New York City's Fiscal Year 2019 budget passed at $89 billion. This budget extends many vital programs and services that residents throughout our district count on. Some of the budget items that we are proud to have fought for are:
✓ Fair Student Funding - Schools in our neighborhood were chronically underfunded, and nearly everyone will see a boost in funding with an investment of $125 million.
✓ Accessible Schools - Almost every local public school in the neighborhood is not accessible, which is why we are investing $150 million in making our schools accessible to every student.
✓ Supporting Our Youth - After-school and summer programs, as well as summer and year-round youth employment initiatives, saw restorations and increases of $58.5 million.
✓ Expanding Our Libraries – An investment of $60 million will go to new libraries, in addition to $16.7 million to keep them open.
✓ Cleaning Up Our Parks and Streets - We've invested $15.8 million in parks maintenance workers, tree stump removal, and extra sanitation services.
✓ More Affordable Housing - We need more affordable housing for all New Yorkers, including $40 million for public housing infrastructure, $3 million for homeless youth shelters, and $500 million for senior affordable housing.
Ben Kallos, Council Member, District 5
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September News: Get Big Money Out of Politics, Town Hall with Reusable Bags, Emergency Prep with Go Bags, New Ferry, and Outdoor Fun
August News: Reboot Our City, Coalition Against Overdevelopment, New Tree Guards, Traffic Safety, and Outdoor Events
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
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Rewriting New York City’s Charter
- Investing in Our Firehouses
- Quieter Construction
- Standing With Governor Cuomo for Healthcare in New York State
- Pushing Back on Overdevelopment with More Land Use Staff
- East River Fifties Alliance Town Hall: Bringing Our Fight to Court
- National Night Out Against Crime
- Friday Afternoon Concert at Ruppert Park
- Cooking With Kallos at the 82nd Street Greenmarket
- Movies on the Hill: Disney’s Coco
- Jazz, Rock and Caribbean Rhythms at Ruppert Park
- Movies Under The Stars: The Emoji Movie
- Should Uber, Lyft, Via and Apps have their Licenses Capped?
- Working to Close the Second Avenue Bike Gap
- Crosstown Bike Lanes Proposal
- Bike Safety Program
- More Speed Cameras: Op-Ed in City Limits
- Summer Streets on Park Avenue in August
PARKS AND THE ENVIRONMENT