Newsletters https://kallos.nyc/newsletters en January News: State of the District, New School Seats, Universal After School, and Reopening the 67th Street Library https://kallos.nyc/newsletter/january-news-state-district-new-school-seats-universal-after-school-and-reopening-67th <span>January News: State of the District, New School Seats, Universal After School, and Reopening the 67th Street Library</span> <div class="field field--name-field-summary field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><table> <colgroup> <col width="400" /> <col width="200" /> </colgroup> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top">Dear Neighbor,<br /> <br /> Happy New Year!<br /> <br /> Please join me for our annual <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/state-district-2020" target="_blank">State of the District</a> for our volunteer fair, reflecting on our accomplishments over the past 6 years and set our goals for 2020.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We <a href="#UES" target="_blank">secured an additional 184 K-8 public school seats for the Upper East Side</a> as a result of a law I authored to make the seat planning process more transparent. With <a href="#disabilities" target="_blank">one in five disabled students not getting the services they need</a>, I carried legislation authored by former Public Advocate now Attorney General Tish James that passed and will hold the Department of Education more accountable. Legislation I authored to <a href="#Legislation" target="_blank">require stop-arm camera on public school buses</a> to automatically ticket drivers who put our children in danger as they get on and off also received a hearing and you can <a href="http://benkallos.com/petitions/stoparm" target="_blank">sign our petition to keep our children safe</a>. With school ending so many hours before most parents get home to care for their children, I have <a href="#afterschool" target="_blank">proposed Universal After School and ask you to come testify in support</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> As chair of the Committee on Contracts, I questioned Department of Homeless Services officials&nbsp;regarding <a href="#hearing" target="_blank">alleged self-dealing by homeless service providers</a> that made headlines in the <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/investigation-of-new-york-city-shelter-operator-grows-11566774041" target="_blank">Wall Street Journal</a>.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you or your children love books as much as I do please join us to <a href="#library" target="_blank">celebrate the reopening of the East 67th Street Library</a>.<br /> <br /> Sincerely, Ben Kallos<br /> Council Member <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="250"> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong style="text-align:center">SPECIAL EVENTS</strong><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/state-district-2020" target="_blank"><strong>State of the District</strong></a><br /> Sunday, 1/26, 12:30pm &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/east-67th-street-library-ribbon-cutting-and-winter-festival" target="_blank"><strong>67th Street Library Ribbon Cutting &amp; Winter Festival</strong></a><br /> Friday, 1/3, 3:30pm<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong style="text-align:center">MONTHLY EVENTS</strong>&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: left;"><br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/first-friday-32" target="_blank"><strong>First Friday</strong></a><br /> Friday, 1/3, 8am –&nbsp;10am<br /> <br /> <strong><u>Policy Night</u></strong><br /> Tuesday, 1/14, 5pm<br /> <span style="font-size:12px"><em>(By Appointment Only)</em></span><br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/events/legal" target="_blank"><strong>Free Legal Clinics</strong></a><br /> <span style="font-size:12px"><em>(By Appointment Only)</em></span><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <div class="resolved" data-reactroot="" style="all: initial;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>TABLE OF CONTENTS&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>(If you experience trouble with the links below, <a href="*|ARCHIVE|*" target="_blank">click </a><a href="*|ARCHIVE|*" target="_blank">here</a></em><em>)</em><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>EDUCATION</strong></div> <ol> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#UES" target="_blank">School Seats Secured for the Upper East Side</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#afterschool" target="_blank">Invitation to Testify: City Council Hearing on Universal After School</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#disabilities" target="_blank">Helping Students with Disabilities Get the Services They Need</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#StopArm" target="_blank">School Bus Stop-Arm Legislation Moves Forward</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#French" target="_blank">French Dual Language Public School Program Sought</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>INVITES</strong></div> <ol start="6"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#sotd" target="_blank">State of the District 2020</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#library" target="_blank">67th Street Library Ribbon Cutting and&nbsp;Winter Festival</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>BUDGET AND LAND USE</strong></div> <ol start="8"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#funding" target="_blank">City Council Funding for Non-Profits</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#scaffolding" target="_blank">Scaffolding Update</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#isaacs" target="_blank">Homes-Isaacs&nbsp;Residents Sue&nbsp;NYCHA</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>FIGHTING HOMELESSNESS</strong></div> <ol start="11"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#hearing" target="_blank">Oversight of Homeless Service Providers</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#sleepout" target="_blank">Sleep Out in Times Square with Will Smith</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#ethos" target="_blank">Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day and&nbsp;ETHOS</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>HUMAN RIGHTS</strong></div> <ol start="14"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Memorial" target="_blank">Roosevelt Island Nellie Bly Memorial</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Human-Rights" target="_blank">Human Rights Day</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Kirby" target="_blank">Kirby Center Patient Relocation</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>COMMUNITY</strong></div> <ol start="17"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#first-friday" target="_blank">Fire Safety at First Friday</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Cyber" target="_blank">Cyber Security for Small Businesses</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Proclamation" target="_blank">Proclamation for Friends of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza</a>&nbsp;</li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Tenants" target="_blank">Annual&nbsp;West Side&nbsp;Tenants’ Conference</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#LaborPress" target="_blank"><em>LaborPress</em>’ Leadership Awards Reception</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#ASAAL" target="_blank">Alliance of South Asian American Labor 12th Annual Convention</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#CACAGNY" target="_blank">Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Greater New York (CACAGNY)</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Precinct" target="_blank">19th Precinct Annual Holiday Party</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>EVENTS SPONSORED BY MY OFFICE</strong></div> <ol start="25"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Sponsored" target="_blank">Fresh Food Box from GrowNYC at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>RESOURCES</strong></div> <ol start="26"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Child-Mind" target="_blank">Child Mind Institute City-Wide Education Initiative</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Friends" target="_blank">37th Annual FRIENDS Awards&nbsp;Call for Entries</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>OFFICE UPDATES</strong></div> <ol start="28"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Clinics" target="_blank">Free Legal Clinics</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#help" target="_blank">Here to Help</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Mobile" target="_blank">Mobile District Hours</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Building" target="_blank">Ben in Your Building</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Community-Boards" target="_blank">Community Boards</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#NYPD" target="_blank">NYPD Events</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#NTA" target="_blank">Neighborhood and Tenant Associations</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Adults" target="_blank">Events for Adults</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Kids" target="_blank">Events for Kids</a></li> </ol> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span>Thu, 01/02/2020 - 8:05am</span> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><table> <colgroup> <col width="400" /> <col width="200" /> </colgroup> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top">Dear Neighbor,<br /> <br /> Happy New Year!<br /> <br /> Please join me for our annual <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/state-district-2020" target="_blank">State of the District</a> for our volunteer fair, reflecting on our accomplishments over the past 6 years and set our goals for 2020.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We <a href="#UES" target="_blank">secured an additional 184 K-8 public school seats for the Upper East Side</a> as a result of a law I authored to make the seat planning process more transparent. With <a href="#disabilities" target="_blank">one in five disabled students not getting the services they need</a>, I carried legislation authored by former Public Advocate now Attorney General Tish James that passed and will hold the Department of Education more accountable. Legislation I authored to <a href="#Legislation" target="_blank">require stop-arm camera on public school buses</a> to automatically ticket drivers who put our children in danger as they get on and off also received a hearing and you can <a href="http://benkallos.com/petitions/stoparm" target="_blank">sign our petition to keep our children safe</a>. With school ending so many hours before most parents get home to care for their children, I have <a href="#afterschool" target="_blank">proposed Universal After School and ask you to come testify in support</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> As chair of the Committee on Contracts, I questioned Department of Homeless Services officials&nbsp;regarding <a href="#hearing" target="_blank">alleged self-dealing by homeless service providers</a> that made headlines in the <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/investigation-of-new-york-city-shelter-operator-grows-11566774041" target="_blank">Wall Street Journal</a>.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you or your children love books as much as I do please join us to <a href="#library" target="_blank">celebrate the reopening of the East 67th Street Library</a>.<br /> <br /> Sincerely, Ben Kallos<br /> Council Member <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="250"> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong style="text-align:center">SPECIAL EVENTS</strong><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/state-district-2020" target="_blank"><strong>State of the District</strong></a><br /> Sunday, 1/26, 12:30pm &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/east-67th-street-library-ribbon-cutting-and-winter-festival" target="_blank"><strong>67th Street Library Ribbon Cutting &amp; Winter Festival</strong></a><br /> Friday, 1/3, 3:30pm<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong style="text-align:center">MONTHLY EVENTS</strong>&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: left;"><br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/first-friday-32" target="_blank"><strong>First Friday</strong></a><br /> Friday, 1/3, 8am –&nbsp;10am<br /> <br /> <strong><u>Policy Night</u></strong><br /> Tuesday, 1/14, 5pm<br /> <span style="font-size:12px"><em>(By Appointment Only)</em></span><br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/events/legal" target="_blank"><strong>Free Legal Clinics</strong></a><br /> <span style="font-size:12px"><em>(By Appointment Only)</em></span><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <div class="resolved" data-reactroot="" style="all: initial;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>TABLE OF CONTENTS&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>(If you experience trouble with the links below, <a href="*|ARCHIVE|*" target="_blank">click </a><a href="*|ARCHIVE|*" target="_blank">here</a></em><em>)</em><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>EDUCATION</strong></div> <ol> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#UES" target="_blank">School Seats Secured for the Upper East Side</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#afterschool" target="_blank">Invitation to Testify: City Council Hearing on Universal After School</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#disabilities" target="_blank">Helping Students with Disabilities Get the Services They Need</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#StopArm" target="_blank">School Bus Stop-Arm Legislation Moves Forward</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#French" target="_blank">French Dual Language Public School Program Sought</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>INVITES</strong></div> <ol start="6"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#sotd" target="_blank">State of the District 2020</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#library" target="_blank">67th Street Library Ribbon Cutting and&nbsp;Winter Festival</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>BUDGET AND LAND USE</strong></div> <ol start="8"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#funding" target="_blank">City Council Funding for Non-Profits</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#scaffolding" target="_blank">Scaffolding Update</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#isaacs" target="_blank">Homes-Isaacs&nbsp;Residents Sue&nbsp;NYCHA</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>FIGHTING HOMELESSNESS</strong></div> <ol start="11"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#hearing" target="_blank">Oversight of Homeless Service Providers</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#sleepout" target="_blank">Sleep Out in Times Square with Will Smith</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#ethos" target="_blank">Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day and&nbsp;ETHOS</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>HUMAN RIGHTS</strong></div> <ol start="14"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Memorial" target="_blank">Roosevelt Island Nellie Bly Memorial</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Human-Rights" target="_blank">Human Rights Day</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Kirby" target="_blank">Kirby Center Patient Relocation</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>COMMUNITY</strong></div> <ol start="17"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#first-friday" target="_blank">Fire Safety at First Friday</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Cyber" target="_blank">Cyber Security for Small Businesses</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Proclamation" target="_blank">Proclamation for Friends of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza</a>&nbsp;</li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Tenants" target="_blank">Annual&nbsp;West Side&nbsp;Tenants’ Conference</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#LaborPress" target="_blank"><em>LaborPress</em>’ Leadership Awards Reception</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#ASAAL" target="_blank">Alliance of South Asian American Labor 12th Annual Convention</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#CACAGNY" target="_blank">Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Greater New York (CACAGNY)</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Precinct" target="_blank">19th Precinct Annual Holiday Party</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>EVENTS SPONSORED BY MY OFFICE</strong></div> <ol start="25"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Sponsored" target="_blank">Fresh Food Box from GrowNYC at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>RESOURCES</strong></div> <ol start="26"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Child-Mind" target="_blank">Child Mind Institute City-Wide Education Initiative</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Friends" target="_blank">37th Annual FRIENDS Awards&nbsp;Call for Entries</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>OFFICE UPDATES</strong></div> <ol start="28"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Clinics" target="_blank">Free Legal Clinics</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#help" target="_blank">Here to Help</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Mobile" target="_blank">Mobile District Hours</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Building" target="_blank">Ben in Your Building</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Community-Boards" target="_blank">Community Boards</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#NYPD" target="_blank">NYPD Events</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#NTA" target="_blank">Neighborhood and Tenant Associations</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Adults" target="_blank">Events for Adults</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Kids" target="_blank">Events for Kids</a></li> </ol> <div class="resolved" data-reactroot="" style="all: initial;">&nbsp;</div> <p><strong>EDUCATION</strong><br /> <br /> <a id="UES" name="UES"><strong>School Seats Secured for the Upper East Side</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7381" height="128" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/9f1730c2ff9f8dd5a14a46cb76db1802-300x128.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 128px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />An additional 184 public school seats are coming to the Upper East Side as a result of legislation I authored and passed in 2018. The legislation forced the Department of Education and the School Construction Authority to provide more transparency around where the city planned to build new school seats and how they determined need. Thanks to a report published as required by the new law, it was determined that neighborhoods within school district 2 which covers Upper East Side, Roosevelt Island and Midtown East had an additional need for more seats. As reported by <a href="https://patch.com/new-york/upper-east-side-nyc/city-commits-184-additional-k-8-seats-upper-east-side">Upper East Side Patch</a> with this announcement the School Construction Authority is planning to build a total of 864 new seats in our <a href="https://dnnhh5cc1.blob.core.windows.net/portals/0/Capital_Plan/Capital_plans/11272019_20_24_CityCouncilBased.pdf?sr=b&amp;si=DNNFileManagerPolicy&amp;sig=rPAXHIgvEzWiDuYd92Gz%2BEGUjfY6qacbsZoLWfjUsbw%3D">district by 2024</a>. Since I was elected, our efforts have resulted in over 1,500 new public schools seats funded, built or secured for pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade on the Upper East Side, Roosevelt Island and Midtown East. For more information on the new seats read the release at&nbsp;<a href="https://patch.com/new-york/upper-east-side-nyc/city-commits-184-additional-k-8-seats-upper-east-side">Upper East Side Patch</a>.<br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="afterschool" name="afterschool"><strong>Come Testify: City Council Hearing on Universal After School</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7509" height="220" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/6d905f2e7733e35d4fd07fbcdc128866-300x220.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 10px; border-image: none; width: 300px; height: 220px;" width="300" />I believe providing after-school programming to all New York City students will increase and equalize educational opportunities, keep kids out of the criminal justice system, and make life easier for parents whose jobs keep them at work until at least 5pm. It is far more common than a generation ago for parents to work late and far less common for children to have a stay at home parent. The gap between school dismissal and when parents are able to pick up their kids can be difficult for many families, and can leave kids without food, shelter, or mentorship if after-school programming is not available.<br /> <br /> I have been pushing for universal after school since I first ran for City Council in 2013 and am excited that my <a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3673406&amp;GUID=1B6154DA-D61A-4A21-BE7C-690683D69824&amp;Options=&amp;Search=" target="_blank">Universal After School legislation</a> will receive a hearing by the New York City Council's Committee on Youth Services on January 14. I invite you to share your experience with after school by testifying at the hearing. With after-school programming we can meet <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow%27s_hierarchy_of_needs" target="_blank">Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs</a> and slow the school to prison pipeline.<br /> <br /> <strong>Invitation to Testify</strong><br /> Hearing on Universal After School<br /> New York City Council Committee on Youth Services<br /> Tuesday, January 14<br /> 10am – 1pm<br /> City Hall<br /> City Council Chambers<br /> RSVP to <a href="mailto:Policy@BenKallos.com?subject=RSVP%20to%20Hearing%20on%20Universal%20After%20School&amp;body=Name%3A%0AOrganization%20(if%20any)%3A%0ATitle%20(if%20any)%3A%0APhone%3A" target="_blank">Policy@BenKallos.com</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><a id="disabilities" name="disabilities"><strong>Helping&nbsp;Students with Disabilities Get the Services They Need</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7385" height="400" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/48da15ba8be34e8509e17d459a72baec-300x400.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 400px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></strong> Our education system has been failing one in five children with disabilities by neglecting to give them the mandated services they need to perform in school. In 2016,&nbsp;then-Public Advocate Tish James <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/03/nyregion/letitia-james-sues-new-york-city-education-dept-over-schools-disability-services.html" target="_blank">filed a lawsuit</a> to force the Department of Education to track how many New York City Public School students with disabilities were getting the services they needed in school.&nbsp;She also introduced&nbsp;<a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3498504&amp;GUID=4CC24E03-A9BE-4888-A161-61FA12C23601&amp;Options=Advanced&amp;Search=" target="_blank">legislation</a>, which I co-sponsored, and now that she is Attorney General, I am proud to have carried and passed the bill that seeks to guarantee that students with disabilities receive all necessary services by increasing reporting done by the Department of Education from an annual basis to three times a school year.<br /> <br /> In December, the legislation, which&nbsp;will help our City’s children who have disabilities get the services they need and are entitled to, passed the City Council and became law. The law also expands what is reported to include: speech therapy, counseling, occupational therapy, physical therapy, hearing education services, vision education services, assistive technology services, and special transportation services. Thanks to this bill, instead of only having data from previous years, we will finally be able to hold the Department of Education accountable to deliver services to children with disabilities.<br /> <strong>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong><a id="Legislation" name="Legislation"><strong>School Bus Stop-Arm Legislation Moves Forward</strong></a><br /> <!-- <br /--> </strong><br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="7393" height="168" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/b9a0e20e4f09d98c492dad69cc587b75-300x168.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 168px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></strong></strong>The school bus Stop-Arm Camera bill I authored got a hearing with the City Council’s Transportation Committee in December. The bill seeks to make our streets safer for our children by forcing the City to install cameras on all of the City’s school buses equipped with automated enforcement technology to ticket drivers who illegally pass buses while the stop-arm is down and children are either getting on or off. The need for this legislation in New York City is supported by results of <a href="https://www.syracuse.com/news/2019/08/ny-allows-cameras-on-school-bus-stop-arms-250-fines-for-passing-motorists.html">study a performed</a> just outside New York City by the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/NYAPT/">New York Association for Pupil Transportation</a>. The study found that 50,000 drivers throughout New York State illegally pass a stopped school bus every day.&nbsp; Prior to the hearing, I joined Transportation Committee Hearing chair Ydanis Rodrigues for a <a href="https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-carlina-rivera-ydanis-rodriguez-bike-mayor-pedestrian-mayor-20191216-zlydetexzneodmiinx2b6mdxxq-story.html" target="_blank">rally at City Hall Park to call attention to this bill</a> and other transportation bill related bills heard that day. To show your support, sign the petition at <a href="https://benkallos.com/petitions/StopArm" target="_blank">BenKallos.com/petitions/StopArm</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><strong><a id="French" name="French"><strong>French Dual Language Public School Program Sought</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7401" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/c78eeae17fcebb6b4cc1955d4ebc1934-300x200.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 200px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></strong></strong>I joined parents from all over Manhattan at the Isaacs Center to discuss the need for dual language programming in the district. Participants included Department of Education District 2 Superintendent Donalda Chumney, Community Education Council District 2 President Maud Maron, French Consulate cultural attaché Fabrice Jaumont and the French Embassy. With help from my office and the support of nearly 30 French-speaking, bilingual families living in the district, it is their hope to forge a path toward establishing a French dual-language program in the Upper East Side. Sign the petition if you support starting Dual Language Programming for School District 2 at <a href="https://benkallos.com/petition/french-dual-language">BenKallos.com/petition/french-dual-language</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><strong><strong>INVITES</strong><br /> <br /> <a id="sotd" name="sotd"><strong>State of the District 2020</strong></a><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/state-district-2020"><img align="middle" data-file-id="7405" height="776" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/0a4634ccc1a31cea78fb0e647a86db61-600x776.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #4caad8; width: 600px; height: 776px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /></a></strong></strong><br /> <br /> You are invited! Please join me for my annual report at my <strong>State of the District</strong>. We will recognize all the work members of our community have done together with my office over the past 6 years and giving a preview of what’s in store for 2020. At 12:30, we will have our volunteer fair before the State of my annual report at 1:00pm. Be sure to stay until the end as we have <strong>free</strong>&nbsp;“Bagels with Ben.” RSVP by calling 212-860-1950 or <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/state-district-1">BenKallos.com/Events</a><br /> <strong><strong>&nbsp;<br /> <strong>State of the District&nbsp;</strong></strong></strong><br /> Sunday, January 26, 1pm – 3 pm<br /> 12:30PM Volunteer Fair<br /> Memorial Sloan Kettering<br /> 430 East 67th Street<br /> <strong><strong><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/state-district-1">RSVP</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="library" name="library"><strong>67th Street Library Ribbon Cutting and Winter Festival</strong></a>&nbsp;<a href="https://benkallos.com/event/east-67th-street-library-ribbon-cutting-and-winter-festival"><img align="middle" alt="Invitation to Library Ribbon Cutting" data-file-id="7409" height="776" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/106fc7524f7942aac93e5998eba98615-600x776.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #4caad8; width: 600px; height: 776px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /></a></strong></strong><br /> <br /> On Friday, January 3rd, the New York Public Library and my office will be holding a celebratory ribbon cutting after months of remodeling work has been completed at the East 67th Street Branch. The Winter Festival will be open to the community for everyone to join.<br /> <strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong></strong><br /> 67th Street Library Ribbon Cutting and Winter Festival<br /> Friday, January 3rd, 3:30pm – 4:30pm<br /> New York Public Library<br /> 328 East 67th St<br /> <strong><strong><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/east-67th-street-library-ribbon-cutting-and-winter-festival">RSVP</a></strong></strong><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong style="-webkit-text-stroke-width:0px; color:rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,trebuchet ms; font-size:13px; font-style:normal; font-variant:normal; font-weight:700; letter-spacing:normal; orphans:2; text-align:left; text-decoration:none; text-indent:0px; text-transform:none; white-space:normal; word-spacing:0px">BUDGET AND </strong><strong><strong><strong>LAND USE&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> <a id="funding" name="funding"><strong>City Council Funding for Local Non-Profits</strong></a></strong></strong><br /> <br /> Each year private non-profit organizations that serve thousands of residents of Council District 5 can apply for grants of $5,000 to $20,000 from my City Council office to supplemental essential services in the neighborhood. You can review past&nbsp;budget results and&nbsp;resources funded through this process&nbsp;at&nbsp;<a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://BenKallos.com/budget&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1577479467531000&amp;usg=AFQjCNFfUeIcX1pHGjFAmJxbWJe5sBCuQg" href="http://benkallos.com/budget" target="_blank">BenKallos.com/budget</a><br /> <br /> The application is available at the&nbsp;<a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://council.nyc.gov/budget/fiscal-year-2021-discretionary-funding-expense-application-filing-period/&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1577479467531000&amp;usg=AFQjCNHMcMfssgYpPLszIp_TOXja7qFsUA" href="https://council.nyc.gov/budget/fiscal-year-2021-discretionary-funding-expense-application-filing-period/" target="_blank">City Council website</a>&nbsp;from January 2<sup>nd</sup>&nbsp;until February 10<sup>th</sup>.<br /> Cultural organizations can additionally seek resources via the&nbsp;<a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www1.nyc.gov/site/dcla/cultural-funding/applying.page&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1577479467531000&amp;usg=AFQjCNGTtYVuQ5bsK7cDap6rBXGLFsUzgA" href="https://www1.nyc.gov/site/dcla/cultural-funding/applying.page" target="_blank">Cultural Development Fund</a>&nbsp;which is also available until February 10<sup>th</sup>.<br /> <br /> Learn more by contacting my Budget Director Sushant Harite at <a href="mailto:Budget@BenKallos.com" target="_blank">Budget@BenKallos.com</a><br /> <strong><strong>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong><a id="scaffolding" name="scaffolding"><strong>Scaffolding Update</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7413" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/dfe6d11a578fa48d7d75617017086160-300x200.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 200px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></strong></strong></strong>There are 9,273 scaffolding structures covering 304 miles of sidewalk in New York City. As recently reported by&nbsp;<a href="https://nypost.com/2019/12/06/new-york-can-end-its-insane-scaffolding-plague/">The New York Post</a>,&nbsp;most of that scaffolding is in the borough of Manhattan and continues to be a scourge that creates unlit spaces and secluded corners in our streets, lending itself to crime and the opportunity for individuals to build encampments where drug use often occurs and trash accumulates. Since I have been in office I have introduced several pieces of legislation to reform how the real estate and scaffolding industry operate in our City. The first bill, <a href="https://benkallos.com/legislation/introduction-87-2018-removing-construction-related-equipment">Introduction 87 of 2018</a> would give building owners a total of 90 days to complete facade work on a building and if the work is not done the City would then step in and do the work and send the costs to the property owner.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> As reported by <a href="https://abc7ny.com/exclusive-model-crushed-in-shed-collapse-tells-harrowing-tale/3394855/">ABC 7</a>&nbsp;last year, scaffolding falling and injuring residents after a storm or strong wind was becoming a more common occurrence. Under my newest legislation <a href="https://benkallos.com/legislation/introduction-1353-2019-sidewalk-shed-inspections">Int. 1353 of 2019</a> scaffolding that has been up for a year or more will be required to undergo safety inspections by the Buildings Department at least once every three months at the expense of the building owner. Currently, the scaffolding system operates by self-inspection; the companies that put them up are charged with making sure the structures are secure and up to code. After more than six years of my office pushing for improved scaffolding legislation, the Buildings Department <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/dob-announces-strengthened-facade-inspection-process-hiring-double-amount-facade" target="_blank">recently announced a reform of its inspection procedure</a> with the hiring of 12 new staff positions to its façade inspection team, more frequent and thorough inspections&nbsp;for property owners&nbsp;with buildings greater than six stories in height, and the introduction of city contractors at the owners' expense when they have failed to implement public safety measures. Furthermore, the Department's issuance of a 60-day timeframe in which repairs must be made is an even more aggressive approach than the 90 days I initially proposed in my first bill, but one that will&nbsp;hold building owners responsible and get the job done.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Scaffolding is supposed to be temporary, meaning it goes up quickly once potential danger is identified and comes down immediately after facade repairs are made. Sadly, in mid-December Erica Tishman was killed near Times Square when a piece of stone fell from an office building at 729 Seventh Ave, a building that had been issued violations back in April 2019 for a “failure to maintain building wall(s) or appurtenances” in reference to damages considered hazardous for pedestrians. This was a tragedy that should have never occurred because safety should be prioritized. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be following up with the Department of&nbsp; Buildings as they conduct their investigation of Ms. Erica Tishman’s tragic death. For more reporting on the scaffolding plague and my bills regarding it, visit reports in <a href="https://ny.curbed.com/2019/12/4/20994695/nyc-buildings-scaffolding-construction-sidewalk-sheds">Curbed</a> and in the <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/05/nyregion/sidewalk-scaffolding-the-unwanted-neighbor-is-under-scrutiny.html">New York Times</a>.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><strong><a id="isaacs" name="isaacs"><strong>Holmes-Isaacs Residents&nbsp;Sue NYCHA&nbsp;</strong></a></strong></strong><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7417" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/5322108adb6ad45f4868b966d712a5aa-300x225.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />Every New Yorker living in a New York City Housing (NYCHA) development deserves heat and hot water year-round, that is why I fully support and helped fund a lawsuit filed by residents of two NYCHA properties here on the Upper East Side, Holmes Towers and Isaacs Houses. The lawsuit which was delivered in court in mid-December by tenants and Congress member Maloney demands that NYCHA makes all necessary repairs so that residents can have heat and hot water during winter months as temperatures plummet. As the <a href="https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-nycha-holmes-towers-isaac-houses-20191213-ahee2v62hndgdkbuj55rvyyhwe-story.html">New York Daily News</a> reported every year during this time of year residents of these two NYCHA developments call my office with complaints of no heat or hot water. My office then works to push NYCHA to do its job and correct the issues as soon as possible. This lawsuit which I have signed on to will help to make sure that the fixes actually get done and finished once and for all. I commend the work La Keesha Taylor and Saundrea Coleman tenant-organizers from the Holmes-Isaacs Coalition have done so far rallying and organizing against NYCHA’s constants disrepair. Other complaints stated in the lawsuit include vermin infestation, doors that never lock leaks caused by old crumbling pipes and mold. For more information on the lawsuit read reporting from <a href="https://thecity.nyc/2019/12/tenants-sue-for-repairs-at-embattled-east-side-nycha-houses.html">The City</a>.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><strong><strong>FIGHTING HOMELESSNESS</strong><br /> <br /> <a id="hearing" name="hearing"><strong>Oversight of Homeless Service Providers</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7425" height="144" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/1a909defdfd49b9b2f86501d1443568b-300x144.png" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 144px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></strong></strong>The City Council’s Committees on General Welfare chaired by Council Member Steve Levin and Contracts which I chair held a joint hearing to look into how the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) has handled recent controversy and allegations of impropriety and self-dealing by homeless services providers like the Acacia Network. As <a href="https://www.amny.com/queens/city-council-grills-homeless-services-officials-over-contract-with-embattled-nonprofit/" target="_blank">amNY</a>&nbsp;reported, I questioned First Deputy Commissioner of DHS on the 1,184 open violations that &nbsp;Acacia Network has and why the City continues to use their services despite important issues and that have not been addressed. As Contracts Committee chair, I want to make every dollar the City is contracting to homeless service providers is being used to help our homeless population and that the City gets value on every dollar spent for actual services being delivered. As the <a href="https://brooklyneagle.com/articles/2019/12/17/one-homeless-shelter-provider-in-brooklyn-has-racked-up-hundreds-of-violations/">Brooklyn Eagle</a> reported, Cluster sites all over New York City are responsible for most of the open violations, yet the City continues to contact them. For more reporting on this read <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/investigation-of-new-york-city-shelter-operator-grows-11566774041">The Wall Street Journal’s</a> original reporting or <a href="https://youtu.be/m6OmxpTyau4">watch the full hearing</a>.<br /> <strong><strong>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="sleepout" name="sleepout"><strong>Sleep Out in Times Square with Will Smith</strong></a></strong></strong><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7429" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/f5bd6710b6239bd4ab0002d94e8b2607-300x225.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />In a show of solidarity with those who are homeless and to ignite a global conversation on tackling the issue of homelessness, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and I came out for The World’s Big Sleep Out in Times Square. The event partnered with several charities including <a href="https://www.coalitionforthehomeless.org/">Coalition for the Homeless</a>, <a href="https://breakingground.org/">Breaking Ground</a>, <a href="https://www.unicef.org/">Unicef</a> and more as fundraiser recipients.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong><strong><a id="ethos" name="ethos"><strong>Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day and ETHOS</strong></a></strong></strong><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7437" height="168" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/a75bbbbbda6e3f82326ed77287d345fe-300x168.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 168px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />This year alone more than 150 homeless New Yorkers died either living in the City’s troubled shelter system or on our streets. As <a href="https://www.amny.com/manhattan/homeless-who-died-in-2019-honored-at-memorial-event-in-manhattan/">amNY</a> reported, just like I did last year I joined <a href="https://www.careforthehomeless.org/">Care For the Homeless</a> and <a href="http://www.urbanpathways.org/">Urban Pathways</a> to remember and honor the 153 homeless men and women who died this year without a place to call their own. At the event, I was joined by City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Assembly Member Richard Gottfried and Assembly Member Andrew Hevesi.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Homelessness has <a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dhs/downloads/pdf/dailyreport.pdf" target="_blank">finally dipped below 60,000</a> with 21,473 children, 16,125 family members, 4,584 single women, and 12,277 single men in our shelters, and more than <a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/operations/downloads/pdf/mmr2019/dhs.pdf" target="_blank">3,588 people on the streets</a>. I launched the <a href="http://benkallos.com/press-release/eastside-taskforce-homeless-launched">Eastside Taskforce for Homeless Outreach and Services (ETHOS</a>) with Borough President Brewer, Senator Krueger, Council Member Garodnick, <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/site/dhs/index.page">Department of Social Services</a> (DSS), community and faith leaders and service organizations. We’ve already been able to help a chronically homeless individual in the community who we believe had long been suffering from mental illness, after a resident was willing to come forward working with me, the 19th Precinct, the District Attorney and DSS to get them the help they needed. We hope to get every unsheltered person living on the street the help they need. If you see one of our City’s most vulnerable on the street, please call 311 or use the <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/connect/applications.page">NYC 311 App</a> (<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.nyc.doitt.ThreeOneOne">Android</a>/<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nyc-311/id324897619?mt=8">iPhone</a>) to ask them to dispatch a “homeless outreach team.” They will ask where you saw the person, what they looked like, and offer report on whether the person accepts our city’s offer of shelter, three meals a day, health care, rehabilitation, and job training. By connecting our dedicated nonprofits and religious institutions with city services, we hope that ETHOS can really make a difference.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><strong><strong>HUMAN RIGHTS</strong></strong><br /> <br /> <a id="Memorial" name="Memorial"><strong>Roosevelt Island Nellie Bly Memorial</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><strong><img align="right" data-file-id="7481" height="300" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/51a539106a4750e785897183c1955b6f-300x300.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 300px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></strong></strong></strong>Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochran) was arguably the most famous female American reporter of the 19th century. Aiming to expose cruelty and neglect at the Women's Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell's Island (now Roosevelt Island) in New York City, she went undercover as a mental patient in order to gain access to the facility, where she stayed for 10 days. Her report, “Ten Days in a Mad-House,” quickly garnered an additional $1 million for the asylum’s budget and led to the eventual improvement of institutional treatment for the mentally ill. Now, 132 years after the heroic investigation, she’s returning to the island in the form of a monument that will honor her legacy. Recently at a town hall on December 3rd, Roosevelt Island community members got a first look at a mock-up of artist Amanda Matthews’ vision for the coming memorial and its placement near The Octagon, the landmarked site where the asylum once stood which now hosts a residential building. In addition to the $500,000 project budget, my office has pledged $70,000 to fund the braille plaques, audio app and a secondary walkway. According to the Roosevelt Island Operation Corporation, construction on the monument is projected to commence in March 2020 for an unveiling in late May.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><strong><img align="right" data-file-id="7489" height="232" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/8919bef50e0779e456e970d2e3b9fb3c-300x232.png" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 232px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /><a id="Human-Rights" name="Human-Rights"><strong>Human Rights Day</strong></a></strong></strong><br /> <br /> In observation of Human Rights Day on December 10th, Assemblyman Joe Lentol, Assemblyman Harvey Epstein, Council Member Antonio Reynoso and I stood in solidarity against mass jailing and excessive bail at City Hall.<br /> <strong><strong>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/13/nyregion/Kirby-Forensic-Psychiatric-Center.html?auth=login-email&amp;login=email"><img align="right" data-file-id="7501" height="633" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/b32a85d6666bc4f6cf408d3abc861547-350x633.jpg" style="border: 1px #4caad8; width: 350px; height: 633px; margin: 0px 0px 0px 10px;" width="350" /></a><a id="Kirby" name="Kirby"><strong>Kirby Center Patient Relocation</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;</strong></strong><br /> The New York Times reported on plans to relocate 50 patients of Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center on Wards Island to a nearby facility that is not as well equipped for patients struggling with mental illnesses that put them at risk of self harm.<br /> <br /> As the Times wrote, I believe elected officials are ultimately responsible for the safety and well-being of the patients at Kirby and throughout our city. These patients are not violent for violence’s sake; they are mentally ill. If we put them in a situation in which we are told they could harm someone, and then they harm someone that’s on us. I have asked the Governor to look into this issue to ensure the safety of the patients and the employees who serve as their caretakers.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><strong>COMMUNITY</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="first-friday" name="first-friday"><strong>Fire Safety at First Friday</strong>&nbsp;</a></strong><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7445" height="450" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/310e1096abd90486f77b46c918849f74-600x450.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 450px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> At the last First Friday meeting of 2019, the New York City Emergency Management</p> <div>provided dozens of community members with Go-Bags and the New York City Fire Department gave a fire alarm presentation, in addition to distributing free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: left;"><br /> <br /> <strong><strong><a id="Cyber" name="Cyber"><strong>Cyber Security </strong><strong>for Small Businesses</strong></a></strong></strong></div> <p><strong><strong><img align="right" data-file-id="7449" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/374002a94e4d381cb580b931b6d4aabf-300x225.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></strong></strong><br /> I joined the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce for their quarterly cybersecurity lecture series along with the New York City District Attorney’s Office and NYC &amp; Company offered by the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, the New York City District Attorney’s Office and NYC &amp; Company.<br /> <br /> <strong><strong>&nbsp;<br /> <a id="Proclamation" name="Proclamation"><strong>Proclamation for Friends of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza&nbsp;</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7469" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/0a624281bcb37247d7f5200b37944cd2-300x225.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></strong></strong>Together with Council Member Keith Powers, I recognized Friends of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza with a City Proclamation for 20 years of advocacy and preservation. Since its opening in 1999, the nonprofit community organization has collaborated with NYC Parks and Recreation to organize events in the interest of the community, with the 17th precinct to address the impact of homeless and ensure safety, and with City government to secure sufficient funding for the park’s maintenance and beautification.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><a id="Tenants" name="Tenants"><strong>Annual&nbsp;West Side&nbsp;Tenants’ Conference</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7497" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/d0ed73b06dcdf5c454d883ffa19469ff-300x225.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></strong>The 14th Annual West Side Tenants’ Conference at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center offered free public workshops to inform citizens about finding and obtaining affordable housing, tenants’ rights in subsidized housing programs, public benefits for seniors and more. I spoke to tenants about the city's campaign finance program that matches small dollar donations with public city dollars at an 8:1 ratio, the mechanical void loophole I petitioned against that is allowing developers to build super-tall towers with floors of empty space, the benefits of requiring landlords to register all city-subsidized housing in a centralized housing portal, and legislation I led that makes it illegal for tenants who sue their landlords to be blacklisted.<br /> <strong><strong><strong>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="LaborPress" name="LaborPress"><strong><em>LaborPress</em></strong><strong>’ Leadership Awards Reception</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7473" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/8539624b36de11573732c6c0f1071976-300x200.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 200px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></strong></strong></strong>Celebrating individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their profession, this year’s <em>LaborPress</em> <a href="http://laborpress.org/laborpress-honors-five-at-annual-leadership-awards-reception/" target="_blank">Leadership Awards Reception</a> congratulated its honorees: Matthew Chartrand of Ironworkers Local 361, Mark Cannizzaro of the Council of School Supervisors &amp; Administrators, Mark Gregorio of TEI Group, Nicholas LaMorte of the CSEA Long Island Region and James Slevin of Utility Workers of America. Senator Robert Jackson was also in attendance. As large corporations and the media lead the national conversation surrounding unions,<em> LaborPress</em> gives them a voice and platform through which they can control their own narrative. Read about the awards from <a href="http://laborpress.org/laborpress-honors-five-at-annual-leadership-awards-reception/">Labor Press</a>.<br /> <strong><strong><strong>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="ASAAL" name="ASAAL"><strong>Alliance of South Asian American Labor 12th Annual Convention</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;</strong></strong></strong><br /> <img data-file-id="7505" height="400" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/f18d2743254837c78ab6f2142456c239-550x400.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 550px; height: 400px; margin: 0px;" width="550" />&nbsp;<br /> I joined the Alliance of South Asian American Labor’s at their 12th Annual Convention.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><strong><a id="CACAGNY" name="CACAGNY"><strong>Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Greater New York (CACAGNY)</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="none" data-file-id="7477" height="375" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/20174d74577af9b35bc544e541166ed0-550x375.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 550px; height: 375px; margin: 0px;" width="550" /></strong></strong><br /> <br /> I gladly attended the&nbsp;Third Anniversary Dinner celebration of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Greater New York.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><strong><a id="Precinct" name="Precinct"><strong>19th Precinct Annual Holiday Party</strong></a></strong></strong><br /> <br /> <strong><strong><img align="right" data-file-id="7461" height="300" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/f841efadd7b41dd59f50e07287f33523-300x300.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 300px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></strong></strong>The 19th Precinct’s Annual Holiday Party &amp; Awards Ceremony brought lots of community members to St. Vincent’s Church for a chance to enjoy food, wine, and ice cream while honoring the year’s fallen officers and recognizing eight of the precinct’s officers for their exemplary service and devotion to citizens’ safety. In addressing the recent issue of reckless motorcycle and ATV driving, Commanding Officer Kathleen Walsh encouraged community members to record anyone who they witnessed engaging in that behavior. I would like to congratulate all of the officers who were acknowledged for their hard work, and extend a special show of gratitude to Lt. Michael Lombardi who received the Officer of the Year award and who consistently lends his support to our office and the community whenever we need him. Our office thanks the entire 19th Precinct for their service and protection.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><strong>EVENTS SPONSORED BY MY OFFICE</strong><br /> <br /> <a id="GrowNYC" name="GrowNYC"><strong>Fresh Food Box from GrowNYC at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House</strong></a><a name="GrowNYC"></a></strong><br /> <br /> Year-round at the Center at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, you can pick up a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box of high quality, farm-fresh produce at below retail prices. For only $15, receive $20-$30 worth of fresh greens and fruit every week. CSA shares must be purchased a week in advance. For more information, please email site coordinator Idalia Bamert, <a href="mailto:ibamert@grownyc.org">ibamert@grownyc.org</a>.<br /> <br /> The program accepts various alternative payment methods including EBT/SNAP, Health Bucks, Greenmarket Bucks, Green Checks, Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons, and Women, Infants, and Children coupons.<br /> <br /> Fresh Food Box Pickup<br /> GrowNYC<br /> 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/27<br /> <em>3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.<br /> Center @ Lenox Hill Neighborhood House</em><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><strong><strong>RESOURCES</strong><br /> &nbsp;</strong></strong><br /> <a id="Child-Mind" name="Child-Mind"><strong>Child Mind Institute City-Wide Education Initiative</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7353" height="156" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/1ab9eb855c77492cacb1b21f613b93a8-300x156.png" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 156px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />The Child Mind Institute is making its City-Wide Education Initiative available to schools in our neighborhood. Over the years their services have provided critical mental health support and training to over 40,000 students, caregivers, educators, and mental health providers. The Child Mind Institute provides support, guidance, and treatment to New York City schoolchildren in the wake of scary and upsetting events.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Services include:</p> <ul> <li>Treatment for students struggling in the aftermath of traumatic events, struggling with mood dysregulation, and struggling with emotion and behavior regulation;</li> <li>Coaching and consultation for educators to foster more productive, happier classrooms;</li> <li>Social-emotional learning curricula for classes of students;</li> <li>Professional development and workshops for educators and caregivers to learn how to identify signs and symptoms of a mental health disorder among their children;</li> <li>Training for mental health providers in the delivery of our interventions so we may provide support to even more students across the city in partnership with our city’s schools.</li> </ul> <p>For more information visit <a href="http://www.childmind.org/">childmind.org</a>&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Friends" name="Friends"><strong>37th Annual FRIENDS Awards Call for Entries</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7493" height="417" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/fc0c1dd78f93644d8460c55534fa0e4f-300x417.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 417px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />This spring, <a href="https://www.friends-ues.org/">FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts</a> will celebrate outstanding achievement in preservation, architecture, and advocacy on the Upper East Side during our 37th Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The awards categories are flexible and can vary each year. Among other areas of accomplishment, previous winners have demonstrated excellence in Restoration, Rehabilitation, Design, and Stewardship. Individuals and advocacy groups are also eligible.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> FRIENDS seeks nomination for both architecture and advocacy. The awards committee will consider all submissions, large and small, that have furthered the cause of maintaining the special sense of place of the Upper East Side. Submit nominations by January 6, 2020.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Contact <a href="mailto:lsecchin@friends-ues.org" target="_blank">lsecchin@friends-ues.org</a> for more information, or click <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001LGHQjlzjz4RB1nVOfpcHOtE3Hi0iiBsbG3WCFGeU8tF6z84hLjoFZn1WNgTET2D3dkcTr-seO86mqDGLbQUD1DCucUV6Op2Mn23ECBJqngjKSFwEN2g61ON75e2f2JLrsCiF-fiEpggWDyPrOyz9tRXCNmaCvR98ZX0DBBc7b6gp0mnl67e2fJWSsXwz6GO7PFNrQfhiZ7lsXeL0Ifwna-CVbhcYFR-RYuKNaPl51SI=&amp;c=5ERm1DibCYX_KbzrOu38UXV23orY-jKoMTy_0C8aM53syxgGLckc0g==&amp;ch=tve5sz0hNtJ_P3y10t_spAEPhWPrw46EQIHH2WkoHLtXhQnVssna4g==">here</a> to download the nomination form.<br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Updates" name="Updates"><strong>OFFICE UPDATES</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Clinics" name="Clinics"><strong>Free Legal Clinics</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Need a lawyer? Every month I sponsor legal clinics where you can get free legal advice in my District Office at 244 East 93rd Street from 3pm-6pm:</p> <ul> <li><strong>General Civil Law</strong>, 3rd Tuesday</li> <li><strong>Life Planning Clinic</strong>, 3rd Wednesday</li> <li><strong>Family Law and Domestic Violence</strong>, 1st Tuesday</li> <li><strong>Housing Clinics</strong>, Every Monday and 1st Wednesday</li> </ul> <p>Please call my office at 212-860-1950 in advance to schedule your appointment.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="help" name="help"><strong>Here to Help</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> We are here to help. My social work team can help you find out what services you are eligible for and assist you in your application. Some examples include:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Seniors</strong>: Medicare savings, Meals-on-Wheels, Access-A-Ride</li> <li><strong>Housing</strong>: searching for affordable units, free legal housing clinic at my office</li> <li><strong>Job Resources</strong>: training resources and assistance, unemployment benefits</li> <li><strong>Families</strong>: Universal Pre-K, Head Start, After-School programs</li> <li><strong>Finances</strong>: cash assistance, tax credits, home energy assistance</li> <li><strong>Nutrition</strong>: WIC, free meals for all ages</li> </ul> <p>Please also call us at 212-860-1950 or email us at <a href="mailto:bkallos@benkallos.com" target="_blank">bkallos@benkallos.com</a> with any unresolved 311 complaints.<br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Mobile" name="Mobile"><strong>Mobile District Hours on Roosevelt Island</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Get assistance wherever you are in the district when we bring our office to you. Please join us at monthly mobile district hours on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 11am–2pm at the&nbsp;Roosevelt Island Senior Center, 546 Main Street. RSVP at <a href="https://benkallos.com/events/mobile" target="_blank">BenKallos.com/events/mobile</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Building" name="Building"><strong>Ben in Your Building</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> The "Ben in Your Building Program" is a chance to discuss issues of importance to you and your neighbors in person. Please consider inviting me to your cooperative or condominium annual meeting or tenants association meeting and I will be happy to join you. Over the past year, I have visited several buildings to discuss matters of importance in the neighborhood, including street furniture, road conditions, homeless outreach, and sanitation issues. Please schedule a "Ben in Your Building" today by calling 212-860-1950 or email <a href="mailto:Scheduler@BenKallos.com" target="_blank">Scheduler@BenKallos.com</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Community-Boards" name="Community-Boards"><strong>Community Boards</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong>1/8: <a href="https://www.cb8m.com/event/16242/" target="_blank">Community Board 8 Transportation Committee</a></strong><br /> <em>6:30 p.m.<br /> New York Blood Center Auditorium</em></p> <ul> <li>DOT Presentation on Bike Lane Offset Crossings</li> <li>ADA Accessible path for Queensboro Bridge</li> <li>UES Preparation for Congestion Pricing</li> </ul> <p><strong>1/8: Community Board 6 Full Board</strong><br /> <em>7:00 p.m.<br /> NYU Dentistry 433 First Ave</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>1/21: Community Board 11 Full Board</strong><br /> <em>6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.<br /> Mt. Sinai, Hatch Auditorium, 2nd floor</em><br /> <br /> <strong>1/22: Community Board 8 Full Board&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>6:30 p.m. - 9:30p.m.<br /> New York Blood Center 310 East 67th Street, Auditorium&nbsp;</em><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="NYPD" name="NYPD"><strong>NYPD Events</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>1/6: 19th Precinct Community Council</strong><br /> <em>7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.<br /> 19th Precinct Station House<br /> 153 E. 67th Street</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>1/22: 23rd Precinct Community Council</strong><br /> <em>6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.<br /> 23rd Precinct Station House<br /> 164 E. 102nd Street</em><br /> <br /> <strong>1/28: 17th Precinct Community Council&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>6:30p.m. - 7:00 p.m.<br /> Sutton Place Synagogue<br /> 225 E. 51st Street</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="NTA" name="NTA"><strong>Neighborhood and Tenant Associations</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>First Wednesday, 1/8: Roosevelt Island Residents Association Common Council Meeting</strong> (Holiday Exception)<br /> <em>8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.<br /> Good Shepherd (Downstairs)<br /> 543 Main Street</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Second Tuesday, 1/14: Stanley Isaacs Tenant Association</strong><br /> <em>7:00 p.m.<br /> Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center<br /> 415 East 93rd Street</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Third Tuesday, 1/21: Holmes Towers Tenant Association</strong><br /> <em>7:00 p.m.<br /> Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center<br /> 415 East 93rd Street</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Adults" name="Adults"><strong>Events for Adults</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>1/2: Film: <em>The Bride Came C.O.D.</em> (1941)</strong><br /> <em>2pm, 96th Street Library</em><br /> A pilot in need of money plans to take an unwitting heiress to a group of kidnappers with whom he will share the ransom they've asked. Admission is free. This film is 92 minutes long.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>1/2: 37th Annual Wreath Interpretations Exhibition</strong><br /> <em>9:00am-5:00pm, 830 5th Ave, 3rd Floor</em><br /> Celebrate the 37th Annual Wreath Interpretation Exhibitions. The wreath includes the work of 40 or more artists and designers. This event is free to the public.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>1/2: Book Discussion Group: <em>Rebecca</em> by Daphne du Maurier</strong><br /> <em>6pm - 7pm, 96th Street Library&nbsp;</em><br /> Please join us for our January book discussion. We will be reading <em>Rebecca</em> by Daphne du Maurier. Copies are available at the 96th Street Library one month before the book discussion.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>1/2: Book Discussion Group: <em>The Promise</em> by Chaim Potok</strong><br /> <em>6:00pm - 6:45pm, Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> &nbsp;Join us to discuss <em>The Promise</em>&nbsp;on January 2 at 6:00 pm. Admission is free. Registration is required. Book club participants must reserve copies of each title through the Library's catalog system. You can reserve your copy by placing a hold on-line at <a href="https://www.nypl.org/">www.nypl.org</a> or visiting your local branch. "A superb mirror of a place, a time, and a group of people who capture our immediate interest and hold it tightly."<br /> <br /> <strong>1/4, 1/11, 1/18,1/25: Year-Round Volunteer Gardening</strong><br /> <em>9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 86th Street at East End Avenue</em><br /> Join neighbors and friends and pitch in at this fun, local event! PLEASE NOTE: The Carl Schurz Park Volunteer Gardeners are an adult group that meets monthly to work in the park. Students or children who wish to participate must be accompanied by adults or parents who work along with them.<br /> <br /> <strong>1/4, 1/7, 1/21, 1/28: Adult Coloring</strong><br /> <em>11am - 12pm, 96th Street Library</em><br /> Come join us at the 96th Street Library as we color and bring out our inner child. We are reminded of the days when life was simple when we worry less. Coloring is the latest craze&nbsp; and where you might expect to see children, you find adults. They have immersed themselves in patterns of mandalas, curved flowers and runaway stems.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>1/6: Book Discussion Group: Mystery Mondays</strong><br /> <em>&nbsp;4pm - 5pm, 67th Street Library</em><br /> Join us to discuss <em>The Birdwatcher</em> by William Shaw. The book is British crime fiction at its finest; a stirring portrait of flawed.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>1/6, 1/11, 1/25: Yorkville Writing Circle</strong><br /> <em>5:00p.m.- 6:45 p.m., 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Yorkville Library, Meeting Room</em><br /> Want to meet local writers? Commit to a writing schedule? Practice your craft through writing prompts? Read original work to get and give feedback? Then come to the Yorkville Writing Circle where writers of all genres, styles and levels are welcome to participate. No sign-ups required. Late-comers Welcome.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28: Adult Coloring</strong><br /> <em>11am, Roosevelt Island Library</em><br /> Come to the library and relax by coloring some beautiful artwork. Feel your troubles and bitter cares melt away at each stroke of your pencil!<br /> <br /> <strong>1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28: TechConnect: Word for Beginners</strong><br /> <em>3pm -5pm, 96th Street Library</em><br /> Learn the basic features of Microsoft Word 2010, a word processing program you can use to create documents. Topics include: entering and editing text, saving files, and various formatting options. This is a comprehensive course, so please make sure you can attend all sessions. Call 212-289-0908 to register.<br /> <br /> <strong>1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28: Teen Space</strong><br /> <em>3-5 p.m., Webster Library</em><br /> Come hang out with your friends on Tuesday afternoons! Play board games, work on homework, read a book, exercise your creativity, or just chill. Laptops, assorted art supplies, and light snacks available. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>1/7, 1/14, 1/28: Terrific Tolkien Discussion</strong><br /> <em>4pm, Roosevelt Island Library</em><br /> Calling all elves, hobbits, orcs and dragons! Join us for a 7-part discussion of the epic poems of J.R.R. Tolkien at the library!&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>1/7, 1/21: Webster Writing Circle</strong><br /> <em>6 p.m., Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Join Webster for an exploration in creativity. This writing circle is informal in style and structure: no experience is necessary. We’ll spend time writing and talking about what we have written. There's no registration or sign up required.<br /> <br /> <strong>1/8: Chelsea Fitness Marathon&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>9:00am-9:00pm, Chelsea Recreation Center</em><br /> Start the new year with a fitness motivation exercised and join the Chelsea Fitness in their 12-hour marathon. For more information, contact Rich Martinez at 212-255-3706.<br /> <br /> <strong>1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29: SNAP Assistance Clinics</strong><br /> <em>10:00am-1:00pm, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 East 70th Street</em><br /> Interested in determining whether you are eligible for SNAP benefits? Join the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House in their year-round SNAP assistance. For more information about the SNAP Assistance Clinic, including the documentation needed click <a href="https://static1.squarespace.com/static/55520913e4b0e71274cff7ce/t/5d10eb8e03d59400019e0e12/1561389966966/125th+SNAP+Clinic+flyer+Summer+2019.pdf">here</a>.<br /> <br /> <strong>1/8: Webster @ the Movies: <em>Kong: Skull Island&nbsp;</em></strong><br /> <em>11:15a.m., Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Scientists, soldiers and adventurers unite to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean. Cut off from everything they know, they venture into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. This film is 118 minutes long.<br /> <br /> <strong>1/8, 1/22: Adult One-on-One Computer Help Workshop</strong><br /> <em>11:30a.m. - 1:00p.m., Yorkville Library, Meeting Room</em><br /> Work one-on-one with a volunteer tutor to improve Internet skills, create and use e-mail, and get help with cell phone and Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Power Point) usage. Pre-registration required in person or by phone at 212-744-5824. Seating is limited.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 11/29: Learn To Play Chess For Adults</strong><br /> <em>2 p.m., Webster Library</em><br /> Learn to play the most popular game ever: a game of strategy and problem solving. Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced player, you can learn the strategies that will make you a better chess player. The best part of all: CHESS IS FUN!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>1/8, 1/15, 1/ 22, 1/ 29: Game On! @ Webster</strong><br /> <em>4 p.m., Webster Library</em><br /> Come in and test your gaming skills against your peers with games such as Super Smash Brothers and Mario Kart for Wii. Feel like trying something new? Try playing on our PS4 with games such as Street Fighter 5 and TMNT, just to name a few. Laptops will be available for anybody that just wants to sit down and relax.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>1/8, 1/29: Crochet &amp; Knitting Group</strong><br /> <em>10:30am - 12:30pm, 96th Street Library, Conference Room&nbsp;</em><br /> Do you like to crochet? Do you like to knit? Join our volunteer led group! Whatever your passion, come socialize with others who share your interest and perhaps even pick up some extra tips and tricks as you work your own creations. Please bring your own supplies. Pattern books will be provided to peruse and get inspiration and are available to check out with your library card!<br /> <br /> <strong>1/9: Carter Burden Gallery Exhibition</strong><br /> <em>6:00pm-8:00pm, Carter Burden Gallery</em><br /> Join the Carter Burden network in their opening ceremony for the Carter Burden Gallery Exhibition.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>1/9, 1/16, 1/23: Arts, Culture &amp; Fun: Make your Mark - Watercolor Series</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm-8:30pm, Recreation Center 54</em><br /> Join the Recreation Center 54 to learn the foundation of watercolor painting. The event is free of cost but because there is limited space, please RSVP at <a href="http://wcrc54.eventbrite.com/">wcrc54.eventbrite.com</a> or call 212-754-5411.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>1/10: The Storyteller Olivia Beens Through the Decades</strong><br /> <em>10:00am-6:00pm, El Barrio’s Artspace PS109</em><br /> The El Barrio’s Artspace will present the "Storyteller: Olivia Beens Through the Decades," a career retrospective of the artist’s oeuvre.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>1/10: Lunchtime Lecture: Clock-making in Early America</strong><br /> <em>12:30pm, </em><em>421 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10065</em><br /> The curator of our current exhibit, “Revolutionary Revolutions: Clocks and Industry in Early America,” will speak about the widespread success of American-made shelf clocks in the 19th-century and the interrelated forces of technological convenience, comfort, taste, and affordability that drive the consumer habits of a middle class, then and now. Bring your lunch. Tea, conversation, exhibit, and optional Museum tour included. This event is free with admission and for Museum Members.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>1/11: Second Saturdays Trailwork Party + Bike Share at Highbridge Bike Park</strong>&nbsp;<br /> <em>10:00pm-3:00pm, BMX Jump Park in Highbridge Park</em>&nbsp;<br /> Bring your friends and family for a day of fun in the woods and learn what it takes to ride your bike in the most progressive urban bike park in America. The event is free of cost but please register for the event <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/o/nycmtbimba-4045343561">here</a>. If there are any questions please feel to call at 734-358-2826 or contact <a href="mailto:christopher@nycmtb.org">christopher@nycmtb.org</a>&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>1/13: Reading Level Parent Workshop</strong><br /> <em>5:30pm, 67th Street Library</em><br /> Learn about various book leveling frameworks for children’s books, as well as tools and resources to find the best book! Pre-registration required by phone (212) 734-1717 or in person.<br /> <br /> <strong>1/15: Mobile Hours with NYC Council Member Ben Kallos</strong><br /> <em>11a.m. - 1:30p.m., Webster Library</em><br /> Join a representative from Council Member Ben Kallos' office to discuss important neighborhood topics. This is your opportunity to speak with local officials without leaving your neighborhood.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>1/15:Webster @ the Movies: 10 Cloverfield Lane&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>11:15a.m., Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> After surviving a car accident, Michelle wakes up to find herself in an underground bunker with two men.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>1/16: Film: "The Breaking Point" (1950)</strong><br /> <em>2pm, 96th Street Library</em><br /> A sailor allows smugglers to use his boat until they go too far by murdering his friend. Admission is free. This film is 97 minutes long.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>1/18: Breast Cancer Support Group&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>4:00pm-5:00pm, NewYork-Presbyterian Columbia University Irving Medical Center Harkness Pavilion, HP-2-Emily Westfall Conf Room</em><br /> Support breast cancer patients on their journey. Join NewYork-Presbyterian and share, encourage, and support those on their experience.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>1/18: Family Wellness Day</strong><br /> <em>11:00pm-2:00pm, Highbridge Recreation Center</em><br /> Join the Highbridge Recreation Center and New York-Presbyterian Hospital for their monthly fitness fun in the park with the entire family. This event is free of cost. For more information call 212-927-2012, or contact <a href="mailto:carmen.quarles@parks.nyc.gov">carmen.quarles@parks.nyc.gov</a>.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>1/22: Webster @ the Movies: Trumbo&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>11:15a.m., Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> In 1947, successful screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and other Hollywood figures get blacklisted for their political beliefs. This film is 124 minutes long.<br /> <br /> <strong>1/23: Film: "Criss Cross" (1949)</strong><br /> <em>2pm, 96th Street Library</em><br /> An armored truck driver and his lovely ex-wife conspire with a gang to have his own truck robbed on the route. Admission is free. This film is 84 minutes long.<br /> <br /> <strong>1/23: Theater of the Warped Political Bodies</strong><br /> <em>5:30p.m., Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Author and professor Catalina Florina Florescu discusses her latest volume of three plays, "The Rebelled Body Plays (NoPassport Press)," a collection part of the Library of Congress and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, to name a couple. Her interest in the human body, how it breaks and how it heals, has been part of her academic and creative research and writing, a passion that she discovered by accident following a traumatic event in her life.