Press Releases

July 5, 2013

New York, N.Y. – Council Candidate Ben Kallos is offering free voter file access starting today to all 2013 City candidates in the hopes of electing a better City Council. Free voter file accounts will allow Democratic and Republican Party Primary candidates to verify petition signatures so that they can get the 450, 2,000 and 3,750 signatures from registered voters in their party to get on the ballot for City Council, Borough President and Citywide office, respectively.  These petitions must be filed with the Board of Elections between Monday, July 8 and Thursday, July 11.

 

June 14, 2013

Today marks a crucial step forward for justice: the sentencing of Pedro Espada, corrupt former state senate majority leader, to five years in prison. Pedro Espada stole from his own nonprofit hundreds of thousands of dollars meant to serve the poor in the Bronx, and then had the audacity to run for reelection.

 

June 14, 2013

New York, N.Y. – Yesterday, Council Candidate Ben Kallos joined seniors, NYCHA residents and members of AFSCME Local 371, offering testimony to rethink cuts to senior services for NYCHA before the City Council Committee on Public Housing. Kallos, whose district encompasses the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island where Stanley Isaacs and Holmes Towers have a NYCHA Senior Center, urged the City Council to help NYCHA keep senior centers well staffed and well funded as the agency faces a $205 million shortfall as the result of federal sequestration. 

 

June 14, 2013

New York, N.Y. – Yesterday, Council Candidate Ben Kallos joined seniors, NYCHA residents and members of AFSCME Local 371, offering testimony to rethink cuts to senior services for NYCHA before the City Council Committee on Public Housing. Kallos, whose district encompasses the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island where Stanley Isaacs and Holmes Towers have a NYCHA Senior Center, urged the City Council to help NYCHA keep senior centers well staffed and well funded as the agency faces a $205 million shortfall as the result of federal sequestration. 

 

June 12, 2013

Were the United States Government to begin developing all new code using a free and open source license, it would mean hundreds of billions of dollars in cost-savings for the public. The IT sector would flourish with thousands of new jobs and the improvements created by efficiency of software sharing between agencies would improve government, bringing it into the Internet age the right way.

 

June 5, 2013

"Fares keep going up, while service keeps going down, and that doesn't make any sense," said Ben Kallos, City Council Candidate for the Upper East Side. "We've collected over a thousand signatures on the Upper East Side as part of the Bring Back Our Booths campaign that we launched earlier this year when riders grew concerned about inaccessibility and safety after agents and booths were removed from subway stations at 77th and 86th Streets.  We’re thrilled to work with Transit Forward and TWU Local 100 to take this campaign for a better commute Citywide."

 

June 5, 2013

 

 The League of Independent Theater of New York has endorsed Ben Kallos for City Council in Manhattan's District Five, differentiating Kallos as the arts candidate for the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island. LIT is the only 501(c) 6 independent theater advocacy group in New York City, and a key part of the local arts and culture community. Together with partners, LIT serves more than 50,000 independent performing artists.

 

 

May 28, 2013

 

Kallos to support slate of young democrats for county committee to achieve policy platform

 

May 28, 2013

 

New York, N.Y. – The 38,000-member Transport Workers Union Local 100 announced today its endorsement of City Council Candidate Ben Kallos in Manhattan’s District 5, spanning the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island. The endorsement establishes Kallos as the transportation candidate on the East Side, after already receiving the backing of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1179, and showcases the campaign’s strong progressive support.

 

 

May 24, 2013

Roosevelt Island, N.Y. – Much of Roosevelt Island is in blackout this morning, as emergency responders from Con Edison and the 144th precinct seek to restore power. Residents seeking emergency support should call 911.

City Council candidate Ben Kallos has provided a hotline for residents to seek non-emergency assistance from his team of volunteers. Residents can call 855-2KALLOS (855-252-5567) while the blackout persists.