Fall Update 2012

Thank You

July’s public finance filing placed our campaign for a better city in the lead to deliver on our mission for a better city.  

Our campaign received nearly 350 contributions that helped to raise almost $35,000 for this effort and as an investment in our future.  

In fact in this “money primary” where all candidates for City Council are judged on their ability to raise $120,600, we raised more than all three of our opponents combined.  Based on this filing we will be eligible to receive $65,040 in public funds for what will be a total of nearly $100,000 that can be used in this election.

Personalized thank you letters went out, but if you haven’t received one yet, please let us know and we will send one out to you right away since we couldn’t have done it without you!

We still have a ways to go, and will need to raise another $90,000, but being more than a quarter of the way there so early in the process is a testament to your commitment to a progressive campaign for meaningful change.

Shanah TovaL’Shanah Tova

Rosh Hashannah is the celebration of the Jewish New Year where many take pause and reflect on the year as they head in to the next.  In my reflection, I realize how great a year it has been and how integral you have been to my success.  Thank you for being a part of my life.  May you have a happy and healthy year!

Re-Electing President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama at the LIberty Bell

Travel to Pennsylvania on Weekends

Weekends through the election in November buses to Pennsylvania are available for free leaving at 8AM from locations throughout the City.  Reserve your spot by sending an electronic mail to obamaatkallosforcouncil [dot] com.

Voter Protection

New York Democratic Lawyers Council

Protect the voter with the Democratic National Committee’s Voting Rights Institute and New York Democratic Lawyers Council (NYDLC) where I serve as Chairman of the State Coordination Committee, the New York Democratic Law Students Council, which I co-founded and advise, or the College Democrats of New York where I created a Campus Voter Protection Program.

Please consider volunteering to host an outreach meeting at your firm, bar association, law school, or college by sending an electronic mail to voterprotectionatkallosforcouncil [dot] com.

If you are able to organize 20 or more voter protection volunteers I will provide a personal voter protection training at the time and location of your choosing in the week or two prior to election day.  Help protect the vote by sending an electronic mail to voterprotectionatkallosforcouncil [dot] com.

Did you have trouble voting this past Primary Day, Thursday, September 13, 2012?  Send a report of your experience to voterprotectionatkallosforcouncil [dot] com so we can look into getting it resolved.

Voter Registration Deadline, Online Registration and Absentee Ballots

VoterSearch.orgPlease verify your voter registration at http://VoterSearch.org a website I created more than five years ago to assist nearly 20 million New Yorkers in verifying their voter registration status.

Friday, October 12, 2012, is the voter registration deadline for postmarking of voter registration forms in order to vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 2012, available in English at http://KallosForCouncil.com/Voter_Registration_English.pdf and in Spanish at http://KallosForCouncil.com/Voter_Registration_Spanish.pdf.

New York State Electronic Voter Registration at the Department of Motor Vehicles

Online Voter Registration is now available through the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) by Executive Order of Governor Andrew Cuomo.  After more than five years of advocacy with NYDLC and working with Assembly Member Bing to introduce electronic voter registration legislation I am proud to see yet another solution I’ve worked on become a reality.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012, is the deadline to postmark your application for an absentee ballot if you are disabled or otherwise unable to make it to your poll site on  Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 2012.  You can download the absentee ballot application at http://KallosForCouncil.com/Absentee_App.pdf

Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA Local 1-2) Rally

Fighting Con Edison to Keep Your Power On

On July 1, 2012, amidst a heat wave Con Edison put the health, safety and economic security of New York City residents in jeopardy by locking out 8,500 employees.  I immediately reached out to the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA Local 1-2) to support their cause, protesting with them at the home of Con Edison CEO Kevin Burke, rallying in Union Square, simply so they could return to work so they could keep our power on.

Twenty six days later with the threat of storms bearing down on the City and the intervention of Governor Andrew Cuomo, Con Edison finally did the right thing ending the lockout so their employees could brace us for the storm and keep our power on.  UWUA Local 1-2 members were forced to make sacrifices beyond 26 days of unemployment including health care concessions, but were able to maintain the defined benefit retirements that they worked a life time for until 2037.

Fighting for Retirement Health Benefits for Retirees in NYC

Last week New Roosevelt founder Bill Samuels joined NYS AFL-CIO in calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation that passed both houses of the legislature that will provide retirees from New York City Off Track Betting (OTB) with the health benefits for which they spent a life time working.  Share your support at this online petition for Governor Cuomo to sign the bill to give back health benefit to NYC OTB retirees at http://KallosForCouncil.com/NYCOTB

AFL-CIO Memorandum in Support of Health Benefiits for NYCOTB Retirees

Launching Newsmotion.org

Newsmotion Kick StarterThis summer I had the pleasure of developing Newsmotion.org, an innovative platform for civic media, public art, and original documentary reportage. Harnessing the power of independent voices, technology, and collaborative storytelling to help the critical issues of our time engage new audiences and find new solutions.  The technology team members come from the MIT Media Lab, Mozilla Foundation, and the Museum of Natural History.  You can learn more by visiting Newsmotion.org or watching their successful Kick Starter Pitch Video.

Newsmotion.org provides a real-time interface streams and sorts news in three categories: Official (governments and international institutions), Unofficial (independent media organizations), Citizen (individual bloggers and journalists).

Our Bill of Rights starts with the First Amendment, placing the necessity for freedom of speech and the strength of the press to having a better democracy where there can be a check on all three branches of government.  The Internet brought freedom of information and with it the mixed blessing of increased government transparency at the expense of the weakening of the printed press.  I hope to continue to work with EffectiveNY.org, Newsmotion.org, and other project to strengthen the press.