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>1/23: Community Garden Murals: History and How-To</strong><br /> 6:00pm-8:00pm, Tony Dapolito Recreation Center<br /> Join the Tony Dapolito Recreation Center in learning and partnering with local artist to develop a design, prepare for a space, and install murals. Learning how to get permits will also be addressed, as well as recommendations on how to engage with neighbors to create a mural yourself. The event is free of cost; if you have any questions please contact, 212-602-5300.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>1/25: Music - Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda" recital by New York Opera Forum</strong><br /> <em>1pm - 4pm, 96th Street Library</em><br /> Presented by the New York Opera Forum<br /> New York Opera Forum performs the complete opera of "Maria Stuarda" by Gaetano Donizetti, a live musical recital performed in concert with piano accompaniment.<br /> The musical program is co-sponsored with the New York Opera Forum, which was founded by Richard Nechamkin in 1983 to give classically trained singers the opportunity to learn and perform standard operatic repertoire in the original languages. Admission is free.<br /> <br /> <strong>1/25: Historic Craft Workshop: Clock-Making</strong><br /> <em>2pm, </em><em>421 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10065</em><br /> In conjunction with our current exhibit, learn about the history of clock-making in early America, and then design your own clock face, inspired by those on display. At the conclusion of the workshop, you will have a personally-designed working clock to take home. All supplies included. Advance tickets are required: $20 Adults and $15 Members and Students with IDs. Call the Museum or purchase tickets <a href="https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4473674">here</a>.<br /> <br /> <strong>1/25: Webster @ the Movies: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>2:00p.m., Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Actor Rick Dalton gained fame and fortune by starring in a 1950s television Western, but is now struggling to find meaningful work in a Hollywood that he doesn't recognize anymore. This film is 161 minutes long.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>1/27: Webster @ the Movies: Fast &amp; Furious presents: Hobbs &amp; Shaw&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>11:15a.m., Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Brixton Lorr is a cybernetically enhanced soldier who possesses superhuman strength, a brilliant mind and a lethal pathogen that could wipe out half of the world's population. This film is 137 minutes long.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>1/28: Chinese New Year Family Fitness</strong><br /> <em>2:30pm-7:00pm, Recreation Center 54</em><br /> Join recreation center 54 for a fun day of family activities such as Tai Chi, fortune cookie-making, dragon dancercise, Tae Kwon Do, and much more! This event is free of cost; if you have any questions please contact 212-754-5411.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>1/28: Weill Cornell Wellness Series: Important Topics in Sleep Medicine</strong><br /> <em>5:30p.m., Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Humans spend nearly a third of their lives asleep. In general, most healthy adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night, but what can go wrong, and what can we do about it? Come join us for a talk on sleep during the Weill Cornell Medicine Wellness Series at the Webster Library.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>1/29: Webster @ the Movies: The Monuments Men&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>11:15a.m., Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> During World War II, the Nazis steal countless pieces of art and hide them away. Some over-the-hill art scholars, historians, architects and other experts form a unit to retrieve as many of the stolen masterpieces as possible. This film is 118 minutes long.<br /> <br /> <strong>1/30: Film - "The Great Waltz" (1938)</strong><br /> &nbsp;<em>2pm, 96th Street Library</em><br /> This is a musical biopic of the life of young Johann Strauss and his rise to fame in Vienna. Admission is free.&nbsp;This film is 104 minutes long.<br /> <br /> <strong>1/31: Middle School Alliance Event&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>4:00pm-5:00pm, Stanley Isaacs&nbsp;</em><br /> The Isaacs Center will be hosting the MSA-paired events with 7th graders. Students will be preparing valentines day with the seniors at Isaacs center. If there are questions, please contact your MSA representative directly.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>January - March 2020: DSNY Organics Collection and Electronics Recycling</strong><br /> <em>1326 Madison Ave, Garden Level | New York, NY 10128 (enter at 94th Street)&nbsp;</em><br /> DSNY Organics Collection partners with CHN to reduce waste sent to landfills. The program provides rodent-resistant bins in order to deter pests. Neighbors are encouraged to bring their unwanted electronic hardware to the site designated for responsible recycling.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Kids" name="Kids"><strong>Events for Kids</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong>1/2, 1/9, 1/16, 1/ 23, 1/30: Early Literacy: Family Storytime</strong><br /> <em>11:00a.m,11:30a.m, 11:45a.m, Webster Library</em><br /> Toddlers from birth to 3 years and their parents/caregivers can enjoy interactive stories, action songs, finger-plays, and spend time with other toddlers in the neighborhood.&nbsp;<br /> There is a limit of 15 children and their caregivers. Tickets are given out the morning of the program on a first come, first serve basis. Times of the programs are approximate.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>1/2, 1/ 9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30: Early Literacy: Free Play</strong><br /> <em>11:15a.m., Webster Library</em><br /> Join us on Tuesday afternoons for a fun chance to socialize with other kids from the community! Toys are provided. Please note: This program is for both caregiver and child. It is not a structured program. Take care to supervise children at all times.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>1/2, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30: Early Literacy: Pre-School Story Time</strong><br /> <em>4 p.m., Yorkville Library, Children's Room</em><br /> Come meet your friends at the library and listen to some of your favorite picture books.<br /> It's a great way to end a busy day.<br /> <br /> <strong>1/3, 1/10, 1/17. 1/24, 1/31: Learn To Play Chess at Webster</strong><br /> <em>3pm, Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> For children, ages 5 to 12 years, ages 13 to 18 years, children<br /> Are you a chess champion? You want to show off your best moves against other chess fans? Whether you're a chess master or just starting out, come join us for some board time on Fridays at 3 p.m. Learn how to play, practice your skills, or play a game. All materials will be provided and an experienced instructor Timothy Mobley will lead the group.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>1/3, 1/10, 1/17,1/24, 1/31: Arts &amp; Crafts</strong><br /> <em>4:00p.m., 67th Street Library</em><br /> Create based on the theme or art technique of the month, or choose to create wherever the inspiration takes you! Younger children must have a parent or caregiver present and ready to participate.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25: Read to our New York Therapy Dog!</strong><br /> 10:30a.m., Webster Library<br /> Come read to our therapy dog Tugboat! These licensed therapy dogs and their owners can't wait for you to come read them a story. Enjoy one-on-one, no-pressure reading time with a furry friend! Pre-registration is required for each 15-minute slot and opens 1 week in advance. Available every Saturday!<br /> <br /> <strong>1/4, 1/5, 1/11, 1/12, 1/18, 1/19, 1/24-1/26: Yeti, Set, Snow! + Holiday Puppet Building</strong> <strong>Workshop</strong><br /> <em>1:00pm-1:45pm, Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre&nbsp;</em><br /> An original story and marionette show produced by City Parks Foundation will be shown to families and kids. The cost of the event will be $10 per children and $12 for adults. These fees include the materials to build one felt hand puppet and one finger puppet. To purchase tickets click <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/o/swedish-cottage-marionette-theatre-17254827181">here</a>.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>1/4: January Craft Time</strong><br /> <em>3p.m., Yorkville Library, Meeting Room</em><br /> It's Craft Time at Yorkville!!! Drop in for a quick craft. Bring your creativity and make something special to take home.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>1/6, 1/13, 1/27: Early Literacy:Toddler Story Time</strong><br /> <em>11:30 a.m., Yorkville Library, Meeting Room</em><br /> First come, first served toddlers from 18-36 months old (walkers) and their parents/caregivers can enjoy great books, lively songs and rhymes, and meet other toddlers in the neighborhood. Please note: There is no elevator available and stroller parking is limited.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>1/6: 2020 Vision Board Bash</strong><br /> &nbsp;<em>4p.m., Webster Library</em><br /> What are your hopes and dreams for 2020? Manifest them as we cut and create vision boards for 2020.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>1/6, 1/27: Read with Murphy, our New York Therapy Dog!</strong><br /> <em>4p.m., Yorkville Library, Children's Room</em><br /> Come read to our therapy dog Murphy! These licensed therapy dogs and their owners can't wait for you to come read them a story. Enjoy one-on-one, no-pressure reading time with a furry friend! Pre-registration is required for each 15-minute slot and opens 1 week in advance.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>1/7, 1/14, 1/21,1/28: Early Literacy: Baby Storytime</strong><br /> <em>10:30 - 11a.m., Yorkville Library, Meeting Room</em><br /> Babies from birth to 18 months old (pre-walkers) and their parents/caregivers can enjoy great books, lively songs, and rhymes, and meet other babies in the neighborhood. Program will be ticketed to 30 children and their caregivers. Tickets will be distributed at the door 15 minutes prior to the start of the program. Please note: There is no elevator available, and stroller parking is limited.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>1/8: Early Literacy: Hora de Cuentos (Spanish Storytime)</strong><br /> <em>11a.m., 67th Street Library, Community Room</em><br /> ¡A leer y a cantar en español! Join us to read and sing in Spanish.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>1/8, 1/15,1/22,1/29: Early Readers Storytime</strong><br /> <em>4p.m., 67th Street Library, Community Room</em><br /> This program aims to continue the practice of storytime for older children. Each week, participants will discuss a book within the framework of an opening question. At the conclusion of storytime, there will be a craft or related reading activity. For ages 5-7. Parents and caregivers welcome.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29: Young Readers Read Aloud</strong><br /> <em>4:30p.m., 67th Street Library, Community Room</em><br /> Following the practices of guided and shared reading, participants will read one book throughout the month, taking turns reading aloud. When the group finishes the book of the month, there will be a craft or related reading activity. This event is limited to 10 participants. Parents and caregivers welcome.<br /> <br /> <strong>1/9: Webster @ the Movies: <em>Toy Story 4</em></strong><br /> <em>4p.m., Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky. The adventurous journey turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody's slight detour leads him to his long-lost friend Bo Peep. This film is 100 minutes long.<br /> <br /> <strong>1/9, 1/16, 1/ 23, 1/30: Early Literacy: Chinese Rhyme Songs</strong><br /> <em>11a.m., Roosevelt Island Library</em><br /> Julia Gu brings you popular Chinese rhyme songs, both the ones from her childhood and the current ones in China. Children and their caretakers will be encouraged to express themselves through their physical movements, their own voices (using Chinese or English words or just sounds), and any other expression they have responding to the rhymes. The songs will be in Chinese, while the sessions are conducted in English. Join us to learn some Chinese! No registration required. Presented by Urban Stages.<br /> <br /> <strong>1/10, 1/17, 1/ 24, 1/31: Early Literacy: Baby Sign Language and Literacy Series</strong><br /> <em>11:00a.m., Webster Library</em><br /> A 4-week sign language and literacy series. Learn American Sign Language through songs, stories and play. Go home each week with new vocabulary and new tunes to enhance communication between you and your child! This event is limited to 15 participants only. Presented by Baby Fingers.Tickets will be distributed the day of starting at 10:30am, first come first served.<br /> <br /> <strong>1/13, 1/27: Homework Time and Quiet Study</strong><br /> <em>3:30p.m., 67th Street Library</em><br /> Quiet time will be enforced during this program so everyone can have a space to complete homework tasks. The librarian will be available for some homework help.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>1/13, 1/27: Early Literacy: Art Buffet</strong><br /> <em>4:00p.m., Webster Library</em><br /> Let your imagination run wild! Join us for an hour of uninterrupted, creative fun. Pick and choose from our craft supplies to make a masterpiece to take home.<br /> <br /> <strong>1/13: Reading Level Parent Workshop</strong><br /> <em>5:30p.m., 67th Street Library</em><br /> Learn about various book leveling frameworks for children’s books and tools and resources to find the best book! Pre-registration required by phone (212) 734-1717 or in person.<br /> <br /> <strong>1/27: Kid Flicks</strong><br /> <em>4p.m., Yorkville Library, Meeting Room</em><br /> Join us in our community room for our children's film showing. Watch short films based on popular picture books.The perfect way to meet up with friends and end a busy day.<br /> <br /> <strong>1/27: Graphic Novel Book Club</strong><br /> <em>5p.m., 67th Street Library, Community Room</em><br /> Join us to discuss graphic novels! We will take the first half of the program to discuss the book and the second half will be an open comics-creating studio.<br /> This month: <em>Making Friends</em> by Kristen Gudsnuk. Parents and caregivers welcome.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>1/28: Chinese New Year Family Fitness</strong><br /> <em>2:30p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Recreation Center 54-348 East 54 Street, Manhattan</em><br /> Join us for a day of family fun as you make your way through various activities such as Tai Chi, fortune cookie-making, dragon dancercise, Tae Kwon Do, and more! This event is FREE and open to the public.</p> </div> Thu, 02 Jan 2020 13:05:00 +0000 admin 6693 at https://kallos.nyc December News: Breaking Ground on East River Greenway, New School Seats, Fighting Development with No Limit, Helping the Homeless, and ❄Holiday Party❄ https://kallos.nyc/newsletter/december-news-breaking-ground-east-river-greenway-new-school-seats-fighting-development <span>December News: Breaking Ground on East River Greenway, New School Seats, Fighting Development with No Limit, Helping the Homeless, and ❄Holiday Party❄</span> <div class="field field--name-field-summary field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><table> <tbody> <tr> <td>Dear Neighbor,<br /> <br /> This Thanksgiving and holiday season, I am most thankful for you, my constituents, and our partnership as we work together to make our city great. Please join us for some cheer at a <em>new location</em> for our annual <a href="#holidayparty">Holiday Party</a>.<br /> <br /> In November we broke ground on the <a href="#greenway">$100 million East River Greenway</a> to extend the East River Esplanade south from 61st to 53rd Street. With the $275 million in funding we've secured, a frequent complaint has been how long these projects take, which is why I chaired a hearing on&nbsp;<a href="#parks">parks projects delays</a> and was flabbergasted by one answer.<br /> <br /> We opened <a href="#academy">50 new K-12 school seats</a> at Children's Academy and remain focused on getting <a href="#schoolbus">GPS trackers on school buses</a> before the next winter storm.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We joined advocates throughout the borough to stand up to <a href="#building_no_limits">Albany Assembly Members proposing buildings in Manhattan with no limits on height or density</a>. We continued investigating how to limit supertalls for billionaires with a <a href="#VOIDS">tour of mechanical voids</a> in commercial districts, which are still unprotected.<br /> <br /> As it gets cold outside and we enter the giving season, it is only natural to think of what we can do for more than 60,000 homeless in our city which is why I've backed a proposal to <a href="#house_our_future">set aside 24,000 new units for the homeless</a>. I will also be holding an oversight hearing on <a href="#acacia">homeless service contracts</a> and invite anyone who has experience with our city's homeless shelters.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Happy Holidays!<br /> <br /> Sincerely, <p><img height="24" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/1a1894a3a45c0329272b438e09ab021c-125x24.png" width="125" /><br /> Ben Kallos<br /> Council Member</p> </td> <td> <p><strong>SPECIAL EVENTS</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Tuesday, December 17, 6pm&nbsp;– 8pm<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/holiday-party-4"><strong>Holiday Party</strong></a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>SAVE THE DATE</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Sunday, January 26, 1pm – 3pm&nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/state-district-1"><strong>State of the District</strong></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <strong>MONTHLY EVENTS</strong>&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/first-friday-32"><strong>First Friday with Free Fire Alarms and Go Bags</strong></a><strong>&nbsp;</strong><br /> Friday, 12/6, 8am –&nbsp;10am<br /> <br /> <strong>Policy Night</strong><br /> Tuesday, 12/10, 5pm –&nbsp;6pm<br /> <span><em>(By Appointment Only)</em></span><br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/housing-legal-clinic-66"><strong>Free Legal Clinics</strong></a><br /> <span><em>(By Appointment Only)</em></span><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong>TABLE OF CONTENTS </strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>EVENT INVITES</strong></p> <ol> <li><a href="#holidayparty">Holiday Party (New Location)</a></li> <li><a href="#state">Save the Date: State of the District</a></li> <li><a href="#fridays">First Friday: Free Fire Alarms and Free Go Bags</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>PARKS PROJECTS</strong></p> <ol start="4"> <li><a href="#greenway">Construction Begins on $100 Million East River Greenway</a></li> <li><a href="#parks">Parks Department Answers Questions on Stalled and Slow Projects</a>&nbsp;</li> </ol> <p><strong>EDUCATION</strong></p> <ol start="6"> <li><a href="#academy">New School for Childrens Academy</a></li> <li><a href="#schoolbus">Fighting for GPS and Real Time Monitoring on School Buses</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>HELPING THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST</strong></p> <ol start="8"> <li><a href="#acacia">Hearing on Acacia Network and Homelessness Service Contracts</a></li> <li><a href="#veterens">Serving Our Veterans Who Served Our City</a></li> <li><a href="#nonprofit">Nonprofit Power 100</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>ELECTIONS</strong></p> <ol start="11"> <li><a href="#charter">Charter Revision 2019: All Five Questions Pass</a></li> <li><a href="#aia">Discussing Voting and Elections with the American Institute of Architects</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>HOUSING AND OVERDEVELOPMENT</strong></p> <ol start="13"> <li><a href="#building_no_limits">Fighting Albany Proposal for Building with No Limits</a></li> <li><a href="#Coops_Condos">Council of NY Co-ops and Condos</a>&nbsp;</li> <li><a href="#NYCHA">Rallying with NYCHA Residents</a></li> <li><a href="#VOIDS">Peering into the Void: A Visit to the Museum of Modern Art Tower&nbsp;</a></li> <li><a href="#house_our_future">Housing Our Future: Building 24,000 Units For Homeless</a></li> <li><a href="#Met-Council">Met Council on Housing 60th Anniversary Proclamation</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>COMMUNITY</strong></p> <ol start="19"> <li><a href="#CommunityBoards">Apply to be on Your Community Board</a></li> <li><a href="#subwaycars">Working to Keep Subway Cars Clean and Standing up for Transit Workers</a></li> <li><a href="#anime">Anime NYC 2019</a>&nbsp;</li> <li><a href="#Thanksgiving">Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway</a></li> <li><a href="#Love_Your_Neighborhood_Day">Love Your Neighborhood Day</a></li> <li><a href="#itsmypark">It's My Park Day at Sutton Place Park</a></li> <li><a href="#FoodtankSUmmit">Food Tank Summit: Better Food for New Yorkers</a></li> <li><a href="#FoodtankSUmmit">Blockchain Panel on the Future of Voting and Potential for Local Government Use</a></li> <li><a href="#LSS">Roosevelt Island Residents Association President Awarded Citation</a></li> <li><a href="#TURTLEBAY">Turtle Bay Holiday Party</a></li> <li><a href="#SOLES4SOULS">Soles4Souls Shoe Drive</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>WORKING FAMILIES AND JOBS</strong></p> <ol start="29"> <li><a href="#Wage_theft">Fighting Wage Theft: Standing up for Construction Workers</a></li> <li><a href="#32bj">32BJ Building Services Awards</a></li> <li><a href="#women_build">Meet the Women Who Build New York City</a></li> <li><a href="#Carpenters">Carpenters Union 2019 Construction Summit</a></li> <li><a href="#bricklayers">Bricklayers Masonry Institute</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>RESOURCES</strong></p> <ol start="34"> <li><a href="#homelessmemorial">ETHOS: Homeless Persons' Memorial Day Invite</a></li> <li><a href="#flu">Free Flu Shots at Lenox Hill Hospital</a></li> <li><a href="#Citizens_Committee">Citizens Committee for New York City Neighborhood Grants Program</a></li> <li><a href="#Action_NYC">ActionNYC RFP: Now Available</a></li> <li><a href="#Child_Mind">Child Mind Institute: Helping Children Cope with Traumatic Events</a></li> <li><a href="#Bike_Safety">Bike Safety</a>&nbsp;</li> </ol> <p><strong>OFFICE UPDATES&nbsp;</strong></p> <ol start="40"> <li><a href="#legalclinics">Free Legal Clinics</a></li> <li><a href="#heretohelp">Here to Help</a></li> <li><a href="#mobiledistricthours">Mobile District Hours</a></li> <li><a href="#biyb">Ben in Your Building</a></li> <li><a href="#communityboards2">Community Boards</a></li> <li><a href="#nypd">NYPD Events</a></li> <li><a href="#neighborhood">Neighborhood and Tenant Associations</a></li> <li><a href="#adults">Events for Adults</a></li> <li><a href="#kids">Events for Kids</a></li> </ol> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span>Thu, 12/05/2019 - 9:30am</span> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><table> <colgroup> <col width="400" /> <col width="200" /> </colgroup> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top">Dear Neighbor,<br /> <br /> This Thanksgiving and holiday season, I am most thankful for you, my constituents, and our partnership as we work together to make our city great. Please join us for some cheer at a <em>new location</em> for our annual <a href="#holidayparty" target="_blank">Holiday Party</a>.<br /> <br /> In November we broke ground on the <a href="#greenway" target="_blank">$100 million East River Greenway</a> to extend the East River Esplanade south from 61st to 53rd Street. With the $275 million in funding we've secured, a frequent complaint has been how long these projects take, which is why I chaired a hearing on&nbsp;<a href="#parks" target="_blank">parks projects delays</a> and was flabbergasted by one answer.<br /> <br /> We opened <a href="#academy" target="_blank">50 new K-12 school seats</a> at Children's Academy and remain focused on getting <a href="#schoolbus" target="_blank">GPS trackers on school buses</a> before the next winter storm.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We joined advocates throughout the borough to stand up to <a href="#building_no_limits" target="_blank">Albany Assembly Members proposing buildings in Manhattan with no limits on height or density</a>. We continued investigating how to limit supertalls for billionaires with a <a href="#VOIDS" target="_blank">tour of mechanical voids</a> in commercial districts, which are still unprotected.<br /> <br /> As it gets cold outside and we enter the giving season, it is only natural to think of what we can do for more than 60,000 homeless in our city which is why I've backed a proposal to <a href="#house_our_future" target="_blank">set aside 24,000 new units for the homeless</a>. I will also be holding an oversight hearing on <a href="#acacia" target="_blank">homeless service contracts</a> and invite anyone who has experience with our city's homeless shelters.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Happy Holidays!<br /> <br /> Sincerely, <p><img data-file-id="2013" height="24" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/1a1894a3a45c0329272b438e09ab021c-125x24.png" style="margin: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; border-image: none; width: 125px; height: 24px;" width="125" /><br /> Ben Kallos<br /> Council Member</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="250"> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong style="text-align:center">SPECIAL EVENTS</strong><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: left;">Tuesday, December 17, 6pm&nbsp;– 8pm<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/holiday-party-4" target="_blank"><strong>Holiday Party</strong></a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>SAVE THE DATE</strong><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: left;">Sunday, January 26, 1pm – 3pm&nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/state-district-1" target="_blank"><strong>State of the District</strong></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br /> <strong style="text-align:center">MONTHLY EVENTS</strong>&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/first-friday-32" target="_blank"><strong>First Friday with Free Fire Alarms and Go Bags</strong></a><strong>&nbsp;</strong><br /> Friday, 12/6, 8am –&nbsp;10am<br /> <br /> <strong><u>Policy Night</u></strong><br /> Tuesday, 12/10, 5pm –&nbsp;6pm<br /> <span style="font-size:12px"><em>(By Appointment Only)</em></span><br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/housing-legal-clinic-66" target="_blank"><strong>Free Legal Clinics</strong></a><br /> <span style="font-size:12px"><em>(By Appointment Only)</em></span><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>TABLE OF CONTENTS </strong><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>EVENT INVITES</strong></div> <ol> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#holidayparty" target="_blank">Holiday Party (New Location)</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#state" target="_blank">Save the Date: State of the District</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#fridays" target="_blank">First Friday: Free Fire Alarms and Free Go Bags</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>PARKS PROJECTS</strong></div> <ol start="4"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#greenway" target="_blank">Construction Begins on $100 Million East River Greenway</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#parks" target="_blank">Parks Department Answers Questions on Stalled and Slow Projects</a>&nbsp;</li> </ol> <strong>EDUCATION</strong></div> <ol start="6"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#academy" target="_blank">New School for Childrens Academy</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#schoolbus" target="_blank">Fighting for GPS and Real Time Monitoring on School Buses</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>HELPING THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST</strong></p> <ol start="8"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#acacia" target="_blank">Hearing on Acacia Network and Homelessness Service Contracts</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#veterens" target="_blank">Serving Our Veterans Who Served Our City</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#nonprofit" target="_blank">Nonprofit Power 100</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>ELECTIONS</strong></div> <ol start="11"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#charter" target="_blank">Charter Revision 2019: All Five Questions Pass</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#aia" target="_blank">Discussing Voting and Elections with the American Institute of Architects</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>HOUSING AND OVERDEVELOPMENT</strong></div> <ol start="13"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#building_no_limits" target="_blank">Fighting Albany Proposal for Building with No Limits</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Coops_Condos" target="_blank">Council of NY Co-ops and Condos</a>&nbsp;</li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#NYCHA" target="_blank">Rallying with NYCHA Residents</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#VOIDS" target="_blank">Peering into the Void: A Visit to the Museum of Modern Art Tower&nbsp;</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#house_our_future" target="_blank">Housing Our Future: Building 24,000 Units For Homeless</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Met-Council" target="_blank">Met Council on Housing 60th Anniversary Proclamation</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>COMMUNITY</strong></div> <ol start="19"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#CommunityBoards" target="_blank">Apply to be on Your Community Board</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#subwaycars" target="_blank">Working to Keep Subway Cars Clean and Standing up for Transit Workers</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#anime" target="_blank">Anime NYC 2019</a>&nbsp;</li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Thanksgiving" target="_blank">Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Love_Your_Neighborhood_Day" target="_blank">Love Your Neighborhood Day</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#itsmypark" target="_blank">It's My Park Day at Sutton Place Park</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#FoodtankSUmmit" target="_blank">Food Tank Summit: Better Food for New Yorkers</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#FoodtankSUmmit" target="_blank">Blockchain Panel on the Future of Voting and Potential for Local Government Use</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#LSS" target="_blank">Roosevelt Island Residents Association President Awarded Citation</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#TURTLEBAY" target="_blank">Turtle Bay Holiday Party</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#SOLES4SOULS" target="_blank">Soles4Souls Shoe Drive</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>WORKING FAMILIES AND JOBS</strong></div> <ol start="29"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Wage_theft" target="_blank">Fighting Wage Theft: Standing up for Construction Workers</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#32bj" target="_blank">32BJ Building Services Awards</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#women_build" target="_blank">Meet the Women Who Build New York City</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Carpenters" target="_blank">Carpenters Union 2019 Construction Summit</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#bricklayers" target="_blank">Bricklayers Masonry Institute</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>RESOURCES</strong></div> <ol start="34"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#homelessmemorial" target="_blank">ETHOS: Homeless Persons' Memorial Day Invite</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#flu" target="_blank">Free Flu Shots at Lenox Hill Hospital</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Citizens_Committee" target="_blank">Citizens Committee for New York City Neighborhood Grants Program</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Action_NYC" target="_blank">ActionNYC RFP: Now Available</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Child_Mind" target="_blank">Child Mind Institute: Helping Children Cope with Traumatic Events</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Bike_Safety" target="_blank">Bike Safety</a>&nbsp;</li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>OFFICE UPDATES&nbsp;</strong></div> <ol start="40"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#legalclinics" target="_blank">Free Legal Clinics</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#heretohelp" target="_blank">Here to Help</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#mobiledistricthours" target="_blank">Mobile District Hours</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#biyb" target="_blank">Ben in Your Building</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#communityboards2" target="_blank">Community Boards</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#nypd" target="_blank">NYPD Events</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#neighborhood" target="_blank">Neighborhood and Tenant Associations</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#adults" target="_blank">Events for Adults</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#kids" target="_blank">Events for Kids</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>EVENT INVITES</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="holidayparty" name="holidayparty"><strong>Holiday Party (New Location)</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/holiday-party-4"><img data-file-id="7177" height="776" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/25fcd8edc8c6152749f4fb2abb0e8dfb-600x776.jpg" style="border-image: none 100% / 1 / 0 stretch; width: 600px; height: 776px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /></a><br /> You are invited! On Tuesday, December 17, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., join Congress Member Carolyn Maloney, State Senator Liz Kreuger, Assembly Members Rebecca Seawright and Dan Quart, Council Member Keith Powers, and me as we come together to welcome the holiday season with a joint (non-political) holiday party. There will be finger food and drinks available for those in attendance. RSVP by calling (212)860-1950 or at <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/holiday-party-4">BenKallos.com/Events</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Thank you to Hunter College for providing the space.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Holiday Party (*<strong>New Location*</strong>)<br /> Hunter College<br /> 904 Lexington Avenue.<br /> The Hunter College West building is located on the Southwest corner of Lexington Avenue &amp; 68th St<br /> Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 6 pm - 8 pm<br /> (Allow additional time for security)<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/holiday-party-4" target="_blank">RSVP</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="state" name="state"><strong>Save the Date: State of the District</strong></a><strong>&nbsp;</strong><br /> &nbsp;<a href="https://benkallos.com/event/state-district-1"><img data-file-id="7181" height="776" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/2f5a0fa5d47297a675c25b7a3f8e7bd5-600x776.jpg" style="border-image: none 100% / 1 / 0 stretch; width: 600px; height: 776px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /></a><br /> Please join me for my annual report to you on the State of the District. We will recognize all the work members of our community have done together with my office over the past 6 years and giving a preview of what’s in store for 2020. RSVP by calling 212-860-1950 or <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/state-district-1">BenKallos.com/Events</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>State of the District&nbsp;</strong><br /> Sunday, January 26, 2020,&nbsp; 1pm - 3 pm<br /> 12:30PM Doors Open and Volunteer Fair<br /> Memorial Sloan Kettering<br /> 430 East 67th Street<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/state-district-1">RSVP</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="fridays" name="fridays"><strong>First Friday: Free Fire Alarms and Free Go Bags</strong></a> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/first-friday-32"><img align="none" data-file-id="7377" height="776" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/0c2ef3e99e100a07665e8cc3dc585282-600x776.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #4caad8; width: 600px; height: 776px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /></a><br /> In recent years, 70% of fire deaths have occurred in homes where there were no working smoke/carbon monoxide alarms. But the risk of dying in a fire is cut in half when there are working alarms present.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> On Friday, December 6 at 930am, the New York City Fire Department will join my First Friday meeting to present on fire safety and distribute fire alarms. FDNY will also provide educational materials and distribute up to 100 alarms to residents in attendance. RSVP at <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/first-friday-32">BenKallos.com/Events</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>FDNY Fire Alarm Distribution (at 9:30am)</strong><br /> Friday, December 6, 2019 - 8am -10am&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> 244 East 93rd Street<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/first-friday-32">RSVP</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>PARKS PROJECTS</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="greenway" name="greenway"><strong>Construction Begins on $100 Million East River Greenway </strong></a><br /> <img data-file-id="7201" height="450" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/ec3e5ce8d540f3dc4a699a3cb9c5b277-600x450.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 450px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> The East Side is getting eight new blocks of parkland. As the <a href="https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-east-midtown-greenway-manhattan-waterfront-construction-20191122-aw35keitirgstieos6mtax53gy-story.html">New York Daily News</a> reported, construction to fill the gap between East 53rd and 61st streets on the East River Esplanade has begun. This project will connect a combined 1,000 acres of open space in both directions on the East River Esplanade and create a new greenway by adding additional acres of park space. The groundbreaking included East River Esplanade Taskforce Co-chair Congress Member Carolyn Maloney, Deputy Mayor Vicki Been, NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett, Parks Deputy Commissioner Alyssa Cobb Konon, and NYC DOT and Manhattan Deputy Commissioner Jennifer Sta. Ines.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Once completed, the new greenway will serve as a vital connection for all New Yorkers, especially runners and cyclists. Thank you to Mayor de Blasio, for the $100 million allocated for construction. Soon my constituents and I will finally be able to run, bike or walk the entire length of my district from Midtown East to East Harlem.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Since I was elected, we have secured and invested a total of $275 million dollars for the East River Esplanade:</p> <ul> <li>$1 million from my office in 2017 for irrigation from 96th to 90th Streets.</li> <li>Opened the 90th Street Pier in 2016 to the Public.</li> <li>$35 million for renovations from 90th to 88th Streets funded in 2014 with work started in 2017.</li> <li>$1.8 million from Council District 5 funding to modernize Carl Schurz Park Playground on 84th Street with work started this winter.</li> <li>$500,000 from my office in 2016 to renovate John Finley Walk following recommendations of CIVITAS from 84th to 81st.</li> <li>$1 million secured from Brearley to renovate the overhang above John Finley Walk following recommendations from CIVITAS from 83rd to 82nd.</li> <li>$15 million to rebuild the crumbling stairwell from 81st to 78th opened in 2017.</li> <li>$1 million secured from Hospital for Special Surgery for a master plan from 78th with irrigation, planters, and noise barriers from 72nd to 70th with maintenance in perpetuity.</li> <li>$1.25 million from my office in 2016 for irrigation and planters from 70th to 68th</li> <li>$15 million secured from Rockefeller University in 2014 for 68th to 62nd with work started in 2016 on a seawall, new design, irrigation, noise barriers, and maintenance in perpetuity.</li> <li>$29 million in public-private funding secured as a community benefit from Memorial Sloan Kettering to build Andrew Haswell Green Phase 2B from 61st to 60th.</li> <li>$4.6 million to rebuild Andrew Haswell Green under the Alice Aycock sculpture with accessibility, game tables, seating, and a new lawn opened in 2017.</li> <li>$100 million in funding in 2016 from the Mayor with completion slated for 2022 to connect the esplanade from 61st to 53rd.</li> </ul> <p>For more information on the project watch the press conference at <a href="https://benkallos.com/video/groundbreaking-east-river-greenway-east-river-esplanade">BenKallos.com/videos</a> or read the reporting by <a href="https://patch.com/new-york/upper-east-side-nyc/city-breaks-ground-fill-8-block-east-river-esplanade-gap">Upper East Side Patch</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="parks" name="parks"><strong>Parks Department Answers Questions on Stalled and Slow Projects</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7345" height="168" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/0bfd0910d764489926879a5b50cdb51b-300x168.png" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 168px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />As chair of the Committee on Contracts, I questioned the Department of Parks and Recreation on why their capital projects take four to eight years, or even more. As <a href="https://thecity.nyc/2019/11/parks-department-may-shrink-costly-bathrooms-to-save-cash.html">The City</a> reported, I was “flabbergasted” to learn at this hearing that the Parks Department has 50 open positions within the capital projects division, while projects languish for as long as a year.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Our city’s parks are crucial for all of us and especially families with young children who need open space to play in since they more than likely don't have it at home in their New York City apartment. Personally, I know that when my baby daughter does not get her time in the park to play and run around, my one-bedroom apartment gets turned upside down. Watch my questions and opening remarks from this joint hearing of the Committees on Contracts, Parks, and Capital Budget at <a href="https://benkallos.com/video/council-member-ben-kallos-questions-parks-department-officials-about-unfinished-and-slow" target="_blank">BenKallos.com/videos</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>EDUCATION</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="academy" name="academy"><strong>New School for Children's Academy</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7189" height="168" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/1a00a57b9a4d2cbb8e63ddfb4562cc02-300x168.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 168px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /><a href="http://www.childrensacademynyc.org/">Children’s Academy</a>&nbsp;is a K-12 nonprofit school serving children with speech and language delays on behalf of the Department of Education. I was proud to join them as we cut the ribbon on 50 new K-12 seats at their new location at 317 East 50th Street. We've worked closely with the school to ensure that parents and the school are reimbursed by the city in a more timely manner and most recently to get through the bureaucracy necessary to open a new educational facility. Thank you to Deborah Blenman-Green, Head of School, for welcoming my office to the ribbon cutting and for all the great work her team did to get the location open. If you or someone you know has a child receiving a special education and have not been reimbursed by the city please let me know so we can help get you paid at <a href="mailto:bkallos@benkallos.com" target="_blank">BKallos@BenKallos.com</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="schoolbus" name="schoolbus"><strong>Fighting for GPS and Real Time Monitoring on School Buses&nbsp;</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7197" height="168" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/cfae5df8a45168a60ae704ded5ba4d61-300x168.png" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 168px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />As <a href="https://www.nbcnewyork.com/on-air/as-seen-on/Deadline-Passes-to-Outfit-NYC-School-Buses-With-GPS_New-York-565266522.html" target="_blank">NBC 4</a> reported, my office continues to hold the Department of Education and the Office of Pupil Transport accountable for not meeting the deadline set by legislation I authored and passed. Local Law 32 of 2019 forces these two City agencies to install and implement real-time GPS monitoring of all New York City school buses. Although the agencies have missed the September 2019 deadline for implementation, my office continues to apply pressure to the Department of Education to ensure they are working as fast as possible to get GPS and tracking software up and running this school year. I recently co-authored a letter to Chancellor Carranza alongside Council Member Robert Holden with more than a dozen other Council Members demanding that the Department of Education explain itself and why it missed the deadline. For more information the letter at <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/requesting-immediate-explanation-department-educations-doe-failure-abide-local-law-32">BenKallos.com/Press-releases</a> and see coverage in <a href="https://www.qchron.com/editions/queenswide/school-bus-gps-installment-runs-late/article_f1b2dcf2-b48f-5075-8ece-7598fc2d1d09.html">Queens Chronicle</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>HELPING THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="acacia" name="acacia"><strong>Hearing on Acacia Network and Homelessness Service Contracts</strong></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/10/nyregion/homeless-shelter-stabbing-new-york.html"><img align="right" data-file-id="7369" height="373" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/c5585c9bf51c121931cffa55b180c78a-300x373.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 373px; margin: 0px 0px 0px 10px;" width="300" /></a>As the chair of the Committee on Contracts, I will be holding a hearing to probe our city’s homeless shelter contracts, particularly those with the Acacia Network, which has been the subject of investigative reporting that exposed potential conflicts of interest and poor conditions. Last month, the <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/10/nyregion/homeless-shelter-stabbing-new-york.html">New York Times</a> reported on a terrible incident that occurred at an Acacia shelter on the Upper West Side, leaving one man dead. Over the summer, <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-york-city-is-investigating-top-homeless-shelter-operator-11563471155">The Wall Street Journal</a> broke the story by reporting on potential illegal self-dealing in how the company handles its security.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you have ever had a negative experience with the Acacia Network or any other city homeless service and shelter provider while staying or working at one of there facilities please consider testifying in the coming hearing on <strong>Monday, December 16, at 10 a.m.</strong>&nbsp;To arrange testimony or seek whistleblower protections, please contact <strong><a href="mailto:Contracts@BenKallos.com" target="_blank">Contracts@BenKallos.com</a>.</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="veterens" name="veterens"><strong>Serving Our Veterans Who Served Our City</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7205" height="168" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/9f0288b27928914d8c3a210c3b60a400-300x168.png" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 168px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />Our City owes a tremendous debt to our veterans. It was on their behalf and as Chair of the Committee on Contracts alongside Veterans Committee Chair Chaim Deutsch that I questioned officials from the City’s Veterans Affairs Office on everything from how their agency does outreach to homeless veterans to their budgeting and staffing levels as well as what software the agency is using to manage the work they have been tasked to do. I was also able to identify ways agency could update its website and be more specific online with information on the services they offer to our veterans. They served we now need to work to see how we can better serve them. Watch my questions to the agency at <a href="https://benkallos.com/video/joint-hearing-committees-contracts-and-veterans-hearing">BenKallos.com/Videos</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="nonprofit" name="nonprofit"><strong>Nonprofit Power 100&nbsp;</strong></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.cityandstateny.com/articles/special-list/power-100/new-york-2019-nonprofit-power-100-6-50.html"><img align="right" data-file-id="7373" height="248" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/ea2831769498e7e4dd740986c0f4e72d-300x248.jpg" style="border-image: none 100% / 1 / 0 stretch; width: 300px; height: 248px; margin: 0px 0px 0px 10px;" width="300" /></a>Nonprofits are vital to getting New York City residents the services they need. As Chair of the Committee on Contracts, I get to work closely with non-profits and see better than anyone else how important the work they do is. That is why I have been committed to making sure nonprofits get paid on time by the City and that MWBE’s get their fair share. City and State recognized my work in this Committee by placing me in the top 20 powerful figures in New York City within the nonprofit sector. Thank you to City and State for recognizing the work and giving nonprofits the recognition they deserve. For more information read <a href="https://www.cityandstateny.com/articles/special-list/power-100/new-york-2019-nonprofit-power-100-6-50.html">City and State.</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>ELECTIONS</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="charter" name="charter"><strong>Charter Revision 2019: All Five Questions Pass</strong></a><br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="6497" height="195" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/7800a446ee2b0d15bd32e8936edbbc80-200x195.png" style="border: 0px ; width: 200px; height: 195px; margin: 0px;" width="200" /><br /> On November 5, just over 720,000 of the City’s 4.7 million registered voters came out to vote in this year’s election. In the end, my friend Jumaane Williams, whom I was proud to endorse when he first launched his campaign, was elected Public Advocate for a full term.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> All 5 questions on the ballot, which I had testified in favor of over the past year, were adopted by New Yorkers with more than 70 percent of the vote.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Now that the 5 ballot measures have passed, the City Charter has been amended to make the following changes:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>QUESTION 3:&nbsp; </strong>Two Year Revolving Door Ban For Elected Officials &amp; Citywide Office Dedicated to Contracting with Women and People of Color.<br /> <strong>QUESTION 4:</strong>&nbsp; Budget Independence for the Public Advocate and Borough President<br /> <strong>QUESTION 5:&nbsp; </strong>Early Involvement for Community in Neighborhood Planning<br /> &nbsp;<br /> I am particularly proud to have recommended questions 3, 4 and 5, which will all help improve our City’s government. Starting with question 3 which bans high-level officials in City government from lobbying the City for two years after they have left government and cements into law the existence and funding for the office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE). Questions 4 and 5 empower the Public Advocate's Office as well as the offices of the Borough Presidents to be able to stand up to the Mayor by funding them separately. These two questions also empower Community Boards through early ULURP notices and update the way our City’s budget is submitted by the Mayor as well as set up a rainy day fund for our City. I am proud to have fought for and testified in favor of putting these same proposals on the ballot multiple times over the last year.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="aia" name="aia"><strong>Discussing Voting and Elections with the American Institute of Architects</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img align="middle" data-file-id="7213" height="337" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/67606168ee4fcf04e9f0a42dca004183-600x337.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 600px; height: 337px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> <em>At a workshop with the American Institute of Architects on designing fair and balanced polling stations.</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>HOUSING AND OVERDEVELOPMENT</strong><br /> <br /> <a id="building_no_limits" name="building_no_limits"><strong>Fighting Albany Proposal for Building with No Limits</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7221" height="168" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/6572bbd7e3b9171320e4180e6e270aca-300x168.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 168px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />The last thing the overbuilt borough of Manhattan needs is more density for taller towers for billionaires. In an effort to prevent a plan that would allow developers to build supertalls without limits, I testified before the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Housing and Cities, stating that we must not lift the residential density cap in Manhattan, because we know this would only incentivize developers to build more supertall towers for billionaires rather than the affordable housing that New Yorkers need. Building affordable housing within ultra-high-rise buildings is considerably more expensive than in mid-height buildings, due to the higher costs to build high-rise buildings combined with the higher cost of land.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> There are several steps we should take to build more affordable housing:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Fix the R10 Inclusionary Housing Program. </strong>As it currently stands, this program allows residential developments that would be limited to 10 FAR to build instead to 12 FAR, in exchange for creating or preserving affordable housing, but fails to build sufficient housing to cover the bonus or those that are displaced.</li> <li><strong>Improve Affordable Housing NY Program (formerly 421-a). </strong>Require the construction of affordable housing on site to eliminate the rich building/poor building economic and racial segregation.</li> <li><strong>Define the Height of a Floor.</strong> Albany can also pass A5026A/S3820A, to limit the mechanical void exemption, address floor-to-ceiling heights, and count certain outdoor spaces as floor area.</li> <li><strong>Build 2-4 Family Homes in Place of Single Family Homes.</strong> Nearly double the housing in our city with a modest of increase from single family homes that cover nearly half our city to requiring 2-4 family homes to effectively double the available housing in our city. This would have to be coupled with serious investments in infrastructure for public transit, education, and more.</li> </ul> <p>Read my full testimony before the Assembly Standing Committee on Housing and Cities at <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/kallos-testimony-hearing-affordable-housing-development-examine-programs-supporting">BenKallos.com/press-releases</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Coops_Condos" name="Coops_Condos"><strong>Council of NY Co-ops and Condos&nbsp;</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img data-file-id="7233" height="400" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/2e78bfa2b5bbd3f84205b1392b50a692-600x400.jpeg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 400px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> <em>I spoke to Members of the Council of NY Cooperative &amp; Condominiums 39th Annual Housing Conference reminding coop and condo board members that I do make "house calls" for "<strong>Ben in Your Building</strong>" and am happy to stop by you annual meeting. Schedule yours now at <a href="mailto:scheduler@BenKallos.com">scheduler@BenKallos.com</a>.</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="NYCHA" name="NYCHA"><strong>Rallying with NYCHA Residents&nbsp;</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7237" height="300" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/c7819ca267bf4e08d2ba759c4800f9ad-300x300.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 300px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />I stood shoulder to shoulder with members of the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Holmes-Isaacs-Coalition-101040431309428/">Holmes-Isaacs Coalition</a> as we rallied on the steps of City Hall demanding that the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) remain public and that its properties not be sold off for private development. The rally also called on NYCHA to guarantee heat and hot water to residents at Holmes Towers and Stanley Isaacs as winter gets ready to hit New York City. I was proud to stand with every NYCHA resident, including Saundrea Coleman and La Keesha Taylor, co-founders of the Holmes-Isaacs coalition.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="VOIDS" name="VOIDS"><strong>Peering into the Void: A Visit to the Museum of Modern Art Tower </strong></a><br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7245" height="450" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/7a0f27707f857578d5dc56c93ef0891a-600x450.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 600px; height: 450px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><em>Touring a mechanical void at the Museum of Modern Art Tower with Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal, Council Members Helen Rosenthal and Keith Powers as well as Deputy Mayor Vicki Been. Learn more and join the fight at </em><a href="https://benkallos.com/voids" target="_blank">BenKallos.com/voids</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="house_our_future" name="house_our_future"><strong>Housing Our Future: Building 24,000 Units For Homeless</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<img data-file-id="7253" height="450" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/1b54fc729d07fa4965efad0b9d7e479f-600x450.jpg" style="border-image: none 100% / 1 / 0 stretch; width: 600px; height: 450px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> <em>Standing with Homelessness Advocacy groups and fellow elected officials demanding that the Mayor build affordable housing for homeless New Yorkers.</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Met-Council" name="Met-Council"><strong>Met Council on Housing 60th Anniversary Proclamation</strong></a><br /> <img align="middle" data-file-id="7261" height="400" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/61d943e4dbf3bf4652a610ba64b67163-600x400.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 600px; height: 400px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> <em>Recognizing Met Council on Housing with a Proclamation for 60 years of organizing for the preservation and expansion of safe, decent, affordable housing in New York City.<br /> &nbsp;</em><img align="right" data-file-id="7361" height="373" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/0409bb4d40e42ed34812d20d12809939-200x373.png" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 200px; height: 373px; margin: 0px;" width="200" /><br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>COMMUNITY</strong><br /> <br /> <a id="CommunityBoards" name="CommunityBoards"><strong id="docs-internal-guid-fbedb910-7fff-df95-0505-7ffc8394c6f0">Apply to be on Your Community Board</strong></a></p> <p>Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer has opened the application period for New Yorkers who want to join a Community Board. Terms for members for the last two years and if you live, work, or go to school in Manhattan, you’re eligible!&nbsp; Applications are due&nbsp;5:00 pm on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Apply at <a href="https://www.manhattanbp.nyc.gov/cbapplication/">www.manhattanbp.nyc.gov/cbapplication/</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="subwaycars" name="subwaycars"><strong>Working to Keep Subway Cars Clean and Standing up for Transit Workers</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7265" height="168" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/dc98abacba0d5ed3ce64fad08c9da26b-300x168.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 168px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />I rallied with Transit Workers as they demanded that the MTA stop cutting their staffing levels which include subway cleaners along the Q line. <a href="https://thecity.nyc/2019/11/union-demands-more-subway-cleaners-to-combat-filthy-trains.html">The City</a> reported that incidents of soiled subway cars are up significantly this year, yet the MTA insists on cutting staffing levels for cleaning crews causing the problem to be exacerbated because there are fewer workers to deal with the uptick in soiled cars. The MTA knows New Yorkers need restrooms in subway terminals, but it chose not to install bathrooms in the most recently completed station at 96th Street. I am demanding that at the very least, they maintain the resources to keep cleaning subway cars adequately. This is a quality of life issue that affects every New Yorker who rides the subway, and I know the MTA can do better.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="anime" name="anime"><strong>Anime NYC 2019&nbsp;</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7273" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/1c2d4eb8fb816d4b2297d8ff2bfe553a-300x187.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 187px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />As the <a href="https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2019-11-18/gundam-creator-yoshiyuki-tomino-celebrates-gundam-day-in-new-york/.153382">Anime News Network</a> reported, for the third consecutive year I helped open this year’s <a href="http://animenyc.com/">Anime NYC</a> convention at the Jacob Javits Center. This year the event was attended by more than 40,000 people. At the opening ceremony, I<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ux5XScW-RU"> awarded Yoshiyuki Tomino</a> a citation celebrating 40 years of "Gundam" Japan’s long-running and most influential anime franchises. The citation was covered by <a href="http://www.ourtownny.com/news/anime-rocks-the-city-JG679874">Our Town</a> and <a href="http://www.chelseanewsny.com/">Chelsea News</a>, and I am honored to have been a part of it this historic moment for Anime and the convention which can only be described as a vibrant and exotic authentic Japanese experience. For more information and photos visit the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ny.us.emb-japan.go.jp/Photos/2019/2019-11-15_AnimeNYC/index.html" target="_blank">Japanese embassy</a>&nbsp; or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pg/benkallos/photos/?ref=page_internal" target="_blank">Facebook.com/BenKallos</a> and read coverage in <a href="http://www.chelseanewsny.com/">Chelsea News</a> or <a href="http://www.ourtownny.com/news/anime-rocks-the-city-JG679874">Our Town</a>.<br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Thanksgiving" name="Thanksgiving"><strong>Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7281" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/6f9384603b98c7cff55fac5657a87e40-300x225.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />With the help of the <a href="http://nycommonpantry.org/">New York Common Pantry</a>, I had the pleasure of delivering free Thanksgiving Day turkeys, to residents of New York City Housing Authority developments in District 5. We handed out over 100 turkeys, which I funded through my office, to dozens of families residing at Stanley Isaacs, Holmes Towers, Lexington Houses, and Robbins Plaza. If you live in NYCHA in Council District 5 and want a turkey next year, call my office next November at 212-860 1950 to get on the list. You can also get additional food now by joining the<a href="http://nycommonpantry.org/"> New York Common Pantry</a> at <a href="http://nycommonpantry.org/">nycommonpantry.org</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Love_Your_Neighborhood_Day" name="Love_Your_Neighborhood_Day"><strong>Love Your Neighborhood Day</strong></a></p> <p><img data-file-id="7285" height="600" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/466036824c2b78b47196c69ada42a442-600x600.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 600px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> <em>Thank you for joining Council Member Keith Powers and me for Love Your Neighborhood Day where we helped beautify East 86th Street and our community parks.</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="itsmypark" name="itsmypark"><strong>It's My Park Day at Sutton Place Park </strong></a><br /> <img data-file-id="7313" height="450" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/75d2f27d60dab4433685f25965e8e734-600x450.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 450px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> <em>Cleaning up Sutton Place Park with volunteers and organizers from the Sutton Place Parks Conservancy, with fun activities for children and work for adults like raking and weeding.</em><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="FoodtankSUmmit" name="FoodtankSUmmit"><strong>Food Tank Summit: Better Food for New Yorkers</strong></a><br /> <strong><img data-file-id="7293" height="400" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/769ecb348bcce9879fc8f27589933b23-600x400.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 400px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /></strong><br /> <em>At Food Tank Summit 2019, discussing how to end hunger in our schools, with State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, New York State Assembly Member Marcos Crespo, and my fellow City Council Member Rafael L. Espinal Sr. Watch the discussion at <a href="https://benkallos.com/video/conversation-about-nyc-food-policy-food-tank-summit">BenKallos.com/Videos</a></em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Blockchain" name="Blockchain"><strong>Blockchain Panel on the Future of Voting and Potential for Local Government Use</strong></a><br /> <img data-file-id="7297" height="400" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/160ae590ab73436d296020db9cd63239-600x400.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 400px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> <em>Discussing how Blockchain technology could be used in local government and to improve security in banking and better the lives of under-served communities.</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="LSS" name="LSS"><strong>Roosevelt Island Residents Association President Awarded Citation</strong></a> <img align="middle" data-file-id="7301" height="450" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/19ce85be6e016ac2bada0a8dbeb4c996-600x450.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 450px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /> <em>Awarding Lynne Strong-Shinozaki, President of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association a citation celebrating her birthday and her relentless commitment representing Roosevelt Island.</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="TURTLEBAY" name="TURTLEBAY"><strong>Turtle Bay Holiday Party</strong></a> <img data-file-id="7305" height="600" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/d752b4d298f9fb5d52083277acf949c7-600x600.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 600px; height: 600px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> <em>Celebrating the holidays with the Turtle Bay Association and giving an update on the latest news from the City Council.</em><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="SOLES4SOULS" name="SOLES4SOULS"><strong>Soles4Souls Shoe Drive</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7349" height="401" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/37e5b0ef637de0491487c579c6ca4efd-300x401.png" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 401px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />When someone doesn't have shoes, it's not just their feet that suffer. They are vulnerable to disease and often unable to attend school or look for work.&nbsp; Shoes are lifesavers to those where walking is the only mode of transportation, and the only way to make a living.&nbsp; Everyone deserves a good pair of shoes!&nbsp; Help Soles4Souls reach their goal of 25,000 pairs of shoes by making a donation. Soles4Souls has distributed over 30 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries with every single one making a difference in the life of someone in need.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Look in your closets and donate any shoes that you just don’t wear anymore, are too uncomfortable, or just not your type!&nbsp; Keep them out of landfills! As long as they are wearable, Soles4Souls accepts any type of shoe, from flip-flops to snow boots!&nbsp; Check out&nbsp;<a href="https://soles4souls.org/">https://soles4souls.org/</a>. Ask about hosting a shoe drive at your place of business, school, religious institution or gym. Contact Rayna, Volunteer NYC Community Organizer, at Raynas4s.nyc@gmail.com.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>WORKING FAMILIES AND JOBS</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Wage_theft" name="Wage_theft"><strong>Fighting Wage Theft: Standing up for Construction Workers</strong></a><br /> <img data-file-id="7317" height="399" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/f6b63594c641e95f3337196b28baafe2-600x399.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 600px; height: 399px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> <em>I rallied with Laborers and New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) construction workers demanding payment of more than $70,000 in owed wages. The rally called on one of the largest construction management companies in New York City, New Line Structures, to ensure subcontractors they hired pay workers the wages they are owed for work they have completed. For more information on the rally read the release at&nbsp;<a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/union-nonunion-construction-workers-deliver-demand-letter-and-over-70000-invoice-owed">BenKallos.com/Press-releases</a></em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="32bj" name="32bj"><strong>32BJ Building Services Awards</strong></a><br /> <img data-file-id="7341" height="449" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/6bca3ebdc1dfb66b6876ed7304d100ce-600x449.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 600px; height: 449px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> <em>I had the honor of presenting dedicated building service worker Jeffrey Matthews with the award for Porter of the Year at the 2019 Building Service Awards with 32BJ. I presented the award alongside State Senator Roxanne J. Persaud. Mr. Matthews lives in Senator Persaud’s district and works in mine, so we decided to present the award together. Congratulations to all of 2019’s winners, and thank you to every building service worker who keeps the East Side running day in and day out (and throughout the night too). Thank you as well to Our Town and Straus News publisher Jean Straus for putting on this great event year after year and recognizing hard work.</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="women_build" name="women_build"><strong>Meet the Women Who Build NYC</strong></a> <img data-file-id="7321" height="450" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/240f70072baa390562ebc3b9942781cb-600x450.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 450px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> <em>Speaking at National Apprenticeship Week to dozens of NYC women who work in the male-dominated construction industry right here doing jobs like stonework, pipefitting, architecture, and engineering.</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Carpenters" name="Carpenters"><strong>Carpenters Union 2019 Construction Summit</strong></a> <img data-file-id="7325" height="400" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/4158836570ce831e60f879f723a5ce49-600x400.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 400px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> <em>I spoke with leaders and recruits at the Carpenters Union’s 2019 Construction Summit. The union which trains over 1,500 carpenter apprentices and 14,000 journey-level carpenters per year in its New York City training facility. The union offers both in-classroom and on-site training as a part of its holistic apprenticeship program in order to better prepare future carpenters for the leap into the industry.</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="bricklayers" name="bricklayers"><strong>Bricklayers Masonry Institute</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<img data-file-id="7329" height="450" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/cef670e5e0280973fc68e952648797dd-600x450.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 600px; height: 450px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> <em>With members of the International Union of Bricklayers learning the ins and outs of masonry and what it takes to be a great bricklayer and stone setter. At the institute, I even got the opportunity to experience what it's like to work from a scaffold, let's just say it's not easy. </em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>RESOURCES&nbsp;</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="homelessmemorial" name="homelessmemorial"><strong>ETHOS: Homeless Persons' Memorial Day Invite</strong></a> <img data-file-id="7333" height="776" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/3a1efe07f658fe75a8d1863ffa59b654-600x776.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 776px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/homeless">ETHOS member</a>, Urban Pathways, is co-hosting Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. This is an annual event that takes place on (or near) the Winter Solstice, where those who passed over the last year without stable housing are remembered. The event serves as a good reminder of why we have to work to end homelessness and is an opportunity to honor those who might not have been properly memorialized.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> This year the memorial will take place at 4:30pm on Wednesday, December 18<sup>th</sup> at the 5<sup>th</sup> Ave. Presbyterian Church (7 West 55<sup>th</sup> Street). A meal will be served at 4:30PM and the program begins at 5:30PM. The meal and program are free and open to the public.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you or anyone from your programs would like to submit the name of someone who passed away while homeless (either while sleeping on the streets or in a temporary shelter) to be included in the program, please send to Nicole at nmcvinua@urbanpathways.org. All will be included, even if it is a partial name or nickname.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Option to RSVP at the Eventbrite link (though RSVP is not required) <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-homeless-persons-memorial-day-tickets-76824497139?aff=ebdssbdestsearch">https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-homeless-persons-memorial-day-tickets-76824497139?aff=ebdssbdestsearch</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="flu" name="flu"><strong>Free Flu Shots at Lenox Hill Hospital</strong></a> &nbsp;<img data-file-id="7337" height="776" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/047d911f3bb789de940b14fb62a82cea-600x776.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 600px; height: 776px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> <a href="https://lenoxhill.northwell.edu/">Lenox Hill Hospital</a> will be offering free flu shots to the community in early December.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The flu shots will be available at Lenox Hill Hospital, Hearth Room (Enter 130 East 77<sup>th</sup> Street) on:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> December 5, 1-4 pm<br /> December 10, 4-7 pm<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Citizens_Committee" name="Citizens_Committee"><strong>Citizens Committee for New York City Neighborhood Grants Program</strong></a><br /> <img data-file-id="7357" height="776" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/2d8ea08ca6bd473d3a192e7f13b6126f-600x776.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 776px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> <a href="https://www.citizensnyc.org/">Citizens Committee for New York City</a> is now accepting applications from volunteer-led groups for our Neighborhood Grants program, which provides up to $3,000 for community improvement projects. Organizations in District 5 must apply by the January 20<sup>th</sup> deadline.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Eligible groups include block and civic associations, tenant associations, PTAs, community gardening groups, volunteer organizations working with youth and seniors, and others; they do not have to be a 501c3.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Examples of projects include turning a vacant lot into a community garden or composting site; facilitating workshops on healthy cooking and eating; beautifying public spaces; arts and cultural programs; youth fitness initiatives; and much more.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> You can find more visit <a href="https://www.citizensnyc.org/grants/neighborhood-grants">www.citizensnyc.org/grants/neighborhood-grants</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Action_NYC" name="Action_NYC"><strong>ActionNYC RFP: Now Available</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> ActionNYC’s Request for Proposals (RFPs) for Fiscal year 2021 through Fiscal 23 are now available. Through these RFPs, we will help further integrate immigration legal services into the broader city infrastructure ensuring that immigrant communities, continue to access free comprehensive legal screenings and representation at trusted and accessible locations throughout the city.