Press Releases

March 28, 2013

 

Advice Based on Candidate’s Experience Passing Legislation as a Chief of Staff in the Assembly to Improve Likelihood of Passage Legislation to Create CCRB for Roosevelt Island’s Public Safety Department

 

New York, NY – Candidate Ben Kallos offered his Assemblymember opponent for City Council in the Upper East Side support and advice to improve the likelihood of passing legislation to protect Roosevelt Island residents from ongoing concerns with the Public Safety Department (PSD). Because the PSD is run by independent Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), it is not subject to the NYPD’s Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB).  The legislation in question, New York State Assembly Bill Number A.956, would create a statewide CCRB with oversight that includes RIOC’s PSD.

 

March 25, 2013

New York, NY– March 21 marked the collection of 500 signatures for the return of subway station booths and agents on the Upper East Side in continuation of a three-month long push to increase safety and accessibility at crowded subway stations. The “Bring Back our Booths” petition and awareness campaign, comes in the wake of local objections to the removal of booths and agents from the 86th Street and 77th Street stations’ northbound platforms.

 

March 7, 2013

“Kallos has a record of pushing government to enter the Internet age in the right way, the way that respects people's freedom and increases the public's control over government,” says RMS.

 

February 27, 2013

 

New York, N.Y. – Rob Diamond, President Barack Obama’s 2012 National Veterans and Military Families Vote Director as well as New York State Director, endorsed Ben Kallos for City Council on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Roosevelt Island.  In a video released today, Diamond recognized Kallos for his accomplishments in the area of “voter protection” and praised him for “running a campaign dedicated to excellence,” continuing “he’s got the experience, and the desire, and the drive to make sure that every day he’s waking up to improve the lives on New York City’s residents.”

 

February 13, 2013

"Safety of City's Kids More Important Than Union Busting," Says City Council Candidate Ben Kallos"

Survey Shows Voters Support ATU 1181 and EPP to Protect Kids

 

 

February 6, 2013

“Cornell NYC Tech can’t claim to be sustainable unless it supports the local infrastructure of Roosevelt Island on which it relies,” Kallos testified, further calling on the University to provide funding for the maintenance of the Island’s sea wall, roads, and the “Helix” (the off-ramp of the Roosevelt Island Bridge). He also argued that the project be modified to provide a higher percentage of academic buildings and that those buildings be prioritized.

 

February 4, 2013

Ben Kallos, candidate for City Council on the East Side of Manhattan and Roosevelt Island, took to the street this morning to petition for safer subways, with campaign volunteers, Upper East Side residents and students to voice their concerns over safety, security, and accessibility in the subways and collect petition signatures calling on Acting MTA Chair Fernando Ferrer to “bring back the booths” and agents to the 86th Street Station’s northbound platform.

“These platforms are overcrowded and people are getting pushed into the tracks,” Kallos said, in the midst long lines for MetroCards and a chaotic crowd on the platform. “With no cell service and 911 underground, we need agents and the booths in Subway stations so that if anything happens again, especially on the overcrowded 4, 5, 6 tracks, people can actually be helped.”

 

January 31, 2013

Campaign calls on the state Inspector General yesterday requesting the creation of an oversight body consisting of residents and an investigation into the “unprovoked” attack of 20-year-old Roosevelt Island resident Anthony Jones by members the Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department.

 

 

 

January 2, 2013

Praises Candidate for “Focus and Creativity” because Ideas flow out of him like words out of Bill Clinton at a convention”

 

November 4, 2012

 

VoteWithKids.org launched this weekend days from the Presidential election, aimed at increasing youth voter turnout for future elections, by getting parents to take their children to vote.  The website and public service announcement calls for parents to bring their children with them to their polling locations on Election Day.   

A quote that inspired the project came from Professor Eric Plutzer of Pennsylvania State University, “The single most important factor in whether young people vote in their first or second eligible election is whether their parents vote,” featured in report by U.S. News and World Report.