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.”
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“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.
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.”
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.
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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.
Kallos Calls on Elected Officials to See “Brooklyn Castle” Before Considering Cuts to Education and After-school Programs
New York, NY – New York City Council Candidate Ben Kallos joined director Katie Dellamaggiore and players Justus, Alexis and Rochelle from the film Brooklyn Castle at its premier last night on Friday October 19, 2012 at Lincoln Center’s Film Society to call for greater investment in education and after-school programs.
“I am pleased to support Brooklyn Castle, which shows the real results our City can get when we invest in education and after-school programs,” said City Council Candidate Ben Kallos.
The campaign was inspired by Brooklyn Castle to add a new solution to its education platformwith our commitment to: Support Chess in Schools to Promote Better Decision Making in New York City's Youth to Lower Juvenile Delinquency
“Any Elected Official should be required to see Brooklyn Castle before making any cuts to education or after-school programs,” demands Kallos. "We'll even buy you a ticket!"
“Elected Officials must understand that every dollar cut from education and after-school programs kills the hopes and dreams of our City’s youth and is ultimately an investment of $2.50 or more in our criminal justice system,” Kallos concludes, “Let’s invest in our children’s future and not our prisons!”