between communities and the NYPD.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> For more information about the Right to Know Act, visit&nbsp;<a href="https://www.changethenypd.org/RightToKnowAct/news">https://www.changethenypd.org/RightToKnowAct/news</a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="NeighborhoodPolicing" name="NeighborhoodPolicing"><strong>Neighborhood Policing Comes to the 19th Precinct</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Neighborhood Policing is now key to the 19th Precinct’s policing philosophy. I was able to attend the NYPD rollout event in October; their officers explained that the program is an effort to create a working relationship between the community and the police department. &nbsp;Going forward, two <a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/site/nypd/bureaus/patrol/neighborhood-coordination-officers.page">neighborhood coordination officers</a>, or NCOs, will be assigned to each of the 19th Precinct 4 sectors and will be serving as community liaisons.&nbsp; For the sectors that cover our neighborhoods. Our NCOs are Sargeant Sandy Rodriguez, Officer Michael Haigh, Officer Bryan White, Officer &nbsp;James Cebulski, Officer Tarik Hunter, Officer&nbsp; Stephan Koustoubardis, Officer&nbsp; Lorraine Wade, Officer&nbsp; Lori Murray, Officer&nbsp; Daniel Pardo, Officer Donald Aridas, and Officer Thomas Seickendick.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Compost" name="Compost"><strong>Cutting the Ribbon for Queens’ Newest Compost Site Serving Roosevelt Island</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4625" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/e113ada0459b50e409841aa6e17e21e5-250x187.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 187px; margin: 0px;" width="250" />Just across the East River, I celebrated the opening of a new composting site in western Queens with Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia and <a href="http://jimmyvanbramer.com/">Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer</a>. This composting site, which sits directly under the Queensboro Bridge, is the City’s latest to collect compost so that we can achieve zero waste sooner. Thank you to <a href="https://bigreuse.org/">Big Reuse</a> Executive Director Justin Green for inviting me and for all the good work his organization is doing to reuse and cut back on waste. Watch the press conference and ribbon cutting at <a href="https://benkallos.com/video/big-reuse-compost-site-ribbon-cutting-wcm-kallos-van-bramer-dsny-commissioner-garcia">BenKallos.com/videos</a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="BikeSafety" name="BikeSafety"><strong>Bike Safety: Folding Helmets</strong></a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<img align="right" data-file-id="4629" height="213" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/5f8f345d9d1d4389a9c3d1b2f3dac6db-250x213.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 213px; margin: 0px;" width="250" />Since I am always on the go, I have grown to rely on using Citibike to get from places to place in a hurry. I also believe safety is always first and do my best to carry helmet a helmet around just in case. After lugging around a giant helmet, I invested in a crowd-sourced campaign to create of a&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/morpher-folding-helmet-technology/">folding helmet</a>.&nbsp;I had the pleasure of meeting the founder, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Woolf" target="_blank">Jeff Woolf</a>&nbsp;this month. Jeff and I discussed how we can get more riders to wear helmets.&nbsp;If you want a free (non-folding) helmet from my office in April of 2019 stay tuned to our newsletter and visit&nbsp;<a href="https://benkallos.com/events">BenKallos.com/events</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Freakonomics" name="Freakonomics"><strong>Freakonomics of Government </strong></a><strong>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4633" height="247" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/fa26ba06a9cefc9fe5bb887a9f2345c5-250x247.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 250px; height: 247px; margin: 0px;" width="250" /></strong>Award-winning author, journalist and radio personality <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_J._Dubner">Stephen Dubner</a> of the famed books and podcast <a href="http://freakonomics.com/about/">Freakonomics</a>&nbsp;joined me to discuss how we could <a href="http://freakonomics.com/podcast/happiness/" target="_blank">collaborate with many of the experts</a> from his coverage to make New York City even better. We also discussed how he uses story telling to make topics like "economics" interesting and how we can do the same for some of the topics we address like campaign finance and ethics reform. We concluded by discussing <a href="http://freakonomics.com/podcast/apologies/" target="_blank">how to say "I am sorry,"</a> why politicians are so bad at it, and whether it is a <a href="http://freakonomics.com/podcast/choking/" target="_blank">choke</a>. As a fan, listener, and elected official I look forward to the next inspiration for great public policy.<br /> <br /> <a id="Harlem" name="Harlem"><strong>Harlem Educational Activities Fund Government&nbsp; Cyber Security Panel</strong>&nbsp;</a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4661" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/47c5021c1fe8146fdf34f85a9310df07-250x187.jpeg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 250px; height: 187px; margin: 0px;" width="250" />Last month I had a chance to sit down and discuss career paths in government with a group of 10th-grade students at the <a href="https://heaf.org/" target="_blank">Harlem Education Activities Fund</a>, or HEAF. For over 29 years, HEAF has provided opportunities to underserved students throughout the City; as a result of the Fund’s work, 100 percent of their student's complete high school and 83 percent earn bachelor degrees. My fellow panelists were AIG’s Global Head of Cybersecurity Tracie Grella, Former Assemblyman Jonathan L. Bing, Deputy Borough President Matthew Washington, and Bloomberg Security Architect Jason Rouse. Together, we shared our stories and what led us to choose our careers. I was especially impressed by the caliber of questions that the students asked and I could tell that the class of 2020 will have a bright future. If you want to check out the event <a href="https://youtu.be/k4nuQ5Pt1_8" target="_blank">Benkallos.com/videos</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Muslim" name="Muslim"><strong>Muslim Volunteers for New York Annual Food Drive</strong></a><strong> </strong><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4645" height="193" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/2a68f7f7006edee807dc4b4933782512-250x193.png" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 193px; margin: 0px;" width="250" /><a href="https://www.facebook.com/mv4ny/">Muslim Volunteers for New York</a> will be collecting donations as part of its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive from November 1st through the 10th. This year’s drive for the very first time will benefit the <a href="https://www.wscah.org/">West Side Campaign Against Hunger </a>(WSCAH) in addition to the <a href="http://nycommonpantry.org/">New York Common Pantry</a> and <a href="https://www.citymeals.org/">City Meals on Wheels</a>. Each of the beneficiaries serves a unique need for our food insecure communities and Muslim Volunteers for New York is doing a wonderful job to partnering with each of these amazing organizations!<br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="West30thSteet" name="West30thSteet"><strong>New Affordable Housing Opportunity on West 30th Street</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4649" height="250" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/4396d601d240978061bcc55d2d00005d-250x250.png" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 250px; height: 250px; margin: 0px;" width="250" />107 units of affordable housing have been set aside for very low-income and low-income wage earners at 553 West 30th Street in Chelsea. The units are available for household sizes of 1, 2, 3, and 4, and the applications must be completed and submitted December 13, 2018. For more information, visit: <a href="https://a806-housingconnect.nyc.gov/nyclottery/lottery.html#current-projects">a806-housingconnect.nyc.gov/nyclottery/lottery.html#current-projects</a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Veterans" name="Veterans"><strong>Veterans Benefit Fair</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="none" data-file-id="4653" height="775" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/59586d884f1fcbc79a91b900a21d1965-600x775.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 775px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> <br /> As we get ready to observe Veterans Day this November, the New York City Department of Finance and the Manhattan Borough President’s Office will be hosting Veterans Benefits Fair on November 14 from 4pm–7pm. &nbsp;The fair will teach veterans about all the benefits the City and the Federal Government offer to them.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Veterans Benefit Fair</strong><br /> <strong>Wednesday, November 14, 4pm–7pm<br /> Municipal Building<br /> 1 Centre Street, North Mezzanine</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> <ol start="1"> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>OFFICE UPDATES </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="LegislativeCorner" name="LegislativeCorner"><strong>Legislative Corner</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> This month I cosponsored two bills that became law, both about improving how and where the City creates new schools <a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3467603&amp;GUID=03ACF897-7A54-49EB-B220-3A6FF77D3D7F&amp;Options=Advanced&amp;Search=">Int 0757-2018</a>, sponsored by Council Member Gibson, creates an interagency task force on school siting that will identify potential city-owned properties for school siting and identify vacant lots that may be good candidates for school siting.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3343769&amp;GUID=B22CDD9F-59EA-48A3-870E-A3855C3A88FF&amp;Options=Advanced&amp;Search=">Int 0461-2018</a>, sponsored by Council Member Dromm, continues this greater cooperation among city agencies by requiring the Department of Education and the School Construction Authority to be notified by other city agencies when city-owned or leased property of an adequate size is determined to have no current use. This way, DOE and SCA can evaluate whether these properties are suitable for a new school.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="FreshFoodBox" name="FreshFoodBox"><strong>Fresh Food Box Season Ends Before Thanksgiving</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Fresh Food Box at my district office continues in November. This resident favorite which began as a pilot program between my office and GrowNYC two years ago has served hundreds of Upper East Siders looking to get locally grown farm fresh vegetables at an affordable price.<br /> Fresh Food Box takes place at my district office on Thursdays 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, between 3:30pm and 6:30pm. The program allows you to place your order and pay just $14 (<em>cash, credit/debit, SNAP/food stamps, greenmarket bucks</em>) and pick up a bag of farm fresh produce the following week.<br /> <a href="https://www.grownyc.org/greenmarketco/foodbox">GrowNYC's Fresh Food Box Program</a> lets customers benefit from fresh farm to table produce from a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share, with the flexibility of week-to-week purchasing.<br /> Sign-ups begin every year in June and the season runs through November. Learn more visit <a href="http://www.grownyc.org/greenmarketco/foodbox">grownyc.org/greenmarketco/foodbox</a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="FreeLegalClinics" name="FreeLegalClinics"><strong>Free Legal Clinics</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Need a lawyer? Every month I sponsor legal clinics where you can get free legal advice in my District Office at 244 East 93rd Street from 3pm-6pm: <ul> <li><strong>General Civil Law</strong>, 3rd Tuesday</li> <li><strong>Life Planning Clinic</strong>, 3rd Wednesday</li> <li><strong>Family Law and Domestic Violence</strong>, 1st Tuesday</li> <li><strong>Housing Clinics</strong>, Every Monday and 1st Wednesday</li> </ul> Please call my office at 212-860-1950 in advance to schedule your appointment.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <a id="HeretoHelp" name="HeretoHelp"><strong>Here to Help</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> We are here to help. My social work team can help you find out what services you are eligible for and assist you in your application. Some examples include: <ul> <li><strong>Seniors: </strong>Medicare savings, Meals-on-Wheels, Access-A-Ride</li> <li><strong>Housing: </strong>searching for affordable units, free legal housing clinic at my office</li> <li><strong>Job Resources: </strong>training resources and assistance, unemployment benefits</li> <li><strong>Families: </strong>Universal Pre-K, Head Start, After-School programs</li> <li><strong>Finances:</strong> cash assistance, tax credits, home energy assistance</li> <li><strong>Nutrition: </strong>WIC, free meals for all ages</li> </ul> <strong>Please also call us at 212-860-1950 or email us at bkallos@benkallos.com with any unresolved 311 complaints.</strong><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Mobile" name="Mobile"><strong>Mobile District Hours </strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Get assistance wherever in the district you are when we bring our office to you. Please join us at monthly mobile district hours from 11am–2pm: <ul> <li><a href="https://www.isaacscenter.org/">Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center</a>, 415 East 93rd Street, 2nd Tuesday</li> <li><a href="http://carterburdencenter.org/programs/roosevelt-island-senior-center/">Roosevelt Island Senior Center</a>, 546 Main Street, 4th Wednesday</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;<br /> <a id="BenInYourBuilding" name="BenInYourBuilding"><strong>Ben in Your Building </strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> The "Ben in Your Building Program" is a chance to discuss issues of importance to you and your neighbors in person, in your home. Please consider inviting me to your cooperative or condominium annual meeting or tenants association meeting and I will be happy to join you. Over the past year, I have visited several buildings to discuss matters of importance in the neighborhood, including street furniture, road conditions, homeless outreach, sanitation issues and you name it. Please schedule a "Ben in Your Building" today by calling 212-860-1950 or email Scheduler@BenKallos.com<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="CommunityBoards" name="CommunityBoards"><strong>Community Boards</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/1: Community Board 11 Environment, Open Space &amp; Parks Committee</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, CB11 Board Office 1664 Park Avenue</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/5: Community Board 6 Transportation Committee Meeting</strong><br /> <em>7:00pm, 433 1st Avenue (NYU College of Dentistry), Room 210</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/5 Community Board 11 Public Safety &amp; Transportation Committee</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, Bonifacio Senior Center &nbsp;7 East 116th Street</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/5: Community Board 8 Landmark’s Committee</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, New York Blood Center Conference Rm 1&amp;2 310 East 67th</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/5: Community Board 8 Youth, Education, and Libraries Committee</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, Community Board 8 Office 505 Park Avenue Suite 620</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/5: Community Board 8 Street Life Committee</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, CUNY Hunter College – Glass Cafe 695 Park Ave, 3rd Floor</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/5 Community Board 11 Housing Committee</strong><br /> 6:30pm, <em>CB11 Board Office 1664 Park Avenue</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/7: Community Board 8 Transportation Committee</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, New York Blood Center Auditorium 310 E 67th</em><br /> Update by the Department of Transportation regarding the M79 Select Bus Service and addition crosstown bike lanes and discussion regarding congestion pricing.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/7: Community Board 6 Parks, Landmarks, and Cultural Affairs Committee Meeting</strong><br /> <em>7:00pm, 433 1st Avenue (NYU College of Dentistry), Room 210</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/7: Community Board 11 Land Use, Landmarks &amp; Planning Committee</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, Bonifacio Senior Center &nbsp;7 East 116th Street</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/8: Community Board 8 Parks and Recreation Committee</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, New York Blood Center Auditorium 310 E 67th</em><br /> Ferry Presentation by the New York City Economic Development Corporation and Hornblower New York.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/8: Community Board 11 Human Services Committee</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, CB11 Board Office 1664 Park Avenue</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/13: Community Board 11 Youth &amp; Education Committee</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, CB11 Board Office 1664 Park Avenue</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/13: Community Board 11 Economic Development &amp; Culture</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, Bonifacio Senior Center &nbsp;7 East 116th Street</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/13: Community Board 6 Business Affairs and Street Activities Committee Meeting</strong><br /> <em>7:00pm, CB6 Board Office - 211 E. 43rd Street, Suite 1404</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/14: Community Board 6 Full Board Meeting</strong><br /> <em>7:00pm, 433 1st Avenue (NYU College of Dentistry), Room 210</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/14: Community Board 8 Land Use and Full Board Meeting</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, New York Blood Center Auditorium 310 E 67th</em><br /> Public Session – Those who wish to speak during the Public Session must register to do so by 6:45 pm<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/19: Community Board 6 Housing, Homeless, &amp; Human Rights Committee Meeting</strong><br /> 6:30pm, CB6 Board Office - 211 E. 43rd Street, Suite 1404<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/20: Community Board 11 Full Board Meeting</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 1468 Madison Avenue </em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/28: Community Board 8 Housing Committee, Joint with the Committees on Zoning and Development and Health, Seniors, and Social Services</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center 415 East 93rd Street, Dining Room A &amp; B</em><br /> NYCHA Infill efforts at Holmes Towers will be discussed<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><a id="NYPD" name="NYPD">NYPD Events</a></strong><br /> <br /> <strong>11/27: 17th Precinct Community Council </strong><br /> <em>6:00pm-7:00pm, Sutton Place Synagogue, 224 E 51st Street</em><br /> <strong>11/5: 19th Precinct Community Council</strong><br /> <em>7:00pm-8:00pm, 19th Precinct Station House, 153 E 67th Street</em><br /> <strong>11/28: 23rd Precinct Community Council</strong><br /> <em>6:00pm-7:00pm, 23rd Precinct Station House, 164 E 102nd Street</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Tennant" name="Tennant"><strong>Neighborhood and Tenant Association Meetings</strong></a><strong> &nbsp;</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Second Wednesday, 11/14: Lexington Houses Tenant Association</strong><br /> 6:00pm, 1539 Lexington Avenue<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>First Wednesday, 11/7: Roosevelt Island Residents Association Common Council Meeting</strong><br /> 8:00 pm-10:00 pm, Good Shepherd (Downstairs), 543 Main Street<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Second Tuesday, 11/13: Stanley Isaacs Tenant Associations</strong><br /> 7:00 pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, 415 East 93rd Street<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Third Tuesday, 11/20: Holmes Towers Tenant Association</strong><br /> 7:00 pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, 415 East 93rd Street<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Thursday 11/15: East 79th Street Neighborhood Association</strong><br /> 6:00pm-8:00pm, Temple Shaaray Tefila, 250 East 79th Street<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="KIDS" name="KIDS"><strong>Events for Kids</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong>11/1: Early Literacy- Family Storytime</strong><br /> <em>11:00 am-12:00 pm, Webster Library </em><br /> Toddlers from birth to 3 years and their parents/caregivers can enjoy interactive stories, action songs, fingerplays, and spend time with other toddlers in the neighborhood. There is a limit of 15 children and their caregivers. Tickets are given out the morning of the program on a first come, first serve basis. Times of the programs are approximate.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/2 Free Book Friday: Children &amp; Teens</strong><br /> <em>3:30 pm, 96th Street Library</em><br /> Children and teens will have a chance to browse a selection of books and take some home to keep. Picture books, middle grade fiction (for ages 8 to 12), and YA fiction are all available. Refreshments will be served. While supplies last!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/3: Wreck It Ralph </strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm, 96th Street Library </em><br /> Wreck It Ralph Saturday November 3rd, 2018 2 Hours Arcade-game character Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) is tired of always being the "bad guy" and losing to his "good guy" opponent, Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer).<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24: Read to Our New York Therapy Dog!</strong><br /> <em>10:30 am, Webster Library </em><br /> Come read to our therapy dog Tugboat! These licensed therapy dogs and their owners can't wait for you to come read them a story. Enjoy one-on-one, no-pressure reading time with a furry friend! Pre-registration is required for each 15-minute slot and opens 1 week in advance. For ages 5 and up. Available every Saturday!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/5: Preschool Storytime- Petite Picasso </strong><br /> <em>4:00 pm, 96th Street Library </em><br /> Read aloud and messy art projects for young children. Wear your art clothes. Smocks will be provided. Limited to 24 participants.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/5: The Rock Show</strong><br /> <em>4:00 pm, Yorkville Library </em><br /> Join Preschool of Rock for The Rock Show! Filled with non-stop action and hip-shaking music, the children and families will be thrilled! Best for ages 0-8 years old with parent/caregiver.</p> <p><br /> <strong>11/7, 11/14: Preschool Storytime- Petite Picasso </strong><br /> <em>10:30 am, 11:15 am, 96th Street Library </em><br /> Read aloud and messy art projects for young children. Wear your art clothes. Smocks will be provided. Limited to 24 participants.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/8, 11/15, 11/29: Early Literacy- Family Storytime</strong><br /> <em>11:30 am-12:00 pm, Webster Library </em><br /> Toddlers from birth to 3 years and their parents/caregivers can enjoy interactive stories, action songs, fingerplays, and spend time with other toddlers in the neighborhood. There is a limit of 15 children and their caregivers. Tickets are given out the morning of the program on a first come, first serve basis. Times of the programs are approximate.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/13: Bilingual Birdies- Mandarin</strong><br /> <em>11:00 am, 67th St. Library</em><br /> Bilingual Birdies will take families on a magical journey to learn words in Mandarin and explore fun new themes like eating healthy food, the changing colors of the leaves, and how to identify different shapes! This program is for children birth to age six and the class is rooted in live music, movement, dance, and puppetry. Bilingual Birdies celebrates different cultures in a time that is very important to embrace diversity.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/14: Big Talks: Bullying</strong><br /> <em>4:00 pm, Webster Library</em><br /> Most teens have experience with bullying, whether you're a victim, a bystander, or a bully. Come engage in conversations about how we treat each other. What does bullying look like? Why does it happen? What can YOU do? For ages 13-18 years old. Presented by Tara Abrol<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/13, 11/20, 11/27: Adult Coloring</strong><br /> <em>11:00 am, 96th St. Library</em><br /> Looking for a new way to relax? Enjoy the sublime pleasure of coloring. Coloring sheets, crayons, coloring pencils, and reading materials will be provided to participants by the library.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/15: Early Literacy- Songs of Autumn </strong><br /> <em>11:00 am, Roosevelt Island Library </em><br /> Join children's musician Ian Hayes for an autumn-themed sing-a-long! Bring your toddlers and little ones for an interactive music show to welcome the heat with song and dance. Fun for the whole family! Best for children ages 2 to 4 with parent/caregiver. Presented by Urban Stages<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/15: Film- Portrait of Jennie (1948)</strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm, 96th Street Library </em><br /> Portrait of Jennie (1948) 86 min., b&amp;w, William Dieterle, Dir. Starring Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten. A painter meets a girl in the park one day who may or may not be real but who does inspire him to continue painting, though he may be destroyed by falling in love in the process. ADMISSION FREE<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/16: Storytime for Kids 2-6</strong><br /> <em>10:30 am, 421 East 61st Street </em><br /> This month’s Storytime will explore different types of hats through history. Listen to hat themed stories and look for hats in the museum. Afterward make a pilgrim hat or bonnet to wear home. Free for caregivers and children.<br /> <strong>11/20, 11/27: Free Play</strong><br /> <em>4:00 pm, Webster Library </em><br /> Join us on Tuesday afternoons for a fun chance to socialize with other kids from the community! Toys are provided. Please note: This program is for both caregiver and child<br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="ADULTS" name="ADULTS"><strong>Events for Adults</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong>11/1, 11/3, 11/8, 11/10, 11/15, 11/17, 11/24, 11/29: Computer Tutoring</strong><br /> <em>Saturdays: Noon, 2:00pm; Thursdays: 5:30pm, 67th St. Library</em><br /> Join us for an one-on-one tutoring sessions! Stop by the branch to sign up for one of our help sessions and get a personal tutor at your service! This program will run every Thursday and Saturday. Space is limited.<br /> <strong>10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26: Quiet Study Rooms ()</strong><br /> <em>10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26: Quiet Study Rooms (Fridays)</em><br /> <em>10:00am-3:00pm, 67th St Library</em><br /> <em>10:00am-3:00pm, 67th St Library</em><br /> No talking, no cell phone, and no noise are required in our quiet study room. This room is open thanks to our volunteers, and is subject to their availability.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/1: Prostate Cancer Support Group </strong><br /> <em>12:00 pm, 430 East 67th Street </em><br /> This program is for people who have been treated for cancer. No observers, please, without prior approval.</p> <p><br /> <strong>11/1, 11/8: Financial Empowerment Workshop</strong><br /> <em>6:00 pm-8:00 pm, 331 East 70th Street </em><br /> Learn how to take control of your finances at our free Financial Empowerment Workshop! You will be able to see and learn how to read your Credit Report, meet one-on-one with a financial adviser for individualized advice, open a free savings account and more.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/1: Politics of Food Summit</strong><br /> <em>Baruch College, 55 Lexington Ave </em><br /> City &amp; State and partners will convene leaders in government, public policy, and industry, to discuss all forms of food programs, sustainability and policy issues in New York. The 2018 Politics of Food conference will bring together over 250 policy makers, innovators and leaders from diverse fields to tackle the most important policy, management and leadership issues affecting New York's food policy efforts and program.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/1: Film The man Who Would Be King (1975)</strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm, 96th Street Library </em><br /> The Man Who Would be King (1975) 129 min., color, John Houston, Dir. Starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer. Based on the story by Rudyard Kipling.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/1: Jazz @ NYPL</strong><br /> <em>4:30 pm, 96th Street Library </em><br /> Presented by the Jazz Foundation of America, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/1: East Side Candidates Forum</strong><br /> <em>5:30 pm-7:30 pm, 331 East 70th Street </em><br /> Get to know your candidates before Election Day at our nonpartisan forum featuring candidates running for office: New York State Senate District 28: State Senator Liz Krueger &amp; Peter Holmberg, New York State Assembly District 76: State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright (invited) &amp; Lou Puliafito.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/1: Urban Beekeeping</strong><br /> <em>6:30 pm, House of the Redeemer </em><br /> Guillermo Fernandez, Director of <a href="https://thehoneybeeconservancy.org/">The Honeybee Conservancy</a> and an urban beekeeper, will talk about how urban beekeeping has the potential to not only support healthy bee populations, but also support healthy urban communities.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/3: ACT Practice Exam </strong><br /> <em>10:00 am, Yorkville Library </em><br /> Take a full-length practice test under timed conditions. A proctored practice exam will help your child build testing endurance and give you a real-time snapshot of their testing performance. To register: https://www.revolutionprep.com/partners/137966/ or contact Elizabeth Willard at 917-983-9069 and elizabeth.willard@revolutionprep.com.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/4: 5th Annual GreenPark Gardener NYC Pumpkin Smash </strong><br /> <em>1:00 pm-4:00 pm, East River Esplanade- 63rd &amp; York Avenue</em><br /> Only heroic Marathon stragglers left on First… So grab that soon-to-be-moldy Halloween jack-o-lantern and head down to the Esplanade for the Great Smashing of Pumpkins. That’ll thereafter become compost gold! After-Smash treats for one and all! Doesn’t get more fun or green!<br /> <br /> <strong>11/5, 11/19: Tour of Gracie Mansion </strong><br /> <em>10:00 am-11:50 am, 5:00 pm-5:50 pm, Carl Schurz Park </em><br /> Gracie Mansion Conservancy presents New York 1942. Our newest installation marking the 75th Anniversary of Gracie Mansion as the official mayoral residence.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/5, 11/19: Yorkville Writing Circle </strong><br /> <em>5:15 pm, Yorkville Library </em><br /> Writers of all genres and styles, at all levels, are welcome to participate. No sign-ups required. For adults (ages 18 and up) For more information, please email: YorkvilleWritingCircle@gmail.com<br /> <br /> <strong>11/5: Transforming Central Park </strong><br /> <em>5:30 pm, Webster Library </em><br /> Join us on Tuesday afternoons for a fun chance to socialize with other kids from the community! Toys are provided. Please note: This program is for both caregiver and child. It is not a structured program.<br /> <br /> <strong>Every Tuesday: Community Supported Agriculture Boxes from GROWNYC</strong><br /> <em>3:30 pm-6:30 pm, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House </em><br /> Year-round at the Center @ Lenox Hill Neighborhood House you can pick up your own Community Supported Agriculture box of high quality, farm fresh produce at below retail prices! For only $15, receive $20-$30 worth of fresh greens &amp; fruit every week. CSA shares must be purchased a week in advance. For more information, please email Site Coordinator Abby Lee at <a href="mailto:alee@grownyc.org">alee@grownyc.org</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/6: Join DOROT &amp; St. Agnes Library for 1960’s NYC 16mm Film Screening</strong><br /> <em>5pm, DOROT 171 West 85th Street</em><br /> Two short films which examine the phenomenon of protests. The first explores anti-war protests in the period before America's entry into World War II to the Vietnamese conflict. The second explores the student protest and strike at Columbia University. A discussion facilitated by staff from the New York Public Library to follow.To register, contact Shannon O’Connor at (917) 441-3745 or sundaysandevenings@dorotusa.org<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/6: Science Fiction Book Discussion </strong><br /> <em>6:30 pm, Roosevelt Island Library </em><br /> Book discussion on Chocky by John Wyndham<br /> <br /> <strong>Every Wednesday: Lenox Hill Snap Assistance Clinics </strong><br /> <em>10:00 am-1:00 pm, 331 east 70th Street</em><br /> Recent changes have expanded SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) eligibility in New York City, so more individuals and families are eligible for SNAP benefits than ever before. If you are interested in determining whether you are eligible for SNAP benefits, come to our Snap Assistance Clinics.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/7: Shakespeare From Page to Stage </strong><br /> <em>11:30 am, Webster Library </em><br /> Shakespeare: From Page to Stage explores the Bard's work, not purely as literature, but as plays created to be performed. The workshop will look at Shakespeare's work as a process that moves from page to performance, exploring the methods directors and actors use to analyze, interpret, penetrate, and activate the world of the play.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28: Learn to Play Chess For Adults</strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm, Webster Library </em><br /> Learn to play the most popular game ever: A game of strategy and problem solving. Whether you are beginner or a more advanced player you can learn the strategies that will make you a better chess player.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/7: Author Talk </strong><br /> <em>5:30 pm, Yorkville Library </em><br /> Join the Yorkville Library in welcoming Helen Trepelkov and her book Postgraduate Studies in Motherhood.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/7: Friends of the Upper East Side Book Launch </strong><br /> <em>6:30 pm, 215 East 71st Street </em><br /> We are thrilled to finally share <em>Shaped by Immigrants: A History of Yorkville </em>with you! Prepare for a night of celebration, discussion, and the screening of an original documentary mini-series produced by FRIENDS of the Upper East Side. Be one of the first to enjoy the finished product for yourself, or as a gift for one of the Yorkville fans in your life. Books will be for sale for the very first time at the event, and online to follow. Active FRIENDS members will receive a special discount on all book purchases.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/8: Fim- The Narrow Margin </strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm, 96th Street Library </em><br /> Double Feature, 1st film at 2 PM, 2nd film at 3:10 PM. The Narrow Margin (1952) 71 min., b&amp;w, Richard Fleischer, Dir. Starring Charles McGraw, Marie Windsor, Jacqueline White.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/8: Bladder Cancer Support Group </strong><br /> <em>12:00 pm, 430 East 67th Street </em><br /> This program is for people who have been treated for cancer. No observers, please, without prior approval.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/8: Book Discussion Group</strong><br /> <em>6:00 pm, 96th Street Library </em><br /> Join us to discuss Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi About the book: First novel by the author of Americanah.<br /> <br /> <strong>Wednesdays and Fridays: Learn to Play Chess For Adults</strong><br /> <em>Wednesdays 2:00 pm, Fridays 3:00 pm, Webster Library </em><br /> Learn to play the most popular game ever: A game of strategy and problem solving. Whether you are beginner or a more advanced player you can learn the strategies that will make you a better chess player.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/8: Historical Lecture- Richard Panchyk</strong><br /> <em>6:30 pm, Roosevelt Island Library </em><br /> The Roosevelt Island Historical Society presents a lecture by Richard Panchyk, author of Hidden History of Queens.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/9: Film- Robin Hood Prince of Thieves </strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm, 96th Street Library </em><br /> Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves 2 hours 35 minutes, PG-13 Friday, November 9, 2018 96th Street Branch Library Basement Nobleman crusader Robin of Locksley (Kevin Costner) breaks out of a Jerusalem prison with the help of Moorish fellow prisoner Azeem (Morgan Freeman) and travels back home to England.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/9: </strong><strong>Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden, </strong><strong>Greek Myths and Today’s Culture</strong><br /> <em>12:30pm, </em><em>421 East 61st Street</em><br /> In conjunction with our current exhibit, "Style, Myth and Modernity in Greek Revival New York," we will debate the idea that the Greek tragedies can offer relevant insights for us today, an idea also proposed by 19th-century New Yorkers.<br /> Refreshments included. Free with admission.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/9: Lunchtime Lecture </strong><br /> <em>12:30 pm, 421 East 61st Street </em><br /> In conjunction with the current exhibit, “Style, Myth and Modernity in Greek Revival New York” we will debate the idea that the Greek tragedies can offer relevant insights for us today, an idea also proposed by 19th-century New Yorkers.Refreshments included. Free with admission.<br /> <strong>11/10: Cello Alone</strong><br /> <em>3:00 pm, Webster Library</em><br /> Be soothed by the sounds of music! Join cellist Tomas Ulrich as he plays selections from works by JS Bach, Jeremy Beck, Gaspar Cassado, Paul Hindemith and Tomas Ulrich.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/11: Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana </strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm, 331 East 70th Street </em><br /> Flamenco Vivo’s performances use the rich and powerful art form of Spanish dance and music to build understanding and communication between people of different cultures.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/13, 11/20, 11/27: Word for Beginners</strong><br /> <em>3:00 pm, 96th Street Library </em><br /> Learn the basic features of Microsoft Word 2010, a word processing program you can use to create documents. Topics include: entering and editing text, saving files, and various formatting options.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/13: Bring Your Own Poem </strong><br /> <em>4:00 pm, Roosevelt Island Library </em><br /> Bring a poem you love and one you've written to the library for a workshop in which we'll discuss each other's poems and suggest ways to make them more awesome than they are already.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/13:&nbsp;Lenox Hill Neighborhood House DRIE Clinic /&nbsp;</strong>Disability Rent Increase Exemption<strong>&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>1:30pm-4pm by appointment only</em><br /> Do you have a disability and need help with Rent?<br /> Do you pay more than 1/3 og your income towards rent?<br /> IS YOUR ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME $50,000 OR LESS?<br /> For an appointment or information, contact us at<br /> DRIE@lenoxhill.org or 212-218-0503, option 0<br /> Find out if you are eligible for DRIE, get assiatance applying or recertifying<br /> <br /> <strong>11/13: Historic Cooking Workshop- 19th Century Jumbles</strong><br /> <em>6:30 pm, 421 East 61st Street</em><br /> Cook and eat your way through history! When Andrew Jackson defeated Henry Clay in the 1832 Presidential election, it was more than his populist message which helped him at the ballot box. American women had been baking cookies, affectionately dubbing them Jackson Jumbles to hand out to citizens and influence the vote. The other side was busy baking too–and Clay Jumbles had a fair run, but didn’t emerge the winner. See which you like better, and get some ideas on how to swing the next election. $20 Adults, $15 Members and Students with ID.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/13: Gynecologic Cancer Support Group </strong><br /> <em>3:30 pm, 430 East 67th Street </em><br /> This is a support and discussion group for women who have completed treatment for gynecological cancer. Discussion topics include diet and nutrition, adjusting to physical changes, and managing anxiety.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/14: Transitioning to Research Independence-Mentoring </strong><br /> <em>4:00 pm-5:00 pm, 1300 York Avenue </em><br /> The seminar series presented by Rockefeller University, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medicine, will include 8 sessions and will cover topics such as the nuts and bolts of seeking a faculty position, considerations for establishing a lab, strategies for leading and managing a research group, securing funding, and mentoring trainees. This course is open to all postdocs and students at Rockefeller University, Weill Cornell Medicine and Memorial Sloan Kettering.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/14: Yorkville Writing Circle</strong><br /> <em>4:30 pm, Yorkville Library </em><br /> Writers of all genres and styles, at all levels, are welcome to participate. No sign-ups required. For adults (ages 18 and up) For more information, please email: YorkvilleWritingCircle@gmail.com<br /> <br /> <strong>11/14: Author Talk- Barren Island by Carol Zoref </strong><br /> <em>5:30 pm, Webster Library </em><br /> Join author and professor Carol Zoref for a discussion of and reading from her novel, Barren Island.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/15: Reel Classics- Funny Girl </strong><br /> <em>4:00 pm, Webster Library </em><br /> Webster Library Presents: Funny Girl A life of Fanny Brice, famed comedian and entertainer of the early 1900s. We see her rise to fame as a Ziegfield girl, subsequent career, and her personal life, particularly her relationship with Nick Arnstein.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/15: Book Discussion; One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest</strong><br /> <em>6:30 pm, Roosevelt Island Library</em><br /> One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/17: Year-Round Volunteer Gardening</strong><br /> <em>9:30 am - 12:30 pm, 86th Street at East End</em><br /> Join neighbors and friends and pitch in at this fun, local event!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/17: WWI Film Series- Hearts of the World </strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm, Webster Library </em><br /> Commemorate the centennial of the end of World War I with Webster Library! Join us for Hearts of the World.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/17: Time Management Strategies </strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm, Yorkville Library</em><br /> Want to reduce stress, accomplish more in less time and enjoy greater freedom to do the things you love? Do you want a greater feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment in your daily life? You are not alone! Speaker, trainer, and certified professional coach, Barbara Phillips, will share practical strategies that have the power to change your life!<br /> <br /> <strong>11/17: Clone of Popular Films: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves</strong><br /> Creed 2 hours 13 minutes, PG-13 Saturday, November 17, 2018 96th Street Branch Library Basement Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) never knew his famous father, boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died before Adonis was born. However, boxing is in his blood, so he seeks out Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and asks the retired champ to be his trainer.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/18: Adoption Event</strong><br /> <em>Noon-4:00 pm, Petco 1155 Third Ave</em><br /> Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) adoptions include vaccinations, spay/neuter, a pre-registered microchip, an identification tag, a collar and a certificate for a free initial exam at a participating veterinarian.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/19: Coffee &amp; Connections</strong><br /> <em>11:30 am, Webster Library Auditorium </em><br /> Coffee &amp; Connections Support for those who are experiencing homelessness or who know someone who is homeless. New York has many great resources and services for people experiencing homelessness but it can be challenging to gain access to them.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/19: Breast Cancer Support Group </strong><br /> <em>2:30 pm, 430 East 67th Street </em><br /> This program is for people who have been treated for cancer. No observers, please, without prior approval.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/19: Time Management Strategies </strong><br /> <em>5:00 pm, Webster Library </em><br /> Want to reduce stress, accomplish more in less time and enjoy greater freedom to do the things you love? Do you want a greater feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment in your daily life? You are not alone! Speaker, trainer, and certified professional coach, Barbara Phillips, will share practical strategies that have the power to change your life!<br /> <br /> <strong>11/20: Lung Cancer Support Group </strong><br /> <em>11:30 am, 430 East 67th Street </em><br /> This program is for people who have been treated for cancer. No observers, please, without prior approval.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/20: Musical Manga</strong><br /> <em>4:00 pm, 97th St. Library</em><br /> Emo, Goth, Rocker and Hip-Hop music flavor so many of your favorite animated shows. Learn how popular music and soundtracks fit content, style and themes of your favorite anime. Listen and learn the stylistic differences between classic Shonen, Shoujo and Chibi (kid’s comics). Be inspired to create your own manga characters according to your favorite music. All drawing supplies are provided free of charge, as well as a music player and direct tracks from Japan. For ages 13-18 years old.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/20: Poem Revision </strong><br /> <em>4:00 pm, Roosevelt Island Library </em><br /> It's a blast from the past! Share your revised poems and we'll discuss them, and trace their journey from start to revision to finish.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/24: Webster @ the Movies- Ocean’s 8</strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm, Webster Library </em><br /> Webster’s @ The Movies Presents: Ocean's 8 Saturday, November 24th at 2p.m. Five years, eight months, 12 days and counting -- that's how long Debbie Ocean has been devising the biggest heist of her life.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/26: Author Talk </strong><br /> <em>5:30 pm, Yorkville Library </em><br /> Please join the Yorkville Library in welcoming Anthony DeCurtis and his book Lou Reed: A Life.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/27: Lenox Hill Neighborhood 2018 Fall Associates Benefit </strong><br /> <em>7:00 pm-8:30 pm</em><br /> The glamorous evening will feature cocktails at Fendi, followed by dinner and dancing at The Metropolitan Club. Please reserve tickets at your earliest convenience. Your name will be at the door. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/27: Adult Coloring</strong><br /> <em>11:00 am, 97th St. Library</em><br /> Looking for a new way to relax? Enjoy the sublime pleasure of coloring. Coloring sheets, Crayons, coloring pencils, and reading materials will be provided to participants by the library.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/27: Word for Beginners</strong><br /> <em>3:00 pm, 97th St. Library</em><br /> Learn the basic features of Microsoft Word 2010, a word processing program you can use to create documents. Topics include: entering and editing text, saving files, and various formatting options. This is a comprehensive course, so please make sure you can attend all sessions. Call 212-289-0908 to register. Tuesdays, 3-5<br /> <br /> <strong>11/27: Found Object Poetry </strong><br /> <em>4:00 pm, Roosevelt Island Library</em><br /> Come to the library to experience writing poems in a new and exciting way. You'll find various objects set up in the library that will serve as the subjects of your amazing poetry that you'll write on the spot.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/27: Author Talk: The Ha-Ha by Dave King</strong><br /> <em>5:30 pm, Webster Library</em><br /> Author Dave King will discuss his novel, rendered unable to speak, read, or write after a Vietnam War injury thirty years earlier; it is a story about the cost of war and the infinite worth of human connection.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/28: Bereavement Support Group </strong><br /> <em>5:30 pm, 430 East 67th Street </em><br /> This group is for those who have lost a family member or friend to cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering. No observers, please, without prior approval.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/28: Author Talk: The Global Pigeon by Colin Jerolmack</strong><br /> <em>5:30 pm, Webster Library</em><br /> The pigeon is the quintessential city bird. Come hear how they are kept for pleasure, sport, and profit by people all over the world, from the "pigeon wars" to the Million Dollar Pigeon Race.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/28: Heart Health: A Weill Cornell Medicine Wellness Seminar</strong><br /> <em>5:30 pm, Yorkville Library</em><br /> According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States annually – 1 in every 4 deaths. Join Weill Cornell Medicine for a Wellness Seminar on heart health at the Yorkville Library.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/29: Movie Night for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest </strong><br /> <em>6:00 pm, Roosevelt Island Library </em><br /> One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, (R) (1975). Directed by Milos Forman, Starring Jack Nicholson, based on the novel by Ken Kesey.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/29: Film- Ruggles of Red Gap</strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm, 97th St. Library</em><br /> Ruggles of Red Gap (1935) 90 min., b&amp;w, Leo McCarey, Dir. Starring Charles Laughton, Mary Boland, Charles Ruggles. A rancher out West hires a British butler, and the two very different men have a great effect on each other and the members of the rancher’s family. ADMISSION FREE<br /> <br /> <strong>11/29: After Postmodernism- From Laughed-at to Landmarked </strong><br /> <em>6:00 pm, 170 East 70th Street </em><br /> &nbsp;Join Judith Gura, author of <em>Postmodern Design Complete </em>and <em>Interior Landmarks: Treasures of New York</em> for a discussion about the origins of this sometimes-controversial style, its influence on architecture, objects, interiors, and graphics, and the indelible marks it has left on the Upper East Side in particular, both inside and out. $15 for FRIENDS members and $25 for non-members.</p> </div> </div> Mon, 05 Nov 2018 14:00:00 +0000 admin 6581 at https://benkallos.com October News: Vote Big Money Out of Politics, Ribbon Cutting on Pre-K Seats, Esplanade https://benkallos.com/newsletter/october-news-vote-big-money-out-politics-ribbon-cutting-pre-k-seats-esplanade <span>October News: Vote Big Money Out of Politics, Ribbon Cutting on Pre-K Seats, Esplanade</span> <div class="field field--name-field-summary field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width: 730px;"> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>As we settle into the school year and those who observed wrap&nbsp;up the Jewish High Holidays, we have a lot to look forward to and a lot to get done together.