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District 5

Ben Kallos

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

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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By Emma Tuckers

Councilman Ben Kallos on Wednesday is expected to introduce two additional bills intended to support small businesses during the pandemic. The first one would streamline the process for restaurants to obtain a sidewalk-cafe license or renew one if it was previously approved. It would also allow for licenses to be transferred if the establishment undergoes a change of ownership.

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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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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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