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Interested nonprofit Community-Based Organizations and legal services providers will have the opportunity to submit proposals through multiple RFPs:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/mocs/hhs-downloads/pdf/HRA%20ActionNYC%20in%20CBOs%20_%20Model%201.pdf">ActionNYC in CBOs Model 1</a></li> <li><a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/mocs/hhs-downloads/pdf/HRA%20ActionNYC%20in%20CBOs%20_%20Model%202.pdf">ActionNYC in CBOs Model 2</a></li> <li><a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/mocs/hhs-downloads/pdf/HRA%20ActionNYC%20in%20CBOs%20_%20Model%203.pdf">ActionNYC in CBOs Model 3</a></li> <li><a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/mocs/hhs-downloads/pdf/HRA%20ActionNYC%20in%20Public%20Hospitals.pdf">ActionNYC in Public Hospitals</a></li> <li><a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/mocs/hhs-downloads/pdf/HRA%20ActionNYC%20in%20Public%20Libraries.pdf">ActionNYC in Public Libraries</a></li> <li><a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/mocs/hhs-downloads/pdf/HRA%20ActionNYC%20in%20Public%20Schools.pdf">ActionNYC in Public Schools</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;To access descriptions of each of the RFPs, click the links above or visit: <a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/site/mocs/systems/hhs-accelerator-procurements.page">https://www1.nyc.gov/site/mocs/systems/hhs-accelerator-procurements.page</a>:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Please note that prospective proposers/applicants must first pre-qualify through HHS Accelerator (<a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/site/mocs/systems/about-go-to-hhs-accelerator.page">nyc.gov/hhsaccelerator</a>), the online platform through which proposals are submitted.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you have questions regarding the HHS Accelerator system or the pre-qualification process, please contact the HHS Accelerator team at help@mocs.nyc.gov.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Please see additional information/instructions about the ActionNYC RFP process below:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <u>Pre-Proposal Conferences:</u></p> <ul> <li>ActionNYC CBO RFPs: December 17, 2019 at 10:00 am</li> <li>Action NYC RFPs (Hospitals, Schools and Libraries):&nbsp; December 17, 2019 at 2:00 pm</li> </ul> <p>Proposals are due: January 15, 2020.<br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Child_Mind" name="Child_Mind"><strong>Child Mind Institute: Helping Children Cope with Traumatic Events</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7353" height="156" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/1ab9eb855c77492cacb1b21f613b93a8-300x156.png" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 156px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />We can’t shield our children from pain and fear when they’re exposed to such tragedy. But, we can help them process what they’re experiencing in the healthiest way possible.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Child Mind Institute provides support, guidance, and treatment to New York City schoolchildren in the wake of scary and upsetting events. With the support of the City Council, they have reached thousands of students, parents, and educators.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> For more in-depth information on helping children recover from traumatic events see the guide titled <em>Helping Children Cope After a Traumatic Event</em>. It is a free and helpful resource for times where adults need to support and comfort children trying to understand tragedies. These resources are free to view and download and are available in 10 languages.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Learn more at&nbsp;<a href="https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fchildmind.org%2Four-impact%2Ftrauma-response%2Ftrauma-resources%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cbill.peduto%40pittsburghpa.gov%7Cd8cb280a8a7c49ad74a508d63de00854%7Cf5f47917c90443689120d327cf175591%7C1%7C0%7C636764429771813731&amp;sdata=Tdpi1emP9YaTjiBYDPbUMbPm9qox0Y9p%2BcZZzQDuMTI%3D&amp;reserved=0">Childmind.org/our-impact/trauma-response/trauma-resources/</a><br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Bike_Safety" name="Bike_Safety"><strong>Bike Safety</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Following an expansion of the Upper East Side’s safe streets network, coupled with an increase in education, safety equipment, and enforcement, bike safety from 30th to 97th streets on Manhattan’s East Side continues to improve as a result of a program led by Council Members Ben Kallos and Keith Powers. Since the program’s launch by Council Member Kallos in 2014 there has been a trend toward fewer injuries for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists injured in collisions. The trend also shows fewer collisions involving cyclists. Last year, the program included a new bike safety officer and the expansion of protected bike lanes.<br /> <br /> Since 2013, when the program launched, injuries and deaths on the streets of the Upper East Side have consistently declined. In 2013, 1,564 people were injured and 11 people died, while in 2018 there have been 998 injuries so far and 4 deaths. Pedestrians have seen the greatest safety improvements, with pedestrian injuries falling this year to nearly half their number in 2013. Since 2013, no pedestrian has been killed by a bicycle, and as of 2018 only 13 of the injuries to pedestrians were caused by a bicycle.<br /> <br /> This positive trend is a result of the continuing bike safety program sponsored by Council Members Kallos and Powers is a partnership with the Department of Transportation, Bike New York, Citi Bike operated by Motivate, the East 72nd Street Neighborhood Association, and the New York Police Department’s 17th and 19th Precincts. The program was designed with advice and support from Transportation Alternatives and Streets PAC.<br /> <br /> Infrastructure improvements include:</p> <ul> <li>Improving the bike lane on Second Avenue between 68th and 59th streets from shared to partially parking-protected planned for 2019.</li> <li>Providing a pedestrian and bike crossing for the 59th Street Queensboro Bridge planned for 2019.</li> <li>Doubling bike lanes from just First Avenue and 90th &amp; 91st Street pair to include Second Avenue, 70th &amp; 71st Street and 77th &amp; 78th Streets in 2017.</li> <li>Leading pedestrian intervals along York Avenue to give pedestrians a chance to cross before vehicles get the green light in 2016.</li> <li>“Safety neckdowns” have extended the curb and islands have been added at dangerous intersections throughout the Upper East Side, so pedestrians have less distance to cross.</li> </ul> <p><a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/site/nypd/stats/traffic-data/traffic-data-moving.page">NYPD traffic data</a>.&nbsp;The 17th and 19th Precincts report Year to Date (YTD) as of October:</p> <ul> <li>18,134 moving violations issued to vehicles, the violations were issued for infractions such as improper turns, disobeying a traffic control device for red lights, not yielding the right of way to pedestrians among other violations;</li> <li>1,749 summons issued to bicycles mostly for not giving right of way to pedestrians and disobeying a steady red signal; and</li> <li>81 seizures of “e-bikes” with most receiving summonses to appear at ECB/OATH.</li> </ul> <p>For more information on the Bike Safety program visit <a href="https://benkallos.com/bikesafety"><strong>BenKallos.com/bikesafety</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>OFFICE UPDATES</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="legalclinics" name="legalclinics"><strong>Free Legal Clinics&nbsp;</strong></a><br /> <br /> Need a lawyer? Every month I sponsor legal clinics where you can get free legal advice in my District Office at 244 East 93rd Street from 3pm-6pm:</p> <ul> <li><strong>General Civil Law</strong>, 3rd Tuesday</li> <li><strong>Life Planning Clinic</strong>, 3rd Wednesday</li> <li><strong>Family Law and Domestic Violence</strong>, 1st Tuesday</li> <li><strong>Housing Clinics</strong>, Every Monday and 1st Wednesday</li> </ul> <p>Please call my office at 212-860-1950 in advance to schedule your appointment.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="heretohelp" name="heretohelp"><strong>Here to Help</strong></a><br /> We are here to help. My social work team can help you find out what services you are eligible for and assist you in your application. Some examples include:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Seniors: </strong>Medicare savings, Meals-on-Wheels, Access-A-Ride</li> <li><strong>Housing: </strong>searching for affordable units, free legal housing clinic at my office</li> <li><strong>Job Resources: </strong>training resources and assistance, unemployment benefits</li> <li><strong>Families: </strong>Universal Pre-K, Head Start, After-School programs</li> <li><strong>Finances:</strong> cash assistance, tax credits, home energy assistance</li> <li><strong>Nutrition: </strong>WIC, free meals for all ages</li> </ul> <p><strong>Please also call us at 212-860-1950 or email us at bkallos@benkallos.com with any unresolved 311 complaints</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="mobiledistricthours" name="mobiledistricthours"><strong>Mobile District Hours</strong></a><br /> <br /> Get assistance wherever in the district you are when we bring our office to you. Please join us at monthly mobile district hours from 11am–2pm:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.isaacscenter.org/">Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center</a>, 415 East 93rd Street, 2nd Tuesday (11-2pm)</li> <li><a href="https://www.nypl.org/locations/webster">Webster Library</a>, 1465 York Ave &amp; 3rd East 78th Street, 3rd Wednesday (11-2pm)</li> <li><a href="http://www.carterburdennetwork.org/risc">Roosevelt Island Senior Center</a>, 546 Main Street, 4th Wednesday (11-2pm)</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;<br /> <a id="biyb" name="biyb"><strong>Ben in Your Building</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> The "Ben in Your Building Program" is a chance to discuss issues of importance to you and your neighbors in person. Please consider inviting me to your cooperative or condominium annual meeting or tenant’s association meeting, and I will be happy to join you. Over the past year, I have visited several buildings to discuss matters of importance in the neighborhood, including street furniture, road conditions, homeless outreach, and sanitation issues. Please schedule a "Ben in Your Building" today by calling 212-860-1950 or email <a href="mailto:Scheduler@BenKallos.com">Scheduler@BenKallos.com</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="communityboards2" name="communityboards2"><strong>Community Boards</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong>12/4: Meeting of the Real Estate Development Advisory Committee of the RIOC Board of Directors (REDAC)</strong><br /> <em>5:30 PM - 7:30 PM., RIOC Operation Office, 680 Main Street Roosevelt Island, NY 10044</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/11: Community Board 6 Full Board Meeting</strong><br /> <em>7:00pm, 433 1st Avenue (NYU School of Dentistry), Room 220&nbsp;</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/12: RIOC Board Meeting&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>5:30 PM- 8:00pm., Cultural Center, 548 Main Street New York, NY 10044&nbsp;</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/17: Community Board 11 Full Board Meeting</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, Terrence Cardinal Cooke Medical Center, 1249 Fifth Avenue</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/18: Community Board 8 Full Board</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, New York Blood Center, Auditorium 310 East 67th Street (first-second)&nbsp;</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="nypd" name="nypd"><strong>NYPD Events</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong>12/9: 19th Precinct Community Council Holiday Party</strong><br /> <em>7:00pm-8:00pm, St Vincents Church Basement at 66 and Lexington&nbsp;</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="neighborhood" name="neighborhood"><strong>Neighborhood and Tenant Associations</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>First Wednesday, 12/4: Roosevelt Island Residents Association Common Council Meeting</strong><br /> <em>8:00 pm-10:00 pm, Good Shepherd (Downstairs), 543 Main Street</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Second Wednesday, 12/11: Lexington Houses Tenant Association</strong><br /> <em>6:00pm, 1539 Lexington Avenue</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Second Tuesday, 12/10: Stanley Isaacs Tenant Associations</strong><br /> <em>7:00 pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, 415 East 93rd Street</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Third Tuesday, 12/17: Holmes Towers Tenant Association</strong><br /> <em>7:00 pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, 415 East 93rd Street</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="adults" name="adults"><strong>Events for Adults</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/2, 12/9, 12/16: Chair Yoga Class with Margarita Pruitt</strong><br /> <em>10:00am 11:00am, New York Presbyterian Allen Hospital, Thayer Conference Room B 5141 Broadway.</em><br /> The public will be able to enjoy Chair Yoga, this exercise helps practice for the body, breath and intellect. Chair Yoga relaxes and relieves stress from your body, improves movement patterns, increases sitting/standing posture and helps with breath awareness and pain management.<br /> If you would like to join the class please call us at 212-932-5844 to become a member of HealthOutreach.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/2: Holiday Stress Reduction through Meditation</strong><br /> <em>5:30 pm,Yorkville Library, Meeting Room</em><br /> The scientific community has recently been exploring the use of meditation as a healing modality.&nbsp; Join Rosanna Jimenez, long time meditator, as she discusses the extraordinary effect of meditation.&nbsp; It can reduce stress-related responses, improve concentration, enhance clarity of thought and mental equilibrium.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/2: Colorectal Cancer Support Group</strong><br /> <em>&nbsp;1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, Weill Greenberg Center, Second floor conference room "C"&nbsp; 1305 York Avenue</em><br /> This monthly support group offered to all patients diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer and is led by Lauren Shaffer, LCSW. The group is free to attend, but an RSVP is required. Please contact Lauren Shaffer, LCSW at&nbsp; les9014@med.cornell.edu (preferred) or 212-746-5671 to RSVP.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/2, 12/9: Zumba Class with Maria Assis</strong><br /> <em>&nbsp;2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, New York-Presbyterian Allen Hospital, Thayer B Conference Room 5141 Broadway, New York, NY 10034</em><br /> HealthOutreach invites you to join their Zumba class. A latin inspired Dance Fitness. Zumba affects metabolism, improves aerobic capacity and a great way to build and tone muscles.<br /> If you would like to join the class please call us at 212-932-5844 to become a member of HealthOutreach.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/2: Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>5:30 pm to 9:00 pm, Broadway, Columbus Ave, W 63 St.&nbsp;</em><br /> New York’s holiday festival will be held outdoors with fun family activities they will be hosting delicious food tasting. The tree lighting event will start at 5:30pm and end at 6:00pm.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>&nbsp;12/2 Through 12/31: Yeti, Set, Snow!</strong><br /> <em>10:30 am–11:15 am, 1:00 pm–1:45 pm, 3:00 pm–3:45 pm Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park, Manhattan</em><br /> Yeti, Set, Snow! – an original story and marionette show produced by City Parks Foundation – will be making its anticipated return to the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. Perfect for families with young children ages 3 - 8, this winter adventure with puppetry and music is perfect for getting into the winter holiday spirit. The cost is for $8/children and $12/adults.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/3, 12/17: Webster Writing Circle&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>6:00 pm, Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Let your stories unfold! Join Webster for an exploration in creativity. This writing circle is informal in style and structure: there is no experience necessary. We’ll spend time writing and talking about what we have written. There's no registration or sign up required. Meetings are the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6 PM<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/3, 12/10, 12/17: Word for Beginners&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>3 :00 pm, 96th Street Library</em><br /> Learn the basic features of Microsoft Word 2010, a word processing program you can use to create documents. Topics include: entering and editing texts, saving files, and various formatting options. This is a comprehensive course, so please make sure you can attend all sessions. Call 212-289-0908 to register. Tuesdays, 3-5 PM Phone or in-person.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/3: Film- Ben-Hur</strong><br /> <em>6:00 pm, Roosevelt Island Library</em><br /> Romans, chariots, galley ships!&nbsp; Join us for a two-part screening of the classical epic film Ben-Hur!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/3: Nellie Bly Town House</strong><br /> <em>6:00PM - 8:00PM., Good Shepherd Chapel</em><br /> Join Roosevelt Island’s Town Hall to discuss the details of the Nellie Bly Memorial. Also come see artist Amanada Mathews to see various samples of her work and discuss more in detail about the memorial. &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/4, 12/18: Adult One-on-One Computer Help Workshop</strong><br /> <em>11:30 amam - 1 pmpm,Yorkville Library, Meeting Room</em><br /> Work one-on-one with a volunteer tutor to improve internet skills, create, and use email, Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Power Point). Pre-registration is required in person or by phone at 212-744-5824. Seating is Limited&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>From 12/5 Through 12/31: 37th Arsenal Gallery Exhibition</strong><br /> <em>9:00 am–5:00 pm, Central Park: 830 fifth Ave Manhattan, 3rd Floor&nbsp;</em><br /> Join the NYC parks to celebrate the holiday season with this quirky and one-of-a-kind exhibition. This year’s exhibition includes wreaths by more than 40 artists, designers, and creative individuals of all ages who have used a variety of unexpected materials to reinterpret the traditional holiday symbol, often with a touch of humor and light-hearted fun.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/5: Tree Lighting Sing-along</strong><br /> <em>6:00 pm–6:45 pm, Bryant Park, Manhattan</em><br /> Bryant Park’s annual tree lighting returns all visitors are welcome to skate to live music on the city’s only free admission ice skating rink. Please note: The rink closes to the public 3:00 pm on the day of the tree lighting. The Pavilion also closes at 3:00 pm and re-opens at 5:00 pm The rink will resume public skating right after the show, about 6:40 pm<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/5: Book Discussion Group: Memoirs That Make a Difference: Eat the Apple by Matt Young</strong><br /> <em>6:00 pm, Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Join us for the Memoirs That Make a Difference book discussion group. On December 5, 2019 at 6pm, we'll discuss <em>Eat the Apple</em> by Matt Young. Registration is&nbsp; not required. Copies of this title can be reserved online, over the phone, or at your local branch.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/5: Film - A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH (1946)&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm, 96th Street Library</em><br /> A Matter of Life and Death (1946) A British wartime aviator who cheats death must argue for his life before a celestial court. ADMISSION FREE.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/5:</strong> <strong>The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai</strong><br /> <em>6:00 pm - 7:00 pm, 96th Street Library</em><br /> Please join us for our December 2019 book discussion. We will be reading The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai. Copies are available at the 96th Street Library one month before the book discussion.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/5: </strong><strong>Hand-In-Hand With Mt. Vernon Hotel Museum</strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm - 3:15 pm, 421 East 61st Street.</em><br /> A specially designed program for visitors with memory loss and their care partners. Explore the Museum’s historic rooms and reflect on this month’s theme: Lighting &amp; Candle-Making. Connections between life today and life in the 19th-century are nurtured through conversation and a handicraft workshop. Admission is free but reservations are required by calling 212-838-6878 or emailing info@mvhm.org<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/6 &amp; 12/7: Holiday Candlelight Tour&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>6:15 PM &amp; 7:30 PM Mount Vernon Hotel Museum &amp; Garden&nbsp;</em><br /> Visitors will be able to enjoy a tour of the museum by candlelight. Refreshments will be served. Admission for adults is $20, Members: $10, and Children under 12: $5.<br /> <br /> <strong>12/ 6, 12/ 13: Movement Speaks with Dances for a Variable Population</strong><br /> <em>10:30 am - 12:00 pm</em>, <em>Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Join us celebrating moving in strong and creative ways!&nbsp; From September 2019 - December 2019, Naomi and company will lead seniors on the Upper East Side in a series of dance fitness classes&nbsp; for older adults of all ages and abilities. Program is free. Call 347-683-2691 for more information<br /> Older adults of all ages and abilities are welcome. Attendance at all sessions is recommended but not required.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/7: Instant Shakespeare Company: Pericles, Prince of Tyre</strong><br /> 1:00 pm, Yorkville Library, Meeting Room.<br /> This is the Instant Shakespeare Company’s 20th Season of presenting free readings of all of Shakespeare’s plays annually.&nbsp; Join us for their dramatic reading of Pericles, Prince of Tyre. All ages are welcome.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/7:</strong> <strong>Roosevelt Island Food Scrap Drop-off </strong>&nbsp;<br /> <em>&nbsp;9:00 AM-1:30 PM.,</em><br /> Help us turn food scraps and yard waste into compost and clean energy by hosting a public food scrap drop-off site. Find more information on how to get started, <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/site/our-work/reduce-reuse-recycle/public-food-scrap-drop-off">here</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/8: 74th Annual Park Avenue Tree Lighting Social Hour</strong><br /> 5:00 pm - 6:00 PM., The Brick Presbyterian Church&nbsp;<br /> The public will be able to enjoy the ceremony of lights on Trees. The trees lit on the first Sunday evening of December.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/8: Holiday Tree Lighting&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>5:00 pm-6:00 pmpm, 86 Street at East End Avenue&nbsp;</em><br /> The Public will be able to enjoy a Sunday evening of carols, candle light, candy canes, and hot chocolate. Regardless of weather conditions.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/9: Author Talk: Ian Frisch- Magic Is Dead: My Journey into the World's Most Secretive Society of Magicians</strong><br /> <em>5:30 pm,Yorkville Library, Meeting Room</em><br /> Magic Is Dead is Ian Frisch’s head-first dive into a hidden world full of extraordinary characters and highly guarded secrets. It is a story of imagination, deception, and art that spotlights today’s most brilliant young magicians—a mysterious club known as the52, who are revolutionizing an ancient art form under the mantra Magic Is Dead.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/10: Salsa is Nuyorican</strong><br /> <em>4:00 pm,Yorkville Library</em><br /> The music amalgam known as salsa was created by Puerto Ricans and Nuyoricans in Spanish Harlem. Presenter will discuss the artistic, social and economic contributions to this movement.<br /> For ages 13-18 years old. Presented by Jose Obando. No registration required.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/11: Author Talk: Matthew Goodman- The Sun and the Moon: The Remarkable True Account of Hoaxers, Showmen, Dueling Journalists, and Lunar Man-Bats in Nineteen</strong><br /> <em>&nbsp;5:30 pm,Yorkville Library, Meeting Room</em><br /> An exhilarating narrative history of a divided city on the cusp of greatness, and tale of a crew of writers, editors, and charlatans who stumbled on a new kind of journalism, The Sun and the Moon tells the surprisingly true story of the penny papers that made America a nation of newspaper readers.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/11: Webster @ the Movies: Interstellar&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>11:15 am, Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Webster’s @ The Movies Presents: Interstellar<br /> In Earth's future, a global crop blight and second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable. Professor Brand, a brilliant NASA physicist, is working on plans to save mankind by transporting Earth's population to a new home via a wormhole.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/11: The Art of the Short Story with Renee Trainer</strong><br /> <em>5:30 - 6:45 pm, Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> If you're a reader and thought you might like to try your hand at short story writing but just don't know how to get started, this course will help! Local author Renee Trainer will take you through the entire process preparing your mind, getting ideas on paper, and help you through the editing process. You'll learn new writing skills and techniques, and find new ways to express yourself. No registration required, and all are welcome.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/12: Film - THE MIRACLE WOMAN (1931)</strong><br /> <em>&nbsp;2:00 pm, 96th Street Library</em><br /> The Miracle Woman (1931)<br /> A woman preacher is also a con artist, or so it seems. ADMISSION IS FREE This film is 90 minutes in length.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/14: 16mm Film Nights: Start a Revolution Film Series: When the Mountains Tremble (1983)</strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm, Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> This documentary charts the struggles of the largely Indian Guatemalan peasantry against a long heritage of state and foreign oppression. This film is from 1983 and it is 83 minutes long.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/14</strong>: <strong>Yorkville Writing Circle</strong><br /> <em>&nbsp;4:30 - 6:45 pm,11:00 am - 1:00 pmpm,Yorkville Library, Meeting Room</em><br /> Want to meet local writers? Commit to a writing schedule? Practice your craft<br /> through writing prompts? Read original work to get and give feedback? Then come to the biweekly meetings of the Yorkville Writing Circle! No sign-ups required.<br /> Latecomers Welcome. For more information, please email: YorkvilleWritingCircle(at)gmail.com&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/14: Music - Verdi's FALSTAFF recital by New York Opera Forum</strong><br /> <em>1:00- 4:00 pm, 96th Street Library</em>&nbsp;<br /> Presented by the New York Opera Forum.<br /> New York Opera Forum performs&nbsp; the complete opera of FALSTAFF by Giuseppe Verdi. A live musical recital performed in concert with piano accompaniment. ADMISSION IS FREE<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/14: Central Park in the Movies</strong><br /> <em>11:00 am–12:30 pm, Grand Army Plaza Entrance in Central Park,Manhattan</em><br /> New York City Parks have been filmed by some of the best directors of all time and starred some of the best actors of all time, from human to elf to muppet. Join the Urban Park Rangers for a hike to some of the iconic spots in Central Park featured in motion pictures from the last few decades. The cost is free.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/15: Christmas Bird Count</strong><br /> <em>8:00 am–12:00 pm, South Gate House of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park,Manhattan</em><br /> Join NYC Audubon, Urban Park Rangers, and the Central Park Conservancy as we count birds in every section of Central Park. The cost is free.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/16: Coffee &amp; Connections</strong><br /> <em>&nbsp;11:30 am, Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Support for those who are experiencing homelessness or who know someone who is homeless.<br /> New York has many great resources and services for people experiencing homelessness but it can be challenging to gain access to them. We'll host an expert who will be available to answer your questions and provide useful tips and information. All Public Library Programs are free of charge.This program is provided by the New York Public Library in partnership with the Department of Homeless Services.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/16: A Day with Clay&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>3:30 pm, Webster Library</em><br /> Artists explore the possibilities of self-expression through clay. Using basic hand building techniques (pinching, coiling, slabs) practiced by most cultures around the world, you'll create your own unique vessels and objects using both self-hardening and fire clay.&nbsp; Presented by P. Oliver. No registration is required.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/17: CB11 Holiday Party</strong><br /> <em>8:30 pm:</em><em> Terrence Cardinal Cooke Medical Center, 1249 Fifth Avenue</em><br /> Join Community Board 11 for the Annual Holiday Party.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/18: Mobile Hours with NYC Council Member Ben Kallos</strong><br /> <em>&nbsp;11:00 am - 2:00 pm,Webster Library</em><br /> Join a representative from Council Member Ben Kallos's office to discuss important neighborhood topics. This is your opportunity to speak with local officials without leaving your neighborhood.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/18: Database Research</strong><br /> <em>&nbsp;6:00 pm, Roosevelt Island Library</em><br /> Learn how to conduct research using the databases available at NYPL. Our databases cover a wide range of subjects including literature, the hard and soft sciences, music and much more.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/18: Webster @ the Movies: The Lincoln Lawyer&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>11:15 am,Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Webster’s @ The Movies Presents: The Lincoln Lawyer<br /> Mick Haller is a charismatic defense attorney who does business out of his Lincoln Continental sedan. Mick spends most of his time defending petty crooks and other bottom-feeders, so it comes as quite a surprise when he lands the case of a lifetime: defending a Beverly Hills playboy who is accused of attempted murder.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/19: Film - THE TWELVE CHAIRS (1970), </strong>&nbsp;<br /> <em>2:00 pm, 96th Street Library</em><br /> The Twelve Chairs (1970)<br /> In 1920’s Soviet Russia, a fallen aristocrat, a priest and a con artist search for a treasure of jewels hidden inside one of twelve dining chairs, lost during the revolution. ADMISSION IS FREE This film is 93 minutes in length.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/19: New York City Council Member Keith Powers Mobile Office Hours</strong><br /> <em>12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Yorkville Library</em><br /> Talk about the issue in the district you care about with Council Member Keith Powers' office, and work toward solutions.RSVP: kpowers@council.nyc.gov<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/19: 16mm Film Nights:Reel Classics: It's a Wonderful Life</strong><br /> <em>4:00 pm,Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.The length of this film is 130 minutes.<br /> The lecture is FREE and open to the public.&nbsp; It is the second in Society’s annual series of fall lectures,<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/19: A lecture by Dave Frieder<em> The Bridge Man</em></strong><br /> <em>6:30 pm, Roosevelt Island Historical Society, New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island,</em><br /> Known as The Bridge Man, photographer Dave Frieder has climbed 20 of New York’s great bridges to photograph them in intimate and distinctive ways. His photographs are now published in a book, The Magnificent Bridges of New York City.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/20: Grand Victorian Christmas</strong><br /> <em>8:00 PM, 421 East 61st Street New York, NY 10065</em><br /> Immerse yourself in a traditional Victorian holiday celebration, including a fully decorated ballroom, music and caroling, Christmas treats, and photos with a vintage Santa.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/21: She Did, I Will Too! Asian Women Pioneers &amp; their Journeys to Freedom</strong><br /> <em>1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Webster Library</em><br /> Adventure through the skies, immerse yourself through time. Join us for an interactive workshop to ignite the confidence in every girl. Please fill out our optional survey to better curate our workshop Register online now for: She Did, I Will Too! Asian Women Pioneers &amp; their Journeys to Freedom&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>12/22: FDNY Community Menorah Lighting</strong><br /> <em>4:30pm – 5:30pm&nbsp;L-102, 850 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, New York</em><br /> You are invited to attend the NYC Fire Department’s 3<sup>rd</sup>&nbsp;Annual Community Menorah Lighting. This celebration will bring community residents together to celebrate Chanukah and encourage fire safety throughout the holidays.<br /> <strong>If you wish to attend, please RSVP to&nbsp;<a href="mailto:fabricio.caro@fdny.nyc.gov" target="_blank">fabricio.caro@fdny.nyc.gov</a>&nbsp;by December 16<sup>th</sup>.<sup>&nbsp;</sup>&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>12/23: Webster @ the Movies: Spider-Man: Far From Home&nbsp;</strong><br /> 11:15 am,Webster Library, Auditorium<br /> Peter Parker's relaxing European vacation takes an unexpected turn when Nick Fury shows up in his hotel room to recruit him for a mission. This film is 130 minutes.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/28: Webster @ the Movies: Rocketman&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>&nbsp;2:00 pm,Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Webster’s @ The Movies Presents: Rocketman Saturday, December 28th @ 2PM<br /> Young Reginald Dwight changes his name to Elton John and collaborates with singer-songwriter Bernie Taupin to become one of the most iconic figures in pop history. This film is 121 minutes.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/30: Webster @ the Movies: Shaft</strong>&nbsp;<br /> <em>11:15 am,Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Webster’s @ The Movies Presents:&nbsp; Shaft Monday, December 30th @ 11:15am&nbsp;<br /> John Shaft Jr. may be an FBI cyber security expert, but to uncover the truth behind his best friend's untimely death, he needs an education that only his dad can provide. This film is 111 minutes.<br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="kids" name="kids"><strong>Events for Kids</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong>CB6 Holiday Party&nbsp;</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/1: Turtle Bay Association Annual Holiday Party</strong><br /> <em>3:00 pm - 5:30 pm, Parnell's Restaurant 350 E 53rd St #1</em><br /> Join the Turtle Bay Association for their Annual Holiday Party.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/2, 12/ 9, 12/16, 12/ 23, 12/ 30: Early Literacy: Toddler Story Time</strong><br /> <em>11:30 am, Yorkville Library, Meeting Room</em><br /> Toddlers from 18-36 months old (Walkers) and their parents/caregivers can enjoy great books, lively songs, and rhymes, and meet other toddlers in the neighborhood. The Program is first come, first served, space is limited Please note: There is no elevator available, and stroller parking is limited.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/2: Start Your Day with Art: Holiday Card Workshop</strong><br /> <em>11:30 am, Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Visit the Webster Library for a relaxing morning of creative expression. We'll be making holiday cards today- all supplies provided! Join us and take home a piece of art to share with family and friends. First come, first served. No registration required.<br /> <br /> <strong>12/3: SAC Tree Lighting</strong><br /> <em>5:45 pm - 7:30 pm, 57th Street and East End Cul-De-Sac</em><br /> Join the Sutton Area Community for their annual&nbsp;Tree Lighting.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/3, 12/10, 12/17: Teen Space&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>3:00- 5:00 pm, Webster Library&nbsp;</em><br /> Come hang out with your friends on Tuesday afternoons! Play board games, work on homework, read a book, exercise your creativity, or just chill. Laptops, assorted art supplies, and light snacks available.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/3,</strong> <strong>12/ 10, 12/ 17, 12/ 24, 12/ 31: Early Literacy: Baby Storytime</strong><br /> <em>10:30 - 11:00 am<strong>, </strong>Yorkville Library, Meeting Room</em><br /> Babies from birth to 18 months old (Pre-Walkers) and their parents/caregivers can enjoy great books, lively songs, and rhymes, and meet other babies in the neighborhood.<br /> Program will be ticketed to 30 children and their caregivers. Tickets will be distributed at the door 15 minutes prior to the start of the program, Please note: There is no elevator available, and stroller parking is limited.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/3: Graffiti Art Remix</strong><br /> <em>&nbsp;4:00 pm, 67th Street Library</em><br /> Learn how to create traditional and futuristic graffiti art lettering and character design. Create the hottest manga and anime characters and mash with abstract, symmetrical and geometrical artwork. Presented by DJ SpazeCraft&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/3: Found Objects Mask Making</strong><br /> <em>&nbsp;4:00 pm, 96th Street Library</em><br /> Join us in this hands-on workshop where you will learn how just about anything can become part of a mask! From the smallest mask (a red clown nose) to gigantic parade headpieces, you will learn about mask making around the world. Our facilitator will show you how objects you might readily discard, such as bottles, cans, paper tubes, etc. can be recycled to create wearable masks. Every participant will create, and learn how to use his/her own original mask.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/4, 12/11, 12/18: Game On! @ Webster</strong><br /> <em>4:00 pm, Webster Library</em><br /> Come in and test your gaming skills against your peers, with games such as Super Smash Brothers and Mario Kart for Wii. Feel like trying something new try playing on our PS4 with games such as Street Fighter 5 and TMNT, just to name a few. Also laptops will be available for anybody that's just wants to sit down and relax.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/4: Early Literacy: Family Literacy Workshop: Pipette Drip Painting</strong><br /> <em>&nbsp;5:15 pm, Webster Library</em><br /> Strengthen those fine motor skills and create some art.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/4: Meeting of the Real Estate Development Advisory Committee of the RIOC Board of Directors (REDAC)</strong><br /> <em>5:30 PM - 7:30 PM., 680 Main Street Roosevelt Island, NY 10044</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/5, 12/12</strong>,<strong>12/19</strong>,<strong>12/26: Early Literacy: Family Storytime</strong><br /> <em>11:00 am 11:30 am, 11:45 am&nbsp; 11:00 am, 11:30 am, 11:45 am</em>&nbsp;<em>,Webster Library</em><br /> Toddlers from birth to 3 years and their parents/caregivers can enjoy interactive stories, action songs, fingerplays, and spend time with other toddlers in the neighborhood.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/5: Writing the College Admissions Essay</strong><br /> <em>4:00 pm, 67th Street Library</em><br /> Do you need to write a personal essay for a college application? At this workshop, you’ll learn how to choose a meaningful topic and write a great essay that will make you stand out from the crowd! We'll also discuss ways to overcome anxiety and writer's block. Presented by Laurel Haines No registration is required.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/5, 12/12, 12/19: Early Literacy: Preschool Story Time</strong><br /> <em>10:30 am</em>,<em>Yorkville Library, Children's Room</em><br /> Join us and come meet your friends at the library and listen to some of your favorite picture books. It's a great way to end a busy day.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/6,</strong> <strong>12/13, 12/20,12/27: Puzzle Fun for Kids</strong><br /> <em>3:00 - 4:00 pm,Yorkville Library, Children's Room</em><br /> Join us and come to the library for some puzzles and fun! This program is great for all ages.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/6, 12/ 13,12/20, 12/ 27: Learn To Play Chess at Webster</strong><br /> <em>3:00 pm, Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Come join us for some board time Fridays at 3 pmpm Learn how to play, practice your skills, or to play a game. All materials will be provided, and an experienced instructor Timothy Mobley will lead the group.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/6: Roosevelt Island Tree Lighting Ceremony&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>7:00 pm - 8:00 pm,</em><em> Lawn south of Rivercross (501 Main Street),</em><br /> The Roosevelt Island Operation Cooperation is presenting their annual tree lighting ceremony, families and their children will be able to enjoy performances, be able to win free giveaways, prices and refreshments. There will also be live music from the house band, Funktion. For more about whether conditions and the schedule of the event please visit <a href="http://rioc.ny.gov/">http://rioc.ny.gov/</a> or call 212- 832-4540<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 12/28: Read to our New York Therapy Dog!</strong><br /> <em>&nbsp;10:30 am, Webster Library</em><br /> Come read to our therapy dog Tugboat! These licensed therapy dogs and their owners can't wait for you to come read them a story. Enjoy one-on-one, no-pressure reading time with a furry friend! Pre-registration is required for each 15-minute slot and opens 1 week in advance.<br /> For ages 5 and up. Available every Saturday!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/7, 12/14, 12/ 21, 12/28: Kids' Coloring Club</strong><br /> <em>10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Yorkville Library, Children's Room</em><br /> Join us every Saturday morning from 10am-12pm for our Kids' Coloring Club -- children of all ages are invited to color coloring sheets featuring their favorite characters, seasonal designs, and more. Feel free to bring your favorite coloring book!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/7, 12/14, 12/21,12/28: Read to Fritz, our New York Therapy Dog!</strong><br /> <em>11:00 am,Yorkville Library, Children's Room</em><br /> Come read to our therapy dog Fritz! These licensed therapy dogs and their owners can't wait for you to come read them a story. Enjoy one-on-one, no-pressure reading time with a furry friend! Pre-registration is required for each 15-minute slot and opens 1 week in advance.Available every Saturday in the children's story time room.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/8: Holiday Tree Lighting at Carl Schurz Park</strong><br /> <em>5:00-6:00 pm., 86th Street and East End Avenue</em><br /> What began as a handful of intrepid carolers is now an event worthy of being featured in Betsy Pinover Schiff's new book Tis the Season New York. As has become our tradition Cantori New York &amp; Orbital Brass will be there to help Carl Schurz Park Conservancy ring in the 2018 holiday season. Hot chocolate, candy canes, cookies and candles included!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/8: </strong><strong>New York Public Library's Annual Holiday Open House</strong><br /> <em>1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building Fifth Avenue &amp; 42nd St.</em><br /> Ring in the season of giving with fellow Library lovers and join in a proud Library tradition at the Holiday Open House party! Each year, the Stephen A. Schwarzman&nbsp; Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street transforms into a festive winter wonderland with a range of activities for guests of all ages.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/9: 19th Precinct Holiday Party&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>7:00p.m., St Vincents church basement at 66 and Lexington&nbsp;</em><br /> Following the monthly Community Council meeting, join the 19th Precinct for their Annual Holiday Party.<br /> <br /> <strong>12/9: ESNA 2019 Holiday Sing</strong><br /> <em>6:00 pm - 7:00 pm, TD Bank on southeast corner of First Avenue &amp; East 67th Street</em><br /> Join us for a festive evening as we are lead in song by the Jolly Holiday Singers, adorned in authentic Victorian attire.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/12: Webster @ the Movies: The Grinch&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>&nbsp;4:00 pm, Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> The Grinch and his loyal dog, Max, live a solitary existence inside a cave on Mount Crumpet. His main source of aggravation comes during Christmastime when his neighbours in Whoville celebrate the holidays with a bang. This film is 92 minutes in length.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/13: Holiday Card Making Craft Time</strong><br /> <em>&nbsp;3:00 pm, Yorkville Library, Meeting Room</em><br /> Join us it's Craft Time at Yorkville!!! Drop in for a quick craft.&nbsp; Bring your creativity and make something special to take home.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/13: East Harlem Holiday Tree Lighting</strong><br /> <em>5:30pm., 106th Street &amp; 3rd&nbsp; Ave</em><br /> Every year since December 2004, a group of volunteers who are dedicated to the East Harlem community have raised the funds to install a huge decorated tree at Franklin Plaza, corner of Third Avenue and East 106th Street. We proudly celebrate the 16th anniversary of our efforts this year. We invite you all to support this year's Holiday Tree.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/15: </strong><strong>Jewish Museum Hanukkah Family Day Festival</strong><br /> <em>11:00pm - 4:00pm., Jewish Museum 1109 5th Ave Midtown, NY 10128&nbsp;</em><br /> Celebrate the festival of lights as a family at the Jewish Museum! Build a sculptural Hanukkah lamp with funky found objects - a Jewish Museum tradition. Dance to the pop-rock tunes of ShirLaLa, sketch Hanukkah lamps from around the globe on a gallery tour, watch a unique Hanukkah story come to life through a drawing performance by Jeff Hopkins, and collaborate on a giant work of art.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/18: Home Sweet Home: Is Home a Sanctuary</strong><br /> <strong><em>6pm - 8pm RSVP REQUIRED</em></strong><br /> This coming month, <a href="https://cmany.org/">Children's Museum of the Arts</a> (CMA) will be ushering in a new exhibition on the theme of home. <em>Home Sweet Home: Is Home A Sanctuary?</em> will encourage children to explore their own ideas and values around what makes shelter meaningful.&nbsp;<br /> Children’s Museum of the Arts is pleased to present Home Sweet Home: Is a<br /> Home a Sanctuary?, a group exhibition featuring Emilie Clark, Tom Fruin,<br /> Todd Hido, Lucia Hierro, Ann Toebbe, Shinique Smith, and Letha Wilson in the<br /> Cynthia C. Wainwright Gallery.<br /> <br /> <strong>12/23: Kid Flicks</strong><br /> &nbsp;<em>4:00 pm</em>, <em>Yorkville Library, Meeting Room</em><br /> Join us in our community room for our children's film showing.Watch short films based on popular picture books.The perfect way to meet up with friends and end a busy day.All films subject to last minute substitutions. Showing:&nbsp; Brave Irene, Pluto's Christmas Tree, &amp; The Snowy Day.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>12/23: FDNY Celebrates Hanukkah&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>4:30 pm - 6:30 pm, 9 Metrotech Center in Brooklyn</em><br /> The New York City Fire Department cordially invites you to attend the FDNY celebration of Chanukah. Celebrate the Festival of Lights with the Ner Tamid Society and the Society for Diversity and Inclusion on Monday, December 3rd from 4:30 to 6:30pm at 9 Metrotech Center in Brooklyn. Wrapped gifts welcome for our toy drive for toys for tots.</p> </div> Thu, 05 Dec 2019 14:30:34 +0000 admin 6677 at https://kallos.nyc November News: Vote Early and Flip Your Ballot, Breaking Ground on Playgrounds, New Hydroponics Lab, NY Times on Delivery Trucks, and Day of Service https://kallos.nyc/newsletter/november-news-vote-early-and-flip-your-ballot-breaking-ground-playgrounds-new <span>November News: Vote Early and Flip Your Ballot, Breaking Ground on Playgrounds, New Hydroponics Lab, NY Times on Delivery Trucks, and Day of Service</span> <div class="field field--name-field-summary field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><table> <colgroup> <col width="400" /> <col width="200" /> </colgroup> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top">Dear Friend,<br /> <br /> You might have noticed we've had a lot of groundbreakings and ribbon cuttings lately, and we have. We've been busy all these years, and we are seeing a great return on our investment. We broke ground on a $3.5 million project to rebuild <a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#breaking">Carl Schurz Park Playground</a>, which hasn't seen investment since I was a kid. We also <a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#RibbonPS183">cut the ribbon on a new hydroponics lab for P.S. 183</a>&nbsp;that we funded after the school won Participatory Budgeting. Have you proposed <a href="http://ideas.pbnyc.org/page/about">an idea</a> for residents to vote on?<br /> <br /> Speaking of voting,&nbsp;<a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#EarlyVoting">Election Day</a> is on Tuesday, November 5, but you don't have to wait to vote.&nbsp;<a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#FlipBallot">Early Voting</a>&nbsp;started on October 26 and will continue through Sunday, November 3. Don't forget to <a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#FlipBallot">flip the ballot</a> and vote on changes to the city's <a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#FlipBallot">Charter</a>.<br /> <br /> We continue to fight for better commutes, with <a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#Automated">automated bus-lane enforcement</a>, <a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#MNN">accessible subways</a>, <a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#BikeSafety">bike safety</a>, and taking on <a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#CitySidewalks">delivery companies</a> who use our streets as their personal warehouses (did you see that <a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#CitySidewalks">New York Times</a> story?).<br /> <br /> In November, as we celebrate <a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#Thanksgiving">Thanksgiving</a>, we look to how we can give back with a <a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#LoveYourNeighborhood">day of service</a>. We also continue our annual tradition of <a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#Thanksgiving">providing turkeys</a> to low-income residents of public housing as we advocate to fight hunger at the <a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#FoodTank">Food Tank Summit</a>. We also have a <a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#pumpkinsmash">Pumpkin Smash</a>, dramatic reading, and <a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#dragqueen"><u>drag queen </u></a>story hour at the 92Y. Save the date for our annual <a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#SaveHoliday">holiday party</a>.<br /> <br /> This season I am thankful for you and all that we have been able to accomplish together. What are you most thankful for?<br /> <br /> Sincerely, <p><img data-file-id="2013" height="24" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/1a1894a3a45c0329272b438e09ab021c-125x24.png" style="margin: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; border-image: none; width: 125px; height: 24px;" width="125" /><br /> Ben Kallos<br /> Council Member<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="250"> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong style="text-align:center">SPECIAL EVENTS</strong><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/love-your-neighbor-day-upper-east-side">Love Your Neighborhood Day</a></strong><br /> Saturday, 11/2, 10am&nbsp;– 6:30pm<br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/pumpkin-smash">Pumpkin Smash</a></strong><br /> Sunday, 11/3, 1pm – 4pm<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: left;"><strong><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/ny-classical-theatre-force-habit-guillen-de-castro-y-bellvis">NY Classical Theatre:&nbsp;"The Force of Habit"</a></strong></div> <div style="text-align: left;">Monday, 11/4, 7pm – 9pm</div> <br /> <strong><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/medicare-rights-open-enrollment-event-1">Medicare Enrollment Event</a></strong><br /> Wednesday, 11/6, 4pm – 6pm<br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/drag-queen-story-hour-92y">Drag Queen Story Hour</a></strong><br /> Sunday, 11/17, 11am – 1pm&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/holiday-party-4">Save the Date: Annual Holiday Party</a></strong><br /> Tuesday, 12/17, 6pm – 8pm&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br /> <br /> <strong style="text-align:center">MONTHLY EVENTS</strong>&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/first-friday-31">First Friday</a></strong><br /> Friday, 11/1, 8am –&nbsp;10am<br /> <br /> <strong><u>Policy Night</u></strong><br /> Tuesday, 11/12, 5pm –&nbsp;6pm<br /> <span style="font-size:12px"><em>(By Appointment Only)</em></span><br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/housing-legal-clinic-74">Free Legal Clinics</a></strong><br /> <span style="font-size:12px"><em>(By Appointment Only)</em></span><br /> <br /> <strong>Fresh Food Box</strong><br /> Thursdays, 3:30pm – 6:30pm<br /> Ending 11/14</div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>TABLE OF CONTENTS&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>(If you experience trouble with the links below, <a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646">click here</a>)</em><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>UPGRADING OUR PARKS</strong></div> <ol> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#Breaking">Breaking Ground $3.5 Million Upgrade for Carl Schurz Playground</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#NewElBarrio">New El Barrio Bait Station on the East River Esplanade</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#Protect">Protect Parks from Pesticides</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>ELECTION DAY</strong></div> <ol start="4"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#EarlyVoting">Election Days - Early Voting is Finally Here</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#FlipBallot">Flip the Ballot to Vote on City Charter Revision</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>EVENT INVITES&nbsp;</strong></div> <ol start="6"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#LoveYourNeighborhood">Love Your Neighborhood;&nbsp;Day of Service Upper East Side</a>&nbsp;</li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#Medicare">Medicare Enrollment Event</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#NYClassical">NY Classical "The Force of Habit"</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#dragqueen">Drag Queen Story Hour&nbsp;</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#pumpkinsmash">Pumpkin Smash at Andrew Haswell Green Park</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#FoodTank">Food Tank 2019 Summit</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#Thanksgiving">Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway for NYCHA Tenants</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#SaveHoliday">Save the Date Holiday Party</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>EDUCATION</strong></div> <ol start="14"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#RibbonPS183">New $600,000 Science Lab at P.S. 183</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#BreakingMarymount">Breaking Ground on New Marymount Campus</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>TRANSPORTATION</strong></div> <ol start="16"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#CitySidewalks">City Sidewalks Are Not Warehouses&nbsp;</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#Automated">Automated Bus-Lane Enforcement From Bus-Mounted Cameras</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#MNN">Subway Accessibility Discussion</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#BikeSafety">Bike Safety</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>CRIMINAL JUSTICE</strong></div> <ol start="20"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#CityRikers">City Council Votes to Close Rikers Island Jail&nbsp;</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>WORKING FAMILIES AND JOBS</strong></div> <ol start="21"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#RetirementOpEd">Op-Ed: All New Yorkers Deserve Retirement Security</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#BetterWages">Better Wages for Subcontracted Con Edison Workers</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#cityandstate">City and State Procurement Conference</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#StandingHousingWorks">Standing up for Employees at Housing Works</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#MWBEFair">M/WBE Resource and Job Fair Thank You</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>COMMUNITY</strong></div> <ol start="26"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#Civitas">CIVITAS Height Forum Proposal</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#East Harlem">East Harlem Heat &amp; Hot Water Workshop</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#Domestic">Domestic Violence Fundraiser</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#SeniorHealth">Senior Health Fair Thank You</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#MV4NY">MV4NY Thanksgiving Food Drive</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#AwardingDave">Awarding Proclamation for David Rosenstein</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#SuttonPlaceParks">Sutton Place Parks Conservancy, It's My Park Day</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#Halloween2019">Halloween Community Events Thank You</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#ZeroWaste">Zero Waste NYC Workshop for Roosevelt Islanders</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>IN THE NEWS</strong></div> <ol start="35"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#NYDN1">New York Daily News</a><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#NYDN1">:&nbsp;Loophole in candidate contribution limits law</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#Citylimits">City Limits</a><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#Citylimits">:&nbsp;City Campaign Finance System Charts Path for State Reform</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#cityandstate">City and State</a><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#CityandState">:&nbsp;Are business improvement districts the future of NYC?</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#nydn2">New York Daily News</a><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#nydn2">:&nbsp;Advocates call on Long Island school officials to embrace bus stop arm cameras</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#realdeal">The Real Deal</a><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#realdeal">:&nbsp;NYC lawmakers to fix property taxes … in 2030?</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#Habitat">Habitat </a><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#Habitat">:&nbsp;A New Way to Level the City’s Lopsided Property Tax System</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>EVENTS FUNDED BY MY OFFICE</strong></div> <ol start="41"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#JewishMuseum">Jewish Museum Family Day Festival</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>RESOURCES</strong></div> <ol start="42"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#TADA">TADA! Theater Program Sign Up</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#Volunteer">Volunteer Lawyers for Veterans</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#DOROT">DOROT’s Thanksgiving Meal Delivery</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#ComputerScience">The Computer Science Co-Op Program at City College</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#2020Census">2020 Census Job Opportunity</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#Roosevelt">Roosevelt Island Pumpkin Smash</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#StopnSwap">Stop ‘N Swap on Roosevelt Island</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#learn2file">Learn to File the Right Tax Withheld Amount for 2019</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>OFFICE UPDATES</strong></div> <ol start="50"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#FreshFood">Fresh Food Box Last Month for 2019</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#FreeLegal">Free Legal Clinics</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#HeretoHelp">Here to Help</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#MobileDistrict">Mobile District Hours</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#BeninyourBuilding">Ben in Your Building</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#HOMELESS">Help the Homeless</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#CommunityBoards">Community Boards</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#nypd">NYPD Events</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#neighborhoodassociation">Neighborhood and Tenant Associations</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#eventsforadults">Events for Adults</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646#eventsforkids">Events for Kids</a></li> </ol> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span>Mon, 11/04/2019 - 12:51pm</span> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><table> <colgroup> <col width="400" /> <col width="200" /> </colgroup> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top">Dear Friend,<br /> <br /> You might have noticed we've had a lot of groundbreakings and ribbon cuttings lately, and we have. We've been busy all these years, and we are seeing a great return on our investment. We broke ground on a $3.5 million project to rebuild <a href="#breaking" target="_blank">Carl Schurz Park Playground</a>, which hasn't seen investment since I was a kid. We also <a href="#RibbonPS183" target="_blank">cut the ribbon on a new hydroponics lab for P.S. 183</a>&nbsp;that we funded after the school won Participatory Budgeting. Have you proposed <a href="http://ideas.pbnyc.org/page/about" target="_blank">an idea</a> for residents to vote on?<br /> <br /> Speaking of voting,&nbsp;<a href="#EarlyVoting" target="_blank">Election Day</a> is on Tuesday, November 5, but you don't have to wait to vote.&nbsp;<a href="#FlipBallot" target="_blank">Early Voting</a>&nbsp;started on October 26 and will continue through Sunday, November 3. Don't forget to <a href="#FlipBallot" target="_blank">flip the ballot</a> and vote on changes to the city's <a href="#FlipBallot" target="_blank">Charter</a>.<br /> <br /> We continue to fight for better commutes, with <a href="#Automated" target="_blank">automated bus-lane enforcement</a>, <a href="#MNN" target="_blank">accessible subways</a>, <a href="#BikeSafety" target="_blank">bike safety</a>, and taking on <a href="#CitySidewalks" target="_blank">delivery companies</a> who use our streets as their personal warehouses (did you see that <a href="#CitySidewalks" target="_blank">New York Times</a> story?).<br /> <br /> In November, as we celebrate <a href="#Thanksgiving" target="_blank">Thanksgiving</a>, we look to how we can give back with a <a href="#LoveYourNeighborhood" target="_blank">day of service</a>. We also continue our annual tradition of <a href="#Thanksgiving" target="_blank">providing turkeys</a> to low-income residents of public housing as we advocate to fight hunger at the <a href="#FoodTank" target="_blank">Food Tank Summit</a>. We also have a <a href="#pumpkinsmash" target="_blank">Pumpkin Smash</a>, dramatic reading, and <a href="#dragqueen" target="_blank"><u>drag queen </u></a>story hour at the 92Y. Save the date for our annual <a href="#SaveHoliday" target="_blank">holiday party</a>.<br /> <br /> This season I am thankful for you and all that we have been able to accomplish together. What are you most thankful for?<br /> <br /> Sincerely, <p><img data-file-id="2013" height="24" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/1a1894a3a45c0329272b438e09ab021c-125x24.png" style="margin: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; border-image: none; width: 125px; height: 24px;" width="125" /><br /> Ben Kallos<br /> Council Member<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="250"> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong style="text-align:center">SPECIAL EVENTS</strong><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/love-your-neighbor-day-upper-east-side" target="_blank">Love Your Neighborhood Day</a></strong><br /> Saturday, 11/2, 10am&nbsp;– 6:30pm<br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/pumpkin-smash" target="_blank">Pumpkin Smash</a></strong><br /> Sunday, 11/3, 1pm – 4pm<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: left;"><strong><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/ny-classical-theatre-force-habit-guillen-de-castro-y-bellvis" target="_blank">NY Classical Theatre:&nbsp;"The Force of Habit"</a></strong></div> <div style="text-align: left;">Monday, 11/4, 7pm – 9pm</div> <br /> <strong><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/medicare-rights-open-enrollment-event-1" target="_blank">Medicare Enrollment Event</a></strong><br /> Wednesday, 11/6, 4pm – 6pm<br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/drag-queen-story-hour-92y" target="_blank">Drag Queen Story Hour</a></strong><br /> Sunday, 11/17, 11am – 1pm&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/holiday-party-4" target="_blank">Save the Date: Annual Holiday Party</a></strong><br /> Tuesday, 12/17, 6pm – 8pm&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br /> <br /> <strong style="text-align:center">MONTHLY EVENTS</strong>&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/first-friday-31" target="_blank">First Friday</a></strong><br /> Friday, 11/1, 8am –&nbsp;10am<br /> <br /> <strong><u>Policy Night</u></strong><br /> Tuesday, 11/12, 5pm –&nbsp;6pm<br /> <span style="font-size:12px"><em>(By Appointment Only)</em></span><br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/housing-legal-clinic-74" target="_blank">Free Legal Clinics</a></strong><br /> <span style="font-size:12px"><em>(By Appointment Only)</em></span><br /> <br /> <strong>Fresh Food Box</strong><br /> Thursdays, 3:30pm – 6:30pm<br /> Ending 11/14</div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>TABLE OF CONTENTS&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>(If you experience trouble with the links below, <a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6646" target="_blank">click here</a>)</em><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>UPGRADING OUR PARKS</strong></div> <ol> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Breaking" target="_blank">Breaking Ground $3.5 Million Upgrade for Carl Schurz Playground</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#NewElBarrio" target="_blank">New El Barrio Bait Station on the East River Esplanade</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Protect" target="_blank">Protect Parks from Pesticides</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>ELECTION DAY</strong></div> <ol start="4"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#EarlyVoting" target="_blank">Election Days - Early Voting is Finally Here</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#FlipBallot" target="_blank">Flip the Ballot to Vote on City Charter Revision</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>EVENT INVITES&nbsp;</strong></div> <ol start="6"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#LoveYourNeighborhood" target="_blank">Love Your Neighborhood;&nbsp;Day of Service Upper East Side</a>&nbsp;</li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Medicare" target="_blank">Medicare Enrollment Event</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#NYClassical" target="_blank">NY Classical "The Force of Habit"</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#dragqueen" target="_blank">Drag Queen Story Hour&nbsp;</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#pumpkinsmash" target="_blank">Pumpkin Smash at Andrew Haswell Green Park</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#FoodTank" target="_blank">Food Tank 2019 Summit</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Thanksgiving" target="_blank">Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway for NYCHA Tenants</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#SaveHoliday" target="_blank">Save the Date Holiday Party</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>EDUCATION</strong></div> <ol start="14"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#RibbonPS183" target="_blank">New $600,000 Science Lab at P.S. 183</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#BreakingMarymount" target="_blank">Breaking Ground on New Marymount Campus</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>TRANSPORTATION</strong></div> <ol start="16"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#CitySidewalks" target="_blank">City Sidewalks Are Not Warehouses&nbsp;</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Automated" target="_blank">Automated Bus-Lane Enforcement From Bus-Mounted Cameras</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#MNN" target="_blank">Subway Accessibility Discussion</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#BikeSafety" target="_blank">Bike Safety</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>CRIMINAL JUSTICE</strong></div> <ol start="20"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#CityRikers" target="_blank">City Council Votes to Close Rikers Island Jail&nbsp;</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>WORKING FAMILIES AND JOBS</strong></div> <ol start="21"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#RetirementOpEd" target="_blank">Op-Ed: All New Yorkers Deserve Retirement Security</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#BetterWages" target="_blank">Better Wages for Subcontracted Con Edison Workers</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#cityandstate" target="_blank">City and State Procurement Conference</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#StandingHousingWorks" target="_blank">Standing up for Employees at Housing Works</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#MWBEFair" target="_blank">M/WBE Resource and Job Fair Thank You</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>COMMUNITY</strong></div> <ol start="26"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Civitas" target="_blank">CIVITAS Height Forum Proposal</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#East Harlem" target="_blank">East Harlem Heat &amp; Hot Water Workshop</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Domestic" target="_blank">Domestic Violence Fundraiser</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#SeniorHealth" target="_blank">Senior Health Fair Thank You</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#MV4NY" target="_blank">MV4NY Thanksgiving Food Drive</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#AwardingDave" target="_blank">Awarding Proclamation for David Rosenstein</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#SuttonPlaceParks" target="_blank">Sutton Place Parks Conservancy, It's My Park Day</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Halloween2019" target="_blank">Halloween Community Events Thank You</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#ZeroWaste" target="_blank">Zero Waste NYC Workshop for Roosevelt Islanders</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>IN THE NEWS</strong></div> <ol start="35"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#NYDN1" target="_blank">New York Daily News</a><a href="#NYDN1" target="_blank">:&nbsp;Loophole in candidate contribution limits law</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Citylimits" target="_blank">City Limits</a><a href="#Citylimits" target="_blank">:&nbsp;City Campaign Finance System Charts Path for State Reform</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#cityandstate" target="_blank">City and State</a><a href="#CityandState" target="_blank">:&nbsp;Are business improvement districts the future of NYC?</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#nydn2" target="_blank">New York Daily News</a><a href="#nydn2" target="_blank">:&nbsp;Advocates call on Long Island school officials to embrace bus stop arm cameras</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#realdeal" target="_blank">The Real Deal</a><a href="#realdeal" target="_blank">:&nbsp;NYC lawmakers to fix property taxes … in 2030?</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Habitat" target="_blank">Habitat </a><a href="#Habitat" target="_blank">:&nbsp;A New Way to Level the City’s Lopsided Property Tax System</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>EVENTS FUNDED BY MY OFFICE</strong></div> <ol start="41"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#JewishMuseum" target="_blank">Jewish Museum Family Day Festival</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>RESOURCES</strong></div> <ol start="42"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#TADA" target="_blank">TADA! Theater Program Sign Up</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Volunteer" target="_blank">Volunteer Lawyers for Veterans</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#DOROT" target="_blank">DOROT’s Thanksgiving Meal Delivery</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#ComputerScience" target="_blank">The Computer Science Co-Op Program at City College</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#2020Census" target="_blank">2020 Census Job Opportunity</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Roosevelt" target="_blank">Roosevelt Island Pumpkin Smash</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#StopnSwap" target="_blank">Stop ‘N Swap on Roosevelt Island</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#learn2file" target="_blank">Learn to File the Right Tax Withheld Amount for 2019</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>OFFICE UPDATES</strong></div> <ol start="50"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#FreshFood" target="_blank">Fresh Food Box Last Month for 2019</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#FreeLegal" target="_blank">Free Legal Clinics</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#HeretoHelp" target="_blank">Here to Help</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#MobileDistrict" target="_blank">Mobile District Hours</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#BeninyourBuilding" target="_blank">Ben in Your Building</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#HOMELESS" target="_blank">Help the Homeless</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#CommunityBoards" target="_blank">Community Boards</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#nypd" target="_blank">NYPD Events</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#neighborhoodassociation" target="_blank">Neighborhood and Tenant Associations</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#eventsforadults" target="_blank">Events for Adults</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#eventsforkids" target="_blank">Events for Kids</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>UPGRADING OUR PARKS</strong><br /> <br /> <a id="breaking" name="breaking"><strong>Breaking Ground on $3.5 Million Reconstruction of Carl Schurz Playground</strong></a><br /> <img data-file-id="6961" height="337" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/d8577c4301977146a52c35c8d9bd7989-600x337.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 337px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> After parents reached out about poor conditions at Carl Schurz Park Playground I spent years securing $3.5 million dollars for brand new playground, with $2.5 million from my office and the City Council and $775 thousand from Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. We waited until after the busy summer season to break ground this October with Manhattan Parks Commissioner Bill Castro on what Parks Department has promised will be a 12-month renovation.<br /> <img data-file-id="6917" height="337" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/be2b2646ee3a72b0a45a61c0d590f726-600x337.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 337px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> I grew up playing in this park and so has my daughter. This new playground will be a more vibrant design thanks to improved&nbsp; play equipment, additional swings, a new sprinkler, new game tables, plantings and benches. The smaller Catbird Playground at the north end of the playground will remain open during the renovation. The new playground will also ADA-accessible ramps connecting Catbird with the larger playground. &nbsp;For more information about the yearlong project, read the press <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-releases">release</a>, watch the ground breaking at <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7qhRW2EHLs">BenKallos.com/videos</a>, or check out coverage by <a href="https://patch.com/new-york/upper-east-side-nyc/yearlong-project-upgrade-carl-schurz-playground-breaks-ground">Upper East Side Patch</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="NewElBarrio" name="NewElBarrio"><strong>New El Barrio Bait Station on the Esplanade</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="6965" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/f20fb330941b410597b7fe0004cfe27e-300x225.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></strong>There is a new attraction on the East River Esplanade. The new El Barrio bait station on 100th Street provides a hand-pump that draws water from the East River and a surface for cleaning fish along with lighting for the people fish along the East River. I joined the Friends of the East River Esplanade who funded the station with a $15,000 grant from Sea Grant New York. Any investment to the East River Esplanade is one I am in favor of. Read coverage of ribbon cutting in <a href="https://patch.com/new-york/harlem/new-esplanade-bait-station-aid-east-river-anglers-harlem">Upper East Side Patch</a>.<br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Protect" name="Protect"><strong>Protect Parks from Pesticides</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="6969" height="207" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/fcadff858dd4fc502bbbc7181b82629b-300x207.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 207px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />Our fight to ban the use of Monsanto's Roundup in City parks took a step forward this month as several more Council Members sponsored my legislation, <a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3923895&amp;GUID=B4BD2300-1265-4193-8CDA-9C93D397EA57&amp;Options=&amp;Search=">Int 1524</a>. We are now up to 25 sponsors and need to get to 34 to force a hearing the bill.