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May 9, 2013

Now that Cornell NYC Tech has passed in the City Council, I look forward to a future of mutually productive innovation.

 

May 9, 2013

Now that Cornell NYC Tech has passed in the City Council, I hope to look forward to a future of mutually productive innovation.

 

April 30, 2013

Our campaign empowers residents to take a larger part in City government, so as a lifelong resident of Roosevelt Island, I am here to provide our advice on amendments to build a better City.

Our key points:

  • Require Cornell NYC Tech to be truly “sustainable” by supporting their own infrastructure;
  • Direct tax revenues from businesses on the Cornell NYC Tech campus to RIOC;
  • Require transportation improvements ahead of Cornell NYC Tech’s move-in day;
  • Support local renewable energy through the Cornell NYC Tech “applied sciences” mandate; and
  • Support and extend the AVAC to remove waste sustainably from Cornell NYC Tech.

 

April 24, 2013

 

Earth Day was an important day for all of us, and volunteering at the Carl Schurz Park was a great way to reach out and help maintain the City's greenspace.

 

April 8, 2013

 Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day of deep importance for all of us.

 

March 28, 2013

This Passover, I felt it was important to take a moment during this hectic campaign season to reflect on the values that inspired this run for City Council. The deep import of a free society that underpins the Seder meal is also the foundation of my vision for the Upper East Side.

 

March 5, 2013

Much the same way a software code runs a computer, our legal code runs our government.  When you review our government through the the lens of the four freedoms put forth by the Free Software Foundation, substituting legal code for software code, it becomes clear that our “freedom” in this country falls short.

  • freedom 0 – freedom to run the code – in this case our right to run our government
  • freedom 1 – freedom to study how our code works, and change it so it runs our government as you wish – access to the legal code is a precondition for this
  • freedom 2 – freedom to redistribute so you can help your neighbor
  • freedom 3 – freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others – by doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes – access to the legal code is a precondition for this

Freedoms 0 and 1 have become the domain of special interests that are running our government and changing its code to suit themselves, leaving the regular users such as ourselves without these same freedoms.

 

March 4, 2013

Please join Bill Samuels, former Public Advocate Mark Green, and more progressive leaders, to support our campaign for a better City. Help make this our final fundraiser. We've already raised $50K and only need another $35K to reach our spending limit in time for our March 11, 2013 filing deadline.


Bill and Marie Samuels with special guest Mark Green
18 E. 18th Street, 4E (between 5th Ave. & Broadway)
Monday, March 11th - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
RSVP at KallosForCouncil.com/Green-Samuels
FinanceatKallosForCouncil [dot] com or 855-252-5567.
 

 

March 1, 2013

What if a free and and open source (FOSS) developer ran for office, say City Council?  What kind of "openness" and "freedom" could they bring to government?  As the only FOSS developer, or tech entrepreneur for that matter, running for City Council, we are asking just that.  We've emerged as the "tech candidate" with recognition in the Epoch Times and are sharing our vision for the City at OpenNY Meetup: State of Civic Technology w/ 2013 Goals & #NYTMvotes and Wikipedia Day Lightning Talk on wiki.NYC.gov.

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OpenNY Meetup: State of Civic Technology w/ 2013 Goals & #NYTMvotes NY Tech Meetup Platform for 2013 Wikipedia Day Lightning Talk on wiki.NYC.gov

As we strive to be "open" and "free," our campaign has always had an "open platform" where you can vote, comment, and suggest your own solutions.  The "open platform" solution to bringing openness and transparency to politics seems to have started to catch on.  Earlier this year, NY Tech Meetup, launched their own version, where many of our ideas have already been adopted and where we have posted more.  Please join the conversation on our open platform or on NY Tech Meetup. We pledge to adopt both.

 

March 1, 2013

President Barack Obama’s 2012 New York State Director Rob Diamond has endorsed our campaign and is stepping up in our local race to bring what we brought to Washington back home to our district.  This followed another endorsement by a statewide figure, New Roosevelt founder and government reformer Bill Samuels who is dedicated to electing young progressive candidates like Senator Gustavo Rivera, the kind of candidates we need for a better City.  Former Public Advocate Mark Green lead the trifecta with his early endorsement on New Years.  You can watch their endorsements in Capital TonightThe Capital, and on KallosForCouncil.com.

  
2012 OFA New York State Director Rob Diamond New Roosevelt Founder Bill Samuels Former Public Advocate Mark Green