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>On Tuesday, November 6, please <a href="http://BenKallos.com/charter/pledge"><strong>turn over your ballot</strong></a> to <strong>vote yes</strong> to&nbsp;<a href="#BigMoney"><strong>get&nbsp;big money out</strong></a><strong> of New York City politics</strong>, along with resources and term limits for Community Boards. Pledge to vote at <strong><a href="http://BenKallos.com/charter/pledge">BenKallos.com/charter/pledge</a></strong>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In September, we cut the ribbon on a new stretch of the <a href="#70thto72nd">East River Esplanade</a> and <a href="#upk">hundreds of school seats</a> at two new pre-kindergarten centers. As part of&nbsp;an effort&nbsp;to avoid another shortfall on school seats, legislation I authored passed the City Council to add necessary <a href="#PlanningForMore">transparency to the school planning process</a>. With <a href="#buses">school buses going missing</a> for hours and our city's children along with them, I've introduced legislation to allow parents to keep track of their kids on the bus. You can testify at the bill's&nbsp;hearing on October 16.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Please join us in October at the <a href="#Senior">Senior Health Fair</a> with no-cost flu shots, the <a href="#College">College Affordability</a> and Excelsior Scholarship Event, <a href="#Drag">Drag Queen Story Hour</a>, and the rollout of <a href="#Policing">Community Policing</a> on the Upper East Side. Celebrate <a href="#Halloween">Halloween</a> at Asphalt Green, on East 91st Street, on Roosevelt Island, or at the Halloween Howl.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Make your voice heard as we <a href="#overdevelopment">Rally Against Overdevelopment</a> or propose your idea to reduce tax assessments at the <a href="#property">Property Tax Reform Commission</a>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>You've got every opportunity this month to participate in your government and make your voice heard.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sincerely,<br /> <a href="http://benkallos.com"><img height="24" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/1a1894a3a45c0329272b438e09ab021c-125x24.png" width="125" /></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ben Kallos<br /> Council Member</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>TABLE OF CONTENTS</strong></p> <ol> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#BigMoney" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Vote to Get Big Money Out of Politics</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#70thto72nd" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">East River Esplanade from 70th to 72nd Streets Complete</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#upk" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">New Universal Pre-Kindergarten Ribbon Cuttings</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#PlanningForMore" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Planning for More School Seats: Legislation Passes Council</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#buses" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Finding School Buses with Precious Passengers</a></li> </ol> <p style="margin:10px 0; padding:0; text-align:left"><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="font-family:Helvetica"><span style="line-height:150%"><strong>OCTOBER EVENT INVITES</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ol start="6"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Senior" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Senior Health Fair</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#College" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">College Affordability Event</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Drag" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Drag Queen Story Hour</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Policing" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Community Policing Coming to Upper East Side</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#FastForward" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Fast Forward: The Plan to Modernize New York City Transit</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Halloween" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Halloween Fun</a></li> </ol> <ol> </ol> <p style="margin:10px 0; padding:0; text-align:left"><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="font-family:Helvetica"><span style="line-height:150%"><strong>OVERDEVELOPMENT</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ol start="12"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#ERFATownHall" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">ERFA Town Hall</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#jops" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Citywide Joint Operated Playground Issue Hits Home</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#overdevelopment" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Citywide Rally Against Overdevelopment</a></li> </ol> <p style="margin:10px 0; padding:0; text-align:left"><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="font-family:Helvetica"><span style="line-height:150%"><strong>GOOD GOVERNMENT</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ol start="15"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#property" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Property Tax Reform Hearing</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#ecb" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Fighting to Improve Quality of Life for Tenants of Kushner Properties</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Digitize" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Digitize Our Past</a></li> </ol> <p style="margin:10px 0; padding:0; text-align:left"><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="font-family:Helvetica"><span style="line-height:150%"><strong>ECONOMY</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ol start="18"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Nurses" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Safe Staffing of Nurses in Our Hospitals</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Cleaners" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Supporting 10 Commercial Office Cleaners On Strike</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Laborday" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Labor Day Parade</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Construction" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Construction Deaths Continue to Rise in New York City</a></li> </ol> <p style="margin:10px 0; padding:0; text-align:left"><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="font-family:Helvetica"><span style="line-height:150%"><strong>TRANSPORTATION</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ol start="22"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#bikegap" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Closing the Second Avenue Bike Lane Gap</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#bikeSchool" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Bike New York After School Program</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#GradingEsplanade" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">East 72nd Street Delivery Bike Report Card: Summer 2018</a></li> </ol> <p style="margin:10px 0; padding:0; text-align:left"><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="font-family:Helvetica"><span style="line-height:150%"><strong>PARKS</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ol start="25"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#GradingEsplanade" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Grading Progress on the Esplanade</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#TourParks" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Touring Every Park in the District with Council Parks Committee Chair</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#StewarshipDay" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Environmental Stewardship Day at Ruppert Park</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Greenpark" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Green Park Gardeners Volunteer Day</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#GreenMarket" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Thank You for Coming to September Greenmarket Events</a></li> </ol> <p style="margin:10px 0; padding:0; text-align:left"><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="font-family:Helvetica"><span style="line-height:150%"><strong>COMMUNITY</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ol start="30"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#125years" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Honoring Madeleine Albright and the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association for 125 Years of Service</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Kagan" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Honoring Supreme Court Justice&nbsp;Elena Kagan</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#TownHallThankYou" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Town Hall Video and Thank You</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#EmergencyPrep" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Emergency Preparedness Thank You</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Homeless" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Help the Homeless</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Lexington" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Upcoming Pipe Work at Lexington Houses</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#WorkNotice" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Work Notice:&nbsp;East 87th Street Between Lexington &amp; 3rd Avenues</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Lennox" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Medicare Part D Clinic Is Here</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Book Launch" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Friends of the Upper East Side Book Launch</a></li> </ol> <p style="margin:10px 0; padding:0; text-align:left"><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="font-family:Helvetica"><span style="line-height:150%"><strong>OFFICE UPDATES </strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ol start="39"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Corner" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Legislative Corner</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#ffb" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Fresh Food Box</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Clinics" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Free Legal Clinics</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#HeretoHelp" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here to Help</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#mobile" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Mobile District Hours</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#BenBuildling" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Ben in Your Building</a></li> </ol> <p style="margin:10px 0; padding:0; text-align:left"><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="font-family:Helvetica"><span style="line-height:150%"><strong>EVENTS</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ol start="45"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#funded" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Programs Funded By My Office</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#community" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Community Boards</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#nypd" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">NYPD Events</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#tenantassoctions" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Neighborhood and Tenant Associations</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#KIDS" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Community Events for Kids</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#aDULTS" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Community Events for Adults</a></li> </ol> </td> <td style="width: 360px;"> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>SPECIAL EVENTS</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="#Senior"><strong>Senior Health Fair</strong></a><br /> 10/10, 11am–1pm<br /> <br /> <a href="#College"><strong>College Affordability</strong></a><br /> 10/11, 5:30pm–7:30pm<br /> <br /> <a href="#Policing"><strong>Community Policing Meet and Greet</strong></a><strong>&nbsp;</strong><br /> 10/15, 7pm<br /> <br /> <a href="#Drag"><strong>Drag Queen Story Hour</strong></a><br /> 10/27, 11am–12pm</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>MONTHLY EVENTS</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/first-friday-20"><strong>First Friday</strong></a><br /> 10/5, 8am–10am<br /> <br /> <a href="#ffb"><strong>Fresh Food Box</strong></a><br /> 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25; 3:30pm–6:30pm<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/citi-bike-unlocked-bike-safety-course-4"><strong>Citi Bike Street Skills</strong></a><br /> 10/25, 6:30pm–8pm<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/events/mobile"><strong>Mobile District Hours</strong></a><br /> 10/9, 10/24, 11am–2pm</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/josh-jamieson" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Josh Jamieson</span></span> <span>Thu, 10/04/2018 - 1:38pm</span> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="mcnTextBlock" style="min-width: 100%;border-collapse: collapse;mso-table-lspace: 0pt;mso-table-rspace: 0pt;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;" width="100%"><tbody class="mcnTextBlockOuter"><tr><td class="mcnTextBlockInner" style="padding-top: 9px;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;" valign="top"> <table align="left" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="mcnTextContentContainer" style="max-width: 100%;min-width: 100%;border-collapse: collapse;mso-table-lspace: 0pt;mso-table-rspace: 0pt;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="mcnTextContent" style="padding: 0px 18px 9px;color: #000000;font-size: 16px;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;word-break: break-word;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;" valign="top"> <table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 600px;border-collapse: collapse;mso-table-lspace: 0pt;mso-table-rspace: 0pt;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: left;vertical-align: top;width: 450px;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;">As we settle into the school year and those who observed wrap up the Jewish High Holidays, we have a lot to look forward to and a lot to get done together.</p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;">On Tuesday, November 6, please <a href="http://BenKallos.com/charter/pledge" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><strong>turn over your ballot</strong></a> to <strong>vote yes</strong> to <a href="#BigMoney" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><strong>get big money out</strong></a><strong> of New York City politics</strong>, along with resources and term limits for Community Boards. Pledge to vote at <strong><a href="http://BenKallos.com/charter/pledge" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">BenKallos.com/charter/pledge</a></strong>.</p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;">In September, we cut the ribbon on a new stretch of the <a href="#70thto72nd" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">East River Esplanade</a> and <a href="#upk" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">hundreds of school seats</a> at two new pre-kindergarten centers. As part of an effort to avoid another shortfall on school seats, legislation I authored passed the City Council to add necessary <a href="#PlanningForMore" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">transparency to the school planning process</a>. With <a href="#buses" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">school buses going missing</a> for hours and our city's children along with them, I've introduced legislation to allow parents to keep track of their kids on the bus. You can testify at the bill's hearing on October 16.</p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;">Please join us in October at the <a href="#Senior" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Senior Health Fair</a> with no-cost flu shots, the <a href="#College" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">College Affordability</a> and Excelsior Scholarship Event, <a href="#Drag" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Drag Queen Story Hour</a>, and the rollout of <a href="#Policing" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Community Policing</a> on the Upper East Side. Celebrate <a href="#Halloween" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Halloween</a> at Asphalt Green, on East 91st Street, on Roosevelt Island, or at the Halloween Howl.</p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;">Make your voice heard as we <a href="#overdevelopment" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Rally Against Overdevelopment</a> or propose your idea to reduce tax assessments at the <a href="#property" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Property Tax Reform Commission</a>.</p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;">You've got every opportunity this month to participate in your government and make your voice heard.</p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;">Sincerely,<br /><a href="http://benkallos.com" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><img data-file-id="2013" height="24" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/1a1894a3a45c0329272b438e09ab021c-125x24.png" style="border: 0px;width: 125px;height: 24px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="125" /></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;">Ben Kallos<br /> Council Member</p> </td> <td style="text-align: left;vertical-align: top;width: 250px;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"> <p style="text-align: center;color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;"><strong>SPECIAL EVENTS</strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;"><a href="#Senior" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><strong>Senior Health Fair</strong></a><br /> 10/10, 11am–1pm<br /><br /><a href="#College" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><strong>College Affordability</strong></a><br /> 10/11, 5:30pm–7:30pm<br /><br /><a href="#Policing" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><strong>Community Policing Meet and Greet</strong></a><strong> </strong><br /> 10/15, 7pm<br /><br /><a href="#Drag" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><strong>Drag Queen Story Hour</strong></a><br /> 10/27, 11am–12pm<br />  </p> <p style="text-align: center;color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;"><strong>MONTHLY EVENTS</strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;"><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/first-friday-20" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><strong>First Friday</strong></a><br /> 10/5, 8am–10am<br /><br /><a href="#ffb" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><strong>Fresh Food Box</strong></a><br /> 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25; 3:30pm–6:30pm<br /><br /><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/citi-bike-unlocked-bike-safety-course-4" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><strong>Citi Bike Street Skills</strong></a><br /> 10/25, 6:30pm–8pm<br /><br /><a href="https://benkallos.com/events/mobile" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><strong>Mobile District Hours</strong></a><br /> 10/9, 10/24, 11am–2pm</p> </td> </tr></tbody></table><strong>TABLE OF CONTENTS</strong> <ol><li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><br /><a href="#BigMoney" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Vote to Get Big Money Out of Politics</a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#70thto72nd" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>East River Esplanade from 70th to 72nd Streets Complete</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#upk" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>New Universal Pre-Kindergarten Ribbon Cuttings</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#PlanningForMore" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Planning for More School Seats: Legislation Passes Council</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#buses" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Finding School Buses with Precious Passengers</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> </ol><p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>OCTOBER EVENT INVITES</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <ol start="6"><li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Senior" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Senior Health Fair</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#College" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>College Affordability Event</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Drag" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Drag Queen Story Hour</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Policing" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Community Policing Coming to Upper East Side</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#FastForward" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Fast Forward: The Plan to Modernize New York City Transit</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Halloween" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Halloween Fun</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> </ol><ol></ol><p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>OVERDEVELOPMENT</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <ol start="12"><li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#ERFATownHall" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>ERFA Town Hall</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#jops" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Citywide Joint Operated Playground Issue Hits Home</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#overdevelopment" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Citywide Rally Against Overdevelopment</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> </ol><p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>GOOD GOVERNMENT</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <ol start="15"><li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#property" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Property Tax Reform Hearing</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#ecb" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Fighting to Improve Quality of Life for Tenants of Kushner Properties</a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Digitize" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Digitize Our Past</a></li> </ol><p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><strong>ECONOMY</strong></p> <ol start="18"><li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Nurses" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Safe Staffing of Nurses in Our Hospitals</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Cleaners" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Supporting 10 Commercial Office Cleaners On Strike</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Laborday" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Labor Day Parade</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Construction" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Construction Deaths Continue to Rise in New York City</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> </ol><p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>TRANSPORTATION</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <ol start="22"><li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#bikegap" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Closing the Second Avenue Bike Lane Gap</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#bikeSchool" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Bike New York After School Program</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#GradingEsplanade" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>East 72nd Street Delivery Bike Report Card: Summer 2018</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> </ol><p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><strong>PARKS</strong></p> <ol start="25"><li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#GradingEsplanade" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Grading Progress on the Esplanade</a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#TourParks" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Touring Every Park in the District with Council Parks Committee Chair</a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#StewarshipDay" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Environmental Stewardship Day at Ruppert Park</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Greenpark" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Green Park Gardeners Volunteer Day</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#GreenMarket" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Thank You for Coming to September Greenmarket Events</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> </ol><p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>COMMUNITY</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <ol start="30"><li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#125years" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Honoring Madeleine Albright and the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association for 125 Years of Service</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Kagan" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Honoring Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#TownHallThankYou" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Town Hall Video and Thank You</a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#EmergencyPrep" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Emergency Preparedness Thank You</a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Homeless" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Help the Homeless</a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Lexington" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Upcoming Pipe Work at Lexington Houses</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#WorkNotice" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Work Notice: </span></span></span><span><span><span><span>East 87th Street Between Lexington &amp; 3rd Avenues</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Lennox" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Medicare Part D Clinic Is Here</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Book Launch" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span>Friends of the Upper East Side Book Launch</span></a></li> </ol><p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>OFFICE UPDATES </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <ol start="39"><li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Corner" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Legislative Corner</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#ffb" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Fresh Food Box</a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Clinics" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Free Legal Clinics</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#HeretoHelp" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Here to Help</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#mobile" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Mobile District Hours</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#BenBuildling" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ben in Your Building</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> </ol><p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>EVENTS</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <ol start="45"><li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#funded" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Programs Funded By My Office</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#community" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Community Boards</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#nypd" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>NYPD Events</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#tenantassoctions" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Neighborhood and Tenant Associations</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#KIDS" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Community Events for Kids</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#aDULTS" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Community Events for Adults</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> </ol><p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><br /><a id="BigMoney" name="BigMoney" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Vote to Get Big Money Out of Politics</strong></a><strong> </strong></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vslSLvOkjcw" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><img align="right" data-file-id="4485" height="158" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/12c0f745dd8470a92a76114980b6c6fc-300x158.png" style="border: 0px;width: 300px;height: 158px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="300" /></a>On November 6, the city's founding document, the Charter, is on the ballot for residents like you to amend. New York City has an opportunity to improve thanks to a ballot measure that would reduce contribution limits and make small dollars more valuable by matching more of them with a greater multiplier. Increasing public money in elections from just over half to 75% will dramatically decrease the amount of big money Mayoral candidates need to raise in unmatchable contributions from $2.6 million down to just over $1 million.<br /><br /> This is a goal I have worked on for years, as executive director of a good government group, as a candidate, and in my first term in the City Council when I <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2637108&amp;GUID=11C13B83-99DB-4671-AA99-CF5B5827BBF4" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">authored</a> legislation and secured a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=543675&amp;GUID=582CCC87-AE5E-4210-A863-90D2DC2F9F61&amp;Options=&amp;Search=" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">hearing</a>. This year I reintroduced the <a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3458224&amp;GUID=D561A4D3-E518-49A9-8D97-D106A9178639" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">legislation</a> and testified before the Mayor's Charter Revision Commission on Improving Democracy at <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/testimony-new-york-city-charter-revision-commission-community-boards-and-land-use" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">every</a> <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/testimony-new-york-city-charter-revision-commission-preliminary-staff-report" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">opportunity</a>. The Mayor's Charter Revision Commission did extensive outreach in all five boroughs in-person, by phone, and even on Twitter. I am grateful to Mayor de Blasio and the Commission for getting around "politics as usual" to put these necessary campaign finance reforms on the ballot so the people can make lasting change.<br /><br /> I advocated for the following reforms which made it in whole or in part on to the ballot:</p> <ul><li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Lower Contribution Limits by More than Half - </strong>lower limits citywide from $5,100 to $2,000, boroughwide from $3,950 to $1,500 and for City Council from $2,850 to $1,000.</li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Make Small Dollars More Valuable</strong> - every small dollar below $250 for citywide and $175 for all other will go from being matched with public taxpayer dollars at a rate of 6 to a rate of 8.</li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Match More Small Dollars </strong>- only a little more than half of small dollars are matched, requiring candidates to seek millions in big dollars from special interests to fill a gap that can be smaller by matching 75%.</li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Improve Community Representation</strong> - Community Board members would have term limits of 8 years, expert Urban Planners, and a standardized online application and reporting on applicants and existing members.</li> </ul><p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><strong>Pledge to vote </strong>on<strong> Tuesday, November 6 </strong>in favor of getting <strong>Big Money Out of New York City Politics</strong> at <a href="http://benkallos.com/charter/pledge" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><strong>BenKallos.com/charter/pledge</strong></a><br />  </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="70thto72nd" name="70thto72nd" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>East River Esplanade from 70th to 72nd Streets Complete</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/East_River_Esplanade_Ribbon_Cutting_2.jpg?itok=xWlCaYeH 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/East_River_Esplanade_Ribbon_Cutting_2.jpg?itok=mGd6-p7I 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/East_River_Esplanade_Ribbon_Cutting_2.jpg?itok=G_xgQuIx 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/East_River_Esplanade_Ribbon_Cutting_2.jpg?itok=9YIWUeMA 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/East_River_Esplanade_Ribbon_Cutting_2.jpg?itok=8sR745UU 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/East_River_Esplanade_Ribbon_Cutting_2.jpg?itok=8sR745UU 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img align="right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="166e53cc-c5ed-47ca-9d07-17f53da94f6d" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px initial;width: 300px;height: 225px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/East_River_Esplanade_Ribbon_Cutting_2-300x225.jpg?itok=8sR745UU" alt="esplanade" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="300" height="225" /></picture></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Much-needed repairs and upgrades were completed on the section of the East River Esplanade from 70th to 72nd Street. Last week, Hospital for Special Surgery CEO Lou Shapiro, the New York City Parks Department, Borough President Gale Brewer, and I cut the ribbon to officially open this section up to the public. The renovations were started just over one year ago and came after we formed a public-private partnership with HSS</span></span></span><span><span><span> <span>as part of the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) negotiations for new construction construction that was </span></span></span></span><span><span><a href="http://benkallos.com/press-release/envisioning-east-river-esplanade-new-master-plan-and-investment-publicprivate-partners" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span>voted on and passed the City Council</span></span></a><span><span> on July 23, 2015. As </span></span><a href="https://patch.com/new-york/upper-east-side-nyc/renovated-2-block-portion-east-river-esplanade-unveiled" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span>Upper East Side Patch</span></span></a><span><span> reported, the renovations include:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul><li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Noise Barriers</span></span></span></span></strong><span><span><span><span> - Noise barriers eight-feet in height under its East Wing Building between East 70th and East 71st Street and extending underneath any new buildings.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Water Fountain and Irrigation</span></span></span></span></strong><span><span><span><span> - Water for the Esplanade at 71st</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span> Street for a water fountain and irrigation to keep plants alive.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Greening the Esplanade</span></span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> - Key esplanade improvements between 70th and 72nd include n</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>ew planting beds and landscaping, improved lighting through repair and replacing of light fixtures, repair and repainting of railings as well as new seating and paving.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Maintenance in Perpetuity</span></span></span></span></strong><span><span><span><span> - Maintenance in perpetuity, for all improvements, provided by HSS from 70th to 72nd</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>For more information read the release at </span></span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/east-river-esplanade-renovations-byhospital-special-surgery-70th-72nd-streets-are" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span>BenKallos.com/Press-Releases</span></span></a><span><span> or </span></span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=57&amp;v=SYqQaXdE_Jc" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span>watch the video</span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="upk" name="upk" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>New Universal Pre-Kindergarten Ribbon Cuttings</strong></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/20180912_113019_003_1.jpg?itok=iVjgLcWK 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/20180912_113019_003_1.jpg?itok=yk2dMoHP 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/20180912_113019_003_1.jpg?itok=qB92FYsf 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/20180912_113019_003_1.jpg?itok=7cs0OneV 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/20180912_113019_003_1.jpg?itok=GC2BqF4X 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/20180912_113019_003_1.jpg?itok=GC2BqF4X 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img align="right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6c02cbee-b501-4fb8-b76d-d81e0dc06b96" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px;width: 300px;height: 225px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/20180912_113019_003_1-300x225.jpg?itok=GC2BqF4X" alt="ribbon" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="300" height="225" /></picture></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>September was a very successful month in our community's fight for more Universal Pre-K seats here on the East Side. Earl</span></span></span><span><span><span>ier</span></span></span><span><span><span> in the month, as </span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://patch.com/new-york/upper-east-side-nyc/new-pre-k-facility-adds-90-seats-upper-east-side" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span>Upper East Side Patch</span></a><span> reported, we cut the ribbon on 90 seats at a brand new Pre-K facility </span><span><span>located at 1683 3</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>rd</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span> Avenue </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>and East 94th Street. </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>Later in the month, I joined Council Member Keith Powers for a ribbon cutting on 144 new seats at a facility located at 252 East 57 Street. The new seats</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>,</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span> including the 180</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>-</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>seat facility where we broke ground on East 76th Street earlier this year</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>, </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>are part of the City’s new push to build and open more Pre-Kindergarten seats on the Upper East Side after years of public advocacy from my office and local parents to the Department of Education to fulfill the area’s need and live up to the promise of Pre-Kindergarten for all children in New York City. For more information read the release at </span></span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/new-universal-pre-k-facility-serving-90-families-opens-upper-side" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span>BenKallos.com/Press-Releases</span></span></a><span> or watch the video at </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GicVjXFip-E" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span>BenKallos.com/videos</span></a><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="PlanningForMore" name="PlanningForMore" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Planning for More School Seats: Legislation Passes Council</strong></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><strong><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/sca_0.jpg?itok=waDpCKZI 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/sca_0.jpg?itok=tKTgDsmN 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/sca_0.jpg?itok=cqdGsq8W 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/sca_0.jpg?itok=XB00kLiF 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/sca_0.jpg?itok=YKQ7808C 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/sca_0.jpg?itok=YKQ7808C 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img align="right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="faa3265b-fc72-4b04-88a2-68c4d41e0a9b" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px;width: 300px;height: 168px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/sca_0-300x168.jpg?itok=YKQ7808C" alt="sca" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="300" height="168" /></picture></strong></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>In September the City Council passed</span></span></span> <span><span><span><span><a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3458222&amp;GUID=753D0240-EC6E-4727-84CC-23837D1B7ACC&amp;Options=ID%7cText%7c&amp;Search=729" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">Int 729,</a> legislation I authored,</span></span><span> which will require the School Construction Authority to disclose </span><span><span>the methodology and formulas they use to decide where and when new schools are built.</span> Most of New York City’s middle schoolers currently attend schools that are overcrowded, yet somehow the SCA plans to build fewer schools in the coming years. This new law aims to fix the faulty methodology, assumptions, and data that have led to the current overcrowding in New York City Schools. </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>To learn more about the bill visit </span><a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/sca-disclose-methods-deciding-where-new-schools-are-built-thanks-legislation" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span>BenKallos.com/Press-Releases</span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="buses" name="buses" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Finding School Buses with Precious Passengers</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/1_74hA_rCLf9zE5yLOZ-s7_w_1.jpeg?itok=qu38gIqH 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/1_74hA_rCLf9zE5yLOZ-s7_w_1.jpeg?itok=mtWuvXub 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/1_74hA_rCLf9zE5yLOZ-s7_w_1.jpeg?itok=mtWuvXub 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/1_74hA_rCLf9zE5yLOZ-s7_w_1.jpeg?itok=qu38gIqH 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/1_74hA_rCLf9zE5yLOZ-s7_w_1.jpeg?itok=mtWuvXub 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/1_74hA_rCLf9zE5yLOZ-s7_w_1.jpeg?itok=mtWuvXub 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img align="right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="940be864-92bb-4805-b3ae-3a6ab95d922e" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_50_" style="border: 0px;width: 300px;height: 224px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/1_74hA_rCLf9zE5yLOZ-s7_w_1-300x224.jpeg?itok=mtWuvXub" alt="buses" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="300" height="224" /></picture><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>No parent should have to nervously wonder where their child is or when their child is finally getting home from a school bus ride. This is precisely the reason why I introduced legislation editorialized and supported by the </span></span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://nypost.com/2018/09/18/something-must-be-done-about-the-citys-school-bus-system/" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span>New York Post</span></span></a><span><span> that would require the Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) to install GPS devices on all school buses contracted with the Department of Education. Introduction 1099 also requires OPT to provide real-time GPS location data to authorized individuals, such as parents and school administrators, and eliminate the problem of bus drivers and escorts fielding frantic and angry calls from parents and schools when they are supposed to be focused on doing their jobs safely. The legislation has the support of Speaker Corey Johnson, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Education Committee Chair Mark Treyger, and Council Member Chaim Deutsch who worked on an earlier version of the bill back in 2000 as a staffer. The legislation is also endorsed by the Advocates for Children of New York which focuses </span></span><span><span>on </span></span><span><span>of</span></span><span><span> the well-being and development of students with disabilities. For more information on the bill</span></span><span><span>,</span></span><span><span> read the release at </span></span><a href="https://benkallos.com/press-releases" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span>BenKallos.com/Press-Releases</span></span></a><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>OCTOBER EVENT INVITES</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="Senior" name="Senior" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Senior Health Fair</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Join me on Wednesday, October 10th from 11am-1pm for our annual Senior Fair! Come to Lenox Hill Neighborhood House for flu shots at no cost. We will have a variety of free classes, demonstrations and giveaways geared toward seniors. We will also have a raffle with prizes and much more. The event will feature speakers from different community organizations, city agencies, and offices to provide you with resources and let you know about programs available for seniors in our district and the city.   </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span> </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Senior Health Fair</span></span></span></strong><br /><span><span><span>Wednesday, October 10, 11am–1pm</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 East 70th Street</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/senior-health-fair-0" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span><span>RSVP</span></span></strong></a><strong><span><span> at BenKallos.com/events</span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="College" name="College" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>College Affordability Event</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>College Affordability and Excelsior Scholarship Forum</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Thursday, October 11, 5:30pm–7:30pm<br /> Eleanor Roosevelt High School, 411 East 76th Street</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Learn about opportunities to attend college in New York State for free or reduced tuition, including the Excelsior Scholarship</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span> Experts from the Excelsior program, SUNY, CUNY, and more will be on hand to answer your questions and present on the options that exist in New York City for paying for college. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/college-affordability-and-excelsior-scholarship-forum-0" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span>RSVP</span></strong></a><strong> <span><span>at BenKallos.com/events</span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="Drag" name="Drag" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Drag Queen Story Hour</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><img data-file-id="4489" height="776" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/1b0fdd90c03832565174ce56926275df-600x776.jpg" style="border: 0px initial;width: 600px;height: 776px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="600" /><br /><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span>On Saturday, October 27, from 11am to 12pm, Drag Queen Story Hour will be on the Upper East Side at the East 67th Street Library.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Drag Queen Story Hour captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity in childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, and where dress-up is real. For more information visit </span></span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://www.dragqueenstoryhour.org/" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span>www.dragqueenstoryhour.org</span></a> </span></span></span></span></span><br /><br /><br /><a id="Policing" name="Policing" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span style="background-color:#FFFFFF">Community Policing Coming to Upper East Side</span></strong></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/NCO%20Rollout%20.jpg?itok=LEpjsKrZ 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/NCO%20Rollout%20.jpg?itok=Ct1ZAO7P 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/NCO%20Rollout%20.jpg?itok=Ct1ZAO7P 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/NCO%20Rollout%20.jpg?itok=LEpjsKrZ 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/NCO%20Rollout%20.jpg?itok=Ct1ZAO7P 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/NCO%20Rollout%20.jpg?itok=Ct1ZAO7P 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="71274226-b5a4-4373-adf3-c4f41f7d27d7" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_50_" src="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/NCO%20Rollout%20.jpg?itok=Ct1ZAO7P" alt="noc" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-left" width="348" height="450" /></picture></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 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16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 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16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>On Monday, October 15, the NYPD’s 19th Precinct is inviting the public to a meet and greet at M.S. 167 Robert F. Wagner Middle School. This is an opportunity for the community come and get to know their Neighborhood Coordination Officers. The officers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the new policing tactics and policies. Robert F. Wagner is located at 220 East 76th Street. </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Please RSVP by October 8, to</span></span></span><span><span><span><span>:</span></span></span></span><span><span><span> <strong>Michael.Lombardi@nypd.org or Christoph.Helms@nypd.org </strong> </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="FastForward" name="FastForward" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Fast Forward: The Plan to Modernize New York City Transit</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/450_18_Andy_Post_TH_17x23%202_0.jpg?itok=TFGB5q4J 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/450_18_Andy_Post_TH_17x23%202_0.jpg?itok=PMkTqyJ7 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/450_18_Andy_Post_TH_17x23%202_0.jpg?itok=PMkTqyJ7 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/450_18_Andy_Post_TH_17x23%202_0.jpg?itok=TFGB5q4J 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/450_18_Andy_Post_TH_17x23%202_0.jpg?itok=PMkTqyJ7 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/450_18_Andy_Post_TH_17x23%202_0.jpg?itok=PMkTqyJ7 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4e0b8a16-e091-458e-9c68-1721fd0dd242" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_50_" src="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/450_18_Andy_Post_TH_17x23%202_0.jpg?itok=PMkTqyJ7" alt="ANDY" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" width="333" height="450" /></picture></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>On Thursday, October 11, New York City Transit will be hosting a Community Conversation Featuring President Andy Byford and MTA New York City Transit staff. The event will take place at the Herbert Cave Auditorium Mural Pavilion located at 512 Lenox Avenue New York. Doors open at 5:30pm and the program will end at 8:30pm. The event will be a Community Conversation regarding President Byford’s Fast Forward Plan to modernize New York City Transit. For more information visit <a href="http://Fastforward.mta.info" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Fastforward.mta.info</a></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><br /><a id="Halloween" name="Halloween" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Halloween Fun</strong></a><br /><br /> Every year it is my pleasure to join families in the neighborhood for the various Halloween festivities as a good way to stay up to date with the community. This October Halloween parades and events will be happening and I'll be there to join you.