In 2011, NYPD officers conducted 685,724 street stops, a more than 600 percent increase since 2002, with more than 4 million people stopped since then. Black and Latino males between the ages of 14-24 accounted for percent 4.7% of population, and 41.6% of the stops in 2011. The number of stops of young black men exceeded the entire city population of young black men.
On Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17, I joined my fellow members of Community Board 8 Manhattan as well as thousands in a silent march to end stop and frisk and racial profiling. You can learn more at http://silentmarchnyc.org/
Residents for Sane Trash Solutions joined Community Board 8 Speaks for an episode devoted to the marine transfer station to be built in East Harlem-Yorkville at 91st Street off York Avenue. While activist Jennifer Ratner was able to join us for the episode Department of Transportation declined to participate.
Initial advocacy for the expansion of BikeShare to include Roosevelt Island gained traction last month with a resolution in support passing Community Board 8 Manhattan’s Transportation Committee and Full Board. This resolution followed a similar letter from Roosevelt Island Residents Association. You can read the resolution and letter by clicking here or on the the image on the right, which would not have been possible without the public support from members of Roosevelt Island Residents Association, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation and other residents.
Draft Station Maps have been posted, with suggestions to provide bicycles at transportation hubs to and from Roosevelt Island already incorporated. See more at http://a841-tfpweb.nyc.gov/bikeshare/station-map/
Earlier this month the Voter Empowerment Act of New York was introduced by Senator Michael Gianaris and Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh and I was proud to join Bill Samuels as Executive Director of New Roosevelt in announcing its introduction at a press conference with Brennan Center, Citizen Action, New York Democratic Lawyers Council, and other good government groups. The omnibus legislation that includes other legislation that I have had the privilege work on provides for:
- Automatic registration at government agencies;
- Pre-registration of 16- and 17-year-olds;
- Automatic transfer of registration when moving within New York State;
- Electronic registration and verification; and
- Changing parties up to 10 days prior to an election.
You can read the announcement at http://www.brennancenter.org/content/resource/gianaris_kavanagh_brennan_center_introduce_voter_empowerment_act_of_new_yor
If you live in a district with a Congressional Primary on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 please don't forget to vote.
Something unique happened this legislative session, with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s refusal to use the “message of necessity,” which bypasses the New York State Constitutional 3 day sunlight requirement, for last minute legislation. This was covered by Ken Lovett in the Daily News and even received praise from Bill Samuels.
Earlier this year, Citizen’s Committee for an Effective Constitution (EffectiveNY.org) founders Bill Samuels and Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb toured Upstate New York presenting to Editorial Boards and at Town Hall meetings on the “message of necessity” and other Constitutional topics. Learn more at http://EffectiveNY.org.
Citizen’s Committee for an Effective Constitution was also proud to announce the winner of its first Essay Contest, Patrick Woods, Editor of the Albany Law Review, a native of the Bronx and a fellow graduate of the Bronx High School of Science. You can read coverage in the Albany Times Union or read the winning essay at EffectiveNY.org.
Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series
@ Summer Stage in Central Park
July 25, 2012, 8PM – 10PM
Details @ http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/calendar/the-metropolitan-opera-summer-recital-series/
Naumburg Orchestral Concerts
@ Naumburg Bandshell
(mid-Central Park off 72nd Street south of Bethesda Fountain)
July 10, 2012, 7:30PM
July 24, 2012, 7:30PM
August 7, 2012, 7:30P
Details @ http://www.naumburgconcerts.org/
Philharmonic in the Park
@ The Great Lawn
(mid-Central Park off 79th Street north near Delacorte Theater)
July 13, 2012, 8:00PM, Tchaikovsky & Respighi
July 16, 2012, 8:00PM, Wagner, Tchaikovsky & Brahms
Details @ http://nyphil.org/concertsTicks/parks.cfm
Design for the Real World – Redux: Social Design Award Exhibition
@ White Box
(329 Broome Street, New York, NY)
June 18, 2012 – July 15, 2012, M – F, 11AM – 6PPM
Details @ http://www.whiteboxny.org/current.html
Our Haus 10th Anniversary Exhibition
@ Austrian Cultural Forum
(11 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022)
May 17, 2012 – August 26, 2012, Daily 10AM – 6PM
Details @ http://www.acfny.org/event/our-haus/
Special thanks to those of you who joined in celebrating my birthday on leap day in support of small businesses along the Second Avenue Subway construction and my run for City Council. Thank you for your well wishes, love, friendship and support over the years.
Pictures from the event are available on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150721381961281.452714.78885826280
Media coverage and video of the event is available at http://kallosforcouncil.com/press-clip/new-york-observers-politickerny-benjamin-kallos-announces-upper-east-side-council-campaig
Launching this Summer Bike Share will place 10,000 bikes at 600 stations in Manhattan south of 79th Street and in Northern Brooklyn. An annual pass that will cost about $90 or about the cost of a monthly MetroCard will entitle participants to an unlimited number of 30 minute trips per day at no additional charge. Options for “satellite” programs in Queens, Staten Island and in the Bronx are also on the table.
I am working with Roosevelt Island Residents Association, Community Board 8 Manhattan, and Transportation Alternatives to advocate for the inclusion of Roosevelt Island in the next if not initial Bike Share rollout.
On April 4, 2012, Roosevelt Island Residents Association issued a letter in support of participating in Bike Share and the Transportation Committee of Community Board 8 Manhattan placed the item on their agenda for its May meeting.
Please join us we advocate for an improved transportation infrastructure for Roosevelt Island at the CB8M Transportation Committee meeting at 6:30PM on May 2, 2012 at the Einhorn Auditorium of Lenox Hill Hospital at 131 East 76th Street between Lexington and Park Avenues (Please check CB8M.com to confirm date and location).
Celebrate International Astronomy Day one day early by joining the Amateur Astronomers Association as they host an observation session at Carl Schurz Park, after the sun sets at 7:48pm, on Friday, April 27, 2012. Telescopes will be assembled along John Finley Walk near 86th Street overlooking the East River on the esplanade. This will be a great evening to see Mars, Saturn, and Venus. The event will be cancelled if cloudy and you can see the event status as well as learn more at http://www.aaa.org/carlschurz
Math and science education are an essential investment for today’s youth. Programs such as this one hosted by the AAA as well as the Astronomy Picture of the Day hosted at http://apod.nasa.gov are a great way to supplement, grow and nurture a child’s desire to literally reach for the stars.
On Saturday, April 28, 2012, please support me and my mother, Dr. June Kallos, who has Parkinson's Disease, as we participate in the Parkinson's Unity Walk. Both my grandparents on my mother’s side faced the same challenge. 100% of your donations will go to research to find a cure for this devastating neurodegenerative disease. You can sponsor or join our team at http://UnityWalk2012.kintera.org/TeamKallos
For those of you facing a similar challenge in your own family, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research offers resources for living with the disease. I and my family are personally grateful for all the assistance we have received from Lenox Hill Neighborhood House and the Carter Burden Center for the Aging. Additionally, I am happy to work with you to locate a non-profit to assist you in securing Social Security Disability benefits and other government funded support for your loved one.