<br /> <br /> In October, <a href="https://www.citylab.com/environment/2019/10/glyphosate-pesticide-cancer-roundup-lawsuit-bayer-monstanto/598537/">CityLab</a> reported that major cities, like Seattle, Miami, Austin, and Los Angeles have recently joined San Francisco in either restricting or banning the use of Glyphosate. The World Health Organization labeled the chemical a probable carcinogen to humans in 2015. Additionally, juries in the past year have ruled in favor of plaintiffs who have sued for damages of working with Glyphosate/RoundUp for an extended period of time that caused cancer. Find out more about the bill at <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/toxic-pesticides-ban-parks-proposed-new-york-city-council-members-kallos-and-rivera">BenKallos.com/Press-Releases</a> then sign the petition in support at <a href="https://benkallos.com/petition/bantoxicpesticides">Benkallos.com/petition/BanToxicPesticides</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>ELECTIONS</strong><br /> <br /> <a id="EarlyVoting" name="EarlyVoting"><strong>Early Voting is Finally Here</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<img data-file-id="6973" height="360" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/fdc090caf15d0fba6680f47983e6c321-600x360.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 360px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> Although Election Day is not until November 5th the new Democratic majority in the state Senate passed legislation to let New Yorkers vote early. Thanks to this new law, for the first time New Yorkers have been able to vote at the beginning of October 26th at 61 locations throughout the City.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you are reading this before November 5th and want to vote early you still can. If you check your address versus the <a href="https://nyc.pollsitelocator.com/search">nyc.pollsitelocator.com</a>, it will direct you to where you can vote early and of course where you should vote on November 5th if you choose to wait.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Find your</strong>&nbsp;<a href="https://nyc.pollsitelocator.com/search"><strong>early voting polling site</strong></a> at <a href="https://nyc.pollsitelocator.com/search">nyc.pollsitelocator.com/search</a>. Depending on where you live in the district, available days include:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://nyc.pollsitelocator.com/search">Friday, Nov. 1: 7 a.m. to 8 pm</a></li> <li><a href="https://nyc.pollsitelocator.com/search">Saturday, Nov. 2: 10 a.m. to 4 pm</a></li> <li><a href="https://nyc.pollsitelocator.com/search">Sunday, Nov. 3: 10 a.m. to 4 pm</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;<br /> <a id="FlipBallot" name="FlipBallot"><strong>Flip the Ballot to Vote on City Charter Revision</strong></a><br /> <img data-file-id="6977" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/0302dd3b776657edb435649fa909ea74-600x200.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 200px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> New Yorkers now have the chance to amend our Charter — the City’s constitution. By voting on ballot proposals covering a wide variety of issues, from elections to police accountability in this month's election. Make sure you go out and vote. The issues on the ballot this year have the potential to change New York City.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>QUESTION 1:&nbsp; </strong>Elections - Ranked Choice Voting<br /> <strong>QUESTION 2:&nbsp; </strong>Stronger CCRB Oversight Over NYPD<br /> <strong>QUESTION 3:&nbsp; </strong>Two Year Revolving Door Ban For Elected Officials &amp; Citywide Office Dedicated to Contracting with Women and People of Color.<br /> <strong>QUESTION 4:</strong>&nbsp; Budget Independence for the Public Advocate and Borough President<br /> <strong>QUESTION 5:&nbsp; </strong>Early Involvement for Community in Neighborhood Planning<br /> <br /> Learn more about the <a href="https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5bfc4cecfcf7fde7d3719c06/t/5d485dc2cb6e970001da3d48/1565023682893/BallotQuestions.pdf">questions as they will appear on the ballot</a>, <a href="https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5bfc4cecfcf7fde7d3719c06/t/5d485dcbe60c330001e2ec7f/1565023691657/BallotAbstracts.pdf">abstracts explaining the questions</a>, and a <a href="https://www.charter2019.nyc/s/BallotProposalFactSheet-lrjp.pdf">fact sheet</a> by visiting <a href="https://benkallos.com/charter2019">BenKallos.com/Charter2019</a> and <strong>remember to flip the ballot</strong>.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>EVENT INVITES&nbsp;</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="LoveYourNeighborhood" name="LoveYourNeighborhood"><strong>Love Your Neighborhood; Day of Service Upper East Side&nbsp;</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<img data-file-id="6981" height="703" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/b762c70c6a12d5af53e230fcf4bfb31f-600x703.png" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 703px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> On Saturday, November 2, join Council Member Powers and I for the inaugural Love Your Neighborhood Day on the Upper East Side. This is a day of service organized by our offices and made possible by community organizations that contribute so much to our neighborhoods.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Join us for any of the three activities:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>East 86th Street Beautification</strong>: Help us beautify and clean East 86th Street with the East 86th Street Association. 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 PM<br /> Meet-up location: Barnes &amp; Noble, 150 East 86th Street, between Lexington and Third Avenues<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Community Park Improvements</strong>: Remove stickers and graffiti between Lexington and Fifth Avenues with Carnegie Hill Neighbors. 12:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.<br /> Meet-up location: 97th Street Garden on the north mall of Park Avenue<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Preparing Meals for Those in Need</strong>: Work with the Holy Trinity Neighborhood Center to serve food to neighbors in need. 3:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.<br /> Meet-up location: St. Christopher’s House, Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street, between First and Second Avenues<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Please sign up to serve and choose an activity at <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/love-your-neighbor-day-upper-east-side" target="_blank">BenKallos.com/Events</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Medicare" name="Medicare"><strong>Medicare Enrollment Event&nbsp;</strong></a><br /> <img data-file-id="6985" height="776" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/3c6a58338f11358a8db3486ae607935c-600x776.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 776px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> The Medicare Rights Center and I invite you to join us at our annual Enrollment Awareness Event. Find out what you need to know about the <a href="https://www.medicareresources.org/faqs/when-is-the-next-medicare-open-enrollment-period/">Medicare Fall Open Enrollment period</a>. Get connected to programs that help pay the costs associated with Medicare.</p> <ul> <li>Medicare eligibility, costs, and coverage</li> <li>Medicare Savings Programs and Extra Help for the Part D Prescription Drug Benefit</li> </ul> <p><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/medicare-rights-open-enrollment-event-1" target="_blank"><strong>Medicare Open Enrollment Event</strong></a><br /> November 6, 4PM – 6PM<br /> Knickerbocker<br /> 1751 2nd Ave<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/medicare-rights-open-enrollment-event-1">RSVP</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="NYClassical" name="NYClassical"><strong>NY Classical "The Force of Habit"</strong></a><br /> <img data-file-id="6989" height="774" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/6fa2ec4054aadcc64414e279af2f70a2-600x774.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 774px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> Join NY Classical Theater for a presentation of the 1625 Spanish Play “Force of Habit” by Guillén de Castro y Bellvís.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/ny-classical-theatre-force-habit-guillen-de-castro-y-bellvis" target="_blank"><strong>Force of Habit</strong></a><br /> November 4th, 7pm - 9pm&nbsp;<br /> Brookfield Properties’ Tata Innovation Center, 11 East Loop Road, Roosevelt Island<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/ny-classical-theatre-force-habit-guillen-de-castro-y-bellvis">RSVP</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="dragqueen" name="dragqueen"><strong>Drag Queen Story Hour</strong>&nbsp;</a><br /> <img data-file-id="7173" height="617" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/25c1ffd1f8205b9c7bc6c09f51baa4bc-600x617.png" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 617px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> Drag Queen Story Hour captures the imagination and play of gender fluidity in childhood and gives kids glamorous and unapologetically LGBTQ role models. A drag queen will read inclusive books as well as storytime favorites and leads participants in a fun craft!&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/drag-queen-story-hour-92y" target="_blank"><strong>Drag Queen Story Hour&nbsp;</strong></a><br /> November 17th, 11am – 12pm&nbsp;<br /> Warburg Lounge at the 92Y<br /> 1395 Lexington Ave.<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/drag-queen-story-hour-92y">RSVP</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="pumpkinsmash" name="pumpkinsmash"><strong>Pumpkin Smash at </strong><strong>Andrew Haswell Green Park</strong></a><br /> <img data-file-id="6997" height="776" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/6885ff78a388361a16bbb4162c7fe296-600x776.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 600px; height: 776px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> Upper East Siders will get be able to smash old Halloween Pumpkins this year thanks to Upper Greenside and Green Park Gardners. The leftover pumpkins bits will be used to create incredible compost for local gardens as well as giving folks of all ages - especially children - a very fun time! The event will take place Sunday, November 3, from 1pm – 4pm at Andrew Haswell Green Park on the East River Esplanade. Enter through the pedestrian bridge at East 63rd Street. &amp; York Ave.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Pumpkins Smash at Andrew Haswell Green Park</strong><br /> East River Esplanade<br /> Sunday, November 3, 1 – 4 PM<br /> For more information contact <a href="mailto:GreenparkGardenersNYC@gmail.com"><strong>GreenparkGardenersNYC@gmail.com</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="FoodTank" name="FoodTank"><strong>Food Tank 2019 Summit&nbsp;</strong></a><br /> <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sold-out-food-tank-nyc-summit-and-gala-the-food-movement-is-growing-tickets-69586969499"><img data-file-id="7101" height="300" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/2e5c2168840aecd4760eff6f995bb81e-600x300.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 300px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /></a>&nbsp;<br /> On November 2nd, I will be taking part in a panel discussion as part of the 3rd Annual New York City Food Tank Summit. The event will take place at NYU Steinhardt school which is also helping organize the event. This Food Tank Summit brings together 80 speakers and performers including major CEOs, disruptors, changemakers, activists, policymakers, and leaders from startups, media organizations, large companies, and nonprofits who are leading the shift in how food businesses look at sustainability. I am invited to the event as a result of my work to improve childhood nutrition through my Healthy Happy Meals law, my commitment to farmer's markets and home-cooked meals, my work with GrowNYC's Fresh Food Box program.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Food Tank 2019 Summit&nbsp;</strong><br /> Saturday, November 2<br /> 12:30pm – 5:30pm&nbsp;<br /> 566 LaGuardia Place Skirball Center for the Performing Arts<br /> <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sold-out-food-tank-nyc-summit-and-gala-the-food-movement-is-growing-tickets-69586969499">foodtank.com</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Thanksgiving" name="Thanksgiving"><strong>Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway for NYCHA Tenants</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7001" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/c02c3aeb8b0036aa95ba693912e5b49a-300x225.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />Thanksgiving is just weeks away. As in past years, in collaboration with New York Common Pantry, I will be delivering free turkeys to residents in my district living in New York City Housing Authority developments. Last year we gave out over 150 turkeys, which were paid for by funds allocated by my office. Families residing at Stanley Isaacs, Holmes Towers, Lexington Houses, and Robbins Plaza received the turkeys. I also visited seniors at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House ahead of Thanksgiving to wish them a happy holiday.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you live in a NYCHA development in Council District 5 and want a turkey this year, call my office next at <strong>212-860 1950</strong> to get on the list. You can also get additional food by joining the New York Common Pantry at nycommonpantry.org.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="SaveHoliday" name="SaveHoliday"><strong>Save the Date: Holiday Party</strong></a><br /> <img data-file-id="7161" height="776" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/83b720c785bb5cd8398d7f56acf05d18-600x776.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 776px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> This year we will be co-hosting our party with Congress Member Maloney, State Senator Liz Krueger, Assembly Members Dan Quart and Rebecca Seawright and my fellow Council Member Keith Powers at Brown Gardens. There will be food and wine along with light desserts. Join us!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/holiday-party-4" target="_blank"><strong>Annual Holiday Party</strong></a><br /> Tuesday, December 17, 6pm – 8pm<br /> Brown Gardens<br /> 225 East 93rd Street<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/holiday-party-4">RSVP</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>EDUCATION</strong><br /> <br /> <a id="RibbonPS183" name="RibbonPS183"><strong>New $600,000 Hydroponics Science Lab at P.S. 183</strong></a><br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7005" height="337" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/49b42e6355de7920749c779cabe3857c-600x337.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 337px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> As P.S. 183 Principal Martin Woodard said and I agree: “science is incredibly fun!” In October we cut the ribbon on a new $600,000 hydroponics lab for P.S. 183 that I funded after they won Participatory Budgeting in 2017 with 1,514 votes.<br /> <br /> The ribbon-cutting was joined by students, parents, teachers, principals, PTA parents, District 2 Superintendent <span class="st">Donalda Chumney</span>, CEC 2 Representative Dr. Ushma S. Neill, UFT, and many more.&nbsp; A special thank you to PTA member and PB delegate Michael Ekstract for creating projects for participatory budgeting and then seeing them through.<br /> <br /> For more information on the new lab read the release or watch the ribbon cutting at <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqRUcdVpLF8&amp;feature=youtu.be">BenKallos.com/Videos</a><br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="BreakingMarymount" name="BreakingMarymount"><strong>Breaking Ground on New Marymount Campus</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7009" height="199" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/5905dbdc963b0b296c665e60289d447b-300x199.jpeg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 199px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />We broke ground on a new educational facility for the Marymount School on 115 East 97th Street. My office worked hand in hand with the school and Community Board 11&nbsp; to ensure the new building is built within the character and context of the neighborhood. My office also worked with Marymount to create a scholarship and mentorship program for girls and women in the surrounding East Harlem community. The $100 million dollars building will have 13 floors and open for the 2022 – 2023 school year. For more information on the project visit <a href="https://www.campaignformarymount.org/faqs">www.campaignformarymount.org/faqs</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>TRANSPORTATION</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="CitySidewalks" name="CitySidewalks"><strong>City Sidewalks Are Not Warehouses&nbsp;</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7105" height="173" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/f66c4189f5408230ebc19b0be8949fe8-250x173.jpg" style="border-image: none 100% / 1 / 0 stretch; width: 250px; height: 173px; margin: 0px;" width="250" />Our City sidewalks belong to New Yorkers, not delivery trucks and boxes. As the <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/27/nyregion/nyc-amazon-delivery.html">New York Times</a> reported 1.5 million packages are delivered to the New York City area by companies like FedEx, UPS and Amazon every single day. Unfortunately due to the high volume of deliveries and limited space on New York City streets some of these companies have turned to using our already narrow sidewalks as their own personal warehouse and distribution centers. Here in our district, my office has been working with the NYPD’s 19th precinct to ticket and tow delivery vehicles that block traffic and take over our sidewalks. My office will continue to work with individual delivery companies whenever residents complain and point out examples of abuse. For more information on this issue watch <a href="https://pix11.com/2019/10/28/new-york-sees-drawbacks-to-delivery-convenience/">PIX 11</a> reporting and read coverage from the <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/27/nyregion/nyc-amazon-delivery.html">New York Times</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Automated" name="Automated"><strong>Automated Bus-Lane Enforcement From Bus-Mounted Cameras</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7017" height="248" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/367cf3062d456cf5dcb45ac1deed58f5-250x248.jpg" style="border-image: none 100% / 1 / 0 stretch; width: 250px; height: 248px; margin: 0px;" width="250" />Bus riders shouldn't face delays because a truck or van is blocking the Bus Lane. Thankfully, buses will get faster with the inclusion of automated enforcement cameras. As of October 2019 cars parked on M15 lanes will be captured on cameras mounted on the buses. Drivers blocking the Select Bus Service Route will only receive warnings for the first few weeks of the system being in use, but after that any car caught blocking the bus lanes will be fined. The fines begin at $50 for a first violation and goes up to $250 for a fifth violation and each subsequent offense. Fifty-one buses that travel in dedicated bus lanes on the M15 Select route have been outfitted with the Automated Bus Lane Enforcement (ABLE) camera systems. The cameras are designed to capture photos and videos of vehicles blocking bus lanes, which later gets passed along to the city’s Department of Transportation for review.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> State Senator Liz Kreuger and State Assembly Member Harvey Epstein have sponsored legislation that I support to require the implementation of this program. Thanks to the hard work both of our offices have done it is finally here and will likely change driver behavior making our buses faster. For some of our advocacy on this issue visit <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDRJmcNuBog">BenKallos.com/Videos</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="MNN" name="MNN"><strong>Subway Accessibility</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7021" height="224" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/4a14f6f442caeafb2b757951d369ee74-300x224.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 224px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />For an episode of <a href="https://www.mnn.org/watch/programs/represent-nyc">Manhattan Neighborhood Network’s RepresentNYC</a>, I sat down with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and State Assembly Member Karines Reyes of the Bronx to discuss issues of accessibility to the New York City subway system. The program also featured Sarah Kaufman of NYU's Rudin Center for Transportation, Jean Ryan of Disabled in Action, and Andrew Albert an MTA board member. Tune in on November 24th at 7pm or on November 27th at 9pm when the 30 mins episode will air on MNN. Sign our petition at <a href="http://benkallos.com/petition/accessible-subway" target="_blank">BenKallos.com/petition/accessible-subway</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="BikeSafety" name="BikeSafety"><strong>Bike Safety</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="1577" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/bd1f0edd375ca6f3d689e02d5562d6cf-300x225.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />Following an expansion of the Upper East Side’s safe streets network, coupled with an increase in education, safety equipment, and enforcement, bike safety from 30th to 97th streets on Manhattan’s East Side continues to improve as a result of a program led by Council Members Ben Kallos and Keith Powers. Since the program’s launch by Council Member Kallos in 2014 there has been a trend toward fewer injuries for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists injured in collisions. The trend also shows fewer collisions involving cyclists. Last year, the program included a new bike safety officer and the expansion of protected bike lanes.<br /> <br /> Since 2013, when the program launched, injuries and deaths on the streets of the Upper East Side have consistently declined. In 2013, 1,564 people were injured and 11 people died, while in 2018 there have been 998 injuries so far and 4 deaths. Pedestrians have seen the greatest safety improvements, with pedestrian injuries falling this year to nearly half their number in 2013. Since 2013, no pedestrian has been killed by a bicycle, and as of 2018 only 13 of the injuries to pedestrians were caused by a bicycle.<br /> <br /> This positive trend is a result of the continuing bike safety program sponsored by Council Members Kallos and Powers is a partnership with the Department of Transportation, Bike New York, Citi Bike operated by Motivate, the East 72nd Street Neighborhood Association, and the New York Police Department’s 17th and 19th Precincts. The program was designed with advice and support from Transportation Alternatives and Streets PAC.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Infrastructure improvements include:</p> <ul> <li>Improving the bike lane on Second Avenue between 68th and 59th streets from shared to partially parking-protected planned for 2019.</li> <li>Providing a pedestrian and bike crossing for the 59th Street Queensboro Bridge planned for 2019.</li> <li>Doubling bike lanes from just First Avenue and 90th &amp; 91st Street pair to include Second Avenue, 70th &amp; 71st Street and 77th &amp; 78th Streets in 2017.</li> <li>Leading pedestrian intervals along York Avenue to give pedestrians a chance to cross before vehicles get the green light in 2016.</li> <li>“Safety neckdowns” have extended the curb and islands have been added at dangerous intersections throughout the Upper East Side, so pedestrians have less distance to cross.</li> </ul> <p><a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/site/nypd/stats/traffic-data/traffic-data-moving.page">NYPD traffic data</a> 17th and 19th precinct report Year to Date (YTD) as of October:</p> <ul> <li>18,134 moving violations issued to vehicles, the violations were issued for infractions such as improper turns, disobeying a traffic control device for red lights, not yielding the right of way to pedestrians among other violations;</li> <li>1,749 summons issued to bicycles mostly for not giving right of way to pedestrians and disobeying a steady red signal; and</li> <li>81 seizures of “e-bikes” with most receiving summonses to appear at ECB/OATH.</li> </ul> <p>For more information on the Bike Safety program visit <a href="https://benkallos.com/bikesafety">BenKallos.com/bikesafety</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>CRIMINAL JUSTICE</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="CityRikers" name="CityRikers"><strong>City Council Votes to Close Rikers Island Jail</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> The City Council made it official in October, voting to close Rikers Island. Now the plan is to replace it with new modern community-based jails and, as <a href="https://patch.com/new-york/new-york-city/nyc-invests-391-million-communities-comprehensive-reforms-criminal-justice">Upper East Side Patch</a> reported, $391 million has been invested in systemic change to end mass incarceration.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/13/opinion/rikers-island-closing.html" target="_blank">The New York Times</a> called for the closing of Riker's over the many injustices that have occurred over the decades in a facility that is no longer considered humane by 21st century standards. The Times also felt that the isolations from family and support networks actually impeded rehabilitation.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/ny-criminal-justice-reform-20190928-jdxqnmjn4rcvdcnxmhj3sqwgvy-story.html" target="_blank">Criminal justice and bail reforms at the state level</a>, New York City now has almost half the people in jail than it did just 5 years ago, and the need for mega-jails has decreased. The City Council vote is the last step in the Uniform Land Use Review Process, clearing the way for the proposed jail sites in at 60 Centre St. in Lower Manhattan, 275 Atlantic Ave. on Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 126-02 82nd Ave. in Kew Gardens, Queens, and 320 Concord Ave. in Mott Haven, the Bronx, by 2026 when Rikers Island is mandated to close.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>WORKING FAMILIES AND JOBS</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="RetirementOpEd" name="RetirementOpEd"><strong>Op-Ed: </strong><strong>All New Yorkers Deserve Retirement Security</strong></a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<img align="right" data-file-id="4937" height="224" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/46d96a66e9a6e9a241f157ce79df52fc-300x224.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 224px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />New Yorkers face the same problem as many Americans: employers do not provide a retirement plan at work. If we don’t address our inadequate retirement system, <a href="https://www.economicpolicyresearch.org/resource-library/research/downward-mobility-in-retirement">2 out of every 5 older American households will fall into poverty or near-poverty when they retire</a> at 62. Along with this human toll, massive downward mobility among the elderly will hurt our economy, cutting demand and jobs while increasing the need for more government and social spending.<br /> <br /> Due to federal inaction, <a href="https://cri.georgetown.edu/states/">43 states</a> (and the city of Seattle) have made various proposals to expand their residents’ access to retirement coverage. New York State is one of 11 that has passed reforms into law.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> That’s why we <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/retirement-security-all-offer-savings-new-york-city-private-sector-workers-moves">introduced legislation</a> that will create a required program for workers in the city. Our plan requires employers with more than five employees to automatically deduct a percentage of their workers’ pay and forward it to city-facilitated not-for-profit IRAs. Such accounts will be individually owned and professionally managed by an independent board. While employers are required to participate, employees maintain the right to change their contribution rates or opt-out of the program.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-all-new-yorkers-deserve-retirement-security-20191003-w76erdi2pbh4tmfjhub54kjqaq-story.html">Read the full op-ed in the New York Daily News.</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="BetterWages" name="BetterWages"><strong>Better Wages for Subcontracted Con Edison Workers</strong></a><br /> <strong><img align="none" data-file-id="7029" height="285" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/7c2fd5f586d6d5f715792953252e2329-600x285.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 600px; height: 285px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /></strong>&nbsp;<br /> <em><a href="http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2019/oct/03/subcontracted-con-edison-cleaners-rally-better-wag/">Rallying with Con Edison</a> subcontractors demanding higher wages and benefits.</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="cityandstate" name="cityandstate"><strong>City and State Procurement Conference</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7033" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/a9191e40d851ad3326da157a9c7c5880-300x225.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />Thank you to City and State for hosting the first-ever government Procurement Conference. As chair of the City Council's Committee on Contracts it is a pleasure to get a chance to talk to attendees about the over $19 billion in contracts that were available for procurement in New York City. We also had the opportunity to discuss best strategies for successfully navigating the procurement process, something that remains difficult and out of reach for many deserving organizations. The event was also a great place to encourage new business partnerships between the city and state level government, prime contractors, and small, minority, service-disabled veteran-owned, and women-owned businesses.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="MWBEFair" name="MWBEFair"><strong>M/WBE Resource Job Fair Thank You</strong></a><br /> <img align="none" data-file-id="7037" height="450" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/a4e0004234d0051ac47f441dbcdea567-600x450.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 450px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> <em>Thank you all the city agencies and to Silicon Harlem for helping us put on a successful job fair for New Yorkers.</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="StandingHousingWorks" name="StandingHousingWorks"><strong>Standing up for Employees at Housing Works&nbsp;</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img data-file-id="7157" height="338" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/0a8ad5f16e8b20724fd666ba05f61511-600x338.png" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 338px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> As the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/29/nyregion/union-housing-works-nyc.html">New York Times</a> reported, employees of the non-profit Housing Works are trying to unionize after years of dealing with low wages, lack of training, being overworked and concerned for their personal safety on the job.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> I joined dozens of protesters at Brooklyn Borough Hall in support of their demands to push the non-profit which is dedicated to helping end homelessness and to ending the aids epidemic, let their negotiate fairly with workers and to let them unionize.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>COMMUNITY</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Civitas" name="Civitas"><strong>CIVITAS Height Forum Proposal</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7153" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/c2dfa6d9737e59c691133ceeb7d50389-300x225.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />I joined<a href="http://civitasnyc.org/live/" target="_blank"> CIVITAS</a> for a Community Conversations Series in October. At this event I had the opportunity to speak to residents and CIVITAS members about the work my office continues to do to fight super-tall towers. CIVITAS presented its new plan for fighting out of context buildings in our district. The proposed C1-9 Zoning Revision to create clear height limits to maintain existing neighborhood character and increase the production of new affordable housing and preserve existing affordable housing. In short the proposal would incentivize the construction of affordable housing by creating a height limit for tower-on-base buildings where developers could only build higher if they were building affordable housing. This would apply in the C1-9 districts along York, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Avenues on the Upper East Side. For more information on the plan visit <a href="http://civitasnyc.org/live/land-use/" target="_blank">CIVITASnyc.org</a>.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="East Harlem" name="East Harlem"><strong>East Harlem Heat &amp; Hot Water Workshop&nbsp;</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> On November 7th from 12pm to 1pm, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House continues its East Harlem Workshop Series. This month, residents are encouraged to attend and learn about heat and hot water regulations ahead of the cold weather season.&nbsp; This workshop will inform tenants of their rights to heat and hot water, how to keep a heat log in the absence of the service, how to report a lack of heat and hot water, and actions tenants can take against their landlords for not providing adequate services. Lenox Hill Neighborhood House will provide indoor thermometers and heat log charts for all attendees. For more information visit <a href="http://www.lenoxhill.org/">LenoxHill.org.</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Domestic" name="Domestic"><strong>Domestic Violence Fundraiser</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7041" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/455bc20686c08347a96e191ee3098deb-300x225.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />October was national domestic violence awareness month. To draw attention to this cause, I attended a fundraiser for The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) and also took park in NYC Go Purple Day. NCADV’s mission is to create a nation in which everyone is safe in their homes, free of harm and of domestic violence; something we can all agree is worthwhile cause. I have continued my legislative efforts to persist against domestic violence rely on Intro 1638, which is still waiting to be passed and to be heard by the Committee of Public Safety. <a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4069513&amp;GUID=2C7497BB-4C5F-4635-9527-7E5720920D6D&amp;Options=Advanced&amp;Search=" target="_blank">Introduction No. 1638</a> will allow New York City to know more about how domestic violence cases are being prosecuted; It will hold District Attorneys more accountable to be specific on several elements of domestic violence cases that are being introduced in the Introduction No. 1638. If you are dealing with through domestic violence please call The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="SeniorHealth" name="SeniorHealth"><strong>Senior Health Fair Thank You</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="none" data-file-id="7045" height="450" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/29dd417c7460134003b6dd43a7d72cba-600x450.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 600px; height: 450px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><em>Speaking to local seniors with my colleague Council Member Keith Powers about the many services city agencies have to help seniors stay healthy.</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="MV4NY" name="MV4NY"><strong>MV4NY Thanksgiving Food Drive</strong></a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/MV4NYTGDRIVE2019 "><img data-file-id="7149" height="300" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/a8f0b628f55135c13c6694ce1cd84792-600x300.png" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 300px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /></a><br /> <br /> MV4NY’s Thanksgiving Food Drive begins on November 2nd. The drive is conducted to benefit the West Side Campaign Against Hunger, the New York Common Pantry, as well as, City Meals On Wheels. Each of the beneficiaries serves a unique need for NYC’s food-insecure communities.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> For more information visit <a href="https://mv4ny.org/">MV4NY.org</a> or make you <a href="https://fs27.formsite.com/MV4NY/xfsbvboxma/index.html?1570664663833">donation</a> at <a href="https://fs27.formsite.com/MV4NY/xfsbvboxma/index.html?1570664663833">bit.ly/MV4NYTGDRIVE2019</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="AwardingDave" name="AwardingDave"><strong>Awarding Proclamation for David Rosenstein&nbsp;</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<img data-file-id="7053" height="400" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/19561915ce385a1c67527ff11f4ced4e-300x400.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 400px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /><br /> <em>Presenting a proclamation to my good friend and longtime Community Board 8 Member David Rosenstein, honoring 50 years of service to the Upper East Side.</em><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="SuttonPlaceParks" name="SuttonPlaceParks"><strong>Sutton Place Parks Conservancy: It's My Park Day</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<img data-file-id="7061" height="777" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/3b5527b09976b72fb5b922ee05a5dfa3-600x777.png" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 600px; height: 777px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> <em>On Saturday, November 9 from 10 am to 1 pm, Sutton Place Parks Conservancy will host It's My Park Day at the 57th Street Sutton Place Park. For more information visit <a href="https://www.suttonplaceparks.org/">www.suttonplaceparks.org</a></em><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Halloween2019" name="Halloween2019"><strong>Halloween Community Events Thank You</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img data-file-id="7109" height="450" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/1ab544edf64716281567aa13fba64fa5-600x450.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 600px; height: 450px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> <em>Thank you to everyone who joined me at the Halloween events across town in October, including Asphalt Screams, the Carl Schurz Park Halloween Howl, the Carnegie Hill Neighbors Halloween Spooktacular, and more.&nbsp;</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>IN THE NEWS</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="NYDN1" name="NYDN1"><strong>New York Daily News</strong></a><strong><img align="right" data-file-id="1569" height="19" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/874430afca8bdc4ff5258d9e728abe9e-200x19.png" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 200px; height: 19px; margin: 0px;" width="200" /></strong><a name="NYDN1"></a><br /> <a href="https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-campaign-finance-loophole-people-with-city-business-despite-limits-20191014-qnrleksfbfdwhnyxejgpmnn7cu-story.html">Loophole allows people with city business to shower thousands on candidates despite contribution limits</a>&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;“There is no question that someone doing business with the city is only going to bundle because they think it will help their bottom line,...hopefully that disincentives this behavior,” said Council Member Ben Kallos.&nbsp;<em>October 14th, 2019.</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><a id="CityLimits" name="CityLimits">City Limits</a><img align="right" data-file-id="7069" height="53" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/d78264d2094d2001e73f7011167e227e-200x53.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 200px; height: 53px; margin: 0px;" width="200" /></strong><br /> <a href="https://citylimits.org/2019/10/09/city-campaign-finance-system-charts-path-and-highlights-challenges-for-state-reform/">City Campaign Finance System Charts Path—and Highlights Challenges—for State Reform</a><br /> <em>October 9th, 2019.</em><br /> <br /> <a id="CityandState" name="CityandState"><strong>City and State</strong></a><br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="7073" height="123" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/e838ef7a7765861eee425234dece0eb3-300x123.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 123px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></strong><a href="https://www.cityandstateny.com/articles/politics/new-york-city/are-business-improvement-districts-the-future-of-nyc.html">Are business improvement districts the future of NYC?</a>&nbsp;<br /> “As we have tried to reach out to businesses and landlords to sign on and support the business improvement district, we have so many LLCs, corporations and big-box stores that there is no there there. I have been in situations when I am calling pension funds from other states that own property in my district, and I have to talk to a state comptroller to see if they will sign off on our BID, and there is something wrong with that, Kallos said.&nbsp;<em>October 7th, 2019.</em><br /> <br /> <a id="nydn2" name="nydn2"><strong>New York Daily News</strong></a><strong><img align="right" data-file-id="1569" height="19" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/874430afca8bdc4ff5258d9e728abe9e-200x19.png" style="border: 0px ; width: 200px; height: 19px; margin: 0px;" width="200" /></strong><br /> <a href="https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-school-bus-stop-arm-cameras-long-island-kallos-letter-20191021-2nyme7qx55g6xivg5snnuglndu-story.html">Advocates call on Long Island school officials to embrace bus stop arm cameras</a><br /> “City Council member Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) has proposed a bill that would allow the city to opt-in and institute the safety measure in the five boroughs. The idea is gaining momentum as lawmakers plan a hearing on the issue within the next month.” – Denis Slattery of New York Daily News. <em>October 22, 2019.</em><br /> <br /> <a id="realdeal" name="realdeal"><strong>The Real Deal</strong></a><strong><img align="right" data-file-id="7077" height="112" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/c2835fba428e396b2b63bdb95b2c3460-200x112.png" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 200px; height: 112px; margin: 0px;" width="200" /></strong><a name="realdeal"></a><br /> <a href="https://therealdeal.com/2019/10/21/nyc-lawmakers-to-fix-property-taxes-in-2030/">NYC lawmakers to fix property taxes … in 2030?</a>&nbsp;<br /> “Last week, Helen Rosenthal and Ben Kallos introduced a bill mandating evaluation of the system in 2030. The idea is to prevent it from becoming warped over time, as has occurred since the last major change was made four decades ago.” – Erin Hudson of The Real Deal.&nbsp;<em>October 22, 2019.</em><br /> <br /> <a id="Habitat" name="Habitat"><strong>Habitat </strong></a><img align="right" data-file-id="7081" height="75" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/e09b0178cfaff6884834453d5bcc20ef-200x75.png" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 200px; height: 75px; margin: 0px;" width="200" /><a name="Habitat"></a><br /> <a href="https://www.habitatmag.com/Publication-Content/Legal-Financial/2019/2019-October/Re-evaluating-New-York-City-Property-Taxes">A New Way to Level the City’s Lopsided Property Tax System</a>&nbsp;<br /> City council members Helen Rosenthal and Ben Kallos, both Manhattan Democrats, have introduced a bill to require the periodic reviews as a way of preventing the system from becoming warped over time, as has happened since the last major changes were made four decades ago.“ – Editorial Board of Habitat.&nbsp;<em>October 25, 2019.</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>EVENTS FUNDED BY MY OFFICE&nbsp;</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="JewishMuseum" name="JewishMuseum"><strong>Jewish Museum Family Day Festival</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7113" height="114" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/b3e5cbfc068ace03c5df4a64a53f9b1a-200x114.png" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 200px; height: 114px; margin: 0px;" width="200" />Sponsored by my office, Family Day at the Jewish Museum is a day for educational enrichment for all ages. Discover masterworks of Georgia O’Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, Ben Shahn and other notable artists collected by art dealer <a href="https://thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions/edith-halpert-and-the-rise-of-american-art">Edith Halpert</a> at this family extravaganza. Collage a pop-up cityscape, sculpt a playful figure, paint a colorful still life in our art studio, hear the jazz age stylings of Grammy Winner <a href="https://www.lucykalantari.com/">Lucy Kalantari and the Jazz Cats</a>, collaborate on a giant work of art, participate in a gallery tour, and more. For more information visit <a href="https://thejewishmuseum.org/">Thejewishmuseum.org/</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="color:#000000"><strong>RESOURCES</strong></span><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="FreshFood" name="FreshFood"><strong>Fresh Food Box Last Month for 2019</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="6453" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/188cc5b8d7642450f8963c2c406ecec5-300x225.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />It is important that every New Yorker has access to fresh produce to maintain a healthy lifestyle. That is why my office continues to be a Fresh Food Box site every week. The program accepts various alternative payment methods including EBT/SNAP, Health Bucks, Greenmarket Bucks, Green Checks, Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons, and Women, Infants, and Children coupons.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Pickup and order days are every Thursdays from 3:30pm to 6:30pm. See our full schedule Fresh Food Box at <a href="https://benkallos.com/events">BenKallos.com/events</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <span style="color:#000000"><strong>Thursday, November 14th will be the last day to put in a Fresh Food Box order, and Thursday November 21 will be the final pickup. </strong></span>The program will resume at our office next spring.<br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="TADA" name="TADA"><span style="color:#000000"><strong>TADA! Theater Program Sign Up</strong></span></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="7141" height="300" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/ba4ebb5c54b7f6c6673abd37d1190029-300x300.png" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 300px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></strong>TADA! is a nonprofit arts organization that has provided musical theater programming to children of different ages and backgrounds for 35 years. <a href="http://www.tadatheater.com/about/history-mission">Read about their mission and history.</a> Registration for Winter and Spring Break Camps is now open. Sign up at <a href="https://www.tadatheater.com/">tadatheater.com/</a> or email <a href="mailto:education@tadatheater.com">education@tadatheater.com</a>.&nbsp;<br /> For all other questions or inquiries please call 212.252.1619 x5 or email Boxoffice@tadatheater.com.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Volunteer" name="Volunteer"><strong>Volunteer Lawyers for Veterans</strong></a><img data-file-id="7117" height="652" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/67472313d37b574b75ad8d80b55f16ee-500x652.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 500px; height: 652px; margin: 0px;" width="500" /><br /> <br /> The Volunteer Lawyers for Veterans 2019 Veterans Day Clinic, which will take place at Fordham Law School on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019. There will be know-your-rights presentations and one-on-one consultations with attorneys for veterans, military members, and their families.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> To register for the Veterans Day Clinic, go to <a href="http://law.fordham.edu/VeteransDayLegalClinic19">law.fordham.edu/VeteransDayLegalClinic19</a>,&nbsp;<br /> call 646-312-8725, or email <a href="mailto:vlvcoordinator@fordham.edu">vlvcoordinator@fordham.edu</a>.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="2020Census" name="2020Census"><strong>2020 Census Jobs Opportunity&nbsp;</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<img data-file-id="7125" height="780" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/8a3a05f7a4bffd55372b218ffeccf698-600x780.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 600px; height: 780px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> The Census Bureau is HIRING NOW for 2020 Census jobs in New York City! Apply now to make up to <strong>$27.50/hour</strong> and help New Yorkers get counted!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Census Bureau needs to recruit 40,000 people in New York City to conduct the 2020 Census in the Spring, and it is essential that these jobs go to New Yorkers who reflect their communities<strong>.</strong> Positions include Census taker, recruiting assistant, office clerk, and office supervisor positions and will pay <strong>$20-27.50/hour </strong>based on position. The field positions are part-time and have flexible hours. Paid training is provided, no prior skills are necessary, and a 2020 Census job could be an excellent entry point to a career with the Census Bureau. It is crucial that these important jobs go to New Yorkers who reflect their communities. Apply now to be part of the largest field operation!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> To apply for professional and managerial positions, go to <a href="https://www.usajobs.gov/">USAJOBS.gov</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="DOROT" name="DOROT"><strong>DOROT’s Thanksgiving Meal Delivery</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<img align="right" data-file-id="7129" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/e76b2e2d833470a538f4c8d9a0de2666-200x200.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 200px; height: 200px; margin: 0px;" width="200" /><br /> DOROT, a nonprofit organization focused on alleviating the social isolation of older adults will be hosting our annual Thanksgiving Meal Delivery on Sunday, November 24th. Volunteers will attend a brief orientation on the Upper West Side and then will be given a package and the address of the older adult with whom they will be having a 1-hour friendly visit. This experience is truly meaningful for the older adults we serve as well as the volunteers that join us.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> To register for this program, individuals should visit: <a href="http://www.dorotusa.org/thanksgiving">dorotusa.org/thanksgiving</a> and complete the registration form by November 18th. To register a group, please contact me at <a href="mailto:sstahl@dorotusa.org">sstahl@dorotusa.org</a> for more information. DOROT's Thanksgiving Meal will take place on Sunday, November 24th at 10am.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="ComputerScience" name="ComputerScience"><strong>The Computer Science Co-Op Program at City College</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<img align="right" data-file-id="7133" height="120" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/281829bfaebc5f30462ef20c6255fd0a-200x120.png" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 200px; height: 120px; margin: 0px;" width="200" /><br /> The Computer Science Co-Op Program at the City College of New York is a two-semester-long program designed to deliver qualified tech talent to local employers and short-term professional opportunities to competitive NYC undergraduates.&nbsp; A partnership between the <a href="https://ccny-csm.symplicity.com/track/ca995e8b7243721292d7c1ca0e8b0c01/143410330/realurl=https:/urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.techtalentpipeline.nyc_&amp;d=DwMFAg&amp;c=4NmamNZG3KTnUCoC6InoLJ6KV1tbVKrkZXHRwtIMGmo&amp;r=NPx6Z7BKw4QCybuCNXqDb82oB6QPHXd0riijCteYY54&amp;m=y5_3964CU2C7l6HFW-Xyh70tpwVYGLvgMPpv0ZI8ivM&amp;s=FtrTZ_VJbhF7RdnQUbC4MjgcK1RsJyUGVZMnIc5aKXs&amp;e=">NYC Tech Talent Pipeline</a> and the university gathers valuable feedback from host businesses to better align tech education with the workforce needs of NYC employers.<br /> Co-Op internship placements will start at the beginning of the spring semester and continue through the summer for a total of approximately 6 months. &nbsp; At no cost to the employer, the student will work 15 - 19 hours per week during the spring semester when the hourly wage is subsidized by NYC Tech Talent Pipeline from February 3rd till May 29th (17 weeks). After May 29th, the student will then transition to full-time hours at 35 hours a week and the employer will be responsible for compensating the hours at the rate of $18 per hour, from June 1st until the end of the summer term, August 7th.<br /> <br /> Please visit <a href="https://ccny-csm.symplicity.com/track/ca995e8b7243721292d7c1ca0e8b0c01/143410330/realurl=https:/www.ccny.cuny.edu/cpdi/computer-science-co-op-program-ccny">https://</a><a href="https://ccny-csm.symplicity.com/track/ca995e8b7243721292d7c1ca0e8b0c01/143410330/realurl=http:/www.ccny.cuny.edu/cpdi/computer-science-co-op-program-ccny">www.ccny.cuny.edu/cpdi/computer-science-co-op-program-ccny</a> for more information and submit your information to express your interest in hosting a computer science student. A CPDI representative will then follow up with you to schedule a phone appointment&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Roosevelt" name="Roosevelt"><strong>Roosevelt Island Pumpkin Smash</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7093" height="389" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/7a4c3e878047f3607990497ced6fdcee-300x389.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 389px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />Don't let your pumpkins haunt the landfill!&nbsp; Grab your mushy pumpkin and reusable water bottle and join partner NYC Ferry and local Roosevelt Island groups for a smashing good time plus a chance to win one 30-day NYC Ferry Pass.&nbsp; Partner NYC Compost Hosted by Big Reuse will collect all pumpkin bits and process them locally into compost to amend NYC soil.&nbsp; Come enjoy refreshments sponsored by NYC Ferry, storytime with NYPL's Ms. Jen, the leaf crunch pile and more fun activities while we keep organic food scraps out of landfills.<br /> <br /> Roosevelt Island Pumpkin Smash<br /> Saturday, November 2nd, 11am - 2pm<br /> Manhattan Park Lower Lawn between buildings #20 &amp; #30 River Road, Roosevelt Island.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="StopnSwap" name="StopnSwap"><strong>Stop ‘N Swap on Roosevelt Island</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<img align="right" data-file-id="7089" height="390" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/3ee873f52e949912903e07285a57e591-300x390.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 390px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /><br /> Bring good quality items such as clothing, toys, kitchen items, flatscreen televisions, even packaged food that has not expired (see flyer for details), and take items that are “new-to-you” home for free at the Roosevelt Island Community Stop N' SWAP. You don't need to drop an item to take an item, all items are free! GrowNYC and local partners RIOC, Manhattan Park, iDig2Learn, RIGC &amp; Girl Scouts host the free Stop N’ Swap so that good quality items find a home rather than adding waste to the landfill. Gristedes will be donated reusable bags and dry goods and the RI Garden Club will host a plant swap table (no cuttings please). This event is good for our neighborhoods and our wallets and just in time for the holiday giving season. Fun Fact: In 2018, 4800 pounds of good quality items were dropped in 3 hours and nearly 70% went right back to the community, the remaining was donated to Goodwill.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Stop ‘N Swap on Roosevelt Island&nbsp;<br /> Saturday November 9th<br /> Noon to 3pm<br /> Manhattan Park Theatre Club, 8 River Road<br /> Roosevelt Island<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="ZeroWaste" name="ZeroWaste"><strong>Zero Waste NYC Workshop for Roosevelt Islanders</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7137" height="150" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/bd8258ea9265c8827cbf1a8c8e3a7bea-300x150.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 150px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />Learn how to avoid single-use plastic, cut down on food waste, where and how to shop in New York City, and so much more.<br /> <br /> An Opportunity Grant from Cornell University’s Office of Engagement Initiatives funded this<br /> community-engaged workshop as part of an on-going effort to support sustainability and environmental practices on Roosevelt Island. RSVP at <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/engaged-roosevelt-island-getting-to-zero-waste-in-your-daily-life-tickets-78072331445">Engaged Roosevelt Island: Getting to Zero Waste in Your Daily</a><br /> <br /> Thursday, November 14th<br /> 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.<br /> Cornell Tech Campus<br /> Tata Innovation Center<br /> 11 East Loop Road<br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="learn2file" name="learn2file"><strong>Learn to File The Right Tax Withheld Amount for 2019</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="7097" height="748" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/4cdf9c4cfc8775a89bebd0e6d484e85f-300x748.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 748px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />Everyone should check their federal income tax withholding regularly to avoid an unexpected tax bill or penalty with next year’s return.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> It’s especially important to check now if you:</p> <ul> <li>Had a large tax refund or tax bill the last time you filed</li> <li>Are a two-income family</li> <li>Have two or more jobs at the same time</li> <li>Work a seasonal job or only work part of the year</li> <li>Claim the child tax credit</li> <li>Have dependents age 17 or older</li> <li>Previously itemized your deductions</li> <li>Have high income or a complex tax return</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;Get ahead on managing your paycheck tax returns and find the number of allowances you should claim on your Form W-4 with the Withholding Calculator on the IRS website at <a href="https://www.irs.gov/paycheck-checkup">irs.gov/paycheck-checkup</a>.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>OFFICE UPDATES</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="FreeLegal" name="FreeLegal"><strong>Free Legal Clinics</strong></a><br /> <br /> Need a lawyer? Every month I sponsor legal clinics where you can get free legal advice in my District Office at 244 East 93rd Street from 3pm-6pm:</p> <ul> <li><strong>General Civil Law</strong>, 3rd Tuesday</li> <li><strong>Life Planning Clinic</strong>, 3rd Wednesday</li> <li><strong>Family Law and Domestic Violence</strong>, 1st Tuesday</li> <li><strong>Housing Clinics</strong>, Every Monday and 1st Wednesday</li> </ul> <p>Please call my office at 212-860-1950 in advance to schedule your appointment.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="HeretoHelp" name="HeretoHelp"><strong>Here to Help</strong></a><br /> <br /> We are here to help. My social work team can help you find out what services you are eligible for and assist you in your application. Some examples include:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Seniors: </strong>Medicare savings, Meals-on-Wheels, Access-A-Ride</li> <li><strong>Housing: </strong>searching for affordable units, free legal housing clinic at my office</li> <li><strong>Job Resources: </strong>training resources and assistance, unemployment benefits</li> <li><strong>Families: </strong>Universal Pre-K, Head Start, After-School programs</li> <li><strong>Finances:</strong> cash assistance, tax credits, home energy assistance</li> <li><strong>Nutrition: </strong>WIC, free meals for all ages</li> </ul> <p><strong>Please also call us at 212-860-1950 or email us at bkallos@benkallos.com with any unresolved 311 complaints</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="MobileDistrict" name="MobileDistrict"><strong>Mobile District Hours</strong></a><br /> <br /> Get assistance wherever in the district you are when we bring our office to you. Please join us at monthly mobile district hours from 11am–2pm:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.isaacscenter.org/">Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center</a>, 415 East 93rd Street, 2nd Tuesday (11-2pm)</li> <li><a href="https://www.nypl.org/locations/webster">Webster Library</a>, 1465 York Ave &amp; 3rd East 78th Street, 3rd Wednesday (11-1pm)</li> <li><a href="http://www.carterburdennetwork.org/risc">Roosevelt Island Senior Center</a>, 546 Main Street, 4th Wednesday NEW (11-2pm)</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;<br /> <a id="BeninyourBuilding" name="BeninyourBuilding"><strong>Ben in Your Building</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> The "Ben in Your Building Program" is a chance to discuss issues of importance to you and your neighbors in person. Please consider inviting me to your cooperative or condominium annual meeting or tenant’s association meeting, and I will be happy to join you. Over the past year, I have visited several buildings to discuss matters of importance in the neighborhood, including street furniture, road conditions, homeless outreach, and sanitation issues. Please schedule a "Ben in Your Building" today by calling 212-860-1950 or email <a href="mailto:Scheduler@BenKallos.com">Scheduler@BenKallos.com</a>.<br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="HOMELESS" name="HOMELESS"><strong>Help the Homeless</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="6833" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/5407956659a9146bc4464de7eed84e36-200x200.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 200px; height: 200px; margin: 0px;" width="200" />Homelessness continues to rise with 21,766&nbsp;children, 12,213&nbsp;family members, 4,598&nbsp;single women, and 12,116&nbsp;single men in our shelters, and more than 3,675&nbsp;people on the streets. I launched the&nbsp;<a href="http://benkallos.com/press-release/eastside-taskforce-homeless-launched">Eastside Taskforce for Homeless Outreach and Services (ETHOS</a>) with Borough President Brewer, Senator Krueger, Council Member Garodnick,&nbsp;<a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/site/dhs/index.page" target="_blank">Department of Social Services</a>&nbsp;(DSS), community and faith leaders and service organizations. We’ve already been able to help a chronically homeless individual in the community who we believe had long been suffering from mental illness, after a resident was willing to come forward working with me, the 19th Precinct, the District Attorney and DSS to get them the help they needed. We hope to get every unsheltered person living on the street the help they need. If you see one of our City’s most vulnerable on the street, please call 311 or use the&nbsp;<a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/connect/applications.page" target="_blank">NYC 311 App</a>&nbsp;(<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.nyc.doitt.ThreeOneOne" target="_blank">Android</a>/<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nyc-311/id324897619?mt=8" target="_blank">iPhone</a>) to ask them to dispatch a “homeless outreach team.” They will ask where you saw the person, what they looked like, and offer report on whether the person accepts our city’s offer of shelter, three meals a day, health care, rehabilitation, and job training. By connecting our dedicated nonprofits and religious institutions with city services, ETHOS is really making a difference.</p> <p>The Taskforce includes:</p> <p><strong>City Agencies:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Department of Homeless Services (DHS)</li> <li>Human Resources Administration (HRA)</li> </ul> <p><strong>Churches:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Church of the Epiphany</li> <li>Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church</li> <li>Holy Trinity Neighborhood Center</li> <li>Jan Hus Presbyterian Church</li> <li>Madison Avenue Presbyterian</li> <li>St. James' Church</li> </ul> <p><strong>Synagogues:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Congregation Or Zarua</li> <li>Temple Emanu-El</li> <li>Temple Shaaray Tefila</li> </ul> <p><strong>Non-Profits:</strong></p> <ul> <li>NewYork-Presbyterian</li> <li>Lenox Hill Neighborhood House</li> <li>Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter</li> <li>New York Common Pantry</li> <li>Goddard Riverside (Manhattan Outreach Consortium)</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;<br /> <a id="CommunityBoards" name="CommunityBoards"><strong>Community Boards&nbsp;</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/13: Community Board 6 Full Board Meeting</strong><br /> <em>7:00pm, 433 1st Avenue (NYU School of Dentistry), Room 220&nbsp;</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/19: Community Board 11 Full Board Meeting</strong><br /> <em>&nbsp;6:30 am- 8:30 pm, </em><em>Henry J. Carter Specialty Hospital &amp; Nursing Facility</em><br /> <em>1752 Park Ave, New York, NY 10035</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/20</strong>: <strong>Community Board 8 Full Board &amp; Land Use Meeting</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, New York Blood Center, Auditorium 310 East 67th Street (first-second)&nbsp;</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="nypd" name="nypd"><strong>NYPD Events</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/4: 19th Precinct Community Council</strong><br /> <em>7:00pm-8:00pm, 19th Precinct Station House, 153 E. 67th Street</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/26: 17th Precinct Community Council&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm-7:00pm, Sutton Place Synagogue, 225 E. 51st Street</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/27: 23rd Precinct Community Council</strong><br /> <em>6:00pm-7:00pm, 23rd Precinct Station House, 164 E. 102nd Street</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="neighborhoodassociation" name="neighborhoodassociation"><strong>Neighborhood and Tenant Associations</strong><br /> &nbsp;</a><br /> <strong>First Wednesday, 11/6: Roosevelt Island Residents Association Common Council Meeting</strong><br /> <em>8:00 pm-10:00 pm, Good Shepherd (Downstairs), 543 Main Street</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Second Wednesday, 11/13: Lexington Houses Tenant Association</strong><br /> <em>6:00pm, 1539 Lexington Avenue</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Second Tuesday, 11/12: Stanley Isaacs Tenant Associations</strong><br /> <em>7:00 pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, 415 East 93rd Street</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Third Tuesday, 11/19: Holmes Towers Tenant Association</strong><br /> <em>7:00 pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, 415 East 93rd Street</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="eventsforadults" name="eventsforadults"><strong>Events for Adults</strong></a><br /> <strong>11/1, 11/8 11/15, 11/22: Movement Speaks with Dances for a Variable Population</strong><br /> <em>10:30 a.m. - 12 pm, Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Join us celebrating moving in strong and creative ways! From September 2019 - December 2019, Naomi and company will lead seniors on the Upper East Side in a series of dance fitness classes for older adults of all ages and abilities.<br /> (NO CLASS ON THE 29TH)<br /> Program is free for more information call 347-683-2691<br /> &nbsp;Attendance at all sessions is recommended but not required.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/2: Design a Flower Centerpiece</strong><br /> <em>12:00pm Webster Library</em><br /> Want to design your own flower centerpiece? Join us at the Webster Library!<br /> Webster has teamed up with Uprooted Flower Truck to bring you this fun, creative workshop.<br /> You’ll learn about different flowers, tips and tricks for design, and take home your own hint of spring! Space is limited!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/2: </strong><strong>How to Start a Business and How SBA Can Help You</strong><br /> <em>2:00pm Yorkville Library, Meeting Room</em><br /> The Small Business Administration (SBA) has helped thousands of startups get off the ground and grow with advice and with the necessary information and resources they need. In this program, Man-Li Lin, an Economic Development Specialist with the SBA, will present how to start your own business and explain the resources that the SBA can provide to assist you.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/4, 11/16, 11/25: Yorkville Writing Circle</strong><br /> <em>11/4 &amp; 11/25 5:15-6:45, 11/16 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Yorkville Library, Meeting Room</em><br /> Want to meet local writers? Commit to a writing schedule? Practice your craft<br /> through writing prompts? Read original work to get and give feedback? Then come to the biweekly meetings of the Yorkville Writing Circle! Writers of all genres and styles, at all levels, are welcome to participate. No sign-ups required.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/4: Start Your Day with Art: Paint a Cozy Mug</strong><br /> <em>11:30 a.m. Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Visit the Webster Library for a relaxing morning of creative expression. We'll be jazzing up some cozy mugs - all supplies provided! Join us and take home a piece of art.<br /> First come, first served. No registration required.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/4: Mystery Mondays&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>&nbsp;4:00 - 5:00 pm Webster Library</em><br /> Please Join us on November 4 to discuss The Black Ascot by Charles Todd “An absolute winner! The Black Ascot delivers everything we’ve come to love about an Ian Rutledge novel.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/5, 11/12, 11/19: Word Processing</strong><br /> <em>&nbsp;3:00-5:00 PM 96th Street Library</em><br /> Learn the basic features of Microsoft Word 2010, a word processing program you can use to create documents. Topics include: entering and editing text, saving files, and various formatting options. This is a comprehensive course, so please make sure you can attend all sessions. <a href="https://www.nypl.org/locations/96th-street">Call 212-289-0908 to register.</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/5: BYOP (Bring Your Own Poem)</strong><br /> <em>&nbsp;4:00 pm, Roosevelt Island Library</em><br /> Bring a poem you love and one you've written to the<br /> library for a workshop in which we'll discuss each other's<br /> poems and suggest ways to make them more awesome<br /> than they are already.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>&nbsp;11/5, 11/19: Webster Writing Circle</strong><br /> <em>6:00 pm, Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Let your stories unfold! Join Webster for an exploration in creativity. This writing circle is informal in style and structure: there is no experience necessary. We’ll spend time writing and talking about what we have written. There's no registration or sign up required. Meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6 PM<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26: We Speak NYC</strong><br /> <em>11:30 am-1:00 pm Webster Library 1465 York&nbsp; Ave&nbsp;</em><br /> We Speak NYC (formerly We Are New York) is an Emmy Award-winning TV show created to help people practiceEnglish.&nbsp; Each story is about everyday situations, like going to the doctor or talking with a child;s teacher.&nbsp; The characters speak slowly and clearly. Adult learners will have the opportunity to learn English by watching We Speak NYC videos and discussing them with other adults from around the world.&nbsp; The program works best for people who speak some English<br /> and want to practice. &nbsp; *This is a conversation class.*<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/6: Webster @ the Movies: Carrie</strong><br /> <em>11:15 a.m. Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Webster’s @ The Movies Presents: Carrie Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 11:15 a.m. In this chilling adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel, withdrawn and sensitive teen Carrie White (Sissy Spacek) faces taunting from classmates at school and abuse from her fanatically pious mother (Piper Laurie) at home.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/6, 11/13, 11/20: Learn To Play Chess For Adults</strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm Webster Library</em><br /> Learn to play the most popular game ever: A game of strategy and problem solving. Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced player you can learn the strategies that will make you a better chess player. Best part of all CHESS IS FUN!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/6: Author Talk: Alexander Veytsman</strong><br /> <em>5:30 pm Yorkville Library, Meeting Room</em><br /> Please join us as the Russian American Cultural Center presents an author talk by Alexander Veytsman.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/7,</strong> <strong>Film - A RIN TIN TIN DOUBLE FEATURE&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm, 96th Street Library</em><br /> Where the North Begins (1923)<br /> As a pup, Rinty is lost while crossing Alaska and is adopted by a wolf pack. As a grown "wolf-dog" Rinty rescues McGrail who has been waylaid while carrying furs and abandoned for dead.<br /> Clash of the Wolves (1925)<br /> A fire in the mountains drives a wolf pack, led by Lobo (Rinty), into the desert where they terrorize residents. ADMISSION FREE<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/7: 96th Street Library Book Discussion: If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>&nbsp;6:00 - 7:00pm 96th Street Library</em><br /> Please join us for our November 2019 book discussion. We will be reading If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin. Copies are available at the 96th Street Library one month before the book discussion.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/9: Music - Bellini's I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI recital by New York Opera Forum</strong><br /> <em>&nbsp;1:00 - 4:00pm 96th Street Library</em><br /> Presented by the New York Opera Forum<br /> New York Opera Forum performs the complete opera of I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI by Vincenzo Bellini. A live musical recital performed in concert with piano accompaniment.<br /> The musical program is co sponsored with <a href="http://nyoperaforum.com/">New York Opera Forum </a>which was founded by Richard Nechamkin in 1983 to give classically trained singers the opportunity to learn and perform standard operatic repertoire in the original languages. ADMISSION FREE<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/ 9, 11/16, 11/ 23, 11/30: Computer Tutoring Sessions</strong><br /> <em>12:00 noon Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Join us for an one-on-one tutoring sessions! Our computer tutors can help you with everything from learning how to use a mouse, formatting a resume, setting up an email address, posting photos on the internet, starting a blog, using Microsoft Office, and more.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/ 9: Business Plan Writing</strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm Yorkville Library, Meeting Room</em><br /> Are you interested in starting a business? Creating a business plan is one of the most important steps you will take because the plan serves as your road map for the early years of your business. SBA's Business Plan Writing workshop provides you with a step-by-step guide to help you get started.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/10: ACC Mobile Adoption Event - Petco Turtle Bay</strong><br /> <em>12:00 - 4:00pm, Petco Turtle Bay, 991 2nd Ave</em><br /> ACC’s Mobile Adoption Center will be at Petco Turtle Bay with great cats and dogs looking for loving homes! Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) adoptions include vaccinations, spay/neuter, a pre-registered microchip, an identification tag, a collar and a certificate for a free initial exam at a participating veterinarian.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/12: Poem Revision&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>4:00 pm, Roosevelt Island Library</em><br /> It's a blast from the past! Join us to share your revised poems and we'll discuss them, and trace their journey from start to revision to finish.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/13: Volunteers of Legal Service - Elderly Project Clinic @ Carter Burden Network</strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm, Carter Burden Network - 415 East 73rd Street (bet. 1st and York Ave)&nbsp;</em><br /> The Elderly Project staff and pro bono attorneys provide free legal advice, information, document drafting, and other brief services to low-income New York City residents aged 60 and over, and to the social workers and advocates who assist them. These services include direct counseling on critical issues involving housing, government benefits, and consumer debt, and the drafting and execution of wills, powers of attorney, and other essential life-planning documents.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/ 13, 11/27: The Art of the Short Story with Renee Trainer</strong><br /> <em>5:30 pm - 6:45 pm Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> If you're a reader and thought you might like to try your hand at short story writing but just don't know how to get started, this course will help!<br /> Local author Renee Trainer will take you through the entire process…preparing your mind, getting ideas on paper, and help you through the editing process. You'll learn new writing skills and techniques, and find new ways to express yourself. No registration is required, and all are welcome.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/13, 11/20, 11/27: Balance Training with Peggy Levine, Once a week</strong><br /> <em>4:15PM-5:15PM, NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital, Thayer B Conference room&nbsp;</em><br /> The event is free of cost. For additional information Please call 212-932-5844 to join.&nbsp;<br /> This class will focus on Aerobic exercise that are low impact, meaning the exercises will be low impact and gentle, and will have minimal stress on the muscles and joints.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/14: Film - JEWEL ROBBERY (1932); &amp; MIN AND BILL (1930)</strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm 96th Street Library</em><br /> Jewel Robbery (1932): A gentleman thief charms a Viennese baron's wife and also conducts a daring daylight robbery of jewels.