<br /><br /><img data-file-id="4481" height="699" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/6221a1a714b2c4eca6f75c9556117789-500x699.jpg" style="border: 0px;width: 500px;height: 699px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="500" /><br /><br /> Some of the events include:</p> <ul><li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">My office sponsors Asphalt Green's "<strong>Asphalt Screams</strong>," on <strong>October 26th</strong> from 4:00pm-6:00pm. This is a free afternoon of tricks, treats and Halloween themed sports activities.</li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">On <strong>October 27th</strong> there is the annual <strong>Roosevelt Island Halloween Parade</strong> and Extravaganza from 11:00am-3:00pm. Join us in a costume parade down Main Street as well as games, rides and food.</li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">On <strong>October 28th</strong>, Friends of James Cagney Place will host a <strong>Halloween Costume Contest &amp; Parade</strong> (pictured above). The event is 2pm-3pm on 91st Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. Arrive by 2pm to enter the contest with a chance to win a prize!</li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">Also on <strong>October 28th</strong>, Carl Schurz Park Conservancy hosts the <strong>Halloween HOWL</strong>. Not to be missed! The HOWL is the Conservancy's annual dog costume event. Over 200 creatively costumed pups strut their stuff before a blue-chip fashion industry coven of judges! Join from 1pm to 3pm at Carl Schurz Park.</li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">On Halloween Day I also invite you to come with your best costumes and join me for fun and games in the district. Carnegie Hill Neighbors is hosting a <strong>Halloween Spooktacular</strong> on <strong>October 31st,</strong> 5:00pm, at 92nd Street between Park and Madison. This includes a Halloween party filled with dancing, costumes, art projects, and of course lots of treats (for all ages). </li> </ul>   <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><br /><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>OVERDEVELOPMENT</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br />  </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="ERFATownHall" name="ERFATownHall" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>ERFA Town Hall </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/erfa.jpg?itok=EkU1D2QF 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/erfa.jpg?itok=Olccgr_8 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/erfa.jpg?itok=youAQHt9 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/erfa.jpg?itok=Qmnh3X9l 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/erfa.jpg?itok=pBkGJ5S0 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/erfa.jpg?itok=pBkGJ5S0 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img align="right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="06a7b5c9-1864-42a5-b834-0172b4841e6c" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px;width: 259px;height: 194px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/erfa-259x194.jpg?itok=pBkGJ5S0" alt="East River Fifties Alliance Presentation" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="259" height="194" /></picture></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>The East River 50s Alliance continues to do the good work of organizing and working to get residents informed and activated in the fight against overdevelopment. I joined ERFA members this past month for their summer town hall where the latest steps in the now court battle against the planned Super Scraper in the Sutton area.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>At this town hall, one of ERFA’s partner organizations, Save Central Park, presented on what a tower of this height would mean to the storied par. Now that ERFA is leading the charge with a lawsuit against the Board of Standards and Appeals following that Board's decision to allow construction of the Super Scraper, the organization needs donations and support. If you’d like to join the fight donate <strong>ERFA.nyc/Donate</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><a id="jops" name="jops" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Citywide Joint Operated Playground Issue Hits Home</strong></a><strong>   </strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/mARX%20BROTHERS.jpg?itok=zQod0azm 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/mARX%20BROTHERS.jpg?itok=vtJ1bjUq 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/mARX%20BROTHERS.jpg?itok=4WpowmPs 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/mARX%20BROTHERS.jpg?itok=Ata89quh 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/mARX%20BROTHERS.jpg?itok=EV5ECsj6 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/mARX%20BROTHERS.jpg?itok=EV5ECsj6 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img align="right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c546754a-5137-457e-847f-85d7090348df" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px initial;width: 300px;height: 200px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/mARX%20BROTHERS-300x200.jpg?itok=EV5ECsj6" alt="MARX" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="300" height="200" /></picture></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>There is no question the Upper East Side and East Harlem still need more parks and open spaces. As a neighborhood, we should consider carefully every time a playground or park is demolished to be replaced by another tall tower. As reported by </span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://ny.curbed.com/2018/9/17/17870758/marx-brothers-playground-nyc-parks-debate-city-council" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span>Curbed</span></a><span>, this exact scenario is playing out in the Marx Brothers Playground, located on 96th Street, at the intersection of the Upper East Side and East Harlem.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Although the project planned for this location will bring 350 affordable apartments and the developer plans to replace the playground, some members of the community are rightfully concerned about over-development taking away the few parks and open spaces available to our community. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>The space is a Joint Operated Playground (JOP) under the controls and purview of New York City Schools and is not formally designated parkland. </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jointly Operated Playgrounds are otherwise treated like parkland by the City, however. In fact, the Marx Brothers Playground went through New York State authorization as if it was, in fact, parkland. It appears that everyone involved, including the City and State, believe this playground was, in fact, a park. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Government must eliminate the baseless distinctions between parks in order to protect our playgrounds and green spaces from overdevelopment. Read </span><a href="https://ny.curbed.com/2018/9/17/17870758/marx-brothers-playground-nyc-parks-debate-city-council" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span>Curbed’s</span></a><span> coverage on the topic. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><br /><a id="overdevelopment" name="overdevelopment" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Citywide Rally Against Overdevelopmen</strong></a><strong>t<br /><img align="right" data-file-id="4437" height="400" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/6933dc87dc38d35ec027ca1144156c5d-300x400.png" style="border: 0px;width: 300px;height: 400px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="300" /></strong></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;">On October 13, from 12pm to 1pm, at City Hall, the East River Fifties Alliance will hold a rally to call attention to the overdevelopment crisis facing our neighborhood and City.<br />  <br /> The rally will let the City of New York know that super-tall towers do not solve the housing crisis. <br />  <br /> The rally<strong> </strong>will make it clear that individual character and flavor of our neighborhoods matters. For more information and a list of sponsors visit <a href="http://erfa.nyc" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">ERFA.nyc</a>, if you plan on attending, please <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rally-for-our-neighborhoods-tickets-50649613357&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1538685336523000&amp;usg=AFQjCNGN_4Np67B_CLIpe3dcEIoCTtTXWA" href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rally-for-our-neighborhoods-tickets-50649613357" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">RSVP</a>.</p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>GOOD GOVERNMENT</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><br /><a id="property" name="property" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Property Tax Reform Hearing</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/hero-logo.jpg?itok=HO5Jr2vl 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/hero-logo.jpg?itok=XGE24Cxf 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/hero-logo.jpg?itok=0ZUphzTl 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/hero-logo.jpg?itok=dqaVsSdV 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/hero-logo.jpg?itok=XaWiJGFL 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/hero-logo.jpg?itok=XaWiJGFL 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img align="right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="085c8562-c1d6-44bf-9387-abd1dedd892d" data-file-id="4421" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px;width: 300px;height: 303px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/hero-logo-300x303.jpg?itok=XaWiJGFL" alt="NYC Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="300" height="303" /></picture></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Whether you rent or own, New York City's inconsistent, overly complex, and often unfair property tax system affects how much you pay for your home.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>To address this outdated system, the City Council formed the New York City Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform to evaluate all aspects of the current property tax system in New York City and recommend reforms to make it fairer, simpler, and more transparent, while ensuring that there is no reduction in revenue used to fund City services.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The commission is soliciting public input by holding at least ten public hearings and will review comparable property tax systems from other cities.<strong> On October 23,</strong> the commission will be in Manhattan for a hearing where you can testify. For more information and to find out where and what time the meeting will be held visit<strong> </strong><a href="http://nyc.gov/propertytaxreform" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">nyc.gov/propertytaxreform</a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="ecb" name="ecb" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Collecting ECB Violations from Jared Kushner and Company</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Back in 2016, the Mayor signed a package of bills I authored to give the City more power to collect $1.6 billion in unpaid fines owed to the City by businesses and individuals. Disappointingly as </span></span></span><span><span><a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20180904/REAL_ESTATE/180909987/kushner-cos-just-a-tip-of-the-iceberg-despite-new-laws-city-fails-to-collect-1-5b-in-fines" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span>Crain's</span></a><span> reported in September, two years after the law went into effect, the City is still owed $1.5 billion. Last year when my office became aware that the administration was not using the full powers of the law to track this money down quickly, I held a hearing and asked questions of the Department of Finance. While there are challenges to collecting these fines, the longer they go uncollected, the harder they become to collect. I am glad the city is working to make an example out of Kushner and Company, who owes $500,000 in unpaid fines. We should be doing the same for all of the shadowy LLC’s that together are responsible for most of the owed money. For more information on the legislation we passed, read <a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20180904/REAL_ESTATE/180909987/kushner-cos-just-a-tip-of-the-iceberg-despite-new-laws-city-fails-to-collect-1-5b-in-fines" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Crain's</a> or visit </span><a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/bill-collect-15-billion-through-ecb-oversight-introduced-council-members-ferreras-and" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span>BenKallos.com/press-releases</span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="Digitize" name="Digitize" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Digitize Our Past</strong></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><strong><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/Open%20Data.png?itok=cnN7H-FQ 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/Open%20Data.png?itok=rlNv3c2b 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/Open%20Data.png?itok=ul3ETXuY 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/png"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/Open%20Data.png?itok=wnla5bs2 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/png"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Open%20Data.png?itok=R_Pp79L7 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/png"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Open%20Data.png?itok=R_Pp79L7 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/png"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img align="right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8a31a174-990f-4140-919e-ce7d2b25c47b" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px;width: 300px;height: 171px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Open%20Data-300x171.png?itok=R_Pp79L7" alt="open data " typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="300" height="171" /></picture></strong></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>In September</span></span></span><span><span><span>, legislation I introduced to the Council was discussed in the Technology Committee. The bill requires the City to improve the Open Data portal by adding historical data from municipal archives in the form of charts and graphs. The legislation is part of the City’s ongoing effort to make government data available for all in an easily accessible format. The City will decide what records will be added based on historical, research, and cultural value, clarity, and completeness, and whether the information has previously been requested for release. The Open Data Portal empowers New Yorkers with valuable information needed in order to learn about city services. It is an invaluable tool for elected officials like myself to analyze and oversee how our city delivers services promised.  For more information visit <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/illustrating-historical-data-digital-age" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Benkallos.com/Press-Releases</a></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><br /><br /><br /><strong>ECONOMY</strong></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="Nurses" name="Nurses" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"></a><a name="Nurses" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" id="Nurses"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Safe Staffing of Nurses in Our Hospitals </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/IMG_4148.JPG?itok=V3JNHX4D 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/IMG_4148.JPG?itok=q40vFszy 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/IMG_4148.JPG?itok=e6zEyFwm 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/IMG_4148.JPG?itok=BUIrOGue 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/IMG_4148.JPG?itok=QHHwZrjF 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/IMG_4148.JPG?itok=QHHwZrjF 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img align="right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8b070136-e01b-4983-a710-685ec2c208e3" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px;width: 300px;height: 225px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/IMG_4148-300x225.JPG?itok=QHHwZrjF" alt="NURSES" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" width="300" height="225" /></picture></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nurses in New York City are everyday heroes, especially those who work with our most vulnerable population, infants and newborns. This is precisely why when the</span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://www.nypnu.org/" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span> New York Professional Nurses Union</span></a><span> is demanding higher wages and additional staffing at Northwell Hospitals.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>As </span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://www.crainsnewyork.com/health-pulse/city-cracks-down-home-care-agencies" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span>Crain’s New York</span></a><span> reported State Senator Liz Krueger and I rallied with the nurses and demanded that Northwell reevaluate priorities and not only staff up but pay their nurses what they deserve. My office and I continue to monitor negotiations and will work to support the nurses as best we can.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="Cleaners" name="Cleaners" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Supporting 10 Commercial Office Cleaners On Strike</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/Striking_Workers.jpg?itok=SBwYw2X3 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/Striking_Workers.jpg?itok=Uj_08LlX 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/Striking_Workers.jpg?itok=0MmJ1Rld 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/Striking_Workers.jpg?itok=ymvgwZ_8 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Striking_Workers.jpg?itok=U9fOwM05 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Striking_Workers.jpg?itok=U9fOwM05 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img align="right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a30b529d-2dc6-47bb-867c-eb15ac82089e" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px;width: 300px;height: 400px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Striking_Workers-300x400.jpg?itok=U9fOwM05" alt="32BJ" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="300" height="400" /></picture></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nobody wants their salary cut in half and benefits slashed. Unfortunately, that is exactly what a number of workers who</span></span></span> <span><span><span>keep a midtown Manhattan office tower clean are going through right now. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>In late September I joined these 32BJ SEIU members as they picketed outside of</span></span></span><span><span><span> the APF Properties building, off Madison Avenue and 34th Street. The company recently purchased the building for $222.5 million and immediately started cutting salaries and benefits of longtime employees. Some workers who have been there for over 20 years have seen their salaries go from $25.00 per hour to $15.00.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>These are middle-class stable jobs that are being taken away by a company not honoring an agreement made with union workers. Wherever I see situations such as this I will stand up for our workers and against corporate greed.</span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><a id="Laborday" name="Laborday" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Labor Day Parade</strong></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><a name="Laborday" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" id="Laborday"></a></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><a name="Laborday" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" id="Laborday"></a><strong><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/IMG_4198.JPG?itok=IuI58xyF 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/IMG_4198.JPG?itok=uTP_9hnL 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/IMG_4198.JPG?itok=gsYcr9E- 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/IMG_4198.JPG?itok=c1ZrbH8H 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/IMG_4198.JPG?itok=bpz4U13P 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/IMG_4198.JPG?itok=bpz4U13P 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img align="right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="cd7224bc-bd8f-4eab-885b-f594f446b827" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px;width: 300px;height: 225px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/IMG_4198-300x225.JPG?itok=bpz4U13P" alt="LABOR DAY" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="300" height="225" /></picture></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>For the 5th consecutive year, I had the honor of participating in the New York City Labor Day parade. This year I joined Parade Grand Marshal Michael Mulgrew, Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Johnson, Public Advocate James, Comptroller Stringer, and many more elected officials and union leaders in support of the workers who make New York City great. Nurses, teachers, construction workers, factory workers building workers are the lifeblood of our City and I am always proud to support them.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><br /><a id="Construction" name="Construction" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Construction Deaths Continue to Rise in New York City</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/new_post.png?itok=yVxTVWpL 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/new_post.png?itok=uPs9cA_h 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/new_post.png?itok=M8tRXH1M 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/png"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/new_post.png?itok=ThNy0lIE 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/png"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/new_post.png?itok=TboSbrMz 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/png"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/new_post.png?itok=TboSbrMz 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/png"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img align="none" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="18bdc0c9-4526-4190-bd5c-cf66792e4c25" data-file-id="4425" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px initial;width: 321px;height: 65px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/new_post-321x65.png?itok=TboSbrMz" alt="POST" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" width="321" height="65" /></picture></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>According to reporting by </span></span></span><span><span><span><a href="https://nypost.com/2018/09/01/construction-accidents-soar-amid-nyc-building-boom/" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">New York Post</a>,</span><span> construction-related deaths and injuries have increased dramatically as construction has continued to boom in New York City over the past two years. We have a better understanding of how serious the issue is thanks to </span><a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2939921&amp;GUID=DDE43721-BB50-4DB4-AD40-6BE2D8FD7B77" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span>Int. 1433-A</span></span></a><span>, legislation I authored, which became law in 2017. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span>Surprisingly until this bill became law, contractors in New York City did not have a uniform way to report details including the type of injury, how long the worker has been on the job, and whether they were unionized when accidents and deaths occurred to the City, now they do. Companies that neglect to report deaths now face fines up to $25,000.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Every life, injury, and accident in construction is finally being counted. A year into the law being put into effect, we now know the number, and as a city we must ensure proper training, on the job experience, coupled with giving workers the right to say no to danger to conditions. See the </span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/cons_accident_monthly_0718.pdf" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span>report released by the Department of Buildings</span></a><span> and <a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=5316960&amp;GUID=131AF368-115A-4FC8-8842-CA5E1F539659" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">the new law</a> (PDF) on the matter.</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><br /><br /><br /><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>TRANSPORTATION</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="bikegap" name="bikegap" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Closing the Second Avenue Bike Lane Gap</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/2nd-ave-crosssection.png?itok=UGv6qrfG 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/2nd-ave-crosssection.png?itok=IafxJPam 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/2nd-ave-crosssection.png?itok=nTXQJ3S5 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/png"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/2nd-ave-crosssection.png?itok=-vbsc68g 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/png"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/2nd-ave-crosssection.png?itok=aTwgjvUu 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/png"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/2nd-ave-crosssection.png?itok=aTwgjvUu 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/png"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img align="none" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="be275a4e-3b65-4abc-ac83-fd1118cdf889" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px;width: 600px;height: 430px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/2nd-ave-crosssection-600x430.png?itok=aTwgjvUu" alt="2nd Ave " typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="600" height="430" /></picture></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>When the Second Avenue Subway was completed, we were excited to get our protected bike lane going downtown along the newly resurfaced street, but cyclists have had to navigate the dangerous "Second Avenue Gap", north of the Queensboro Bridge. In September, I co-authored an Op-Ed in </span></span></span><span><span><a href="http://www.ourtownny.com/columnsop-ed/20180904/let8217s-not-wait-10-years-for-traffic-safety" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span>Our Town</span></a><span> alongside Transportation Alternatives Executive Director Paul Steely White in favor of adopting the Department of Transportation’s current plan for closing the gap.</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><br /> I am pleased that Community Board 8 approved the plans, and that Second Avenue will soon be safer for pedestrians and cyclist alike. Below is a brief excerpt from the <a href="http://www.ourtownny.com/columnsop-ed/20180904/let8217s-not-wait-10-years-for-traffic-safety" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Op-Ed</a>. </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><em><span><span><span><span><span><span>"It is unacceptable to have to wait a decade for Upper East Side's transportation improvements to materialize.</span></span></span></span></span></span></em></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><em><span><span><span><span><span><span>Underground, it took 10 years for the Second Avenue subway construction to be completed. Now we can't wait another 10 years for a safer design of Second Avenue at street level.</span></span></span></span></span></span></em></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><em>Any pedestrian who has tried to cross under the Queensboro Bridge on Second Avenue knows it is not safe, and while the new subway runs in both directions, residents of the Upper East Side who travel above ground via bicycle have no safe route downtown. But we can work with the city to change this. Second Avenue needs a road diet, and the Department of Transportation is proposing just that..." </em>Read the <a href="http://www.ourtownny.com/columnsop-ed/20180904/let8217s-not-wait-10-years-for-traffic-safety" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">full Op-Ed</a>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><br />  </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="bikeSchool" name="bikeSchool" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Bike New York After School Program</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/Youth%20Bike%20Education%20Half-Sheets%20for%20After%20School%20%2B%20Bicycling%20Field%20Trip_0.jpg?itok=28PuRUmM 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/Youth%20Bike%20Education%20Half-Sheets%20for%20After%20School%20%2B%20Bicycling%20Field%20Trip_0.jpg?itok=zFrG6t-z 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/Youth%20Bike%20Education%20Half-Sheets%20for%20After%20School%20%2B%20Bicycling%20Field%20Trip_0.jpg?itok=7hCKn1tX 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/Youth%20Bike%20Education%20Half-Sheets%20for%20After%20School%20%2B%20Bicycling%20Field%20Trip_0.jpg?itok=0Zd_km9_ 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Youth%20Bike%20Education%20Half-Sheets%20for%20After%20School%20%2B%20Bicycling%20Field%20Trip_0.jpg?itok=uo_C2Mcn 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Youth%20Bike%20Education%20Half-Sheets%20for%20After%20School%20%2B%20Bicycling%20Field%20Trip_0.jpg?itok=uo_C2Mcn 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img align="none" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="32b1924c-8a69-426d-a250-ce79e95855de" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px;width: 600px;height: 463px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Youth%20Bike%20Education%20Half-Sheets%20for%20After%20School%20%2B%20Bicycling%20Field%20Trip_0-600x463.jpg?itok=uo_C2Mcn" alt="Bike New York" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="600" height="463" /></picture></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>ike New York, is offering after-school programming for New York City children. It is a free program for existing after-school groups that teaches students the mechanics of riding a bike, the rules of the road, best practices for riding in a group and on the streets, and—of course—the joy and freedom of biking. The classes are 2 hours (1 slot available per day between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM) for a period of 5 weeks, one session per week, that began on September 24 and goes through November 16th.</span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://www.bike.nyc/education/programs/request-a-program/after-school/" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span> Request</span></a><span> a session at <strong>bike.nyc/education/programs/request-a-program/after-school</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="East72ndstreet" name="East72ndstreet" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>East 72nd Street Delivery Bike Report Card: Summer 2018</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/E72NA%20Summer%202018%20Bike%20%20Report_20180803%20v.3-page-001_0.jpg?itok=N7x98j2w 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/E72NA%20Summer%202018%20Bike%20%20Report_20180803%20v.3-page-001_0.jpg?itok=9ih6HNOM 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/E72NA%20Summer%202018%20Bike%20%20Report_20180803%20v.3-page-001_0.jpg?itok=J1H3iE24 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/E72NA%20Summer%202018%20Bike%20%20Report_20180803%20v.3-page-001_0.jpg?itok=Tai0gJXZ 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/E72NA%20Summer%202018%20Bike%20%20Report_20180803%20v.3-page-001_0.jpg?itok=goof5h3B 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/E72NA%20Summer%202018%20Bike%20%20Report_20180803%20v.3-page-001_0.jpg?itok=goof5h3B 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img align="right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="9f40486f-603c-486c-8d55-052d54f8c08b" data-file-id="4417" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px initial;width: 300px;height: 409px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/E72NA%20Summer%202018%20Bike%20%20Report_20180803%20v.3-page-001_0-300x409.jpg?itok=goof5h3B" alt="bike report card" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="300" height="409" /></picture></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>For two consecutive years my office and the East 72nd Street Neighborhood Association have collaborated to put together a report card for our neighborhood's restaurants who make bicycle deliveries. Encouragingly, in the most current report for summer of 2018, three restaurants which had previously received letter grade “C” have now moved up to an “A”.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>The biggest observation made in the weeks of research done by East 72nd Street Neighborhood Association is that most restaurants that deliver are now outsourcing the delivery job to companies like Seamless/GrubHub, Uber Eats, Relay, Doordash and Post Mates. The freelance delivery workers do not work for any specific restaurant establishment, but rather rely on smartphone applications and messages to direct them to the next pick-up and delivery location. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Despite who is doing the deliveries, my office continues to support the NYPD is cracking down on businesses whose delivery cyclists do not follow the law. Our District alone is responsible for 10% of the police enforcement done in New York City on this issue. Thank you to the East 72nd Street Neighborhood Association for their leadership. For more information visit </span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://static1.squarespace.com/static/589fc4e56b8f5b048efb8ddc/t/5b8c21f60ebbe8ab9ffc329f/1535910391010/E72NA+Summer+2018+Bike+Report_20180803+v.3.pdf" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span>E72na.com/news/2018/9/2/bike-delivery-report</span></a>  </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><br /><br /><strong>PARKS</strong><br /><br /><a id="GradingEsplanade" name="GradingEsplanade" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Grading Progress on the Esplanade</strong></a><br /><br /><img align="right" data-file-id="4461" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/23ccd81027f86cc9291844092590de99-300x225.jpg" style="border: 0px;width: 300px;height: 225px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="300" />Congress Member Maloney and I joined forces in late September calling on the City to pick up the pace and on redoing the sections of the East River Esplanade that it has committed to renovating, due to deteriorating conditions. We have had a lot of success getting parts of the Esplanade done with the Parks Department, as well as through public-private partnerships with Rockefeller University and Hospital for Special Surgery, but there is much left to do. Some of the sections that the City is responsible for have been delayed or have not gotten started, and we are committed to doing everything we can to keep this project moving forward. Watch the press conference at <u><a href="https://youtu.be/uFaVocESCYo" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">BenKallos.com/videos</a></u><br /><br /><br /><a id="TourParks" name="TourParks" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Touring Every Park in the District with Council Parks Committee Chair</strong></a><br /><br /><strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4433" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/833180c007bb98b6d2af65a946752bbb-300x200.jpg" style="border: 0px;width: 300px;height: 200px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="300" /></strong>Fellow Council Member Barry Grodenchik, chair of the Committee on Parks and Recreation, visited our neighborhood to tour most of the parks in District 5 with me. We inspected the East River Esplanade, Carl Schurz Park, Stanley Isaacs Playground, Ruppert Park, the Queensboro Oval, and more to ensure the Council is aware of the conditions our parks are in. We have made a lot of progress in improving and opening parks throughout the district; the tour is another step to continue this work by providing the committee chair greater context for when I ask questions of the Parks Department at hearings in the coming months. This work will allow us to continue to improve the conditions and accessibility of our community’s greenspace.<br /><br /><br /><a id="StewarshipDay" name="StewarshipDay" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Environmental Stewardship Day at Ruppert Park</strong></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/image1_0.PNG?itok=GmTp0hY_ 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/image1_0.PNG?itok=XILHFihH 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/image1_0.PNG?itok=XILHFihH 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/png"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/image1_0.PNG?itok=GmTp0hY_ 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/png"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/image1_0.PNG?itok=XILHFihH 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/png"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/image1_0.PNG?itok=XILHFihH 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/png"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c9f1be60-ead3-4140-9831-11100426b53d" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_50_" src="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/image1_0.PNG?itok=XILHFihH" alt="STEWARDHIP" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" width="353" height="450" /></picture></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Free family fun organized by Muslim Volunteers for New York with support from my office and the New York City Parks Department. </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Let's beautify Ruppert Park together! Come and plant bulbs for Spring and enjoy Refreshments and Arts &amp; Crafts for the kids! </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>On </span></span></span><strong><span><span><span>Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 10am to 1pm,</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> at Ruppert Park, </span></span></span><span><span><span>1741 2nd Avenue</span></span></span><strong><span><span><span>. </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>(Rain date: </span></span></span><span><span><span>20th Oct, Saturday</span></span></span><span><span><span>. Same time)</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Registration is mandatory and it's on first come first serve basis. RSVP Link:</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdCgHHlf-t3vbGzxRd2jUqjSV8nmc2oPRLD8HcWzvAzEbMbmw/viewform" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span>MV4NY's Fall 2018 Environmental Stewardship Day Registration Form</span></span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="Greenpark" name="Greenpark" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Green Park Gardeners Volunteer Day</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Join Green Park Gardeners NYC, Sunday, October 14 from 2pm to 5pm at Andrew Haswell Green Park for Fall Volunteer Day. As the community looks forward to n</span></span></span><span><span><span><span>ext spring, join volunteer efforts to plant daffodils, tulips, and other bulbs donated by Friends of the East River Esplanade or help with end-of-season maintenance. </span></span></span></span><span><span><span>Contact greenparkgardenersnyc@gmail.com </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>to let organizers know you’re coming.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><br /><a id="GreenMarket" name="GreenMarket" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Thank You for Coming to September Greenmarket Events</strong></a><br /><br /><img align="right" data-file-id="4441" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/0e4e8b08e91a5ffca8a95949ece1485a-300x200.jpg" style="border: 0px;width: 300px;height: 200px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="300" />Thank you to the scores of residents who showed up to the Shred-A-Thon fall edition. Residents were able to safely and securely shred personal documents, junk mail, bills and more for FREE! Thank you to Upper Green Side, Grow NYC and the Department of Sanitation for organizing, hosting and working the event. This month we also had residents turn out to the 82nd Street Greenmarket for Cooking with Kallos where I served up a potato salad with Shishito peppers that attendees really loved. Subscribe to our newsletter to find out when the next Shred-A-Thon is at <a href="https://benkallos.com/subscribe" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Benkallos.com/Subscribe</a><br /><br /><br /><br /><strong>COMMUNITY</strong><br />  </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a name="125years" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" id="125years"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Honoring Madeleine Albright and the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association for 125 years of Service</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/Madeline_Albright.jpg?itok=WoMVBfZ8 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/Madeline_Albright.jpg?itok=MNANUQe3 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/Madeline_Albright.jpg?itok=zxgvA5ZX 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/Madeline_Albright.jpg?itok=LfsMkjaI 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Madeline_Albright.jpg?itok=eRo-kuxM 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Madeline_Albright.jpg?itok=eRo-kuxM 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img align="right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="cc307fee-ffef-4106-a86f-23ab704c4413" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px;width: 300px;height: 444px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Madeline_Albright-300x444.jpg?itok=eRo-kuxM" alt="ALBRIGHT" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="300" height="444" /></picture></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>It was a distinct honor to award the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Association a proclamation on behalf of my office and the New York City Council. The award recognizes the organization for 125 years of cultural contributions to our city and for </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>continuing to preserve Czech and Slovak culture in New York City. Since 1891 the BBLA has been dedicated to representing dozens of smaller organizations throughout the city that share its dedication for the Czech and Slovak people. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, was the featured guest at the gala where the proclamation was given. Secretary Albright is of Czech and Slovak background and has made a difference all over the world, and it was a true honor to meet her.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Congratulations to the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association for 125<strong> </strong>years and to the Czech and Slovak community here in New York City.</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><br /><br /><a id="Kagan" name="Kagan" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Honoring Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan</strong></a><br /><img align="right" data-file-id="4449" height="250" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/73304d5951d8c767c7e6de27de8f0fa8-250x250.jpg" style="border: 0px;width: 250px;height: 250px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="250" /><br /> It was a pleasure and an honor meeting Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. Justice Kagan was awarded an honorary degree by Hunter University in September. At this event, I had the opportunity to chat with her and have a short conversation about the inner workings of SCOTUS. Although, in accordance with SCOTUS rules, she made sure we did not discuss any cases. Congratulations to Justice Kagan, it was a privilege meeting her at such a prestigious event.<br /><br /><br /><a id="TownHallThankYou" name="TownHallThankYou" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Town Hall Video and Thank You</strong></a><br /><a href="https://benkallos.com/videos" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><img align="right" data-file-id="4445" height="165" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/457d0cda71713248fd7b22e31e57da7b-300x165.png" style="border: 0px initial;width: 300px;height: 165px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="300" /></a><br /> Thank you to all the community members who turned out for our annual town hall. Residents who attended heard presentations and updates from the New York City Parks Department, the Department of Transportation, The Department of Homeless Services, New York City Fire Department, NYC Ferry, Department of Education, Borough President Gale Brewer and Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright. As always turnout was great and the event was very insightful. Watch the video at <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcdXgKHmZLg" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">BenKallos.com/videos</a><br /><br /><br /><a id="EmergencyPrep" name="EmergencyPrep" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Emergency Preparedness Video and Thank You</strong></a><br /><br /><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YyerebJcqU" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><img align="right" data-file-id="4465" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/1973a278fbc833133fd4352295dfd06b-300x225.jpg" style="border: 0px initial;width: 300px;height: 225px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="300" /></a>Almost 100 Upper East Siders turned out to our annual Emergency Prep Event where we gave out Free Go Bags with the help of the New York City Office of Emergency Management. Thank you to OEM Commissioner Joseph Esposito and his Deputy Christina Farrell for attending and presenting at the event. This is an event that our residents enjoy and really find useful. Thank you also to the East Sixties Neighborhood Association (ESNA) and the ESNA CERT team for helping put on the event and to Jay Schofield of ESNA CERT for presenting and taking questions. If you missed the presentation, watch the video at <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YyerebJcqU" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">BenKallos.com/videos</a><br /><br /><br /><a id="Homeless" name="Homeless" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Help the Homeless</strong></a><br /><br /><img align="right" data-file-id="4453" height="250" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/5407956659a9146bc4464de7eed84e36-250x250.jpg" style="border: 0px initial;width: 250px;height: 250px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="250" />As the temperatures get colder and the weather becomes more volatile it is important we keep in mind our fellow New Yorkers who are homeless. Homelessness continues to rise with 22,511 children, 22,613 of their family members, 4,482 single women, and 12,560 single men in our shelters, and more than 2,794 people on the streets. In 2016, I launched the <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://benkallos.com/press-release/eastside-taskforce-homeless-launched&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1538684757445000&amp;usg=AFQjCNGYluFNwPQUsyTifFtasgnJvCaf8Q" href="http://benkallos.com/press-release/eastside-taskforce-homeless-launched" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Eastside Taskforce for Homeless O</a><a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://benkallos.com/press-release/eastside-taskforce-homeless-launched&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1538684757445000&amp;usg=AFQjCNGYluFNwPQUsyTifFtasgnJvCaf8Q" href="http://benkallos.com/press-release/eastside-taskforce-homeless-launched" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">utreach and Services (ETHOS</a>) with Borough President Brewer, Senator Krueger, Council Member Garodnick, <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www1.nyc.gov/site/dhs/index.page&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1538684757445000&amp;usg=AFQjCNHawD_Mc2j2MKiIbkGSVYVrBvrNtw" href="http://www1.nyc.gov/site/dhs/index.page" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Department of Social Se</a><a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www1.nyc.gov/site/dhs/index.page&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1538684757445000&amp;usg=AFQjCNHawD_Mc2j2MKiIbkGSVYVrBvrNtw" href="http://www1.nyc.gov/site/dhs/index.page" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">rvices</a> (DSS), community and faith leaders and service organizations. At our last meeting, in September we discussed and made attendees that NewYork-Presbyterian is continuing to provide naloxone training to those who are interested upon request. We know this training will save lives.<br /><br /> We hope to get every unsheltered person living on the street the help they need. If you see one of our City’s most vulnerable on the street, please call 311 or use the <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www1.nyc.gov/connect/applications.page&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1538684757446000&amp;usg=AFQjCNEPJjBD8JSreIUl7jCnaV3y0oP6fg" href="http://www1.nyc.gov/connect/applications.page" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">NYC 311 App</a> (<a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id%3Dgov.nyc.doitt.ThreeOneOne&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1538684757446000&amp;usg=AFQjCNFKWti_ASuN6wfzyQN1z3I057OsKw" href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.nyc.doitt.ThreeOneOne" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Android</a>/<a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nyc-311/id324897619?mt%3D8&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1538684757446000&amp;usg=AFQjCNFb_v2Lv_1KBfYVDBthcqGGhkcDfQ" href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nyc-311/id324897619?mt=8" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">i</a><a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nyc-311/id324897619?mt%3D8&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1538684757446000&amp;usg=AFQjCNFb_v2Lv_1KBfYVDBthcqGGhkcDfQ" href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nyc-311/id324897619?mt=8" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Phone</a>) to ask them to dispatch a “homeless outreach team.” They will ask where you saw the person, what they looked like, and offer report on whether the person accepts our city’s offer of shelter, three meals a day, health care, rehabilitation, and job training. By connecting our dedicated nonprofits and religious institutions with city services, ETHOS is really making a difference. Learn more about the coalition and our members at <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://benkallos.com/homeless&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1538684757446000&amp;usg=AFQjCNHyVsKQ_EcmH7NcMaarzmwkJMwVrg" href="http://benkallos.com/homeless" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">BenKallos.com/homeless</a><br /><br /><br /><a id="Lexington" name="Lexington" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Upcoming Pipe Work at Lexington Houses</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/nycha.png?itok=G2IUQfaw 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/nycha.png?itok=Zuri32iY 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/nycha.png?itok=zh1WjeJ7 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/png"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/nycha.png?itok=fs1nVvob 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/png"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/nycha.png?itok=b6LigCRh 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/png"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/nycha.png?itok=b6LigCRh 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/png"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img align="right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d6110dba-bb5d-476d-a996-0638a5239be1" data-file-id="4473" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px initial;width: 150px;height: 150px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/nycha-150x150.png?itok=b6LigCRh" alt="nycha" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="150" height="150" /></picture></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>NYCHA is advising residents of Lexington Houses at 183 East 98th St and 1539 Lexington Avenue that major construction work to replace underground water and fire distribution piping throughout the development will be taking place the entire month of October.