About Ben Kallos

A third generation Upper East Sider, whose grandparents fled anti-Semitism in Russia and Hungary to build a better life in New York City, is the Executive Director of a leading good government group, lawyer, entrepreneur and former Chief of Staff to a local Assembly Member, who is running to represent the Fifth District where he grew up and still lives.  As a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, SUNYs Albany and Buffalo, he has used his public education for public service in the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government.  Using that experience, he leads several groups whose mission is to improve our government.  Ben has demonstrated his commitment to helping the community, City and State thrive with a proven record of success.

Experience

Public Advocate Mark Green 

Mark Green
Former Public Advocate
Director of Policy

 Assembly Member Jonathan Bing 

Jonathan Bing
Assembly Member
Chief of Staff

 Bill Samuels 

Bill Samuels
New Roosevelt

Executive Director

Results

As a member of the City Council, he will represent you in the Fifth District, be open and accountable to you, and put the focus back on issues of utmost importance to the community, succeeding Councilmember Jessica Lappin as she runs for Manhattan Borough President.

Family and Education

Dr. Andrew Kallos, his grandfather, fled antisemitism in Europe to enlist as a Doctor in the United State Army during World War II. Upon completing his distinguished service, he practiced medicine on the Upper East Side and served patients at Goldwater Memorial Hospital on Roosevelt Island. Dr. June Kallos, his mother, grew up on the Upper East Side to become a psychologist practicing in the area and teaching Psychology for the City University of New York.

Benjamin Kallos grew up on the Upper East Side, graduating from Rabbi Arthur Schneier Park East Day School, the Bronx High School of Science, where he gained national media attention over the next generation of after school job, the technology consulting firm. Kallos attended the State University of New York’s University at Albany where he served on the studentfaculty and university governments and boards, improving student life, academic policies, technology implementation, and founding an internet based college television station.  Kallos self financed his way through University at Buffalo Law School, the State University of New York’s only law school.  Kallos had the opportunity to serve as a hearing officer in University at Buffalo’s Student-Wide Judiciary, a progressive judicial system with low recidivism in which a hearing officer educated students who violated university rules and often local laws on how to make better life choices. Kallos also fought to protect working class seniors who had seen their life savings and retirements lost in the law school’s Securities Clinic. Kallos became increasingly involved in public service as an Editor for the Buffalo Public Interest Law Journal and interning with the Hon. Renee Forgensi Minarik in the New York State Court of Claims, a regional office of United States Senator Charles Schumer, and the New York State Attorney General’s Internet Bureau.

Professional

As an attorney, Kallos is licensed to practice in New YorkNew Jersey, and Washington, D.C.. While working as an attorney at Gorlick, Kravitz and Listhaus, P.C., Kallos fought for the working families of unions to secure their retirement and health benefits. While litigating these cases in Federal Court, Kallos worked with the Federal Courts Committee of the New York County Lawyers’ Association to improve nationwide Electronic Case Filing. Kallos went on to practice litigation at Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Greenberg, Formato & Einiger, LLP, where he became increasingly involved in public service.  

Public Service

Kallos has spent his entire political career fighting for the people of this great City, State, and Nation. As a member of the New York Democratic Lawyers Council he rose to the position of Statewide Coordination Committee Chair, organizing and managing over 4,000 attorneys and 350 law students, to protect our ability to elect Barack Obama as President. Kallos also created the VoterSearch.org program to help protect the right to vote for over 12 million New Yorkers when he learned that some 2 millions voters had been removed from the voter roles. As a member of Community Board 8 he rose to the position of Co-Chair for the Communications Committee, implementing open source technology on CB8M.com to reduce waste and save the City thousands, publicizing the open application process and opportunities to become a public member. He also helped start the Youth and Education Committee, identified a Free Yellow Bus for youth service providers, and created a Youth and Education Internship to better serve the youth and education needs of the community. Kallos was soon asked to join the Office of Assemblyman Jonathan L. Bing as Chief of Staff where Kallos had the opportunity to work on issues of importance to our community such as EducationAffordable HousingSafetyHealthEconomyTax ReformOpen Government and Technology along with a whole host of other important issues.

Advocacy

Following in the trajectory of public service, Kallos signed on with Bill Samuels’ campaign for Lieutenant Governor and New York State Senate President, as his Special Counsel and Director of Policy.  The campaign focused on bringing Five Pillars of Reform (Campaign FinanceEthicsFiscal IntegrityLegislative Rules, and Redistricting) to Albany resulting in the founding of the New Roosevelt Initiative, New York State’s first government reform political committee.  Soon after, Bill ultimately decided to invest the resources of his Lieutenant Governor campaign into an independent expenditure by the new committee to oust disgraced Senator Pedro Espada electing insurgent idealist Gustavo Rivera in his place by a two to one margin.  Following our victory the committee continues to focus on the Five Pillars.

Following the electoral victory New Roosevelt has launched the Citizens’ Committee for an Effective Constitution, a coalition of opposites, building http://EffectiveNY.org to host public discussion of the New York State Constitution and serve as a non-partisan platform for how to best reform the constitution and create effective change on issues including campaign finance reform and redistricting. 

As your next City Council Member, Kallos will fight for our community's issues, open his office to you, provide transparency into our City's government and ensure that he is accountable to you, the people of the Fifth District.