<br /> Min and Bill (1930): With the help of Bill, a younger man working for her, the elderly Min has kept a girl whose mother left her years ago. ADMISSION FREE&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/15: Volunteers of Legal Service - Elderly Project Clinic @ Stanley Isaacs Senior Center</strong><br /> <em>10:00 am, Stanley Isaacs Senior Center - 415 E 93rd Street (east of 1st Ave)&nbsp;</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/16: Music From China Performs Masterpieces of Erhu and Pipa Music</strong><br /> <em>&nbsp;2:00 pm, Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Masterpieces of Erhu and Pipa Music Wang Guowei, erhu; Sun Li, pipa The duo of Wang Guowei and Sun Li performs music of the erhu and pipa, two of the most iconic and virtuosic Chinese instruments.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/16: Organic Gardening Workshop: Winterizing Your Garden &amp; Planning Next Year’s Garden Layout</strong><br /> <em>12:00 noon, Roosevelt Island Library</em><br /> Join us for FREE Monthly Workshops on Organic Gardening. This workshop will show how to winterize your garden through mulching. We will also review the different types of mulch: bark chips, leaves, straw, pebbles and/or compost. We will also review processes on how to put your garden to sleep; whether or not to prune, and how to decide what to plant the following year.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/16: Marketing Strategies and Building a Blog for Your Business</strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm, Yorkville Library, Meeting Room</em><br /> Join Small Business Administration Economic Development Specialist Man-Li Lin to learn marketing strategies and how to build a blog for your business.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/ 18: Coffee &amp; Connections</strong><br /> <em>11:30 a.m., Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Coffee &amp; Connections Support for those who are experiencing homelessness or who know someone who is homeless. New York has many great resources and services for people experiencing homelessness but it can be challenging to gain access to them.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Elderly Project staff and pro bono attorneys provide free legal advice, information, document drafting, and other brief services to low-income New York City residents aged 60 and over, and to the social workers and advocates who assist them. These services include direct counseling on critical issues involving housing, government benefits, and consumer debt, and the drafting and execution of wills, powers of attorney, and other essential life-planning documents.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/18: Author Talk: Maxim D. Shrayer</strong><br /> <em>5:30 pm, Yorkville Library, Meeting Room</em><br /> Please join us as the Russian American Cultural Center presents a reading by Maxim D. Shrayer, internationally acclaimed author of the memoirs Waiting for America and Leaving Russia and of the story collection Yom Kippur in Amsterdam. Shrayer’s new book of fiction, A Russian Immigrant: Three Novellas, explores the lives of immigrants from Russia and the former USSR.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>&nbsp;11/19: Found Object Poetry&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>&nbsp;4:00 pm, Roosevelt Island Library</em><br /> Join us at the library to experience writing poems in a new<br /> and exciting way. You'll find various objects set up in the<br /> library that will serve as the subjects of your amazing<br /> poetry that you'll write on the spot.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/ 20: Mobile Hours with NYC Council Member Ben Kallos</strong><br /> <em>&nbsp;11:00 a.m., Webster Library</em><br /> Join a representative from Council Member Ben Kallos's office to discuss important neighborhood topics. This is your opportunity to speak with local officials without leaving your neighborhood.<br /> 3rd Wednesday of Every Month, 11 AM – 1:30 PM<br /> Registration is recommended but not required: <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/mobile-hours-webster-library">https://benkallos.com/event/mobile-hours-webster-library</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/20: Webster @ the Movies: Network</strong><br /> <em>11:15 a.m. Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Webster’s @ The Movies Presents: Network Wednesday, November 20th @ 11:15AM In this lauded satire, veteran news anchorman Howard Beale (Peter Finch) discovers that he's being put out to pasture, and he's none too happy about it.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/21: New York City Council Member Keith Powers Mobile Office Hours</strong><br /> <em>12:00 - 2:00 pm Yorkville Library</em><br /> Talk about the issue in the district you care about with Council Member Keith Powers' office, and work toward solutions. RSVP: <a href="mailto:kpowers@council.nyc.gov">kpowers@council.nyc.gov</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>&nbsp;11/21:</strong> <strong>Reel Classics: Citizen Kane</strong><br /> <em>4:00 pm Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Webster Library Presents: Citizen Kane Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/23: Webster @ the Movies: Men in Black: International</strong><br /> <em>&nbsp;2:00 pm ,Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Webster’s @ The Movies Presents: Men in Black: International Saturday, November 23th @ 2PM The Men in Black have expanded to cover the globe but so have the villains of the universe. To keep everyone safe, decorated Agent H and determined rookie M join forces -- an unlikely pairing that just might work. When aliens that can take the form of any human arrive on Earth, H and M embark on a globe-trotting adventure to save the agency and ultimately the world from their mischievous plans.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/27: Webster @ the Movies: A Clockwork Orange</strong><br /> <em>11:15 a.m. Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Webster’s @ The Movies Presents: A Clockwork Orange Wednesday, November 27th @ 11:15AM In an England of the future, Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his "Droogs" spend their nights getting high at the Korova Milkbar before embarking on "a little of the old ultraviolence," while jauntily warbling "Singin' in the Rain." After he's jailed for bludgeoning the Cat Lady to death, Alex submits to behavior modification technique to earn his freedom; he's conditioned to abhor violence. Returned to the world defenseless, Alex becomes the victim of his prior victims.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/30: Selling to the Global Market and Government Contracting</strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm , Yorkville Library, Meeting Room</em><br /> The Small Business Administration has helped thousands of startups get off the ground and grow with advice and with the necessary information and resources they need. In this presentation, Man-Li Lin discusses selling your products on the government and global markets.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="eventsforkids" name="eventsforkids"><strong>Events for Kid</strong><strong>s</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22:Learn To Play Chess at Webster</strong><br /> &nbsp;<em>3 pm Webster Library Auditorium</em><br /> Are you a chess champion? You want to show off your best moves against other chess fans? Whether you're a chess master or just starting out, come join us for some board time Fridays at 3 pm Learn how to play, practice your skills, or to play a game. All materials will be provided, and an experienced instructor Timothy Mobley will lead the group.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/2,11/9 11/16 11/23 11/30:</strong> <strong>New York Therapy Dog!</strong><br /> <em>10:30 a.m. Webster Library</em><br /> Come read to our therapy dog Tugboat! These licensed therapy dogs and their owners can't wait for you to come read them a story. Enjoy one-on-one, no-pressure reading time with a furry friend! Pre-registration is required for each 15-minute slot and opens 1 week in advance.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/ 2: Design a Flower Centerpiece - for Kids!</strong><br /> <em>1:30 pm Webster Library</em><br /> Want to design your own flower centerpiece? Join us at the Webster Library!<br /> Webster has teamed up with Uprooted Flower Truck to bring you this fun, creative workshop.<br /> You’ll learn about different flowers, tips and tricks for design, and take home your own hint of spring! Space is limited! First Come, First Served: Limited to 12 Participants<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>&nbsp;11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26: Teen Space&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>3:00- 5:00 pm Webster Library</em><br /> Come hang out with your friends on Tuesday afternoons! Play board games, work on homework, read a book, exercise your creativity, or just chill. Laptops, assorted art supplies, and light snacks available.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27: Game On At Webster</strong><br /> &nbsp;4:00 pm, Webster Library<br /> Come in and join to test your gaming skills against your peers, with games such as Super Smash Brothers and Mario Kart for Wii. Feel like trying something new try playing on our PS4 with games such as Street Fighter 5 and TMNT, just to name a few. Also laptops will be available for anybody that's just wants to sit down and relax.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/7: Writing the College Admissions Essay</strong><br /> <em>4 - 5:30 pm Yorkville Library</em><br /> Do you need to write a personal essay for a college application? At this workshop, you’ll learn how to choose a meaningful topic and write a great essay that will make you stand out from the crowd! We'll also discuss ways to overcome anxiety and writer's block.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/7</strong>: <strong>Found Objects Mask Making&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>3:30 pm Webster Library</em><br /> Join us in this hands-on workshop where you will learn how just about anything can become part of a mask! From the smallest mask (a red clown nose) to gigantic parade headpieces, you will learn about mask making around the world. Our facilitator will show you how objects you might readily discard, such as bottles, cans, paper tubes, etc. can be recycled to create wearable masks. Every participant will create, and learn how to use his/her own original mask. Presented by Urban Stages.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/7: Graffiti Art Remix</strong><br /> <em>4 pm 67th Street Library</em><br /> Join us and learn how to create traditional and futuristic graffiti art lettering and character design. Create the hottest manga and anime characters and mash with abstract, symmetrical and geometrical artwork. Presented by DJ SpazeCraft.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<strong>11/7, 11/14, 11/21:</strong> <strong>Early Literacy Family Storytime</strong><br /> <em>11:00 am, Webster Library</em><br /> Toddlers from birth to 3 years and their parents/caregivers can enjoy interactive stories, action songs, fingerplays, and spend time with other toddlers in the neighborhood.&nbsp;<br /> There is a limit of 15 children and their caregivers. Tickets are given out the morning of the program on a first come, first serve basis. Times of the programs are approximate.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/7, 11/14, 11/21: Free Play</strong><br /> <em>11:15 a.m., Webster Library</em><br /> Join us on Tuesday afternoons for a fun chance to socialize with other kids from the community! Toys are provided. Please note: This program is for both caregiver and child. It is not a structured program. *Take care to supervise children at all times.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/7 Book Discussion Group: Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson</strong><br /> <em>6:00 - 6:45 pm, Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Join us to discuss Another Brooklyn on November 7 at 6:00 pm. Admission is free. Registration is required.How to register: Phone or in-person. Book club participants must reserve copies of each title through the Library's catalog system. You can reserve your copy by placing a hold on-line at <a href="https://www.nypl.org/">www.nypl.org</a> or visiting your local branch.“In Jacqueline Woodson’s soaring choral poem of a novel four young friends navigate the perils of adolescence, mean streets, and haunted memory in 1970s Brooklyn, all while dreaming of escape.” (Vanity Fair) Learn more and browse all of our book groups online <a href="https://www.nypl.org/education/adults/book-discussion-groups">here.</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/7: Graffiti Art Remix</strong><br /> <em>4 pm,&nbsp; 67th Street Library</em><br /> Learn how to create traditional and futuristic graffiti art lettering and character design. Create the hottest manga and anime characters and mash with abstract, symmetrical and geometrical artwork. Presented by DJ SpazeCraft. For ages 13 to 18 years<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/14, Webster @ the Movies: Pokémon Detective Pikachu</strong><br /> <em>4 pm, Webster Library, Auditorium</em><br /> Webster’s @ The Movies Presents: Pokémon Detective Pikachu Ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son, Tim, to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry's former Pokémon partner, wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth Detective Pikachu. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to work together, as Tim is the only human who can talk with Pikachu, they join forces to unravel the tangled mystery.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/16: Organic Gardening Workshop: Winterizing Your Garden &amp; Planning Next Year’s Garden Layout</strong><br /> <em>12 noon, Roosevelt Island Library</em><br /> Join us for FREE Monthly Workshops on Organic Gardening. This workshop will show how to winterize your garden through mulching. We will also review the different types of mulch: bark chips, leaves, straw, pebbles and/or compost. We will also review processes on how to put your garden to sleep; whether or not to prune, and how to decide what to plant the following year.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/20, 11/27: New York Presbyterian | Mindfulness Meditation - NYP Weill Cornell, Once a week</strong><br /> <em>12:30PM-1:00PM, 525 East 68th Street, New York, NY 10065</em><br /> The public will be able to practice of being present in the moment. It will be led by Linda Van Ness<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/21: Carter Burden Gallery Exhibition | Holiday Show, On the Wall: Stephen Spiller&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>6:00 - 8:00 PM, Carter Burden Gallery&nbsp;</em><br /> The goal of the Carter Burden Gallery is to create a dialogue with the arts community supporting our belief that older, lesser-known artists must not be overlooked due to age or decreased marketability in the current art scene. Stephen Spiller’s work involves social, political, and cultural themes that offer a window into understanding how contemporary life is shaped and lived. He explores those themes by focusing on drivers of individual passions as well as on manifestations of such passion originating from unstated, suppressed, or otherwise hidden events.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/22: Understanding the Brain’s Model of the External World | The Rockefeller University</strong><br /> <em>3:45PM - 5:00PM, 1230 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065, Caspary Auditorium&nbsp;</em><br /> Fully accessible to wheelchairs. It will be hosted by Gaby Maimon. Refreshments will be served<br /> For additional information contact Justin Sloboda, Phone number 212-327-7785<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/25: Early Literacy: Art Buffet&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>4 pm Webster Library</em><br /> Let your imagination run wild! Join us for an hour of uninterrupted, creative fun. Pick and choose from our craft supplies to make a masterpiece to take home.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/27: Art Inspired by Emily Carr</strong><br /> <em>6:00PM-8:00PM, Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center&nbsp;</em><br /> Fully accessible to wheelchairs. For additional information please contact Lakira Marshall at 212-397-3059 or at <a href="mailto:lakira.marhall@parks.nyc.gov">lakira.marhall@parks.nyc.gov</a>. To RSVP please visit NYC Parks, events. It is free of cost. The workshop is a hands-on project, you will be able to create your own art based on the methods, techniques, and concepts taught.&nbsp;</p> </div> Mon, 04 Nov 2019 17:51:01 +0000 admin 6646 at https://kallos.nyc June News: Citywide Win Against Overdevelopment & Forum, New Bio-Sci Campus, New H.S. Gym, Free Tennis, Theatre, Jazz, and Events in Our Parks https://kallos.nyc/newsletter/june-news-citywide-win-against-overdevelopment-forum-new-bio-sci-campus-new-hs-gym-free <span>June News: Citywide Win Against Overdevelopment &amp; Forum, New Bio-Sci Campus, New H.S. Gym, Free Tennis, Theatre, Jazz, and Events in Our Parks</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span>Fri, 05/31/2019 - 9:11am</span> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><table> <colgroup> <col width="400" /> <col width="200" /> </colgroup> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top">Dear *|FNAME|*,<br /> <br /> Please join us for a <a href="https://secure.actblue.com/donate/kristin-simmons-art" target="_blank">private reception and viewing at the home Kristin Simmons an award winning artist</a> recently announced as the United Nations SDG5 artist of the year. I also hope you'll join me for a drink of your choice at Ryan's Daughter for <a href="https://secure.actblue.com/donate/beers-with-ben" target="_blank">Beers with Ben</a>.<br /> <br /> After years of fighting overdevelopment in our neighborhood,&nbsp;<a href="#Voids" target="_blank">we won a citywide victory closing the mechanical voids loophole</a>. As we fight for more protections please join us at our forum to learn <a href="#Overdevelopment" target="_blank">how you can fight overdevelopment</a>.<br /> <br /> I joined Eleanor Roosevelt High School students who gathered more than 5,000 petition signatures to announce a <a href="#ELRO" target="_blank">new $6.5 million gymnasium</a>. Like this high school, many schools in the neighborhood don't have a gym, which is why I have now secured gym space for three schools as we fight for Physical Education for All.<br /> <br /> I also had the honor of cutting the ribbon and formally&nbsp;opening the <a href="#Rockefellar" target="_blank">$500 million Stavros Niarchos Foundation-Rockefeller River Campus</a> dedicated&nbsp;to&nbsp;bio-medical and bioscience research that will advance research, generate jobs, and keep New York City competitive.<br /> <br /> I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day, as you may have heard my wife, daughter and I got <a href="#Ferry" target="_blank">left behind with 50 other Upper East Siders by an overcrowded ferry</a> and I used the opportunity to call for better service.<br /> <br /> Please join us for <a href="#Oval" target="_blank">free tennis</a>, <a href="#Classical-Theatre" target="_blank">theater</a>, <a href="#blue_dahlia" target="_blank">jazz</a>, <a href="#Mary_Poppins" target="_blank">movies</a>, and <a href="#JohnJay_park" target="_blank">family days</a> in our parks, <a href="#Cooking_With_Kallos" target="_blank">cooking at our green markets</a>, and order a <a href="#Fresh_Food_Box" target="_blank">fresh food box</a> from our office.<br /> <br /> Sincerely, <p><img data-file-id="2013" height="24" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/1a1894a3a45c0329272b438e09ab021c-125x24.png" style="margin: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; border-image: none; width: 125px; height: 24px;" width="125" /><br /> Ben Kallos<br /> Council Member</p> </td> <td valign="top" width="250"> <div style="text-align: center;"> <div><strong>CAMPAIGN EVENTS</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://secure.actblue.com/donate/kristin-simmons-art" target="_blank"><strong>Private Reception &amp; Viewing with Award Winning Artist</strong></a></div> <div style="text-align: left;">6/12, 6:30pm - 8:30pm<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://secure.actblue.com/donate/beers-with-ben" target="_blank"><strong>Beers with Ben</strong></a><br /> 6/26, 7pm - 9pm</div> <br /> <br /> <strong>SPECIAL EVENTS</strong></div> <div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/roosevelt-island-town-hall-1" target="_blank"><strong id="docs-internal-guid-b3771961-7fff-c27d-8b25-15c58807cc1d">Roosevelt Island Town Hall</strong></a><br /> 6/13, 6pm - 8pm<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/overdevelopment-forum-1" target="_blank"><strong id="docs-internal-guid-4e8971fa-7fff-8c60-2e94-3fcad5cca506">Overdevelopment Forum</strong></a><br /> 6/27, 6pm - 8pm<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>EVENTS IN OUR PARKS</strong><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/family-day-john-jay-park-0" target="_blank"><strong>Family Day at John Jay Park</strong></a><br /> 6/8, 12pm - 3pm<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/jazz-concert-ruppert-park-blue-dahlia" target="_blank"><strong id="docs-internal-guid-197d1e45-7fff-27e3-543a-1aeb6507b845">Jazz Concert at Ruppert Park: The Blue Dahlia</strong></a><br /> 6/8, 1pm - 2:30pm<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/jazz-andrew-haswell-green-brandon-tyler" target="_blank"><strong id="docs-internal-guid-affa0a1a-7fff-3f21-55e7-8291f5c9d852">Jazz at Andrew Haswell Green: Brandon Tyler </strong></a><br /> 6/21, 1pm - 2:30pm<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/ny-classical-theatre-carl-schurz-park-oscar-wildes-importance-being-earnest-two-ways" target="_blank"><strong id="docs-internal-guid-fa7dfb0a-7fff-6f3f-80f1-6f291444031b">New York Classical Theater</strong></a><br /> 6/25 - 6/30, 7pm<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br /> <strong><strong style="text-align:center">MONTHLY EVENTS</strong>&nbsp;</strong><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/first-friday-27" target="_blank"><strong>First Friday</strong></a><br /> 6/7, 8am–10am&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/cooking-kallos-5" target="_blank"><strong id="docs-internal-guid-2fa8976f-7fff-1709-af16-ef5cddc64cd7">Cooking with Kallos</strong></a><br /> 6/8, 10am-12pm<br /> <br /> <u><strong>Policy Night</strong></u><br /> 6/11, 5pm–6pm<br /> <em>(By Appointment Only)</em></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/mobile-hours-stanley-isaacs-3" target="_blank"><strong>Mobile Hours</strong></a><br /> 6/11 &amp; 6/26, 11am–2pm<br /> <br /> <a href="#Clinics" target="_blank"><strong>Legal Clinics</strong></a><br /> Every Monday, 1st &amp; 3rd Tuesdays and Wednesdays<br /> <em style="-webkit-text-stroke-width:0px; background-color:transparent; color:rgb(51, 51, 51); display:inline !important; float:none; font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,trebuchet ms; font-size:13px; font-style:italic; font-variant:normal; font-weight:400; letter-spacing:normal; orphans:2; text-align:left; text-decoration:none; text-indent:0px; text-transform:none; white-space:normal; word-spacing:0px">(By Appointment Only)</em></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>CAMPAIGN EVENTS</strong></p> <ul> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://secure.actblue.com/donate/kristin-simmons-art" target="_blank">Private Reception &amp; Viewing with Award Winning Artist</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://secure.actblue.com/donate/beers-with-ben" target="_blank">Beers with Ben</a></li> </ul> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>HEADLINES</strong></p> <ol> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#ELRO" target="_blank">New Gym for Eleanor Roosevelt High School</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Charter_Revision" target="_blank">Rewriting Our Founding Document for a Better City</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Charter_Revision" target="_blank">Opening Rockefeller University’s New Campus</a></li> </ol> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>FIGHTING OVERDEVELOPMENT AND FOR MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING</strong></p> <ol start="4"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Voids" target="_blank">Council Closes Voids Loophole and City to Study “Gerrymandered” Lots</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#92and2nd" target="_blank">New Affordable Housing on East 92nd &amp; 2nd</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Albany" target="_blank">Fighting in Albany for Fair Rent Reforms</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#small_business" target="_blank">Symposium on “Saving Small Business” with Historic Districts Council</a></li> </ol> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>SPECIAL EVENTS INVITES</strong></p> <ol start="8"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Overdevelopment" target="_blank">Overdevelopment Forum</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Roosevelt_Island" target="_blank">Roosevelt Island Town Hall</a></li> </ol> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>SUMMER IN OUR PARKS EVENTS</strong></p> <ol start="10"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Mary_Poppins" target="_blank">Mary Poppins at Carl Schurz Park</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#JohnJay_park" target="_blank">Family Day at John Jay Park</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#blue_dahlia" target="_blank">Jazz Concert at Ruppert Park: The Blue Dahlia </a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Star_Wars" target="_blank">Star Wars the Last Jedi at St Catherine's Park</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Brandon_Taylor" target="_blank">Jazz at Andrew Haswell Green: Brandon Tyler</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Classical-Theatre" target="_blank">New York Classical Theater: The Importance of Being Earnest</a></li> </ol> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>EDUCATION</strong></p> <ol start="16"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Stop_Arm" target="_blank">Update: State Paves the Way for School Bus Stop Arm Cameras Bill</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#STEM" target="_blank">STEM Center at Boys &amp; Girls Club of Harlem</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Foster_Care" target="_blank">Fighting for Children in Foster Care</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#yeshiva" target="_blank">Yeshiva University Social Work School Graduation</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#child_school" target="_blank">Honored by Child School</a></li> </ol> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT AND CLEANING UP THE NEIGHBORHOOD</strong></p> <ol start="21"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Power_Washing" target="_blank">Power Washing East 86th Street with Wildcat</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#sugary_Drinks" target="_blank">Healthy Kids Meals Enacted Into Law</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#plastic" target="_blank">Plastic Pollution Forum</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#waterfront" target="_blank">Waterfront Alliance on Climate Change</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Pesticides" target="_blank">Ban Toxic Pesticides in Parks</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Oval" target="_blank">Opening the Oval</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>TRANSPORTATION</strong></div> <ol start="27"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Ferry" target="_blank">Ferry Service Lines</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#bike_month" target="_blank">Bike Month: Riding the Five Boro Bike Tour and Bike to Work Day</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Second_Ave_Subway" target="_blank">Working to Expand the Second Avenue Subway</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>COMMUNITY</strong></div> <ol start="30"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Fresh_Food_Box" target="_blank">Fresh Food Box Is Back on June 6th</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Cooking_With_Kallos" target="_blank">Cooking with Kallos</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#vaccines" target="_blank">Vaccine Round Table with Congress Members Maloney and Shalala</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#CBO_Rally" target="_blank">Rally for Funding for Community-Based Organizations</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#James_Cagney" target="_blank">Make Music Celebration at James Cagney Place</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#NY_Classical" target="_blank">NY Classical Theatre Honoring Gale Brewer</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Census_Prep" target="_blank">Planning for Fair Census Count in 2020</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Basketball" target="_blank">Basketball With Ben</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#FIGMENT" target="_blank">“Figment” Festival Comes to Roosevelt Island</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>RESOURCES</strong></div> <ol start="39"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Census_2020_Jobs" target="_blank">2020 Census Job Listings</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#City_Parks" target="_blank">CityParks Free Senior Fitness</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Bike_NY" target="_blank">Bike NY</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Skin_Cancer" target="_blank">MSK Free Skin Cancer Screening</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Moving_For_Life" target="_blank">Moving for Life</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Silver_Circles" target="_blank">Silver Circles</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Va_Town_Hall" target="_blank">VA Woman Veteran Town Hall</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Fall_Prevention" target="_blank">Fall Prevention Training</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#cb8_sex" target="_blank">Community Board 8 Sexual Harassment Forum</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#cb6_seniors" target="_blank">Community Board 6 Senior Resource Fair</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Social_Security" target="_blank">Social Security Imposter Scams</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Families" target="_blank">Families For Safe Streets Wellness Retreat Night</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>OFFICE UPDATES</strong></div> <ol start="51"> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Clinics" target="_blank">Free Legal Clinics &nbsp;</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Help" target="_blank">Here to Help</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Mobile" target="_blank">Mobile District Hours</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#BenInYourBuilding" target="_blank">Ben in Your Building</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#CommunityBoards" target="_blank">Community Boards</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#nypd" target="_blank">NYPD Events</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#Tenant" target="_blank">Neighborhood and Tenant Associations</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#adults" target="_blank">Events for Adults</a></li> <li style="text-align: left;"><a href="#kids" target="_blank">Events for Kids</a></li> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><br /> <br /> <strong>CAMPAIGN EVENTS</strong><br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://secure.actblue.com/donate/kristin-simmons-art" target="_blank"><strong>Private Reception &amp; Viewing with Award Winning Artist</strong></a></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><br /> <a href="https://secure.actblue.com/donate/kristin-simmons-art" target="_blank"><img align="middle" data-file-id="1896973" height="829" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/c9a1a7dd092b53c57d3200061e57158e-600x829.jpg" style="border: 2px solid #9616b6; margin: 0px; width: 600px; height: 829px;" width="600" /></a> <p><strong>Join us for a Private Reception and Viewing<br /> at the home of Kristin Simmons</strong><br /> <em>Kristin Simmons is an award winning artist and was recently<br /> announced as the United Nations SDG5 artist of the year.</em><br /> <br /> <strong>Wednesday, June 12, 6:30pm – 8:30pm</strong><br /> 51 Fifth Avenue, #2C<br /> <br /> <strong>$175 </strong>suggested, <strong>$100 </strong>minimum,<br /> matched 8 to 1 with up to $1,400 in public dollars.<br /> <strong>Limit of 30 tickets. </strong>No contributions from real estate, lobbyists or corporations.<br /> <br /> <strong>Buy your tickets in support of Council Member Ben Kallos at&nbsp;</strong><a href="https://secure.actblue.com/donate/kristin-simmons-art" rel="nofollow"><strong>https://secure.actblue.com/donate/kristin-simmons-art</strong></a></p> <br /> <a href="https://secure.actblue.com/donate/beers-with-ben" target="_blank"><strong>Beers with Ben</strong></a></div> <a href="https://secure.actblue.com/donate/beers-with-ben" target="_blank"><img align="middle" data-file-id="1896977" height="600" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/64031f05312b835516a55adec56e0788-600x600.jpg" style="border: 3px #068c21; margin: 0px; width: 600px; height: 600px;" width="600" /></a><br /> <strong>Beers with Ben</strong><br /> Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 7pm – 9pm <p><strong>Ryan's Daughter</strong><br /> 350 East 85th Street</p> <p><strong>First Beer is on Ben!</strong></p> <p><strong>$20 </strong>Guests, <strong>$50</strong> Friends, <strong>$100 </strong>Leaders, <strong>$175</strong> Hosts, and <strong>$1,500</strong> Chairs<br /> Donations matched 8 to 1 with up to $1,400 in public dollars.<br /> <em>No Contributions from Real Estate Developers, Lobbyists or Corporations.</em></p> <p><strong>Buy your ticket at&nbsp;</strong><a href="https://secure.actblue.com/donate/beers-with-ben" rel="nofollow" style="color: rgb(7, 130, 193);"><strong>https://secure.actblue.com/donate/beers-with-ben</strong></a></p> <br /> <br /> <strong>HEADLINES</strong><br /> &nbsp;</div> <p><a id="ELRO" name="ELRO"><strong>New Gym for Eleanor Roosevelt High School</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="none" data-file-id="5705" height="291" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/a1388e3ce992238caac4369a3bff9363-600x291.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 291px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /></strong><br /> <br /> Eleanor Roosevelt High School (ElRo) is getting a $6.5 million double-height gym for its students, which we announced this month with School Construction Authority (SCA) President Lorraine Grillo. The announcement, covered by <a href="https://patch.com/new-york/upper-east-side-nyc/ues-high-school-get-new-6-5m-gym-facility-after-petition">Patch</a> and <a href="http://www.ourtownny.com/local-news/20190528/a-gym-to-call-their-own">Our Town</a>, which was also attended by State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, follows advocacy by ElRo students who worked with my office to start a petition on our website that got over 5,000 signatures. The new gym will occupy the 6th&nbsp;floor of a new Pre-K center located at <a href="https://www.schools.nyc.gov/schools/Z128">355 East 76th&nbsp;Street</a>.<br /> <br /> I commend Mayor de Blasio for his commitment to universal physical education. We are committed to working with him and the SCA to find gym space for all of our public school students on the Upper East Side, where ElRo is now the third public school to get a gym. As reported by <a href="http://www.ourtownny.com/local-news/20171129/schools-could-find-rec-relief-from-spence/1">Our Town</a>, I have also successfully worked to arrange a deal with the Spence School so that when it opens its 54,000-square-foot athletics complex on East 90th Street, it will allow physical education classes for P.S. 151, the Yorkville Community School, and P.S. 527, the East Side School for Social Action. For more information on the new gym, read the <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/new-gym-construction-eleanor-roosevelt-high-school-announced-school-construction">release </a><br /> or coverage in <a href="https://patch.com/new-york/upper-east-side-nyc/ues-high-school-get-new-6-5m-gym-facility-after-petition">Patch</a> and <a href="http://www.ourtownny.com/local-news/20190528/a-gym-to-call-their-own">Our Town</a>.<br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Charter_Revision" name="Charter_Revision"><strong>Rewriting Our Founding Document for a Better City </strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<img align="right" data-file-id="5713" height="244" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/7800a446ee2b0d15bd32e8936edbbc80-250x244.png" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 244px; margin: 0px;" width="250" /><br /> The best part of democracy is that there is always room for improvement.<br /> <br /> When I testified in 2018 before the previous Charter Revision Commission they had just approved ballot language that included proposals I had put forth on campaign finance reform, as well as urban planners and term limits for community boards. Campaign finance reform received the most support, an overwhelming 80%, with 1.1 million votes in favor, almost as many as voted for Mayor on the Democrat and Republican lines combined. I commend this Charter Revision Commission for respecting the will of the voters by not revisiting the issue areas covered by the previous ballot questions and for focusing on amendments to the Charter that can only be accomplished through a vote of the people.<br /> <br /> At last September’s hearing, <a href="https://benkallos.com/charter2019">I proposed 72 recommendations for amendments to the Charter</a> for this Commission’s consideration. The City Council included 16 of those recommendations in our <a href="http://council.nyc.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/NYC-Council-Report-to-the-2019-Charter-Revision-Commission.pdf">Report to the 2019 New York City Charter Revision Commission</a> this past January. Now this Commission has identified 9 of my recommendations - in whole or in part - for further discussion in its <a href="https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5bfc4cecfcf7fde7d3719c06/t/5cc20da7085229f4fcd80ffc/1556221355492/Preliminary+Staff+Report.pdf">Preliminary Staff Report</a>. Here are just a few of the recommendations I made.</p> <ul> <li>Lifetime Lobbying Ban</li> <li>Eliminating Conflicts of Interest for the City Attorney</li> <li>Legislative Approval of City Agency Heads: Police, Buildings, Sanitation, Parks, Homeless Services, Children's Services, and Housing Preservation and Development</li> <li>Public Hearings at the Outset of Any Land Use Applications</li> <li>Empowering the Borough President</li> <li>Budget Transparency Down to the Penny</li> <li>Independent Budgets for the Borough President, Public Advocate, City Council Members and Civilian Complaint Review Board</li> </ul> <p>Read my full testimony at <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/charter-revision-commission-testimony">BenKallos.com/press-releases</a>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Rockefellar" name="Rockefellar"><strong>Opening Rockefeller University’s New Campus</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img align="none" data-file-id="5709" height="400" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/986334bab5ae121edd90a5c3dc2957bb-600x400.jpg" style="border-image: none 100% / 1 / 0 stretch; width: 600px; height: 400px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> <br /> I joined Rockefeller University in opening the <a href="https://www.rockefeller.edu/news/25301-rockefeller-reaches-key-milestone-in-river-campus-project/">Stavros Niarchos Foundation-Rockefeller River Campus</a> this month and cut the ribbon with Congress Member Carolyn Maloney, Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, and Rockefeller University Executive Vice President Timothy O'Connor. The $500 million <a href="https://www.pharmaceutical-technology.com/features/featurepeople-power-crowdfunding-clinical-research-funding/">research</a> facility contains 160,000 square feet of both bio-medical and bioscience laboratories, which fits sleekly along the river-edge of their campus, rather than towering over the community. This will help New York City compete with cities like Boston and states like California for jobs in this field. Rockefeller University boasts 25 Nobel Laureates in the fields of medicine and science which I must finally admit is more than my alma mater the Bronx High School of Science which has 8 (the most for any high school in America). It has been exciting to see this project advance from coming before me at the City Council for a vote, to the groundbreaking in 2015, to joining university officials in 2017 as <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/16/nyregion/rockefeller-university-starts-its-expansion-over-a-busy-highway.html" target="_blank">they lowered large sections of the building on to the FDR from a barge in the East River overnight</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> I am proud of this public-private partnership created between my office and the University showing that the city's land use process can work to the benefit of institutions and the community that also included a <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/ribbon-cut-15-million-repairs-east-river-esplanade-resulting-publicprivate">$15 million investment in the East River Esplanade</a> from 63rd Street to 68th Street. <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/ribbon-cut-15-million-repairs-east-river-esplanade-resulting-publicprivate" target="_blank">We cut the ribbon last month</a> and Rockefeller University has agreed as part of our partnership to maintain it in perpetuity.<br /> <br /> I consider this world-class institution a true asset to the Upper East Side, the city, state, country and world at large. Keep an eye on this newsletter for upcoming public events at Rockefeller University. For more information on the new building, read the <a href="https://www.rockefeller.edu/news/25301-rockefeller-reaches-key-milestone-in-river-campus-project/">release</a> or read the commitment letter from the University at <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/rockefeller-university-commitment-letter-council-member-ben-kallos">BenKallos.com/Press-Releases</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>FIGHTING AGAINST OVERDEVELOPMENT AND FOR MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING</strong>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Voids" name="Voids"><strong>Council Closes Voids Loophole and City to Study “Gerrymandered” Lots</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<img align="right" data-file-id="5525" height="182" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/53e597cbc245c2f311269537b60872a7-300x182.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 182px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /><br /> We won another victory against supertalls by strengthening and passing a <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/residential-tower-mechanical-voids-text-amendment"><font color="#0066cc">zoning text amendment</font></a> addressing empty spaces in buildings that are used to prop up apartments to give billionaires better views. In May, the City Planning Commission also committed to exploring minimum lot size for non-residential projects. As reported by <a href="https://ny.curbed.com/2019/5/14/18618583/new-york-buildings-zoning-void-loophole"><font color="#0066cc">Curbed</font></a>, this commitment comes in response to my advocacy with Borough President Brewer, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, and Carnegie Hill Neighbors. As I said to Curbed:<br /> <br /> “The BSA’s explicit approval of this tactic has given developers looking to evade zoning regulations a new tool. If it is broadly realized that simply slicing off a portion of a zoning lot can insulate a development from certain zoning regulations, the sky will literally be the limit to the at-will sculpting of zoning lots that serve no legitimate purpose.”<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We have called on City Planning to ban “gerrymandered” lots that enable developers from slicing off tiny slivers of land to abuse loopholes that otherwise would trigger zoning and height caps. One example is 180 East 88th Street, where the developer created an unbuildable zoning lot to exempt the building from the residential height restrictions it would otherwise have to follow. Last month, I sent a letter to City Planning asking them to move forward with this issue following the passage of the Mechanical Voids amendment, and am pleased that they have committed to doing so. Read the latest coverage on this in&nbsp;<a href="https://ny.curbed.com/2019/5/29/18644548/nyc-mechanical-void-loophole-closed-city-council" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Curbed</font></a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> For more information on mechanical voids and gerrymandered zones visit <a href="https://benkallos.com/voids" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">BenKallos.com/voids</font></a>. Join the fight against voids by signing the petition at <a href="https://benkallos.com/petition/stop-super-scrapers"><font color="#0066cc">BenKallos.com/petition/stop-super-scrapers</font></a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="92and2nd" name="92and2nd"><strong>New Affordable Housing on East 92nd &amp; 2nd</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/video/council-member-kallos-joins-extell-cut-ribbon-28-units-new-affordable-housing-upper-east-side" target="_blank"><img align="none" data-file-id="5725" height="291" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/a3c5e3ce7dc780c976526d13a5d7327b-600x291.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 291px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /></a><br /> <br /> As <a href="https://patch.com/new-york/upper-east-side-nyc/development-brings-28-below-market-units-preschool-ues">Patch</a> reported, Extell Development CEO Gary Barnett and I cut the ribbon on 28 units of affordable housing on the corner of 92nd Street and 2nd Avenue. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was preceded by songs from a class of three-year-olds from <a href="http://alefbetnyc.com/">Alef-Bet Preschool</a> that will relocate to the building’s ground floor. The 28 units of affordable housing were open for applications in April using New York City’s <a href="https://a806-housingconnect.nyc.gov/nyclottery/lottery.html#home">Housing Connect</a> lottery system. In total, 68,000 New Yorkers applied for the two to three bedroom units that are perfect for new families that will have childcare right in their building. Thank you, Gary Barnett, for building a model of affordable housing investing $14 million to build affordable housing on the Upper East Side using as of right benefits without any discretionary city subsidies. Read the <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/council-member-kallos-joined-extell-development-cut-ribbon-28-units-new-affordable">release</a>, watch the <a href="https://benkallos.com/video/council-member-kallos-joins-extell-cut-ribbon-28-units-new-affordable-housing-upper-east-side">video</a>, or learn more from <a href="https://patch.com/new-york/upper-east-side-nyc/development-brings-28-below-market-units-preschool-ues">Patch</a>.<br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Albany" name="Albany"><strong>Fighting in Albany for Fair Rent Reforms </strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="5729" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/d941c8cb6c6bb6a047c36b6e64a85a68-300x225.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />New York State rent regulations are set to expire on June 15. This means now is the time to reform the rules governing rent control and rent stabilization in New York City and around the state. With a Democratic State Senate, we can win major rent protections to keep tenants in their homes and units affordable. To fight for your rights in Albany, I sponsored a bus and led the Progressive Caucus on a trip up to the Capitol and rallied alongside over 2,000 other New Yorkers to remind the state legislature that now is the time to rewrite the rules to protect tenants. The nine key bills we are trying to pass are:</p> <ol> <li>Expand the Emergency Tenant Protection Act (<a href="https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/s5040">S5040</a>/<a href="https://nyassembly.gov/leg/?default_fld=&amp;leg_video=&amp;bn=A07046&amp;term=0&amp;Summary=Y&amp;Text=Y">A7046</a>)</li> <li>Universal Rent Control (Prohibit evictions "without good cause") (<a href="https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/S2892">S2892</a>/<a href="https://nyassembly.gov/leg/?default_fld=%0D%0A&amp;leg_video=&amp;bn=A5030&amp;term=0&amp;Summary=Y&amp;Text=Y">A5030</a>)</li> <li>End vacancy decontrol (<a href="https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/S2591">S2591</a>/<a href="https://nyassembly.gov/leg/?default_fld=%0D%0A&amp;leg_video=&amp;bn=A1198&amp;term=0&amp;Summary=Y&amp;Text=Y">A1198</a>)</li> <li>Eliminate the vacancy bonus (<a href="https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/s185">S185</a>/<a href="https://nyassembly.gov/leg/?default_fld=%0D%0A&amp;leg_video=&amp;bn=A2351&amp;term=0&amp;Summary=Y&amp;Text=Y">A2351</a>)</li> <li>Make preferential rents permanent until vacancy (<a href="https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/s2845/amendment/a">S2845A</a>/<a href="https://nyassembly.gov/leg/?default_fld=%0D%0A&amp;leg_video=&amp;bn=A4349&amp;term=0&amp;Summary=Y&amp;Text=Y">A4349</a>)</li> <li>End rent hikes for "major capital improvements" (<a href="https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/S3693">S3693</a>/<a href="https://nyassembly.gov/leg/?default_fld=%0D%0A&amp;leg_video=&amp;bn=A6322&amp;term=0&amp;Summary=Y&amp;Text=Y">A6322</a>)</li> <li>End rent hikes for individual apartment improvements (<a href="https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/S3770">S3770</a>/<a href="https://nyassembly.gov/leg/?default_fld=%0D%0A&amp;leg_video=&amp;bn=A6465&amp;term=0&amp;Summary=Y&amp;Text=Y">A6465</a>)</li> <li>Extend time for overcharge complaints (<a href="https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/S4169">S4169</a>/<a href="https://nyassembly.gov/leg/?default_fld=%0D%0A&amp;leg_video=&amp;bn=A5251&amp;term=0&amp;Summary=Y&amp;Text=Y">A5251</a>)</li> <li>Rent control and rent stabilization parity (<a href="https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/S299/amendment/A">S299A</a>/<a href="https://nyassembly.gov/leg/?default_fld=%0D%0A&amp;leg_video=&amp;bn=A167&amp;term=0&amp;Summary=Y&amp;Text=Y">A167</a>)</li> </ol> <p>At the same time as we fight for new rent laws in Albany, we are calling on the Rent Guidelines Board to do the right thing and freeze rents for the upcoming year. Thank you to all the residents who attended my annual Tenants' Rights Forum to discuss both campaigns as well as our rights as renters. I also joined a panel of housing experts at Columbia University to discuss the current state of New York City’s affordable housing stock. Join the fight for a rent freeze in 2019 by signing the petition at <a href="https://benkallos.com/petition/rent-freeze-2019">BenKallos.com/petition/RentFreeze</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="small_business" name="small_business"><strong>Symposium on “Saving Small Businesses” with Historic Districts Council</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img data-file-id="5897" height="251" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/0a1f9cf7cc407ef8d2959e6f6191c911-400x251.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 400px; height: 251px; margin: 0px;" width="400" /><br /> <em><a href="https://www.6sqft.com/historic-districts-council-to-host-symposium-on-immigrant-run-businesses-in-nyc/" target="_blank">6sqft</a> covered a symposium I helped fund and participated in by the Historic District Council </em> <em>"<a href="https://hdc.org/events/the-shop-around-the-corner-celebrating-new-yorks-immigrant-businesses/" target="_blank">The Shop Around the Corner: Celebrating New York’s Immigrant Businesses</a></em>."<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>SPECIAL EVENTS INVITES</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Overdevelopment" name="Overdevelopment"><strong>Overdevelopment Forum</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<a href="https://benkallos.com/event/overdevelopment-forum-1"><img align="middle" data-file-id="5741" height="776" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/ef5e8551b620dce33ec7f74c0bca0298-600x776.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 600px; height: 776px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /></a><br /> Join my office and a coalition of expert neighborhood groups such as <a href="https://www.friends-ues.org/">Friends of the Upper East Side Historic District</a>, <a href="http://civitasnyc.org/live/">CIVITAS</a>, <a href="http://erfa.nyc/">East River 50s Alliance</a>, <a href="https://www.mas.org/">The Municipal Arts Society</a>, and<a href="https://hdc.org/"> Historic Districts Counci</a>l as we discuss community initiatives, closing loopholes &amp; our fight against overdevelopment. The event is co-sponsored by Congress Member Carolyn Maloney, Borough President Gale Brewer, Senator Liz Krueger, Assembly Members Richard Gottfried, Harvey Epstein, Rebecca Seawright, and Council Member Keith Powers.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/overdevelopment-forum-1" target="_blank"><strong>Overdevelopment Forum</strong></a><br /> June 27, 6:00pm - 8:00pm<br /> The CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Avenue<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/overdevelopment-forum-1">RSVP</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Roosevelt_Island" name="Roosevelt_Island"><strong>Roosevelt Island Town Hall</strong></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/roosevelt-island-town-hall-1"><img data-file-id="5881" height="780" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/6b8267848751d67132955280a7304fbe-600x780.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 780px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /></a><br /> Join Congress Member Carolyn Maloney, the Roosevelt Operating Corporation and I at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd to hear updates on local issues from your elected officials and have an opportunity to discuss neighborhood topics or concerns.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/roosevelt-island-town-hall-1" target="_blank"><strong>Roosevelt Island Town Hall</strong></a><br /> June 13, 6:00pm - 8:00pm<br /> Chapel of the Good Shepherd, 543 Main Street<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/roosevelt-island-town-hall-1">RSVP</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>SUMMER IN OUR PARKS EVENTS</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Mary_Poppins" name="Mary_Poppins"><strong>Mary Poppins at Carl Schurz Park</strong></a><br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/mary-poppins"><img align="middle" data-file-id="5689" height="776" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/388646e98637bd6ea17634df201a84c4-600x776.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 600px; height: 776px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /></a>&nbsp;<br /> <em>Mary Poppins Returns </em>(2018) will screen on Saturday, June 1 in Carl Schurz Park as part of Free Movies Under the Stars. Come early for free ice cream, popcorn, and face painting.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/mary-poppins" target="_blank"><strong>Mary Poppins Returns</strong></a><br /> Saturday June 1, 2019 - 8:00pm - 9:30pm<br /> Carl Schurz Park, East 84th Street &amp;, East End Ave<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/mary-poppins">RSVP</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="JohnJay_park" name="JohnJay_park"><strong>Family Day at John Jay Park</strong></a><br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/family-day-john-jay-park-0"><img align="middle" data-file-id="5753" height="741" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/a81d1542bdf941996a1cb78846647c31-600x741.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 600px; height: 741px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /></a><br /> Join NYC Parks and Council Member Ben Kallos in a fun afternoon of crafts, games, inflatables, transformation face painting with Agostino Arts, an obstacle course, carnival booths, sports, a photo booth, and more!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/family-day-john-jay-park-0" target="_blank"><strong>Family Day at John Jay</strong></a><br /> Saturday June 8, 2019 - 12:00- 3:00pm<br /> John Jay Park, Cherokee Place &amp; East 77th Street<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/family-day-john-jay-park-0">RSVP</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="blue_dahlia" name="blue_dahlia"><strong>Jazz Concert at Ruppert Park: The Blue Dahlia </strong></a><br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/jazz-concert-ruppert-park-blue-dahlia"><img data-file-id="5901" height="710" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/ac83e048d40e0a8305df35abca01dac6-600x710.jpg" style="border-image: none 100% / 1 / 0 stretch; width: 600px; height: 710px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /></a><br /> Join Council Member Ben Kallos, NYC Parks, Friends of James Cagney Place, and Muslim Volunteers for New York and for a free afternoon of jazz in the park. Characterized by the sensual voice of jazz and French chanson, The Blue Dahlia offers an organic sound with electric energy.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/jazz-concert-ruppert-park-blue-dahlia" target="_blank"><strong>Jazz Concert at Ruppert Park</strong></a><br /> Saturday June 8 1:00- 2:30pm<br /> Ruppert Park, 1741 Second Avenue<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/jazz-concert-ruppert-park-blue-dahlia">RSVP</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Star_Wars" name="Star_Wars"><strong>Star wars the Last Jedi at St Catherine's Park</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/star-wars-last-jedi-st-catherines-park"><img data-file-id="5869" height="776" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/ffa82e73d3b8b794eed29b4ec7f2ab7a-600x776.jpg" style="border-image: none 100% / 1 / 0 stretch; width: 600px; height: 776px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /></a></strong><br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/star-wars-last-jedi-st-catherines-park" target="_blank"><strong>Star Wars the Last Jedi</strong></a><br /> Tuesday, June 18 at 8 pm (showing begins at dusk)<br /> St. Catherine's Park<br /> First Ave between E 67th &amp; E 68th St Street<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/star-wars-last-jedi-st-catherines-park" target="_blank">RSVP Required for Free Light Up Foam Saber</a><br /> <em>Limited to First 100 RSVPs</em><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Brandon_Taylor" name="Brandon_Taylor"><strong>Jazz at Andrew Haswell Green: Brandon Tyler </strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<a href="https://benkallos.com/event/jazz-andrew-haswell-green-brandon-tyler"><img align="middle" data-file-id="5781" height="776" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/6fbf4a0facd94f9e4d5f01aa3cde2d3a-600x776.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 776px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /></a><br /> Brandon Tyler is a multifaceted musician, vocalist, and lyricist. He focuses his music in R&amp;B, but finds inspiration in the work of other soulful musicians, his everyday life, and nature. Some of his influences are Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, D’Angelo, The Foreign Exchange, and KING.&nbsp; For accessibility information, contact (212) 360-1430 or accessibility@parks.nyc.gov before June 18, 2019.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/jazz-andrew-haswell-green-brandon-tyler" target="_blank"><strong>Jazz at Andrew Haswell Green: Brandon Tyler</strong></a><br /> Friday, June 21, 2019<br /> 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.<br /> Andrew Haswell Green, 60th Street &amp; FDR Drive<br /> (Enter at 60th St. &amp; York Ave, walk up to the top of the ramp)<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/jazz-andrew-haswell-green-brandon-tyler">RSVP</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Classical-Theatre" name="Classical-Theatre"><strong>New York Classical Theater: The Importance of Being Earnest</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<a href="https://nyclassical.org/earnest"><img data-file-id="5905" height="775" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/f8f108fa870477bcf1cd4da5d4972e03-600x775.jpg" style="border: 0px #4caad8; width: 600px; height: 775px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /></a><br /> <br /> Join us as we ask, "Who really wears the pants in 19th century England?" At every other performance, the entire cast switches genders &amp; roles. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays are traditional casting. Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays are reversed. Carl Schurz Park (East 86th Street) from June 25 to 30.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> To receive ADVANCE program info, including RAIN CANCELATION NOTICE,<br /> make a FREE RESERVATION at <a href="https://nyclassical.org/earnest" target="_blank">nyclassical.org/earnest</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> This production is being staged in our signature Panoramic Theatre style, and the audience will move twice during the performance—once for each scene change. Approximate runtime: 2 hours.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://nyclassical.org/earnest" target="_blank"><strong>New York Classical Theater: The Importance of Being Earnest</strong></a><br /> Tuesday, June 25-30, 2019 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm<br /> Carl Schurz Park, East 86th Street &amp; East End Ave<br /> <a href="https://nyclassical.org/earnest" target="_blank">RSVP</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>EDUCATION</strong><br /> <br /> <a id="Stop_Arm" name="Stop_Arm"><strong>Update: </strong><strong>State Paves the Way for School Bus Stop Arm Cameras Bill</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uiDV0CVuvw"><img align="right" data-file-id="5909" height="181" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/177411172511dea2784aa43336cc0415-300x181.jpg" style="border: 0px #4caad8; width: 300px; height: 181px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></a>As <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uiDV0CVuvw">New York 1</a> reported, State Senator Tim Kennedy passed State legislation that will allow me to introduce and pass a law in New York City to mount cameras on school buses to automatically enforce stop arms. A <a href="https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-school-bus-camera-20190507-tr2czdntcfb35imspv7zqr5nve-story.html">study</a> by the New York State Association of School Pupil Transportation estimated that 30,252 drivers statewide illegally passed a school bus on any given day. Of those, 280 drivers passed on the passenger side of the bus where students board and exit putting hundreds of children at risk. For example, so far in 2019, the NYPD reported writing over 700 citations for this same offense. In my recent <a href="https://www.amny.com/opinion/school-bus-cameras-manhattan-gps-1.30560701">op-ed in AmNY</a>, I explained that the camera and GPS technology must be implemented as soon as possible to prevent a tragedy from happening. With these stop-arm cameras, authorities can not only automatically fine drivers but also access video files necessary for investigations. For more information on the stop arm bill read the <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/statement-new-york-state-legislature-allowing-municipalities-install-automated">release</a> or my <a href="https://www.amny.com/opinion/school-bus-cameras-manhattan-gps-1.30560701">op-ed in AmNY</a> or watch <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uiDV0CVuvw">New York 1</a>.<br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="STEM" name="STEM"><strong>STEM Center at Boys &amp; Girls Club of Harlem </strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="5785" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/5da99fc974d91526be59f15def605953-300x225.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />It was a pleasure to join Assembly Member Al Taylor and State Senator Brian Benjamin in Harlem for the grand opening of a new Boys and Girls Club STEM center. The new facility is designed to spark youths’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It will be outfitted with modern technology such as 3D printers, high-definition video conferencing and other tools to brainstorm ideas and collaborate on community improvement projects. After School activities play a huge role in developing the minds of our children as well as keeping them off them busy and off the streets. For more information on the new facility visit <a href="https://www.bgcharlem.org/single-post/2019/05/13/Our-New-State-of-the-Art-Center-of-Innovation">BGCHarlem.org </a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Foster_Care" name="Foster_Care"><strong>Fighting for Children in Foster Care </strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="5789" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/28c53316d527ee01a0a754af84430026-300x225.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />It was a pleasure meeting with students involved in the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.cccnewyork.org/">Citizens Committee for Children of New York</a> during their advocacy day for foster care. An area often overlooked in the foster care system is finding housing for kids/young adults that age out of the system and do not find a family to adopt them. My meeting with the organization was a result of the experience shared by Ava one of my office’s interns whose life and family has been impacted by New York City’s foster care system. If you interested in adopting or learning more about the foster care system in New York City visit <a href="https://www.cccnewyork.org/get-involved/">www.cccnewyork.org/get-involved</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="yeshiva" name="yeshiva"><strong>Yeshiva University Social Work School Graduation</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="5913" height="224" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/2bd6d2c3b442ba74abdd4a03305e247a-300x224.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 224px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />Thank you to Yeshiva University Wurzweiler School of Social Work for inviting me to speak at their 2019 graduation. I believe that those in social work have a desire to make people whole, to fix what is broken and to assist the vulnerable and that deserves admiration. As a result of countless hours of hard work put in by caring social workers, people in need get the help they are looking for, and more often than not, after they speak to a social worker they feel better. As your City Council Member for the last 5 and a half years, I can attest that the help Yeshiva University MSW candidates bring to our office is invaluable and that the work they do for my constituents every day is a big deal. Congratulations to all the 2019 graduates, especially Evan who has interned at my office since late 2018. I wish you all the best of luck in your future and hope the Wurzweiler School of Social Work keeps sending great Social Workers out to repair the world.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="child_school" name="child_school"><strong>Honored by Child School</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="5793" height="166" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/30755acba66f119a39e401d13b84d9ff-250x166.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 250px; height: 166px; margin: 0px;" width="250" />Thank you to <a href="https://www.thechildschool.org/index.cfm" target="_blank">The Child School / Legacy High School</a> for the amazing work they do educating students with learning challenges and honoring me at their Annual Benefit Dinner. At the award ceremony and fundraising gala, I also had the opportunity to award two proclamations to alumni for their success. Please consider supporting this school which boasts a 94% graduation rate by joining their <a href="https://thechildschool.schoolauction.net/fund" target="_blank">Annual Fund</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT AND CLEANING UP THE NEIGHBORHOOD</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Power_Washing" name="Power_Washing"><strong>Power Washing East 86th Street with Wildcat </strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="5797" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/e11578921fc66971414c1dfd47f38d96-250x187.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 187px; margin: 0px;" width="250" />If you have walked on East 86th Street, you may have noticed that the sidewalks are cleaner and perhaps even brighter. As part of my ongoing pilot program with Wildcat Cleaning services, over the last couple of weeks, the sidewalks have been power washed. I even rolled up my sleeves and took the opportunity to lead one of the power washing crews in getting the job done. As part of our cleanup initiative, we have been able to win twice a day garbage pick up from the Department of Sanitation in areas that need it. We have bought hundreds of new domed trash cans to keep the streets litter free. We also continued to work with Wildcat as they sweep up streets, tree pits, and bike island. They have been able to successfully remove old plastic bags that were stuck in tree branches. Thank you to Wildcat for all the great work.<br /> <br /> Part of my plan to keep the neighborhood clean involves starting a Business Improvement District (BID) along the East 86th Street business corridor. This would mean that parts of the district near 86th Street would get more needed attention and help with cleaning. My work to get the BID started continues as area businesses join the list of participants. For more information, on my cleanup initiative visit <a href="https://benkallos.com/CleanUp">BenKallos.com/cleanup</a><br /> <br /> With our success on East 86th Street, we will be moving on to East 79th Street in June to power wash overnight from 9PM to 5AM.<br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="sugary_Drinks" name="sugary_Drinks"><strong>Healthy Kids Meals Bill Becomes Law</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="5801" height="164" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/8d4eb8dc23c899f9ab4626ae03e28f72-250x164.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 164px; margin: 0px;" width="250" />I am proud that the Healthy Happy Meals Law I authored, introduced and passed went into effect on May 2. This new law requires all restaurants in New York City that have a kids menu to default to water, low-fat milk, and 100% fruit juice instead of sugary drinks for children.&nbsp; Over 24,000 restaurants that have kid meals on their menus will now replace sugary drinks with water and will be held accountable in the event that they violate this law. Defaulting to healthy beverage options helps teach our children healthy eating behaviors and improves the quality of their diets. For more information, read the release on <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/healthy-happy-meals-passes-new-york-city-council">BenKallos.com/press-releases</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="plastic" name="plastic"><strong>Plastic Pollution Forum</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="5805" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/5d35cdf4a59e83394df5364ecd7af030-250x187.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 187px; margin: 0px;" width="250" />As reported by the <a href="http://gothamist.com/2019/05/22/hudson_river_park_plastics.php">Gothamist</a>, Hudson River Park banned single-use plastic bottles in their park.<br /> <br /> New Yorkers use 1 billion single-use plastic water bottles annually, and although some of these bottles get recycled, many still end up in landfills or in our bodies of water polluting local fisheries. That is why I introduced <a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3486159&amp;GUID=623F5432-DA9F-4AD9-99CC-BD4862805649&amp;Options=ID%7CText%7C&amp;Search=0846-2018">legislation</a> banning the sale of single-use plastic water bottles in City parks to try and help the environment by decreasing our dependence on plastic. I discussed my legislation with experts at a forum at Pace University titled “Beyond Plastics” last month. The panel was full of experts who all agreed on one thing: we have an over-dependence on plastic that is hurting our environment. &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Please help reduce the number of trucks coming to our neighborhood by signing up for textile and electronics recycling or composting for your building. You can sign the petition at <a href="https://benkallos.com/petition/banthebottle">Benkallos.com/petition/BanTheBottle</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="waterfront" name="waterfront"><strong>Waterfront Alliance on Climate Change</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="5809" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/c3fcee030c164138075582e745db4881-300x225.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />On a beautiful day along the Hudson River, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Waterfront Alliance’s Rising Risk Climate Change Conference in May. The conference featured discussions on climate change and the waterfront resilience of New York City. The Waterfront Alliance is doing incredible work protecting our coastlines. The Alliance was also crucial in helping me re-establish the <a href="https://waterfrontalliance.org/2016/08/31/introducing-the-new-waterfront-management-advisory-board/" target="_blank">Waterfront Management Advisory Board </a>(WMAB) to improve the City’s planning for coastal risk and resiliency in order to be prepared for a future sea level rise. The conference was an opportune time to highlight our ongoing progress on restoring and preserving the East River Esplanade. By spending millions of dollars fixing and rebuilding seawalls we are making sure that when another big storm like Sandy rolls through Manhattan it will not destroy the waterfront.<br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Pesticides" name="Pesticides"><strong>Ban Toxic Pesticides in Parks</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="5717" height="199" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/f5573fe2b821cc4624dfea30a54bd94b-300x199.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 199px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />New York City’s parks are an oasis for residents to escape the City grind, a place where residents go to rest and children go to play. I continue to push for the passage of&nbsp;<a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3923895&amp;GUID=B4BD2300-1265-4193-8CDA-9C93D397EA57&amp;Options=&amp;Search=">Int 1524</a> which I authored and re-introduced in April to prohibit the use of toxic pesticides like Roundup in City parks and open spaces. The bill would also prohibit spraying toxic pesticides within 75 feet of a body of water. <a href="https://patch.com/new-york/upper-east-side-nyc/ues-councilman-proposes-pesticide-ban-city-parks">Patch</a> and <a href="https://www.ehn.org/monsantos-herbicide-defense-falling-on-deaf-ears-as-nyc-leaders-join-calls-for-ban-2634974362.html" target="_blank">Environmental Health News </a>have recently reported on how the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, as a probable carcinogen. This classification has led to the glyphosate being partially or fully banned in many countries throughout the world.&nbsp; According to reporting by <a href="https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/05/14/pesticide-lawsuits-and-threat-hiding-perfect-lawn">Common Dream</a> media, at least 13,400 lawsuits have been filed against Roundup and at least three have resulted in Bayer the parent company being told by a jury they have to pay a total of $3 billion in damages. For more information on the toxic pesticide ban and to sign our petition visit&nbsp;<a href="https://benkallos.com/petition/bantoxicpesticides">BenKallos.com/petition/bantoxicpesticides</a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Oval" name="Oval"><strong>Opening the Oval</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="5745" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/4d4fb46d91964a9aa70f1f79c04aab84-300x200.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 200px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /><strong>PLAY FREE TENNIS AT THE OVAL</strong><br /> All Summer Long in Air Conditioning with a Parks Department Tennis Permit<br /> <em>$10 for youth, $20 for seniors, or $100</em><br /> Get Your Permit Now: <a href="http://www.nycgovparks.org/things-to-do/tennis" target="_blank">nycgovparks.org/things-to-do/tennis</a><br /> <br /> The Queensboro Oval will be opening to the public with an expanded summer session, more affordable drop-in hours, and new programming, making the facility more accessible for all New Yorkers on <strong>Father’s Day 2019</strong>.<br /> <br /> The change comes after years of our advocacy alongside my fellow elected officials and Community Board 8. The Parks Department listened to our concerns that the prices at the tennis club were expensive and that public access should be the top priority when awarding the next contract. Some of the victories we won for the community include:</p> <ul> <li>An expansion of the summer public access season from 10 weeks under the old contract to 22 weeks of FREE tennis for anyone with a <a href="https://www.nycgovparks.org/things-to-do/tennis">tennis permit</a> from the Parks Department for $10 for youth, $20 for seniors, or $100.</li> <li>$10 walk-in rate hours for six hours a day during the Winter Season</li> <li>Free and $10 per person programs for Youth and Seniors during the Winter Season</li> </ul> <p>Our advocacy to fix this issue involved supporting a rally at the space in 2016 organized by CB 8 members Susan Avery and Peggy Price. Last year I also wrote a letter to the Parks Department where I raised several concerns and made my demands and this past month I <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/testimony-re-license-agreement-between-york-avenue-tennis-llc-and-city-new-york">testified</a> before the Franchise and Concession Review Committee (FCRC) and Parks Department. Now that Parks has awarded the new contract and listened to many of my request on behalf of residents I am looking forward to seeing the community be able to enjoy this land.<br /> <br /> <strong>PLAY FREE TENNIS AT THE OVAL</strong><br /> All Summer Long in Air Conditioning with a Parks Department Tennis Permit<br /> <em>$10 for youth, $20 for seniors, or $100</em><br /> Get Your Permit Now: <a href="http://www.nycgovparks.org/things-to-do/tennis" target="_blank">nycgovparks.org/things-to-do/tennis</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>TRANSPORTATION</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Ferry" name="Ferry"><strong>Ferry Service Lines</strong></a><strong> </strong><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="5721" height="136" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/c14bae30917abe9fb227ede12d2f03bb-300x136.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 136px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day, as you may have heard from <a href="https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-ferry-lines-chaos-new-yorkers-councilman-ben-kallos-memorial-day-20190526-mkgb5oapnvdebbegaav2j252kq-story.html">New York Daily News</a>, <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-york-city-ferry-riders-see-long-waits-over-holiday-weekend-11558993782">The Wall Street Journal</a>&nbsp;and <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-clip/cbs-new-york-nyc-attributes-long-wait-times-ferries-warm-weather-high-volume-riders">CBS 2</a>, my wife, 15-month old daughter and I got left behind with 50 other Upper East Siders by an overcrowded ferry and I used the opportunity to call for better service on <a href="https://twitter.com/BenKallos/status/1132664482977800192" target="_blank">Twitter</a>.