October 2012 Update


Upcoming Events:


Hacking Democracy Professor Jonathan Askin, Kathryn Peters and Benjamin Kallos

The New York Legal Hackers and 21st Century Democracy and Technology Meetups held a joint event on October 3, 2012 entitled "Hacking the Electoral Process" where I was proud to join Brooklyn Law Professor Jonathan Askin and Kathryn Peters co-founder of TurboVote as a panelist.  The discussion centered around Professor Askin's technology matrix and how technology can improve democracy.  Join either Meetup group to join our on going conversation.


Project 2012: Registering H.S. Seniors, Civics Classes and Mock ElectionsChris Malone and Benjamin Kallos teaching Vote18 at Bronx High School of Science

Our campaign isn't just about having over 100 solutions, it is also about getting results that matter.  So why wait to get elected to start making the City a better place?  Please join our campaign in expanding Project 2012 to schools throughout New York City .  

Project 2012 seeks to create a new generation of engaged citizens in New York City by registering all high school seniors in public schools, teaching civics classes, and  holding mock elections using sample paper ballots at all class levels.  You can read the details here.

We've already got the program launched at a number of schools throughout the Upper East Side, greater Manhattan and even the Bronx.  Earlier this month I was honored to join Chris Malone, Chair of Political Science at Pace University and Legislative Director to Senator Gustavo Rivera for a Vote18 lesson at my almamater the Bronx High School of Science.

Please consider joining the effort by helping us launch this initiative at your almamater or your children's school.


Fall for Arts on Roosevelt Island

Jim Bates, Saul Nadel and Benjamin Kallos at Fall for Arts on Roosevelt Island

Roosevelt Island's Annual Fall for Arts Festival covered by the Roosevelt Islander is a great event for families and children of all ages with beautiful larger than life paintings, a pumpkin patch, crafts with Gallery RIVAA, music and more.  It was also a great opportunity to meet future constituents and discuss the multitude of isses facing the Island from affordable housing to supporting the new parks to dealing with new construction, I look forward to working with everyone to tackle them.  Please take a moment to read our Roosevelt Island platform.


The Nobel Prize, Jewish Identity and Taking on Anti-Semitism

Nobel laureate Eric Kandel and Denise Kandel were honored by the President of the Republic of Austria Heinz Fischer and Margit Fischer at The Austrian Cultural Forum New York's first Benefit Dinner that also featured a performance of compositions by John Zorn and W.A. Mozart.  While what was expected was a typcial night of music and awards what we found was touching.

Eric Kandel is a Jew who was born in Vienna Austria and forced to leave following the Nazi annexation.  President Fischer, touched on the responsibility Austria must take for not simply being occupied but welcoming the annexation and his work to combat anti-semitism that still remains.  Following Kandel's receiving the Nobel Prize previous leadership of Austria had seeked to claim him as their own, however, Kandel declined such honors.  Kandel's choice to accept an honor now related to President Fischer's strong stances against anti-semitism.

The evening was particularly touching for me and my girlfriend as Jews whose families survived anti-semitism and the Holocaust.  My grandfather's sister lived in Vienna leading up to the annexation and fled with her husband to Sweden, where I now have a large number cousins.  My girlfriend and her parents left the Ukraine twenty one years ago to escape Soviet anti-semitism for a better life in the United States.

I echo Kandel's thanks to President Fischer for taking on anti-semitism in Austria, and will take it on when I encounter it here in New York City.


Code v. Code Discussion Series: 
Laws that Hurt Us and Where They Come From Discussion 0 – Copyright Law

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
7PM to 9PM, The Hive @ 55
55 Broad Street, 13th Floor, NY, NY 10004

Ray BeckermanAttorney and Author opposing RIAA's slap suits for peer to peer file sharing of music.
Aram SinnreichProfessor at Rutgers and Author of Piracy Crusade
(available under Creative Commons at http://PiracyCrusade.com)

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Progressive Young Leaders

Thursday, October 18, 7PM to 9PM
Red Velvet
174 Rivington Street
(between Clinton St & Attorney St)
New York, NY 10002

To Join the Host Committee please send an electronic mail to financeatkallosforcouncil [dot] com

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Children’s Pathways to Success: Chess in Schools Initiative

Brooklyn Castle

Please join us for the premier of Brooklyn Castle at 6:30PM on Friday, October 19, 2012 at the Film Society at Lincoln Center followed by a Q&A with the director and players following the show. 

Limited tickets available at Buy Your Ticket Now

From the film:


BROOKLYN CASTLE tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard, and is as much about the sting of their losses as it is about the anticipation of their victories.”

Brooklyn Castle Trailer

Read our Education Platform, our Solution inspired by Brooklyn Castle and Buy Your Ticket Online Now.


Free Meet the Candidate Event on Roosevelt Island

Tuesday, October 23, 6PM – 8PM
Riverwalk Bar and Grill
425 Main Street, Roosevelt Island

Read the Roosevelt Island platform at http://kallosforcouncil.com/solutions/roosevelt-island

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Free Meet the Candidate Event on the Upper East Side

Wednesday, October 24, 7PM – 9PM 
Off the Rails, 1754 Second Avenue
(between 91st & 92nd Street, behind all the construction)

Help support small business along the Second Avenue Subway construction

Read the Second Avenue Subway Construction platform at http://kallosforcouncil.com/solutions/Second-Avenue-Subway-Construction

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