Healthy New York

This summer I am proud to have finished the Aquaphor New York City Triathlon: swimming 1.5K (1 mile), biking 40k (25 miles), and running 10k (6 miles); the New York Gran Fando’s Medio Fondo and the Transportation Alternative’s NYC Century (55 mile distance).

Asphalt Green TriathlonAfter more than a year of training with Asphalt Green and the Asphalt Green Triathlon Club (AGTRI), I felt safe and prepared. I was still nervous as anyone would be their first time but my coaches and fellow members were there through training and the race itself to help me along the way.  Membership with the AGTRI is an affordable $499 a year (or $42 a month) and I highly recommend it.  Are you training or do you have a similar story to share as part of our campaign's commitment to public health?

One year later, I am still leading a healthy life style, since I started training I have gone from being clinically overweight at 220 pounds to my current regular weight of 180 pounds, losing 40 pounds and 6 inches off my waist.  I now weigh less and have a smaller waist then I did at 18 in my sophomore year of college.  The life style changes in addition to training that helped me include not skipping breakfast and eating New York State made Chobani Greek Yogurt every morning (my favorite flavor is Mango) and not eating after 10PM.  Do you have a similar weight loss story to share as part of our campaign's commitment to public health?

BeFitNYCWhile gyms around New York City can cost more than $100 a month, you may want to consider one of more than 40 local New York City Parks Recreation Centers, many of which have indoor pools. As part of the BeFitNYC program you can visit any center for free on the first Monday of the month, with free memberships for youth under 18, $25 membership for seniors 62 and up, and $100 or $150 for centers with without and with a pool, respectively for the year (or half off for six months).

New York City Redistricting

New York City Council Redistricting New York County MapRedistricting of New York City’s 51 City Council Districts has begun with the first set of maps release earlier this month that are available at nyc.gov/districting

The next set of Public Hearing on the Released Maps will be on:

If you have any objections to any changes to the 5th City Council District which I hope to represent or to any other district, please contact the campaign and we will be happy to work with you on testimony and alternative maps.

Fighting the Marine Transfer Station

Sane Trash Solutions

As a member of both Asphalt Green and Sane Trash Soluntions I would like to invite you to a Community Meeting this Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 6:30PM at the Aqua Center at Asphalt Green on East 91st Street and York Avenue.  Contrary to what the city wants you to believe, the fight against the East 91st garbage dump is far, far from “over.”  We will update you on the progress we are making, and the steps we all can take, to stop the city from dumping on Yorkville/East Harlem!

If you are new to the issue you can get a primer from an episode of Community Board 8 Speaks I hosted with Sane Trash Solutions or by visiting SaneTrash.org.


Exciting opportunity to join a progressive campaign for New York City Council that is at the forefront of public policy, technology, and civic engagement.  This is not your average internship of copying, filing or field.  You will join a team with experienced professionals where you will be able to participate in all aspects of a successful campaign so that you gain the necessary skills to secure a job after the internship. 

Duties will include:

  • Scheduling
  • Voter and Donor Contact
  • Authoring Campaign Materials (Scripts, Flyers, etc.)
  • Canvassing
  • Community Outreach and Organizing
  • Event Planning
  • Attending Local Meetings
  • Social Media
  • Website Management
  • Photography
  • Public Policy Research

This opportunity requires a minimum of 10 hours a week with more challenging assignments and responsibilities offered to interns who work more hours a week.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and resumes with cover letter should be sent to internshipatkallosforcouncil [dot] com.

Fighting for Free Speech: Your Right to Broadcast Yourself

VIACOM vs. YouTubeNearly a year ago I joined with Public Knowledge serving as Counsel for the filing of an Amicus Curiae on behalf of Google and YouTube in Viacom v. YouTube, where in content providers such as Viacom sought to impose a duty to monitor video sharing sites like YouTube, Vimeo, Blip.TV, etc. despite the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's (DMCA) clear provisions providing safe harbor for user generated content (Download a PDF of the Amicus Curae Brief).  In its decision of April of this year, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the majority of arguments made by the content providers and remanded the case for additional fact finding on the trial level (Download a PDF of the Decision).  You can read a summary of the decision in the case at Public Knowledge.


Pictures and Video from Past Events

Tech Event

Transparency isn't a buzz word and access to a candidate shouldn't be limited to those who can afford to attend fundraisers.  

This campaign is committed to full transparency, that being said we've posted the footage from our tech event hosted by Cyber Security Experts Raj Goel of Brainlink and Charles Rawls of BadWolf where we discussed all things tech.

Full Video on Blip.TV or in segments by topics on YouTube:

Pictures from the event are available on Facebook and Flickr.

TheMusic.FM FundraiserTheMusic.FM

TheMusic.FM a New York City based modern music news site with news, mp3s, videos, live event coverage and more hosted a fundraiser for our campaign because of our commitment to protecting the First Amendment and desire to update our legal system to remove archaic law that no longer serve a purpose in modern day society.

Pictures from the event are available on Facebook and Flickr.

Save the Dates

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 
7PM to 9PM, Location TBD
Ray Beckerman, Attorney and Author opposing RIAA's slap suits for peer to peer file sharing of music.
$250 Venture Capitalist (Sponsor)
$100 Angel Investor
$50 Incubator
$25 Slashdot/Students
$10 Suggested Contribution for Simulcast / Video Viewer

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Young Leaders

Thursday, October 18
7PM to 9:30PM
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