</span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span> Once completed, the new pipes will provide better quality of service for Lexington Houses residents. For more information, call 212-711-2030 or visit <a href="http://nyc.gov/nycha" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">nyc.gov/nycha</a></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="WorkNotice" name="WorkNotice" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Work Notice: </span></span></span></strong><strong><span><span><span><span>East 87th Street Between Lexington &amp; 3rd Avenues</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/Con%20Ed.png?itok=7xsEKX5m 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/Con%20Ed.png?itok=8JjPPwmR 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/Con%20Ed.png?itok=SgDhTUms 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/png"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/Con%20Ed.png?itok=9NVmqJqs 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/png"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Con%20Ed.png?itok=sqLVNNYd 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/png"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Con%20Ed.png?itok=sqLVNNYd 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/png"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img align="right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="634146ae-b06b-48a3-8206-58d90fae7735" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px initial;width: 300px;height: 56px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Con%20Ed-300x56.png?itok=sqLVNNYd" alt="Con Ed" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="300" height="56" /></picture></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Con Edison will be upgrading the gas service in our area this month. They will be working October 6,  through October 21, on East 87th Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenues.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>While work is ongoing, residents will experience street closures, </span></span></span><span><span><span><span>limited street parking and noise. </span></span></span></span><span><span><span>Weekend work is expected on Saturdays, 8:00am–6:00pm, and on Sundays, 9:00am–6:00 pm. </span></span></span><span><span><span><span>For more information, please contact </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>ManhattanRCA@coned.com</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="Lennox" name="Lennox" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Medicare Part D Clinic is Here</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Medicare%20Open%20Enrollment%20Flyer_1.jpg?itok=fMmo1WM3 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/Medicare%20Open%20Enrollment%20Flyer_1.jpg?itok=eYx2CcKT 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/Medicare%20Open%20Enrollment%20Flyer_1.jpg?itok=eYx2CcKT 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Medicare%20Open%20Enrollment%20Flyer_1.jpg?itok=fMmo1WM3 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/Medicare%20Open%20Enrollment%20Flyer_1.jpg?itok=eYx2CcKT 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/Medicare%20Open%20Enrollment%20Flyer_1.jpg?itok=eYx2CcKT 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8356780a-2023-4ea8-b32a-110243771cbd" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_50_" src="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/Medicare%20Open%20Enrollment%20Flyer_1.jpg?itok=eYx2CcKT" alt="PARTD" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="348" height="450" /></picture><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span>You can only change Medicare Part D or Advantage Plan coverage between October 15 and December 7, 2018. Lenox Hill Neighborhood House is taking appointments to help a member of the community through the application process. Appointments will be held at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House at 331 E. 70th Street. </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>For more information or to sign up for an appointment please call Aitan Groener at <strong>212-218-0449.</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="Book Launch" name="Book Launch" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Friends of the Upper East Side Book Launch</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/5x7%20postcard_rev.jpg?itok=NfcIa25I 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/5x7%20postcard_rev.jpg?itok=ZWUuROcK 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/5x7%20postcard_rev.jpg?itok=7fNtDlW1 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/5x7%20postcard_rev.jpg?itok=RyXlJFYm 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/5x7%20postcard_rev.jpg?itok=2BLxX20d 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/5x7%20postcard_rev.jpg?itok=2BLxX20d 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img align="right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d8e235a6-3af2-4293-b4fe-57799bff35fd" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px initial;width: 300px;height: 214px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/5x7%20postcard_rev-300x214.jpg?itok=2BLxX20d" alt="BOOK LAUNCH" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="300" height="214" /></picture></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>On November 7th, FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts is proud to launch <em>Shaped by Immigrants: A History of Yorkville</em>, an illustrated history of Yorkville’s development and its immigrant roots.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The publication uncovers the compelling story of Yorkville’s immigrant past and patterns of development, and places that history against the backdrop of representative buildings remaining today where immigrants lived, worked, shopped, and prayed.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/CM%20Ben%20Kallos.jpg?itok=6icXWoTd 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/CM%20Ben%20Kallos.jpg?itok=QZqq3TT8 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/CM%20Ben%20Kallos.jpg?itok=QZqq3TT8 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/CM%20Ben%20Kallos.jpg?itok=6icXWoTd 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/CM%20Ben%20Kallos.jpg?itok=QZqq3TT8 1x" media="all and 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class="mcnBoxedTextBlock" style="min-width: 100%;border-collapse: collapse;mso-table-lspace: 0pt;mso-table-rspace: 0pt;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;" width="100%"><!--[if gte mso 9]> <table align="center" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <![endif]--><tbody class="mcnBoxedTextBlockOuter"><tr><td class="mcnBoxedTextBlockInner" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;" valign="top"><!--[if gte mso 9]> <td align="center" valign="top" "> <![endif]--> <table align="left" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="mcnBoxedTextContentContainer" style="min-width: 100%;border-collapse: collapse;mso-table-lspace: 0pt;mso-table-rspace: 0pt;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td style="padding-top: 9px;padding-left: 18px;padding-bottom: 9px;padding-right: 18px;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" class="mcnTextContentContainer" style="min-width: 100% !important;background-color: #FFFFFF;border-collapse: collapse;mso-table-lspace: 0pt;mso-table-rspace: 0pt;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="mcnTextContent" style="padding: 18px;color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;word-break: break-word;line-height: 150%;" valign="top"> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>OFFICE UPDATES </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><a id="Corner" name="Corner" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Legislative Corner</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>This month, the City Council passed Local Law 160 of 2018 that establishes a speed camera program in school zones that will allow authorities to detect vehicles speeding in areas where children are at greater risk. Drivers going more than 10 miles per hour over the speed limit in a school speed zone are liable for a fine.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><br /><a id="ffb" name="ffb" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Fresh Food Box</strong></a><br /><img align="right" data-file-id="4457" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/33070d2f44f41b2aad60f3eb3f1508da-250x187.jpg" style="border: 0px;width: 250px;height: 187px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="250" /><br /> The Fresh Food Box at my district office continues in October. The resident favorite which began as a pilot program between my office and GrowNYC two years ago has served hundreds of Upper East Siders looking to get locally grown farm fresh vegetables at an affordable price.<br /><br /> Fresh Food Box takes place at my district office on Thursdays 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, between 3:30pm and 6:30pm. The program allows you to place your order and pay just $14 (<em>cash, credit/debit, SNAP/food stamps, greenmarket bucks</em>) and pick up a bag of farm fresh produce the following week.<br /><br /> GrowNYC's Fresh Food Box Program lets customers benefit from fresh farm to table produce from a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share, with the flexibility of week-to-week purchasing.<br /><br /> Sign-ups begin every year in June and the season runs through November. Learn more visit <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.grownyc.org/greenmarketco/foodbox&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1538684757446000&amp;usg=AFQjCNGqWp4EQwxW3A-OOyk6S4tDho0ifw" href="http://www.grownyc.org/greenmarketco/foodbox" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">grownyc.org/greenmarketco/foodbox</a><br /><br />  </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><a id="Clinics" name="Clinics" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Free Legal Clinics</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Need a lawyer? Every month I sponsor legal clinics where you can get free legal advice in my District Office at 244 East 93rd Street from 3pm-6pm:</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul><li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>General Civil Law</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>, 3rd Tuesday<em> </em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Life Planning Clinic</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>, 3rd Wednesday </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Family Law and Domestic Violence</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>, 1st Tuesday </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Housing Clinics</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>, Every Monday, and 1st Wednesday</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Please call my office at 212-860-1950 in advance to schedule your appointment.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><br /><a id="HeretoHelp" name="HeretoHelp" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Here to Help</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>We are here to help. My social work team can help you find out what services you are eligible for and assist you in your application. Some examples include:</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul><li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Seniors: </span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>Medicare savings, Meals-on-Wheels, Access-A-Ride</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Housing: </span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>searching for affordable units, free legal housing clinic at my office</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Job Resources: </span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>training resources and assistance, unemployment benefits</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Families: </span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>Universal Pre-K, Head Start, After-School programs</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Finances:</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> cash assistance, tax credits, home energy assistance</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Nutrition: </span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>WIC, free meals for all ages</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Please also call us at 212-860-1950 or email us at bkallos@benkallos.com with any unresolved 311 complaints.</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong> </strong><br /><a id="mobile" name="mobile" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong>Mobile District Hours</strong></span></span></span></a></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Get assistance wherever in the district you are when we bring our office to you. Please join us at monthly mobile district hours from 11am–2pm:</span></span></span> </span></span></span></p> <ul><li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://www.isaacscenter.org/" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span>Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center</span></a>, 415 East 93rd Street, 2nd Tuesday</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="http://carterburdencenter.org/programs/roosevelt-island-senior-center/" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span>Roosevelt Island Senior Center</span></a>, 546 Main Street, 4th Wednesday</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><a id="BenBuildling" name="BenBuildling" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Ben in Your Building</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The "Ben in Your Building Program" is a chance to discuss issues of importance to you and your neighbors in person, in your home. Please consider inviting me to your cooperative or condominium annual meeting or tenants association meeting and I will be happy to join you. Over the past year, I have visited several buildings to discuss matters of importance in the neighborhood, including street furniture, road conditions, homeless outreach, sanitation issues and you name it. Please schedule a "Ben in Your Building" today by calling 212-860-1950 or email Scheduler@BenKallos.com</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>EVENTS</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><a id="funded" name="funded" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Programs Funded By My Office</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><strong>Health Classes for Seniors by DOROT</strong></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>On October 18 at 12 pm you can join a discussion about memory loss. This presentation will provide the opportunity to learn about Dementia/Alzheimer's disease. Some of the topics to be discussed are: normal aging vs. memory loss, the 10 early signs of dementia, things a person with Alzheimer’s disease can do, support for caregivers and much more. For more information Register by phone 1-877-819-9147 or online </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><a href="http://www.dorotusa.org/site/R?i=E9gdxu8DwZeTj-eQk-yx2g" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">dorotusa.org/uww</a>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Volunteers of Legal Service,</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> <strong>Elderly Projec</strong>t <strong>is staffing the following legal clinics</strong><br /> 10/12 Carter Burton for the Aging<br /><em>10:00am </em><br /> 415 East 73rd Street (bet first and York)<br /><br /><strong>Volunteers of Legal Service,</strong> <strong>Elderly Projec</strong>t <strong>is staffing the following legal clinics</strong><br /> 10/19 Stanley Isaacs Senior Center<br /><em>10:00am </em><br /> 415 E 93rd Street (east of 1st Ave)</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/12 </span></span></span></strong><strong><span><span><span><span>meet Chashama’s Studio Artists</span></span></span></span></strong><br /><span><span><span><span><em>6-8pm</em><br /> Brooklyn Army Terminal 140 58th Street Building #4-i</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Cocktails, and Surprise performances. </span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJVsqxaJ5KcyehU-LI0i7Jv1TleM4bv-JASSnxeS2RexTMMw/viewform?usp=sf_link" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span>RSVP.</span></a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>For more information on VOLS Events visit </span></span></span></em><span><span><a href="https://volsprobono.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=0aab3390118b1d06919e22858&amp;id=62b31f7a94&amp;e=fd8b4718d0" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span>VolsProbono.or</span></span></a></span></span><span><span>g</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>On November 7 at 6:30on  FRIENDS of the Upper East Side is will launch <em>Shaped by Immigrants: A History of Yorkville</em>, an illustrated history of Yorkville’s development and its immigrant roots. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>This original publication, researched and written by FRIENDS of the Upper East Side, uncovers the compelling story of Yorkville’s immigrant past and patterns of development, and places that history against the backdrop of representative buildings remaining today where immigrants lived, worked, shopped, and prayed. These buildings play an integral role in defining Yorkville’s character, but until now the comprehensive story of Yorkville has not been told.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><br />  </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><a id="community" name="community" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Community Boards</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/1: Community Board 6 Transportation Committee Meeting </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>7:00pm, 433 1st Avenue (NYU School of Dentistry), Room 220</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/2: Street Life Committee </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm-9:00pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center 415 E 93rd Dining Room A &amp; B</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/2: Community Board 11 Public Safety &amp; Transportation Committee</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm-7:30pm, Bonifacio Cora Texidor Senior Center 7 East 116th Street New York</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/2: Community Board 11 Housing Committee </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm-7:30pm,</span></span></span></span></em><em><span><span><span>CB11 Board Office, 1664 Park Avenue</span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/2: Community Board 6 Parks, Landmarks, &amp; Cultural Affairs Committee Meeting</span></span></span></span></strong><br /><em><span><span><span><span>7:00pm, 211 E 43rd Street 10017 (Suite 1404)</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/3: Community Board 11 Licenses &amp; Permits</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:00pm-7:00pm,</span></span></span></span></em><em><span><span><span>CB11 Board Office, 1664 Park Avenue</span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/3: Land Use, Landmarks and Planning Committee </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>6:30pm-7:30pm, Bonifacio Senior Center </span></span></span></em><em><span><span><span>7 East 116th Street</span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/3: Community Board 8 Transportation Committee</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm, New York Blood Center Auditorium 310 E 67th</span></span></span></span></em><br /><span><span><span><span>Continued discussion on the DOT proposed Second Avenue Parking Protected/Curbside Buffered Bike Lane from 68th Street to 59th</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/4: Community Board 8 Parks and Recreation Committee</span></span></span></span></strong><br /><em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm, Hunter College Glass Cafe</span></span></span></span></em><br /><span><span><span><span>Presentation by New York City Department of Parks and Recreation on Proposed Renovations to John Jay Park Fitness Area.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/4: Community Board 11 Environmental, Open Space &amp; Parks </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>6:30-7:30pm, CB11 Board Office, 1664 Park Avenue</span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/9: Community Board 8 Budget Committee</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm, Community Board 8 Office</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Discuss the district needs statement</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/9: Community Board 11 Economic Development &amp; Culture Committee </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm-7:30pm, Bonifacio Senior Center</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/9: Community Board 11 Youth &amp; Education Committee </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30-7:30pm, Bonifacio Senior Center </span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/10: Community Board 8 Charter Revision Task  Force </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm-8:30pm, Community Board 8 Office</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/10: Community Board 6 Full Board Meeting</span></span></span></span></strong><br /><em><span><span><span><span>7:00pm, 433 1st Avenue (NYU School of Dentistry), Room 220</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>10/11: Community Board 8 Health, Seniors, and Social Services</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm-8:30pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center </span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/11: Community Board 11 Executive Committee </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>6:30pm-7:30pm, CB11 Board Office </span></span></span></em><em><span><span><span>1664 Park Avenue, Ground floor</span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/15: Community Board 6 Housing, Homeless, &amp; Human Rights Committee Meeting</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm, 211 E 43rd Street 10017 (Suite 1404)</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/15: Community Board 8 Landmarks Committee </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm-9:00pm, Marymount Community College Regina Peruggi Room</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/16: Community Board 11 Full Board Meeting</span></span></span></span></strong><br /><em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm -9:30pm, </span></span></span></span></em><em><span><span><span>Henry J. Carter Specialty Hospital &amp; Nursing Facility</span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/17: Community Board 8 Full Board Meeting </span></span></span></span></strong><br /><em><span><span><span><span>6:30 pm, New York Blood Center Auditorium 310 E 67th</span></span></span></span></em><strong> </strong></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/18 Community Board 8 Roosevelt Island Committee </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm-8:30pm, Good Shepherd Community Center </span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/22: Community Board 6 Land Use and Waterfront Committee</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm, 433 1st Avenue (NYU School of Dentistry), Room 220</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/22: Community Board 8 Youth, Education, and Libraries Committee </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm-8:30pm, Marymount Community College Regina Peruggi Room</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/23: Community Board 6 Health and Education Committee Meeting </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm, 211 E 43rd Street 10017 (Suite 1404)</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/23: Community Board 8 197-A Queensboro Bridge Area Committee + Parks and Rec </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30-8:30pm, New York Blood Center Conference Room 1&amp;2 </span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/25: Community Board 8 Housing Committee </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm-8:30pm Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center  </span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><a id="nypd" name="nypd" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>NYPD Events</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/15: 19th Precinct Community Council</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>7:00pm-8:00pm, 19th Precinct Station House, <span>153 E 67th Street </span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/24: 23rd Precinct Community Council</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>6:00pm-7:00pm, 23rd Precinct Station House, <span>64 E 102nd Street</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/30: 17th Precinct Community Council </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>6:00pm-7:00pm, Sutton Place Synagogue, 225 E 51st Street</span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><a id="tenantassoctions" name="tenantassoctions" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span>Neighborhood and Tenant Associations</span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>First Wednesday, 10/3: Lexington Houses Tenant Association</span></span></span></span></strong><br /><em><span><span><span><span>6:00pm,</span></span></span></span></em><span><span><span><span> <em>1539 Lexington Avenue</em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>First Wednesday, 10/3: Roosevelt Island Residents Association Common Council Meeting</span></span></span></span></strong><br /><em><span><span><span><span>8:00 pm-10:00 pm, Good Shepherd (Downstairs), 543 Main Street</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Second Tuesday, 10/9: Stanley Isaacs Tenant Associations</span></span></span></span></strong><br /><em><span><span><span><span>7:00 pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center,</span></span></span></span></em><span><span><span><span> <em>415 East 93rd Street</em> </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><strong>10/11: Carnegie Hill Neighbors Annual Meeting</strong><br /><em>6pm, Church of St Thomas More (65 east 89th street)</em></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Third Tuesday, 10/16: Holmes Towers Tenant Association</span></span></span></span></strong><br /><em><span><span><span><span>7:00 pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center,</span></span></span></span></em><span><span><span><span> <em>415 East 93rd Street</em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><br /><strong>10/22: East 86th Street Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting</strong><br /><em>6:30pm, Church of the Advent Hope, 111 East 87th</em><br /><br /><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>No October Meeting: East 79th Street Neighborhood Association</span></span></span></span></strong><br /><em><span><span><span><span>6:00pm-8:00 pm, Temple Shaaray Tefila, 250 East 79th Street</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><a id="KIDS" name="KIDS" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Events for Kids</strong></a><strong>:</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/1: Preschool Storytime: Petite Picasso</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>4:00pm, 96th St. Library</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Read aloud and messy art projects for young children. Wear your art clothes. Smocks will be provided. Limited to 24 participants.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/6: Read to Our Therapy Dog</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>10:30am, Webster Library</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Come read to our therapy dog Tugboat! Pre-registration is required for each 15-minute slot and opens 1 week in advance. For ages 5 and up. Available every Saturday!</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/13: Harvest Festival</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>11am, Carl Schurz Park</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Enjoy our pumpkin patch in the city on the Mayor's Lawn at East End Avenue and East 88th Street. Pick your own pumpkin and decorate it. While supplies last. Meet our live action scarecrow <strong>Ms. Penny</strong> and feel free to get some festive fall photos. <strong>Playdate Puppets</strong> will be running continuous shows 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on the Flagpole Lawn. Get your face painted with <strong>Face Art by Melissa's</strong> team and get a twisty balloon 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. along the walk to the playground.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><strong>10/21,22: OTOYOTOY!</strong><br /><em>10am and 11:15am Carnegie Hall, 154 West 57th Street</em><br /> Young children and their caregivers participate in this immersive music theater piece. Children play in a world where sounds and words are shared, mimicked, and transformed, with performers and audience members delighting in the joy of making music together. Free Event. Recommended for children ages 0-2. Admission is granted on a first-come, first-served basis for the first 50 children and their parents or guardians.<br /><br /><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/26: Asphalt Screams </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>4:00pm-6:00pm, 555 E 90th Street (At York Avenue)</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span>Wear your best costume and join us for an afternoon of tricks, treats, and active Halloween games. Free and open to the public, Asphalt Screams will feature trick or treating and sports-related activities, including a Spooktacular Soccer Shootout.</span></span></span><span><span><span><span>This is a free event but donations are welcome and will benefit our free community programs and scholarships serving nearly 50,000 New Yorkers!</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/27: Halloween Parade &amp; Extravaganza </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>11:00am-3:00pm, Roosevelt Island</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Costume parade down Main Street, including a marching band and floats from local community groups, businesses, and officials. Followed by a carnival, including games, rides, giveaways, food, and more!</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/31: Halloween Spooktacular</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>5:00pm, 92nd Street btw Park and Madison</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Since 2011, Carnegie Hill Neighbors has thrown a most popular Halloween street party with a costume procession, art projects, candy treats for all, and dancing in the streets led by a lively DJ. Trophies and prizes are awarded for best costumes by age, family and pet, and for best decorated neighborhood townhouses and storefronts. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><a id="aDULTS" name="aDULTS" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Events for Adults</strong></a><strong>:</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29: Quiet Study Rooms (Mondays)</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>12:00-5:00pm, 67th St. Library</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>No talking, no cell phone, and no noise are required in our quiet study room. This room is open thanks to our volunteers, and is subject to their availability. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/1: Mystery Mondays: Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>4:00pm, 67th St. Library</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Book groups are hosted at libraries throughout the city and facilitated by The New York Public Library staff. Our book groups are open to everyone.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/1: Friends of the Upper East Side Presents the 15th Annual Ambassador to the UES Award</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>6:30pm, The Metropolitan Club, 1 East 60th Street</span></span></span></em> </span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span>Award presented to Arete Warren.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/2: How the Languages We Speak Shape the Ways We Think</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>4:00pm, Rockefeller University </span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span>Do people who speak different languages think differently? Dr. Boroditsky will discuss research conducted around the world and focus on how language shapes the way people think about color, space, time, causality, and agency.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Every Tuesday: </span></span></span></span></strong><strong><span><span><span><span>Community Supported Agriculture Boxes From GrowNYC</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>3:30-6:30pm, Center @ Lenox Hill Neighborhood House</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Year-round at the Center @ Lenox Hill Neighborhood House you can pick up your own Community Supported Agriculture box of high quality, farm fresh produce at below retail prices! For only $15, receive $20-$30 worth of fresh greens &amp; fruit every week.  CSA shares must be purchased a week in advance. For more information, please email Site Coordinator Abby Lee at </span></span></span></span><span><span><a href="mailto:alee@grownyc.org" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span>alee@grownyc.org</span></span></a><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/2, 10/9, 10/23, 10/30: Yoga for Sleep </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>6:00pm, 1429 First Avenue at East 74th Street</span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Open to all patients who are receiving treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Registration for this workshop is required. To register and learn more about mind-body medicine, contact the Integrative Medicine Service, 646-888-0800. There is a $150 class fee for six weeks of coaching.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Every Tuesday: Amazing Aeneid Reading Group</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>4:00pm, Roosevelt Island Library</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Learn about Virgil's epic poem The Aeneid in a six-part course. We'll discuss issues such as war, nationalism and the epic tradition.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Every Wednesday: SNAP Assistance Clinics</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>10:00am - 1:00pm, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House | 331 East 70th Street</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span>Recent changes have expanded SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) eligibility in New York City, so more individuals and families are eligible for SNAP benefits than ever before.  If you are interested in determining whether you are eligible for SNAP benefits, come to our Snap Assistance Clinics.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/3: Here One Day: A Film by Kathy Leichter </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>8:00pm, 416 East 76th Street</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Join us at Gracide Square for a free movie screening and discussion with filmmaker Kathy Leichter who will speak about her personal experience with her mother's suicide</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/4: Film: The Man Who Laughs (1928)</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>2:00pm, 96th St. Library</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Man Who Laughs (1928) 110 min., b&amp;w, silent, Paul Leni, Dir. Starring Mary Philbin, Conrad Veidt, Julius Molnar. A proud nobleman, who refuses to kiss the hand of the king, is put to death and his son surgically disfigured with a perpetual smile. ADMISSION FREE</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/4: Prostate Cancer Support Group </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>12:00pm, 430 East 67th Street</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>This program is for people who have been treated for cancer. No observers, please, without prior approval.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/4, Every Tuesday and Thursday: CityParks Seniors Fitness Yoga </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>9:00am, Carl Schurz Park</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Come out and get active in your neighborhood park! We welcome New Yorkers 60+ to participate in free tennis lessons, yoga and fitness walking in 16 neighborhood parks across the city. Activities in this six-week Seniors Fitness program take place twice a week and all equipment is provided.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/4, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26: Computer Tutoring</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>5:30pm, 67th St. Library</span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Join us for a one-on-one tutoring session! Stop by the branch to sign up for one of our help sessions and get a personal tutor at your service! This program will run every Thursday</span></span></span></span> <span><span><span><span>and Saturday</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>. Space is limited.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/4: RIOC </span></span></span></span></strong><strong><span><span><span><span>hosting a follow-up meeting to discuss the recent water test results of various drinking fountains.</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>1:30pm, RIOC offices at 680 Main Street near the warehouse and bus garage</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/4: OMS F2018 Osteoarthritis Management Seminar </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>3:00-5:30pm, Hospital for Special Surgery, 2nd Fl. Conf. Ctr.</span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span>This is a collaborative program presented by the Arthritis Foundation and the Education Institute</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span>Register online at hss.edu/pped</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Every Thursday: Knitting Circle</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>11:00am, Roosevelt Island Library</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Meets at Carter Burden Roosevelt Island Senior Center. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26: Quiet Study Rooms (Fridays)</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>10:00am-3:00pm, 67th St Library</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>No talking, no cell phone, and no noise are required in our quiet study room. This room is open thanks to our volunteers and is subject to their availability.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span>10/5: A Tech Literacy Course for older adults</span></span></strong><br /><em>10:30am</em><em> – </em><em>12pm</em>, Roosevelt Island Senior Ctr, 546 Main St</span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span>You already know how to use a computer and get on the internet. Wish you knew more? Learn how technology influences your daily life and how you can become a better digital citizen.</span></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span>To Sign up for the Information Session Contact: Jane Swanson at 646-220-1505</span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><a href="mailto:Jane.Swanson@cornell.edu" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span>Jane.Swanson@cornell.edu</span></a><span> or Lisa Fernandez 212-980-1888 </span><a href="mailto:fernandezl@carterburdennetwork.org" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span>fernandezl@carterburdennetwork.org</span></a> </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><br /><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/5: Learn to Play Chess</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>3:00pm, Webster Library</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Whether you're a chess master or just starting out, come join us for some board time Fridays at 3 p.m. All materials will be provided, and an experienced instructor Timothy Mobley will lead the group. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/5: Not On My Watch: Combating Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:00-9:00pm, Metropolitan College 463 E. 149th Street </span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Training is Free! Participants will attend a 3-day certificate training learning about human trafficking and domestic violence on a global and local level. Each day will cover a different topic culminating with issuance of certificate at graduation. Know the signs, language, your action steps, your resources, how to protect our children, and what part you can play in helping to combat these atrocities. Be a part of the thriving Not On My Watch Network! </span></span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://shnwinter2018.eventbrite.com/" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span><span><span>CLICK HERE FOR FREE REGISTRATION</span></span></span></strong></a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/6 &amp; 10/7: Centennial Heritage Festival</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span>TO PURCHASE ALL SINGLE SHOW TICKETS (Single show tickets range from $19 to $11</span></span></span><span><span><span>)</span></span></span><span><span><span> AND FESTIVAL PASSES (ONE-DAY PASS FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6:  all events $28 general audiences, $20 students &amp; seniors, ONE-DAY PASS FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7: all events $32 general audiences, $22 students &amp; seniors, TWO DAY PASS FOR OCTOBER 6 &amp; 7: all events $38 general audiences, $26 students &amp; seniors)<br /> Go to</span></span></span><span><span><a href="http://gohproductions.org/centennial-heritage-festival" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span>http://gohproductions.org/centennial-heritage-festival</span></a><span> or call 800-838-3006 (Brown Paper Tickets).</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>11:30am, Bohemian National Hall 321 E 73rd Street</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Water Goblin and Other Czech &amp; Slovak Tales, one-man show by Vít Hořejš and folk marionettes.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>1:00 pm, Bohemian National Hall 321 E 73rd Street</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Strings! Camera! Akce! (Action!) </span></span></span></span><span><span><span>Films about Czech and Slovak Puppet Theatre including "Faust on a String," an award-winning documentary about Czechoslovak marionettes discovered at the Jan Hus Church, and "Will We Have Hope," a film about the life, work and art of Slovak puppeteer Bohuslav Anderle.</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>2:00 pm 10/6, Bohemian National Hall 321 E 73rd Street</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Traditional modrotisk (indigo) textile printing presentation and hands-on workshop by Petra Valentova-Gupta</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>2:30 pm, 10/7 Bohemian National Hall 321 E 73 Street</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Duke Oldřich &amp; Božena: The True Story.  A non-traditional staging of a 374-year-old marionette play based on the story of love at first sight of the 11th century Duke Oldrich, who braved stout opposition for friend and foe alike to marry the exquisitely fair washerwoman Bozena, but forgot to mention some details of his own marital status to his beloved.  The two legendary lovers are truthfully represented by fine hand-carved marionettes and life-like mechanicals fashioned expertly two centuries ago from the choicest linden wood; their manipulators in period costumes are artfully composed in flesh and blood.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>7:00 pm, 10/6 Bohemian National Hall 321 E 73 Street</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Duke Oldřich &amp; Božena: The True Story.  A non-traditional staging of a 374-year-old marionette play based on the story of love at first sight of the 11th century Duke Oldrich, who braved stout opposition for friend and foe alike to marry the exquisitely fair washerwoman Bozena, but forgot to mention some details of his own marital status to his beloved.  The two legendary lovers are truthfully represented by fine hand-carved marionettes and life-like mechanicals fashioned expertly two centuries ago from the choicest linden wood; their manipulators in period costumes are artfully composed in flesh and blood.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>4:00 pm 10/6</span></span></span></span></em><span><span><span><span>, <em>Bohemian National Hall 321 E 73rd Street</em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Folk music medley and sing-along with Roma songs by Petra Gelbart, Rusyn songs by the Aria Lem Joy Trio and Czech songs by children. Folk fashion kroje presented by their owners. James Warhola introduces recordings of Andy Warhol’s mother singing. Moderated by Milada Melli-Jones. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>7:00 pm, 10/7 Bohemian National Hall 321 E 73 Street</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“TRIBUTE TO THE ART OF THE FOLK SONG” with: Ladi Smigura (violin), Gabriela Mikova (fusion), Katarina Vizina (cabaret), Klara Zikova (soprano), Karel Smekal (piano) and Pavlina Horakova (opera), and others </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“BEATA BOCEK IN CONCERT” US debut of Czech Polish multilingual and multitalented folk singer and musician (vocals, guitar, flute, accordion)</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/6 &amp; 10/13: Not On My Watch: Combating Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>10:00am-4:00pm, Metropolitan College 463 E. 149th Street</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Training is Free! Participants will attend a 3-day certificate training learning about human trafficking and domestic violence on a global and local level. Each day will cover a different topic culminating with issuance of certificate at graduation. Know the signs, language, your action steps, your resources, how to protect our children, and what part you can play in helping to combat these atrocities. Be a part of the thriving Not On My Watch Network! </span></span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://shnwinter2018.eventbrite.com/" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span><span><span>CLICK HERE FOR FREE REGISTRATION</span></span></span></strong></a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Every Friday: SNAP Assistance Clinics</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>9:00am-3:00pm, Bellevue Hospital Ambulatory Care Pavilion 4th Floor Module B</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Recent changes have expanded SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) eligibility in New York City, so more individuals and families are eligible for SNAP benefits than ever before.  If you are interested in determining whether you are eligible for SNAP benefits, come to our Snap Assistance Clinics. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/6:</span></span></span></span></strong> <strong><span><span><span><span>Capture Your Freedom'</span></span></span></span></strong>   </span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>5-7pm,</span></span></span></em><em><span><span><span>527 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York</span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>A photography exhibition presented by Four Freedoms Park Conservancy, United Photo Industries, and Gallery RIVAA</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/6: Fall For Arts Festival</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>11:00am-5:00pm, Southpoint Park, FDR Four Freedoms State Park, Rivercross Lawn </span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span>An annual Roosevelt Island tradition celebrating art and the start of the fall season. Free</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/6: How to Start a Business and How SBA Can Help You</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>2:00pm, Yorkville Library</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In this program, Man-Li Lin, an Economic Development Specialist with the SBA, will present how to start your own business and explain the resources that the SBA can provide to assist you.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/6: Fall For Arts Festival</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>11:00am-5pm FDR Four Freedoms Park</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>An annual Roosevelt Island tradition celebrating art and the start of the fall season. Admission is free.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><br /><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/9: Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancers Discussion Group: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>5:00pm, 205 E 64th Street </span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>This program is for people who have been treated for cancer. No observers, please, without prior approval.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/9: IA F2018 Eye Concerns in Inflammatory Arthritis </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>6:00pm-7:30pm, Hospital for Special Surgery, 2nd Fl. Conf. Ctr.</span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span>This is a collaborative program presented by the Arthritis Foundation, Education Institute, Division of Rheumatology, and the Department of Social Work Programs.</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span>Register online at hss.edu/pped</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/9: Weill Cornell Medicine Wellness Series: Diabetes</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>5:30pm, 96th St. Library</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Join us for a talk exploring diabetes and its current and future treatments during the Weill Cornell Medicine Wellness Series at the 96th Street Library!</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/9: SP F2018 Stroke Prevention </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>10:30-11:30am, Hospital for Special Surgery, 2nd Fl. Conf. Ctr.</span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span>Register online at hss.edu/pped</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/10: AWD2 F2018 Aging with Dignity </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>10:00-11:00am, Hospital for Special Surgery, 2nd Fl. Conf. Ctr.</span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span>Register online at hss.edu/pped</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/11: Dear Mama Coffee Adoption Event </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:00pm, 308 E. 109th St.</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Join the Animal Care and Control of NYC for an adoption event meant to combine two great joys: Coffee and Pets</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/11: Annual Meeting</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:00pm, </span></span></span></span></em><em><span><span><span><span>1326 Madison Ave, Garden Level</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Our annual meeting is a legal requirement, but members attending always enjoy refreshments and a social time, before and after a presentation given by a noted author, historian, or representative of another preservation or parks organization. Topics presented are always pertinent to Carnegie Hill, such as a famous architect or nearby Central Park projects.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/11: Behind the Scenes at Peter Pennoyer Architects </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>6:00pm, Peter Pennoyer Architects, 136 Madison Avenue</span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span>Free for current members of FRIENDS of the Upper East Side.</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span>Advance registration is required.