New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos


Petition Calling on the City to Better Prepare Students For the Specialized High School Admissions Test as Part of a Universal After school Mandate

New York City Schools are more segregated today then they were when in 1954 when Brown v. Board of Education was decided. Our Specialized High Schools have seen a drop in enrollment by black and Latino students by as much as 27% since de Blasio became Mayor. Despite this drop, 44% to 66% of students at the Specialized High Schools are Title I, with a majority coming from homes where English is not the primary language.

Ban the Bottle: Banning the Sale of Single-Use Plastic Water Bottles in New York City Parks

An estimated eight million metric tons of plastic ends up in the in the ocean each year. Once there, waves, the sun, and salt take decades to break the plastic down into micro and nano pieces which are consumed by many of the fish humans eat. New Yorkers use almost 1 billion single-use plastic water bottles annually many of these bottles get recycled but many also end up in landfills or in our bodies of water polluting local fisheries. 

And while Queen Elizabeth the II has banned the use of single-use water bottles across England's royal estates in an effort to be more environmentally friendly, President Trump has rolled back regulations meant to curb America's dependency on single-use plastic water bottles.

Stand up to President Trump's regressive policies that damage food supplies in the name of corporate profits. Sign the petition in support of my legislation to ban the sale of single-use plastic water bottles in New York City's Parks, beaches and golf courses.

Rent Roll Back

We demand a Rent Roll Back!

The Board has voted on increases that have caused owner income per unit to rise by 16% since 2009. These increases have been based primarily on a price index of operating costs (PIOC) that only considers the landlords’ side of the balance sheet, and which has been shown, when compared to the actual data landlords have reported to the Department of Finance, to overstate landlord costs by 11% since 2005. Meanwhile, tenants’ ability to pay has gone ignored, through the Great Recession and in an era when everyday life has become exceedingly difficult to afford for so many New Yorkers. Since the market crash in 2008, tenants have faced average yearly rent increases of 3.1% compared to the average national asking rent increase during that period of 0.6%, creating the highest rent burdens ever recorded; the median amount of rent paid by stabilized tenants has increased to 34.9% of household incomes.

We demand a Rent Roll Back!

*Information including email addresses will be shared with the Rent Guidelines Board and Rent Justice Coalition.

Petition for M15 Select Bus Service Stop at East 72nd Street

When Select Bus Service was implemented for the M15 it replaced the Limited Bus Service which had stops at 67th, 72nd, 79th, 86th, and 96th Streets, which were maintained except for East 72nd Street. The closest M15 Select Bus stop for the East 72nd Street neighborhood is now at 67th Street.
We request that the MTA and the Department of Transportation (DOT) add an East 72nd Street stop to the M15 Select Bus Service.
*Your information will be shared with the E72NA, DOT & MTA.

Stop Super-Scrapers

Please preserve our community so that everyone can keep their right to light and air by rezoning our neighborhood to maintain density but preserving context by replacing R10 that allows buildings of unlimited height with a contextual height cap of 210 feet, through R10A or R10X, the tallest height caps allowed under residential zoning.