New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos
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Roosevelt Island in Blackout: City Council candidate Ben Kallos and team provide aid to residents


City Council candidate Ben Kallos and team providing aid to residents

UPDATE: Con Edison has revised its estimate for the return of power to Roosevelt Island to 5:00 P.M. today, according to a tweet from Ben Kallos: 

Roosevelt Island, N.Y. – Much of Roosevelt Island is in blackout this morning, as emergency responders from Con Edison and the 144th precinct seek to restore power. Residents seeking emergency support should call 911.

City Council candidate Ben Kallos has provided a hotline for residents to seek non-emergency assistance from his team of volunteers. Residents can call 855-2KALLOS (855-252-5567) while the blackout persists. Tweet from @Kallos: #RooseveltIslandBlackout dial 911 for emergency or dial tollfree 855-2-KALLOS for help from #TeamBen volunteers @RooseveltIsland @RIRAonline

The Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department has confirmed that power is out in several buildings on the north end of the island, including Octagon, River Road, Manhattan Park, and part of Westview, as reported by the Roosevelt Islander:
Some buildings, such as River Road, do not have emergency lighting. Kallos’ team of volunteers is offering assistance to residents navigating the dark.
Con Edison has asked Roosevelt Island customers with working power to reduce the use of electrical appliances and air conditioner units, according to a tweet by the New York City Office of Emergency Management at 8:37 a.m.
Also providing non-emergency assistance is the non-profit organization Island Kids, which will remain open all day as a free play space for all island children, according to a statement from representative Nikki Leopold.
Although some sources initially reported that Con Ed would restore all power by 11:00 A.M., power is now expected to return around 1:00 P.M. according to
a tweet from Kallos.Tweet from @Kallos: @notifynyc power may be down for a longer amount of time new estimates are 1pm may be longer
Public transportation services were limited earlier in the morning, but the F Train, Tram, and Red Bus are all running again.
Kallos has a history of activism on Roosevelt Island, working alongside local leaders to improve representation, services and transportation on the island. Kallos is the Executive Director of a leading Good Government group, entrepreneur, attorney, and the former Chief of Staff for Assembly Member Jonathan Bing. For more information about his campaign for City Council District 5, visit