September News: Get Big Money Out of Politics, Town Hall with Reusable Bags, Emergency Prep with Go Bags, New Ferry, and Outdoor Fun
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I hope everyone enjoyed their summer, had a restful Labor Day weekend, and for those who celebrate, Shanah Tova!
It is up to you to get big money out of New York City politics this November. Please pledge to vote on the November 6 ballot for campaign finance reform.
In August, the East River 50’s Alliance and my office filed a lawsuit to overturn the Board of Standards and Appeals' June ruling that would give Gamma Real Estate the right the build the Sutton tower despite the successful grassroots community-led rezoning of the neighborhood.
If you live on the Upper East Side, you might enjoy a better commute riding the new ferry service from East 90th Street to 34th Street and Wall Street.
This month you are invited to our Annual Town Hall with free reusable bags, and our Annual Emergency Preparedness event with Free Go Bags. Supplies are limited and you must RSVP at BenKallos.com/events
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Emergency Preparedness & CERT
Go Bag Giveaway
Skate Night at
John Jay Park
9/14, 4:30PM – 7:30PM
Shred-A-Thon Fall Edition
9/22, 10AM – 2PM
Cooking with Kallos
9/29, 10AM -12PM
Family Day at
St. Catherine's Park
9/29, 12PM - 3PM
Movies Under the Stars
9/8, 8PM, A Wrinkle in Time
9/29, 8PM, Ready Player One
I am back from paternity leave. I am grateful for the opportunity and emboldened in my fight to ensure every parent and child has this crucial time together through paid family leave. I also can't wait for First Friday, Cooking with Kallos, and all the great movies and concerts we've got planned this August.
In July, we fought overdevelopment at the Board of Standards and Appeals building a borough-wide coalition to fight projects like 58 Sutton and 180 East 88th Street to 200 Amsterdam Avenue on the Westside. I am also advocating for the Mayor's DemocracyNYC Charter Revision Commission to put Full Public Matching on the Ballot in November so you can vote to get big money from the real estate industry out of New York City politics.
We installed over 100 new tree guards with discretionary funds from my office in partnership with local neighborhood associations and invested in our firehouse on 85th Street so New York City's bravest can keep us safe from fires.
As we look forward I am fighting for traffic cameras in our most dangerous intersections where someone has been injured or killed and trying to protect innovation and make it easier to get around.
8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 7am - 1pm
Friday Afternoon Concert at Ruppert Park
Cooking with Kallos
8/11, 10am -12pm
Movies on the Hill Disneys's Coco
Jazz, Rock and Caribbean Rhythms at Ruppert Park
8/17, 4pm - 6pm
Movies Under the Stars: Emoji Movie
8/3, 8am -10pm
PARKS AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Happy Fourth of July! As we celebrate our freedom we must remember that the price of liberty is eternal vigilance.
We continue to fight overdevelopment. While the developer of a supertall building won special treatment so that our community's hard-won rezoning wouldn't apply to his building for billionaires, we will bring the fight to court.
We passed an $89 billion budget for the city that invests in our children, libraries, and parks while making transit more affordable and taking a look at why property taxes are higher in this neighborhood than many others.
As we invest in schools, we broke ground on 180 new pre-kindergarten seats that should be ready for next year, stood up for specialized high schools and congratulated graduates from more than a dozen schools, sharing nothing less than the secret of life, spreading a message of tolerance, and hoping to inspire the next generation.
We are working to make our streets safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers by giving everyone their own safe space. On Monday, July 9th, the Department of Transportation will be proposing a parking-protected bike lane to protect cyclists on Second Avenue below 68th Street and crosstown bike lane pairs on 65th and 66th as well as 84th and 85th Streets.
I hope you will join me for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in Carl Schurz Park nightly at 7pm from July 17th through the 22nd.
As I continue the second half of my paternity leave through the month of July, I took time out to fight for Universal Childcare, paying our childcare workers equitably and keeping children from being separated at the borders. Although I am on leave, my staff is still there to help every day from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday at 212-860-1950, or you can email me at BKallos@BenKallos.com.
7/18, 11AM – 6PM
AFFORDABLE HOUSING & OVERDEVELOPMENT
It has been four years, five months and twenty days since I began serving as your City Council Member. Thank you to all the residents who came out to the polls in the Primary and General Elections last year, where we won with 7,847 votes at 75% and 22,514 votes at 81% respectively. This is a testament to our partnership and shows that empowering residents helps to govern honestly and inclusively—and it's the best way to get things done.
Together we invested in education, successfully winning more than 750 pre-kindergarten seats and providing millions of dollars in STEM funding for public schools, we improved commutes with new Select Bus Service, new buses and a new subway, rebuilt our parks with 200 million in public and private dollars for the East River Esplanade, fought over development by rezoning to stop a super tall tower, cleaned up the neighborhood with a new large trash can on every corner and cleaned up government by making the City Council a full time job and banning outside income.
If you would like to compare my goals with our actions over the past four years, please have a look at my 2013 Policy Book as well as my Inauguration and four States of the District, where we looked to the past and prepared for a bright future. I am proud of these achievements, but I know their is a lot more we can do together. Thank you for your support over the past four years. I am looking forward to all we can accomplish in my second term.
BY THE NUMBERS
Constituent Service Cases: 7,700 and counting
Legislation Authored: 104
Introductions Authored: 86
Introductions Enacted into Law: 32 (37%)
Resolutions Authored: 18
Resolutions Adopted: 12 (67%)
Land Use Matters Adopted: 6 (100%)
City Council Attendance: 99%
Governmental Operations Committee Hearings Chaired: 67
Legislation Passed by Committee: 55
Legislation Sponsored: 895
Legislation Sponsored Adopted or Enacted: 680 (76%)
Ben in Your Building: More than fifty
First Fridays & Brainstorm with Ben: More than four dozen
Mobile Hours: Hundreds
Free Legal Clinics: Hundreds
Community Meetings: Hundreds
Petitions Signed: 4,290 and counting
Reusable Bags Distributed: 4,000 and counting
Participatory Budgeting Investments in Community: $6.9 Million
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INVESTING IN EDUCATION
IMPROVING AND CREATING NEW PARKS
QUALITY OF LIFE
PROTECTING TENANTS AND FIGHTING OVERDEVELOPMENT
MARINE TRANSFER STATION
GOOD GOVERNMENT REFORM AND TRANSPARENCY
|Congratulations to the winners of the Participatory Budgeting vote on how to spend one million dollars! Technology for schools and our libraries were the big winners this year.
Join our fight at our annual Over Development Forum on June 14 at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House. Get updates from every elected official at our Annual Roosevelt Island Town Hall at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd.
With the warm weather finally here we are activating our parks with Family Day at John Jay Park, Skate Night at the Stanley Isaacs Playground, and more of our Outdoor Movie series now with Deep, Wonder Woman, and Despicable Me 3.
As you may know, I support Paid Family Leave and believe that the only way to change the current dynamic of men taking one day of leave for every week their wives take is to lead by example. Earlier this year I was blessed with the birth of my first child. I took a portion of my paternity leave and have staggered the rest with my wife so we could both continue our careers. Beginning June 11, I will go back on paternity leave through late-July. In the meantime, I will see residents at graduations, annual meetings, and some previously planned special events. My office will remain open and available for anything you need.
I hope everyone has a wonderful start to the summer, congratulations to all our new graduates, and happy Father's Day.
JUNE EVENT INVITES
HEALTH AND SAFETY