April 19, 2012


Please join co-chairs and hosts many of whom you probably already know or should meet at a discussion on redistricting to support my campaign for City Council that has already garnered media attention as unique and substantive.  Our special guest is Mark Favors the lead plaintiff in Favors v. Cuomo who is seeking fair redistricting in 2012 to protect democracy and civil rights.  This lawsuit is responsible for the new congressional lines and will likely the lines for the New York State Senate.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

7PM to 9PM

Traffic Bar, 986 2nd Ave


Buy your ticket now at



April 9, 2012



On Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 6:00PM please join me as I serve as a moderator and panelist in a discussion on the role of field organizing in modern elections at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge on the 5th Floor at 20 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003.  This discussion follows a Book Salon where I reviewed and hosted a discussion with members of on Rasmus Kleis Nielsen’s new book “Ground Wars.”  You can read my review as well as the previous discussion at




April 3, 2012



Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy (BLIP) Clinic: Legal Hack-a-thonOn Sunday, April 15, 2012 please join me as I serve as a program participant in Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy (BLIP) Clinic’s in the first ever NYC Legal Hack-a-thon: a chance to engage lawyers, advocates, and technologists in creating innovative regulations and applications. This Legal Hackathon explores methods to address the evolving needs of governments, entrepreneurs, and advocacy groups in today’s technologically convergent world.  When it comes to legislation in government we are still operating within an mid-20th century legal reality despite society’s rapid advancements taking place in the new Information Age. 

To learn more or register please visit

It is my hope that I once in the City Council I can institutionalize innovative programs like this one to help shape a new reality for how citizens can re-write laws to serve the people they are meant to govern.

P.S. participants in my panel will be eligible to win a $100 gift certificate or an iPad 3 from


March 26, 2012


New Roosevelt founder Bill Samuels was featured last week in the Wall Street Journal advocating for greater transparency for the new Joint Commission on Public Ethics, which recently refused to release any records on its vote to hire a new Executive Director.  Susan Lerner of Common Cause-NY joined Samuels, in calling for greater transparency, especially where state freedom of information law would require any other agency to release the data but also hold votes in public.

Transparency in government remains at the core of the mission of New Roosevelt and my previous work at the Open Government Foundation.  In that role I testified and advised on Open Data legislation in the City Council and Assembly to make as much government data as possible available to the public in computer readable form in as close to real time as possible.  The legislation carried by Council Member Gale Brewer in the New York City Council passed on February 29, 2012, and I look forward to the opportunity to participate in its rollout.  You can read more at


March 19, 2012


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This week is launching an educational Upstate Tour from April 10 through April 12 with evening Town Hall Meetings on Constitutional Change held at:

The New Roosevelt Foundation (Non-Profit) launched the Citizens’ Committee for an Effective Constitution, a coalition of opposites, building EffectiveNY  to host a public discussion of the New York State Constitution and serve as a non-partisan platform for how to best reform the constitution.  New Yorkers deserve a more effective State Constitution for a more effective state government, a more effective civic process and a more effective economy.



February 5, 2012



Join Friends of Benjamin Kallos 
in Celebrating Leap Day and his Birthday by
supporting his campaign for City Council

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
7PM to 10PM

Off the Rails
1754 Second Avenue, New York, New York
(between 91st & 92nd Street, on the East Side of the Street, behind all the construction)
Help support small business along the Second Avenue Subway construction


Contribution Levels:

$100 Hosts
$50 Young Professionals
$25 Young Democrats
$10 Students

Drink Specials with

Your Contribution:
$3 Specialty Shots
$4 Light Drafts
$5 Wines/Bottles/Well

Host Committee:
Ted Anastasiou, Pat Barrientos, Mara Blumenthal, Seamus Campbell, Tedd Collins, Hon. Costa Constantinides, Mike Corbett, Keith Dumanski, Michael Gilberg, Jeff Greenberg, Hon. Stephanie Hausner, Stephanie Elaine Hunt, Errol King, Justin Krebs, Charles Lenchner, Elana Levin, Lance Polivy, Jenni Royer, Jugba Santi, Matthew Silverstein, Chris Smith, Ahmed Tigani, Michael Treybich, Maxwell Weiss, Sam Wong, Ben Yee

(listed alphabetically - please call 212-600-4960 if you wish to join the host committee)

Purchase tickets in advance at


Fundraiser Invitation



January 14, 2012

In both my professional and private lives, I am committed to making New York a better place for all of us to live by advocating for transparency, accountability and a good government that serves the people. I know that a better city starts with a better district and that's why I've decided to run for City Council in New York's Fifth District  to succeed  Council Member Lappin who is exploring a run for Manhattan Borough President.


New York Observer’s PolitickerNY and City and State News have already taken notice of my candidacy: 

You can find out more about my campaign  - including opportunities for volunteering and offering new ideas - by visiting

I need to raise $120,600 and I hope you'll consider donating to my campaign.  The Democratic Primary is capped at $213,000, with $92,400 in public funding available, matched at 6:1 for the first $175 of every contribution made by a resident of New York City.  In this race every dollar really does count: a $10 contribution will become $70, $100 contribution will become $700 after matching and the maximum contribution of $175 will become $1,225. 



December 29, 2011


The Obama campaign has begun accepting applications for statewide voter protection coordinators (VPCs). In their assigned states, VPCs are responsible for creating and implementing the voter protection program in coordination with the OFA state counsel, national voter protection team and statewide field team. Apply online by clicking here.


December 28, 2011



Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently launched the New New York Leaders Initiative, a two-part program that will recruit talented young professionals and college students to serve in state government composed of the Empire State Fellows Program and the Student Intern Program. Both are designed to attract a diverse group of talented leaders, including those from underrepresented groups, to state government to become the next generation of policy makers.  Applications for the fellows program are due June 1, 2012 with compensation of up to $72,765 plus benefits.


December 27, 2011



City MD Urgent CareOn December 26, after 5 days of stomach pain I stopped by the CityMD Urgent Care location on 86th between 1st and 2nd Avenue on the way to work.  Ten minutes later I had been examined by a Doctor and sent to the Lenox Hill Hospital Emergency Room with a likely appendicitus. Lenox Hill Hospital provided me with top quality care.  I had an appendectomy that day and have made a full recovery.

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