</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span>To verify your current membership status, please call 212-535-2526 or email us at</span></span></span><span><span><a href="mailto:info@friends-ues.org" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span>info@friends-ues.org</span></a><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/11: FM F2018 Beyond Medications: Alternative Approaches to Pain and Stress Management </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>2:30-4:30pm, Hospital for Special Surgery, 2nd Fl. Conf. Ctr</span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span>Register online at hss.edu/pped</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/11, 10/12, 10/17, 10/18, 10/19, 10/24, 10/25, 10/26: Centennial Heritage Festival</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span>TO PURCHASE ALL SINGLE SHOW TICKETS (Single show tickets range from $19 to $11</span></span></span><span><span><span>)</span></span></span><span><span><span> AND FESTIVAL PASSES (ONE-DAY PASS FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6:  all events $28 general audiences, $20 students &amp; seniors, ONE-DAY PASS FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7: all events $32 general audiences, $22 students &amp; seniors, TWO DAY PASS FOR OCTOBER 6 &amp; 7: all events $38 general audiences, $26 students &amp; seniors)<br /> Go to</span></span></span><span><span><a href="http://gohproductions.org/centennial-heritage-festival" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span>http://gohproductions.org/centennial-heritage-festival</span></a><span> or call 800-838-3006 (Brown Paper Tickets).<br /><em>7:00 pm, 351 E 74th Street</em></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Duke Oldřich &amp; Božena: the True Story.  <span>A non-traditional staging of a 374-year-old marionette play based on the story of love at first sight of the 11th century Duke Oldrich, who braved stout opposition for friend and foe alike to marry the exquisitely fair washerwoman Bozena, but forgot to mention some details of his own marital status to his beloved.  The two legendary lovers are truthfully represented by fine hand-carved marionettes and life-like mechanicals fashioned expertly two centuries ago from the choicest linden wood; their manipulators in period costumes are artfully composed in flesh and blood. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>For Tickets https://camtbohemianhall.brownpapertickets.com </span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://camtjanhus.brownpapertickets.com" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span>https://camtjanhus.brownpapertickets.com</span></a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/13: It’s My Park at Ruppert Park </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>10:00am-1:00pm, Ruppert Park</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>This It's My Park season, volunteer with Muslim Volunteers For New York to plant new bulbs, rake, weed, spread mulch, and clean up the grounds at Ruppert Park. We look forward to cleaning up the park with you!</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/13, 10/20, 10/27: Centennial Heritage Festival</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span>To Purchase All Single Show Tickets (Single Show Tickets Range From $19 To $11</span></span></span><span><span><span>)</span></span></span><span><span><span> And Festival Passes (One-day Pass For Saturday, October 6:  All Events $28 General Audiences, $20 Students &amp; Seniors, One-day Pass For Sunday, October 7: All Events $32 General Audiences, $22 Students &amp; Seniors, Two Day Pass For October 6 &amp; 7: All Events $38 General Audiences, $26 Students &amp; Seniors)<br /> Go to</span></span></span><span><span><a href="http://gohproductions.org/centennial-heritage-festival" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span>http://gohproductions.org/centennial-heritage-festival</span></a><span> or call 800-838-3006 (Brown Paper Tickets).</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>11:30 am, 351 E 74th Street</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Water Goblin and other Czech &amp; Slovak Tales, one-man show by Vit Horejs and folk marionettes.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>2:30pm, 351 E 74th Street</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Duke Oldřich &amp; Božena: the True Story.  A non-traditional staging of a 374-year-old marionette play based on the story of love at first sight of the 11th century Duke Oldrich, who braved stout opposition for friend and foe alike to marry the exquisitely fair washerwoman Bozena, but forgot to mention some details of his own marital status to his beloved.  The two legendary lovers are truthfully represented by fine hand-carved marionettes and life-like mechanicals fashioned expertly two centuries ago from the choicest linden wood; their manipulators in period costumes are artfully composed in flesh and blood.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/13:</span></span></span></span></strong><span><span><span><span> <strong>Hatmaking &amp; Ornamentation Workshop</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>1pm, The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, </span></span></span></span></em><span><span><span><span>421 East 61st Street<br /> In centuries past, milliners were considered disreputable, and millinery shops places of ”female scheming and collusion.”   Of course, this is not true today, but you can still get together to collude with the highly respectable and celebrated milliner Lisa McFadden.  Bring your baubles, bangles, beads, and stray earrings as we provide feathers, foundations, fabrics, and trims to repurpose into fine period finery.  McFadden is a noted New York hat designer and editor-in-chief of the Milliner's Guild newsletter. Her hats have been featured in  Women's Wear Daily, National Geographic, CBSnews.com and on Cake Boss.  For tickets and information, click here.</span></span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3622691" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span>www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3622691</span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/13, 10/20, 10/27: English Conversation Group</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>11:00am, 67th St. Library</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Talk with native speakers and other language learners about current events, New York City, family life, holidays, and much more. For adults 16 years old or older.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/14: It’s My Park at East River Esplanade</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>12:00pm-4:00pm, 96th Street and FDR Drive </span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>This It's My Park season, volunteer with Upper Green Side for a fall cleanup and bulb planting at the 96th Street East River Esplanade. We look forward to cleaning up the park with you!</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/14: Kleindeutschland in the East Village: A Walking Tour </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>1:00pm,</span></span></span></em><em><span><span><span><span>East Village meeting point will be provided upon registration</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts is holding a tour exploring the Lower East Side which was formerly known as “Little Germany”. The tour will also include a private tour to the former St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. The tour is $15 for members and $25 for non-members.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/15: Breast Cancer Support Group</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>2:30pm, 300 East 66th Street (Room 243-A)</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>This program is for people who have been treated for cancer. No observers, please, without prior approval.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/15: Career Coaching with Kate White</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>5:30pm, 96th St. Library</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>How to Ace a Job Interview Monday, October 15, 5:30-6:30 PM. In this one-hour workshop, Kate will offer three essential success strategies that don’t get as much play as they should but can help you step up your game.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/16: Medical Debt: Advice for Cancer Patients and Survivors </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>5:30pm, 417 East 68th Street (Room ZRC- 105)</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>This talk will focus on the rights of patients with medical debt. A lawyer will offer advice on how to negotiate with hospitals and doctors. This program is for people who have been treated for cancer. No observers, please, without prior approval.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/18: Celebrating the World War I Centennial &amp; the Sgt. York Film at the Lycée Francis</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>6:30pm -9pm, 505 East 75th Street, Lycée Francais</span></span></span></em><br /><span><span><span>East Side WWI Centennial Committee Presents Free Admission to Sgt. York Film screening<br /> If you did not already know, York Avenue was actually named after Sergeant York, a medal of honor winner in WWI. To commemorate this the East Side WWI Centennial Committee Presents a screening of the famous Sergeant York film about our victory in WWI.<br /> For more information call 212-288-4607 or visit <strong>Eastsidewwicentennial.org </strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/18, 10/25: Financial Empowerment Workshops</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:00-8:00pm, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House | 331 East 70th Street</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Learn how to take control of your finances at our free Financial Empowerment Workshop! You will be able to see and learn how to read your Credit Report, meet one-on-one with a financial adviser for individualized advice, open a free savings account and more.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Thursdays 10/18-11/8: Getting Ahead: Financial Empowerment Workshop </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>6:00-8:00pm, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House | 331 East 70th Street</span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span>Learn how to take control of your finances at our free Financial Empowerment Workshop!</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/20, 10/26, 10/27: </span></span></span></span></strong><strong><span><span><span>The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum</span></span></span></strong><br /><em><span><span><span><span>6:15 and 7:30pm, 421 East 61st Street , Halloween Murder Mystery </span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span>All new for 2018!  In this fictional mystery game, loosely based on a historic newspaper account, an unidentified skeleton has been discovered at the Mount Vernon Hotel. Explore the Museum by candlelight, and collect clues to unravel the mystery and solve the case. Appropriate for adults and families with children 10+.  Reservations required.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/20: Celebrate Autumn at the Alice Aycock Pavillion</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>1:00pm-4:00pm, 60th Street and the East River Water Esplanade</span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span>Free Music, Kids Activities, Featuring art activities from The Craft Studio, free ice cream sandwiches from melt bakery, face painting, live music, and more!</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/20: FDR Four Freedoms Park, Louis Kahn, and the Democratization of Public Space </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>11:00am-12:00pm, FDR Four Freedoms Park</span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span>This tour will discuss the challenges of creating public spaces today, giving the story of the Park’s design, the sudden death of its architect, the near-bankruptcy of the city, and the effort that brought it to fruition. <em>Free; registration required. </em></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/20 &amp; 10/21: Uni Project </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>11:00am-4:00pm, FDR Four Freedoms Park</span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span>At the Uni Project, our pop-up reading room, come sit outside, read, draw, enjoy the view, and explore a curated collection of books and hands-on materials.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/21: Halloween Howl and Healthy Hound Fair</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>12:00pm, John Finley Walk</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Not to be missed! The HOWL is the Conservancy's annual dog costume event. Over 200 creatively costumed pups strut their stuff before a blue-chip fashion industry coven of judges!</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/23: Word For Beginners</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>3:00pm, 96th St. Library</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Learn the basic features of Microsoft Word 2010, a word processing program you can use to create documents. This is a comprehensive course, so please make sure you can attend all sessions. Call 212-289-0908 to register.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/25: Bladder Cancer Support Group </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>2:00pm, 430 East 67th Street</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>This program is for people who have been treated for cancer. No observers, please, without prior approval.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/27: Celebrate Autumn at the Alice Aycock Pavillion</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>1:00pm-4:00pm, 60th Street and the East River Water Esplanade</span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span>Free Music, Kids Activities, Featuring art activities from The Craft Studio, free ice cream sandwiches from melt bakery, face painting, live music, and more!</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/28: Find Your Fido &amp; Friends Adoption Event</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>1:00pm - 5:00pm, Central Park, East Drive (enter at 5</span></span></span></em><em><sup><span><span><span>th</span></span></span></sup></em><em><span><span><span> Ave. &amp; E 60</span></span></span></em><em><sup><span><span><span>th</span></span></span></sup></em><em><span><span><span> St.)</span></span></span></em><br /><span><span><span> In collaboration with NYPD and ASPCA/ACC. For more information visit </span></span></span> <span><span><a href="https://www.nycacc.org/adoptionevents" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><span>www.nycacc.org/adoptionevents</span></span></span></span></a></span></span><span><span><span>.</span></span></span>  </span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/29: How to Write a Condolence Letter with Amy Cunningham</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>3:00pm, 67th St. Library</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Join funeral director and Green-Wood Cemetery educator, Amy Cunningham, for this workshop on how to write a condolence letter. Join funeral director Amy Cunningham and other willing participants in the reading of letters by famous writers of both Victorian and contemporary times.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/29: Meditation for Inner Peace During Turbulent Times</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>5:30pm, Yorkville Library</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Incorporating meditation in our lives can be the change that can make a big difference in our lives and the lives of others. 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#EEEEEE;border-collapse: collapse;mso-table-lspace: 0pt;mso-table-rspace: 0pt;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"> </td> </tr></tbody></table><!-- <td class="mcnDividerBlockInner" style="padding: 18px;"> <hr class="mcnDividerContent" style="border-bottom-color:none; border-left-color:none; border-right-color:none; border-bottom-width:0; border-left-width:0; border-right-width:0; margin-top:0; margin-right:0; margin-bottom:0; margin-left:0;" /> --></td> </tr></tbody></table></div> Thu, 04 Oct 2018 17:38:01 +0000 Josh Jamieson 6523 at https://benkallos.com Fall 2018 Newsletter https://benkallos.com/newsletter/fall-2018-newsletter <span>Fall 2018 Newsletter</span> <div class="field field--name-field-summary field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"> </p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><a href="http://benkallos.com/sites/default/files/2018-11/081018.NL5_.KALLOS%20NL%20Fall%20WInter%202018-v6%20SINGLE%20PAGES.pdf">Download the Newsletter (PDF)</a></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/height_800_/public/inline-images/081018.NL5_.KALLOS%20NL%20Fall%20WInter%202018-v6%20SINGLE%20PAGES_Page_1_144dpi.jpg?itok=xV53kJOz 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/height_1000_/public/inline-images/081018.NL5_.KALLOS%20NL%20Fall%20WInter%202018-v6%20SINGLE%20PAGES_Page_1_144dpi.jpg?itok=vmAqhDqu 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/height_1000_/public/inline-images/081018.NL5_.KALLOS%20NL%20Fall%20WInter%202018-v6%20SINGLE%20PAGES_Page_1_144dpi.jpg?itok=vmAqhDqu 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source 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src="/sites/default/files/styles/height_1000_/public/inline-images/081018.NL5_.KALLOS%20NL%20Fall%20WInter%202018-v6%20SINGLE%20PAGES_Page_1_144dpi.jpg?itok=vmAqhDqu" alt="Newsletter First Page" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></picture></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">DEAR NEIGHBOR</span></span></span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">, </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:10.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">New York City's Fiscal Year 2019 budget passed at $89 billion. This budget extends many vital programs and services that residents throughout our district count on. Some of the budget items that we are proud to have fought for are:</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Segoe UI Symbol&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">✓</span></span></span><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"> <b>Fair Student Funding</b> - Schools in our neighborhood were chronically underfunded, and nearly everyone will see a boost in funding with an investment of $125 million. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Segoe UI Symbol&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">✓</span></span></span><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"> <b>Accessible Schools</b> - Almost every local public school in the neighborhood is not accessible, which is why we are investing $150 million in making our schools accessible to every student. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Segoe UI Symbol&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">✓</span></span></span><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"> <b>Supporting Our Youth</b> - After-school and summer programs, as well as summer and year-round youth employment initiatives, saw restorations and increases of $58.5 million.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Segoe UI Symbol&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">✓</span></span></span><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"> <b>Expanding Our Libraries</b> – An investment of $60 million will go to new libraries, in addition to $16.7 million to keep them open. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Segoe UI Symbol&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">✓</span></span></span><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"> <b>Cleaning Up Our Parks and Streets</b> - We've invested $15.8 million in parks maintenance workers, tree stump removal, and extra sanitation services.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Segoe UI Symbol&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">✓</span></span></span><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"> <b>More Affordable Housing</b> - We need more affordable housing for all New Yorkers, including $40 million for public housing infrastructure, $3 million for homeless youth shelters, and $500 million for senior affordable housing. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Sincerely,</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Ben Kallos</span></span></span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">, Council Member, District 5</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">PS Make your voice heard with monthly updates at<strong> BenKallos.com/subscribe </strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/josh-jamieson" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Josh Jamieson</span></span> <span>Sat, 09/15/2018 - 10:56am</span> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; 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margin:0in 0in 8pt"><a href="http://benkallos.com/sites/default/files/2018-11/081018.NL5_.KALLOS%20NL%20Fall%20WInter%202018-v6%20SINGLE%20PAGES.pdf">Download the Newsletter (PDF)</a></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">DEAR NEIGHBOR</span></span></span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">, </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:10.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">New York City's Fiscal Year 2019 budget passed at $89 billion. This budget extends many vital programs and services that residents throughout our district count on. Some of the budget items that we are proud to have fought for are:</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Segoe UI Symbol&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">✓</span></span></span><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"> <b>Fair Student Funding</b> - Schools in our neighborhood were chronically underfunded, and nearly everyone will see a boost in funding with an investment of $125 million.</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Segoe UI Symbol&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">✓</span></span></span><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"> <b>Accessible Schools</b> - Almost every local public school in the neighborhood is not accessible, which is why we are investing $150 million in making our schools accessible to every student. </span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Segoe UI Symbol&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">✓</span></span></span><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"> <b>Supporting Our Youth</b> - After-school and summer programs, as well as summer and year-round youth employment initiatives, saw restorations and increases of $58.5 million.</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Segoe UI Symbol&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">✓</span></span></span><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"> <b>Expanding Our Libraries</b> – An investment of $60 million will go to new libraries, in addition to $16.7 million to keep them open. </span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Segoe UI Symbol&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">✓</span></span></span><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"> <b>Cleaning Up Our Parks and Streets</b> - We've invested $15.8 million in parks maintenance workers, tree stump removal, and extra sanitation services.</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Segoe UI Symbol&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">✓</span></span></span><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"> <b>More Affordable Housing</b> - We need more affordable housing for all New Yorkers, including $40 million for public housing infrastructure, $3 million for homeless youth shelters, and $500 million for senior affordable housing. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Sincerely,</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"><picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/sig__0.png?itok=PSINPw8G 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/sig__0.png?itok=i78iLPlv 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_480_x_360_/public/inline-images/sig__0.png?itok=IqMOkdtC 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/png"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/sig__0.png?itok=PSINPw8G 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/png"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/sig__0.png?itok=PSINPw8G 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/png"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/sig__0.png?itok=PSINPw8G 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/png"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="cde69b1d-8f68-4df1-ba0f-93fe31502e86" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_25_" src="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/sig__0.png?itok=PSINPw8G" alt="signature" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></picture></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Ben Kallos</span></span></span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">, Council Member, District 5</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">PS Make your voice heard with monthly updates at <strong>BenKallos.com/subscribe </strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><strong><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:14.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">REWRITING NEW YORK CITY'S FOUNDING DOCUMENT</span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">On Tuesday, November 6, 2018 you will be asked to vote on how to improve our City's founding document, our Charter. I have testified multiple times before the Commission appointed by the Mayor focusing on: </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Getting Big Money of Politics</span></span></span></b></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">• <b>Lower Contribution Limits by More than</b><strong> Half</strong> - lower limits citywide from $5,100 to $2,000, boroughwide from $3,950 to $1,500 and for City Council from $2,850 to $1,000.</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">• <b>Make Small Dollars More Valuable</b> - every small dollar below $250 for citywide and $175 for all others will go from being matched with public tax-payer dollars at a rate of 6 to 8.</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">• <b>Match More Small Dollars</b> - only a little more than half of small dollars are matched, requiring candidates to seek millions in big dollars from special interests to fill a gap that can be smaller by matching 75%. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Improve Community Representation</span></span></span></b></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">•</span></span></span></span></span><span style="color:black"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Term Limits for Community Board Members of 8 Years</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">•</span></span></span></span></span><span style="color:black"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Expert Urban Planners for Each Community Board</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">•</span></span></span></span></span><span style="color:black"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Standardize Online Applications and Reporting </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:10.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Thanks to the Charter Revision Commission many of the recommendations I made will be on the ballot to restore a democracy of, by, and for the People! </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:10.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Please learn more and Pledge to Vote on November 6, 2018 at</span></span></span><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"> BenKallos.com/charter/pledge</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:18.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">FIGHTING OVERDEVELOPMENT</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">SUTTON SUPERSCRAPER</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">We are taking the fight to protect our residential neighborhood against overdevelopment and super-tall buildings to court. In June, the most powerful agency no one has heard of, the Board of Standards and Appeals, ruled against the community. The City is now complicit in ignoring the law in order to help a developer beat the community: delaying the rezoning for years, adding a bogus grandfather clause, granting illegal After Hours Variances, endangering public safety by closing streets in violation of the law, and now finally ignoring the hard-fought zoning change the community won. We will appeal in court, and you can join our fight against supertall buildings at <strong>BenKallos.com/Petition/StopSuperScrapers</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">LEADING EAST &amp; WESTSIDE COALITION AGAINST OVERDEVELOPMENT</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">We have picked up support in our fight against overdevelopment at the 524-foot skyscraper at 180 East 88th Street, which is currently under construction. Community groups like Friends of Upper East Side Historic Districts and Carnegie Hill Neighbors, Landmark West and others citywide as well as elected officials Borough President Brewer, Senator Krueger, Assembly Member Gottfried, and Council Member Powers, along with a dozen other Council Members, have joined our fight. We are all fighting at the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) to stop developers from creating zoning loopholes to build ever-taller buildings without any affordable housing.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">FIGHTING FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">I am fighting to squeeze as much affordable housing out of every tax dollar the City gives to developers as Chair of the Land Use Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions, and Concessions. I am proud to have voted to increase the staff at the Council's Land Use division to fight overdevelopment and build more affordable housing.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">QUALITY OF LIFE</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">We are committed to improving quality of life in our community from new large-domed trash cans on every corner, to preventing litter, to our latest effort to add tree guards. At the request of the Upper Green Side and neighborhood associations for East 86th, East 79th, East 72nd, and the East Sixties, we have worked with the Parks Department to allocate more than $250,000 for tree guards with more than 100 already installed and more on the way. We are happy to partner with your cooperative, condominium, or block association to adopt planters or match funds for new tree guards.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:18.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">EXPANDING AND INVESTING $200 MILLION IN PUBLIC PARKS</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:14.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">NEW PROJECTS</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">East River Greenway, 53rd - 60th Street: $100 Million </span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">We are connecting the East River Esplanade at 60th Street to Sutton Place Park South as we continue to expand parkland in our district in support of a 32-mile contiguous park around the island of Manhattan. The Mayor announced $100 million in funding last year, with designs already unveiled.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Sutton Place Parks, 56th - 57th Street: $846,000 </span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Construction is already underway to connect Sutton Place Park to the pocket park at 56th Streets with $675,000 from our office and the Council to replace a sandbox with a new play fountain and $171,000 from our office for new security cameras to keep parks safe.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Brearley School Overhang, 82nd - 83rd Street: $1.5 Million </span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">After two years of negotiations, we secured another public-private partnership with an investment of over $1 million from Brearley to rehabilitate its overhang and maintain it in perpetuity. The plan includes colorful new designs, contemporary lighting, green walls, new planters, and a partnership with a local conservancy. Construction starts next summer.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">East River Esplanade Repairs, 90th - 92nd Street and above: $35 Million</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">The East River Esplanade has been crumbling into the river for as long as I can remember. I secured $35 million in 2014, and in 2017, we broke ground alongside Taskforce Co-Chair Congress Member Maloney to begin rebuilding the Esplanade, starting with the area that collapsed behind Gracie Mansion.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:14.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">COMPLETED PROJECTS</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Andrew Haswell Green Park, 60th - 61st Street: $4.7 Million</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">In November 2017, we celebrated the completion of Andrew Haswell Green Park Phase 2A, a $4,664,073 project that sits underneath the famous Alice Aycock “East River Round About.” The work included extensive structural reconstruction, including accessibility improvements, decorative pavement, chairs, game tables, plantings, and a new lawn to enjoy spectacular East River views.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Rockefeller University, 64th - 68th Street: $15 Million </span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Our first public/private partnership with Rockefeller University stemming from their new building over the FDR has resulted in $15 million for a new East River Esplanade from 64th - 68th Street, repaired seawalls, and a $1 million trust for maintenance in perpetuity. Visit the new Esplanade with improved landscaping, new seating and lighting, designated bike lanes, and a new noise barrier along the FDR Drive for a more peaceful park.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Hospital for Special Surgery, 70th - 72nd then to 78th Street: $1 Million </span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">In 2015, I created a public/private partnership with the Hospital for Special Surgery to renovate the Esplanade from 70th - 72nd Street, now improved with a Master Plan to continue north to 78th Street. As a result, HSS agreed to develop a Master Plan for the East River Esplanade from 62nd Street to 78th Street, in partnership with Rockefeller University, add noise barriers, a water fountain and irrigation to keep plants alive, new planting beds, improved lighting, repaired railings, and new seating and paving, along with a commitment to maintenance in perpetuity.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">New 81st Street Pedestrian Bridge, 79th - 81st Street: $16 Million </span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Last year, we cut the ribbon on the East 81st Street pedestrian bridge, connecting the upper Esplanade and John Finley Walk to the lower Esplanade. The $16 Million project replaced the decrepit stairwell built half a century ago. The new bridge isn't just a ramp, but an amenity in and of itself with glass viewing portals, rest points, and a garden below.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">New Upper East Side Park Opens at 90th Street Pier</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">The 90th Street Pier, which was closed to the public, only visible through the bars of a gate, is now a public park. Following my advocacy in partnership with Friends of the East River Esplanade, other East Side elected officials, the Department of Transportation, and NYC Parks, we were able to add more than 3,000 feet of park space to the East River Esplanade.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:18.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">FIGHTING TO OPEN PUBLIC PARKS </span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:14.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">FIGHT CONTINUES TO OPEN THE QUEENSBORO OVAL</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">For more than 40 years, a public park and playground has been privatized for high-priced tennis at rates as high as $225 an hour, only available to the public for two months as a useless, muddy dirt field. I've worked with Community Board 8's Parks Committee to open it to the public for free, as well as allocating $1 million in funding to build a new multipurpose turf field, only to see the City ignore the community and move forward with privatization.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Sign the petition to join the fight at <strong>BenKallos.com/Petition/Oval</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:18.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">PROTECTING PARKS FROM POLLUTION</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">New Yorkers use 1 billion single-use plastic water bottles each year, and far too many of these bottles end up in landfills and waterways, polluting fisheries, and eventually end up in our food. Our National Parks stopped selling plastic water bottles under Obama and reduced pollution, only to see Trump reverse that progress. That is why I authored legislation for the City to lead by example by banning it from purchasing single-use plastic water bottles and selling them in our parks, beaches and golf courses, including those operated by Trump himself.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Help protect the environment at <strong>BenKallos.com/petition/BanTheBottle</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:18.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">EDUCATION </span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:14.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">WORK BEGINS ON NEW UPPER EAST SIDE PRE-K FACILITY</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">After years of fighting for new school seats in this neighborhood, we are finally getting them. When I took office, there were only 154 PreKindergarten seats in my district. Since then, working with community leaders and parents, we have been able to secure nearly 750 seats, bringing this number to 900, including seats at pre-k centers just built at 57th and 95th streets, and the 180 seats now under construction at 76th Street for the 2019 school year.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:14.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">SPECIALIZED HIGH SCHOOL ADMISSIONS TEST</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">As a proud graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, I was disappointed to learn that the Mayor was planning on getting rid of the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT). <b>Prior to eliminating the sole objective criterion, the City must:</b></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">• Seat every middle school student for a practice exam, followed </span></span></span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">by the actual exam during school hours</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">• Provide free preparation for the exam as part of a Universal </span></span></span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">After School mandate</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Join the fight to protect a world-class public education by adding your name at <strong>BenKallos.com/petition/SpecializedHighSchools</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:14.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">SOTHEBY'S ART SHOW</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Since I know how important the arts are to our children's education and development, I am proud to support an Annual Art Show for public school students in the district. To see artwork from 2018, visit <strong>BenKallos.com/ArtShow</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:14.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS WIN PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Over the past four and half years, through Participatory Budgeting and other discretionary funding, I have allocated over <b>$3.5 million</b> to build green roofs at schools within District 5, including:</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">• P.S./I.S. 217 Roosevelt Island School - $1 million</span></span></span></b></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">($500,000 from Participatory Budgeting)</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">• P.S. 151 Yorkville Community School - $750,000 </span></span></span></b></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">($500,000 from Participatory Budgeting)</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">• P.S. 290 Manhattan New School - $1 million</span></span></span></b></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">($500,000 from Participatory Budgeting)</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">• M.S. 114 East Side Middle School - $800,000</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Other education investments from my office to support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education at schools in the district totaled <b>$5.1 million</b> in technology upgrades, such as new interactive smartboards, new laptop bundles, new sound systems, and literary programs.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:14.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">OUR TOWN: A KINDER, GENTLER, CLEANER DUMP</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">As the Mayor prepares the MTS to begin operation in 2019, there is some good news to report. After years of advocacy and your commitment to waste diversion, we won a commitment from the Sanitation Commissioner to drastically reduce the expected number of trucks processed through the facility. Far short of the 500 trucks a day that were feared and the 200 trucks a day we had at the 74th Street Garage, according to the Commissioner, “On most days, the MTS will see on average, between 40 and 50 trucks."</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Despite the good news, we continue to fight the Marine Transfer Station and thanks to your support we've already accomplished: </span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Segoe UI Symbol&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">✓</span></span></span><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"> Questioned increase of $120 million per year in waste export costs</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Segoe UI Symbol&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">✓</span></span></span><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Ensured zoned trash pickup is done fairly to protect the East Side</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Segoe UI Symbol&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">✓</span></span></span><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"> Brought attention to dangers of garbage trucks in residential neighborhoods following tragic death of local resident hit by a garbage truck</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Segoe UI Symbol&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">✓</span></span></span><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"> Moved the ramp one block north in partnership with P2P and the local community to protect 35,000 children from all over the city who play at Asphalt Green</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Segoe UI Symbol&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">✓</span></span></span><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"> Introduced air quality-monitoring legislation to protect us from pollution</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Segoe UI Symbol&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">✓</span></span></span><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"> Forced commitments under oath from DSNY to limit use to only 1,800 of the total 5,200 ton per day capacity, keeping more than 350 garbage trucks off our streets</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Segoe UI Symbol&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">✓</span></span></span><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"> Advocated for and secured funding for guardrails on garbage trucks and other large city vehicles</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Segoe UI Symbol&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">✓</span></span></span><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"> Advocated for and won a citywide goal of zero waste to make Marine Transfer-to-landfill obsolete by 2030</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Segoe UI Symbol&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">✓</span></span></span><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"> Exposed high costs increasing from $93/ton to $278/ton for a total price tag of $632 million</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Segoe UI Symbol&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">✓</span></span></span><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"> Built a three-borough coalition against garbage dumps in residential neighborhoods</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Segoe UI Symbol&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">✓</span></span></span><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"> Cosponsored and passed Waste Equity Law to protect our neighborhood from receiving more than 10% of the city's waste</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Join the fight at <strong>BenKallos.com/MTS</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:14.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">HOW TO SPEND $1 MILLION</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Each year, residents in my district ages 11 and older get to vote on how to spend one million dollars in the community through Participatory Budgeting. The ballot is decided on by residents just like you who volunteer as Delegates. Learn more at <strong>BenKallos.com/PB</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:18.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">TRANSPORTATION</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">FERRY SERVICE FOR UES &amp; RI </span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">After three years of advocacy, we were able to bring NYC Ferry service to Roosevelt Island in 2017. Now boasting more than one million riders, the NYC Ferry has also landed on the Upper East Side's Carl Schurz Park at East 90th Street.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">SELECT BUS FOR 96TH STREET</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black"> In 2016, following positive results from Select Bus Service implementation for the M86, I requested SBS for the remaining crosstown routes in my district. The M79 SBS is going great and now we are fighting for Better Buses at <strong>BenKallos.com/petition/M96SBS</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">BIKE SAFETY</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Since taking office, I have focused on making our streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists alike. We've held monthly cyclist education classes in my office and held events for delivery bike workers to receive free safety equipment, expanded bike lanes on 2nd Avenue, crosstown lanes on 70, 71, 77, and 78 streets, coupled with a model for increased enforcement rolled out citywide. <strong>BenKallos.com/BikeSafety</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:18.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Here To Help </span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:#333333">SENIORS: </span></span></span></span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:#333333">Medicare savings, Meals-on-Wheels, Access-A-Ride...</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:#333333">HOUSING: </span></span></span></span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:#333333">affordable units, rent freezes, legal clinic...</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:#333333">JOBS: </span></span></span></span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:#333333">search &amp; training, veterans, senior &amp; youth employment...</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:#333333">FAMILIES: </span></span></span></span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:#333333">Universal Pre-K, Head Start, After-Schools...</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:#333333">FINANCES: </span></span></span></span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:#333333">cash assistance, tax credits, home energy assistance...</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:#333333">NUTRITION: </span></span></span></span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:#333333">Food Stamps (SNAP), WIC, free meals for all ages...</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:#333333">We can also help resolve 311 Complaints.</span></span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:&#10;normal"><b><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;&#10;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:black">FREE LEGAL CLINICS</span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&#10;&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"><p></p></span><br /><span style="font-size:12.0pt;&#10;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;&#10;color:black">By appointment, 3pm to 6pm:</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;&#10;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"><p></p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:&#10;normal"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;&#10;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:black">Housing</span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&#10;&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:black">, Every Monday and 1st Wednesday</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&#10;&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"><p></p></span><br /><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;&#10;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:black">Life Planning</span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&#10;&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:black">, 3rd Wednesday</span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">General Civil Law</span></span></span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">, 3rd Tuesday</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Family Law</span></span></span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">, 1st Tuesday</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:14.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Mobile Hours </span></span></span></b></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">We bring our office to senior centers each month from 11am to 2pm:</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">• </span></span></span></b></span></span><span style="color:black"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Stanley Isaacs</span></span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">, 2nd Tuesday</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">• </span></span></span></b></span></span><span style="color:black"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in"><span style="vertical-align:baseline"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Roosevelt Island</span></span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">, 4th Wednesday</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Appointments after 5pm available upon request.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:18.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">SAVE THE DATE</span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Town Hall </span></span></span></b></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Sept. 20, 6PM</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Memorial Sloan Kettering</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">430 East 67th St.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Emergency Prep &amp; Free Go Bags </span></span></span></b></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Sept. 26, 6 - 8PM</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Rockefeller University</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">1230 York Ave.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Senior Health Fair</span></span></span></b></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Oct. 10, 11AM - 1PM</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Lenox Hill Neighborhood House</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">331 East 70th St.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Excelsior Free College </span></span></span></b></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Oct. 11, 5:30 PM</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Eleanor Roosevelt H.S.</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">411 East 76th St.