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Ben Kallos

Upper East Side's Yorkville, Lenox Hill, Carnegie Hill, Roosevelt Island, Midtown East, Sutton Place, El Barrio in East Harlem

  • Cutting the ribbon for the new Urban Outreach Center of NYC.
  • Council Member Ben Kallos speaks during the ceremony.

City Council Member Ben Kallos joined members of the East Side Task Force for Homeless Outreach in celebrating the Dec. 10 grand opening. This new location will help distribute locally grown produce and other healthy groceries, offering a community diner that serves restaurant quality meals, clothing rooms and even a transitional mailing address, in addition to the wide array of social service resources. 

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U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney and City Councilmember Ben Kallos posed for a photo Friday at the newly renovated Carl Schurz Park Playground. 

“This is the only park serving the entire 80s,” said City Councilmember Ben Kallos, explaining the playground’s importance to the surrounding blocks. “This means that children will have a place to go outside safely and equipment to play on as we ride out this pandemic.”

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Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers remarks and rides the ferry to celebrate the extension of the Astoria ferry line. Astoria Ferry Landing, Astoria. Friday August 28, 2020. (Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)

Last week, the NYC Ferry service announced it would finally expand the line to connect the neighboring boroughs, after years of advocacy from Astoria community leaders. The line will offer a direct connection from 3-10 Astoria Blvd.

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For years, the housing lottery only included newly constructed units. When someone moved into one and then left, the vacated apartments did not return to the lottery. Buildings kept their own waiting lists, leading to allegations to those with political connections or who paid bribes could cut in line.

Some of those vacant units will now be entered in the lottery, allowing everyone to be made aware when they become available.

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(L-R) Ben Kallos, New York City Council Member, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Vicki Been, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, James Patchett, New York City Economic Development Corporation President & CEO, Jennifer Sta. Ines, Manhattan Deputy Borough Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation. Alyssa Cobb Konon, Deputy Commissioner for Planning and Development, and Jeff Rosser, Vice President of Skanska, pose for a photo at a groundbreaking ceremony for the East Midtown Greenway Friday in Manhattan. 

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Local elected officials such as Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, City Councilmember Ben Kallos, State Assemblymember Rebecca Seawright and State Senator Liz Kreuger attended Tuesday’s ribbon cutting to voice support for the supportive housing facility.

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72. Ben Kallos New York City Councilman 

This Upper East Side reformer has carved out a niche as a fierce advocate for increased government transparency and bolstering the city’s campaign finance system. This year, Ben Kallos has been grabbing headlines for his push to implement larger matching funds for political candidates, a measure that was approved on the 2018 ballot.

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Councilmember Ben Kallos, who represents the Upper East Side and who has been a champion of strengthening restriction on voids, called for the city to limit mechanical spaces to no more than 40 feet in these areas, broaden the scope of its review, and to narrow possible exemptions for mixed-use buildings. The issue is especially crucial because excessive voids fill buildings with empty space rather than housing, said Kallos.

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New York City officials declared a climate emergency in an effort to mobilize local and national responses to stall global warming.

It’s the largest city in the US, with over 8.62 million inhabitants.

The New York City Council passed the legislation Wednesday, calling for an immediate response to the global climate crises. The bill referenced several reports on the state of global warming and its impact, imparting that extreme weather events brought about by rising temperatures demonstrates that the planet is “too hot to be a safe environment.”

Read more in CNN.

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