Press Coverage

Chris Bragg
07/29/2013
 

Now, his main opponent in the Democratic primary, Benjamin Kallos, is beginning to line up support from groups that otherwise would have likely backed his Mr. Kellner, who had been viewed as the heavy favorite in the race.

On Monday, the pro-tenants rights group Tenants PAC is expected to back Mr. Kallos' campaign, Mr. Kallos' campaign said. More institutional support is expected to align around Mr. Kallos this week.

"Tenants PAC is proud to support Ben Kallos for Manhattan's District 5, said Michael McKee of Tenants PAC in a statement. "He is someone that we can trust to stand up for tenants—a person of action and a champion of tenants' rights."

 

Susannah Griffee
07/24/2013
 

Manhattan City Council hopeful Ben Kallos rolled out the endorsement of the city's National Organization for Women chapter Wednesday, following reports that his primary rival, state Assemblyman Micah Kellner, faced sexual harassment allegations in the past. 

NOW-NYC President Sonia Ossorio called Kallos "a leader of integrity and ethics, someone we believe women voters can trust," and someone who "does not accept that we can just live with a culture of sexual harassment."

In 2009, a female Assembly worker told a supervisor Kellner sent her sexually suggestive online messages. The surfacing of the allegations this week led Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to announce his longtime top counsel, Bill Collins, never informed him of the accusations (or investigated them) and would step down from his job.

 

CBS News 2 New York
07/24/2013
 

Allegations Were Issued Against Micah Kellner 4 Years Ago

 

Joanna Fantozzi
07/03/2013
 

... Upper East Siders ... Ben Kallos ... are running for a seat on the City Council. We interviewed each of them about five issues that Upper East Side residents find most pressing.

How would you make sure that the Marine Transfer Station was not built?

Ben Kallos: I try to have a wider scope. This issue has been going on for seven years and nothing’s happened. New York is 15 percent recycling, and San Francisco is over 75 percent recycling. My question is why is New York City following an obsolete waste management plan. We should be educating people about recycling and not putting 50 percent of our waste into the ground. We need to make sure the vehicles we are using for waste transportation aren’t emitting fumes. This is a local issue, but we need to broaden our scope. We’re in this together as a city.

 

Our Town
Joanna Fantozzi
07/03/2013
 

... Upper East Siders ... Ben Kallos ... are running for a seat on the City Council. We interviewed each of them about five issues that Upper East Side residents find most pressing.

How would you make sure that the Marine Transfer Station was not built?

Ben Kallos: I try to have a wider scope. This issue has been going on for seven years and nothing’s happened. New York is 15 percent recycling, and San Francisco is over 75 percent recycling. My question is why is New York City following an obsolete waste management plan. We should be educating people about recycling and not putting 50 percent of our waste into the ground. We need to make sure the vehicles we are using for waste transportation aren’t emitting fumes. This is a local issue, but we need to broaden our scope. We’re in this together as a city.

 

Roosevelt Islander
Roosevelt Islander
06/16/2013
 

 NYC Council Candidate for Roosevelt Island Ben Kallos was here donating to the  blood drive.

 

Alex Byers
06/14/2013
 

As we’ve reported, though, the proposed text looks a bit different than the version that cleared the committee earlier this year — for example, it cut two paragraphs that promoted open-source software. That’s not exactly music to the ears of open government advocates — one, for example, told us that a government pivot to open source would be a cost-saver and potential job creator.

 

Roosevelt Islander
Rick O'Connor
06/14/2013
 

Ben Kallos, a candidate to represent Roosevelt Island in the NYC Council adds: Today's resignation of the Roosevelt Island Public Safety Director demonstrates that the concerted efforts of Roosevelt Islanders who bravely rallied, testified and spoke out to reform the Public Safety Department can achieve results. Residents no longer have to rely on empty political promises, instead taking action to better our community. None of this would have been possible without the hard work of members of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Public Safety Committee led by Erin Feely Nahem, who had to make personal sacrifices and faced adversity for her tireless efforts. We eagerly await the results of the investigation into Public Safety Department by the Inspector General who can create an oversight board of resident to prevent future misconduct.