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Holiday Party </span></span></span></b></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Dec. 13, 5PM </span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">District Office</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">244 East 93rd St.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">State of the District </span></span></span></b></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Jan. 13, 1PM </span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">MSK</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">430 East 67th St.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">RSVP at: <strong>BenKallos.com/Events</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:5.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:18.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Meet Ben </span></span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">FIRST FRIDAY</span></span></span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">, 8AM – 10AM, District Office. Join me and your neighbors for a conversation.</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">POLICY NIGHT,<i> </i></span></span></span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">2nd Tuesday, 5PM-6PM, District Office. Work with our office to make your ideas a reality. </span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">BEN IN YOUR BUILDING</span></span></span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">, I will come to you for your annual condo, co-op, or tenants association meeting.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><a href="http://benkallos.com/sites/default/files/2018-11/081018.NL5_.KALLOS%20NL%20Fall%20WInter%202018-v6%20SINGLE%20PAGES.pdf">Download the Newsletter (PDF)</a></p> </div> Sat, 15 Sep 2018 14:56:57 +0000 Josh Jamieson 6541 at https://benkallos.com September News: Get Big Money Out of Politics, Town Hall with Reusable Bags, Emergency Prep with Go Bags, New Ferry, and Outdoor Fun https://benkallos.com/newsletter/september-news-get-big-money-out-politics-town-hall-reusable-bags-emergency-prep-go-bags <span>September News: Get Big Money Out of Politics, Town Hall with Reusable Bags, Emergency Prep with Go Bags, New Ferry, and Outdoor Fun</span> <div class="field field--name-field-summary field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><table> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /> I hope everyone enjoyed their summer, had a restful Labor Day weekend, and for those who celebrate, Shanah Tova!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> It is up to you to get big money out of New York City politics this November.&nbsp;<a href="#Bigmoney">Please pledge to vote on the November 6 ballot&nbsp;for campaign finance reform</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In August, the <a href="#Sueing">East River 50’s Alliance</a> and my office filed a lawsuit to overturn the Board of Standards and Appeals' June ruling that would give Gamma Real Estate the right the build the Sutton tower despite the successful grassroots community-led rezoning of the neighborhood.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you live on the Upper East Side, you might enjoy a better commute riding the <a href="#Ferry">new ferry service</a>&nbsp;from East 90th Street to 34th Street and Wall Street.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> This month you are invited to our <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/town-hall-1">Annual Town Hall</a>&nbsp;with free reusable bags, and our <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/emergency-preparedness-event-free-go-bags">Annual Emergency Preparedness</a> event with Free Go Bags. <em>Supplies are limited and you must RSVP at <a href="https://benkallos.com/events">BenKallos.com/events</a></em> <p>Regards,</p> <p><img height="24" src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c8d2234c0b6a18032da9711b0/images/1f68e92a-38e9-4506-80f6-329eac478ba7.png" width="125" /><br /> Ben Kallos<br /> Council Member</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>TABLE OF CONTENTS</strong></p> <ol> <li><a href="#Bigmoney">Big Money Out of Politics and Term Limits Make Ballot</a></li> <li><a href="#Sueing">Suing the City to Fight Super Scrapers</a></li> <li><a href="#Primary Day">Primary Day September 13</a></li> <li><a href="#MTS">Continuing the Fight Against the Marine Transfer Station</a></li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;<br /> <strong>SEPTEMBER EVENT INVITES</strong></p> <ol start="5"> <li><a href="#Townhall">Annual Town Hall with Free Reusable Bags</a></li> <li><a href="#Emergency">Emergency Preparedness Join CERT; Go Bag Giveaway</a></li> <li><a href="#MoviesUnderTheStars">Movies Under the Stars</a></li> <li><a href="#SkateNightatJohnJayPark">Skate Night at John Jay Park</a></li> <li><a href="#Shred-A-Thon">Shred-A-Thon Fall Edition</a></li> <li><a href="#CookingWithKallos">Cooking with Kallos at the 82nd Street Greenmarket</a></li> <li><a href="#FamilyDay">Family Day at St. Catherine’s Park</a></li> </ol> <p><br /> <strong>TRANSPORTATION</strong></p> <ol start="12"> <li><a href="#Ferry">NYC Ferry Opens New Route Serving Upper East Side</a></li> <li><a href="#Bus">Honoring Our Bus Drivers</a></li> <li><a href="#M96">Petitions for Select Bus Service for the M96</a></li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;<br /> <strong>HEALTH &amp; EDUCATION</strong></p> <ol start="15"> <li><a href="#Healthy">Healthy Kids Meals Legislation Earns Key Support</a></li> <li><a href="#Clarke">Clarke Schools Graduation</a></li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;<br /> <strong>QUALITY OF LIFE</strong></p> <ol start="17"> <li><a href="#Cameras">Unveiling New NYPD Security Cameras at Sutton Parks</a></li> <li><a href="#Scaffolding">Scaffolding Legislation Update</a></li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;<br /> <strong>COMMUNITY</strong></p> <ol start="19"> <li><a href="#In-District">In-District Affordable Housing Opportunity</a></li> <li><a href="#PropertyTax">NYC Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform</a></li> <li><a href="#Ruppert">Afternoon Concert at Ruppert Park</a></li> <li><a href="#Tank">The Tank: Recognizing 15 Years of Art</a></li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;<br /> <strong>OFFICE UPDATES</strong></p> <ol start="23"> <li><a href="#Legislative">Legislative Corner</a></li> <li><a href="#Clinics">Free Legal Clinics</a></li> <li><a href="#Help">Here to Help</a></li> <li><a href="#Help">Mobile District Hours</a></li> <li><a href="#Building">Ben in Your Building</a></li> </ol> </td> <td> <p><strong>SPECIAL EVENTS</strong></p> <p><br /> <a href="#Townhall"><strong>Annual Town Hall with Free Reusable Bags</strong></a>&nbsp;</p> 9/20, 6PM - 8PM<br /> <br /> <a href="#Emergency"><strong>Emergency Preparedness &amp; CERT<br /> Go Bag Giveaway</strong></a> <p>9/26, 6PM&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>OUTDOOR&nbsp;EVENTS</strong></p> <br /> <a href="#SkateNightatJohnJayPark"><strong>Skate Night at<br /> John Jay Park</strong></a><br /> 9/14, 4:30PM – 7:30PM<br /> <br /> <a href="#Shred-A-Thon"><strong>Shred-A-Thon Fall Edition</strong></a><br /> 9/22, 10AM – 2PM<br /> <br /> <a href="#CookingWithKallos"><strong>Cooking with Kallos</strong></a><br /> 9/29, 10AM -12PM<br /> <br /> <a href="#FamilyDay"><strong>Family Day at<br /> St. Catherine's&nbsp;Park&nbsp;</strong></a><br /> 9/29, 12PM - 3PM<br /> <br /> <a href="#MoviesUnderTheStars"><strong>Movies Under the Stars</strong></a><br /> 9/8, 8PM,&nbsp;<a href="https://benkallos.com/event/movies-under-stars-wrinkle-time">A Wrinkle in Time</a><br /> 9/29, 8PM,&nbsp;<a href="https://benkallos.com/event/movies-under-stars-ready-player-one">Ready Player One</a><br /> &nbsp; <p><strong>MONTHLY EVENTS</strong></p> <p><br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/first-friday-19"><strong>First Friday</strong></a><br /> 9/7, 8AM&nbsp;-10AM</p> <p><a href="http://benkallos.com/freshfoodbox"><strong>Fresh Food Box</strong></a><br /> 9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27,&nbsp;3:30PM -&nbsp;6:30PM<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/citi-bike-unlocked-bike-safety-course-3"><strong>Citi Bike Street Skills</strong></a><br /> 9/27, 6:30PM<br /> <br /> <a href="#Help"><strong>Mobile District Hours</strong></a><br /> 9/11 &amp; 9/26, 11AM – 2PM</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol start="23"> </ol> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/jesse-towsen" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Jesse Towsen</span></span> <span>Thu, 09/06/2018 - 10:56am</span> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><table style="width: 999px;"><colgroup><col width="450" /><col width="200" /></colgroup><tbody><tr><td style="width: 538px;" valign="top"><br /> I hope everyone enjoyed their summer, had a restful Labor Day weekend, and for those who celebrate, Shanah Tova!<br />  <br /> It is up to you to get big money out of New York City politics this November. <a href="#Bigmoney" target="_blank">Please pledge to vote on the November 6 ballot for campaign finance reform</a>.<br />  <br /> In August, the <a href="#Sueing" target="_blank">East River 50’s Alliance</a> and my office filed a lawsuit to overturn the Board of Standards and Appeals' June ruling that would give Gamma Real Estate the right the build the Sutton tower despite the successful grassroots community-led rezoning of the neighborhood.<br />  <br /> If you live on the Upper East Side, you might enjoy a better commute riding the <a href="#Ferry" target="_blank">new ferry service</a> from East 90th Street to 34th Street and Wall Street.<br />  <br /> This month you are invited to our <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/town-hall-1">Annual Town Hall</a> with free reusable bags, and our <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/emergency-preparedness-event-free-go-bags">Annual Emergency Preparedness</a> event with Free Go Bags. <em>Supplies are limited and you must RSVP at <a href="https://benkallos.com/events">BenKallos.com/events</a></em> <p>Regards,</p> <p><img data-file-id="2013" height="24" src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c8d2234c0b6a18032da9711b0/images/1f68e92a-38e9-4506-80f6-329eac478ba7.png" style="margin: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; border-image: none; width: 125px; height: 24px;" width="125" /><br /> Ben Kallos<br /> Council Member</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><br /><strong>TABLE OF CONTENTS</strong></p> <ol><li><a href="#Bigmoney" target="_blank">Big Money Out of Politics and Term Limits Make Ballot</a></li> <li><a href="#Sueing" target="_blank">Suing the City to Fight Super Scrapers</a></li> <li><a href="#Primary Day" target="_blank">Primary Day September 13</a></li> <li><a href="#MTS" target="_blank">Continuing the Fight Against the Marine Transfer Station</a></li> </ol><p> <br /><strong>SEPTEMBER EVENT INVITES</strong></p> <ol start="5"><li><a href="#Townhall" target="_blank">Annual Town Hall with Free Reusable Bags</a></li> <li><a href="#Emergency" target="_blank">Emergency Preparedness Join CERT; Go Bag Giveaway</a></li> <li><a href="#MoviesUnderTheStars" target="_blank">Movies Under the Stars</a></li> <li><a href="#SkateNightatJohnJayPark" target="_blank">Skate Night at John Jay Park</a></li> <li><a href="#Shred-A-Thon" target="_blank">Shred-A-Thon Fall Edition</a></li> <li><a href="#CookingWithKallos" target="_blank">Cooking with Kallos at the 82nd Street Greenmarket</a></li> <li><a href="#FamilyDay" target="_blank">Family Day at St. Catherine’s Park</a></li> </ol><p><br /><strong>TRANSPORTATION</strong></p> <ol start="12"><li><a href="#Ferry" target="_blank">NYC Ferry Opens New Route Serving Upper East Side</a></li> <li><a href="#Bus" target="_blank">Honoring Our Bus Drivers</a></li> <li><a href="#M96" target="_blank">Petitions for Select Bus Service for the M96</a></li> </ol><p> <br /><strong>HEALTH &amp; EDUCATION</strong></p> <ol start="15"><li><a href="#Healthy" target="_blank">Healthy Kids Meals Legislation Earns Key Support</a></li> <li><a href="#Clarke" target="_blank">Clarke Schools Graduation</a></li> </ol><p> <br /><strong>QUALITY OF LIFE</strong></p> <ol start="17"><li><a href="#Cameras" target="_blank">Unveiling New NYPD Security Cameras at Sutton Parks</a></li> <li><a href="#Scaffolding" target="_blank">Scaffolding Legislation Update</a></li> </ol><p> <br /><strong>COMMUNITY</strong></p> <ol start="19"><li><a href="#In-District" target="_blank">In-District Affordable Housing Opportunity</a></li> <li><a href="#PropertyTax" target="_blank">NYC Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform</a></li> <li><a href="#Ruppert" target="_blank">Afternoon Concert at Ruppert Park</a></li> <li><a href="#Tank" target="_blank">The Tank: Recognizing 15 Years of Art</a></li> </ol><p> <br /><strong>OFFICE UPDATES</strong></p> <ol start="23"><li><a href="#Legislative" target="_blank">Legislative Corner</a></li> <li><a href="#Clinics" target="_blank">Free Legal Clinics</a></li> <li><a href="#Help" target="_blank">Here to Help</a></li> <li><a href="#Help" target="_blank">Mobile District Hours</a></li> <li><a href="#Building" target="_blank">Ben in Your Building</a></li> </ol><p> <br /><strong>EVENTS</strong></p> <ol start="28"><li><a href="#Funded" target="_blank">Programs Funded By My Office</a></li> <li><a href="#Boards" target="_blank">Community Boards</a></li> <li><a href="#NYPD" target="_blank">NYPD Events</a></li> <li><a href="#Neighborhood" target="_blank">Neighborhood and Tenant Associations</a></li> <li><a href="#EventsForKids" target="_blank">Community Events for Kids</a></li> <li><a href="#EventsForAdults" target="_blank">Community Events for Adults</a></li> </ol><p> </p> </td> <td style="width: 444px;" valign="top" width="250"> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>SPECIAL EVENTS</strong></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><br /><a href="#Townhall" target="_blank"><strong>Annual Town Hall with Free Reusable Bags</strong></a> </div> <div style="text-align: left;">9/20, 6PM - 8PM<br /><br /><a href="#Emergency" target="_blank"><strong>Emergency Preparedness &amp; CERT<br /> Go Bag Giveaway</strong></a> <div style="text-align: left;">9/26, 6PM <br />  </div> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>OUTDOOR EVENTS</strong></div> <br /><a href="#SkateNightatJohnJayPark" target="_blank"><strong>Skate Night at<br /> John Jay Park</strong></a><br /> 9/14, 4:30PM – 7:30PM<br /><br /><a href="#Shred-A-Thon" target="_blank"><strong>Shred-A-Thon Fall Edition</strong></a><br /> 9/22, 10AM – 2PM<br /><br /><a href="#CookingWithKallos" target="_blank"><strong>Cooking with Kallos</strong></a><br /> 9/29, 10AM -12PM<br /><br /><a href="#FamilyDay" target="_blank"><strong>Family Day at<br /> St. Catherine's Park </strong></a><br /> 9/29, 12PM - 3PM<br /><br /><a href="#MoviesUnderTheStars" target="_blank"><strong>Movies Under the Stars</strong></a><br /> 9/8, 8PM, <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/movies-under-stars-wrinkle-time">A Wrinkle in Time</a><br /> 9/29, 8PM, <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/movies-under-stars-ready-player-one">Ready Player One</a><br />   <div style="text-align: center;"><strong style="text-align:center">MONTHLY EVENTS</strong></div> </div> <div style="text-align: left;"><br /><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/first-friday-19" target="_blank"><strong>First Friday</strong></a><br /> 9/7, 8AM -10AM</div> <p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://benkallos.com/freshfoodbox" target="_blank"><strong>Fresh Food Box</strong></a><br /> 9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 3:30PM - 6:30PM<br /><br /><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/citi-bike-unlocked-bike-safety-course-3" target="_blank"><strong>Citi Bike Street Skills</strong></a><br /> 9/27, 6:30PM<br /><br /><a href="#Help" target="_blank"><strong>Mobile District Hours</strong></a><br /> 9/11 &amp; 9/26, 11AM – 2PM</p> </td> </tr></tbody></table><p><br /><strong>TABLE OF CONTENTS</strong></p> <ol><li><a href="#Bigmoney" target="_blank">Big Money Out of Politics and Term Limits Make Ballot</a></li> <li><a href="#Sueing" target="_blank">Suing the City to Fight Super Scrapers</a></li> <li><a href="#Primary Day" target="_blank">Primary Day September 13</a></li> <li><a href="#MTS" target="_blank">Continuing the Fight Against the Marine Transfer Station</a></li> </ol><p> <br /><strong>SEPTEMBER EVENT INVITES</strong></p> <ol start="5"><li><a href="#Townhall" target="_blank">Annual Town Hall with Free Reusable Bags</a></li> <li><a href="#Emergency" target="_blank">Emergency Preparedness Join CERT; Go Bag Giveaway</a></li> <li><a href="#MoviesUnderTheStars" target="_blank">Movies Under the Stars</a></li> <li><a href="#SkateNightatJohnJayPark" target="_blank">Skate Night at John Jay Park</a></li> <li><a href="#Shred-A-Thon" target="_blank">Shred-A-Thon Fall Edition</a></li> <li><a href="#CookingWithKallos" target="_blank">Cooking with Kallos at the 82nd Street Greenmarket</a></li> <li><a href="#FamilyDay" target="_blank">Family Day at St. Catherine’s Park</a></li> </ol><p><br /><strong>TRANSPORTATION</strong></p> <ol start="12"><li><a href="#Ferry" target="_blank">NYC Ferry Opens New Route Serving Upper East Side</a></li> <li><a href="#Bus" target="_blank">Honoring Our Bus Drivers</a></li> <li><a href="#M96" target="_blank">Petitions for Select Bus Service for the M96</a></li> </ol><p> <br /><strong>HEALTH &amp; EDUCATION</strong></p> <ol start="15"><li><a href="#Healthy" target="_blank">Healthy Kids Meals Legislation Earns Key Support</a></li> <li><a href="#Clarke" target="_blank">Clarke Schools Graduation</a></li> </ol><p> <br /><strong>QUALITY OF LIFE</strong></p> <ol start="17"><li><a href="#Cameras" target="_blank">Unveiling New NYPD Security Cameras at Sutton Parks</a></li> <li><a href="#Scaffolding" target="_blank">Scaffolding Legislation Update</a></li> </ol><p> <br /><strong>COMMUNITY</strong></p> <ol start="19"><li><a href="#In-District" target="_blank">In-District Affordable Housing Opportunity</a></li> <li><a href="#PropertyTax" target="_blank">NYC Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform</a></li> <li><a href="#Ruppert" target="_blank">Afternoon Concert at Ruppert Park</a></li> <li><a href="#Tank" target="_blank">The Tank: Recognizing 15 Years of Art</a></li> </ol><p> <br /><strong>OFFICE UPDATES</strong></p> <ol start="23"><li><a href="#Legislative" target="_blank">Legislative Corner</a></li> <li><a href="#Clinics" target="_blank">Free Legal Clinics</a></li> <li><a href="#Help" target="_blank">Here to Help</a></li> <li><a href="#Help" target="_blank">Mobile District Hours</a></li> <li><a href="#Building" target="_blank">Ben in Your Building</a></li> </ol><p> <br /><strong>EVENTS</strong></p> <ol start="28"><li><a href="#Funded" target="_blank">Programs Funded By My Office</a></li> <li><a href="#Boards" target="_blank">Community Boards</a></li> <li><a href="#NYPD" target="_blank">NYPD Events</a></li> <li><a href="#Neighborhood" target="_blank">Neighborhood and Tenant Associations</a></li> <li><a href="#EventsForKids" target="_blank">Community Events for Kids</a></li> <li><a href="#EventsForAdults" target="_blank">Community Events for Adults</a></li> </ol><p> <br /><br /><a id="Bigmoney" name="Bigmoney"><strong>Big Money Out of Politics and Term Limits Make Ballot</strong> </a><br /><br /><a href="http://benkallos.com/charter/pledge" target="_blank"><img align="right" data-file-id="4381" height="124" src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c8d2234c0b6a18032da9711b0/images/1e1636ec-5b6e-40fc-bf82-6884b03ddebc.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 250px; height: 124px; margin: 0px;" width="250" /></a>As the <a href="https://nypost.com/2018/09/05/nyc-will-vote-on-donation-limits-for-next-citywide-races/">New York Post</a> reported it's now up to New Yorkers to vote big money out of politics this November, as the city's founding document, the Charter, is on the ballot for residents like you to amend. Democracy in New York City finally has a real opportunity to be improved by a ballot measure that would reduce contribution limits and make small dollars more valuable by matching more of them with a greater multiplier. Increasing public money in elections from just over half to 75% will dramatically decrease the amount of big money Mayoral candidates need to raise in unmatchable contributions from $2.6 million down to just over $1 million.<br /><br /> This is a goal I have worked on for years, as executive director of a good government group, as a candidate, and in my first term in the City Council when I <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2637108&amp;GUID=11C13B83-99DB-4671-AA99-CF5B5827BBF4" target="_blank">authored</a> legislation and secured a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=543675&amp;GUID=582CCC87-AE5E-4210-A863-90D2DC2F9F61&amp;Options=&amp;Search=" target="_blank">hearing</a>. This year I reintroduced the <a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3458224&amp;GUID=D561A4D3-E518-49A9-8D97-D106A9178639">legislation</a> and testified before the Mayor's Charter Revision Commission on Improving Democracy at <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/testimony-new-york-city-charter-revision-commission-community-boards-and-land-use" target="_blank">every</a> <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/testimony-new-york-city-charter-revision-commission-preliminary-staff-report" target="_blank">opportunity</a>. The Mayor's Charter Revision Commission did extensive outreach in all five boroughs in-person, by phone, and even by Twitter, and I am grateful to Mayor de Blasio and the Commission for getting ‘around politics as usual’ to put these necessary campaign finance reforms on the ballot for the people to make real lasting change.<br /><br /> I advocated for the following reforms which made it in whole or in part on to the ballot:</p> <ul><li><strong>Lower Contribution Limits by More than Half - </strong>lower limits citywide from $5,100 to $2,000, boroughwide from $3,950 to $1,500 and for City Council from $2,850 to $1,000.</li> <li><strong>Make Small Dollars More Valuable</strong> - every small dollar below $250 for citywide and $175 for all other will go from being matched with public taxpayer dollars at a rate of 6 to a rate of 8.</li> <li><strong>Match More Small Dollars </strong>- only a little more than half of small dollars are matched, requiring candidates to seek millions in big dollars from special interests to fill a gap that can be smaller by matching 75%.</li> <li><strong>Improve Community Representation</strong> - Community Board members would have term limits of 8 years, expert Urban Planners, and a standardized online application and reporting on applicants and existing members.</li> </ul><p><strong>Pledge to vote </strong>on <strong>November Tuesday, 6th </strong>in favor of getting <strong>Big Money Out of New York City Politics</strong> at <a href="http://benkallos.com/charter/pledge" target="_blank"><strong>BenKallos.com/charter/pledge</strong></a><br /><br />  <br /><a id="Sueing" name="Sueing"><strong>Suing the City to Fight Super Scrapers</strong></a><br /><br /><strong><img align="right" data-file-id="2909" height="107" src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c8d2234c0b6a18032da9711b0/images/dc492c46-b0a2-4e7a-9146-194a85d8c6aa.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 107px; margin: 0px;" width="250" /></strong>The battle to protect residential neighborhoods and block the construction of a planned 800-foot residential super-tall tower in the Sutton Area is going to court. In August, the <a href="http://erfa.nyc/">East River 50’s Alliance</a> and my office filed a lawsuit to overturn City's and the Board of Standards and Appeals June ruling that would give Gamma Real Estate the right the build the tower despite the successful grassroots community-led rezoning of the neighborhood.<br />  <br /> Our lawsuit will prove that the developer laid the foundation illegally and used invalid work permits from the Department of Buildings and invalid street closure permits from the Department of Transportation in order to finish in time and made misrepresentations to the City and BSA. The lawsuit will also prove that the developer bought the property where the tower is being built knowing that the area was being rezoned.   <br />  <br /> Last November, the City Council voted to rezone the neighborhood to prevent the construction of super-tall towers in the Sutton area, which goes from East 51st to 59th Street, East of First Avenue. Under the new zoning regulations, new developments would be required to have 45% of their floor area below 150 feet, which would limit how tall towers could go. Join the fight and support ERFA. Donate at <a href="http://erfa.nyc/donate/"><strong>ERFA.nyc/DONATE</strong></a><br /><br />  <br /><a id="Primary Day" name="Primary Day"><strong>Primary Day September 13</strong></a><br />  <br /><img align="right" data-file-id="3485" height="125" src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c8d2234c0b6a18032da9711b0/images/6e223760-0d45-4b4f-a43c-19863ff09ef9.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 125px; margin: 0px;" width="250" />Vote in the Primary election on <strong>Thursday, September 13</strong>. Registered Democrats are being asked to choose their candidate for <strong>Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General</strong>. Registered Reform Party members are being asked to choose their candidate for <strong>Attorney General</strong>. There are no candidates on the Primary ballot for other parties in my district. Democracy only works when residents are engaged and participating. Participating in this coming primary and midterm election is the best way to have your voice heard. To find your poll site and who is on your ballot visit <a href="https://nyc.pollsitelocator.com/search"><strong>NYC.PollSiteLocator.com</strong></a><br /><br /><br /><br /><a id="MTS" name="MTS"><strong>Continuing the Fight Against the Marine Transfer Station</strong></a><br />  <br /><img align="right" data-file-id="3369" height="187" src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c8d2234c0b6a18032da9711b0/images/43932a25-554d-4891-88ef-b2a175d29964.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 187px; margin: 0px;" width="250" />I am proud to have the support of Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright in co-sponsoring and passing Waste Equity legislation that will protect our district from being overburdened with the city's waste.<br /><br /> Since <a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3331918&amp;GUID=B730F207-D5EF-45B3-9F9E-9F356EFC58C0&amp;Options=&amp;Search=">Introduction 157</a> (former <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1937616&amp;GUID=2680B9A0-32EF-4B2F-BFD3-85D48111006F&amp;Options=ID%7CText%7C&amp;Search=495" target="_blank">Introduction 495</a>) was initially introduced in 2014 I have carefully watched its progress out of concern for its impact on the residential community surrounding the 91st Street Marine Transfer Station. As you may know, I opposed the original version of this bill and testified against it at its hearing before the <a href="https://benkallos.com/video/fighting-fake-waste-equity-proposed-introduction-495">City Council's Sanitation Committee in February of 2015</a>. I am proud to report that after negotiations in the City Council, the provisions that would have negatively impacted the Upper East Side were removed from the legislation, and our community will now receive the same protections as the rest of the city under this law.<br /><br /> The goal of the legislation is admirable. There are neighborhoods in our city which have historically been overburdened with trash. The aim was to impose capacity limits for the waste facilities in those overburdened districts to spare those neighborhoods additional and disproportionate harm. However, as originally written, marine transfer stations were exempt from the proposed capacity limits and protections. This likely would have resulted in even more waste coming to the 91st Street Marine Transfer Station, above the capacity that was approved by the city years before I was in the Council. It also would have jeopardized the commitments I won in partnership with my fellow elected officials and community activists from the Mayor to further limit the 91st Street Marine Transfer Station's operating capacity and the number of trucks that will use the facility on a given day.<br /><br /> I was also concerned that the legislation included a provision to study the feasibility of attracting commercial waste to marine transfer stations, something too dangerous to allow at 91st Street. I am pleased that the legislation's sponsors heard my concerns and removed both the exemption and this section of the feasibility study. I thank my colleagues for the care they took in responding to my concerns and believe the current legislation will no longer have a negative impact on the 91st Street Station, and will now protect our community by preventing additional waste, including commercial waste, from coming into our neighborhood.<br /><br /> Join the fight against the Marine Transfer Station by signing the petition at <a href="http://BenKallos.com/petition/MTS" target="_blank"><strong>BenKallos.com/petition/MTS</strong></a><br /><br /><br />  <br /><strong>SEPTEMBER EVENT INVITES</strong><br />  <br /><a id="Townhall" name="Townhall"><strong>Annual Town Hall</strong></a><br /><br /> Join my office to hear updates on projects in our community from city agencies at our Annual Town Hall. You will also have the opportunity to ask the agencies questions. The agencies that will be in attendance and the topics they will discuss are listed below.<br /><br /><img align="right" data-file-id="4389" height="322" src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c8d2234c0b6a18032da9711b0/images/44f043ee-a93b-4e85-8660-7e75d9ce9cda.png" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 322px; margin: 0px;" width="250" /><strong>9/20: Annual Town Hall with Free Reusable Bags </strong><br /><em>6pm, Memorial Sloan Kettering, 430 East 67th Street</em></p> <ul><li>Department of Education - Pre-K for All</li> <li>New York City Parks Department - East River Esplanade &amp; Neighborhood Parks</li> <li>Fire Department of New York - Fire Safety</li> <li>and more...</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/town-hall-1">RSVP</a> to reserve your bag at <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/town-hall-1" target="_blank">BenKallos.com/events</a></strong><br /><br /><em>Request free child care at the event by calling 212-860-1950 or emailing <a href="mailto:rsvp@benkallos.com?subject=RSVP%20and%20Child%20Care%20Request%20for%20Go%20Bag%20Event&amp;body=Name%3A%0AChild's%20Name(s)%3A%0AAge(s)%3A" target="_blank">rsvp@benkallos.com</a>.</em><br /><br />  <br /><a id="Emergency" name="Emergency"><strong>Emergency Preparedness Join CERT; Go Bag Giveaway</strong></a><br /><br /><strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4325" height="320" src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c8d2234c0b6a18032da9711b0/images/e95925bf-7095-4113-a9a8-bdce7e76c49b.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 248px; height: 320px; margin: 0px;" width="248" /></strong>As we hit the peak of hurricane season this year, past storms are a good example of why every household should have a Go Bag, so that in the event of an emergency, you can grab what you really need and go. To help make sure the community is trained and has Go Bags my office has teamed up with the Office of Emergency Management to distribute free Go Bags to the community.<br /><br /><em>Go Bags supplies are limited and available on a first come first served basis for the first people to RSVP who attend and complete the full training.</em><br /><br /><strong>Emergency Preparedness with Office of Emergency Management,<br /> How to Join Your Community Emergency Response Team with ESNA CERT &amp; Go Bag Giveaway</strong><br /> Wednesday, September 26 at<em> </em>6pm<br /> Rockefeller University Caspary Auditorium<br /> 1230 York Avenue<br /><strong><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/emergency-preparedness-event-free-go-bags">RSVP</a> to reserve your bag at <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/emergency-preparedness-event-free-go-bags" target="_blank">BenKallos.com/events</a></strong><br /><br /><em>Request free child care at the event by calling 212-860-1950 or emailing <a href="mailto:rsvp@benkallos.com?subject=RSVP%20and%20Child%20Care%20Request%20for%20Go%20Bag%20Event&amp;body=Name%3A%0AChild's%20Name(s)%3A%0AAge(s)%3A" target="_blank">rsvp@benkallos.com</a>.</em><br /><br /><br /><a id="MoviesUnderTheStars" name="MoviesUnderTheStars"><strong>Movies Under the Stars</strong></a><br /><img align="right" data-file-id="4385" height="296" src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c8d2234c0b6a18032da9711b0/images/73f06d08-7ca6-48f4-9497-76f81d6c261e.png" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 200px; height: 296px; margin: 0px;" width="200" />Grab a blanket and come enjoy a movie in a neighborhood park or playground! Movies depend on the weather and begin at dusk.<br /><strong>Saturday, 9/8</strong>, <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/movies-under-stars-wrinkle-time">A Wrinkle in Time</a>, Carl Schurz Park (Rated PG)<br /> (Movie Begins at Dusk)<br /><strong>Saturday, 9/29</strong>, <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/movies-under-stars-ready-player-one">Ready Player One</a>, Samuel Seabury Playground  (Rated PG 13) (Movie Begins at Dusk)<br /> RSVP at <a href="https://benkallos.com/events">BenKallos.com/events</a><br /><br /><br /><a id="SkateNightatJohnJayPark" name="SkateNightatJohnJayPark"><strong>Skate Night at John Jay Park</strong></a><br /><br /><img align="right" data-file-id="4337" height="320" src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c8d2234c0b6a18032da9711b0/images/a099389f-ea31-4bde-8990-2b9d27a9e8cb.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 248px; height: 320px; margin: 0px;" width="248" />Join NYC Parks and Council Member Ben Kallos in a fun skate night in the park. Dance and enjoy an outdoor roller skating night with a live DJ and more! Skates will be provided. Feel free to bring your own skates. The use of socks is encouraged.<br /><br /><strong>FREE Skate Rental and Skate Night at John Jay Park</strong><br /> John Jay Park, 76th Street &amp; Cherokee Place<br /> Friday, September 14, 4:30pm -7:30pm<br /><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/skate-night-0">RSVP</a> at <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/skate-night-0">BenKallos.com/events</a><br /><br /><br /><a id="Shred-A-Thon" name="Shred-A-Thon"><strong>Shred-A-Thon Fall Edition</strong></a><br /><br /><img align="right" data-file-id="4345" height="323" src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c8d2234c0b6a18032da9711b0/images/b3d9a4d0-fd35-42fb-af50-43d9e8ddc511.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 250px; height: 323px; margin: 0px;" width="250" />On Saturday, Saturday 22 at the 82nd Street Greenmarket from 10am to 2pm, the Upper Green Side will be holding a Shred-A-Thon sponsored by Grow NYC. I am proud to fund these events alongside Council Member Keith Powers and Assembly Member Seawright. Come get rid of those documents that contain personal information to protect your privacy. You bring the paper and the giant shredder truck turns it into microbits while you watch! You can also bring compost, eyeglasses, corks, batteries, and cords.<br />  <br /><strong>Shred-A-Thon </strong><br /> Saturday, September 22, 10AM – 2PM<br /> 82nd Street Greenmarket (Between First and York)<br /><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/shred-thon-2">RSVP</a><br /><br /><br /><a id="CookingWithKallos" name="CookingWithKallos"><strong>Cooking With Kallos at the 82nd Street Greenmarket</strong></a><br />  <br /> Cooking with Kallos is back this fall, for a fifth year of fresh affordable and tasty recipes alongside <a href="https://www.grownyc.org/">Grow NYC</a>. We will be cooking up recipes made up of the day’s best picks for anybody who comes by our stand at the market. Come by the Greenmarket, sponsored by my office, and help me cook up some of Grow NYC’s best produce from local farms.<br />  <br /><img align="right" data-file-id="4393" height="173" src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c8d2234c0b6a18032da9711b0/images/6245265f-1eb8-4013-a190-434cdb8eb876.png" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 173px; margin: 0px;" width="250" /><strong>Cooking With Kallos at the 82<span style="font-size:10.8333px">nd</span> Street Greenmarket</strong><br /> Saturday, September 29, 10AM – 12PM<br /> 82nd Street Greenmarket, 419 E 82nd St<br /><strong><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/cooking-kallos-4">RSVP</a></strong><br /><br /><br /><a id="FamilyDay" name="FamilyDay"><strong>Family Day at St. Catherine’s Park</strong></a><br />   <img align="right" data-file-id="4329" height="323" src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c8d2234c0b6a18032da9711b0/images/11c8d14c-8462-4193-bfe8-ff74d24b5f04.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 250px; height: 323px; margin: 0px;" width="250" /><br /> A fun afternoon of crafts, games, inflatables, face painting with Agostino Arts, an obstacle course, carnival booths, sports, a photo booth and more! This event is FREE and open to the public.<br /><br /><strong>Family Day at St. Catherine's Park</strong><br /> St. Catherine's Park, First Ave and 67th Street<br /> Saturday, September 29<em>, </em>12:00pm - 3:00pm<br /><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/family-day-st-catherines-park" target="_blank">RSVP</a> at <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/family-day-st-catherines-park">BenKallos.com/events</a><br /><br /><br />  <br /><strong>TRANSPORTATION</strong><br />  <br /><a id="Ferry" name="Ferry"><strong>NYC Ferry Opens New Route Serving Upper East Side</strong></a><br /><br /><img align="right" data-file-id="4349" height="188" src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c8d2234c0b6a18032da9711b0/images/a3eec51f-9f05-44f8-b941-03023c7c774d.png" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 250px; height: 188px; margin: 0px;" width="250" />Upper East siders now have another way to get up and down the city--while enjoying our great waterways. On August 15 the NYC Ferry service expanded to East 90th Street, connecting the Bronx, the Upper East Side, Midtown, Manhattan and Lower Manhattan.<br /><br /> Making this ferry route a reality was one of my campaign promises back in 2013, so I was especially proud to have kicked it off on the morning of the launching alongside officials from Economic Development Corporation as well as Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright who joined me before dawn and welcomed our Community Board 8 members at 90th Street. The Soundview route is the second NYC Ferry route to open in our district. In 2017, I had the pleasure of welcoming the first riders on the Roosevelt Island stop of the Astoria Route.<br /><br /> Since 2017, NYC Ferry has served over 5 million riders across the Astoria, East River, South Brooklyn and Rockaway routes. The Soundview route is expected to add approximately 400,000 additional riders annually. Boats will run every 30 minutes during peak times, and every 50 minutes during off-peak times. Residents of Upper East Side will be able to reach East 34th Street in just minutes, and Wall Street  in  28 minutes . For more information read the release at <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/nyc-ferry-soundview-route-sets-sail-de-blasio-administration-launches-ferry-service">BenKallos.com/releases</a><br /><br /><br /><a id="Bus" name="Bus"><strong>Honoring Our Bus Drivers</strong></a><br />  <br /> O<img align="right" data-file-id="4353" height="187" src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c8d2234c0b6a18032da9711b0/_compresseds/be2fdb33-aafe-4998-b573-d9462f42b2bf.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 187px; margin: 0px;" width="250" />n the Upper East Side, we love our bus drivers, and keeping with my tradition, in August I awarded members of the Transit Workers Union Local 100, who drive our MTA buses day in and day out with citations from my office to recognize their service to the City.  <br /><br /> The workers recognized this year were Sharase DeBouse, John Cade, Ada Gonzalez and James Whalen. Combined, these individuals have served New York City via the TWU and their political advocacy on behalf of public transit riders and workers for decades.<br />  <br /><br /><a id="M96" name="M96"><strong>Petitions for Select Bus Service for the M96</strong></a><br /><br /><img align="right" data-file-id="4397" height="187" src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c8d2234c0b6a18032da9711b0/images/9869f9ed-8492-4367-a9ba-48ca70260c0d.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 250px; height: 187px; margin: 0px;" width="250" />Since 2016, following positive results from Select Bus Service (SBS) implementation for the M86 and M79, my office requested SBS for remaining crosstown routes. Now it is time the MTA and DOT bring the benefits of SBS so the M96. Begun in 2008, Select Bus Service has been shown to increase the reliability of buses and decrease travel times by as much as 30%. Using SBS’s signature combination of dedicated bus lanes, curbside fare collection, all-door boarding and transit-signal priority, SBS will both reduce travel times and increase reliability for the M96 route. Join the fight and sign the petition at <a href="https://benkallos.com/petition/M96SBS">BenKallos.com/petition/M96SBS</a><br /><br /><br /><br /><strong>HEALTH &amp; EDUCATION</strong><br />  <br /><a id="Healthy" name="Healthy"><strong>Healthy Kids Meals Legislation Earns Key Support</strong></a><br />  <br /><img align="right" data-file-id="4401" height="187" src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c8d2234c0b6a18032da9711b0/images/4bc38e25-54b0-4aec-bc18-68d2f3a1b2ef.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 187px; margin: 0px;" width="250" />According to the <a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/obesity.page">NYC Health</a> nearly, half of New York City’s elementary school students, as well as 28% of the city’s public high school students, are either overweight or obese. As the<a href="https://nypost.com/2018/08/23/city-council-wants-to-ban-soda-from-fast-food-kids-meals/"> New York Post</a> reported, support is building for legislation I introduced this summer forcing restaurants to remove sugary drinks as the default serving from kids’ menus. <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/speaker-corey-johnson-announces-support-legislation-empower-parents-establishing">City Council Speaker Corey Johnson announced his support</a> for this bill, as well as the support of the American Beverage Association, paving the way for passage later in the year.<br />  <br /> One out of every four New York City public school students grades Kindergarten through eighth is obese. As a result of surprising facts like this, I was proud to have introduced the new legislation (<a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx">Int. 1064</a>) which is supported by the American Heart Association and now the American Beverage Association. The bill aims to make healthy options like water non-fat milk and 100% real fruit juice the default choice in kid’s menus in all restaurants in New York City.<br />  <br /> We all know too much sugar leads to adverse health effects. The new normal should be healthy meal and drink options for our children regardless of where they are eating, this bill will make it easier and simpler to raise happy healthy children. With this legislation, we aim to get as much as a third of the sugar our kids drink per day out of their diet. For more information read the release: <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/american-heart-association-supports-new-council-bill-addressing-kids-meals"><strong>BenKallos.com/Press-Releases</strong></a><br />  <br /><br /><a id="Clarke" name="Clarke"><strong>Clarke Schools Graduation</strong></a><br /><img align="right" data-file-id="4357" height="333" src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c8d2234c0b6a18032da9711b0/images/a9bb33f2-d95d-4b13-9ae5-f13e82a7f17e.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 333px; margin: 0px;" width="250" /><br /> Not all graduations happen in May and June. In August I had the honor of speaking at my eighteenth graduation of the year at the Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech here in Manhattan. The Clarke Schools have been around for 150 years and their mission is to provide children who are deaf or hard of hearing with the listening, learning and spoken language skills they need to succeed. Annually, more than 1,200 children and their families benefit from programs and services at our five locations: <a href="http://www.clarkeschools.org/programs-and-schools/clarke-campuses/boston/boston-about">Boston</a>, <a href="http://www.clarkeschools.org/programs-and-schools/clarke-campuses/jacksonville/jacksonville-about">Jacksonville</a>, <a href="http://www.clarkeschools.org/programs-and-schools/clarke-campuses/new-york/newyork-about">New York City</a>, <a href="http://www.clarkeschools.org/programs-and-schools/clarke-campuses/northampton/northampton-about">Northampton</a> and <a href="http://www.clarkeschools.org/programs-and-schools/clarke-campuses/philadelphia/philadelphia-about">Philadelphia</a>. I had a wonderful time meeting all the parents and teachers and amazing kids who really did make my visit there special. Thank you to Director  Meredith Berger for the invitation and for being so welcoming.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><strong>QUALITY OF LIFE </strong><br />  <br /><a id="Cameras" name="Cameras"><strong>Unveiling New NYPD Security Cameras at Sutton Parks </strong></a><br />  <br /><img align="right" data-file-id="4361" height="187" src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c8d2234c0b6a18032da9711b0/images/2b9e8df9-8dcd-4276-a2fb-61037f32cc7f.png" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 187px; margin: 0px;" width="250" />I was joined by fellow Council Member Keith Powers in investing nearly a quarter million dollars in NYPD security cameras to monitor the isolated pocket parks at dead ends in Sutton Place. The security cameras will be installed in coordination with the NYPD  and the Department of Transportation and will allow the 17th Precinct to keep an eye on seven hard to patrol and isolated pocket parks in the area. Thank you our community leaders at the Sutton Area Community, Sutton Parks Conservancy as well as the NYPD, DOT, and Parks Department, for their support keeping our neighborhood safe. <br /><br /> Read in-depth coverage in <a href="https://patch.com/new-york/upper-east-side-nyc/nypd-cameras-be-installed-7-sutton-place-locations" target="_blank">Patch</a> and <a href="http://www.ourtownny.com/local-news/20180808/safe-space-on-sutton-place" target="_blank">Our Town</a> or the release at<strong> <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/nearly-quarter-million-investment-security-cameras-sutton-parks-announced-council" target="_blank">BenKallos.com/Press-Releases</a> </strong>or watch the press conference at<strong> <a href="https://benkallos.com/video/247-thousand-security-cameras-sutton-parks-announced-cms-kallos-powersthe-nypd" target="_blank">BenKallos.com/videos</a></strong><br />  <br /><br /><a id="Scaffolding" name="Scaffolding"><strong>Scaffolding Legislation Update</strong></a><br />  <br /><img align="right" data-file-id="4365" height="169" src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c8d2234c0b6a18032da9711b0/images/361a239b-9fa6-4da8-b343-340e67d22d2a.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 169px; margin: 0px;" width="250" /><a href="https://www.timeout.com/newyork/things-to-do/scaffolding-in-nyc-stays-up-for-way-too-long">Time Out New York</a> and the <a href="http://www.qchron.com/editions/queenswide/queens-now-has-sidewalk-sheds-up/article_ab856390-f0bf-5235-a679-c8212d567605.html">Queens Chronicle</a> reported in August on legislation I introduced back in December of 2016 and reintroduced (<a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3458224&amp;GUID=D561A4D3-E518-49A9-8D97-D106A9178639">Int. 732</a>) this year in an effort to get the city to decrease the number of unnecessary scaffolding blanketing our City.   The bill which is still undergoing changes, updates and through negotiations, would give landlords and owners up to 90 days to fix dangerous facade conditions and an additional 90 days for owners to fix dangerous conditions upon extension. After the 180 days, the city would step in do the work to correct the dangerous condition and bill the owner for all the costs.<br />  <br /> Under the current version of this legislation, new construction would need to continue without more than seven days of interruption until the new development is safely capped off or completed. Exemptions in the legislation provide for weather, stop work orders, time awaiting permit renewals or in cases of safety risks. For more information on the bill see coverage in <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-clip/new-york-times-scaffolding-harlem-corner-making-eyes-sore-least-17-years-winnie-hu">The New York Times</a> and <a href="https://benkallos.com/video/city-council-hearing-legislation-limiting-how-long-scaffolding-can-stay-without-ongoing-work">FOX 5</a>.<br />  <br /><br /><br /><strong>COMMUNITY</strong><br />  <br /><a id="In-District" name="In-District"><strong>In-District Affordable Housing Opportunity</strong></a><br /><img align="right" data-file-id="4369" height="214" src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c8d2234c0b6a18032da9711b0/images/080c96ec-1be0-464f-923b-b4914604a5dc.png" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 214px; margin: 0px;" width="250" /><br /> New Destiny Housing is now accepting applications for an affordable Super Studio apartment located at 307 East 54th Street between First &amp; Second Avenues. The apartment is 609 square feet in a 5-story 8 unit elevated building with air conditioning. The unit is reserved for persons in the community with incomes at or below 80% of the area median income. If you have any questions visit <a href="http://www.newdestinyhousing.org/">www.newdestinyhousing.org</a> or call our office at 212-860-1950 for an application.<br /><br />  <br /><a id="PropertyTax" name="PropertyTax"><strong>NYC Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform</strong></a><br />  <br /><img align="right" data-file-id="4405" height="225" src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c8d2234c0b6a18032da9711b0/images/4d376ff8-3f05-403f-9767-2f9836b28ad3.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 225px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="225" />The way New York City taxes businesses and properties is outdated and needs improvement. As a result the City Council has put together the New York City Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform works to evaluate all aspects of the current property tax system in New York City and recommend reforms to make it fairer, simpler, and more transparent, while ensuring that there is no reduction in revenue used to fund City services.<br />  <br /> The commission is soliciting public input by holding at least ten public hearings and will review comparable property tax systems from other cities.  On October 23 the commission will be in Manhattan hearing testimony. For more information and to find out where and what time the meeting will be held visit <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/propertytaxreform">nyc.gov/propertytaxreform</a><br />  <br /><br /><a id="Ruppert" name="Ruppert"><strong>Afternoon Concert at Ruppert Park</strong></a></p> <p><a name="Ruppert" id="Ruppert"></a><br />  <picture><!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/September%20Summer%20Fun%20Flyer%20%281%29_0.JPG?itok=SQOGaMZN 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/September%20Summer%20Fun%20Flyer%20%281%29_0.JPG?itok=-orJKLKj 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/September%20Summer%20Fun%20Flyer%20%281%29_0.JPG?itok=UQ495JjT 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/September%20Summer%20Fun%20Flyer%20%281%29_0.JPG?itok=ftE3C3A5 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/September%20Summer%20Fun%20Flyer%20%281%29_0.JPG?itok=oCNchiZw 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/September%20Summer%20Fun%20Flyer%20%281%29_0.JPG?itok=oCNchiZw 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source><!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--><img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="9025a444-a93e-4078-bfb8-ebe5e688b6af" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" class="align-right img-responsive" src="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/September%20Summer%20Fun%20Flyer%20%281%29_0.JPG?itok=oCNchiZw" alt="mv" typeof="foaf:Image" /></picture><br /> Muslim Volunteers for New York and the New York City Parks Department will be co-hosting another musical event at Ruppert Park in September. The free afternoon concert will feature the sounds of<strong> Yasser Tejeda and Palotre.