&nbsp; NYC Ferry has 21 landings in the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan serving 4.1 million riders in 2018 and must be a reliable form of public transportation, even more so than the MTA. I appreciate that NYC Ferry did respond to my tweets with four more boats added to the fleet on Memorial Day weekend, 20 additional agents placed at the busiest landings and a citywide “alert” was issued to anyone with the NYC Ferry App. See coverage&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-ferry-lines-chaos-new-yorkers-councilman-ben-kallos-memorial-day-20190526-mkgb5oapnvdebbegaav2j252kq-story.html">New York Daily News</a>, <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-york-city-ferry-riders-see-long-waits-over-holiday-weekend-11558993782">The Wall Street Journal</a>&nbsp;and <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-clip/cbs-new-york-nyc-attributes-long-wait-times-ferries-warm-weather-high-volume-riders">CBS 2</a>.<br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="bike_month" name="bike_month"><strong>Bike Month: Riding the Five Boro Bike Tour and Bike to Work Day</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="5813" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/99dc40c236cc7ca6c59bc4812d268bf4-300x225.png" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />May was Bike Month in New York City, and thanks to Bike New York, I started off the month with the Five-Boro Bike Tour alongside members of my staff and 32,000 other riders. The Five-Boro Bike Tour is a New York City tradition since 1977 that has grown every year. The second event I was able to take part in was Bike to Work Day. This is my sixth consecutive year riding from my district office to City Hall, and it was the largest Bike to Work Day yet. It is a pleasure to celebrate the victories the City Council has won on behalf of cyclists: like adding brand new infrastructure, improving existing infrastructure, educating drivers on how to share the road and funding organizations like Bike New York. Our biggest victory so far this year is beginning of the process to close the Second Avenue bike gap. This is important because it will create a safe way for residents on Upper East Side to be able to bike downtown I hope to continue to create more bike infrastructure this. For more information on Bike Month visit <a href="https://www.bike.nyc/">Bike.NYC</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Second_Ave_Subway" name="Second_Ave_Subway"><strong>Working to Expand the Second Avenue Subway </strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="5817" height="250" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/c84b80a2bed93627810df98ab5f07a77-300x250.png" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 250px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />The Second Avenue Subway has offered residents better commuting options from the Upper East Side to Coney Island, Brooklyn, and other points in between. This multi-billion dollar project improved transportation for hundreds of thousands of people, but it is far from finished. The Second Avenue Subway still needs to expand to 125th Street to complete phase 2 of its planned route. With an estimated cost of $6 billion dollars Representatives of the neighborhoods, it will go through are looking to get the ball rolling on all possible sources of funding.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> It was a pleasure to join Congress Member Adriano Espaillat as he advocated to receive the <a href="https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/Freight/infrastructure/tiger/">Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery</a> grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation in order to adequately fund the expansion of the Second Avenue Subway. Once completed the expansion will connect East Harlem to Midtown and neighborhoods in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. The plan includes stops at 106th, 116th, and 125th Streets &amp; Second Avenue. A projected completion date for this project is 2029.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>COMMUNITY</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Fresh_Food_Box" name="Fresh_Food_Box"><strong>Fresh Food Box Is Back on June 6th </strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<a href="https://benkallos.com/event/fresh-food-box-29"><img align="middle" data-file-id="5821" height="600" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/0306bd7c802d7d266dc0084b8927dec6-600x600.png" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 600px; height: 600px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /></a><br /> <a href="http://www.grownyc.org/greenmarketco/foodbox">Grow NYC</a>’s <a href="http://www.grownyc.org/greenmarketco/foodbox">Fresh Food Box</a> is back at my district office beginning Thursday, June 6. This summer every Thursday between 3:30pm and 6:30pm, you will be able to place your order and pay just $14 (<em>cash, credit/debit, SNAP/food stamps, greenmarket bucks</em>) and pick up a bag of farm fresh produce the following week.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Fresh Food Box</strong><br /> Thursdays, June - November, 3:30pm - 6:30pm<br /> Office of Council Member Ben Kallos<br /> 244 East 93rd Street<br /> $14 paid a week in advance (<em>cash, credit/debit, SNAP, greenmarket bucks</em>)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> GrowNYC's Fresh Food Box Program lets customers benefit from fresh farm to table produce from a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share, with the flexibility of week-to-week purchasing. Sign-ups will begin June 6th and the first pickup will be June 13th and will continue through November. Learn more visit <a href="http://www.grownyc.org/greenmarketco/foodbox"><strong>http://www.grownyc.org/greenmarketco/foodbox</strong></a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Cooking_With_Kallos" name="Cooking_With_Kallos"><strong>Cooking With Kallos at the 82nd Street Greenmarket</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="5749" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/bfbcb164de2dd77a9adad2261a047701-300x225.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></strong>Cooking with Kallos is back this summer, for the sixth year of fresh affordable and tasty recipes alongside <a href="https://www.grownyc.org/">Grow NYC</a>. We will be cooking up recipes made up of the day’s best picks for anybody who comes by our stand at the market. Come by the Greenmarket, sponsored by my office, and help me cook up some of Grow NYC’s best produce from local farms. Cooking with Kallos will be held at 82nd Street between York Avenue and First Avenue on Saturday, June 8th from 10am to 12pm.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/cooking-kallosgrow-nyc-seasonal-job-fair-0" target="_blank"><strong>Cooking With Kallos</strong></a><br /> Saturday June 8, 10am -12pm<br /> East 82nd Street Greenmarket<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/cooking-kallosgrow-nyc-seasonal-job-fair-0">RSVP </a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="vaccines" name="vaccines"><strong>Vaccine Round Table with Congress Members Maloney and Shalala</strong></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://twitter.com/RepMaloney/status/1134212718267961344" target="_blank"><img data-file-id="5893" height="337" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/8cc7fc632c287ac7adfb4a0cb1edd235-600x337.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 337px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /></a><br /> <em>Congress Member Carolyn Maloney convened and <a href="https://twitter.com/RepMaloney/status/1134212718267961344" target="_blank">live-streamed on Twitter a Vaccine Round Table</a> with Congress Member Donna Shalala who was Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001. I was humbled to participate and report on what was happening in New York City.</em><br /> <br /> <strong><a id="CBO_Rally" name="CBO_Rally">Rally for Funding for Community-Based Organizations&nbsp;</a></strong><br /> <img align="none" data-file-id="5825" height="450" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/9b6cd4d72f151cf64ff0bdd17feceaac-600x450.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 450px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> <em>Fighting for more funding for community-based organizations which serve resident's needs.</em><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="James_Cagney" name="James_Cagney"><strong>Make Music Celebration at James Cagney Place</strong></a><br /> <img data-file-id="5857" height="775" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/1bc85069cb6b0d0dd9ea7962b77da072-600x775.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 775px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="http://www.makemusicday.org/">Make Music New York Inc.</a> is New York City’s only music festival for the people and by the people! Make Music New York is a not-for-profit organization whose mission celebrates the musician in all of us, connects New Yorkers to their communities and with each other, brings bold new artistic creations to life, unites diverse communities in a spirit of celebration and energizes the shared social spaces that make NYC a cultural capital.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> On Friday, June 21 on East 91st Street between 2nd and 3rd avenue, enjoy fan favorite the Wandering Jewbury's opening at 5pm. Music will go on till 8:30 with Yingling Porter, and Blue Flicker and more! RSVP at <a href="https://m.facebook.com/events/611474766022371">facebook.com</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="NY_Classical" name="NY_Classical"><strong>NY Classical Theatre 20th Anniversary Honoring Gale Brewer&nbsp;</strong></a><br /> <img align="none" data-file-id="5885" height="400" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/a526738a0b6af523974b0ec2ff39901c-600x400.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 400px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> <em>Recognizing New York Classical Theater with a proclamation on their 20th Anniversary alongside honoree Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer&nbsp;</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><a id="Census_Prep" name="Census_Prep">Planning for Fair Census Count in 2020</a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="5829" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/47c1fa05b101a72d16d858ae4609616b-300x225.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></strong>I met with Congress Member Maloney and members of the National Action Network to discuss the importance of making sure every New Yorker is counted in the coming census. Other speakers and participants included State Senator Brian Benjamin, Assembly Member Al Taylor, and Assembly Member Michael Blake. We are about one year away from the 2020 Census, where we stand to lose between one and two congressional seats statewide.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Inaccurate Census data could result in less representation in the U.S. House of Representatives and Electoral college and less critical funding for healthcare, infrastructure, and education in New York. Based on the latest Census estimates, about 36% of New York’s current population live in hard to count neighborhoods such as parts of Queens and Harlem, which are defined by the Census Bureau as areas with a self-response rate of 73% or less in the past census. That is why it is important to get the word out about the census and what it means.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> New York City is at risk of being undercounted, especially as the threat of a question on citizenship status being added to the census. According to experts, such a question would undermine the accuracy of the once in a decade count by discouraging unauthorized immigrants from filling out the forms due to a fear of being deported. We need to be mobile to sustain our urban democracy and ensure that over $800 billion of annual federal funding and our voice and power in Congress are not compromised. For more information visit, <a href="https://www.ny.gov/programs/2020-census">ny.gov/programs/2020-census</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Basketball" name="Basketball"><strong>Basketball with Ben</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<img align="none" data-file-id="5833" height="450" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/6b132b621913be3b763c6d88dfb4b955-600x450.jpg" style="border-image: none 100% / 1 / 0 stretch; width: 600px; height: 450px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> <em>Thank you to all the interns, fellows, social work students and staff for another great semester capped off by Basketball with Ben.</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><a id="FIGMENT" name="FIGMENT">Figment Comes to Roosevelt Island</a></strong><br /> &nbsp;<img data-file-id="5861" height="776" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/5157f5984663c4aaab91be864edb8f21-600x776.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 776px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> FIGMENT NYC 2019&nbsp; is a free two-day inclusive, participatory arts event held in multiple cities and drawing tens of thousands of participants each year. FIGMENT's mission is to offer free, family-friendly and participatory art to entire communities.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> This year, for the first time, it will be held in our district on Roosevelt Island. The program will showcase art that encourages participants to play, dance, sing, create, engage, experiment, and explore their environment. For one weekend this summer, it will transform Roosevelt Island into a large-scale collaborative artwork. Figment will be open Saturday, June 1st 10am-10pm and Sunday June 2nd 10am-6pm. Please do not enter the park after close. The event is FREE but will require a TICKET in advance which can be found at <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/figment-nyc-2019-tickets-61309756131">eventbrite.com/e/figment-nyc-2019</a>. For more information, visit <a href="https://newyork.figmentproject.org/event_details">NewYork.Figmentproject.org/event_details</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Figment NYC</strong><br /> Saturday June 1, 10am -10pm<br /> Sunday June 2, 10am - 6pm<br /> Lighthouse Park<br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>RESOURCES</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Census_2020_Jobs" name="Census_2020_Jobs"><strong>2020 Census Job Listings </strong></a><br /> <img data-file-id="5837" height="786" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/57895c198d2c23e7d69f3c9cc4c06a82-600x786.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 786px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> With the upcoming 2020 census, there are over 12,000 available positions for hire in the City. The hours per week will depend on the job and applicant. Office Operations Supervisors ($26/hour) and clerical staff ($20.50/hour) are expected to work 40 hours a week performing in-office tasks that support field positions including managing payroll, recruitment, and supply management. Field positions, including enumerators ($25/hour), field supervisors ($27.50/hour), and recruiting assistants($27.50/hour) are expected to work however many hours their availability permits them, between 10 and 40 hours by canvassing assigned areas and reporting the results they find. Please note that the enumerator positions allow the most flexibility and are based upon the individual employee and available work. For more information, visit 2020census.gov/jobs or USAJOBS.gov. You can also contact the New York Regional Census Center Recruiting at <a href="mailto:new.york.rcc.recruiting@2020census.gov">new.york.rcc.recruiting@2020census.gov</a> or 212-882-7102.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="City_Parks" name="City_Parks"><strong>CityParks Free Senior Fitness&nbsp;</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<img align="middle" data-file-id="5841" height="927" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/511ae10e90760db979af76811a9db79f-600x927.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 927px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> Throughout the rest of June, come out and get active in your neighborhood park with CityParks Foundation. New Yorkers the age of 60+ are invited to participate in free tennis lessons, yoga, and fitness walking in Carl Schurz Park and 15 neighborhood parks across the city. Activities in this six-week Seniors Fitness program take place twice a week and all equipment is provided. Register online at <a href="https://cityparksfoundation.org/seniors-fitness/">cityparksfoundation.org/seniors-fitness</a> or call (718) 760-6999 for information. On-site information is also available day-of.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Bike_NY" name="Bike_NY"><strong>Bike NY</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <font color="#000000" face="tahoma, sans-serif">Bike New York has FREE&nbsp;</font>youth programs&nbsp;<a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.bike.nyc/education/programs/after-school/&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1559332532373000&amp;usg=AFQjCNHMV0H1t9hhjefBeQ-ogNRHp1prMA" href="https://www.bike.nyc/education/programs/after-school/" target="_blank">for&nbsp;</a><a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.bike.nyc/education/programs/after-school/&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1559332532373000&amp;usg=AFQjCNHMV0H1t9hhjefBeQ-ogNRHp1prMA" href="https://www.bike.nyc/education/programs/after-school/" target="_blank">established after-school programs</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.bike.nyc/education/programs/summer-camp/&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1559332532374000&amp;usg=AFQjCNFWnZhpffAzWrO2pWojOBOZ69Od7g" href="https://www.bike.nyc/education/programs/summer-camp/" target="_blank">for established summer programs</a>. Registration is on-going.<br /> <br /> Bike New York is also looking for several youth instructors. They provide curricula and training!&nbsp;There is the possibility of&nbsp;extending employment to future seasons including summer and fall 2019. for more information visit&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong><font color="#000000" face="tahoma, sans-serif"><a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.bike.nyc/jobs/youth-instructor/&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1559332532374000&amp;usg=AFQjCNFvVCTA79U1D-VfgRXjG1cVwkbEZg" href="https://www.bike.nyc/jobs/youth-instructor/" target="_blank">www.bike.nyc/jobs/youth-instructor/</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></strong><br /> <br /> <font color="#000000" face="tahoma, sans-serif"><strong>Position:</strong>&nbsp;Youth Instructors</font><br /> <font color="#000000" face="tahoma, sans-serif"><strong>Reports to:</strong>&nbsp;Youth Programs Manager</font><br /> <font color="#000000" face="tahoma, sans-serif"><strong>Salary:</strong>&nbsp;$20/hour</font><br /> <font color="#000000" face="tahoma, sans-serif"><strong>Classification:</strong>&nbsp;Part-time, non-exempt, seasonal. Approximately 15 hours a week, from April 2019 to June 2019 with the possibility of extending to future seasons.</font><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><a id="Skin_Cancer" name="Skin_Cancer">MSK Free Skin Cancer Screening</a><br /> <img data-file-id="5845" height="776" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/9618fd5baf92accd516366a5be98b32f-600x776.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 776px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /></strong><br /> Memorial Sloan Kettering will provide free skin cancer screenings on Thursday, May 30th from 4:00-7:00 pm at 16 East 60th Street, 3rd Floor, Suite 302. This screening is by appointment only. The appointment line opens on Wednesday, May 22nd at 9:00 am. To make an appointment, community members should call 646-888-6410. The appointment line will close after all appointment slots have been filled.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Moving_For_Life" name="Moving_For_Life"><strong>Moving for Life</strong></a><br /> <br /> Moving for Life is a program that raises awareness for cancer recovery and prevention and teaches Dance Exercise for better health in our communities. Moving for Life will be holding classes at the John Jay Park and the Y on 92nd street. For any questions or concerns, contact <a href="mailto:info@movingforlife.org">info@movingforlife.org</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Silver_Circles" name="Silver_Circles"><strong>Silver Circles</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Silver Circles offers one-on-one tutoring for older adults, age 60+, in my office, using a desktop, or your own laptop, tablet (like iPad or Kindle), and/or a cell phone.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Ever wanted to learn more about how to use a computer or cell phone but were afraid to ask? Whether you have some computer experience or none whatsoever, we can help you learn:</p> <ul> <li>The ABC’s of using a keyboard and computer for the very first time.</li> <li>How to set up and use email to connect with family member.</li> <li>How to safely search online for recipes, news, and other topics.</li> <li>How to set up easy online bill paying, or refilling your MTA senior-fare Metrocard.</li> <li>How to use your cell phone.</li> </ul> <p>Silver Circles is a fee-free service from Search and Care, a not-for-profit community social service agency, helping older Upper Eastsiders since 1972.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Sessions are 45 minutes every Wednesday, 1:30 - 3:00pm, from July 10th to August 28th at 244 East 93rd Street, 10128.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Fall_Prevention" name="Fall_Prevention"><strong>Fall Prevention Training </strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Did you know: One in four people aged 65 or older has a fall each year. Back by popular demand, the Fall Prevention Training program will be led by Robert Curran, Injury Prevention and Outreach trauma specialist from New York Presbyterian, and in partnership with the New York City Council. Visit <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-prevention-training-tickets-61551943520">eventbrite.com/e/fall-prevention-training-tickets</a> to RSVP for free. Please contact <a href="mailto:joanna@chneighbors.org">joanna@chneighbors.org</a> for more information regarding this information forum series.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Va_Town_Hall" name="Va_Town_Hall"><strong>VA Woman Veteran Town Hall</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> On Saturday, June 8, 2019<br /> Women Veterans of all eras are encouraged to attend this town meeting to obtain information about applying for VA benefits, Compensation, pension, burial benefits,<br /> Women Veteran organizations, VSOs, New York City and State benefits. Following a Q&amp;A session, Veterans may enroll in the VA Health-care System On-the-spot. The Queens Central Library will also be providing information about Its job and business-related services and assistance with applying for library cards. Veterans with questions who wish to attend should contact Outreachnyhhs@va.gov or call 1-212-686-7500 ext.4263<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong><a id="cb8_sex" name="cb8_sex">Community Board 8 Sexual Harassment Forum</a></strong><br /> &nbsp;<img data-file-id="5849" height="775" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/83eb8957271a50d05fe5bdfafbb52f30-600x775.png" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 775px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> On June 13, Community Board 8 will be holding a forum on the new New York City rules to combat sexual harassment at 6:30 pm in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Special guests to the forum include Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., Deputy Director of NYC Commission on Human Rights Dana Sussman, and CUNY Law Professor Rick Rossein.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;No registration required for this free event, For more information email <a href="mailto:info@CB8M.com">info@CB8M.com</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><a id="cb6_seniors" name="cb6_seniors">Community Board 6 Senior Resource Fair</a><br /> <img align="middle" data-file-id="5853" height="776" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/52eeaf3781b5e70d8b32b4577e60644e-600x776.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 776px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /></strong><br /> Join Manhattan Community Board 6 for a Senior Resource Fair for all members of the senior community at Baruch College on Thursday, June 20 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm. At the fair there will be access to: Information on rent assistance, Caregiver support, Blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes, screenings by Karpas Health, Vision tests from the Eye &amp; Ear Institute, and Mental health resources.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> RSVP at <a href="https://tinyurl.com/CBSIXSENIOR">https://tinyurl.com/CBSIXSENIOR</a> Or call 212-319-3750<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Social_Security" name="Social_Security"><strong>Social Security Imposter Scams</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/05/14/social-security-impostor-scam/3664053002/">Social Security Imposter Scams</a> are getting bolder and more threatening. Remember, the IRS or SSA will never directly call you or ask you to give sensitive information over the phone. According to <a href="https://www.fraud.org/" target="_blank">Fraud.org</a> and the FTC, here are some important things to remember:</p> <ul> <li>Don't trust your phone's caller ID. Scammers can make it look as if the Social Security Administration is calling and even use the agency's real number.</li> <li>Don't give your Social Security number, other personal information, to a caller on the phone.</li> <li>Social Security will never suspend your number, according to Fraud.org. If anyone tells you something different, you're being scammed.</li> <li>Social Security will never call you and demand money. No government agency will demand you pay something using gift cards or Bitcoin either.</li> <li>If you have a question, check with the real Social Security Administration. The administration will never contact you out of the blue. The agency's number is 1-800-772-1213.</li> <li>Talk about the scam with friends, family and neighbors. Report government impostor scams to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.</li> </ul> <p>Constituents can also report Social Security scam calls to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Families" name="Families"><strong>Families For Safe Streets Wellness Retreat Night</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<img data-file-id="5865" height="776" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/f5a1c66e6b99b81b48538a99586ab33d-600x776.png" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 776px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> Have you been injured or lost a loved one in a traffic crash? Do you care for a loved one who was injured? You are not alone!<br /> Join Families for Safe Streets for a special night of well-deserved pampering. Nourish your mind, body and spirit with an array of wellness practitioners -- and share snacks, stories, resources and more with members of Families for Safe Streets. This event is Ideal for first-timers and long-time members.<br /> The event will be held at the&nbsp;New York Open Center at 22 E. 30th Street.<br /> This special evening will include Spanish interpretation. For other language needs, please contact chana@familiesforsafestreets.org.<br /> Wheelchair accessible<br /> &nbsp;*This event is not affiliated with the Open Center RSVP: <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf4wDLlWDA-EztzMR20wJdruyQtlhoaTAUlfOMApSzST_qAmg/viewform">transalt.org/FSSRSVP&nbsp;</a> <strong>OFFICE UPDATES</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Clinics" name="Clinics"><strong>Free Legal Clinics </strong></a><br /> <br /> Need a lawyer? Every month I sponsor legal clinics where you can get free legal advice in my District Office at 244 East 93rd Street from 3pm-6pm:</p> <ul> <li><strong>General Civil Law</strong>, 3rd Tuesday</li> <li><strong>Life Planning Clinic</strong>, 3rd Wednesday</li> <li><strong>Family Law and Domestic Violence</strong>, 1st Tuesday</li> <li><strong>Housing Clinics</strong>, Every Monday and 1st Wednesday</li> </ul> <p>Please call my office at 212-860-1950 in advance to schedule your appointment.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <a id="Help" name="Help"><strong>Here to Help</strong></a><br /> <br /> We are here to help. My social work team can help you find out what services you are eligible for and assist you in your application. Some examples include:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Seniors: </strong>Medicare savings, Meals-on-Wheels, Access-A-Ride</li> <li><strong>Housing: </strong>searching for affordable units, free legal housing clinic at my office</li> <li><strong>Job Resources: </strong>training resources and assistance, unemployment benefits</li> <li><strong>Families: </strong>Universal Pre-K, Head Start, After-School programs</li> <li><strong>Finances:</strong> cash assistance, tax credits, home energy assistance</li> <li><strong>Nutrition: </strong>WIC, free meals for all ages</li> </ul> <p><strong>Please also call us at 212-860-1950 or email us at bkallos@benkallos.com with any unresolved 311 complaints.</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Mobile" name="Mobile"><strong>Mobile District Hours</strong></a><br /> <br /> Get assistance wherever in the district you are when we bring our office to you. Please join us at monthly mobile district hours from 11am–2pm:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.isaacscenter.org/">Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center</a>, 415 East 93rd Street, 2nd Tuesday (11-2pm)</li> <li><a href="https://www.nypl.org/locations/webster">Webster Library</a>, 1465 York Ave &amp; 3rd East 78th Street, 3rd Wednesday NEW (11-1pm)</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;<br /> <a id="BenInYourBuilding" name="BenInYourBuilding"><strong>Ben in Your Building</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> The "Ben in Your Building Program" is a chance to discuss issues of importance to you and your neighbors in person. Please consider inviting me to your cooperative or condominium annual meeting or tenant’s association meeting, and I will be happy to join you. Over the past year, I have visited several buildings to discuss matters of importance in the neighborhood, including street furniture, road conditions, homeless outreach, and sanitation issues. Please schedule a "Ben in Your Building" today by calling 212-860-1950 or email <a href="mailto:Scheduler@BenKallos.com">Scheduler@BenKallos.com</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="CommunityBoards" name="CommunityBoards"><strong>Community Boards</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/12: Community Board 6 Full Board Meeting</strong><br /> <em>7:00pm, 433 1st Avenue (NYU School of Dentistry), Room 210 [TBD]</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/18: Community Board 11 Full Board Meeting</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, Henry J. Carter Specialty Hospital &amp; Nursing Facility 1752 Park Avenue [TBD]</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/19</strong>: <strong>Community Board 8 Land Use &amp; Full Board Meeting</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, New York Blood Center, Auditorium 310 East 67th Street (first-second)</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="nypd" name="nypd"><strong>NYPD Events</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/3: 19th Precinct Community Council</strong><br /> <em>7:00pm-8:00pm, 19th Precinct Station House, 153 E. 67th Street</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/25: 17th Precinct Community Council </strong><br /> <em>6:00pm-7:00pm, Sutton Place Synagogue, 224 E. 51st Street</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/26: 23rd Precinct Community Council</strong><br /> <em>6:00pm-7:00pm, 23rd Precinct Station House, 164 E. 102nd Street</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Tenant" name="Tenant"><strong>Neighborhood and Tenant Associations</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>First Wednesday, 6/5: Roosevelt Island Residents Association Common Council Meeting</strong><br /> 8:00 pm-10:00 pm, Good Shepherd (Downstairs), 543 Main Street<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Second Wednesday, 6/12: Lexington Houses Tenant Association</strong><br /> 6:00pm, 1539 Lexington Avenue<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Second Tuesday, 6/11: Stanley Isaacs Tenant Associations</strong><br /> 7:00 pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, 415 East 93rd Street<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Third Tuesday, 6/18: Holmes Towers Tenant Association</strong><br /> 7:00 pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, 415 East 93rd Street<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="adults" name="adults"><strong>Events For Adults</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/1, 6/15, 6/29: Free Resume Critique</strong><br /> <em>10:30am, </em><em>96th Street Library</em><br /> SHERRY NATKOW is a career specialist and certified resume writer in private practice on the Upper East Side. When she's not delivering lively workshops, she's helping job seekers, one-on-one, work smarter on their job search. Bring a hard copy of your resume for a 20-minute one-on-one critique.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29: Computer Tutoring Sessions </strong><br /> <em>12:00pm, Webster Library Auditorium</em><br /> Join us for an one-on-one tutoring sessions! Our computer tutors can help you with everything from learning how to use a mouse, formatting a resume, setting up an email address, posting photos on the internet, starting a blog, using Microsoft Office, and more.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/1, 6/15: Cello Concert with Tomas Ulrich &amp; Students</strong><br /> <em>2:00pm, Webster Library Auditorium</em><br /> Be soothed by the sounds of music! Join cellist Tomas Ulrich and his students as they perform music by Bach, Vivaldi, Purcell, Dvorak, Schumann and many more.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/3, 6/17: Yorkville Writing Circle</strong><br /> <em>6:45pm, Yorkville Library Meeting Room</em><br /> Want to meet local writers? Commit to a writing schedule? Practice your craft<br /> through writing prompts? Read original work to get and give feedback? Then come to the biweekly meetings of the Yorkville Writing Circle! Writers of all genres and styles, at all levels, are welcome to participate. No sign-ups required.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/3: Start Your Day with Art: Watercolor Open Studio</strong><br /> <em>11:30am, Webster Library Auditorium</em><br /> Let your imagination run wild. Spend the morning working with watercolors! No specific instruction is provided and no prior experience necessary.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/3: Mystery Monday</strong><br /> <em>4:00pm, Webster Library Auditorium</em><br /> June 3: a Hero of France by Alan Furst.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25: Adult Coloring </strong><br /> <em>11:00am, Roosevelt Island Library </em><br /> Come to the library and relax by coloring some beautiful artwork. Feel you troubles and bitter cares melt away at each stroke of your pencil!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25: Word for Beginners</strong><br /> <em>3:00pm, 96th Street Library</em><br /> Learn the basic features of Microsoft Word 2010, a word processing program you can use to create documents. Topics include: entering and editing text, saving files, and various formatting options. This is a comprehensive course, so please make sure you can attend all sessions. Call 212-289-0908 to register.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/4, 6/10: BE HAPPY – NOW! How to Cultivate High Levels of Happiness</strong><br /> <em>5:00pm, Webster Library Auditorium</em><br /> We all want to be happy. But many of us find happiness to be elusive, at best. Speaker, trainer, and certified professional coach, Barbara Phillips, will share practical steps for cultivating happiness and building your capacity to live your life by design rather than default.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/4, 6/18, 6/25: Summer Garden Concert Series</strong><br /> <em>6:00pm, The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum &amp; Garden 421 East 61st Street</em><br /> Listen to music while relaxing in the garden. Museum tour and complimentary beverages included. June 4th: PACC Recorder consort, Colonial music. June 18th: Cellist Christopher James and violinist Jon Block. June 25th: Frank Hendricks and Bob Conroy of STOUT.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/5: Author Talk: Alanna Okun: The Curse of The Boyfriend Sweater: Essays on Crafting</strong><br /> <em>5:30pm, Yorkville Library Meeting Room</em><br /> Join Yorkville as Alanna Okun discusses her newest book. The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater is a memoir about life truths learned through crafting.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/5, 6/12, 6/19, 6/26: Learn to Play Chess For Adults</strong><br /> <em>2:00pm, Webster Library Auditorium</em><br /> Learn to play the most popular game ever: A game of strategy and<br /> problem solving. Whether you are beginner or a more advanced<br /> player you can learn the strategies that will make you a better<br /> chess player. Best part of all CHESS IS FUN!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/5: The Heiress — 70th Anniversary Celebration</strong><br /> <em>5:00pm (reception) 7:00pm, Merchant’s House Museum</em><br /> To Benefit the Merchant’s House Museum Legal Fund. Based on Washington Square, Henry James’s classic novel of mid-19th century New York City, The Heiress (1949), winner of four Academy Awards, tells the haunting story of young love – and a dominating father who didn’t approve.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27: COMPUTER LAB</strong><br /> <em>12:00pm, 96th Street Library</em><br /> At the 96th Street Library Computer Lab our tech volunteers assist you with almost any computer topic you want to learn. Topics include computer basics, Microsoft Word, online shopping, email, downloading eBooks, resume assistance, Facebook, phone apps and more! Students are encouraged to bring their own laptop or tablet device. If you can't bring yours, we will lend you one for the duration of the class.** Space is limited and sign-up is required. Late arrivals may be turned away, so please arrive on time to secure your spot. Sign up in-person or call 212-289-0908.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/6: Film - THE MORTAL STORM (1940)</strong><br /> <em>2:00pm, 96th Street Library</em><br /> When the Nazis come to power, the Roth family is divided and a family friend is caught up in the turmoil. This film is 100 minutes in length.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/6: Sunset Gala at the Park </strong><br /> <em>5:00pm, Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park </em><br /> June 6, 2019 will be the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Four Freedoms Park Conservancy will commemorate the invasion and battle set in motion on that day, which launched the final phase of World War II. President Roosevelt and General Eisenhower led the prayers of our country, not for victory alone, but also for the continued inspiration to build a world committed to the Four Freedoms. Join us for a memorable evening with music and cocktails in view of the United Nations.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/6: Poetry Reading - Andrey Gritsman </strong><br /> <em>6:00pm, Roosevelt Island Library </em><br /> Andrey Gritsman writes poetry, essays, and short stories in Russian and English that have been published in more than 60 literary journals and several poetry books. A native of Moscow, Andrey Gritsman emigrated to the United States in 1981. He is a third generation physician, specializing in cancer diagnosis. He is the founder and editor of the Interpoezia magazine. This program is presented in partnership with the Pushkin Society in America. The program will be held in Russian.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/6: Memoirs That Make a Difference: I Can't Date Jesus by Michael Arceneaux</strong><br /> <em>6:00pm, Webster Library Auditorium</em><br /> Join us for the Memoirs That Make a Difference book discussion group. On June 6th, 2019 at 6pm, we'll discuss I Can't Date Jesus by Michael Arceneaux. Registration is recommended but not required. Copies of this title can be reserved online, over the phone, or at your local branch.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/6: 96th Street Library Book Discussion: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin</strong><br /> 7:00pm, <em>96th Street Library</em><br /> Please join us for our June 2019 book discussion. We will be reading The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. The book will be available at the 96th Street Library one month before our book discussion.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/6 - 7/3: Carter Burden Gallery Exhibition</strong><br /> <em>6:00pm, Carter Burden Gallery </em><br /> Carter Burden Gallery presents three new exhibitions: Suspended States in the East Gallery featuring Nieves Saah and Jacqueline Shatz; Paper Works in the West gallery featuring Elisabeth Jacobsen and Susan Skoorka; and On the Wall featuring the installation SEAWALL by Beth Barry. The reception will be held June 6th, 2019 from 6 - 8 p.m. The exhibition runs from June 6 through July 3, 2019 at 548 West 28thStreet in New York City. The gallery hours are Tuesday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/6: Building Community - The Architecture of the Rhinelander Family</strong><br /> <em>6:00pm, Meeting location provided upon registration. </em><br /> The history of New York real estate and architecture is awash in German-American heritage, counting among its ranks such tycoons as John Jacob Astor and John G. Wendel. But in Yorkville, no name stands out as prominently as Rhinelander. One of New York’s most prominent early land-owning families, the Rhinelanders arrived in New York in the late 17th century, and began developing their holdings in Yorkville in the 1880s, as the neighborhood’s growing immigrant communities made the area a magnet for progressive housing reform. On this tour, led by FRIENDS’ President <strong>Franny Eberhart</strong>, we’ll explore highlights of the Hardenhergh/Rhinelander Historic District, focusing on how the family’s community-minded architectural commissions, and significant philanthropy, left a rich architectural and social legacy in the neighborhood. Along the way, we’ll see some of the city’s first “Modern” apartment buildings, learn what the “French Flat” has to do with Yorkville’s German heritage, and discover the district’s “verdant treasure.”<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28: Creative Aging - Painting 1-2-3</strong><br /> <em>10:30am, Roosevelt Island Library </em><br /> Creative Aging program series is geared for older adults aged 50+. From now through June 28, 2019 at our branch, we're hosting painting workshops. An introduction to the basic concepts of painting by exploring different techniques and styles. Discover color theory and learn to mix paint colors. Your appreciation of art will be enhanced as you learn to see things differently as an artist does and have the opportunity to capture this on canvas. Presented by Brandon Arana. Limited to ten participants. To participate in this program, you must pre-register<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/8: Roosevelt Island Day </strong><br /> <em>9:00am, Good Shepherd Plaza 543 Main Street</em><br /> Celebration of Roosevelt Island which includes a focus on island beautification and clean-up projects, carnival games and rides, food, live entertainment, information booths, giveaways, and more! For more information visit rioc.ny.gov<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/8: Organic Gardening Workshop - Garden Pests &amp; Disease - How to Combat With Natural, Organic Remedies - Integrated Pest Management </strong><br /> <em>12:00 noon, Roosevelt Library </em><br /> This workshop will discuss some of the different diseases and pests that may affect your garden. We will also explore how to combat them with Natural Organic Remedies, also referred to as Integrated Pest Management. We will also discuss pesticides and their negative effects on the environment. The program will begin at the Roosevelt Island Library for a presentation and discussion, followed by a quick walk over to the Roosevelt Island Living Library &amp; Think Park Gardens for a hands-on workshop.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/8: Start a Revolution Film Series: Before Stonewall (1985)</strong><br /> <em>2:00pm, Webster Library Auditorium</em><br /> Traces the development of the homosexual community from the social experimentation of the Roaring Twenties, the persecutions of the McCarthy era, and the development of the gay rights movement. This film is 87 minutes in length.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/10: Author Talk: S.A. Chakraborty: The Kingdom of Copper and other works</strong><br /> <em>5:30pm, Yorkville Library</em><br /> Join the Yorkville Library in welcoming Best Selling Author S.A. Chakraborty as she discusses her work.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/11: Book Discussion Group </strong><br /> <em>5:30pm, 67th Street Library </em><br /> Get the neighborhood read. Join our lively discussion! We've got the books, now we need you to talk!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/13: Film - THE GREAT McGINTY (1940)</strong><br /> <em>2:00pm, 96th Street Library</em><br /> A petty thief and a bum get a political career off the ground, but it may not last. This film is 82 minutes in length.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/15: </strong><strong>Ice Cream Garden Social</strong><br /> <em>1pm, 421 East 61st Street</em><br /> Join us for family fun during this Path Through History Weekend at our old-fashioned ice cream social. Come to the garden to make ice cream, try our historic toys and games, take a Museum tour and hear about the mouth-watering history of this sweet treat. For more information and tickets, see <a href="https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4242511">www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4242511</a><br /> $10 Adults, Members and Children.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/15: Volunteer Gardening </strong><br /> <em>9:30am, 86th Street at East End Avenue </em><br /> The Carl Schurz Park Volunteer Gardeners are an adult group that meets monthly to work in the park. Students or children who wish to participate must be accompanied by adults or parents who work along with them.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/15: Ascend with Pride: An Afternoon with Friends &amp; Family at FDR Four Freedoms State Park </strong><br /> <em>12:00pm, Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park </em><br /> Get your cameras ready: a 12’ x 100’ Pride flag is coming to FDR Four Freedoms State Park!<br /> From Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 30, the Park’s monumental staircase will transform into a massive LGBTQ Pride Flag to celebrate the universal human rights articulated in FDR’s Four Freedoms Speech: freedom of speech &amp; expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. On Saturday, June 15 from 12:00-6:00 PM, the Park will host a free WorldPride celebration for all ages, with VideoOut onsite all day capturing coming out stories for their online library, food trucks for a picnic on the lawn (and for the 21+ crowd, wine and beer will be available for purchase), and a visit from Drag Queen Story Hour, at 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM, featuring books that focus on diversity and inclusivity, from Little Bee Books. Free; event details subject to change.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/20: Film - THREE ON A MATCH (1932); &amp; FEMALE (1933)</strong><br /> <em>2:00pm, 96th Street Library</em><br /> Three on a Match: A successful woman throws away her accomplishments by descending into a life of debauchery and drugs. This film is 63 minutes in length.<br /> Female: A tough-minded executive of an automobile factory succeeds in the man's world of business until she meets a design engineer. This film is 60 minutes in length.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/20: Reel Classics: Sunset Boulevard (1950)</strong><br /> <em>4:00pm, Webster Library Auditorium</em><br /> A screenwriter is hired to rework a faded silent film star's script, only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship. This film is 110 minutes in length.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/20: Step in, Stand Clear, Drink Up!</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, 350 East 85th Street</em><br /> Thanks to the Second Avenue Subway, you can get all the way from the Upper East Side to Coney Island via the Q Train. We’re kicking off summer, and celebrating this new route to the beach, with a transit history talk and beer tasting at Ryan’s Daughter. As we relax over summary sips, architectural historian Francis Morrone will trace the development of transit on the Upper East Side from horse cars to steam engines to subways. We’ll find out how the 2nd and 3rd Avenue Els carried newcomers to Yorkville, helping the neighborhood’s immigrant communities flourish; see how transit on Park Avenue “went electric” and made the area one of the most prestigious addresses in the country, and discover who’s behind the MTA’s new spectacular subway art.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/21: Make Music New York </strong><br /> <em>4:00pm, John Finley Walk at the top of the East 86th Street staircase</em><br /> Enjoy this city-wide concert series to celebrate the first day of summer! In collaboration with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/22: Webster @ the Movies: First Man (2018)</strong><br /> <em>4:00pm, Webster Library Auditorium</em><br /> First Man, the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969.This film is 141 minutes in length.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/23: Grand Victorian Garden Tea</strong><br /> <em>4:00pm,</em> <em>The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum &amp; Garden 421 East 61st Street</em><br /> In conjunction with Gemini and Scorpio. Put on your best period finery and come for a proper afternoon tea in the Museum garden. Enjoy finger sandwiches and scones, music and much more.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/24: Falls Prevention for Older Adults</strong><br /> <em>11:30am, Webster Library Auditorium</em><br /> DID YOU KNOW? Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death and hospitalization for older adults in New York City. Falls can affect your quality of life, sometimes making it harder for you to live independently- but FALLS CAN BE PREVENTED! A Healthy Homes expert from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will share falls prevention tips concerning: Muscle weakness, Trouble with mobility or balance, Medication side effects, Fear of fallings, Falls prevention exercises …and more! Presented by Bellevue Hospital Center<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/26: Privacy and VPNs</strong><br /> <em>6:00pm, Roosevelt Island Library </em><br /> With all the debate about privacy, security and corporate interests all internet users need to know how to protect their identities and data. In this class you will learn how to securely and anonymously surf the web.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/27: Film - THREE COMRADES (1938)</strong><br /> <em>2:00pm, 96th Street Library</em><br /> Three friends in 1920s Europe suffer through, with a little levity provided by the sole object of all three’s attention, a local tubercular girl. This film is 98 minutes in length<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/27: Movie night - Telefon </strong><br /> <em>6:00pm, Roosevelt Island Library </em><br /> Telefon (PG)(1977) Starring Charles Bronson. Running time: 102 minutes.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 6/29: <strong>Main Street Theatre &amp; Dance Alliance present FADE, a new play directed by Shawn Williams</strong><br /> <em>3:00pm</em><em> &amp; 7:00pm, 548 Main Street, Roosevelt Island</em><br /> Written by World Slam Finalist Joel François in collaboration with OPEN DOORS Reality Poets, an artist collective who have flipped the script of their lives, FADE takes you into The Barbershop—a place where humor, courage and wisdom transform tragedy and injustice into a redemptive force. Moving through time “before and after the chair” FADE delivers a message of realness, resilience and healing with a hip-hop beat. Learn more at <a href="https://opendoorsnyc.org/fade">opendoorsnyc.org</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="kids" name="kids"><strong>Event for Kids</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/1: Chess Tutorials </strong><br /> <em>10:30am, 11:00am, 2:00pm, 2:30pm Roosevelt Island Library </em><br /> FREE chess tutorials for beginner to intermediate players and US Chess Federation rated players under 900. Register online Tuesday, May 28 at 1 pm. This is for the Saturday, June 1 10:30 AM session. Registration required online.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29: Read to our New York Therapy Dog!</strong><br /> <em>10:30am, Webster Library Auditorium</em><br /> Come read to our therapy dog Tugboat! These licensed therapy dogs and their owners can't wait for you to come read them a story. Enjoy one-on-one, no-pressure reading time with a furry friend! Pre-registration is required for each 15-minute slot and opens 1 week in advance. For ages 5 and up.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/3: Baby Storytime</strong><br /> <em>10:15am, 10:45am, 11:00am, 11:30am, Roosevelt Island Library </em><br /> Babies from birth to 18 months old and their parents/caregivers can enjoy great books, lively songs, and rhymes, and meet other babies in the neighborhood.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/3, 6/17: Read to Murphy, our New York Therapy Dog!</strong><br /> <em>4:00pm, Yorkville Library Children’s Room</em><br /> Come read to our therapy dog Murphy! These licensed therapy dogs and their owners can't wait for you to come read them a story. Enjoy one-on-one, no-pressure reading time with a furry friend! Pre-registration is required for each 15-minute slot and opens 1 week in advance. For ages 5 and up.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24: Preschool Storytime: Petite Picasso</strong><br /> <em>4:00pm, </em><em>96th Street Library</em><br /> Read aloud and messy art projects for young children. Wear your art clothes. Smocks will be provided. Limited to 24 participants.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25: Free Play</strong><br /> <em>4:00pm, Webster Library Auditorium</em><br /> Join us on Tuesday afternoons for a fun chance to socialize with other kids from the community! Toys are provided. Please note: This program is for both caregiver and child. It is not a structured program.<br /> *Take care to supervise children at all times.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/5, 6/12, 6/19: Toddler Storytime</strong><br /> <em>10:15am, 11:15am, Roosevelt Island Library </em><br /> Toddlers from 18 months to 3 years and their parents/caregivers can enjoy interactive storeis, actions songs, fingerplays, and spend time with other toddlers in the neighborhood. First come, first served.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/5, 6/12, 6/19, 6/26: Toddler Play Time </strong><br /> <em>10:45am, 11:45am, Roosevelt Island Library </em><br /> Toddlers can play with toys and get to know their neighbors. For ages 18 months to 3 years.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/5: Summer Reading - The Universe</strong><br /> <em>3:15pm, Roosevelt Island Library </em><br /> A Summer Reading Kick-Off During this show we will explore our universe. Every song, beginning with our introduction “Hello Song” will be altered to include a mention of galaxies, stars, the sun, moon and planets. During our Adventure song we will visit the milky way, visit Martians, see satellites and spaceships. We incorporate other music and movement songs as we jump on the moon, and blast off in our rocket ships. Best for ages 0-8 years old with their parent/caregiver. Presented by Rockness Music.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/5: Summer Dance Party @ 96th Street</strong><br /> <em>4:00pm, 96th Street Library</em><br /> Celebrate books and reading with Mr. Patrick, his guitar and his silly puppet friends. Cut loose with Dr. Seuss and get ready to party like a “Wild Thing!” It’s going to be a “wild rumpus!” For children of all ages.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Presented by Music with Patrick<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/5: Summer Reading - Poof! Life in a Vacuum </strong><br /> <em>4:30pm, Roosevelt Island Library </em><br /> Where does space begin? How far away is the Moon? Where did the space shuttles go? These questions and more are answered as students discover the USS Intrepid’s role in the Space Race. Using a bell jar and vacuum pump, Museum educators will mimic the vacuum of space! Your students will first predict, then discover what happens to various objects when they are exposed to a vacuum and then make the connection to how the human body would react to the vacuum of space. For ages 13-18 years old. Presented by Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27: Family Storytime</strong><br /> <em>11:00am/11:30am/11:45am, Webster Library Auditorium</em><br /> Toddlers from birth to 3 years and their parents/caregivers can enjoy interactive stories, action songs, fingerplays, and spend time with other toddlers in the neighborhood. There is a limit of 15 children and their caregivers. Tickets are given out the morning of the program on a first come, first serve basis. Times of the programs are approximate.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28: Open Playtime </strong><br /> <em>10:30am, Roosevelt Island Library</em><br /> Enjoy a warm and inviting space where parents/caregivers can play with their child, listen to music and socialize with others in the community. Recommended for Ages: 1-3 years.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/8: Chess Tutorials </strong><br /> <em>10:30am, 11:00am, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, Roosevelt Island Library </em><br /> FREE chess tutorials for beginner to intermediate players and US Chess Federation rated players under 900. Register online Tuesday, May 28 at 1 pm. This is for the Saturday, June 8, 10:30 AM session. Registration required online.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/10, 6/17, 6/24: Baby Play Time </strong><br /> <em>10:45am, 11:30am, Roosevelt Island</em><br /> Babies can play with toys and get to know their neighbors. For children ages 0-18 months.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/10, 6/24: Art Buffet</strong><br /> <em>4:00 pm, Webster Library Auditorium</em><br /> Let your imagination run wild! Join us for an hour of uninterrupted, creative fun. Pick and choose from our craft supplies to make a masterpiece to take home.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/13: Webster @ the Movies: Disney's Christopher Robin</strong><br /> <em>4:00pm, Webster Library Auditorium</em><br /> Christopher Robin -- now a family man living in London -- receives a surprise visit from his old childhood pal, Winnie-the-Pooh. This film is 120 minutes in length.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/15: Ice Cream Garden Social</strong><br /> <em>1:00pm, The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum &amp; Garden 421 East 61st Street</em><br /> Join us during this Path through History Weekend event: an old-fashioned ice-cream social. Come to the garden to make ice-cream, try our historic toys and games, take a Museum tour and hear about the mouth-watering history of this sweet treat. $10 Adults, Members and Children.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/16: Pop-Up Library </strong><br /> <em>11:00am, Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park </em><br /> In cooperation with Uni Project, join us for a fun-filled weekend with this family friendly event! Come sit outside, read, draw, enjoy the view, and explore a curated collection of books and hands-on materials. Story Time will take place at 12:30pm and again at 2:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. Drag Queens trained by children's librarians read picture books, sing songs, and do craft activities with children. Kids love the bright colors, glamorous costumes, and sparkling energy of the drag performers, but more importantly, DQSH teaches children to celebrate gender diversity and curbs bullying of LGBTQ children. Come celebrate freedom of expression and freedom from fear at Drag Queen Story Hour! Free; registration recommended.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/17: Space Collage: The Final Frontier @ Webster</strong><br /> <em>4:00pm, Webster Library Auditorium</em><br /> Using the library's vast resources relating to outer space, participants will be inspired to create an image that expresses their personal view of the universe beyond our own. We'll explore the art form of collage and utilizing papers and fabrics, we'll fashion a piece of art of what fascinates us out there. Join us for this amazing journey!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> For ages 13-18 years old. Presented by Community Word Project<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/24: Kid Flicks</strong><br /> <em>4:00pm, Yorkville Library Meeting Room</em><br /> Join us in our community room for our children's film showing. Watch short films based on popular picture books. The perfect way to meet up with friends and end a busy day. All films subject to last minute substitutions.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/25:Celebratin' Babies and Children</strong><br /> <em>4:00pm, Yorkville Library Meeting Room</em><br /> Join LuAnn Adams in stories and music and travel to the farm, the sky, under the sea and more. LuAnn will use music, props and visuals to make her stories come alive and so much fun to Play Along With! Best for 5 years old and younger with their parent/caregiver.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/25: Space Collage: The Final Frontier @ 96th Street</strong><br /> <em>4:00pm, 96th Street Library</em><br /> Using the library's vast resources relating to outer space, participants will be inspired to create an image that expresses their personal view of the universe beyond our own. We'll explore the art form of collage and utilizing papers and fabrics, we'll fashion a piece of art of what fascinates us out there. Join us for this amazing journey!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> For ages 13-18 years old. Presented by Community Word Project<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/27: Afternoon at the Movies</strong><br /> <em>1:00pm, Roosevelt Island Library </em><br /> Come and enjoy a feature film with family and friends in the afternoon! Enjoy the latest feature films at the Roosevelt Island Library. Featuring: Christopher Robin (PG).<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>6/27: Summer Dance Party @ Webster</strong><br /> <em>4:00pm, Webster Library Auditorium</em><br /> Celebrate books and reading with Mr. Patrick, his guitar and his silly puppet friends. Cut loose with Dr. Seuss and get ready to party like a “Wild Thing!” It’s going to be a “wild rumpus!” For children of all ages.</p> </div> Fri, 31 May 2019 13:11:43 +0000 admin 6638 at https://kallos.nyc November News: Vote TOMORROW & Flip Your Ballot! New Security Cameras & Library, Legionnaires, Fighting Overdevelopment and Hate https://kallos.nyc/newsletter/november-news-vote-tomorrow-flip-your-ballot-new-security-cameras-library-legionnaires <span>November News: Vote TOMORROW &amp; Flip Your Ballot! New Security Cameras &amp; Library, Legionnaires, Fighting Overdevelopment and Hate</span> <div class="field field--name-field-summary field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><table> <colgroup> <col width="450" /> <col width="200" /> </colgroup> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"><strong>Vote Tomorrow, </strong>Tuesday, November 6th, and don't forget to <strong><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#Flip" target="_blank">Flip Your Ballot!</a></strong><br /> <br /> We continue to focus on improving quality of life with new security cameras along the East River Esplanade and other hard-to-patrol areas and breaking ground on a years-overdue <a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#Library" target="_blank">library for Roosevelt Island</a>.<br /> <br /> Our fight against overdevelopment continues to grow with a <a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#300Activists" target="_blank">rally to save our neighborhoods</a>, our lawsuit against the city and developer in Sutton that resulted in a vital concession: the building construction will have to<a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#Super-Tall" target="_blank"> follow the community's rezoning</a> for the first 150 feet.<br /> <br /> At City Hall we've seen hearings on NYCHA infill and legislation I've authored to let <a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#GPS" target="_blank">parents track school buses</a>, clean water towers, and prevent <a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#Legionaires" target="_blank">Legionnaires</a>. We've stood up to hate throughout our country and even in <a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#HateGroups" target="_blank">our neighborhood</a> more unified than ever.<br /> <br /> PS: I hope you had a Happy Halloween and that you enjoy your Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for (or scared of) this year? <p>Sincerely,</p> <p><img data-file-id="2013" height="24" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/1a1894a3a45c0329272b438e09ab021c-125x24.png" style="margin: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; border-image: none; width: 125px; height: 24px;" width="125" /><br /> Ben Kallos<br /> Council Member<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>HEADLINES</strong></p> <ol> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#Flip" target="_blank">Vote Tuesday and Flip Your Ballot</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#GPS" target="_blank">Tracking School Buses with GPS to Make Children Safer</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#72" target="_blank">72 Proposals to Change Our City</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#Legionaires" target="_blank">Protecting Public Health From Legionnaires &amp; Dirty Water Towers</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#336000" target="_blank">$336,000 in Funding for Security Cameras on the Upper East Side</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#Library" target="_blank">Roosevelt Island Breaks Ground on New Library</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#HateGroups" target="_blank">Denouncing Hate Groups on the Upper East Side</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>OVERDEVELOPMENT</strong></p> <ol start="8"> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#Super-Tall" target="_blank">Sutton Super-Tall Construction Will Follow Community Rezoning as Court Case Proceeds</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#300Activists" target="_blank">Rally For Our Neighborhoods Draws 300 Activists</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#Scaffolding" target="_blank">Scaffolding Bill Update: Structure Removed after 14 Years</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>NOVEMBER EVENT INVITES</strong></p> <ol start="11"> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#cb8forum" target="_blank">Understanding Your Ballot: Community Board 8 Forum</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#Medicare" target="_blank">Medicare Open Enrollment Event</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#FireSafety" target="_blank">Fire Safety Education Presentation</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#Shred-A-thon" target="_blank">Shred-A-Thon Thanksgiving Edition</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#NightLife" target="_blank">Night Life Office Town Hall</a></li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;<br /> <strong>FIGHTING FOR WORKERS RIGHTS AND SMALL BUSINESSES </strong></p> <ol start="16"> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#SBJSA" target="_blank">Small Business Jobs Survival Act</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#BuildingService" target="_blank">Building Service Awards with 32BJ and Our Town</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#CountMeIn" target="_blank">Count Me In Rally</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#Columbia" target="_blank">Fighting for Postdoctoral Student Worker Rights at Columbia University</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#pervaillingWages" target="_blank">Working to Get Prevailing Wages for Building Workers</a></li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;<br /> <strong>COMMUNITY</strong></p> <ol start="21"> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#BoardMeetings" target="_blank">You Can Now Stream Community Board Meetings</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#Senior-Health" target="_blank">College Affordability and Senior Health Fair Thank You</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#playhouse" target="_blank">Honoring Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and Sanford Meisner</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#Pre-K" target="_blank">Working for More Pre-K Seats on the Upper East Side</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#East86" target="_blank">East 86th Street Neighborhood Association Meeting</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#Rightoknow" target="_blank">Right to Know Act Now in Effect</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#NeighborhoodPolicing" target="_blank">Neighborhood Policing Comes to the 19th Precinct</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#Compost" target="_blank">Cutting the Ribbon for Queens’ Newest Compost Site Serving Roosevelt Island</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#BikeSafety" target="_blank">Bike Safety: Folding Helmets</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#Freakonomics" target="_blank">Freakonomics of Government</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#Harlem" target="_blank">Harlem Educational Activities Fund</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#Muslim" target="_blank">Muslim Volunteers for New York Annual Food Drive</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#West30thSteet" target="_blank">New Affordable Housing Opportunity on West 30 Street</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#Veterans" target="_blank">Veterans Benefit Fair</a></li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;<br /> <strong>OFFICE UPDATES </strong></p> <ol start="35"> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#LegislativeCorner" target="_blank">Legislative Corner</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#FreshFoodBox" target="_blank">Fresh Food Box</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#FreeLegalClinics" target="_blank">Free Legal Clinics</a> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#HeretoHelp" target="_blank">Here to Help</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#Mobile" target="_blank">Mobile District Hours</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#BenInYourBuilding" target="_blank">Ben in Your Building</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#CommunityBoards" target="_blank">Community Boards</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#NYPD" target="_blank">NYPD Events</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#Tennant" target="_blank">Neighborhood and Tenant Associations</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#KIDS" target="_blank">Events for Adults</a></li> <li><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#ADULTS" target="_blank">Events for Kids</a></li> </ol> </td> <td valign="top" width="250"> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>OFFICE EVENTS&nbsp;</strong></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/medicare-rights-open-enrollment-event-0" target="_blank"><strong>Medicare Open Enrollment Event</strong></a> <div style="text-align: left;">11/1, 4PM – 6PM&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/fire-safety-education-presentation" target="_blank"><strong>Fire Safety Education Presentation</strong></a><br /> 11/8, 5PM – 6:30PM<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/shred-thon-3" target="_blank"><strong id="docs-internal-guid-1054c58e-7fff-e385-159c-c2dcbd4f8ee4">Shred-A-Thon Thanksgiving Edition</strong></a><br /> 11/18, 10AM – 2PM<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>COMMUNITY EVENTS</strong></div> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://kallos.nyc/node/6581#cb8forum" target="_blank"><strong>Understanding Your Ballot</strong></a></div> <div style="text-align: left;">11/1, 6:30PM –&nbsp;9PM<br /> &nbsp;</div> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong style="text-align:center">MONTHLY EVENTS</strong></div> </div> <div style="text-align: left;"><br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/first-friday-21" target="_blank"><strong>First Friday</strong></a><br /> 11/2, 8AM – 10AM</div> <p style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/fresh-food-box-26" target="_blank"><strong>Fresh Food Box</strong></a><br /> 11/1, 11/8, 11/15,&nbsp;3:30PM –&nbsp;6:30PM<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/mobile-district-hours-12" target="_blank"><strong>Mobile District Hours</strong></a><br /> 11/13 &amp; 11/28, 11AM – 2PM</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span>Mon, 11/05/2018 - 9:00am</span> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><table> <colgroup> <col width="450" /> <col width="200" /> </colgroup> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"><strong>Vote Tomorrow, </strong>Tuesday, November 6th, and don't forget to <strong><a href="#Flip" target="_blank">Flip Your Ballot!</a></strong><br /> <br /> We continue to focus on improving quality of life with new security cameras along the East River Esplanade and other hard-to-patrol areas and breaking ground on a years overdue <a href="#Library" target="_blank">library for Roosevelt Island</a>.<br /> <br /> Our fight against overdevelopment continues to grow with a <a href="#300Activists" target="_blank">rally to save our neighborhoods</a>, our lawsuit against the city and developer in Sutton that resulted in a vital concession: the building construction will have to<a href="#Super-Tall" target="_blank"> follow the community's rezoning</a> for the first 150 feet.<br /> <br /> At City Hall we've seen hearings on NYCHA infill and legislation I've authored to let <a href="#GPS" target="_blank">parents track school buses</a>, clean water towers, and prevent <a href="#Legionaires" target="_blank">Legionnaires</a>. We've stood up to hate throughout our country and even in <a href="#HateGroups" target="_blank">our neighborhood</a> more unified than ever.<br /> <br /> PS: I hope you had a Happy Halloween and that you enjoy your Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for (or scared of) this year? <p>Sincerely,</p> <p><img data-file-id="2013" height="24" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/1a1894a3a45c0329272b438e09ab021c-125x24.png" style="margin: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; border-image: none; width: 125px; height: 24px;" width="125" /><br /> Ben Kallos<br /> Council Member<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>HEADLINES</strong></p> <ol> <li><a href="#Flip" target="_blank">Vote Tuesday and Flip Your Ballot</a></li> <li><a href="#GPS" target="_blank">Tracking School Buses with GPS to Make Children Safer</a></li> <li><a href="#72" target="_blank">72 Proposals to Change Our City</a></li> <li><a href="#Legionaires" target="_blank">Protecting Public Health From Legionnaires &amp; Dirty Water Towers</a></li> <li><a href="#336000" target="_blank">$336,000 in Funding for Security Cameras on the Upper East Side</a></li> <li><a href="#Library" target="_blank">Roosevelt Island Breaks Ground on New Library</a></li> <li><a href="#HateGroups" target="_blank">Denouncing Hate Groups on the Upper East Side</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>OVERDEVELOPMENT</strong></p> <ol start="8"> <li><a href="#Super-Tall" target="_blank">Sutton Super-Tall Construction Will Follow Community Rezoning as Court Case Proceeds</a></li> <li><a href="#300Activists" target="_blank">Rally For Our Neighborhoods Draws 300 Activists</a></li> <li><a href="#Scaffolding" target="_blank">Scaffolding Bill Update: Structure Removed after 14 Years</a></li> </ol> <p><strong>NOVEMBER EVENT INVITES</strong></p> <ol start="11"> <li><a href="#cb8forum" target="_blank">Understanding Your Ballot: Community Board 8 Forum</a></li> <li><a href="#Medicare" target="_blank">Medicare Open Enrollment Event</a></li> <li><a href="#FireSafety" target="_blank">Fire Safety Education Presentation</a></li> <li><a href="#Shred-A-thon" target="_blank">Shred-A-Thon Thanksgiving Edition</a></li> <li><a href="#NightLife" target="_blank">Night Life Office Town Hall</a></li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;<br /> <strong>FIGHTING FOR WORKERS RIGHTS AND SMALL BUSINESSES </strong></p> <ol start="16"> <li><a href="#SBJSA" target="_blank">Small Business Jobs Survival Act</a></li> <li><a href="#BuildingService" target="_blank">Building Service Awards with 32BJ and Our Town</a></li> <li><a href="#CountMeIn" target="_blank">Count Me In Rally</a></li> <li><a href="#Columbia" target="_blank">Fighting for Postdoctoral Student Worker Rights at Columbia University</a></li> <li><a href="#pervaillingWages" target="_blank">Working to Get Prevailing Wages for Building Workers</a></li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;<br /> <strong>COMMUNITY</strong></p> <ol start="21"> <li><a href="#BoardMeetings" target="_blank">You Can Now Stream Community Board Meetings</a></li> <li><a href="#Senior-Health" target="_blank">College Affordability and Senior Health Fair Thank You</a></li> <li><a href="#playhouse" target="_blank">Honoring Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and Sanford Meisner</a></li> <li><a href="#Pre-K" target="_blank">Working for More Pre-K Seats on the Upper East Side</a></li> <li><a href="#East86" target="_blank">East 86th Street Neighborhood Association Meeting</a></li> <li><a href="#Rightoknow" target="_blank">Right to Know Act Now in Effect</a></li> <li><a href="#NeighborhoodPolicing" target="_blank">Neighborhood Policing Comes to the 19th Precinct</a></li> <li><a href="#Compost" target="_blank">Cutting the Ribbon for Queens’ Newest Compost Site Serving Roosevelt Island</a></li> <li><a href="#BikeSafety" target="_blank">Bike Safety: Folding Helmets</a></li> <li><a href="#Freakonomics" target="_blank">Freakonomics of Government</a></li> <li><a href="#Harlem" target="_blank">Harlem Educational Activities Fund</a></li> <li><a href="#Muslim" target="_blank">Muslim Volunteers for New York Annual Food Drive</a></li> <li><a href="#West30thSteet" target="_blank">New Affordable Housing Opportunity on West 30 Street</a></li> <li><a href="#Veterans" target="_blank">Veterans Benefit Fair</a></li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;<br /> <strong>OFFICE UPDATES </strong></p> <ol start="35"> <li><a href="#LegislativeCorner" target="_blank">Legislative Corner</a></li> <li><a href="#FreshFoodBox" target="_blank">Fresh Food Box</a></li> <li><a href="#FreeLegalClinics" target="_blank">Free Legal Clinics</a> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li><a href="#HeretoHelp" target="_blank">Here to Help</a></li> <li><a href="#Mobile" target="_blank">Mobile District Hours</a></li> <li><a href="#BenInYourBuilding" target="_blank">Ben in Your Building</a></li> <li><a href="#CommunityBoards" target="_blank">Community Boards</a></li> <li><a href="#NYPD" target="_blank">NYPD Events</a></li> <li><a href="#Tennant" target="_blank">Neighborhood and Tenant Associations</a></li> <li><a href="#KIDS" target="_blank">Events for Adults</a></li> <li><a href="#ADULTS" target="_blank">Events for Kids</a></li> </ol> </td> <td valign="top" width="250"> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>OFFICE EVENTS&nbsp;</strong></div> <div style="text-align: left;"><br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/medicare-rights-open-enrollment-event-0" target="_blank"><strong>Medicare Open Enrollment Event</strong></a> <div style="text-align: left;">11/1, 4PM – 6PM&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/fire-safety-education-presentation" target="_blank"><strong>Fire Safety Education Presentation</strong></a><br /> 11/8, 5PM – 6:30PM<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/shred-thon-3" target="_blank"><strong id="docs-internal-guid-1054c58e-7fff-e385-159c-c2dcbd4f8ee4">Shred-A-Thon Thanksgiving Edition</strong></a><br /> 11/18, 10AM – 2PM<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>COMMUNITY EVENTS</strong></div> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: left;"><a href="#cb8forum" target="_blank"><strong>Understanding Your Ballot</strong></a></div> <div style="text-align: left;">11/1, 6:30PM –&nbsp;9PM<br /> &nbsp;</div> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong style="text-align:center">MONTHLY EVENTS</strong></div> </div> <div style="text-align: left;"><br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/first-friday-21" target="_blank"><strong>First Friday</strong></a><br /> 11/2, 8AM – 10AM</div> <p style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/fresh-food-box-26" target="_blank"><strong>Fresh Food Box</strong></a><br /> 11/1, 11/8, 11/15,&nbsp;3:30PM –&nbsp;6:30PM<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/mobile-district-hours-12" target="_blank"><strong>Mobile District Hours</strong></a><br /> 11/13 &amp; 11/28, 11AM – 2PM</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> <strong>HEADLINES</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Flip" name="Flip"><strong>Vote Tuesday and Flip Your Ballot</strong></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://flipyourballot.nyc/" target="_blank"><img data-file-id="4665" height="792" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/5efe8cba3a4d0ddb68ef11fb862ce4d9-612x792.