New York Times
For New York City Council
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
Published: August 30, 2013
New York City’s 51-member City Council ideally gives each neighborhood a voice in the complicated politics of City Hall. Most candidates promise to get more resources for their districts, more affordable housing, schools and public amenities. And they vow to listen to citizen complaints. The differences among candidates are often a matter of temperament, experience and political skills. Here are our choices in six contested races in the Democratic primary on Sept. 10:
MANHATTAN’S DISTRICT 5 (Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island): A few months ago, this race looked as if it would be an easy win for Assemblyman Micah Kellner. Then came the accusations against him of sexual harassment — charges now being investigated by the Joint Commission on Public Ethics in Albany. Fortunately, there is a better candidate in this race: Ben Kallos, a lawyer and activist. Mr. Kallos has government experience as a legislative aide in Albany, where he worked to begin putting voting records online. He has impressive proposals to help students who attend the City University of New York by forgiving college loans to those who work and stay in the city, and to require developers to build more affordable apartments to get tax abatements. He wants to expand broadband service and revisit congestion pricing. Ben Kallos brings fresh ideas and merits this seat.