</strong><br />  <br /> Families are welcome to come by and enjoy the musical soirée while having light refreshments. There will be colored chalks and bubbles for kids to liven up the afternoon. The playground has a jungle gym and slides for young children as well. For more information visit Muslim Volunteers for New York on Facebook.<br /><br /><strong>Friday, September 14th, 4:00-6:00pm</strong><br /> Ruppert Park, 1741 East, 2nd Avenue (corner of 90th St. and 2nd Avenue)<br />  <br /><br /><a id="Tank" name="Tank"><strong>The Tank: Recognizing 15 Years of Art</strong></a><br />  <br /><img align="right" data-file-id="4377" height="187" src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c8d2234c0b6a18032da9711b0/images/7eb29e77-62ea-4f58-9a60-2cf45942dde7.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 250px; height: 187px; margin: 0px;" width="250" />It was a pleasure to recognize The Tank’s 15th Anniversary with a proclamation at City Hall during the City Council’s Stated Meeting. The Tank is a Manhattan-based facility where art is presented and created. Its mission is to remove financial barriers from the creation of new artwork by up-and-coming artists launching their careers here in New York City. Here in New York York City we are spoiled, and we can take great artistic expression for granted.<br />  <br /> It is because of the organizations like the Tank that we have so much great art in this city.<br />  <br /> The Tank has been instrumental in bringing us thousands of artistic projects that would have otherwise been impossible, providing access to artistic resources and diversifying the voices and stories that can be heard in New York City. Thank you to Co-Artistic Directors Rosalind Grush and Meghan Finn as well as Marketing Associate Ariel Estrada at the Tank for receiving the award.</p> <ol start="1"></ol><div style="text-align: left;"><strong>OFFICE UPDATES</strong><br />  <br /><a id="Legislative" name="Legislative"><strong>Legislative Corner</strong></a><br />  <br /> This month, I cosponsored, and the City Council passed, legislation to improve conditions for for-hire vehicle drivers and better account for the condition of our city's senior centers and the services they provide.<br />  <br /><a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3487613&amp;GUID=E47BF280-2CAC-45AE-800F-ED5BE846EFF4&amp;Options=Advanced&amp;Search=">Local Law 150 of 2018</a> requires the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) to study and set minimum payments for for-hire vehicle drivers to better ensure ride-sharing apps are treating their drivers fairly and drivers are receiving fair wages for their work.<br />  <br /><a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3332219&amp;GUID=CC47D9AC-6CDD-4A85-987A-CF42807B07D5&amp;Options=Advanced&amp;Search=">Local Law 140 of 2018</a> requires the Department of the Aging to report annually on attendance, services, budgets, costs, and utilization rates of senior centers. This information with give the city a better understanding of how our senior centers are being used so we can allocate resources and tailor services to the senior populations using each center.<br />  <br /><a id="Clinics" name="Clinics"><strong>Free Legal Clinics</strong></a><br />  <br /> Need a lawyer? Every month I sponsor legal clinics where you can get free legal advice in my District Office at 244 East 93rd Street from 3pm-6pm:</div> <ul><li style="text-align: left;"><strong>General Civil Law</strong>, 3rd Tuesday<em> (Not  Available in August)</em></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><strong>Life Planning Clinic</strong>, 3rd Wednesday <em>(Not  Available in August)</em></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><strong>Family Law and Domestic Violence</strong>, 1st Tuesday (<em>Not  Available in August)</em></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><strong>Housing Clinics</strong>, Every Monday, and 1st Wednesday</li> </ul><div style="text-align: left;">Please call my office at 212-860-1950 in advance to schedule your appointment.<br />  <br /><a id="Help" name="Help"><strong>Here to Help</strong></a><br />  <br /> We are here to help. My social work team can help you find out what services you are eligible for and assist you in your application. Some examples include:</div> <ul><li style="text-align: left;"><strong>Seniors</strong>: Medicare savings, Meals-on-Wheels, Access-A-Ride</li> <li style="text-align: left;"><strong>Housing</strong>: searching for affordable units, free legal housing clinic at my office</li> <li style="text-align: left;"><strong>Job Resources</strong>: training resources and assistance, unemployment benefits</li> <li style="text-align: left;"><strong>Families</strong>: Universal Pre-K, Head Start, After-School programs</li> <li style="text-align: left;"><strong>Finances</strong>: cash assistance, tax credits, home energy assistance</li> <li style="text-align: left;"><strong>Nutrition</strong>: WIC, free meals for all ages</li> </ul><div style="text-align: left;">Please also call us at 212-860-1950 or email at bkallos@benkallos.com with any unresolved 311 complaints.<br />  <br /><a href="http://Mobile" target="_blank"><strong>Mobile District Hours</strong></a><br />  <br /> Get assistance wherever in the district you are when we bring our office to you. Please join us at monthly mobile district hours from 11am-2pm:</div> <ul><li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.isaacscenter.org/">Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center</a>, 415 East 93rd Street, 2nd Tuesday</li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://carterburdencenter.org/programs/roosevelt-island-senior-center/">Roosevelt Island Senior Center</a>, 546 Main Street, 4th Wednesday</li> </ul><div style="text-align: left;"> <br /><a id="Building" name="Building"><strong>Ben in Your Building </strong></a><br />  <br /> The "Ben in Your Building Program" is a chance to discuss issues of importance to you and your neighbors in person, in your home. Please consider inviting me to your cooperative or condominium annual meeting or tenants association meeting and I will be happy to join you. Over the past year, I have visited several buildings to discuss matters of importance in the neighborhood, including street furniture, road conditions, homeless outreach, sanitation issues and you name it. Please schedule a "Ben in Your Building" today by calling 212-860-1950 or email Scheduler@BenKallos.com<br />  <br /><strong>EVENTS</strong><br />  <br /><a id="Funded" name="Funded"><strong>Programs Funded By My Office</strong></a><br />  <br /><strong>Vocal Ease Upcoming Dates and Locations</strong><br /><br /> 9/7 Stanley M. Isaacs Senior Center, 415 East 93rd Street 1:15 PM<br /> 9/9 Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Senior Center, 331 East 70th Street 2:00 PM<br /> 9/13 Upper East Side Nursing Home, 211 East 79th Street 3:00 PM<br /> 10/25 Brown Gardens, 225 East 93 Street 2:30 PM<br /> 10/26 92nd Street Y Himan Brown Senior Program, 1395 Lexington Avenue 2:00 PM<br /> Vocal Ease is a non-profit volunteer singing organization that provides live entertainment for New York City’s Seniors at hospitals, nursing homes, senior centers and residences.  <br /><strong>Free English Classes</strong><br /><br /> The Workers United Education Program is offering FREE Adult English classes and computer skills classes to those over 21 years old. Staff members speak English, Spanish and Chinese. <strong>For more information including schedules call 212-229-9221.</strong><br /><br /><strong>Mental Health Services Just One Call Away by the Jewish Board</strong><br /><br /> The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services offers evidence-based therapies for most<br /> mental health and behavioral issues, including trauma and substance abuse. Services are available in many languages. The Jewish Board has Article 31 mental health clinics, four PROS programs,plus additional satellite locations, across the five boroughs. To make an appointment or referral,<br /> call our toll-free number 1.844.ONE.CALL (1.844.663.2255)<br />  <br /><strong>Young People’s Chorus of New York City</strong><br /><br /> It is the mission of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City to provide children of all cultural and economic backgrounds with a unique program of music education and choral performance that seeks to fulfill each child’s potential, while creating a model of artistic excellence and diversity that enriches the community. Last season, YPC served over 60 students at PS 198 The Straus School; additionally over 50 District 5 children attended our most advanced and rigorous Performance Choruses program, housed across from Lincoln Center. Thanks to your ongoing support, choristers worked with dedicated, specially-trained conductors, to acquire new skills like navigating musical scores, practicing sight reading, ear-training, pitch and tone control.<br /><br /><strong>Health Advocates For Older People</strong><br /><br /> Health Advocates For Older People promotes safe and healthy aging through programs designed to facilitate independent living, physical well-being and greater social interaction. For more information visit<strong> hafop.org </strong>or<strong> email </strong><a href="mailto:info@hafop.org"><strong>info@hafop.org</strong></a><strong>  See the Community Events for Adults sections for details.</strong><br />  <br /><strong>New York Foundation for Seniors Citizens </strong><br />  <br /> Established in 1968, New York Foundation for Senior Citizens is the only non-profit,<br /> non-sectarian organization serving New York’s seniors in all five boroughs. The Foundation’s mission is dedicated to helping New York City’s older adults enjoy healthier, safer, productive and dignified lives in their own homes and communities and avoid the need for premature institutionalization. Home Sharing is a free service of New York Foundation for Senior Citizens, Inc. For more information call (212) 962-7559 Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm<br />  <br /><strong>September Supper, by the Common Pantry</strong>,<br /><br /><em>Share a simple meal and learn how to to help NYCP reduce hunger.</em><br /> Thursday, September 27, 6pm happy hour, 6:30pm Tours, 7:15pm Welcome &amp; Dinner<br /> NYCP Lower Level 8 East 109th St, New York, NY, 10029, United States. For more information contact New York Common Pantry at (917) 720-9717.<br />  <br /><br /><a id="Boards" name="Boards"><strong>Community Boards</strong></a><br />  <br /><strong>9/5: Community Board 8</strong><br /><em>Transportation Committee, 6:30 pm</em><br /> New York Blood Center Auditorium 310 E 67th<br /> Continued discussion on the DOT proposed Second Avenue Parking Protected/Curbside Buffered Bike Lane from 68th Street to 59th<br /><br /><strong>9/6: Community Board 8</strong><br /><em>Parks and Recreation Committee, 6:30 pm</em><br /> New York Blood Center Auditorium, 310 E 67th<br /> Presentation by New York City Department of Parks and Recreation on Proposed Renovations to John Jay Park Fitness Area.<br />  <br /><strong>9/12: Community Board 6</strong><br /><em>Full Board Meeting 7:00 pm</em><br /> Podell Auditorium, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital, 10 Nathan D Perlman Place (Between E 15th and 16th Streets across from Stuyvesant Square Park)<br /><br /><strong>9/12: Community Board 8</strong><br /><em>Full Board Meeting 6:30 pm</em><br /> New York Blood Center Auditorium 310 E 67th<br />  <br /><strong>9/17: Community Board 6</strong><br /><em>Executive Committee Meeting 6:30 pm</em><br /> 211 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017, USA (Suite 1404)<br />  <br /><strong>9/18: Community Board 11</strong><br /> Full Board Meeting,<em> 6:30 -9:30pm</em><br /> National Black Theatre, 2031 5th Avenue<br />   <br /><a id="NYPD" name="NYPD"><strong>NYPD Events</strong></a><br />  <br /><strong>Monday September 17 : 19th Precinct Community Council</strong><br /><em>7:00 pm,</em> <em>153 East 67th Street</em><br />  <br /><strong>Fourth Wednesday: 23rd Precinct Community Council</strong><br /><em>6:00 pm,</em> <em>162 East 102nd Street</em><br />  <br /><strong>Thursday September 6: 17th Precinct Community Council</strong><br /><em>6:30 pm, Sutton Place Synagogue,</em> <em>225 E 51st Street</em><br />  <br /><a id="Neighborhood" name="Neighborhood"><strong>NEIGHBORHOOD AND TENANT ASSOCIATIONS</strong></a><br />  <br /><strong>First Wednesday, 9/5: Lexington Houses Tenant Association</strong><br /><em>6:00pm,</em> <em>1539 Lexington Avenue</em><br />  <br /><strong>First Wednesday, 9/5: Roosevelt Island Residents Association Common Council Meeting</strong><br /><em>8:00 pm-10:00 pm, Good Shepherd (Downstairs), 543 Main Street</em><br />  <br /><strong>Second Tuesday, 9/11: Stanley Isaacs Tenant Associations</strong><br /><em>7:00 pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center,</em> <em>415 East 93rd Street</em><br />  <br /><strong>To Be Announced: East 79th Street Neighborhood Association</strong><br /><em>6:00pm-8:00 pm, Temple Shaaray Tefila, 250 East 79th Street</em><br />  <br /><strong>Third Tuesday, 9/18: Holmes Towers Tenant Association</strong><br /><em>7:00 pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center,</em> <em>415 East 93rd Street</em><br /><br />  <br /><a id="EventsForKids" name="EventsForKids"><strong>COMMUNITY EVENTS FOR KIDS</strong></a><br />  <br /><strong>9/4, 9/11, 9/17, 9/25: Baby Storytime</strong><br /><em>10:30am, Yorkville Library, Meeting Room </em><br /> Babies from birth to 18 months old (Pre-Walkers) and their parents/caregivers can enjoy great books, lively songs, and rhymes, and meet other babies in the neighborhood. *Program will be ticketed to 30 children and their caregivers. *Tickets will be distributed at the door 15 minutes prior to the start of the program Please note: There is no elevator available, and stroller parking is limited.<br /><br /><strong>9/4, 9/11, 9/18, 9/25: Baby Storytime</strong><br /><em>12pm, Yorkville Library </em><br /> Babies from birth to 18 months old (Pre-Walkers) and their parents/caregivers can enjoy great books, lively songs, and rhymes, and meet other babies in the neighborhood. *Program will be ticketed to 30 children and their caregivers. *Tickets will be distributed at the door 15 minutes prior to the start of the program Please note: There is no elevator available, and stroller parking is limited.<br /><br /><strong>9/4, 9/11, 9/18, 9/25: Free Play </strong><br /><em>4pm, Webster Library </em><br /> Join us on Tuesday afternoons for a fun chance to socialize with other kids from the community! Toys are provided. Please note: This program is for both caregiver and child. It is not a structured program. *Take care to supervise children at all times.<br /><br /><strong>9/4, 9/18, 9/25: Storymakers and Shakers</strong><br /><em>4pm, 67th Street Library </em><br /> In this exciting program for early learners, caregivers and children will become familiar with concepts of story building, how music relates to literacy development, and how to use visual and auditory cues to visualize a story outside of a book! Every session will include a read aloud, a hands-on activity and wonderful tips for parents to make stories come to life!              Workshop series is FREE. Space is limited, so please register in advance at the library.<br /><br /><strong>9/5, 9/26: Music Makers Design Lab</strong><br /><em>3:30pm, Webster Library</em><br /> In this interactive, four-part program, children in grades K-5 will explore the mechanics behind music as they learn how percussion, string, and wind instruments, as well as the human voice, are used to produce dynamic sounds and rhythms. Kids will discover diverse instruments through hands-on exploration, videos, images, and demonstrations as they identify and investigate the functions of their individual parts. Participants will be able to apply what they have learned about how instruments work in a variety of different challenges.<br /><br /><strong>9/6: Family Storytime</strong><br /><em>11am / 11:45am, Webster Library</em><br /> Toddlers from birth to 3 years and their parents/caregivers can enjoy interactive stories, action songs, finger plays, and spend time with other toddlers in the neighborhood. There is a limit of 15 children and their caregivers. Tickets are given out the morning of the program on a first come, first serve basis. Times of the programs are approximate.<br /><br /><strong>9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28: Puzzle Fun for Kids</strong><br /><em>3pm, Yorkville Library, Children’s Room</em><br /> Come to the library for some puzzles and fun! This program is great for all ages.<br /><br /><strong>9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29: Kids Coloring Club</strong><br /><em>10am, Yorkville Library, Children’s Room</em><br /> Join us every Saturday morning from 10am-12pm for our Kids' Coloring Club -- children of all ages are invited to color coloring sheets featuring their favorite characters, seasonal designs, and more. Feel free to bring your favorite coloring book!<br /><br /><strong>9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29: Read to our New York Therapy Dog</strong><br /><em>10:30am, Webster Library</em><br /> Come read to our therapy dog Tugboat! These licensed therapy dogs and their owners can't wait for you to come read them a story. Enjoy one-on-one, no-pressure reading time with a furry friend! Pre-registration is required for each 15-minute slot and opens 1 week in advance. For ages 5 and up.<br /><br /><strong>9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29: Read to our New York Therapy Dog</strong><br /><em>11am, Yorkville Library</em><br /> Come read to our therapy dog Fritz! These licensed therapy dogs and their owners can't wait for you to come read them a story. Enjoy one-on-one, no-pressure reading time with a furry friend! Pre-registration is required for each 15-minute slot and opens 1 week in advance. For ages 5 and up. Available every Saturday in the children's story time room.<br /><br /><strong>9/10, 9/17, 9/24: Toddler Play/Story Time</strong><br /><em>11:30am, Yorkville Library, Meeting Room</em><br /> Toddlers from 18-36 months old (Walkers) and their parents/caregivers can enjoy great books, lively songs, and rhymes, and meet other toddlers in the neighborhood. Programs are first come, first served, space is limited Please note: There is no elevator available, and stroller parking is limited. First come, first served.<br /><br /><strong>9/10, 9/17, 9/24:</strong><a href="https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2018/09/10/lego-building-workshop"><strong>LEGO Building Workshop</strong></a><br /><em>4pm, 96th Street Library</em><br /> Come and build with LEGOs in the library.<br /><br /><strong>9/10: Preschool STEAM: Pirates</strong><br /><em>4pm, Yorkville Library, Meeting Room</em><br /> Join us for Preschool STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, &amp; Math! In this series, we will explore different areas of STEAM through read-alouds, group demonstrations, and hands-on activities. This month's theme is pirates! For children ages 3-6 and their caregivers. Registration required; limited to 12 children. Please register in person or by calling 212-744-5824.<br /><br /><strong>9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26: Read to Lola, the New York therapy Dog!</strong><br /><em>4:30pm, Yorkville Library, Children's Room</em><br /> Come read to our therapy dog Lola. These licensed therapy dogs and their owners can't wait for you to come read them a story. Enjoy one-on-one, no-pressure reading time with a furry friend! Pre-registration is required for each 15-minute slot and opens 1 week in advance. For ages 5 and up. Available every Wednesday in the children's story time room.<br /><br /><strong>9/13, 9/20, 9/27: Preschool Storytime</strong><br /><em>4pm, Yorkville Library, Children’s Room </em><br /> Come meet your friends at the library and listen to some of your favorite picture books. It's a great way to end a busy day. Ages 3 and older.<br /><br /><strong>9/20, 9/27: Family Storytime</strong><br /><em>11am / 11:30am / 11:45am,  Webster Library</em><br /> Toddlers from birth to 3 years and their parents/caregivers can enjoy interactive stories, action songs, fingerplays, and spend time with other toddlers in the neighborhood. There is a limit of 15 children and their caregivers. Tickets are given out the morning of the program on a first come, first serve basis. Times of the programs are approximate.<br /><br /><strong>9/21: Children’s Storytime</strong><br /><em>10:30, 421 East 61st Street</em><br /> Take a break and welcome Autumn with kids’ storytime.  Listen to stories about the changing seasons and hunt for flowers and leaves inside and outside the museum. After, make a leaf rubbing to take home.  <em>Free for children and caregivers.  Ages 2-6. </em><br /><br /><strong>9/24: Kid Flicks</strong><br /><em>4pm, Yorkville Library, Meeting Room</em><br /> Join us in our community room for our children's film showing. Watch short films based on popular picture books. The perfect way to meet up with friends and end a busy day. All films subject to last minute substitutions. Showing: Picnic, Mickey's Trailer and The Caterpillar &amp; The Polliwog.<br /><br /><br /><a id="EventsForAdults" name="EventsForAdults"><strong>COMMUNITY EVENTS FOR ADULTS</strong></a><br />  <br /><strong>9/1, 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29: CHAIR YOGA</strong><br /> 11:00-12:00am. <em>St. Joseph’s Church, 404 East 87th Street.</em><br /> Improve of your flexibility with seated and standing Yoga exercises.<br /> Brought to you by Health Advocates for Older People<br /><br /><strong>9/4, 9/11, 9/18, 9/25: Adult Coloring</strong><br /><em>11am, Roosevelt Island Library / 96th Street Library </em><br /> Looking for a new way to relax? Enjoy the sublime pleasure of coloring. Coloring sheets, Crayons, coloring pencils, and reading materials will be provided to participants by the library.<br /><br /><strong>9/4: Storymakers and Shakers</strong><br /><em>11:30am, Webster Library </em><br /> In this exciting program for early learners, caregivers and children will become familiar with concepts of story building, how music relates to literacy development, and how to use visual and auditory cues to visualize a story outside of a book! Every session will include a read aloud, a hands-on activity and wonderful tips for parents to make stories come to life!              Workshop series is FREE. Space is limited, so please register in advance at the library.<br /><br /><strong>9/4: Weill Cornell Medicine Wellness Series: Strokes</strong><br /><em>5:30pm, 96th Street Library PS98</em><br /> According to the centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stroke kills approximately 140,000 Americans annually-the equivalent of 1 out of every 20 deaths. Come join us for a talk exploring modifiable risk factors, signs, symptoms, and the latest treatments available, during the Weill Cornell Medicine Wellness Series at the 96th Street Library.<br /><br /><strong>9/4: Book Discussion Group</strong><br /><em>6:30pm, Roosevelt Island Library </em><br /> Join us to discuss A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick. About the book: In this semi-autobiographical novel, Dick looks back on his own drug abuse and his own friends who he lost to drugs. By turns thrilling, mind-bending, laugh-out-loud funny, and heart-wrenchingly sad, A Scanner Darkly is an award-winning book made into a cult film and may just be Dick's best novel.<br /><br /><strong>9/4: PET CLUB SOCIAL</strong><br /><em>1:30pm-2:30pm, Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street. RSVP.</em><br /> How to Care for Your Pet in an Emergency.<br /><br /><strong>9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26: Learn to Play Chess for Adults</strong><br /><em>2pm, Webster Library</em><br /> Learn to play the most popular game ever: A game of strategy and  problem solving. Whether you are beginner or a more advanced player you can learn the strategies that will make you a better chess player.<br /><br /><strong>9/5: Weill Cornell Medicine Wellness Series: Breast Cancer</strong><br /><em>5:30pm, Webster Library, Auditorium </em><br /> 1 in 8 woman will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime, the second leading cause of cancer death in women. 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes. Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,470 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 460 will die each year. Join us at the Webster Library to learn the signs, symptoms, treatment, and prevention options available!<br /><br /><strong>9/6: eBook Help</strong><br /><em>11am, Yorkville Library, Meeting Room</em><br /> Get one-on-one help downloading library books and audiobooks via our SimplyE, 3M and OverDrive platforms. Please bring your phone, tablet or e-Reading device. Registration is required. Please sign up personally at Yorkville Library or call 212-744-5824. There are only three individual slots available, for 15 minutes each.<br /><strong>9/6: 1-on-1 Tech Help</strong><br /><em>12pm, Webster Library, Auditorium </em><br /> Work one-on-one with a staff member. Use this time to improve Internet skills, navigate emails or Microsoft Office, or bring in your device for an e-reading tutorial. Space is limited to 6 20-minute slots per session. Phone or in-person<br /><br /><strong>9/6: Film- No More Orchids (1932) &amp; White Woman (1933)</strong><br /><em>2pm, 96th Street Library </em><br /> NO MORE ORCHIDS (1932) 71 min., b&amp;w, Walter Lang, Dir. Starring Carole Lombard, Lyle Talbot.   A spoiled heiress falls in love with a struggling lawyer, despite her arranged marriage to a European prince. ADMISSION FREE<br /> WHITE WOMAN (1933) -- [starts at 3:10 PM] 68 min., b&amp;w, Stuart Hoffenstein, Dir. Starring Carole Lombard, Charles Laughton.  A nightclub singer marries a rich plantation owner only to find out he is cruel, vicious, and insanely jealous. ADMISSION FREE<br /><br /><strong>9/6: Prostate Cancer Support Group</strong><br /><em>12pm, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Rockefeller Research Laboratories</em><br /> This program is for people who have been treated for cancer. No observers, please, without prior approval.<br /><br /><strong>9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28: STRENGTHEN AND TONE YOUR MUSCLES AND BONES</strong><br /><em>10:30am-11:30am,Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street. </em><br /> Safe, gentle exercise, using weights, if desired.<br /> Brought to you by Health Advocates for Older People<br /><br /><strong>9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28: ITALIAN CLASS.</strong><br /><em>11:30-12:30 Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street.</em><br /> Brought to you by Health Advocates for Older People<br /><br /><strong>9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28: Learn to Play Chess at Webster</strong><br /><em>3pm, Webster Library, Auditorium </em><br /> Are you a chess champion? You want to show off your best moves against other chess fans? Whether you're a chess master or just starting out, come join us for some board time Fridays at 3 p.m. Learn how to play, practice your skills, or to play a game. All materials will be provided, and an experienced instructor Timothy Mobley will lead the group. Led by Timothy Mobley.<br /><br /><strong>9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29: English Conversation Group</strong><br /><em>11am, 67th Street Library</em><br /> Talk with native speakers and other language learners about current events, New York City, family life, holidays, and much more. For adults 16 years old or older. This program is provided in partnership with New York Cares, a leading volunteer organization that helps people find easy ways to make meaningful, rewarding contributions to their communities. Led by New York Cares volunteers, this program provides an opportunity for intermediate level ESOL speakers to practice speaking English and improve their skills.<br /><br /><strong>9/8: WWI Film Series: The Garden Party</strong><br /><em>2pm, Webster Library, Auditorium </em><br /> Commemorate the centennial of the end of World War I with Webster Library! Join us for The Garden Party. This adaptation of the Mansfield story is transferred from post-World War I England to post-World War II New England. Elaborate preparations are made for an afternoon garden party when word comes that a neighboring farmer has been killed in an accident. The shy, adolescent girl wants to cancel the party but her mother refuses.<br /><br /><strong>9/8,9/9 Gracie Square Art Show, Presented by the Carl Schurz Conservancy</strong><br /><em>10am-5pm Carl Schurz Park, 86th Street and East End Avenue</em><br /> Over 100 artists will be present - see more at <a href="https://www.graciesquareartshow.com/">www.graciesquareartshow.com/</a><br /> Food and beverages by Yura.<br />  <br /><strong>9/10, 9/17, /9/24: MAH JONG: Mondays, </strong><br /><em>1:30pm-3:30pm. Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street</em><br /> Introductory classes, with instructor, to this popular game.Openings for new players available.<br /> Brought to you by Health Advocates for Older People<br /><br /><strong>9/10 , 9/17, 9/24: TAI-CHI Tuesdays</strong>  <br /><em>3:00pm - 4:00pm, Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street </em><br /> Ancient movements and balance to strengthen legs,ankles, knees, and hips.<br /> Brought to you by Health Advocates for Older People<br /><br /><strong>9/10, 9/17, 9/24: CELL PHONE CLASSES</strong><br /><em>3:15pm-4:00pm. Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street. RSVP required.</em><br /> One-on-one help to master your cell phone or smartphone.<br /> Brought to you by Health Advocates for Older People  <br /><br /><strong>9/10, 9/17, 9/24: Petite Picasso</strong><br /><em>4pm, 96th Street Library</em><br /> Read aloud and messy art projects for young children. Wear your art clothes. Smocks will be provided. Limited to 24 participants.<br /><br /><strong>9/10, 9/17, 9/24: Hands-On Science: Teen Jam Session</strong><br /><em>4pm, Roosevelt Island Library</em><br /> Turn up the music with these teen programs! Each program comes with the equipment needed for you to tackle STEM and music during this summer! Workshop series is FREE.<br /><br /><strong>9/10, 9/24: Art Buffet</strong><br /><em>4pm, Webster Library </em><br /> Let your imagination run wild! Join us for an hour of uninterrupted, creative fun. Pick and choose from our craft supplies to make a masterpiece to take home.<br /><br /><strong>9/10:</strong><a href="https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2018/09/10/mystery-mondays-book-discussion-featuring-stories-suspense-secrets-and"><strong>Mystery Mondays: The Beloveds by Maureen Lindley</strong></a><br /><em>4pm, 67th Street Library</em><br /> Join us to discuss The Beloveds by Maureen Lindley. About the book: Oh, to be a Beloved--one of those lucky people for whom nothing ever goes wrong. Everything falls into their laps without effort: happiness, beauty, good fortune, allure. Betty Stash is not a Beloved--but her little sister, the delightful Gloria, is. She's the one with the golden curls and sunny disposition and captivating smile, the one whose best friend used to be Betty's, the one whose husband should have been Betty's.<br /><br /><strong>9/10, 9/17, 9/26: Yorkville Writing Circle</strong><br /><em>5pm, Yorkville Library, Meeting Room</em><br /> Want to meet local writers? Commit to a writing schedule? Practice your craft through writing prompts? Read original work to get and give feedback? Then come to the biweekly meetings of the Yorkville Writing Circle! Writers of all genres and styles, at all levels, are welcome to participate. No sign-ups required. For adults (ages 18 and up) For more information, please email: <a href="mailto:YorkvilleWritingCircle@gmail.com">YorkvilleWritingCircle@gmail.com</a><br /><br /><strong>9/10,9/17,9/24 -,9/12,9/19,9/26 FREE &amp; LOW-COST DANCE-EXERCISE CLASSES Open to All (Including Older Adults &amp; Cancer Patients/Survivors)</strong><br /><em>10:00 am – 11:00 am, John Jay Park E. 76th St. (Cherokee Pl. &amp; FDR)</em><br /><br /><strong>9/11: Free Prostate Cancer Screening</strong><br /><em>7am, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, F206</em><br /> 11th Annual FREE PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING for men aged 40-75 who have never been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Screening includes a PSA blood test and a prostate (DRE) exam.<br /><br /><strong>9/12: Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board Meeting</strong><br /><em>6:00pm-8:00 pm Manhattan Borough President's Office 1 Center Street, 19th Floor.</em><br /> The Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (MSWAB) is a volunteer citizens advisory board dedicated to helping NYC achieve its zero waste goals. We advise the Manhattan Borough President, City Council, City Administration and others on policies and programs regarding the development, promotion and operation of the City’s waste prevention, reuse and recycling programs. <ul><li>Bring a photo ID and leave extra time to get through security</li> <li>Bring snacks and your own water bottle if you'd like</li> <li>Metal detectors and x-ray: DO NOT BRING sharp objects like scissors or other items that might be temporarily confiscated</li> </ul><strong>9/12: Blood Drive at Weill Cornell</strong><br /><em>11am, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center</em><br /> At NewYork-Presbyterian, we recognize the significant role of blood donations in caring for our patients and others in the community. We are proud to partner with the New York Blood Center to host blood drive days, whereby all NYP campuses host blood drives on the same day. The hospitals goal is to collect 360 units of blood across the enterprise. Walk-ins are welcome, or to make an appointment, please visit http://tinyurl.com/nypgives<br /><br /><strong>9/12, 9/19, 9/26: Preschool Storytime</strong><br /><em>10:30am / 11:15am, 96th Street Library </em><br /> Stories, fingerplays, and movement for preschoolers.<br /><br /><strong>9/12: Storytime Fun</strong><br /><em>11am, Webster Library</em><br /> Join Lex, children from birth to 3 years, and their parents/caregivers for interactive stories, action songs, fingerplays, and spend time with other toddlers in the neighborhood. There is a limit of 15 children and their caregivers. Tickets are given out the morning of the program on a first come, first serve basis. Times of the programs are approximate.<br /><br /><strong>9/12, 9/26: Adult One-on-One Computer Help Workshop</strong><br /><em>11:30am, Yorkville Library, Meeting Room </em><br /> Work one-on-one with a volunteer tutor. Improve Internet skills, create, and use e-mail, cell phone help, Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Power Point). Wednesday 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pre-registration required in person or by phone at 212.744.5824. Seating is Limited<br /><br /><strong>9/13, 9/20, 9/27: Chair Yoga Alexander Technique</strong><br /><em>10:00-11:00am,Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street</em><br /> Improve of your flexibility with seated and standing Yoga exercises.<br /> Brought to you by Health Advocates for Older People<br /><br /><strong>9/13: Family Storytime</strong><br /><em>11am, Webster Library</em><br /> Toddlers from birth to 3 years and their parents/caregivers can enjoy interactive stories, action songs, finger plays, and spend time with other toddlers in the neighborhood. There is a limit of 15 children and their caregivers. Tickets are given out the morning of the program on a first come, first serve basis. Times of the programs are approximate.<br /><br /><strong>9/13: Family Storytime</strong><br /><em>11:30am / 11:45am, Webster Library</em><br /> Toddlers from birth to 3 years and their parents/caregivers can enjoy interactive stories, action songs, fingerplays, and spend time with other toddlers in the neighborhood. There is a limit of 15 children and their caregivers. Tickets are given out the morning of the program on a first come, first serve basis. Times of the programs are approximate.<br /><br /><strong>9/13: Computer Basics</strong><br /><em>12pm, Webster Library Auditorium </em><br /> Learn about the various types and components of computers, including basic computer terminology, an overview of operating systems, and popular software applications.<br /><br /><strong>9/13, 9/27F: eBook Help</strong><br /><em>2pm, Yorkville Library, Meeting Room</em><br /> Get one-on-one help downloading library books and audio books via our SimplyE, 3M and OverDrive platforms. Please bring your phone, tablet or e-Reading device. Registration is required. Please sign up personally at Yorkville Library or call 212-744-5824. There are only three individual slots available, for 15 minutes each.<br /><br /><strong>9/13, 9/20, 9/27: DANCE</strong><br /> 4:00pm-5:00pm, Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street. Bring a friend! RSVP<br /> Join Alex, our excellent instructor, for an hour of dance.<br /> Brought to you by Health Advocates for Older People  <br /><br /><strong>9/14: FLU SHOTS</strong><br /><em>10:30-2:00. Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street on the lower level.</em><br /> Take advantage of this opportunity to get ahead of the fall rush.<br /> Brought to you by Health Advocates for Older People<br /><br /><strong>9/14: Legal Clinic Volunteers of Legal Service</strong><br /><em>2:00 pm BURDEN CENTER FOR THE AGING  415 East 73rd Street (bet. 1st and York)</em><br />  <br /><strong>9/14: Mount Vernon Hotel Museum &amp; Garden: Lunchtime Lecture: Education in the Early 19th-Century</strong><br /><em>12:30pm, 421 East 61st Street</em><br /> During this time of expansive commercial growth and immigration in New York City this country’s greatness increasingly rested on a well-educated citizenry, starting with our nation’s children.  This period saw  the development of public schools.  Hear how our younger New Yorkers learned while living in the city. Bring your lunch.  Liquid refreshments served and included with admission.<br /><br /><strong>9/15: Volunteer Gardening</strong><br /><em>9:30am, Carl Schurz Park</em><br /> The Carl Schurz Park Volunteer Gardeners are an adult group that meets monthly to work in the park. Students or children who wish to participate must be accompanied by adults or parents who work along with them.<br /><br /><strong>9/15: Mostly Clubs: A Morning Stroll</strong><br /><em>10:30am, Meeting point will be provided upon registration</em><br /> As the 19<sup>th</sup> century came to a close, many exclusive Manhattan clubs moved northward to the Upper East Side within walking distance of members' homes. This walking tour led by architectural historian Matt Postal will consider this trend through various distinguished examples, viewing grand and elegant purpose-built clubhouses that were designed by McKim Mead &amp; White, Delano &amp; Aldrich, and Thomas Harlan Ellett, as well as handsome residences that were converted to club use in the mid-20<sup>th </sup>century. Highlights will include the Cosmopolitan, Grolier, Knickerbocker, and Union Clubs, among others.<br /><br /><strong>9/17: Storymakers and Shakers</strong><br /><em>4pm, Yorkville Library </em><br /> In this exciting program for early learners, caregivers and children will become familiar with concepts of story building, how music relates to literacy development, and how to use visual and auditory cues to visualize a story outside of a book! Every session will include a read aloud, a hands-on activity and wonderful tips for parents to make stories come to life!<br /><br /><strong>9/17: Breast Cancer Support Group</strong><br /><em>2:30pm, Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Cancer, Room 243-A</em><br /> This program is for people who have been treated for cancer. No observers, please, without prior approval.<br /><br /><strong>9/17: Isha Foundation: Meditation for Relaxation</strong><br /><em>5:30pm, Webster Library</em><br /> The Isha Foundation brings Meditation for Relaxation to the Webster Library! This session offers simple but powerful practices involving the breath, as well as a guided meditation to bring stability, balance and a deep sense of relaxation to both body and mind. No prior meditation experience needed. Please arrive on an empty stomach condition. Registration Required. Register on InnerEngineering.com/YogaForSuccess For more information please call (646)926-3804 or email <a href="mailto:NewYork@ishausa.org">NewYork@ishausa.org</a><br /><br /><strong>9/17, 9/24, 92nd Street Y -FREE &amp; LOW-COST DANCE-EXERCISE CLASSES Open to All</strong><br /> 2:00 – 3:00 pm 1395 Lexington Ave<br /> Register with 92Y: 212-415-5500<br /><br /><strong>9/18: Lung Cancer Support Group</strong><br /><em>11:30am, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 11th Floor Conference Room</em><br /> This program is for people who have been treated for cancer. No observers, please, without prior approval.<br /><br /><strong>9/18: MEDICATIONS AS WE AGE.</strong><br /><em>1:30-2:30. Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street.</em><br /> Dr. Eris Cani will talk about how to take medicines.<br /> Brought to you by Health Advocates for Older People<br /><br /><strong>9/18: Making Comics 101</strong><br /><em>4pm, Roosevelt Island Library</em><br /> A rundown on today's comics industry and what you need to get a comic book made. Basic character design, themes, targeting audiences, genres, scripting, writing, drawing, inking and printing will be touched upon as the students create their own premise and story 'bible' (a document full of ideas, the story pitch, and character model sheets used to promote their idea). For ages 13-18 years old. Presented by Ivan Velez.<br /><br /><strong>9/12, 9/19, 9/26, Adult Stem Workshops</strong><br /><em>12pm, 67th Street Library</em><br /> Having Fun With Science Wednesdays, 12 PM – 1 PM First Come, First Served Program is for Adults Conduction of science experiments allow not only for an individual’s natural curiosity to shine through, but also for “scientists” to better understand the world around them and the natural laws by which the world functions. Experiments will call for the “scientists” to hypothesize about what they predict will happen and to teach “investigators” how to be capable of finding solutions to big problems.<br /><br /><strong>9/20: eBook Help</strong><br /><em>12pm, Yorkville Library, Meeting Room</em><br /> Get one-on-one help downloading library books and audiobooks via our SimplyE, 3M and OverDrive platforms. Please bring your phone, tablet or e-Reading device. Registration is required. Please sign up personally at Yorkville Library or call 212-744-5824. There are only three individual slots available, for 15 minutes each.<br /><br /><strong>9/20, 9/27: Introduction to the Internet</strong><br /><em>12pm, Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> This two-part workshop will teach you: How to define the internet and what it can be used for,     how to recognize and use hardware and software to access the internet, how to break down a web address           , how to use browsers such as Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox, how to use search engines, and how to sign up for and use email.<br /><br /><strong>9/20: Film: The Canterville Ghost (1944)</strong><br /><em>2pm, 96th Street Library</em><br /> THE CANTERVILLE GHOST (1944) 95 min., b&amp;w, Jules Dassin, Dir. Starring Charles Laughton, Robert Young, Margaret O’Brien.      For 300 years the ghost of Simon de Canterville, entombed alive by his father for cowardice, has been roaming his castle in search of a kinsman to free him by performing a brave deed. ADMISSION FREE.<br /><br /><strong>9/20: Clean Community Presentation</strong><br /><em>6pm, Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Do you want to learn about safe and effective methods for rat prevention? Hear from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on rat prevention and the New York City Department of Sanitation on the issue of clean streets and sidewalks.<br /><br /><strong>9/20: Book Discussion: Old Fifth, by Jane Gardam</strong><br /><em>6:30pm, Roosevelt Island Library</em><br /> Come join neighbors and discuss Jane Gardam’s book, Old Fifth.<br /><br /><strong>9/22: Film: Good Morning, Babylon</strong><br /><em>2pm, Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Commemorate the centennial of the end of World War I with Webster Library! Join us for Good Morning, Babylon. In 1915, Andrea and Nicola, two Italian brothers, skilled in the restoration of cathedrals, leave their native country in search of wealth in America. Their search ultimately leads them to Hollywood where they design sets for films. Then tragedy and war tears them apart, only to reunite them in World War I.<br /><br /><strong>9/22: Career Transition: Job Search 101</strong><br /><em>2pm, Yorkville Library, Meeting Room</em><br /> Speaker, trainer, and certified professional coach, Barbara Phillips, will help you get greater clarity on key elements of the job search process and explain key tools for finding a “best fit” job. You will learn: • Key elements of an effective job search strategy • The importance of “knowing yourself”: strengths, passions and values • Tips for defining and communicating "your brand" • Research and networking strategies • Tips on designing a high-impact resume.<br /><br /><strong>9/25: Amazing Aeneid Reading Group</strong><br /><em>4pm, Roosevelt Island Library<br /> Learn about Virgil's epic poem, The Aeneid, in a six part course. We'll discuss issues such as war, nationalism and the epic tradition.</em><br /><br /><strong>9/25: NAMI Public Education</strong><br /><em>5pm, 67th Street Library</em><br /> Learn about mental health services available in NYC schools for children ages 4-21 and how to access them. Presented by Lisa Krizman—MSW, retired Special Education Law Attorney, and parent  Limited Seating RSVP at naminyc.org or call (212) 684-3264<br /><br /><strong>9/25: Screening of Historic Signs and Storefronts of Yorkville: Reminders of an Immigrant Enclave</strong><br /><em>6pm, Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Join Webster Library and the Historic Districts Council for the public release of Historic Signs and Storefronts of Yorkville: Reminders of an Immigrant Enclave, a filmed walking tour that celebrates the history and heritage of our neighborhood.<br /><br /><strong>9/26: Refresh &amp; De-Stress</strong><br /> 12:30pm, <em>NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Cayuga Room</em><br /> Learn simple and effective self-care tools for daily wellbeing that can be done during the work day, while commuting or at home.<br /><br /><strong>9/26: Sights, Sounds, and Tastes of Yorkville</strong><br /><em>5:30pm, Meeting point will be provided upon registration</em><br /> Who lives in Yorkville? What makes a neighborhood come to life? Join noted hospitality professional Angela Christensen for an early evening walk as we uncover what makes Yorkville tick. Cultural centers and old-world family businesses have shaped Yorkville into a diverse enclave within a residential neighborhood. We will experience the flavor and charm of this neighborhood with treats along the way including the surprising location of an Andy Warhol studio. On our stroll we pass places of interest that will include: Budapest Café, Czech Consulate, Orwashers Bakery, Schaller &amp; Weber, Suburban Hook &amp; Ladder Company No. 13, and the Hungarian Cultural Center.<br /><br /><strong>9/27: The Peggy Rockefeller Concerts</strong><br /><em>7:30pm, Rockefeller University, Caspary Auditorium</em><br /> Come to the Peggy Rockefeller Concerts. Telegraph Quartet with James Austin Smith. Instruments include, Violins, Viola, Cello and Oboe.<br /><br /><strong>9/27: Business Planning Basics</strong><br /><em>1pm, Yorkville Library, Meeting Room</em><br /> Learn about the key components of a strong business plan in just three hours! This course will teach you how to organize your business idea into a structured plan, identify and promote your business to potential customers, fulfill the legal requirements of starting your business, and develop your financial projections. You will learn about: Components of a strong business plan        Interconnectivity of marketing, finance, human resources and operations; Strategies for reaching your target customers; and more.<br /><br /><strong>9/27: Film: It Started with Eve (1941)</strong><br /><em>2pm, 96th Street Library</em><br /> IT STARTED WITH EVE (1941) 90 min., b&amp;w, Henry Koster, Dir. Starring Deanna Durbin, Charles Laughton, Robert Cummings. In order to please his dying father, a man convinces a hat-check girl to impersonate his fiancée, but complications arise when the father's health suddenly improves. ADMISSION FREE.<br /><br /><strong>9/27: Movie: A Scanner Darkly</strong><br /><em>6pm, Roosevelt Island Library</em><br /><br /><strong>9/29: SAT Practice Exam</strong><br /><em>10am, Yorkville Library, Meeting Room</em><br /> Take a full-length practice test under timed conditions. A proctored practice exam will help your child build testing endurance and give you a real-time snapshot of their testing performance.   To register: https://www.revolutionprep.com/partners/137966/ or contact Elizabeth Willard at 917-983-9069 and elizabeth.willard@revolutionprep.com.<br /><br /><strong>9/29: Movie: Tomb Raiders</strong><br /><em>2pm, Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished years earlier. Hoping to solve the mystery of her father's disappearance, Croft embarks on a perilous journey to his last-known destination -- a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan.</div> </div> Thu, 06 Sep 2018 14:56:15 +0000 Jesse Towsen 6499 at https://benkallos.com August News: Reboot Our City, Coalition Against Overdevelopment, New Tree Guards, Traffic Safety, and Outdoor Events https://benkallos.com/newsletter/august-news-reboot-our-city-coalition-against-overdevelopment-new-tree-guards-traffic <span>August News: Reboot Our City, Coalition Against Overdevelopment, New Tree Guards, Traffic Safety, and Outdoor Events</span> <div class="field field--name-field-summary field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><table style="border:undefined"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top">Dear Neighbor,<br /> <br /> I am back from paternity leave. I&nbsp; am grateful for the opportunity and emboldened in my fight to ensure every parent and child has this crucial time together through <a href="https://cityandstateny.com/articles/opinion/opinion/nyc-public-employees-need-paid-parental-leave.html" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">paid family leave</a>. I also can't wait for <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/first-friday-18" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">First Friday</a>, <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/cooking-kallos-3" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Cooking with Kallos</a>,&nbsp; and all the great <a href="https://benkallos.com/events" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">movies and concerts</a> we've got planned this August.<br /> <br /> In July, we fought overdevelopment at the Board of Standards and Appeals building a <a href="/node/6459#Zoningloopholes" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">borough-wide coalition</a> to fight projects like <a href="/node/6459#ERFA" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">58 Sutton</a> and <a href="/node/6459#overdevelopment" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">180 East 88th Street</a> to 200 Amsterdam Avenue on the Westside. I am also advocating for the Mayor's DemocracyNYC Charter Revision Commission to put <a href="http://benkallos.com/bigmoneyout" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Full Public Matching</a> on the Ballot in November so you can vote to get big money from the real estate industry out of New York City politics.<br /> <br /> We installed over 100 <a href="/node/6459#TreeGuards" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">new tree guards</a> with discretionary funds from my office in partnership with local neighborhood associations and <a href="/node/6459#Firehouses" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">invested in our firehouse </a>on 85th Street so New York City's bravest can keep us safe from fires.