New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos
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Press Releases

Cornell Must Support Roosevelt Island in Construction of Tech Campus

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

“Cornell NYC Tech can’t claim to be sustainable unless it supports the local infrastructure of Roosevelt Island on which it relies,” Kallos testified, further calling on the University to provide funding for the maintenance of the Island’s sea wall, roads, and the “Helix” (the off-ramp of the Roosevelt Island Bridge). He also argued that the project be modified to provide a higher percentage of academic buildings and that those buildings be prioritized.

Safety & Accessibility Concerns Spur Petitioning To Bring Back Subway Booths & Agents at 86th Street Subway Station

Monday, February 4, 2013

Ben Kallos, candidate for City Council on the East Side of Manhattan and Roosevelt Island, took to the street this morning to petition for safer subways, with campaign volunteers, Upper East Side residents and students to voice their concerns over safety, security, and accessibility in the subways and collect petition signatures calling on Acting MTA Chair Fernando Ferrer to “bring back the booths” and agents to the 86th Street Station’s northbound platform.

“These platforms are overcrowded and people are getting pushed into the tracks,” Kallos said, in the midst long lines for MetroCards and a chaotic crowd on the platform. “With no cell service and 911 underground, we need agents and the booths in Subway stations so that if anything happens again, especially on the overcrowded 4, 5, 6 tracks, people can actually be helped.”

Inspector General Called on to Investigate Public Safety on Roosevelt Island & Create Resident-Led Oversight Body by City Council Candidate Ben Kallos; Recent Incident Receives Citywide Attention, Leaves RI Residents Wanting Action

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Campaign calls on the state Inspector General yesterday requesting the creation of an oversight body consisting of residents and an investigation into the “unprovoked” attack of 20-year-old Roosevelt Island resident Anthony Jones by members the Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department.



Initiative Launched to Improve Low Turnout in Youth Voters: Parents Pledge to Vote with Kids So They’ll Vote When They Can

Sunday, November 4, 2012 launched this weekend days from the Presidential election, aimed at increasing youth voter turnout for future elections, by getting parents to take their children to vote.  The website and public service announcement calls for parents to bring their children with them to their polling locations on Election Day.   

A quote that inspired the project came from Professor Eric Plutzer of Pennsylvania State University, “The single most important factor in whether young people vote in their first or second eligible election is whether their parents vote,” featured in report by U.S. News and World Report.

Hosts Movie Premier for 'Brooklyn Castle' to Call for Greater Investment in Education and After-School Programs

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Kallos Calls on Elected Officials to See “Brooklyn Castle” Before Considering Cuts to Education and After-school Programs

New York, NY – New York City Council Candidate Ben Kallos joined director Katie Dellamaggiore and players JustusAlexis and Rochelle from the film Brooklyn Castle at its premier last night on Friday October 19, 2012 at Lincoln Center’s Film Society to call for greater investment in education and after-school programs.
“I am pleased to support Brooklyn Castle, which shows the real results our City can get when we invest in education and after-school programs,” said City Council Candidate Ben Kallos.
The campaign was inspired by Brooklyn Castle to add a new solution to its education platformwith our commitment to: Support Chess in Schools to Promote Better Decision Making in New York City's Youth to Lower Juvenile Delinquency
“Any Elected Official should be required to see Brooklyn Castle before making any cuts to education or after-school programs,” demands Kallos. "We'll even buy you a ticket!"
“Elected Officials must understand that every dollar cut from education and after-school programs kills the hopes and dreams of our City’s youth and is ultimately an investment of $2.50 or more in our criminal justice system,” Kallos concludes, “Let’s invest in our children’s future and not our prisons!”