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 612px; height: 792px; margin: 0px;" width="612" /></a><br /> Vote tomorrow, Tuesday, November 6, and flip your ballot to vote on three proposals to amend the City Charter on the back. It has been almost 30 years since the City’s charter was updated so this is a once in a generation opportunity for New Yorkers to have their voices heard.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> You will be asked three questions:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://flipyourballot.nyc/ballot-proposals/#prop1" target="_blank">Question One</a>: Campaign Finance</li> <li><a href="https://flipyourballot.nyc/ballot-proposals/#prop2" target="_blank">Question Two</a>: Civic Engagement</li> <li><a href="https://flipyourballot.nyc/ballot-proposals/#prop3" target="_blank">Question Three</a>: Community Boards</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;The Campaign Finance amendments proposed in Question One are:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Halving contribution limits</strong> to participating candidates to a maximum of $2,000 citywide, $1,500 borough-wide, and $1,000 for City Council.</li> <li><strong>Matching each small dollar with 8 public dollars</strong>, up from 6.</li> <li><strong>Matching nearly every small dollar</strong> by giving candidates 75% of the money they need to run in public dollars up from only 55%.</li> </ul> <p>Find and confirm your poll site using the poll site locator at</p> <p><a href="https://nyc.pollsitelocator.com/search">https://nyc.pollsitelocator.com/search</a><br /> <br /> <strong>Pledge to vote </strong>on both sides of your ballot on<strong>&nbsp;Tuesday, November 6 </strong>at</p> <p><a href="http://benkallos.com/charter/pledge"><strong>BenKallos.com/charter/pledge</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="GPS" name="GPS"><strong>Tracking School Buses with GPS to Make Children Safer</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/ny-metro-school-bus-horror-stories-and-possible-fixes-at-hearing-20181016-story.html" target="_blank"><img align="right" data-file-id="4505" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/e2b3e5b347cfe6f793b43fad6ed72cba-300x225.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></a></strong>As reported by <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/ny-metro-school-bus-horror-stories-and-possible-fixes-at-hearing-20181016-story.html">PIX 11 News</a>, I was joined in October by countless parents and advocates at a rally and hearing where we discussed legislation to fix the New York City <a href="http://optnyc.org/public1/default.aspx?logout=1">Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT)</a>’s issues getting kids to school and home on time and safely. No parent should have to wonder where their child is or when their child is finally getting home from a school bus ride gone off-track.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The bills I have proposed aim to fix the current state of affairs which has led to children getting lost and going on hours-long rides without parents knowing where the kids are:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3673405&amp;GUID=9ACA8B06-619E-4DAA-B2D4-8C4C80DB9E8B">Int. 1099</a> would install GPS trackers on all school buses so parents can track the school buses in real-time.</li> <li><a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3695081&amp;GUID=CEF5F7CC-C373-4A36-A41E-A773DAAB875E&amp;Options=Advanced&amp;Search=">Int. 1148</a> would make bus routes available to parents at least 30 days before school starts, force trial runs, reporting annually on how yellow bus routes are determined, the number of buses and staff needed to meet those goals and recommendations for how buses can help improve access to academic opportunity and desegregate.</li> </ul> <p>Together, these bills would help parents rest assured knowing when and where their school bus is going to pick up or drop off their child using an app on their phone. GPS tracking on school buses is technology that has been used effectively in school districts like Houston, Texas for years. There is no reason it should not work here.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Thank you to Council Member Chaim Deutsch and Education Committee Chair Mark Treyger for their support and work on this issue. The success we have in bringing attention to this problem would not have been possible without the advocacy of <a href="https://www.advocatesforchildren.org/">Advocates for Children of New York</a> and <a href="https://www.skyerlaw.com/">The Law Offices of Regina Skyer and Associates</a>. Learn more about this bill in the <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/council-members-treyger-deutsch-and-kallos-stand-advocates-and-families-calling-opt">release</a>,&nbsp;the <a href="https://benkallos.com/video/council-members-treyger-deutsch-kallos-advocates-call-opt-install-gps-trackers-school-buses">press conference</a>, or in coverage by the <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/ny-metro-school-bus-horror-stories-and-possible-fixes-at-hearing-20181016-story.html">New York Daily News</a>.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="72" name="72"><strong>72 Proposals to Change Our City</strong></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/charter2019" target="_blank"><img align="right" data-file-id="4669" height="168" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/d812820f21db70f645ba99abe27e8c52-300x168.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 168px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></a>It's time that the City's founding document its Charter be updated for the 21st century removing references to telegraphs or paying poll workers poverty wages of $1.25 an hour. Now that we've concluded the Mayor's Charter Revision Commission, the City Council is moving forward with its own <a href="http://www.charter2019.nyc/">Charter Revision Commission</a> that will make proposals for the 2019 ballot, which has already started soliciting ideas to further improve the City Charter. Over the past few months, I have carried around a copy of the City Charter—reading and highlighting it—and I can tell you it is in desperate need of an overhaul.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Earlier this month I testified in front of this commission and submitted my list of <a href="https://benkallos.com/sites/default/files/2018-10/Testimony_Charter2019_20181010_Final.pdf">72 recommendation to improve the Charter</a>&nbsp;with three main themes:</p> <ol> <li><strong>Land Use:</strong>&nbsp;Empower communities in land use by changing the makeup of decision-making boards to have fewer mayoral appointments and include representation from the city council.</li> <li><strong>Budget:</strong>&nbsp;Create a budget that anyone can review with budgeted amounts, actual spending, and a plan for the future, and create the lockbox we need to protect congestion pricing from unscrupulous politicians.</li> <li><strong>Protect the Will of the People to Enshrine Campaign Finance and Ethics Reforms in the Charter</strong>: Reforms that are essential to the functioning of our democracy, established through previous referenda, local law, and city council rules, should be enshrined in the City Charter.</li> </ol> <p>For a complete list of my recommendations submitted to this second revision commission separate from the Mayor’s commission visit <a href="http://benkallos.com/charter2019" target="_blank">BenKallos.com/charter2019</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Legionaires" name="Legionaires"><strong>Protecting Public Health From Legionnaires &amp; Dirty Water Towers</strong></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.wnyc.org/story/cooling-tower-owners-flout-legionnaires-law-city-council-looks-crack-down/" target="_blank"><img align="right" data-file-id="4673" height="388" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/723b45d873b3c9e163a48d72dbcd7050-300x388.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 388px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></a>In 2015, a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires Disease in the Bronx was eventually connected to cooling towers in the neighborhoods where the deaths occurred. The 16 deaths and 130 cases were the impetus of <a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2402123&amp;GUID=164871EA-F727-4020-9047-1E9EDF17BB04">Local Law 77</a>, which sought to prevent a similar tragedy from ever happening again. In the years since its passage, several legionnaires clusters have been discovered in neighborhoods around our City.&nbsp;In 2017, when we found a cluster of Legionnaires' on the Upper East Side it is this law that let us know where every tower was so that we could test them and stop the disease from spreading.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> According to recent reporting by <a href="https://www.wnyc.org/story/cooling-tower-owners-flout-legionnaires-law-city-council-looks-crack-down/">WNYC</a>, half of the city’s cooling tower units remain out of compliance with Local Law 77. After working with <a href="http://gothamist.com/2018/06/06/legionnaires_health_department.php" target="_blank">WNYC</a>’s reporter Sean Carlson I introduced new legislation requiring cooling tower owners to submit inspection results to the city as soon as they are received. The legislation, <a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3702900&amp;GUID=CEFDE1CE-85C0-4050-8EC9-99BDDE637764&amp;Options=&amp;Search=">Introduction 1149</a> goes even further by forcing buildings to stay on top of upcoming inspection dates, with the City’s Health Department now required to send electronic reminders to cooling towers owners that cleanings are upcoming. A second bill, <a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3702907&amp;GUID=2FE64CFA-31F5-4E86-A3A2-FB2CA9DCC7CF&amp;Options=&amp;Search=">Introduction 1150</a>, aims to prevent owners of buildings where water tanks are part of the drinking water supply from engaging in deceptive behaviors like not cleaning the towers until immediately before an inspection and then reporting results from after the cleaning.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you are a resident in a building with a cooling tower or water tank, ask your building management to <a href="http://coolingtowers.cityofnewyork.us">register online</a> or review information on<a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/business/permits-and-licenses/cooling-towers.page"> cooling tower registration and maintenance</a>. Read coverage in&nbsp;<a href="https://www.wnyc.org/story/cooling-tower-owners-flout-legionnaires-law-city-council-looks-crack-down/">WNYC</a>.<br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="336000" name="336000"><strong>$336,000 in Funding for Security Cameras on the Upper East Side</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HvcTOYETJM" target="_blank"><img align="right" data-file-id="4517" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/c63ad306a4563d96ec275033dfecd090-300x225.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></a></strong>As reported by the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/ny-metro-argus-cameras-east-20181024-story.html">New York Daily News</a>, the Upper East Side is already known as a safe place to raise a family but with $336,000 in funding from my office to install security cameras in hard-to-patrol public spaces, it will be getting even safer. The locations for the security cameras were chosen in consultation with community organizations and the NYPD following a positive vote by hundreds of residents in Participatory Budgeting.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Location of new NYPD security cameras:</strong><br /> <em>Hard-to-Patrol Parks - $160,000</em></p> <ul> <li>64th Street and FDR Drive to cover pedestrian bridge and Andrew Haswell Green - $35,000</li> <li>FDR Drive at 65th Street and 68th Street to cover East River Esplanade - $90,000</li> <li>70th Street to cover the East River Esplanade - $35,000</li> </ul> <p><em>Transit Hub - $141,000</em></p> <ul> <li>83rd Street and 2nd Avenue to cover Q subway station</li> <li>86th Street at 2nd Avenue to cover Q subway station</li> <li>86th Street at 3rd Avenue to cover 4/5/6 and Q subway stations</li> <li>86th Street and Lexington Avenue to cover 4/5/6 station</li> </ul> <p><em>Quality of Life Hotspots - $35,000</em></p> <ul> <li>75<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;Street and 1<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;Avenue to cover local quality of life hotspot</li> </ul> <p>The cameras are linked directly to the 19th precinct using fiber optics and the innovative ARGUS system with the intention to provide immediate police responses to criminal activity. NYPD officers are inconvenienced in patrols at the location due to it being only accessible via the pedestrian bridge on 63rd or 70th Street.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> For more details on the new cameras along the East River Esplanade and on East 86th Street be sure to read <a href="https://patch.com/new-york/upper-east-side-nyc/high-tech-cameras-set-protect-east-86th-street-esplanade">Patch’s</a> coverage or watch the press conference at <a href="https://benkallos.com/video/council-member-kallos-rockefeller-university-nypd-19th-announce-336000-security-cameras">BenKallos.com/videos</a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Library" name="Library"><strong>Roosevelt Island Breaks Ground on New Library</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyThJ664QjM" target="_blank"><img align="right" data-file-id="4521" height="172" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/085e58b5baf991764e9ca8b4a95e1eda-300x172.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 172px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></a></strong>In October we finally broke ground on construction of the new library for Roosevelt Island. This is a project that had been stalled for years, dating back to before I was elected. I worked with Borough President Gale Brewer to put pressure on the City to get construction started. The project that started this year is now slated for completion in 2019.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The new building is an energy efficient 5,200-square building at 504 Main Street. Since I was elected I have secured $1.7 million for the Roosevelt Island Library to move to this new location and to bring technology upgrades to this branch. Thank you to New York Public Libraries President Tony Marx, RIOC President Susan Rosenthal, and to State representatives Serrano and Seawright for breaking ground with me. The new branch will be fully ADA accessible, with a canopy to enhance public safety and with automatic doors. The area surrounding the entry will be re-landscaped and an exterior book drop will be built. In addition, the library will serve as a local bus stop. Learn more in the <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/construction-begins-new-york-public-librarys-new-roosevelt-island-branch" target="_blank">release</a>,&nbsp;watch the <a href="https://benkallos.com/video/council-member-kallos-joins-nypl-ddc-break-ground-new-roosevelt-island-library" target="_blank">press conference</a>&nbsp;or in coverage from&nbsp;<a href="https://patch.com/new-york/upper-east-side-nyc/city-begins-work-new-roosevelt-island-library" target="_blank">Patch</a>.<br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="HateGroups" name="HateGroups"><strong>Denouncing Hate Groups on the Upper East Side</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJvqy2lhNPg" target="_blank"><img align="right" data-file-id="4529" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/89a2645f36d468b6da9fc56a4468b3a8-300x225.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></a></strong>Violence, bigotry and anti-semitism have no place in our nation. This is why I stood shoulder-to-shoulder with my fellow elected officials at two separate press conferences as we worked with our NYPD to fully investigate and arrest members of a far-right group responsible for a brawl and beating that took place at a Republican Club just outside my district. Since the evening of October 12, when the violent brawl took place, the NYPD has arrested a total of 5 members of this group and continues to search for more. Thank you to Comptroller Stringer, Speaker Johnson, Assembly Member Quart, Council Member Powers, and all the elected officials who stood up against this incident and made sure the NYPD and the community at large were made aware that this type of behavior will never be tolerated here. Watch our press conferences at <a href="https://benkallos.com/video/speaker-johnson-council-member-kallos-ues-elected-officials-denounce-alt-right-group-attack" target="_blank">BenKallos.com/videos</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>OVERDEVELOPMENT</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Super-Tall" name="Super-Tall"><strong>Sutton Super-Tall Construction Will Follow Community Rezoning as Court Case Proceeds</strong></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://therealdeal.com/2018/10/24/a-community-group-claimed-victory-over-gammas-sutton-place-tower-it-might-be-short-lived/" target="_blank"><img align="right" data-file-id="4677" height="168" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/c86d0e8d4e24eae72590b01db05980b2-300x168.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 168px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></a>We won a victory in the fight against the Sutton Super-Tall Tower when the developer agreed to follow to the rules of the community’s rezoning for the first 150 feet which will be an enforced through an ordered by Judge Debra A. James. This was the result of oral arguments by Michael Hiller the attorney for ERFA and myself, who I joined for oral argument on October 12. This means if there is any construction before 2019, the building will adhere to tower on base standards, which require 45 to 55 percent of the building to be built below 150 feet, thus limiting the height of the building. The developer cannot start building a tower and then claim it is too late to reverse course if and when we win our case. The next court hearing is slated for early December.<br /> <br /> Read coverage in <a href="https://therealdeal.com/2018/10/24/a-community-group-claimed-victory-over-gammas-sutton-place-tower-it-might-be-short-lived/" target="_blank">The Real Deal</a> and <a href="http://www.manhattanexpressnews.nyc/e-58th-st-tower-fight-debate-whos-ahead/" target="_blank">Manhattan Express</a>.&nbsp;Join the fight against overdevelopment and super-tall towers in residential neighborhoods by donating at&nbsp;<a href="http://Erfa.nyc/donate" target="_blank">ERFA.nyc/donate</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="300Activists" name="300Activists"><strong>Rally For Our Neighborhoods Draws 300 Activists</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><a href="http://BenKallos.com/petition/stop-super-scrapers" target="_blank"><img align="right" data-file-id="4533" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/85015f6b209dce60b4f28fae41c9612a-300x225.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></a></strong>It was truly a breath of fresh air seeing community members and activists from all over New York City come together and protest in front of City Hall against overdevelopment and how it is damaging our City. This is an issue which I have led advocacy on for years, successfully winning the first-of-its-kind grassroots rezoning of an entire neighborhood. Thank you to organizations like <a href="http://www.humanscale.nyc/">Human Scale</a>, ERFA, Central Park West Neighbors, and Residents for Reasonable Development for organizing and pushing the event. Join the fight against overdevelopment at <a href="http://BenKallos.com/petition/stop-super-scrapers" target="_blank">BenKallos.com/petition/stop-super-scrapers</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Scaffolding" name="Scaffolding"><strong>Scaffolding Bill Update: Structure Removed after 14 Years</strong></a><strong> &nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4537" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/b741ba0b47ec85b4f8c743a0cd2a3bf0-300x225.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="300" />There is no reason scaffolding should be up in front of a building for 14 years. As reported by <a href="https://ny.curbed.com/2018/10/17/17990624/nyc-old-sidewalk-shed-removed-harlem">Curbed</a>, one of New York City’s longest standing eyesores was finally taken down in October after being up for way over a decade. The scaffolding was located in Harlem on Lenox Avenue and West 123rd Street. Under the legislation I have introduced and fought for, building owners would have up to 90 days to fix dangerous facade conditions and an additional 90 days for owners to fix dangerous conditions upon extension. After the 180 days, the city would step in to do the work correcting any dangerous condition and bill the owner for all the costs. Under the current version of this legislation, new construction would need to continue without more than seven days of interruption until the new development is safely capped off or completed. Exemptions in the legislation provide for weather, stop work orders, time awaiting permit renewals or in cases of safety risks. For more information on the bill see coverage in&nbsp; <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-clip/new-york-times-scaffolding-harlem-corner-making-eyes-sore-least-17-years-winnie-hu">The New York Times</a>, &nbsp;<a href="https://benkallos.com/press-clip/pix11-pix11-investigates-how-safe-citys-300-miles-scaffolding-henry-rosoff">PIX11</a>, <a href="https://benkallos.com/video/city-council-hearing-legislation-limiting-how-long-scaffolding-can-stay-without-ongoing-work">FOX 5</a>, <a href="https://benkallos.com/video/ny1-councilman-targets-blight-city-thousands-buildings-surrounded-scaffolding">New York 1</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>NOVEMBER EVENT INVITES</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="cb8forum" name="cb8forum"><strong>Understanding Your Ballot</strong></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SWg1JgOY1g"><img align="right" data-file-id="4545" height="387" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/5f3383879b23c68833dafe3207b0194c-300x387.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 387px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></a> Watch <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SWg1JgOY1g" target="_blank">WNET</a> for a panel discussion hosted by <a href="https://www.cb8m.com/">Community Board 8</a> on November 1st at 6:30 pm. The educational townhall is an effort to help the public understand the choices available in the upcoming Charter Revision vote on Election Day. Other members of the panel include Comptroller Scott Stringer and Borough President Gale Brewer. The discussion will be moderated by <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/">Gotham Gazette</a> Executive Editor Ben Max. For more information call 212 758-4340 or visit <a href="mailto:info@cb8m.com">Info@CB8m.com</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Understanding Your Ballot</strong><br /> November 1, 6:30PM-9PM<br /> P.S. 59 Auditorium<br /> 233 East 56th Street<br /> <a href="https://www.cb8m.com/event/zoning-development-committee-3/">RSVP</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Medicare" name="Medicare"><strong>Medicare Open Enrollment Event</strong></a><br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/medicare-rights-open-enrollment-event-0"><img align="right" data-file-id="4549" height="388" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/440a42fdefc2b4d53a4eb2e5bfd5c081-300x388.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 388px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></a><br /> The Medicare Rights Center and I invite you to participate in an Enrollment Awareness Event. Find out what you need to know about the <a href="https://www.medicareresources.org/faqs/when-is-the-next-medicare-open-enrollment-period/">Medicare Fall Open Enrollment period</a>. Get connected to programs that help pay the costs associated with Medicare.</p> <ul> <li>Medicare eligibility, costs, and coverage</li> <li>Medicare Savings Programs and Extra Help for the Part D Prescription Drug Benefit</li> </ul> <p><strong>Medicare Open Enrollment Event</strong><br /> November 1, 4PM - 6PM<br /> Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center<br /> 415 East 93rd Street.<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/medicare-rights-open-enrollment-event-0">RSVP</a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="FireSafety" name="FireSafety"></a><strong><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/fire-safety-education-presentation"><img align="right" data-file-id="4557" height="388" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/fed41ff3c979fec707911919715d10c6-300x388.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 388px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></a></strong><a name="FireSafety"><strong>Fire Safety Education Presentation</strong></a><br /> <br /> Fire safety educators from the New York City Fire Department will present a training focused on the most common causes of fire and fire injuries in the home. Educators will provide information on how to prevent fires and what to do in case of fire.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Fire Safety Education Presentation</strong><br /> November 8, 5PM-6:30PM<br /> District Office<br /> 244 East 93rd Street<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/fire-safety-education-presentation">RSVP</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Shred-A-thon" name="Shred-A-thon"><strong>Shred-A-Thon Thanksgiving Edition</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/shred-thon-3"><img align="right" data-file-id="4561" height="388" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/dca50afd8850e2ce135b3ded18e5882c-300x388.png" style="border: 0px ; width: 300px; height: 388px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></a></strong>I am looking forward to this year’s Shred-A-Thon Thanksgiving edition. Make sure you arrive early and have everything you want to be shredded prepared and ready to go. Bring any and all of your old personal documents that you no longer want laying around. Get them destroyed and protect your privacy and identity. You bring the paper and the giant shredder truck turns it into micro bits while you watch! &nbsp;You can also bring compost, eyeglasses, corks, batteries and cords.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Shred-A-Thon</strong><br /> Sunday, November 18, 10AM - 2PM<br /> 92nd Street Greenmarket (at First Avenue)<br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/shred-thon-3">RSVP</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="NightLife" name="NightLife"><strong>Night Life Office Town Hall</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4565" height="388" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/9604b416454445c14aed540d248910da-300x388.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 388px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /></strong>On Wednesday, November 28 at 5:30pm, I will be helping the newly minted <a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/site/mome/initiatives/office-of-nightlife.page">Office of Nightlife</a> continue its five-borough listening tour hearing from nightlife stakeholders regarding their issues, priorities, and ideas. At this event, agency officials will be available to listen to issues and ideas from the public, as well as to respond to any clarifying questions if necessary but not in a questions and answer format.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Night Life Office Town Hall</strong><br /> Wednesday, November 28<br /> 5:30PM - 8:00PM<br /> The Town Hall<br /> 123 West 43rd&nbsp;Street<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>FIGHTING FOR WORKERS RIGHTS AND SMALL BUSINESSES</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="SBJSA" name="SBJSA"><strong>Small Business Jobs Survival Act</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4569" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/9522bd2f8465d2a8f76986b53e45d8bb-300x225.jpeg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px;" width="300" /> </strong>It is no secret that small businesses are struggling in Manhattan and other parts of New York City. In October, I worked with local activists and small business owners to voice our demand for passage of the <a href="http://takebacknyc.nyc/sbjsa">Small Business Jobs Survival Act</a>. This bill would require property owners to offer minimum 10-year lease renewals to commercial tenants, among other measures. Small businesses have been pivotal for the growth of our city, they are crucial to making New York City a treasured place to work and visit.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Small Business Jobs Survival Act would work by bringing the following reforms:</p> <ul> <li>A minimum 10-year lease with the right to renew, so small businesses can better plan for the future of their business.</li> <li>Equal negotiation terms when it comes time to renew commercial leases with recourse to binding arbitration by a 3rd party if fair terms cannot be found.</li> <li>Restrictions to prevent landlords from passing their property taxes on to small business owners.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;For more information on the legislation and the recent hearing and press conferences in support of the bill read <a href="https://patch.com/new-york/upper-east-side-nyc/s/gj8kp/bill-aims-to-tackle-empty-stores-and-landlord-extortion-in-nyc?utm_campaign=newsletter&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=newsletter-daily&amp;utm_term=article-slot-2">Patch</a>.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="BuildingService" name="BuildingService"><strong>Building Service Awards with 32BJ and Our Town</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4573" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/26c535f4f000e7a632662b26b735c2db-250x187.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 187px; margin: 0px;" width="250" /></strong>It was an honor to present Kristina Bellamy with the 2018 Helping Hand Award at the 32BJ Building Service Workers Awards. Thank you to <a href="http://www.seiu32bj.org/">32BJ SEIU</a> President Hector J. Figueroa for standing with me to hand out the award in service to the men and women of 32BJ. A special thank you to <a href="http://www.ourtownny.com/">Our Town</a> for putting on this event and making out building workers feel appreciated.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="CountMeIn" name="CountMeIn"><strong>Count Me In Rally</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4577" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/bbbffdfd38648e7ec0cdb091f840ba20-250x187.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 187px; margin: 0px;" width="250" /></strong>When developers receive billions in government giveaways it is important that everyone receive a benefit including those constructing the building. I was proud to join construction workers calling for better wages, health benefits and the opportunity to one day retire as part of the year's long&nbsp;“Count Me In” campaign.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Columbia" name="Columbia"><strong>Fighting for Postdoctoral Student Worker Rights at Columbia University</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4581" height="121" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/7d7b9669fb1c8b31f20f911bc1861a76-250x121.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 250px; height: 121px; margin: 0px;" width="250" /></strong>I was proud to stand up for the graduate student workers at Columbia University in October. As co-chair of the <a href="https://council.nyc.gov/caucuses/progressive-caucus/">Council’s Progressive Caucus</a>, I hand-delivered a <a href="https://nycprogressives.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/columbia_letter-member_20181010.pdf">letter</a> on behalf of the workers to University President Lee Bollinger and members of the <a href="https://www.columbia.edu/">Columbia University</a> Board of Trustees urging them to begin negotiations with elected representatives of these workers who have voted to engage in collective bargaining.&nbsp;Recently, the <a href="https://www.nlrb.gov/">National Labor Relations Board</a> (NLRB) verified that postdoctoral researchers voted decisively – 68% – in favor of unionization. &nbsp;The latest count indicates that 5,000 researchers and teachers have now voted by a more than 2 to 1 margin for UAW representation at Columbia University.&nbsp;I have supported the graduate workers’ efforts to unionize in the past, including their <a href="https://nycprogressives.com/2018/04/30/new-york-city-council-progressive-caucus-support-the-graduate-workers-of-columbia/">strike in April</a>. I support the right of these workers to unionize with the goal of enhancing their ability to provide quality teaching and research at Columbia.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="pervaillingWages" name="pervaillingWages"><strong>Working to Get Prevailing Wages for Building Workers</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4585" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/abfb7ffaede1352f66f5df14b135da90-250x187.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 187px; margin: 0px;" width="250" /></strong>New York City’s building workers, whether in co-ops, condos, or in NYCHA facilities, are really what make life in the city possible. They deserve to be paid adequately and fairly. I rallied with a group of workers outside of City Hall calling on the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to pay their workers a prevailing wage. Any development that is being run by or getting subsidies from City government should be paying more than minimum wage. By paying City workers minimum wage instead of a prevailing wage, the city itself is creating workers that will only be able to afford public housing or need some kind of housing subsidy. As chair of the Committee on Planning and Dispositions, I have made it my business to ensure that any developer getting tax breaks from the City pays workers a prevailing wage. The City needs to renegotiate and do the same. Watch the press rally at <a href="https://benkallos.com/video/2bj-seiu-call-nycha-and-city-put-prevailing-wage-standards">BenKallos.com/videos</a><br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>COMMUNITY</strong><br /> <br /> <a id="BoardMeetings" name="BoardMeetings"><strong>You Can Now Stream Community Board Meetings</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4589" height="63" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/64d81f4c978e2d99331860d0feaae365-250x63.png" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 63px; margin: 0px;" width="250" /></strong>After receiving requests from residents and <a href="https://www.cb8m.com/">Community Board 8</a> to stream their meetings live online, I allocated $20,000 in this year’s budget to put the Community Board. As of October 2018, a longtime partner of the community board public broadcast station <a href="https://www.wnet.org/">WNET</a> will professionally record and broadcast the full board meetings via <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBx7qFOwmGI">youtube</a>. For at least the next 12 months, the public will be able to watch full board meetings online. For information on the allocation and the work and cooperation, it took to make this happen to see the coverage in <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-clip/upper-east-side-patch-council-reps-fund-ues-community-board-meeting-live-streams-brendan">Patch</a> or read the release on <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/cb-8-meetings-be-live-streamed-after-allocation-cm-kallos-and-powers">BenKallos.com/press-releases</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Senior-Health" name="Senior-Health"><strong>Senior Health Event and College Affordability Forum Thank You</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4593" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/6fd30c044ec5471505ae3c43d25881bb-250x187.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 187px; margin: 0px;" width="250" /></strong>Thank you to everyone who attended last month’s Annual Senior Health Fair with Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright. Many Upper East Side residents turned out to receive no-cost flu shots among other services. A special thank you to the York Avenue Ramblers for keeping the music going throughout the event<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Also last month, I also partnered with <a href="https://www.lizkrueger.com/">New York State Senator Liz Krueger</a> and <a href="http://rebeccaseawright.com/">Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright</a> at our College Affordability Forum to discuss programs for affordable college in New York and the Excelsior scholarship program requirements.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The event was hosted by Eleanor Roosevelt High School and saw good turnout despite the torrential rains. The team of experts did an excellent job informing prospective students and parents on the many programs available to New Yorkers and how to best apply for the Excelsior program. For more information on the Excelsior Scholarship and how you or your loved ones may qualify visit <a href="https://www.ny.gov/programs/tuition-free-degree-program-excelsior-scholarship">ny.gov/programs/tuition-free-degree-program-excelsior-scholarship</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you missed the event but are still interested, watch the panel discussion at <a href="https://benkallos.com/video/council-member-kallos-senator-krueger-and-assembly-member-seawright-host-college">BenKallos.com/videos</a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="playhouse" name="playhouse"><strong>Honoring Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and Sanford Meisner</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4597" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/bb4cd0371670cc6b962a01e6df1f49bc-250x187.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 187px; margin: 0px;" width="250" /></strong>Congratulations to the <a href="http://neighborhoodplayhouse.org/">Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre</a> on their 90th Anniversary and to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanford_Meisner">Sanford Meisner</a> on their legacy of bringing the arts to our community and New York City as a whole. From a small class of students starting in 1915, the playhouse and the late Meisner have made a significant cultural impact on the city with a list of incredibly talented alumnus. It was truly a privilege to honor Meisner with a proclamation, who joined the playhouse in 1935 and rose to head of the program in 1940 and the theatre as a whole with a proclamation from my office. His famous Meisner technique for acting has since been used by actors around the world. Thank you to Pamela Moller Kareman, Executive Director of the Neighborhood Playhouse, for the invitation and for helping me honor the organization. For more information read coverage in a story by <a href="https://www.broadwayworld.com/off-off-broadway/article/Neighborhood-Playhouse-School-Of-The-Theatre-Sanford-Meisner-To-Be-Honored-By-The-The-Office-Of-The-City-Council-20181010">Broadway World</a> or watch the video of me presenting the proclamation to the theatre at <a href="https://benkallos.com/video/cm-kallos-awards-proclamation-neighborhood-playhouse-school-theatre">BenKallos.com/videos</a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Pre-K" name="Pre-K"><strong>Working for More Pre-K Seats on the Upper East Side</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4601" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/60f1d96d22efc3864fd818ac9e3ba2e2-250x187.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 187px; margin: 0px;" width="250" /></strong><a href="http://www.manhattanexpressnews.nyc/ues-electeds-more-pre-k/">Manhattan Express</a> profiled my work my office has done to achieve the number of Pre-K seats our neighborhood has finally reached roughly 950 seats. In the last year, hundreds of seats have been added with new locations on Third Avenue and East 95th Street and on East 57th Street and East 82nd Street. In the coming year, another Pre-K Center will be opening on East 76th Street with an additional 180 seats — bringing the total of new seats to more than 450 in two years.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> I am proud of this accomplishment but we have more to do. Based on 2015 and 2016 numbers detailing birth rates on the Upper East Side and the City’s expansion into 3K we will need over 5,000 seats in just a few years. If you need help with Pre-K admissions and applications or are looking for information on seats call my office at 212-860-1950 or email UPK@BenKallos.com<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="East86" name="East86"><strong>East 86th Street Neighborhood Association Meeting</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4621" height="243" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/9989fdc1bd15534d679f57696d89f8ae-250x243.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 243px; margin: 0px;" width="250" /></strong>Thank you to the East 86th Street Neighborhood Association for having me at their annual meeting in October. I spoke to residents about the recent changes by the NYPD toward Neighborhood Policing at the 19th Precinct and about ongoing construction at East 86th Street. I also had the chance to update the community on the recent progress on our efforts to create a business improvement district for the East 86th Street business corridor. Residents also asked questions about how the City Council is planning to help out small business and how Select Buses in the district have improved commutes. Thank you to East 86th Street Neighborhood Association leaders Elaine Walsh, Susan Gottridge, and Andrew Fine for extending the invite and keeping my office and staff up to date on conditions in his part of the District.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Rightoknow" name="Rightoknow"><strong>Right to Know Act is Now in Effect</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4609" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/7ea41d925c056487e3c13f15bfc40c29-250x187.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 187px; margin: 0px;" width="250" />As of October 19, the Right to Know Act is in effect in New York City. Passed in January, this new law serves as a start to the further conversation about civilian rights in police stops and aims to curb law-abiding citizens unnecessary encounters with police. This pair of laws which I supported and believed in since its inception works in the following ways to reform:<br /> <strong>Consent to Search law</strong> -- When NYPD officers have no legal justification to search you, your vehicle or your home, they should not search you unless they get your “voluntary, knowing and intelligent” consent. This means that in these situations, officers should not search you unless:</p> <ul> <li>The officers asks for your consent</li> <li>The officer informs you that a search won’t be conducted without your consent &amp; checks to make sure you understand</li> <li>You give your consent.</li> </ul> <p><strong>NYPD ID law</strong> -- Requires that in certain situations officers should</p> <ul> <li>Tell you their name, rank, command and the reason they are interrupting your day.</li> <li>At the end of those interactions, if they have not given you a summons or arrested you, they should give you a business card that has their name, rank, and badge number, and their command.</li> </ul> <p>The law is part of a city council response to real concerns for the aggressive stop-and-frisk tactics that often lead to misuses of power. It is a law that I have always thought is necessary and will improve relations between communities and the NYPD.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> For more information about the Right to Know Act, visit&nbsp;<a href="https://www.changethenypd.org/RightToKnowAct/news">https://www.changethenypd.org/RightToKnowAct/news</a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="NeighborhoodPolicing" name="NeighborhoodPolicing"><strong>Neighborhood Policing Comes to the 19th Precinct</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Neighborhood Policing is now key to the 19th Precinct’s policing philosophy. I was able to attend the NYPD rollout event in October; their officers explained that the program is an effort to create a working relationship between the community and the police department. &nbsp;Going forward, two <a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/site/nypd/bureaus/patrol/neighborhood-coordination-officers.page">neighborhood coordination officers</a>, or NCOs, will be assigned to each of the 19th Precinct 4 sectors and will be serving as community liaisons.&nbsp; For the sectors that cover our neighborhoods. Our NCOs are Sargeant Sandy Rodriguez, Officer Michael Haigh, Officer Bryan White, Officer &nbsp;James Cebulski, Officer Tarik Hunter, Officer&nbsp; Stephan Koustoubardis, Officer&nbsp; Lorraine Wade, Officer&nbsp; Lori Murray, Officer&nbsp; Daniel Pardo, Officer Donald Aridas, and Officer Thomas Seickendick.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Compost" name="Compost"><strong>Cutting the Ribbon for Queens’ Newest Compost Site Serving Roosevelt Island</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4625" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/e113ada0459b50e409841aa6e17e21e5-250x187.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 187px; margin: 0px;" width="250" />Just across the East River, I celebrated the opening of a new composting site in western Queens with Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia and <a href="http://jimmyvanbramer.com/">Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer</a>. This composting site, which sits directly under the Queensboro Bridge, is the City’s latest to collect compost so that we can achieve zero waste sooner. Thank you to <a href="https://bigreuse.org/">Big Reuse</a> Executive Director Justin Green for inviting me and for all the good work his organization is doing to reuse and cut back on waste. Watch the press conference and ribbon cutting at <a href="https://benkallos.com/video/big-reuse-compost-site-ribbon-cutting-wcm-kallos-van-bramer-dsny-commissioner-garcia">BenKallos.com/videos</a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="BikeSafety" name="BikeSafety"><strong>Bike Safety: Folding Helmets</strong></a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<img align="right" data-file-id="4629" height="213" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/5f8f345d9d1d4389a9c3d1b2f3dac6db-250x213.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 213px; margin: 0px;" width="250" />Since I am always on the go, I have grown to rely on using Citibike to get from places to place in a hurry. I also believe safety is always first and do my best to carry helmet a helmet around just in case. After lugging around a giant helmet, I invested in a crowd-sourced campaign to create of a&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/morpher-folding-helmet-technology/">folding helmet</a>.&nbsp;I had the pleasure of meeting the founder, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Woolf" target="_blank">Jeff Woolf</a>&nbsp;this month. Jeff and I discussed how we can get more riders to wear helmets.&nbsp;If you want a free (non-folding) helmet from my office in April of 2019 stay tuned to our newsletter and visit&nbsp;<a href="https://benkallos.com/events">BenKallos.com/events</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Freakonomics" name="Freakonomics"><strong>Freakonomics of Government </strong></a><strong>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4633" height="247" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/fa26ba06a9cefc9fe5bb887a9f2345c5-250x247.jpg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 250px; height: 247px; margin: 0px;" width="250" /></strong>Award-winning author, journalist and radio personality <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_J._Dubner">Stephen Dubner</a> of the famed books and podcast <a href="http://freakonomics.com/about/">Freakonomics</a>&nbsp;joined me to discuss how we could <a href="http://freakonomics.com/podcast/happiness/" target="_blank">collaborate with many of the experts</a> from his coverage to make New York City even better. We also discussed how he uses story telling to make topics like "economics" interesting and how we can do the same for some of the topics we address like campaign finance and ethics reform. We concluded by discussing <a href="http://freakonomics.com/podcast/apologies/" target="_blank">how to say "I am sorry,"</a> why politicians are so bad at it, and whether it is a <a href="http://freakonomics.com/podcast/choking/" target="_blank">choke</a>. As a fan, listener, and elected official I look forward to the next inspiration for great public policy.<br /> <br /> <a id="Harlem" name="Harlem"><strong>Harlem Educational Activities Fund Government&nbsp; Cyber Security Panel</strong>&nbsp;</a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4661" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/47c5021c1fe8146fdf34f85a9310df07-250x187.jpeg" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 250px; height: 187px; margin: 0px;" width="250" />Last month I had a chance to sit down and discuss career paths in government with a group of 10th-grade students at the <a href="https://heaf.org/" target="_blank">Harlem Education Activities Fund</a>, or HEAF. For over 29 years, HEAF has provided opportunities to underserved students throughout the City; as a result of the Fund’s work, 100 percent of their student's complete high school and 83 percent earn bachelor degrees. My fellow panelists were AIG’s Global Head of Cybersecurity Tracie Grella, Former Assemblyman Jonathan L. Bing, Deputy Borough President Matthew Washington, and Bloomberg Security Architect Jason Rouse. Together, we shared our stories and what led us to choose our careers. I was especially impressed by the caliber of questions that the students asked and I could tell that the class of 2020 will have a bright future. If you want to check out the event <a href="https://youtu.be/k4nuQ5Pt1_8" target="_blank">Benkallos.com/videos</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Muslim" name="Muslim"><strong>Muslim Volunteers for New York Annual Food Drive</strong></a><strong> </strong><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4645" height="193" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/2a68f7f7006edee807dc4b4933782512-250x193.png" style="border: 0px ; width: 250px; height: 193px; margin: 0px;" width="250" /><a href="https://www.facebook.com/mv4ny/">Muslim Volunteers for New York</a> will be collecting donations as part of its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive from November 1st through the 10th. This year’s drive for the very first time will benefit the <a href="https://www.wscah.org/">West Side Campaign Against Hunger </a>(WSCAH) in addition to the <a href="http://nycommonpantry.org/">New York Common Pantry</a> and <a href="https://www.citymeals.org/">City Meals on Wheels</a>. Each of the beneficiaries serves a unique need for our food insecure communities and Muslim Volunteers for New York is doing a wonderful job to partnering with each of these amazing organizations!<br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="West30thSteet" name="West30thSteet"><strong>New Affordable Housing Opportunity on West 30th Street</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4649" height="250" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/4396d601d240978061bcc55d2d00005d-250x250.png" style="border: 0px initial ; width: 250px; height: 250px; margin: 0px;" width="250" />107 units of affordable housing have been set aside for very low-income and low-income wage earners at 553 West 30th Street in Chelsea. The units are available for household sizes of 1, 2, 3, and 4, and the applications must be completed and submitted December 13, 2018. For more information, visit: <a href="https://a806-housingconnect.nyc.gov/nyclottery/lottery.html#current-projects">a806-housingconnect.nyc.gov/nyclottery/lottery.html#current-projects</a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Veterans" name="Veterans"><strong>Veterans Benefit Fair</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="none" data-file-id="4653" height="775" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/59586d884f1fcbc79a91b900a21d1965-600x775.jpg" style="border: 0px ; width: 600px; height: 775px; margin: 0px;" width="600" /><br /> <br /> As we get ready to observe Veterans Day this November, the New York City Department of Finance and the Manhattan Borough President’s Office will be hosting Veterans Benefits Fair on November 14 from 4pm–7pm. &nbsp;The fair will teach veterans about all the benefits the City and the Federal Government offer to them.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Veterans Benefit Fair</strong><br /> <strong>Wednesday, November 14, 4pm–7pm<br /> Municipal Building<br /> 1 Centre Street, North Mezzanine</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> <ol start="1"> </ol> <div style="text-align: left;"><strong>OFFICE UPDATES </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="LegislativeCorner" name="LegislativeCorner"><strong>Legislative Corner</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> This month I cosponsored two bills that became law, both about improving how and where the City creates new schools <a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3467603&amp;GUID=03ACF897-7A54-49EB-B220-3A6FF77D3D7F&amp;Options=Advanced&amp;Search=">Int 0757-2018</a>, sponsored by Council Member Gibson, creates an interagency task force on school siting that will identify potential city-owned properties for school siting and identify vacant lots that may be good candidates for school siting.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3343769&amp;GUID=B22CDD9F-59EA-48A3-870E-A3855C3A88FF&amp;Options=Advanced&amp;Search=">Int 0461-2018</a>, sponsored by Council Member Dromm, continues this greater cooperation among city agencies by requiring the Department of Education and the School Construction Authority to be notified by other city agencies when city-owned or leased property of an adequate size is determined to have no current use. This way, DOE and SCA can evaluate whether these properties are suitable for a new school.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="FreshFoodBox" name="FreshFoodBox"><strong>Fresh Food Box Season Ends Before Thanksgiving</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Fresh Food Box at my district office continues in November. This resident favorite which began as a pilot program between my office and GrowNYC two years ago has served hundreds of Upper East Siders looking to get locally grown farm fresh vegetables at an affordable price.<br /> Fresh Food Box takes place at my district office on Thursdays 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, between 3:30pm and 6:30pm. The program allows you to place your order and pay just $14 (<em>cash, credit/debit, SNAP/food stamps, greenmarket bucks</em>) and pick up a bag of farm fresh produce the following week.<br /> <a href="https://www.grownyc.org/greenmarketco/foodbox">GrowNYC's Fresh Food Box Program</a> lets customers benefit from fresh farm to table produce from a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share, with the flexibility of week-to-week purchasing.<br /> Sign-ups begin every year in June and the season runs through November. Learn more visit <a href="http://www.grownyc.org/greenmarketco/foodbox">grownyc.org/greenmarketco/foodbox</a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="FreeLegalClinics" name="FreeLegalClinics"><strong>Free Legal Clinics</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Need a lawyer? Every month I sponsor legal clinics where you can get free legal advice in my District Office at 244 East 93rd Street from 3pm-6pm: <ul> <li><strong>General Civil Law</strong>, 3rd Tuesday</li> <li><strong>Life Planning Clinic</strong>, 3rd Wednesday</li> <li><strong>Family Law and Domestic Violence</strong>, 1st Tuesday</li> <li><strong>Housing Clinics</strong>, Every Monday and 1st Wednesday</li> </ul> Please call my office at 212-860-1950 in advance to schedule your appointment.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <a id="HeretoHelp" name="HeretoHelp"><strong>Here to Help</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> We are here to help. My social work team can help you find out what services you are eligible for and assist you in your application. Some examples include: <ul> <li><strong>Seniors: </strong>Medicare savings, Meals-on-Wheels, Access-A-Ride</li> <li><strong>Housing: </strong>searching for affordable units, free legal housing clinic at my office</li> <li><strong>Job Resources: </strong>training resources and assistance, unemployment benefits</li> <li><strong>Families: </strong>Universal Pre-K, Head Start, After-School programs</li> <li><strong>Finances:</strong> cash assistance, tax credits, home energy assistance</li> <li><strong>Nutrition: </strong>WIC, free meals for all ages</li> </ul> <strong>Please also call us at 212-860-1950 or email us at bkallos@benkallos.com with any unresolved 311 complaints.</strong><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="Mobile" name="Mobile"><strong>Mobile District Hours </strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Get assistance wherever in the district you are when we bring our office to you. Please join us at monthly mobile district hours from 11am–2pm: <ul> <li><a href="https://www.isaacscenter.org/">Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center</a>, 415 East 93rd Street, 2nd Tuesday</li> <li><a href="http://carterburdencenter.org/programs/roosevelt-island-senior-center/">Roosevelt Island Senior Center</a>, 546 Main Street, 4th Wednesday</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;<br /> <a id="BenInYourBuilding" name="BenInYourBuilding"><strong>Ben in Your Building </strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> The "Ben in Your Building Program" is a chance to discuss issues of importance to you and your neighbors in person, in your home. Please consider inviting me to your cooperative or condominium annual meeting or tenants association meeting and I will be happy to join you. Over the past year, I have visited several buildings to discuss matters of importance in the neighborhood, including street furniture, road conditions, homeless outreach, sanitation issues and you name it. Please schedule a "Ben in Your Building" today by calling 212-860-1950 or email Scheduler@BenKallos.com<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a id="CommunityBoards" name="CommunityBoards"><strong>Community Boards</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/1: Community Board 11 Environment, Open Space &amp; Parks Committee</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, CB11 Board Office 1664 Park Avenue</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/5: Community Board 6 Transportation Committee Meeting</strong><br /> <em>7:00pm, 433 1st Avenue (NYU College of Dentistry), Room 210</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/5 Community Board 11 Public Safety &amp; Transportation Committee</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, Bonifacio Senior Center &nbsp;7 East 116th Street</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/5: Community Board 8 Landmark’s Committee</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, New York Blood Center Conference Rm 1&amp;2 310 East 67th</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/5: Community Board 8 Youth, Education, and Libraries Committee</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, Community Board 8 Office 505 Park Avenue Suite 620</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/5: Community Board 8 Street Life Committee</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, CUNY Hunter College – Glass Cafe 695 Park Ave, 3rd Floor</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/5 Community Board 11 Housing Committee</strong><br /> 6:30pm, <em>CB11 Board Office 1664 Park Avenue</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/7: Community Board 8 Transportation Committee</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, New York Blood Center Auditorium 310 E 67th</em><br /> Update by the Department of Transportation regarding the M79 Select Bus Service and addition crosstown bike lanes and discussion regarding congestion pricing.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/7: Community Board 6 Parks, Landmarks, and Cultural Affairs Committee Meeting</strong><br /> <em>7:00pm, 433 1st Avenue (NYU College of Dentistry), Room 210</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/7: Community Board 11 Land Use, Landmarks &amp; Planning Committee</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, Bonifacio Senior Center &nbsp;7 East 116th Street</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/8: Community Board 8 Parks and Recreation Committee</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, New York Blood Center Auditorium 310 E 67th</em><br /> Ferry Presentation by the New York City Economic Development Corporation and Hornblower New York.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/8: Community Board 11 Human Services Committee</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, CB11 Board Office 1664 Park Avenue</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/13: Community Board 11 Youth &amp; Education Committee</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, CB11 Board Office 1664 Park Avenue</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/13: Community Board 11 Economic Development &amp; Culture</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, Bonifacio Senior Center &nbsp;7 East 116th Street</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/13: Community Board 6 Business Affairs and Street Activities Committee Meeting</strong><br /> <em>7:00pm, CB6 Board Office - 211 E. 43rd Street, Suite 1404</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/14: Community Board 6 Full Board Meeting</strong><br /> <em>7:00pm, 433 1st Avenue (NYU College of Dentistry), Room 210</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/14: Community Board 8 Land Use and Full Board Meeting</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, New York Blood Center Auditorium 310 E 67th</em><br /> Public Session – Those who wish to speak during the Public Session must register to do so by 6:45 pm<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/19: Community Board 6 Housing, Homeless, &amp; Human Rights Committee Meeting</strong><br /> 6:30pm, CB6 Board Office - 211 E. 43rd Street, Suite 1404<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/20: Community Board 11 Full Board Meeting</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 1468 Madison Avenue </em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/28: Community Board 8 Housing Committee, Joint with the Committees on Zoning and Development and Health, Seniors, and Social Services</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center 415 East 93rd Street, Dining Room A &amp; B</em><br /> NYCHA Infill efforts at Holmes Towers will be discussed<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><a id="NYPD" name="NYPD">NYPD Events</a></strong><br /> <br /> <strong>11/27: 17th Precinct Community Council </strong><br /> <em>6:00pm-7:00pm, Sutton Place Synagogue, 224 E 51st Street</em><br /> <strong>11/5: 19th Precinct Community Council</strong><br /> <em>7:00pm-8:00pm, 19th Precinct Station House, 153 E 67th Street</em><br /> <strong>11/28: 23rd Precinct Community Council</strong><br /> <em>6:00pm-7:00pm, 23rd Precinct Station House, 164 E 102nd Street</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="Tennant" name="Tennant"><strong>Neighborhood and Tenant Association Meetings</strong></a><strong> &nbsp;</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Second Wednesday, 11/14: Lexington Houses Tenant Association</strong><br /> 6:00pm, 1539 Lexington Avenue<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>First Wednesday, 11/7: Roosevelt Island Residents Association Common Council Meeting</strong><br /> 8:00 pm-10:00 pm, Good Shepherd (Downstairs), 543 Main Street<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Second Tuesday, 11/13: Stanley Isaacs Tenant Associations</strong><br /> 7:00 pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, 415 East 93rd Street<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Third Tuesday, 11/20: Holmes Towers Tenant Association</strong><br /> 7:00 pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, 415 East 93rd Street<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Thursday 11/15: East 79th Street Neighborhood Association</strong><br /> 6:00pm-8:00pm, Temple Shaaray Tefila, 250 East 79th Street<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a id="KIDS" name="KIDS"><strong>Events for Kids</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong>11/1: Early Literacy- Family Storytime</strong><br /> <em>11:00 am-12:00 pm, Webster Library </em><br /> Toddlers from birth to 3 years and their parents/caregivers can enjoy interactive stories, action songs, fingerplays, and spend time with other toddlers in the neighborhood. There is a limit of 15 children and their caregivers. Tickets are given out the morning of the program on a first come, first serve basis. Times of the programs are approximate.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/2 Free Book Friday: Children &amp; Teens</strong><br /> <em>3:30 pm, 96th Street Library</em><br /> Children and teens will have a chance to browse a selection of books and take some home to keep. Picture books, middle grade fiction (for ages 8 to 12), and YA fiction are all available. Refreshments will be served. While supplies last!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/3: Wreck It Ralph </strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm, 96th Street Library </em><br /> Wreck It Ralph Saturday November 3rd, 2018 2 Hours Arcade-game character Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) is tired of always being the "bad guy" and losing to his "good guy" opponent, Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer).<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24: Read to Our New York Therapy Dog!</strong><br /> <em>10:30 am, Webster Library </em><br /> Come read to our therapy dog Tugboat! These licensed therapy dogs and their owners can't wait for you to come read them a story. Enjoy one-on-one, no-pressure reading time with a furry friend! Pre-registration is required for each 15-minute slot and opens 1 week in advance. For ages 5 and up. Available every Saturday!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/5: Preschool Storytime- Petite Picasso </strong><br /> <em>4:00 pm, 96th Street Library </em><br /> Read aloud and messy art projects for young children. Wear your art clothes. Smocks will be provided. Limited to 24 participants.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/5: The Rock Show</strong><br /> <em>4:00 pm, Yorkville Library </em><br /> Join Preschool of Rock for The Rock Show! Filled with non-stop action and hip-shaking music, the children and families will be thrilled! Best for ages 0-8 years old with parent/caregiver.</p> <p><br /> <strong>11/7, 11/14: Preschool Storytime- Petite Picasso </strong><br /> <em>10:30 am, 11:15 am, 96th Street Library </em><br /> Read aloud and messy art projects for young children. Wear your art clothes. Smocks will be provided. Limited to 24 participants.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/8, 11/15, 11/29: Early Literacy- Family Storytime</strong><br /> <em>11:30 am-12:00 pm, Webster Library </em><br /> Toddlers from birth to 3 years and their parents/caregivers can enjoy interactive stories, action songs, fingerplays, and spend time with other toddlers in the neighborhood. There is a limit of 15 children and their caregivers. Tickets are given out the morning of the program on a first come, first serve basis. Times of the programs are approximate.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/13: Bilingual Birdies- Mandarin</strong><br /> <em>11:00 am, 67th St. Library</em><br /> Bilingual Birdies will take families on a magical journey to learn words in Mandarin and explore fun new themes like eating healthy food, the changing colors of the leaves, and how to identify different shapes! This program is for children birth to age six and the class is rooted in live music, movement, dance, and puppetry. Bilingual Birdies celebrates different cultures in a time that is very important to embrace diversity.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/14: Big Talks: Bullying</strong><br /> <em>4:00 pm, Webster Library</em><br /> Most teens have experience with bullying, whether you're a victim, a bystander, or a bully. Come engage in conversations about how we treat each other. What does bullying look like? Why does it happen? What can YOU do? For ages 13-18 years old. Presented by Tara Abrol<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/13, 11/20, 11/27: Adult Coloring</strong><br /> <em>11:00 am, 96th St. Library</em><br /> Looking for a new way to relax? Enjoy the sublime pleasure of coloring. Coloring sheets, crayons, coloring pencils, and reading materials will be provided to participants by the library.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/15: Early Literacy- Songs of Autumn </strong><br /> <em>11:00 am, Roosevelt Island Library </em><br /> Join children's musician Ian Hayes for an autumn-themed sing-a-long! Bring your toddlers and little ones for an interactive music show to welcome the heat with song and dance. Fun for the whole family! Best for children ages 2 to 4 with parent/caregiver. Presented by Urban Stages<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/15: Film- Portrait of Jennie (1948)</strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm, 96th Street Library </em><br /> Portrait of Jennie (1948) 86 min., b&amp;w, William Dieterle, Dir. Starring Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten. A painter meets a girl in the park one day who may or may not be real but who does inspire him to continue painting, though he may be destroyed by falling in love in the process. ADMISSION FREE<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/16: Storytime for Kids 2-6</strong><br /> <em>10:30 am, 421 East 61st Street </em><br /> This month’s Storytime will explore different types of hats through history. Listen to hat themed stories and look for hats in the museum. Afterward make a pilgrim hat or bonnet to wear home. Free for caregivers and children.<br /> <strong>11/20, 11/27: Free Play</strong><br /> <em>4:00 pm, Webster Library </em><br /> Join us on Tuesday afternoons for a fun chance to socialize with other kids from the community! Toys are provided. Please note: This program is for both caregiver and child<br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="ADULTS" name="ADULTS"><strong>Events for Adults</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong>11/1, 11/3, 11/8, 11/10, 11/15, 11/17, 11/24, 11/29: Computer Tutoring</strong><br /> <em>Saturdays: Noon, 2:00pm; Thursdays: 5:30pm, 67th St. Library</em><br /> Join us for an one-on-one tutoring sessions! Stop by the branch to sign up for one of our help sessions and get a personal tutor at your service! This program will run every Thursday and Saturday. Space is limited.<br /> <strong>10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26: Quiet Study Rooms ()</strong><br /> <em>10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26: Quiet Study Rooms (Fridays)</em><br /> <em>10:00am-3:00pm, 67th St Library</em><br /> <em>10:00am-3:00pm, 67th St Library</em><br /> No talking, no cell phone, and no noise are required in our quiet study room. This room is open thanks to our volunteers, and is subject to their availability.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/1: Prostate Cancer Support Group </strong><br /> <em>12:00 pm, 430 East 67th Street </em><br /> This program is for people who have been treated for cancer. No observers, please, without prior approval.</p> <p><br /> <strong>11/1, 11/8: Financial Empowerment Workshop</strong><br /> <em>6:00 pm-8:00 pm, 331 East 70th Street </em><br /> Learn how to take control of your finances at our free Financial Empowerment Workshop! You will be able to see and learn how to read your Credit Report, meet one-on-one with a financial adviser for individualized advice, open a free savings account and more.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/1: Politics of Food Summit</strong><br /> <em>Baruch College, 55 Lexington Ave </em><br /> City &amp; State and partners will convene leaders in government, public policy, and industry, to discuss all forms of food programs, sustainability and policy issues in New York. The 2018 Politics of Food conference will bring together over 250 policy makers, innovators and leaders from diverse fields to tackle the most important policy, management and leadership issues affecting New York's food policy efforts and program.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/1: Film The man Who Would Be King (1975)</strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm, 96th Street Library </em><br /> The Man Who Would be King (1975) 129 min., color, John Houston, Dir. Starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer. Based on the story by Rudyard Kipling.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/1: Jazz @ NYPL</strong><br /> <em>4:30 pm, 96th Street Library </em><br /> Presented by the Jazz Foundation of America, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/1: East Side Candidates Forum</strong><br /> <em>5:30 pm-7:30 pm, 331 East 70th Street </em><br /> Get to know your candidates before Election Day at our nonpartisan forum featuring candidates running for office: New York State Senate District 28: State Senator Liz Krueger &amp; Peter Holmberg, New York State Assembly District 76: State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright (invited) &amp; Lou Puliafito.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/1: Urban Beekeeping</strong><br /> <em>6:30 pm, House of the Redeemer </em><br /> Guillermo Fernandez, Director of <a href="https://thehoneybeeconservancy.org/">The Honeybee Conservancy</a> and an urban beekeeper, will talk about how urban beekeeping has the potential to not only support healthy bee populations, but also support healthy urban communities.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/3: ACT Practice Exam </strong><br /> <em>10:00 am, Yorkville Library </em><br /> Take a full-length practice test under timed conditions. A proctored practice exam will help your child build testing endurance and give you a real-time snapshot of their testing performance. To register: https://www.revolutionprep.com/partners/137966/ or contact Elizabeth Willard at 917-983-9069 and elizabeth.willard@revolutionprep.com.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/4: 5th Annual GreenPark Gardener NYC Pumpkin Smash </strong><br /> <em>1:00 pm-4:00 pm, East River Esplanade- 63rd &amp; York Avenue</em><br /> Only heroic Marathon stragglers left on First… So grab that soon-to-be-moldy Halloween jack-o-lantern and head down to the Esplanade for the Great Smashing of Pumpkins. That’ll thereafter become compost gold! After-Smash treats for one and all! Doesn’t get more fun or green!<br /> <br /> <strong>11/5, 11/19: Tour of Gracie Mansion </strong><br /> <em>10:00 am-11:50 am, 5:00 pm-5:50 pm, Carl Schurz Park </em><br /> Gracie Mansion Conservancy presents New York 1942. Our newest installation marking the 75th Anniversary of Gracie Mansion as the official mayoral residence.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/5, 11/19: Yorkville Writing Circle </strong><br /> <em>5:15 pm, Yorkville Library </em><br /> Writers of all genres and styles, at all levels, are welcome to participate. No sign-ups required. For adults (ages 18 and up) For more information, please email: YorkvilleWritingCircle@gmail.com<br /> <br /> <strong>11/5: Transforming Central Park </strong><br /> <em>5:30 pm, Webster Library </em><br /> Join us on Tuesday afternoons for a fun chance to socialize with other kids from the community! Toys are provided. Please note: This program is for both caregiver and child. It is not a structured program.