<br /> <br /> As we look forward I am fighting for <a href="/node/6459#speedcameras" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">traffic cameras in our most dangerous intersections</a>&nbsp;where someone has been injured or killed and trying to protect innovation and make it <a href="/node/6459#uber" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">easier to get around</a>. <p>Regards,</p> <p><img data-file-id="2013" src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c8d2234c0b6a18032da9711b0/images/1f68e92a-38e9-4506-80f6-329eac478ba7.png" style="width:125px; height:24px" /><br /> Ben Kallos<br /> Council Member</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="250"> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>SPECIAL EVENTS</strong></p> <div style="text-align:left"><a href="/node/6459#ParkAve" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Summer Streets</a><br /> 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 7am - 1pm<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align:left"><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/national-night-out-17th-precinct" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">National Night Out Against Crime</a></div> <div style="text-align:left">8/7, 5:30PM&nbsp;</div> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/friday-afternoon-concert-ruppert-park" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Friday Afternoon Concert at Ruppert Park</a><br /> 8/10,4pm-6pm<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/cooking-kallos-3" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Cooking with Kallos</a><br /> 8/11, 10am -12pm<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/movie-hill-disneys-coco" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Movies on the Hill Disneys's Coco</a><br /> 8/16,8:30pm-10pm<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/jazz-rock-and-caribbean-rhythms-ruppert-park" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Jazz, Rock and Caribbean Rhythms at Ruppert Park</a><br /> 8/17, 4pm - 6pm&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/movies-under-stars-emoji-movie" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Movies Under the Stars: Emoji Movie</a><br /> 8/18, 7:30pm<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align:left"><br /> <strong style="text-align:center">MONTHLY EVENTS</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/first-friday-18" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">First Friday</a><br /> 8/3, 8am -10pm&nbsp;</div> <p style="text-align:left; margin:10px 0; padding:0"><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="font-family:Helvetica"><span style="line-height:150%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/fresh-food-box-16" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Fresh Food Box</a><br /> 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30 3:30PM – 6PM<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/senior-technology-tutoring-3" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Senior Technology Tutoring</a><br /> 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, ,8/23, 8/30 3PM – 4:30PM<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/mobile-district-hours-9" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Mobile District Hours</a><br /> 8/14 and 8/22, 11AM – 3PM</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <div><br /> <br /> <strong>TABLE OF CONTENTS</strong></div> <ol start="1"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#Charter" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Rewriting New York City’s Charter</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#Firehouses" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Investing in Our Firehouses</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#Noise" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Quieter Construction</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#CuomoACA" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline"><font color="#0066cc">Standing With Governor Cuomo for Healthcare in New York State</font></a></li> </ol> <p><strong>FIGHTING OVERDEVELOPMENT</strong></p> <ol start="5"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#overdevelopment" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Pushing Back on Overdevelopment with More Land Use Staff</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#ERFA" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">East River Fifties Alliance Town Hall: Bringing Our Fight to Court</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>EVENT INVITES</strong></p> <ol start="7"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#NNOAC" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">National Night Out Against Crime</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#Concert" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Friday Afternoon Concert at Ruppert Park</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#Cooking" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Cooking With Kallos at the 82nd Street Greenmarket</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#CagneyPlace" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Movies on the Hill: Disney’s Coco</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#Ruppert" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Jazz, Rock and Caribbean Rhythms at Ruppert Park</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#EMOJI" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Movies Under The Stars: The Emoji Movie</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>TRANSPORTATION</strong></p> <ol start="13"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#uber" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Should Uber, Lyft, Via </a><a href="/node/6459#uber" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">and</a><a href="/node/6459#uber" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline"> Apps have their Licenses Capped?</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#bikegap" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Working to Close the Second Avenue Bike Gap</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#crosstown" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Crosstown Bike Lanes Proposal</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#Bikesafetyprogram" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Bike Safety Program</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#speedcameras" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">More Speed Cameras: Op-Ed in City Limits</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#ParkAve" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Summer Streets on Park Avenue in August</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>PARKS AND THE ENVIRONMENT</strong></p> <ol start="19"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#RFP" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Upper East Siders Fight Tennis Bubble RFP</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#TreeGuards" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Greening the Neighborhood with 100 New Tree Guard</a>&nbsp;</li> </ol> <p><strong>COMMUNITY&nbsp;</strong></p> <ol start="21"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#FFB" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Fresh Food Box </a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#5MILESTONE" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Five Mile Stone Update</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#ethos" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Helping the Homeless Through ETHOS</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#BasketballWithBen" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Basketball with Ben</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>OFFICE UPDATES</strong></p> <ol start="26"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#Legislative" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Legislative Corner</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#LegalClinics" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Free Legal Clinics</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#HeretoHelp" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Here to Help</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#MobileDistrictHours" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Mobile District Hours</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#BiyB" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Ben in Your Building</a>&nbsp;</li> </ol> <p><strong>EVENTS</strong></p> <ol start="31"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%">&nbsp;<a href="/node/6459#Fundedbymyoffice" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Programs Funded By My Office</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#CommunityBoards" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Community Boards</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#NYPD" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">NYPD Events</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#NA" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Neighborhood and Tenant Associations</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#Children" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Community Events for Kids</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="/node/6459#Adults" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">Community Events for Adults</a></li> </ol> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/josh-jamieson" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Josh Jamieson</span></span> <span>Thu, 08/02/2018 - 11:54am</span> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><table style="border:undefined"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top">Dear Neighbor,<br /> <br /> I am back from paternity leave. I&nbsp; am grateful for the opportunity and emboldened in my fight to ensure every parent and child has this crucial time together through <a href="https://cityandstateny.com/articles/opinion/opinion/nyc-public-employees-need-paid-parental-leave.html" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >paid family leave</a>. I also can't wait for <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/first-friday-18" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >First Friday</a>, <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/cooking-kallos-3" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Cooking with Kallos</a>,&nbsp; and all the great <a href="https://benkallos.com/events" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >movies and concerts</a> we've got planned this August.<br /> <br /> In July, we fought overdevelopment at the Board of Standards and Appeals building a <a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#Zoningloopholes" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >borough-wide coalition</a> to fight projects like <a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#ERFA" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >58 Sutton</a> and <a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#overdevelopment" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >180 East 88th Street</a> to 200 Amsterdam Avenue on the Westside. I am also advocating for the Mayor's DemocracyNYC Charter Revision Commission to put <a href="http://benkallos.com/bigmoneyout" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Full Public Matching</a> on the Ballot in November so you can vote to get big money from the real estate industry out of New York City politics.<br /> <br /> We installed over 100 <a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#TreeGuards" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >new tree guards</a> with discretionary funds from my office in partnership with local neighborhood associations and <a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#Firehouses" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >invested in our firehouse </a>on 85th Street so New York City's bravest can keep us safe from fires.<br /> <br /> As we look forward I am fighting for <a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#speedcameras" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >traffic cameras in our most dangerous intersections</a>&nbsp;where someone has been injured or killed and trying to protect innovation and make it <a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#uber" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >easier to get around</a>. <p>Regards,</p> <p><img data-file-id="2013" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/1a1894a3a45c0329272b438e09ab021c-125x24.png" style="width:125px; height:24px" width="125" height="24" /><br /> Ben Kallos<br /> Council Member</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="250"> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>SPECIAL EVENTS</strong></p> <div style="text-align:left"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#ParkAve" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Summer Streets</a><br /> 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 7am - 1pm<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align:left"><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/national-night-out-17th-precinct" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >National Night Out Against Crime</a></div> <div style="text-align:left">8/7, 5:30PM&nbsp;</div> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/friday-afternoon-concert-ruppert-park" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Friday Afternoon Concert at Ruppert Park</a><br /> 8/10,4pm-6pm<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/cooking-kallos-3" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Cooking with Kallos</a><br /> 8/11, 10am -12pm<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/movie-hill-disneys-coco" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Movies on the Hill Disneys's Coco</a><br /> 8/16,8:30pm-10pm<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/jazz-rock-and-caribbean-rhythms-ruppert-park" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Jazz, Rock and Caribbean Rhythms at Ruppert Park</a><br /> 8/17, 4pm - 6pm&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/movies-under-stars-emoji-movie" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Movies Under the Stars: Emoji Movie</a><br /> 8/18, 7:30pm<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align:left"><br /> <strong style="text-align:center">MONTHLY EVENTS</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/first-friday-18" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >First Friday</a><br /> 8/3, 8am -10pm&nbsp;</div> <p style="text-align:left; margin:10px 0; padding:0"><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="font-family:Helvetica"><span style="line-height:150%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/fresh-food-box-16" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Fresh Food Box</a><br /> 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30 3:30PM – 6PM<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/senior-technology-tutoring-3" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Senior Technology Tutoring</a><br /> 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, ,8/23, 8/30 3PM – 4:30PM<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/mobile-district-hours-9" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Mobile District Hours</a><br /> 8/14 and 8/22, 11AM – 3PM</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <div><br /> <br /> <strong>TABLE OF CONTENTS</strong></div> <ol start="1"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#Charter" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Rewriting New York City’s Charter</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#Firehouses" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Investing in Our Firehouses</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#Noise" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Quieter Construction</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#CuomoACA" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" ><font color="#0066cc">Standing With Governor Cuomo for Healthcare in New York State</font></a></li> </ol> <p><strong>FIGHTING OVERDEVELOPMENT</strong></p> <ol start="5"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#overdevelopment" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Pushing Back on Overdevelopment with More Land Use Staff</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#ERFA" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >East River Fifties Alliance Town Hall: Bringing Our Fight to Court</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>EVENT INVITES</strong></p> <ol start="7"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#NNOAC" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >National Night Out Against Crime</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#Concert" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Friday Afternoon Concert at Ruppert Park</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#Cooking" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Cooking With Kallos at the 82nd Street Greenmarket</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#CagneyPlace" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Movies on the Hill: Disney’s Coco</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#Ruppert" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Jazz, Rock and Caribbean Rhythms at Ruppert Park</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#EMOJI" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Movies Under The Stars: The Emoji Movie</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>TRANSPORTATION</strong></p> <ol start="13"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#uber" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Should Uber, Lyft, Via </a><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#uber" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline">and</a><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#uber" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline"> Apps have their Licenses Capped?</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#bikegap" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Working to Close the Second Avenue Bike Gap</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#crosstown" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Crosstown Bike Lanes Proposal</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#Bikesafetyprogram" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Bike Safety Program</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#speedcameras" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >More Speed Cameras: Op-Ed in City Limits</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#ParkAve" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Summer Streets on Park Avenue in August</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>PARKS AND THE ENVIRONMENT</strong></p> <ol start="19"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#RFP" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Upper East Siders Fight Tennis Bubble RFP</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#TreeGuards" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Greening the Neighborhood with 100 New Tree Guard</a>&nbsp;</li> </ol> <p><strong>COMMUNITY&nbsp;</strong></p> <ol start="21"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#FFB" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Fresh Food Box </a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#5MILESTONE" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Five Mile Stone Update</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#ethos" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Helping the Homeless Through ETHOS</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#BasketballWithBen" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Basketball with Ben</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>OFFICE UPDATES</strong></p> <ol start="26"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#Legislative" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Legislative Corner</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#LegalClinics" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Free Legal Clinics</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#HeretoHelp" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Here to Help</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#MobileDistrictHours" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Mobile District Hours</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#BiyB" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Ben in Your Building</a>&nbsp;</li> </ol> <p><strong>EVENTS</strong></p> <ol start="31"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%">&nbsp;<a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#Fundedbymyoffice" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Programs Funded By My Office</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#CommunityBoards" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Community Boards</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#NYPD" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >NYPD Events</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#NA" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Neighborhood and Tenant Associations</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#Children" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Community Events for Kids</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="https://benkallos.com/node/6459#Adults" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" >Community Events for Adults</a></li> </ol> <p><br /> <a id="Charter" name="Charter" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Rewriting New York City’s Charter</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4229" height="125" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/1f2139fa8f5b1aab8400e4608d5f30d9-250x125.jpg" style="margin: 0px;border: 0px currentColor;border-image: none;width: 250px;height: 125px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="250" />As <a href="https://www.cityandstateny.com/articles/policy/policy/can-nyc-increase-local-input-without-endangering-real-estate-projects.html" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">City and State </a>reported in July, the Mayor’s Charter Revision Commission released a <a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/charter/downloads/pdf/CRC-Report-July-2018.pdf" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">preliminary report</a> outlining the issues it will focus on as it continues its public hearings. The five areas where the commission plans to continue work are civic engagement, community boards, redistricting, municipal elections, and campaign finance reform. After testifying twice before the commission, I am proud that many points from my testimony were included in the report. Whether it is adopting a <a href="http://benkallos.com/bigmoneyout" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">full public match campaign finance system </a>that will finally incentivize and allow candidates to run on small dollars alone or empowering our City’s 59 Community Boards, I am hopeful that the Commissioners will put the strongest recommendations on the ballot. Recommendations that make our local government even more of and for the people. Read in-depth coverage in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7744-mayor-charter-revision-commission-hears-expert-testimony-on-campaign-finance-reform" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">Gotham Gazette</a>&nbsp;or my full statement in support of the initial staff report at&nbsp;<a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/statement-council-member-ben-kallos-charter-revision-commissions-preliminary-staff" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">Benkallos.com/Press-Releases</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Firehouses" name="Firehouses" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Investing in Our Firehouses</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4233" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/79eb8d391a6c6801c7e8b5411716d0f1-250x187.jpg" style="margin: 0px;border: 0px currentColor;border-image: none;width: 250px;height: 187px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="250" />As <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-clip/upper-east-side-patch-councilman-funds-upper-east-side-firehouse-renovations-brendan" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">Upper East Side Patch</a> reported, last year I supported the efforts of the New York City Fire department to receive $2 million dollars from the City Council so that firefighters could have a second pair of boots to wear on back to back calls.This year, I am proud to continue standing by our firefighters, who risk their lives every single day to keep New Yorkers safe, by allocating $525,000 to the firehouse located at 159 East 85th Street. Home to Engine Company 22, Ladder Tower 13, and Battalion 10, this firehouse is the only one in the district, and when FDNY, the Uniformed Fire Officers Association, and Uniformed Firefighters Association advocated for the needs of our firefighters, I agreed that we should do everything in our power to support the brave men and women who protect our neighborhood. The funding will be used for window weatherization and for modernizing the bay doors used by firetrucks to enter and exit the firehouse. This project ensures that the firehouse receives the upkeep it needs so that our firefighters are best equipped to protect our neighborhoods. For more information read the release at <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/firehouse-upper-east-side-gets-over-half-million-dollars-council-member-ben-kallos" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">BenKallos.com/Press-Releases</a> or <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVNuw1wwzGI" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">watch the press</a> conference at <a href="https://benkallos.com/videos" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">BenKallos.com/videos</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Noise" name="Noise" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Quieter Construction&nbsp;</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4237" height="186" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/623e69248da7523be7df5a5420aeb64f-250x186.jpg" style="margin: 0px;border: 0px currentColor;border-image: none;width: 250px;height: 186px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="250" /><a href="https://citylimits.org/2018/07/09/unhealthy-levels-of-noise-outside-some-city-schools/" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">City Limits</a> reported on how loud construction outside certain New York City schools throughout the day as children are trying to learn has become problematic. This report comes just as <a href="https://benkallos.com/legislation/introduction-1653-2017-noise-complaint-response-act" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">legislation</a> I authored into law last year is going into effect. Excessive noise continues to be New York City’s number one 311 complaint and whether it is construction or noise coming from a bar or restaurant my legislation will help New Yorkers turn down the volume when necessary.&nbsp;For more information on the legislation, visit <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/responding-new-york-citys-top-complaint-noise-time-fix-it" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">BenKallos.com/Press-Releases</a><br /> <br /> <a id="CuomoACA" name="CuomoACA" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Standing With Governor Cuomo for Healthcare in New York State</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4293" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/bdc8533fdc431584e1958e623a118fdc-250x187.jpg" style="margin: 0px;border: 0px currentColor;border-image: none;width: 250px;height: 187px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="250" /></strong>I was proud to stand with Governor Andrew Cuomo in late July as he touted all New York State has been able to accomplish in healthcare over the last two years. In spite of the Trump administration's fervent efforts to kill the American Healthcare Act. &nbsp;I, just like the Governor, will continue to defend the right of every New Yorker to affordable and accessible healthcare.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> According to Governor Cuomo and his office, 22% of New Yorkers still purchase their health insurance on the NY exchange, and healthcare makes up about 20% of the New York economy. For these reasons and others, New Yorkers are refusing the harmful policies of the current federal administration. Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York State has worked to ban insurance companies from discriminating against individuals with pre-existing conditions, end-all copay for breast cancer screenings, and ensure a woman's right to contraceptives. I look forward to working with Governor Cuomo on this and many issues in the coming year.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>FIGHTING OVERDEVELOPMENT</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Zoningloopholes" name="Zoningloopholes" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Organizing Manhattan to Close Zoning Loopholes </strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4241" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/d493f55ffaf76167f80035b97acf9c8d-250x187.jpg" style="margin: 0px;border: 0px currentColor;border-image: none;width: 250px;height: 187px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="250" />In July, dozens of advocates from groups like <a href="https://www.friends-ues.org/" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">Friends of Upper East Side Historic Districts</a>, <a href="https://carnegiehillneighbors.org/" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">Carnegie Hill Neighbors</a> and <a href="https://www.landmarkwest.org/" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">Landmark West!</a> joined Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Senator Liz Krueger, Assembly Member Dick Gottfried, City Council Member Keith Powers and I for a rally urging <a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/site/bsa/index.page" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">New York City’s Board of Standards and Appeals</a> (BSA) to rule against allowing developers avoid zoning regulations in order to build taller buildings at the expense of residential communities.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> At the rally we pointed out instances where developers are obviously skirting zoning regulations through the use of lot sculpting and gerrymandering. The development at 180 East 88th Street, set to be 524 feet tall, exemplifies just how residential neighborhoods are being abused through the use of sham zoning lots. Without reforms, developers will continue to undermine zoning regulations put into place to promote livable urban neighborhoods. Evidence of that is the gerrymandered zoning lot, which is now being allowed at 200 Amsterdam Avenue to become the tallest residential building on the Upper West Side.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> As reported by the <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/alchemy-and-the-art-of-new-york-city-property-development-1481747874" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">Wall Street Journal</a> our fight against 180 East 88th Street is on one my office has been a part of for years now, dating back to mid-2016 and continues today. Currently Carnegie Hill Neighbors, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, the Manhattan Borough President's Office and State Senator Liz Krueger and I have an appeal before the BSA in relation to this project. Just this month, after our rally, I <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/testimony-board-standards-and-appeals-re-2017-290-1558-third-avenue-aka-180-east-88" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">testified</a> before the BSA on this matter. My office also wrote a <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/letter-unbuildable-zoning-lots-board-standards-and-appeals" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">letter</a> signed onto by more than a dozen Council Members and other elected officials to the BSA urging it to reconsider the abuses that were allowed to occur by the Department of buildings at this location. We are simply asking that the BSA and the <a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/index.page" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">Department of Buildings</a> make sure developers are playing by the rules that are already in the books. If these tactics continue without being checked by the City, then what is the point of having them? Read coverage of the press conference from <a href="http://www.ourtownny.com/local-news/20180717/ues-tower-dispute-heads-to-appeal" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">Our Town</a>, Politico Pro, <a href="https://www.manhattantimesnews.com/electeds-advocates-seek-to-close-zoning-loopholesse-pide-cerrar-las-lagunas-de-zonificacion/" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">Manhattan Times</a> and <a href="http://www.manhattanexpressnews.nyc/losing-battles-supertall-opponents-hope-win-war/" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">Manhattan Express</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> For more information, read the press release at <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/manhattan-borough-president-gale-brewer-and-council-members-kallos-and-powers-call" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">BenKallos.com/Press-Release</a> or watch the press conference at <a href="https://benkallos.com/video/groundbreaking-new-pre-kindergarten-center-upper-east-side" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">BenKallos.com/videos</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="overdevelopment" name="overdevelopment" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Pushing Back on Overdevelopment with More Land Use Staff</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="3549" height="71" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/9032aae1113da33ee5df6e90e85149ae-250x71.png" style="margin: 0px;border: 0px currentColor;border-image: none;width: 250px;height: 71px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="250" /><a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20180713/REAL_ESTATE/180719951/councilman-ben-kallos-to-push-back-on-development-with-beefed-up-land-use-staff" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">Crain's New York Business</a> reported on my continued efforts to push back hard on overdevelopment in our community and the City as a whole. As the City Council gets ready to beef up its land use staff, to 21 employees up from 15, I am working to make sure this new staff is in line and aware of the targets and goals of the Committee on Planning, Dispositions, and Concessions, which I chair.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> It is obvious that for a long time the City Council has been outgunned by the real estate industry as well as the City's&nbsp;<a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/site/planning/index.page" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">Department of City Planning</a> and <a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hpd/index.page" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">Department of Housing Preservation and Development</a>. These forces have thousands of people at their disposal, and the Council hasn't had enough staff to take on the onslaught of projects that have popped up over the last couple years. This new help will go a long way in making sure the council and my committee are able to squeeze more amenities and affordability out of every disposition the City gives up to a developer.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="ERFA" name="ERFA" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>East River Fifties Alliance Town Hall: Bringing Our Fight to Court</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="3021" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/864437eaf047baf4d28ca74c1c082e78-250x187.jpg" style="margin: 0px;border: 0px currentColor;border-image: none;width: 250px;height: 187px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="250" />We are still not done fighting in the East Fifties and organizing despite the <a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/site/bsa/index.page" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">Board of Standards and Appeals</a> (BSA) choice to exempt the developer from the community's hard-fought rezoning, last month. In July, I met with dozens of members of the <a href="http://erfa.nyc/" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">East River Fifties Alliance</a> for a town hall to discuss the next steps in our strategy. There, attorneys spoke to residents and explained the faulty logic the BSA used to justify providing an exemption to one developer at Sutton Place. We are&nbsp;not done fighting, and I will be part of the lawsuit that is filed against the City to prevent this project from going up as planned by the developer.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Please Support Our Fight and Donate at&nbsp;<a href="http://erfa.nyc/donate/" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">ERFA.NYC/donate</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>EVENT INVITES</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="NNOAC" name="NNOAC" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>National Night Out Against Crime</strong> </a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<img align="right" data-file-id="4249" height="144" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/54fdf0bc7c2c08b5b516425399c22941-250x144.jpg" style="margin: 0px;border: 0px currentColor;border-image: none;width: 250px;height: 144px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="250" />I am looking forward to a great time with the community as we get ready to celebrate the annual <a href="https://natw.org/" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">National Night Out Against Crime</a> on August 7 with the <a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/site/nypd/bureaus/patrol/precincts/17th-precinct.page" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">17th</a>, <a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/site/nypd/bureaus/patrol/precincts/19th-precinct.page" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">19th</a> and <a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/site/nypd/bureaus/patrol/precincts/23rd-precinct.page" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">23rd</a> precincts.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Hundreds of residents are expected to come out to the streets to meet and get to know their local police officers. There will be music, food and prizes for those who come out.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Although it is a night of fun, what is most important about National Night Out Against Crime events are the relationships that are forged during these joyous encounters between children, teenagers, adults and the police officers who patrol our neighborhoods. Events like this are central to community policing and I am proud to helped fund them in the past and support them.<br /> <br /> <a id="Concert" name="Concert" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"></a><strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4257" height="333" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/2a94b36ce3813795419b5e83efc158ea-250x333.jpeg" style="margin: 0px;border: 0px currentColor;border-image: none;width: 250px;height: 333px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="250" /></strong><a name="Concert" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Friday Afternoon Concert at Ruppert Park</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Join Muslim Volunteers for New York and the New York City Parks Department for an afternoon of music and fun with the community. This is a free event for the entire family to enjoy. We look forward to seeing you.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Friday Afternoon Concert at Ruppert Park<br /> Friday, August 10, 4pm to 6pm<br /> 1741 2nd Avenue, New York<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/friday-afternoon-concert-ruppert-park" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>RSVP</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Cooking" name="Cooking" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Cooking With Kallos at the 82nd Street Greenmarket</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4245" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/ef160b73836f756add329218525f40db-250x187.jpg" style="margin: 0px;border: 0px currentColor;border-image: none;width: 250px;height: 187px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="250" />Cooking with Kallos is back this summer, for a fifth year of fresh affordable and tasty recipes alongside <a href="https://www.grownyc.org/" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">Grow NYC</a>. We will be cooking up recipes made up of the day’s best picks for anybody who comes by our stand at the market. Come by the Greenmarket, sponsored by my office, and help me cook up some of Grow NYC’s best produce from local farms.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Cooking with Kallos at 82nd Street Greenmarket<br /> Saturday, August 11, 10AM – 12PM<br /> 82nd Street between York Avenue and First Avenue<br /> <strong><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/cooking-kallos-3" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">RSVP</a></strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <a id="CagneyPlace" name="CagneyPlace" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Movies on the Hill: Disney’s <em>Coco </em>at James Cagney Place</strong></a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<img align="right" data-file-id="4253" height="250" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/6fa85ff6148e25a69b157eea4533b3ec-250x250.png" style="margin: 0px;border: 0px currentColor;border-image: none;width: 250px;height: 250px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="250" />Bring a blanket or a chair and join your neighbors on August 16 &nbsp;at 8:30 pm for a one-night-only outdoor showing of Disney’s <em>Coco</em> at James Cagney Place, located on East 91st Street between Second and Third Avenues. Just last year, the Department of Transportation designated this area a pedestrian plaza, an important step in keeping this enclave forever closed to cars. Since then, the plaza has hosted music festivals, movie nights, and more.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In last year’s hit movie from Pixar, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz, despite pushback from his family. The film won two Academy Awards, including Best Animated Feature, and is sure to be enjoyable for people of all ages.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The event is free and open to all members of the public. <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/movie-hill-disneys-coco" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">RSVP</a> at BenKallos.com/events<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Movies on the Hill: Disney’s <em>Coco </em>at James Cagney Place</strong><br /> Thursday, August 16, &nbsp;8:30pm to 10pm<br /> East 91st Street bet Second &amp; Third Avenues<br /> <strong><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/movie-hill-disneys-coco" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">RSVP</a></strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Ruppert" name="Ruppert" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>J</strong><strong>azz, Rock and Caribbean Rhythms </strong><strong>at Ruppert Park</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Enjoy a free, live, outdoor concert at Ruppert Park with performances by Yasser Tejada &amp; Palotre, Afro-Dominican fusion group that blends traditional folkloric roots music from Dominican Republic with jazz, rock and Caribbean rhythms.<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/jazz-rock-and-caribbean-rhythms-ruppert-park" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><img data-file-id="4313" height="647" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/85be28aa1b3cb7263e1ad1fdd3c79c12-500x647.jpg" style="margin: 0px;border: 0px currentColor;border-image: none;width: 500px;height: 647px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="500" /></a><br /> <strong>J</strong><strong>azz, Rock and Caribbean Rhythms </strong><strong>at Ruppert Park</strong><br /> Friday, August 17, 4pm -6pm<br /> Ruppert Park<br /> 1741 2nd Avenue, New York<br /> <strong><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/jazz-rock-and-caribbean-rhythms-ruppert-park" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">RSVP</a></strong><br /> <br /> <a id="EMOJI" name="EMOJI" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Movies Under The Stars:</strong><strong> The Emoji Movie</strong></a><br /> <br /> <a href="http://benkallos.com/event/movies-under-stars-emoji-movie" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><img data-file-id="4309" height="647" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/bb70da8c085c81617a79b1c162133df0-500x647.jpg" style="margin: 0px;border: 0px currentColor;border-image: none;width: 500px;height: 647px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="500" /></a><br /> <strong>The Emoji Movie</strong><br /> Saturday, August 18, 7:30 p.m.<br /> Stanley Isaacs Playground<br /> E. 96 Street and First Avenue<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/movies-under-stars-emoji-movie" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>RSVP</strong></a><br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>TRANSPORTATION</strong><br /> <br /> <a id="uber" name="uber" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Should Uber, Lyft, Via </strong></a><strong><a name="uber" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">and</a></strong><a name="uber" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>&nbsp;Apps have their Licenses Capped?</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4261" height="48" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/b70aba91b2a00e14d228c13e92855144-325x48.png" style="margin: 0px;border: 0px currentColor;border-image: none;width: 325px;height: 48px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="325" />The City Council is once again considering placing a cap on the number of for-hire vehicles like Uber and Lyft. As the <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/27/nyregion/uber-nyc-cap-city-council.html" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">New York Times</a> reported, for now, I plan to vote against the cap, although I do favor other measures designed to regulate the ride-hailing industry. We should not halt new licenses while we are still studying the industry. &nbsp;It's is no secret that our City has serious transportation issues like congestion, a failing and increasingly unreliable subway system and of course old infrastructure. We must address these issues quickly and effectively, however, none of those issues will be solved by capping these licenses. Thank you to so many of you who have reached out to my office by phone, tweets and emails. Your voice matters, please email me at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bkallos@BenKallos.com" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">BKallos@BenKallos.com</a>&nbsp; and let me know what you think?<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="bikegap" name="bikegap" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Working to Close the Second Avenue Bike Gap </strong>&nbsp;</a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4265" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/96a81d840eb43fcad7dbc3ad6a465eaf-250x187.jpg" style="margin: 0px;border: 0px currentColor;border-image: none;width: 250px;height: 187px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="250" />Any New Yorker who has ever tried to bike downtown via Second Avenue is aware of the extreme danger faced by cyclists once the bike lane ends near the 59th Street Bridge. For years now I have been working with the <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/home/home.shtml" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">Department of Transportation</a> (DOT) and groups like Transportation Alternatives and Bike New York to close this gap in the bike lane and make conditions safer.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In June at a Community Board &nbsp;8 meeting, the DOT presented a detailed plan to close the Second Avenue bike gap. I support the plan which as proposed creates five added crosswalks, and new concrete islands that tremendously expand the space for people to walk across the intersection. Pedestrians will be more visible at the base of the Queensboro Bridge and cyclist will be more protected. &nbsp;For more information <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/2nd-ave-update-july-2018" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">see DOT’s presentation</a>. Closing the Second Avenue Bike Gap will be back on the Community Board 8 agenda on Wednesday, September 5 at 6:30PM.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="crosstown" name="crosstown" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Crosstown Bike Lane Proposal</strong></a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<img align="right" data-file-id="4269" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/2479e8b99ec4bea7d4b92caba205662a-250x187.jpg" style="margin: 0px;border: 0px currentColor;border-image: none;width: 250px;height: 187px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="250" />After the &nbsp;<a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/home/home.shtml" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">New York City Department of Transportation</a> (DOT) presented its long-awaited plan to close the Second Avenue Bike Lane Gap near the 59th Street Bridge to Community Boards 6 and 8 in July.&nbsp;At Community Board 8’s monthly transportation meeting residents also saw DOT’s crosstown bike lane plan for the Eastside on 65th and 66th as well as on 84th and 85th Streets. This plan would add to existing crosstown lanes at 90th and 91st as well as two new pairs at 77th and 78th as well as 70th and 71st that were added two years ago.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Since their installations back in 2016 we have received no complaints and have seen improvements in safety with reductions on collisions between vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. It’s already been demonstrated that bike lanes improve cyclist safety with a 46% decrease in total crashes, 75% decrease in motor vehicle occupant injuries, 54% decrease in pedestrian injuries &nbsp;and 8% decrease in cyclist injuries according to a one-year analysis, East 70th St, East 71st St, East 77th St, East 78th St by the DOT.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Closing the Second Avenue bike gap&nbsp;will be back on the Community Board 8 agenda on Wednesday, September 5 at 6:30PM. For more information, you can watch my <a href="https://www.facebook.com/benkallos/videos/vb.480064898782668/1647800942009052/?type=2&amp;theater" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">statement</a>&nbsp;or read information read&nbsp;<a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/upper-east-side-bike-routes-july-2018" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">DOT’s presentation</a>&nbsp;at <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/upper-east-side-bike-routes-july-2018" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">BenKallos.com/Press-Releases</a><br /> <br /> <a id="Bikesafetyprogram" name="Bikesafetyprogram" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Bike Safety Program</strong></a><br /> <br /> Drivers, riders, bikers, and pedestrians have all expressed concerns about their safety, so we expanded our Bike Safety Program to cover the Upper East Side and Midtown East within the 17th and 19th precincts stretching from East 30th Street all the way to East 96th Street. Injuries are down for motorists and pedestrians. When I launched the Bike Safety Program, <a href="http://pix11.com/2015/06/15/police-search-for-bicyclist-who-left-scene-after-hitting-pedestrian-on-east-side/" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">Pix11</a>, <a href="http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/06/15/nyc-bike-safety-blitz-city-councilman-ben-kallos/" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">CBS2</a>, <a href="https://youtu.be/MAoAScfkvJs" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">WNB</a>C, and <a href="http://www.amny.com/transit/bicycle-safety-plan-announced-for-upper-east-side-1.10546535" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">amNY</a>, reported on its goal of making our streets safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists to share with Education, Equipment, and Enforcement. For more information read the <a href="http:// https://benkallos.com/press-release/bicycle-safety-improves-east-side-third-year-row" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">release</a>.</p> <p style="color: #000000;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;">FREE Equipment with Education: Vests, Lights, Bells, and Helmets for delivery bikes following training class:</p> <ul> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">A 90-minute training class in English, Spanish, and Chinese for delivery bikes,</li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">Lights and Bells for recreational and commuting cyclists coupled with education,</li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">Free Helmets,</li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">Bikes for NYPD Bike Patrol,</li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">Grading restaurants on use of safety equipment and e-bikes with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.e72na.com/news/2017/5/13/bike-delivery-report" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">East 72nd St</a><a href="http://www.e72na.com/news/2017/5/13/bike-delivery-report" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text