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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

By Winnie Hu

Councilman Ben Kallos, under scaffolding at the corner of First Avenue and 79th street in Manhattan, will introduce a bill on Tuesday that would require scaffolding to come down within six months of going up.Credit…Emon Hassan for The New York Times

The new bill will be introduced Tuesday by Councilman Ben Kallos, who represents the Upper East Side.

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By Erin Durkin

Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) is sponsoring the legislation to require 14 days of online job postings before interviews are done for government jobs.

Kallos said he wants to rein in patronage hiring at the city Board of Elections — where officials have long resisted calls to publicly post all their jobs.

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By Cezary Podkul

New York City Council legislation requiring landlords to register their rent-regulated apartments with the city or face fines is a “waste of taxpayers’ resources.”

That was the blunt message delivered by Anne-Marie Hendrickson, a deputy commissioner at the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), at an often combative, six hour-long public hearing on Monday about potential reforms to city housing laws.

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By J. David Goodman

Councilman Ben Kallos, a Manhattan Democrat who sponsored two of the reform bills, said the Council was voting on proposed legislation that had been “long sought after.” Government watchdog groups agreed, even if some objected to the speed of the vote — two days after their first and only public hearing — and the lack of public input before the laws took final shape.

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By Editorials

Summer brings the Daily News’ semi-annual ritual of shaming hypocrites on the City Council and of noting those who are true to their word.

Twice a year, the speaker doles out bonuses to members as rewards for obeisance. The Council justifies the payments, known as lulus, by calling them compensation for added committee duties that supplements the standard annual salary of $112,500.

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By Michael Kimmelman

Last week, the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled its first express bus line: the 86th Street crosstown, running back and forth between York Avenue on the east side and Broadway on the west. There was a news conference to celebrate, at Columbus Avenue. Polly Trottenberg, the mayor’s transportation commissioner, hailed “modest investments” yielding dividends in terms of saved time for long-beleaguered riders, to which Ben Kallos, a city councilman, added that time saved translates into revenue for businesses whose taxes help pay for further transit improvements: a virtuous circle.

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By Talia Ralph

The young Councilman Kallos wants a New York where healthy meals are accessible to all, obesity is long gone and every street corner composts and recycles.

City Councilman Ben Kallos has come a long way from his days at The Bronx High School of Science, though not so far from its rooftop greenhouse, where he tilled the soil as a teenager.

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By Jay Cassano

The first time I walked into New York City Council Member Ben Kallos’s District Office, I immediately recognized the layout: A pair of long tables occupied by laptop-facing 20-year-olds wearing jeans and hoodies.

To be fair, there were also several people not in their 20s wearing Oxford shirts and slacks. And on three sides of those tables–front, back, and left–are a handful of proper individual desks, the people behind them all wearing business attire.

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