 

Politico
Alex Byers
06/14/2013
 

As we’ve reported, though, the proposed text looks a bit different than the version that cleared the committee earlier this year — for example, it cut two paragraphs that promoted open-source software. That’s not exactly music to the ears of open government advocates — one, for example, told us that a government pivot to open source would be a cost-saver and potential job creator.

 

Roosevelt Islander
Rick O'Connor
06/14/2013
 

Ben Kallos, a candidate to represent Roosevelt Island in the NYC Council adds: Today's resignation of the Roosevelt Island Public Safety Director demonstrates that the concerted efforts of Roosevelt Islanders who bravely rallied, testified and spoke out to reform the Public Safety Department can achieve results. Residents no longer have to rely on empty political promises, instead taking action to better our community. None of this would have been possible without the hard work of members of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Public Safety Committee led by Erin Feely Nahem, who had to make personal sacrifices and faced adversity for her tireless efforts. We eagerly await the results of the investigation into Public Safety Department by the Inspector General who can create an oversight board of resident to prevent future misconduct.

 

Our Town
Ben Kallos
06/06/2013
 

By funding public college education for all – regardless of immigration status – the City will build a better workforce, earn more in taxes and become stronger.

 

Our Town
Joanna Fantozzi
06/06/2013
 

 Joseph Strong, a representative from City Council candidate Ben Kallos’ office said that his team started giving out water to residents as soon as they heard about the power outage.

 

Our Town
Ben Kallos
06/06/2013
 

By funding public college education for all – regardless of immigration status – the City will build a better workforce, earn more in taxes and become stronger.

 

Our Town
Joanna Fantozzi
06/06/2013
 

 Joseph Strong, a representative from City Council candidate Ben Kallos’ office said that his team started giving out water to residents as soon as they heard about the power outage.

 

NewsLI
05/29/2013
 

A comprehensive policy platform created exclusively by advocacy group Manhattan Young Democrats was adopted today by City Council Candidate Ben Kallos for inclusion in his campaigns solutions for a better City.

 

NewsLI
05/29/2013
 

A comprehensive policy platform created exclusively by advocacy group Manhattan Young Democrats was adopted today by City Council Candidate Ben Kallos for inclusion in his campaigns solutions for a better City.

 

Colin Campbell
05/28/2013
 

TWU Local 100

“TWU Local 100 is proud to announce our support for candidates who are the strongest Public Transportation and Labor candidates in their respective races,” union president John Samuelsen said in a statement. “Every candidate was carefully screened by a team of Union officers and staff, and each person we are supporting demonstrated great knowledge and commitment to working with our union to improve public transit in New York.”

 

Marc Bussanich
05/21/2013
 

 

On Mr. Kallos, George Jr. hopes there are more City Council candidates that will make restoring early childhood education seats a priority in their political careers. Kallos said that government-subsidized childcare is essential for low-income working families to avoid being mired in poverty.

 

Long Island Exchange
Staff
05/20/2013
 

Following child care funding cuts in the Final Executive Budget affecting thousands of working families, Council Candidate Ben Kallos joined Executive Director of DC 1707 Raglan George, Jr. at the “One Man One March,” along with Mabel Everett, President of Local 205 Day Care Employees, to call on Mayor Bloomberg to restore funding to help provide for New York City’s children, single parents and families living in poverty.

 

Long Island Exchange
Staff
05/20/2013
 

Following child care funding cuts in the Final Executive Budget affecting thousands of working families, Council Candidate Ben Kallos joined Executive Director of DC 1707 Raglan George, Jr. at the “One Man One March,” along with Mabel Everett, President of Local 205 Day Care Employees, to call on Mayor Bloomberg to restore funding to help provide for New York City’s children, single parents and families living in poverty.

 

New York Observer's PolitickerNY
Ross Barkan
Colin Campbell
05/14/2013
 

The internships section of the Pedro Alvarez website was identical to the section on the Ben Kallos website.

Ben Kallos, a candidate for City Council on the Upper East Side, was apparently offering campaign internships in the south Bronx.

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Mr. Kallos, for his part, seemed unperturbed about another campaign copying his website. Rather than address the identical website sections when reached for comment, he touted the strength of his own campaign.

“The fact that our campaign’s open platform focused on solutions and progressive internship program have become a model demonstrates that we are not only leading by example, but changing the dialog,” Mr. Kallos stated.