Press Releases

October 8, 2015

New York City Council Member Ben Kallos, who represents the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island, said, “I commend FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts and BFJ Planning for undertaking this thoughtful, responsive study. Our diverse neighborhoods are threatened by a perfect storm of development interests and outdated zoning laws. By acting now and working cooperatively with the City, together we can preserve local character and build contextually and sustainably to benefit the community.”

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September 30, 2015

The New York City Council Committee on Governmental Operations held a hearing today to address the City’s dismal voter registration and turnoutnumbers. The legislation discussed improves the distribution and tracking of voterregistration forms, promotes absentee voting, and decreases the barriers to entry for those seeking to register.

"In 2016, New Yorkers will have at least four opportunities to vote: three separate primaries and a general election. Implementing these reforms ahead of the 2016 election will broaden the voter pool and allow more individuals to participate in our democracy,” said Council Member Ben Kallos, chair of the Committee on Governmental Operations.


September 30, 2015

Last night as Hurricane Joaquin approached the East Coast, New York City Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito joined Council Member Ben Kallos at the site of previous Superstorm Sandy flooding to train nearly 100 residents on preparing for emergencies and to distribute free Go Bags.


September 29, 2015

"The Stand for Tenant Safety (STS) coalition of 22 community organizations and 12 council members came together to develop ideas and implement solutions designed to improve the lives and safety of millions of New York City tenants," said Council Member Ben Kallos. "Every day, my office receives calls and emails about construction in and around buildings, harassment of tenants, or building repairs that have been ignored. This comprehensive legislative reform package will provide critical and overdue transparency over the Department of Buildings, improve the department's enforcement mechanisms, and curtail the actions of bad landlords."


September 21, 2015

Public Advocate Letitia James, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, State Senator Brad Hoylman, Assembly Member Walter Mosley, and Council Members Ben Kallos and Ruben Wills today called on the Public Service Commission (PSC) to ensure that any deal between Time Warner Cable and Charter Communication include expanded low-cost broadband, low cost computers, consumer protections, and free technology training for low-income New Yorkers.


September 16, 2015

Council Member Ben Kallos met with Upper East Side business owners and cyclists at the Commercial Bike Safety event as he continued his push for increased bike safety.


September 9, 2015

Introduction 775 does not solve the problem it seeks to address. It does not provide a realistic timeline or any certainty around the landmarks process.


September 1, 2015

Incentives Offered to Riders Who Complete Free 90-Minute Citi Bike Safety Class


August 31, 2015

"Live-casting meetings of the Board of Elections brings the agency into the 21st century," said Council Member Ben Kallos, chair of the Committee on Governmental Operations, which has oversight over the BOE. “Thank you Executive Director Michael Ryan for starting with recording meetings and now taking the step of broadcasting them live. This is a win for democracy.”