<br /> <br /> <strong>Every Tuesday: Community Supported Agriculture Boxes from GROWNYC</strong><br /> <em>3:30 pm-6:30 pm, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House </em><br /> Year-round at the Center @ Lenox Hill Neighborhood House you can pick up your own Community Supported Agriculture box of high quality, farm fresh produce at below retail prices! For only $15, receive $20-$30 worth of fresh greens &amp; fruit every week. CSA shares must be purchased a week in advance. For more information, please email Site Coordinator Abby Lee at <a href="mailto:alee@grownyc.org">alee@grownyc.org</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/6: Join DOROT &amp; St. Agnes Library for 1960’s NYC 16mm Film Screening</strong><br /> <em>5pm, DOROT 171 West 85th Street</em><br /> Two short films which examine the phenomenon of protests. The first explores anti-war protests in the period before America's entry into World War II to the Vietnamese conflict. The second explores the student protest and strike at Columbia University. A discussion facilitated by staff from the New York Public Library to follow.To register, contact Shannon O’Connor at (917) 441-3745 or sundaysandevenings@dorotusa.org<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/6: Science Fiction Book Discussion </strong><br /> <em>6:30 pm, Roosevelt Island Library </em><br /> Book discussion on Chocky by John Wyndham<br /> <br /> <strong>Every Wednesday: Lenox Hill Snap Assistance Clinics </strong><br /> <em>10:00 am-1:00 pm, 331 east 70th Street</em><br /> Recent changes have expanded SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) eligibility in New York City, so more individuals and families are eligible for SNAP benefits than ever before. If you are interested in determining whether you are eligible for SNAP benefits, come to our Snap Assistance Clinics.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/7: Shakespeare From Page to Stage </strong><br /> <em>11:30 am, Webster Library </em><br /> Shakespeare: From Page to Stage explores the Bard's work, not purely as literature, but as plays created to be performed. The workshop will look at Shakespeare's work as a process that moves from page to performance, exploring the methods directors and actors use to analyze, interpret, penetrate, and activate the world of the play.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28: Learn to Play Chess For Adults</strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm, Webster Library </em><br /> Learn to play the most popular game ever: A game of strategy and problem solving. Whether you are beginner or a more advanced player you can learn the strategies that will make you a better chess player.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/7: Author Talk </strong><br /> <em>5:30 pm, Yorkville Library </em><br /> Join the Yorkville Library in welcoming Helen Trepelkov and her book Postgraduate Studies in Motherhood.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/7: Friends of the Upper East Side Book Launch </strong><br /> <em>6:30 pm, 215 East 71st Street </em><br /> We are thrilled to finally share <em>Shaped by Immigrants: A History of Yorkville </em>with you! Prepare for a night of celebration, discussion, and the screening of an original documentary mini-series produced by FRIENDS of the Upper East Side. Be one of the first to enjoy the finished product for yourself, or as a gift for one of the Yorkville fans in your life. Books will be for sale for the very first time at the event, and online to follow. Active FRIENDS members will receive a special discount on all book purchases.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/8: Fim- The Narrow Margin </strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm, 96th Street Library </em><br /> Double Feature, 1st film at 2 PM, 2nd film at 3:10 PM. The Narrow Margin (1952) 71 min., b&amp;w, Richard Fleischer, Dir. Starring Charles McGraw, Marie Windsor, Jacqueline White.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/8: Bladder Cancer Support Group </strong><br /> <em>12:00 pm, 430 East 67th Street </em><br /> This program is for people who have been treated for cancer. No observers, please, without prior approval.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/8: Book Discussion Group</strong><br /> <em>6:00 pm, 96th Street Library </em><br /> Join us to discuss Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi About the book: First novel by the author of Americanah.<br /> <br /> <strong>Wednesdays and Fridays: Learn to Play Chess For Adults</strong><br /> <em>Wednesdays 2:00 pm, Fridays 3:00 pm, Webster Library </em><br /> Learn to play the most popular game ever: A game of strategy and problem solving. Whether you are beginner or a more advanced player you can learn the strategies that will make you a better chess player.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/8: Historical Lecture- Richard Panchyk</strong><br /> <em>6:30 pm, Roosevelt Island Library </em><br /> The Roosevelt Island Historical Society presents a lecture by Richard Panchyk, author of Hidden History of Queens.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/9: Film- Robin Hood Prince of Thieves </strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm, 96th Street Library </em><br /> Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves 2 hours 35 minutes, PG-13 Friday, November 9, 2018 96th Street Branch Library Basement Nobleman crusader Robin of Locksley (Kevin Costner) breaks out of a Jerusalem prison with the help of Moorish fellow prisoner Azeem (Morgan Freeman) and travels back home to England.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/9: </strong><strong>Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden, </strong><strong>Greek Myths and Today’s Culture</strong><br /> <em>12:30pm, </em><em>421 East 61st Street</em><br /> In conjunction with our current exhibit, "Style, Myth and Modernity in Greek Revival New York," we will debate the idea that the Greek tragedies can offer relevant insights for us today, an idea also proposed by 19th-century New Yorkers.<br /> Refreshments included. Free with admission.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/9: Lunchtime Lecture </strong><br /> <em>12:30 pm, 421 East 61st Street </em><br /> In conjunction with the current exhibit, “Style, Myth and Modernity in Greek Revival New York” we will debate the idea that the Greek tragedies can offer relevant insights for us today, an idea also proposed by 19th-century New Yorkers.Refreshments included. Free with admission.<br /> <strong>11/10: Cello Alone</strong><br /> <em>3:00 pm, Webster Library</em><br /> Be soothed by the sounds of music! Join cellist Tomas Ulrich as he plays selections from works by JS Bach, Jeremy Beck, Gaspar Cassado, Paul Hindemith and Tomas Ulrich.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/11: Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana </strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm, 331 East 70th Street </em><br /> Flamenco Vivo’s performances use the rich and powerful art form of Spanish dance and music to build understanding and communication between people of different cultures.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/13, 11/20, 11/27: Word for Beginners</strong><br /> <em>3:00 pm, 96th Street Library </em><br /> Learn the basic features of Microsoft Word 2010, a word processing program you can use to create documents. Topics include: entering and editing text, saving files, and various formatting options.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/13: Bring Your Own Poem </strong><br /> <em>4:00 pm, Roosevelt Island Library </em><br /> Bring a poem you love and one you've written to the library for a workshop in which we'll discuss each other's poems and suggest ways to make them more awesome than they are already.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/13:&nbsp;Lenox Hill Neighborhood House DRIE Clinic /&nbsp;</strong>Disability Rent Increase Exemption<strong>&nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>1:30pm-4pm by appointment only</em><br /> Do you have a disability and need help with Rent?<br /> Do you pay more than 1/3 og your income towards rent?<br /> IS YOUR ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME $50,000 OR LESS?<br /> For an appointment or information, contact us at<br /> DRIE@lenoxhill.org or 212-218-0503, option 0<br /> Find out if you are eligible for DRIE, get assiatance applying or recertifying<br /> <br /> <strong>11/13: Historic Cooking Workshop- 19th Century Jumbles</strong><br /> <em>6:30 pm, 421 East 61st Street</em><br /> Cook and eat your way through history! When Andrew Jackson defeated Henry Clay in the 1832 Presidential election, it was more than his populist message which helped him at the ballot box. American women had been baking cookies, affectionately dubbing them Jackson Jumbles to hand out to citizens and influence the vote. The other side was busy baking too–and Clay Jumbles had a fair run, but didn’t emerge the winner. See which you like better, and get some ideas on how to swing the next election. $20 Adults, $15 Members and Students with ID.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/13: Gynecologic Cancer Support Group </strong><br /> <em>3:30 pm, 430 East 67th Street </em><br /> This is a support and discussion group for women who have completed treatment for gynecological cancer. Discussion topics include diet and nutrition, adjusting to physical changes, and managing anxiety.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/14: Transitioning to Research Independence-Mentoring </strong><br /> <em>4:00 pm-5:00 pm, 1300 York Avenue </em><br /> The seminar series presented by Rockefeller University, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medicine, will include 8 sessions and will cover topics such as the nuts and bolts of seeking a faculty position, considerations for establishing a lab, strategies for leading and managing a research group, securing funding, and mentoring trainees. This course is open to all postdocs and students at Rockefeller University, Weill Cornell Medicine and Memorial Sloan Kettering.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/14: Yorkville Writing Circle</strong><br /> <em>4:30 pm, Yorkville Library </em><br /> Writers of all genres and styles, at all levels, are welcome to participate. No sign-ups required. For adults (ages 18 and up) For more information, please email: YorkvilleWritingCircle@gmail.com<br /> <br /> <strong>11/14: Author Talk- Barren Island by Carol Zoref </strong><br /> <em>5:30 pm, Webster Library </em><br /> Join author and professor Carol Zoref for a discussion of and reading from her novel, Barren Island.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/15: Reel Classics- Funny Girl </strong><br /> <em>4:00 pm, Webster Library </em><br /> Webster Library Presents: Funny Girl A life of Fanny Brice, famed comedian and entertainer of the early 1900s. We see her rise to fame as a Ziegfield girl, subsequent career, and her personal life, particularly her relationship with Nick Arnstein.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/15: Book Discussion; One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest</strong><br /> <em>6:30 pm, Roosevelt Island Library</em><br /> One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/17: Year-Round Volunteer Gardening</strong><br /> <em>9:30 am - 12:30 pm, 86th Street at East End</em><br /> Join neighbors and friends and pitch in at this fun, local event!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/17: WWI Film Series- Hearts of the World </strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm, Webster Library </em><br /> Commemorate the centennial of the end of World War I with Webster Library! Join us for Hearts of the World.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/17: Time Management Strategies </strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm, Yorkville Library</em><br /> Want to reduce stress, accomplish more in less time and enjoy greater freedom to do the things you love? Do you want a greater feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment in your daily life? You are not alone! Speaker, trainer, and certified professional coach, Barbara Phillips, will share practical strategies that have the power to change your life!<br /> <br /> <strong>11/17: Clone of Popular Films: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves</strong><br /> Creed 2 hours 13 minutes, PG-13 Saturday, November 17, 2018 96th Street Branch Library Basement Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) never knew his famous father, boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died before Adonis was born. However, boxing is in his blood, so he seeks out Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and asks the retired champ to be his trainer.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/18: Adoption Event</strong><br /> <em>Noon-4:00 pm, Petco 1155 Third Ave</em><br /> Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) adoptions include vaccinations, spay/neuter, a pre-registered microchip, an identification tag, a collar and a certificate for a free initial exam at a participating veterinarian.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/19: Coffee &amp; Connections</strong><br /> <em>11:30 am, Webster Library Auditorium </em><br /> Coffee &amp; Connections Support for those who are experiencing homelessness or who know someone who is homeless. New York has many great resources and services for people experiencing homelessness but it can be challenging to gain access to them.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/19: Breast Cancer Support Group </strong><br /> <em>2:30 pm, 430 East 67th Street </em><br /> This program is for people who have been treated for cancer. No observers, please, without prior approval.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/19: Time Management Strategies </strong><br /> <em>5:00 pm, Webster Library </em><br /> Want to reduce stress, accomplish more in less time and enjoy greater freedom to do the things you love? Do you want a greater feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment in your daily life? You are not alone! Speaker, trainer, and certified professional coach, Barbara Phillips, will share practical strategies that have the power to change your life!<br /> <br /> <strong>11/20: Lung Cancer Support Group </strong><br /> <em>11:30 am, 430 East 67th Street </em><br /> This program is for people who have been treated for cancer. No observers, please, without prior approval.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/20: Musical Manga</strong><br /> <em>4:00 pm, 97th St. Library</em><br /> Emo, Goth, Rocker and Hip-Hop music flavor so many of your favorite animated shows. Learn how popular music and soundtracks fit content, style and themes of your favorite anime. Listen and learn the stylistic differences between classic Shonen, Shoujo and Chibi (kid’s comics). Be inspired to create your own manga characters according to your favorite music. All drawing supplies are provided free of charge, as well as a music player and direct tracks from Japan. For ages 13-18 years old.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/20: Poem Revision </strong><br /> <em>4:00 pm, Roosevelt Island Library </em><br /> It's a blast from the past! Share your revised poems and we'll discuss them, and trace their journey from start to revision to finish.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/24: Webster @ the Movies- Ocean’s 8</strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm, Webster Library </em><br /> Webster’s @ The Movies Presents: Ocean's 8 Saturday, November 24th at 2p.m. Five years, eight months, 12 days and counting -- that's how long Debbie Ocean has been devising the biggest heist of her life.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/26: Author Talk </strong><br /> <em>5:30 pm, Yorkville Library </em><br /> Please join the Yorkville Library in welcoming Anthony DeCurtis and his book Lou Reed: A Life.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/27: Lenox Hill Neighborhood 2018 Fall Associates Benefit </strong><br /> <em>7:00 pm-8:30 pm</em><br /> The glamorous evening will feature cocktails at Fendi, followed by dinner and dancing at The Metropolitan Club. Please reserve tickets at your earliest convenience. Your name will be at the door. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/27: Adult Coloring</strong><br /> <em>11:00 am, 97th St. Library</em><br /> Looking for a new way to relax? Enjoy the sublime pleasure of coloring. Coloring sheets, Crayons, coloring pencils, and reading materials will be provided to participants by the library.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/27: Word for Beginners</strong><br /> <em>3:00 pm, 97th St. Library</em><br /> Learn the basic features of Microsoft Word 2010, a word processing program you can use to create documents. Topics include: entering and editing text, saving files, and various formatting options. This is a comprehensive course, so please make sure you can attend all sessions. Call 212-289-0908 to register. Tuesdays, 3-5<br /> <br /> <strong>11/27: Found Object Poetry </strong><br /> <em>4:00 pm, Roosevelt Island Library</em><br /> Come to the library to experience writing poems in a new and exciting way. You'll find various objects set up in the library that will serve as the subjects of your amazing poetry that you'll write on the spot.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/27: Author Talk: The Ha-Ha by Dave King</strong><br /> <em>5:30 pm, Webster Library</em><br /> Author Dave King will discuss his novel, rendered unable to speak, read, or write after a Vietnam War injury thirty years earlier; it is a story about the cost of war and the infinite worth of human connection.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/28: Bereavement Support Group </strong><br /> <em>5:30 pm, 430 East 67th Street </em><br /> This group is for those who have lost a family member or friend to cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering. No observers, please, without prior approval.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/28: Author Talk: The Global Pigeon by Colin Jerolmack</strong><br /> <em>5:30 pm, Webster Library</em><br /> The pigeon is the quintessential city bird. Come hear how they are kept for pleasure, sport, and profit by people all over the world, from the "pigeon wars" to the Million Dollar Pigeon Race.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>11/28: Heart Health: A Weill Cornell Medicine Wellness Seminar</strong><br /> <em>5:30 pm, Yorkville Library</em><br /> According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States annually – 1 in every 4 deaths. Join Weill Cornell Medicine for a Wellness Seminar on heart health at the Yorkville Library.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/29: Movie Night for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest </strong><br /> <em>6:00 pm, Roosevelt Island Library </em><br /> One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, (R) (1975). Directed by Milos Forman, Starring Jack Nicholson, based on the novel by Ken Kesey.<br /> <br /> <strong>11/29: Film- Ruggles of Red Gap</strong><br /> <em>2:00 pm, 97th St. Library</em><br /> Ruggles of Red Gap (1935) 90 min., b&amp;w, Leo McCarey, Dir. Starring Charles Laughton, Mary Boland, Charles Ruggles. A rancher out West hires a British butler, and the two very different men have a great effect on each other and the members of the rancher’s family. ADMISSION FREE<br /> <br /> <strong>11/29: After Postmodernism- From Laughed-at to Landmarked </strong><br /> <em>6:00 pm, 170 East 70th Street </em><br /> &nbsp;Join Judith Gura, author of <em>Postmodern Design Complete </em>and <em>Interior Landmarks: Treasures of New York</em> for a discussion about the origins of this sometimes-controversial style, its influence on architecture, objects, interiors, and graphics, and the indelible marks it has left on the Upper East Side in particular, both inside and out. $15 for FRIENDS members and $25 for non-members.</p> </div> </div> Mon, 05 Nov 2018 14:00:00 +0000 admin 6581 at https://kallos.nyc October News: Vote Big Money Out of Politics, Ribbon Cutting on Pre-K Seats, Esplanade https://kallos.nyc/newsletter/october-news-vote-big-money-out-politics-ribbon-cutting-pre-k-seats-esplanade <span>October News: Vote Big Money Out of Politics, Ribbon Cutting on Pre-K Seats, Esplanade</span> <div class="field field--name-field-summary field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width: 730px;"> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>As we settle into the school year and those who observed wrap&nbsp;up the Jewish High Holidays, we have a lot to look forward to and a lot to get done together.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>On Tuesday, November 6, please <a href="http://BenKallos.com/charter/pledge"><strong>turn over your ballot</strong></a> to <strong>vote yes</strong> to&nbsp;<a href="#BigMoney"><strong>get&nbsp;big money out</strong></a><strong> of New York City politics</strong>, along with resources and term limits for Community Boards. Pledge to vote at <strong><a href="http://BenKallos.com/charter/pledge">BenKallos.com/charter/pledge</a></strong>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In September, we cut the ribbon on a new stretch of the <a href="#70thto72nd">East River Esplanade</a> and <a href="#upk">hundreds of school seats</a> at two new pre-kindergarten centers. As part of&nbsp;an effort&nbsp;to avoid another shortfall on school seats, legislation I authored passed the City Council to add necessary <a href="#PlanningForMore">transparency to the school planning process</a>. With <a href="#buses">school buses going missing</a> for hours and our city's children along with them, I've introduced legislation to allow parents to keep track of their kids on the bus. You can testify at the bill's&nbsp;hearing on October 16.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Please join us in October at the <a href="#Senior">Senior Health Fair</a> with no-cost flu shots, the <a href="#College">College Affordability</a> and Excelsior Scholarship Event, <a href="#Drag">Drag Queen Story Hour</a>, and the rollout of <a href="#Policing">Community Policing</a> on the Upper East Side. Celebrate <a href="#Halloween">Halloween</a> at Asphalt Green, on East 91st Street, on Roosevelt Island, or at the Halloween Howl.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Make your voice heard as we <a href="#overdevelopment">Rally Against Overdevelopment</a> or propose your idea to reduce tax assessments at the <a href="#property">Property Tax Reform Commission</a>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>You've got every opportunity this month to participate in your government and make your voice heard.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Sincerely,<br /> <a href="http://benkallos.com"><img height="24" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/1a1894a3a45c0329272b438e09ab021c-125x24.png" width="125" /></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ben Kallos<br /> Council Member</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>TABLE OF CONTENTS</strong></p> <ol> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#BigMoney" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Vote to Get Big Money Out of Politics</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#70thto72nd" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">East River Esplanade from 70th to 72nd Streets Complete</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#upk" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">New Universal Pre-Kindergarten Ribbon Cuttings</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#PlanningForMore" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Planning for More School Seats: Legislation Passes Council</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#buses" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Finding School Buses with Precious Passengers</a></li> </ol> <p style="margin:10px 0; padding:0; text-align:left"><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="font-family:Helvetica"><span style="line-height:150%"><strong>OCTOBER EVENT INVITES</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ol start="6"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Senior" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Senior Health Fair</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#College" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">College Affordability Event</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Drag" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Drag Queen Story Hour</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Policing" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Community Policing Coming to Upper East Side</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#FastForward" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Fast Forward: The Plan to Modernize New York City Transit</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Halloween" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Halloween Fun</a></li> </ol> <ol> </ol> <p style="margin:10px 0; padding:0; text-align:left"><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="font-family:Helvetica"><span style="line-height:150%"><strong>OVERDEVELOPMENT</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ol start="12"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#ERFATownHall" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">ERFA Town Hall</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#jops" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Citywide Joint Operated Playground Issue Hits Home</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#overdevelopment" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Citywide Rally Against Overdevelopment</a></li> </ol> <p style="margin:10px 0; padding:0; text-align:left"><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="font-family:Helvetica"><span style="line-height:150%"><strong>GOOD GOVERNMENT</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ol start="15"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#property" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Property Tax Reform Hearing</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#ecb" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Fighting to Improve Quality of Life for Tenants of Kushner Properties</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Digitize" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Digitize Our Past</a></li> </ol> <p style="margin:10px 0; padding:0; text-align:left"><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="font-family:Helvetica"><span style="line-height:150%"><strong>ECONOMY</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ol start="18"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Nurses" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Safe Staffing of Nurses in Our Hospitals</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Cleaners" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Supporting 10 Commercial Office Cleaners On Strike</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Laborday" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Labor Day Parade</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Construction" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Construction Deaths Continue to Rise in New York City</a></li> </ol> <p style="margin:10px 0; padding:0; text-align:left"><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="font-family:Helvetica"><span style="line-height:150%"><strong>TRANSPORTATION</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ol start="22"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#bikegap" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Closing the Second Avenue Bike Lane Gap</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#bikeSchool" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Bike New York After School Program</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#GradingEsplanade" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">East 72nd Street Delivery Bike Report Card: Summer 2018</a></li> </ol> <p style="margin:10px 0; padding:0; text-align:left"><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="font-family:Helvetica"><span style="line-height:150%"><strong>PARKS</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ol start="25"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#GradingEsplanade" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Grading Progress on the Esplanade</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#TourParks" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Touring Every Park in the District with Council Parks Committee Chair</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#StewarshipDay" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Environmental Stewardship Day at Ruppert Park</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Greenpark" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Green Park Gardeners Volunteer Day</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#GreenMarket" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Thank You for Coming to September Greenmarket Events</a></li> </ol> <p style="margin:10px 0; padding:0; text-align:left"><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="font-family:Helvetica"><span style="line-height:150%"><strong>COMMUNITY</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ol start="30"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#125years" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Honoring Madeleine Albright and the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association for 125 Years of Service</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Kagan" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Honoring Supreme Court Justice&nbsp;Elena Kagan</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#TownHallThankYou" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Town Hall Video and Thank You</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#EmergencyPrep" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Emergency Preparedness Thank You</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Homeless" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Help the Homeless</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Lexington" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Upcoming Pipe Work at Lexington Houses</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#WorkNotice" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Work Notice:&nbsp;East 87th Street Between Lexington &amp; 3rd Avenues</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Lennox" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Medicare Part D Clinic Is Here</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Book Launch" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Friends of the Upper East Side Book Launch</a></li> </ol> <p style="margin:10px 0; padding:0; text-align:left"><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="font-family:Helvetica"><span style="line-height:150%"><strong>OFFICE UPDATES </strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ol start="39"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Corner" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Legislative Corner</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#ffb" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Fresh Food Box</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#Clinics" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Free Legal Clinics</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#HeretoHelp" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Here to Help</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#mobile" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Mobile District Hours</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#BenBuildling" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Ben in Your Building</a></li> </ol> <p style="margin:10px 0; padding:0; text-align:left"><span style="font-size:16px"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><span style="font-family:Helvetica"><span style="line-height:150%"><strong>EVENTS</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ol start="45"> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#funded" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Programs Funded By My Office</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#community" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Community Boards</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#nypd" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">NYPD Events</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#tenantassoctions" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Neighborhood and Tenant Associations</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#KIDS" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Community Events for Kids</a></li> <li style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%"><a href="#aDULTS" style="-ms-text-size-adjust:100%; -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; color:#000080; font-weight:normal; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Community Events for Adults</a></li> </ol> </td> <td style="width: 360px;"> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>SPECIAL EVENTS</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="#Senior"><strong>Senior Health Fair</strong></a><br /> 10/10, 11am–1pm<br /> <br /> <a href="#College"><strong>College Affordability</strong></a><br /> 10/11, 5:30pm–7:30pm<br /> <br /> <a href="#Policing"><strong>Community Policing Meet and Greet</strong></a><strong>&nbsp;</strong><br /> 10/15, 7pm<br /> <br /> <a href="#Drag"><strong>Drag Queen Story Hour</strong></a><br /> 10/27, 11am–12pm</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>MONTHLY EVENTS</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/first-friday-20"><strong>First Friday</strong></a><br /> 10/5, 8am–10am<br /> <br /> <a href="#ffb"><strong>Fresh Food Box</strong></a><br /> 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25; 3:30pm–6:30pm<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/citi-bike-unlocked-bike-safety-course-4"><strong>Citi Bike Street Skills</strong></a><br /> 10/25, 6:30pm–8pm<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/events/mobile"><strong>Mobile District Hours</strong></a><br /> 10/9, 10/24, 11am–2pm</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/users/josh-jamieson" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Josh Jamieson</span></span> <span>Thu, 10/04/2018 - 1:38pm</span> <div class="field field--name-field-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="mcnTextBlock" style="min-width: 100%;border-collapse: collapse;mso-table-lspace: 0pt;mso-table-rspace: 0pt;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;" width="100%"> <tbody class="mcnTextBlockOuter"> <tr> <td class="mcnTextBlockInner" style="padding-top: 9px;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;" valign="top"> <table align="left" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="mcnTextContentContainer" style="max-width: 100%;min-width: 100%;border-collapse: collapse;mso-table-lspace: 0pt;mso-table-rspace: 0pt;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="mcnTextContent" style="padding: 0px 18px 9px;color: #000000;font-size: 16px;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;word-break: break-word;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;" valign="top"> <table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 600px;border-collapse: collapse;mso-table-lspace: 0pt;mso-table-rspace: 0pt;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;vertical-align: top;width: 450px;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;">As we settle into the school year and those who observed wrap up the Jewish High Holidays, we have a lot to look forward to and a lot to get done together.</p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;">On Tuesday, November 6, please <a href="http://BenKallos.com/charter/pledge" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><strong>turn over your ballot</strong></a> to <strong>vote yes</strong> to <a href="#BigMoney" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><strong>get big money out</strong></a><strong> of New York City politics</strong>, along with resources and term limits for Community Boards. Pledge to vote at <strong><a href="http://BenKallos.com/charter/pledge" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">BenKallos.com/charter/pledge</a></strong>.</p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;">In September, we cut the ribbon on a new stretch of the <a href="#70thto72nd" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">East River Esplanade</a> and <a href="#upk" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">hundreds of school seats</a> at two new pre-kindergarten centers. As part of an effort to avoid another shortfall on school seats, legislation I authored passed the City Council to add necessary <a href="#PlanningForMore" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">transparency to the school planning process</a>. With <a href="#buses" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">school buses going missing</a> for hours and our city's children along with them, I've introduced legislation to allow parents to keep track of their kids on the bus. You can testify at the bill's hearing on October 16.</p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;">Please join us in October at the <a href="#Senior" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Senior Health Fair</a> with no-cost flu shots, the <a href="#College" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">College Affordability</a> and Excelsior Scholarship Event, <a href="#Drag" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Drag Queen Story Hour</a>, and the rollout of <a href="#Policing" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Community Policing</a> on the Upper East Side. Celebrate <a href="#Halloween" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Halloween</a> at Asphalt Green, on East 91st Street, on Roosevelt Island, or at the Halloween Howl.</p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;">Make your voice heard as we <a href="#overdevelopment" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Rally Against Overdevelopment</a> or propose your idea to reduce tax assessments at the <a href="#property" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Property Tax Reform Commission</a>.</p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;">You've got every opportunity this month to participate in your government and make your voice heard.</p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;">Sincerely,<br /> <a href="http://benkallos.com" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><img data-file-id="2013" height="24" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/1a1894a3a45c0329272b438e09ab021c-125x24.png" style="border: 0px;width: 125px;height: 24px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="125" /></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;">Ben Kallos<br /> Council Member</p> </td> <td style="text-align: left;vertical-align: top;width: 250px;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"> <p style="text-align: center;color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;"><strong>SPECIAL EVENTS</strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;"><a href="#Senior" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><strong>Senior Health Fair</strong></a><br /> 10/10, 11am–1pm<br /> <br /> <a href="#College" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><strong>College Affordability</strong></a><br /> 10/11, 5:30pm–7:30pm<br /> <br /> <a href="#Policing" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><strong>Community Policing Meet and Greet</strong></a><strong> </strong><br /> 10/15, 7pm<br /> <br /> <a href="#Drag" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><strong>Drag Queen Story Hour</strong></a><br /> 10/27, 11am–12pm<br />  </p> <p style="text-align: center;color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;"><strong>MONTHLY EVENTS</strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;"><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/first-friday-20" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><strong>First Friday</strong></a><br /> 10/5, 8am–10am<br /> <br /> <a href="#ffb" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><strong>Fresh Food Box</strong></a><br /> 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25; 3:30pm–6:30pm<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/event/citi-bike-unlocked-bike-safety-course-4" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><strong>Citi Bike Street Skills</strong></a><br /> 10/25, 6:30pm–8pm<br /> <br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/events/mobile" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><strong>Mobile District Hours</strong></a><br /> 10/9, 10/24, 11am–2pm</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <strong>TABLE OF CONTENTS</strong> <ol> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><br /> <a href="#BigMoney" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Vote to Get Big Money Out of Politics</a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#70thto72nd" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>East River Esplanade from 70th to 72nd Streets Complete</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#upk" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>New Universal Pre-Kindergarten Ribbon Cuttings</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#PlanningForMore" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Planning for More School Seats: Legislation Passes Council</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#buses" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Finding School Buses with Precious Passengers</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> </ol> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>OCTOBER EVENT INVITES</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <ol start="6"> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Senior" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Senior Health Fair</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#College" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>College Affordability Event</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Drag" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Drag Queen Story Hour</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Policing" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Community Policing Coming to Upper East Side</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#FastForward" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Fast Forward: The Plan to Modernize New York City Transit</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Halloween" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Halloween Fun</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> </ol> <ol> </ol> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>OVERDEVELOPMENT</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <ol start="12"> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#ERFATownHall" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>ERFA Town Hall</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#jops" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Citywide Joint Operated Playground Issue Hits Home</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#overdevelopment" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Citywide Rally Against Overdevelopment</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> </ol> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>GOOD GOVERNMENT</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <ol start="15"> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#property" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Property Tax Reform Hearing</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#ecb" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Fighting to Improve Quality of Life for Tenants of Kushner Properties</a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Digitize" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Digitize Our Past</a></li> </ol> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><strong>ECONOMY</strong></p> <ol start="18"> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Nurses" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Safe Staffing of Nurses in Our Hospitals</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Cleaners" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Supporting 10 Commercial Office Cleaners On Strike</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Laborday" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Labor Day Parade</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Construction" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Construction Deaths Continue to Rise in New York City</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> </ol> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>TRANSPORTATION</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <ol start="22"> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#bikegap" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Closing the Second Avenue Bike Lane Gap</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#bikeSchool" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Bike New York After School Program</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#GradingEsplanade" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>East 72nd Street Delivery Bike Report Card: Summer 2018</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> </ol> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><strong>PARKS</strong></p> <ol start="25"> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#GradingEsplanade" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Grading Progress on the Esplanade</a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#TourParks" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Touring Every Park in the District with Council Parks Committee Chair</a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#StewarshipDay" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Environmental Stewardship Day at Ruppert Park</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Greenpark" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Green Park Gardeners Volunteer Day</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#GreenMarket" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Thank You for Coming to September Greenmarket Events</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> </ol> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>COMMUNITY</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <ol start="30"> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#125years" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Honoring Madeleine Albright and the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association for 125 Years of Service</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Kagan" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Honoring Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#TownHallThankYou" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Town Hall Video and Thank You</a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#EmergencyPrep" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Emergency Preparedness Thank You</a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Homeless" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Help the Homeless</a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Lexington" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Upcoming Pipe Work at Lexington Houses</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#WorkNotice" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Work Notice: </span></span></span><span><span><span><span>East 87th Street Between Lexington &amp; 3rd Avenues</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Lennox" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Medicare Part D Clinic Is Here</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Book Launch" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span>Friends of the Upper East Side Book Launch</span></a></li> </ol> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>OFFICE UPDATES </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <ol start="39"> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Corner" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Legislative Corner</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#ffb" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Fresh Food Box</a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#Clinics" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Free Legal Clinics</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#HeretoHelp" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Here to Help</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#mobile" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Mobile District Hours</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#BenBuildling" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ben in Your Building</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> </ol> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>EVENTS</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <ol start="45"> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#funded" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Programs Funded By My Office</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#community" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Community Boards</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#nypd" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>NYPD Events</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#tenantassoctions" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Neighborhood and Tenant Associations</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#KIDS" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Community Events for Kids</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><a href="#aDULTS" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Community Events for Adults</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></li> </ol> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><br /> <a id="BigMoney" name="BigMoney" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Vote to Get Big Money Out of Politics</strong></a><strong> </strong></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vslSLvOkjcw" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><img align="right" data-file-id="4485" height="158" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/12c0f745dd8470a92a76114980b6c6fc-300x158.png" style="border: 0px;width: 300px;height: 158px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="300" /></a>On November 6, the city's founding document, the Charter, is on the ballot for residents like you to amend. New York City has an opportunity to improve thanks to a ballot measure that would reduce contribution limits and make small dollars more valuable by matching more of them with a greater multiplier. Increasing public money in elections from just over half to 75% will dramatically decrease the amount of big money Mayoral candidates need to raise in unmatchable contributions from $2.6 million down to just over $1 million.<br /> <br /> This is a goal I have worked on for years, as executive director of a good government group, as a candidate, and in my first term in the City Council when I <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2637108&amp;GUID=11C13B83-99DB-4671-AA99-CF5B5827BBF4" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">authored</a> legislation and secured a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=543675&amp;GUID=582CCC87-AE5E-4210-A863-90D2DC2F9F61&amp;Options=&amp;Search=" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">hearing</a>. This year I reintroduced the <a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3458224&amp;GUID=D561A4D3-E518-49A9-8D97-D106A9178639" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">legislation</a> and testified before the Mayor's Charter Revision Commission on Improving Democracy at <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/testimony-new-york-city-charter-revision-commission-community-boards-and-land-use" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">every</a> <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/testimony-new-york-city-charter-revision-commission-preliminary-staff-report" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">opportunity</a>. The Mayor's Charter Revision Commission did extensive outreach in all five boroughs in-person, by phone, and even on Twitter. I am grateful to Mayor de Blasio and the Commission for getting around "politics as usual" to put these necessary campaign finance reforms on the ballot so the people can make lasting change.<br /> <br /> I advocated for the following reforms which made it in whole or in part on to the ballot:</p> <ul> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Lower Contribution Limits by More than Half - </strong>lower limits citywide from $5,100 to $2,000, boroughwide from $3,950 to $1,500 and for City Council from $2,850 to $1,000.</li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Make Small Dollars More Valuable</strong> - every small dollar below $250 for citywide and $175 for all other will go from being matched with public taxpayer dollars at a rate of 6 to a rate of 8.</li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Match More Small Dollars </strong>- only a little more than half of small dollars are matched, requiring candidates to seek millions in big dollars from special interests to fill a gap that can be smaller by matching 75%.</li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><strong>Improve Community Representation</strong> - Community Board members would have term limits of 8 years, expert Urban Planners, and a standardized online application and reporting on applicants and existing members.</li> </ul> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><strong>Pledge to vote </strong>on<strong> Tuesday, November 6 </strong>in favor of getting <strong>Big Money Out of New York City Politics</strong> at <a href="http://benkallos.com/charter/pledge" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><strong>BenKallos.com/charter/pledge</strong></a><br />  </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="70thto72nd" name="70thto72nd" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>East River Esplanade from 70th to 72nd Streets Complete</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/East_River_Esplanade_Ribbon_Cutting_2.jpg?itok=xWlCaYeH 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/East_River_Esplanade_Ribbon_Cutting_2.jpg?itok=mGd6-p7I 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/East_River_Esplanade_Ribbon_Cutting_2.jpg?itok=G_xgQuIx 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/East_River_Esplanade_Ribbon_Cutting_2.jpg?itok=9YIWUeMA 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/East_River_Esplanade_Ribbon_Cutting_2.jpg?itok=8sR745UU 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/East_River_Esplanade_Ribbon_Cutting_2.jpg?itok=8sR745UU 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img align="right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="166e53cc-c5ed-47ca-9d07-17f53da94f6d" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px initial;width: 300px;height: 225px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/East_River_Esplanade_Ribbon_Cutting_2-300x225.jpg?itok=8sR745UU" alt="esplanade" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="300" height="225" /> </picture></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Much-needed repairs and upgrades were completed on the section of the East River Esplanade from 70th to 72nd Street. Last week, Hospital for Special Surgery CEO Lou Shapiro, the New York City Parks Department, Borough President Gale Brewer, and I cut the ribbon to officially open this section up to the public. The renovations were started just over one year ago and came after we formed a public-private partnership with HSS</span></span></span><span><span><span> <span>as part of the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) negotiations for new construction construction that was </span></span></span></span><span><span><a href="http://benkallos.com/press-release/envisioning-east-river-esplanade-new-master-plan-and-investment-publicprivate-partners" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span>voted on and passed the City Council</span></span></a><span><span> on July 23, 2015. As </span></span><a href="https://patch.com/new-york/upper-east-side-nyc/renovated-2-block-portion-east-river-esplanade-unveiled" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span>Upper East Side Patch</span></span></a><span><span> reported, the renovations include:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Noise Barriers</span></span></span></span></strong><span><span><span><span> - Noise barriers eight-feet in height under its East Wing Building between East 70th and East 71st Street and extending underneath any new buildings.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Water Fountain and Irrigation</span></span></span></span></strong><span><span><span><span> - Water for the Esplanade at 71st</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span> Street for a water fountain and irrigation to keep plants alive.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Greening the Esplanade</span></span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> - Key esplanade improvements between 70th and 72nd include n</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>ew planting beds and landscaping, improved lighting through repair and replacing of light fixtures, repair and repainting of railings as well as new seating and paving.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Maintenance in Perpetuity</span></span></span></span></strong><span><span><span><span> - Maintenance in perpetuity, for all improvements, provided by HSS from 70th to 72nd</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>For more information read the release at </span></span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/east-river-esplanade-renovations-byhospital-special-surgery-70th-72nd-streets-are" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span>BenKallos.com/Press-Releases</span></span></a><span><span> or </span></span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=57&amp;v=SYqQaXdE_Jc" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span>watch the video</span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="upk" name="upk" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>New Universal Pre-Kindergarten Ribbon Cuttings</strong></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/20180912_113019_003_1.jpg?itok=iVjgLcWK 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/20180912_113019_003_1.jpg?itok=yk2dMoHP 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/20180912_113019_003_1.jpg?itok=qB92FYsf 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/20180912_113019_003_1.jpg?itok=7cs0OneV 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/20180912_113019_003_1.jpg?itok=GC2BqF4X 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/20180912_113019_003_1.jpg?itok=GC2BqF4X 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img align="right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6c02cbee-b501-4fb8-b76d-d81e0dc06b96" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px;width: 300px;height: 225px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/20180912_113019_003_1-300x225.jpg?itok=GC2BqF4X" alt="ribbon" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="300" height="225" /> </picture></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>September was a very successful month in our community's fight for more Universal Pre-K seats here on the East Side. Earl</span></span></span><span><span><span>ier</span></span></span><span><span><span> in the month, as </span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://patch.com/new-york/upper-east-side-nyc/new-pre-k-facility-adds-90-seats-upper-east-side" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span>Upper East Side Patch</span></a><span> reported, we cut the ribbon on 90 seats at a brand new Pre-K facility </span><span><span>located at 1683 3</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>rd</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span> Avenue </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>and East 94th Street. </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>Later in the month, I joined Council Member Keith Powers for a ribbon cutting on 144 new seats at a facility located at 252 East 57 Street. The new seats</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>,</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span> including the 180</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>-</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>seat facility where we broke ground on East 76th Street earlier this year</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>, </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>are part of the City’s new push to build and open more Pre-Kindergarten seats on the Upper East Side after years of public advocacy from my office and local parents to the Department of Education to fulfill the area’s need and live up to the promise of Pre-Kindergarten for all children in New York City. For more information read the release at </span></span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/new-universal-pre-k-facility-serving-90-families-opens-upper-side" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span>BenKallos.com/Press-Releases</span></span></a><span> or watch the video at </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GicVjXFip-E" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span>BenKallos.com/videos</span></a><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="PlanningForMore" name="PlanningForMore" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Planning for More School Seats: Legislation Passes Council</strong></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><strong><picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/sca_0.jpg?itok=waDpCKZI 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/sca_0.jpg?itok=tKTgDsmN 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/sca_0.jpg?itok=cqdGsq8W 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/sca_0.jpg?itok=XB00kLiF 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/sca_0.jpg?itok=YKQ7808C 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/sca_0.jpg?itok=YKQ7808C 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img align="right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="faa3265b-fc72-4b04-88a2-68c4d41e0a9b" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px;width: 300px;height: 168px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/sca_0-300x168.jpg?itok=YKQ7808C" alt="sca" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="300" height="168" /> </picture> </strong></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>In September the City Council passed</span></span></span> <span><span><span><span><a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3458222&amp;GUID=753D0240-EC6E-4727-84CC-23837D1B7ACC&amp;Options=ID%7cText%7c&amp;Search=729" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">Int 729,</a> legislation I authored,</span></span><span> which will require the School Construction Authority to disclose </span><span><span>the methodology and formulas they use to decide where and when new schools are built.</span> Most of New York City’s middle schoolers currently attend schools that are overcrowded, yet somehow the SCA plans to build fewer schools in the coming years. This new law aims to fix the faulty methodology, assumptions, and data that have led to the current overcrowding in New York City Schools. </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>To learn more about the bill visit </span><a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/sca-disclose-methods-deciding-where-new-schools-are-built-thanks-legislation" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span>BenKallos.com/Press-Releases</span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="buses" name="buses" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Finding School Buses with Precious Passengers</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/1_74hA_rCLf9zE5yLOZ-s7_w_1.jpeg?itok=qu38gIqH 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/1_74hA_rCLf9zE5yLOZ-s7_w_1.jpeg?itok=mtWuvXub 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/1_74hA_rCLf9zE5yLOZ-s7_w_1.jpeg?itok=mtWuvXub 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/1_74hA_rCLf9zE5yLOZ-s7_w_1.jpeg?itok=qu38gIqH 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/1_74hA_rCLf9zE5yLOZ-s7_w_1.jpeg?itok=mtWuvXub 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/1_74hA_rCLf9zE5yLOZ-s7_w_1.jpeg?itok=mtWuvXub 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img align="right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="940be864-92bb-4805-b3ae-3a6ab95d922e" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_50_" style="border: 0px;width: 300px;height: 224px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/1_74hA_rCLf9zE5yLOZ-s7_w_1-300x224.jpeg?itok=mtWuvXub" alt="buses" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="300" height="224" /> </picture><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>No parent should have to nervously wonder where their child is or when their child is finally getting home from a school bus ride. This is precisely the reason why I introduced legislation editorialized and supported by the </span></span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://nypost.com/2018/09/18/something-must-be-done-about-the-citys-school-bus-system/" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span>New York Post</span></span></a><span><span> that would require the Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) to install GPS devices on all school buses contracted with the Department of Education. Introduction 1099 also requires OPT to provide real-time GPS location data to authorized individuals, such as parents and school administrators, and eliminate the problem of bus drivers and escorts fielding frantic and angry calls from parents and schools when they are supposed to be focused on doing their jobs safely. The legislation has the support of Speaker Corey Johnson, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Education Committee Chair Mark Treyger, and Council Member Chaim Deutsch who worked on an earlier version of the bill back in 2000 as a staffer. The legislation is also endorsed by the Advocates for Children of New York which focuses </span></span><span><span>on </span></span><span><span>of</span></span><span><span> the well-being and development of students with disabilities. For more information on the bill</span></span><span><span>,</span></span><span><span> read the release at </span></span><a href="https://benkallos.com/press-releases" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span>BenKallos.com/Press-Releases</span></span></a><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>OCTOBER EVENT INVITES</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="Senior" name="Senior" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Senior Health Fair</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Join me on Wednesday, October 10th from 11am-1pm for our annual Senior Fair! Come to Lenox Hill Neighborhood House for flu shots at no cost. We will have a variety of free classes, demonstrations and giveaways geared toward seniors. We will also have a raffle with prizes and much more. The event will feature speakers from different community organizations, city agencies, and offices to provide you with resources and let you know about programs available for seniors in our district and the city.   </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span> </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Senior Health Fair</span></span></span></strong><br /> <span><span><span>Wednesday, October 10, 11am–1pm</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 East 70th Street</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/senior-health-fair-0" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span><span>RSVP</span></span></strong></a><strong><span><span> at BenKallos.com/events</span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="College" name="College" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>College Affordability Event</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>College Affordability and Excelsior Scholarship Forum</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Thursday, October 11, 5:30pm–7:30pm<br /> Eleanor Roosevelt High School, 411 East 76th Street</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /> <br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Learn about opportunities to attend college in New York State for free or reduced tuition, including the Excelsior Scholarship</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span> Experts from the Excelsior program, SUNY, CUNY, and more will be on hand to answer your questions and present on the options that exist in New York City for paying for college. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://benkallos.com/event/college-affordability-and-excelsior-scholarship-forum-0" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span>RSVP</span></strong></a><strong> <span><span>at BenKallos.com/events</span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="Drag" name="Drag" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Drag Queen Story Hour</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><img data-file-id="4489" height="776" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/1b0fdd90c03832565174ce56926275df-600x776.jpg" style="border: 0px initial;width: 600px;height: 776px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="600" /><br /> <br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span>On Saturday, October 27, from 11am to 12pm, Drag Queen Story Hour will be on the Upper East Side at the East 67th Street Library.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Drag Queen Story Hour captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity in childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, and where dress-up is real. For more information visit </span></span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://www.dragqueenstoryhour.org/" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span>www.dragqueenstoryhour.org</span></a> </span></span></span></span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Policing" name="Policing" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span style="background-color:#FFFFFF">Community Policing Coming to Upper East Side</span></strong></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: 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16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>On Monday, October 15, the NYPD’s 19th Precinct is inviting the public to a meet and greet at M.S. 167 Robert F. Wagner Middle School. This is an opportunity for the community come and get to know their Neighborhood Coordination Officers. The officers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the new policing tactics and policies. Robert F. Wagner is located at 220 East 76th Street. </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Please RSVP by October 8, to</span></span></span><span><span><span><span>:</span></span></span></span><span><span><span> <strong>Michael.Lombardi@nypd.org or Christoph.Helms@nypd.org </strong> </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="FastForward" name="FastForward" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Fast Forward: The Plan to Modernize New York City Transit</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/450_18_Andy_Post_TH_17x23%202_0.jpg?itok=TFGB5q4J 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/450_18_Andy_Post_TH_17x23%202_0.jpg?itok=PMkTqyJ7 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/450_18_Andy_Post_TH_17x23%202_0.jpg?itok=PMkTqyJ7 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/450_18_Andy_Post_TH_17x23%202_0.jpg?itok=TFGB5q4J 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/450_18_Andy_Post_TH_17x23%202_0.jpg?itok=PMkTqyJ7 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/450_18_Andy_Post_TH_17x23%202_0.jpg?itok=PMkTqyJ7 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4e0b8a16-e091-458e-9c68-1721fd0dd242" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_50_" src="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/450_18_Andy_Post_TH_17x23%202_0.jpg?itok=PMkTqyJ7" alt="ANDY" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" width="333" height="450" /> </picture></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>On Thursday, October 11, New York City Transit will be hosting a Community Conversation Featuring President Andy Byford and MTA New York City Transit staff. The event will take place at the Herbert Cave Auditorium Mural Pavilion located at 512 Lenox Avenue New York. Doors open at 5:30pm and the program will end at 8:30pm. The event will be a Community Conversation regarding President Byford’s Fast Forward Plan to modernize New York City Transit. For more information visit <a href="http://Fastforward.mta.info" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Fastforward.mta.info</a></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><br /> <a id="Halloween" name="Halloween" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Halloween Fun</strong></a><br /> <br /> Every year it is my pleasure to join families in the neighborhood for the various Halloween festivities as a good way to stay up to date with the community. This October Halloween parades and events will be happening and I'll be there to join you.<br /> <br /> <img data-file-id="4481" height="699" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/6221a1a714b2c4eca6f75c9556117789-500x699.jpg" style="border: 0px;width: 500px;height: 699px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="500" /><br /> <br /> Some of the events include:</p> <ul> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">My office sponsors Asphalt Green's "<strong>Asphalt Screams</strong>," on <strong>October 26th</strong> from 4:00pm-6:00pm. This is a free afternoon of tricks, treats and Halloween themed sports activities.</li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">On <strong>October 27th</strong> there is the annual <strong>Roosevelt Island Halloween Parade</strong> and Extravaganza from 11:00am-3:00pm. Join us in a costume parade down Main Street as well as games, rides and food.</li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">On <strong>October 28th</strong>, Friends of James Cagney Place will host a <strong>Halloween Costume Contest &amp; Parade</strong> (pictured above). The event is 2pm-3pm on 91st Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. Arrive by 2pm to enter the contest with a chance to win a prize!</li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">Also on <strong>October 28th</strong>, Carl Schurz Park Conservancy hosts the <strong>Halloween HOWL</strong>. Not to be missed! The HOWL is the Conservancy's annual dog costume event. Over 200 creatively costumed pups strut their stuff before a blue-chip fashion industry coven of judges! Join from 1pm to 3pm at Carl Schurz Park.</li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">On Halloween Day I also invite you to come with your best costumes and join me for fun and games in the district. Carnegie Hill Neighbors is hosting a <strong>Halloween Spooktacular</strong> on <strong>October 31st,</strong> 5:00pm, at 92nd Street between Park and Madison. This includes a Halloween party filled with dancing, costumes, art projects, and of course lots of treats (for all ages). </li> </ul>   <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><br /> <span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>OVERDEVELOPMENT</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br />  </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="ERFATownHall" name="ERFATownHall" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>ERFA Town Hall </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/erfa.jpg?itok=EkU1D2QF 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/erfa.jpg?itok=Olccgr_8 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/erfa.jpg?itok=youAQHt9 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/erfa.jpg?itok=Qmnh3X9l 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/erfa.jpg?itok=pBkGJ5S0 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/erfa.jpg?itok=pBkGJ5S0 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img align="right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="06a7b5c9-1864-42a5-b834-0172b4841e6c" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px;width: 259px;height: 194px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/erfa-259x194.jpg?itok=pBkGJ5S0" alt="East River Fifties Alliance Presentation" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="259" height="194" /> </picture></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>The East River 50s Alliance continues to do the good work of organizing and working to get residents informed and activated in the fight against overdevelopment. I joined ERFA members this past month for their summer town hall where the latest steps in the now court battle against the planned Super Scraper in the Sutton area.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>At this town hall, one of ERFA’s partner organizations, Save Central Park, presented on what a tower of this height would mean to the storied par. Now that ERFA is leading the charge with a lawsuit against the Board of Standards and Appeals following that Board's decision to allow construction of the Super Scraper, the organization needs donations and support. If you’d like to join the fight donate <strong>ERFA.nyc/Donate</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><a id="jops" name="jops" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Citywide Joint Operated Playground Issue Hits Home</strong></a><strong>   </strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/mARX%20BROTHERS.jpg?itok=zQod0azm 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/mARX%20BROTHERS.jpg?itok=vtJ1bjUq 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/mARX%20BROTHERS.jpg?itok=4WpowmPs 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/mARX%20BROTHERS.jpg?itok=Ata89quh 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/mARX%20BROTHERS.jpg?itok=EV5ECsj6 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/mARX%20BROTHERS.jpg?itok=EV5ECsj6 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img align="right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c546754a-5137-457e-847f-85d7090348df" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px initial;width: 300px;height: 200px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/mARX%20BROTHERS-300x200.jpg?itok=EV5ECsj6" alt="MARX" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="300" height="200" /> </picture></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>There is no question the Upper East Side and East Harlem still need more parks and open spaces. As a neighborhood, we should consider carefully every time a playground or park is demolished to be replaced by another tall tower. As reported by </span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://ny.curbed.com/2018/9/17/17870758/marx-brothers-playground-nyc-parks-debate-city-council" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span>Curbed</span></a><span>, this exact scenario is playing out in the Marx Brothers Playground, located on 96th Street, at the intersection of the Upper East Side and East Harlem.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Although the project planned for this location will bring 350 affordable apartments and the developer plans to replace the playground, some members of the community are rightfully concerned about over-development taking away the few parks and open spaces available to our community. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>The space is a Joint Operated Playground (JOP) under the controls and purview of New York City Schools and is not formally designated parkland. </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Jointly Operated Playgrounds are otherwise treated like parkland by the City, however. In fact, the Marx Brothers Playground went through New York State authorization as if it was, in fact, parkland. It appears that everyone involved, including the City and State, believe this playground was, in fact, a park. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Government must eliminate the baseless distinctions between parks in order to protect our playgrounds and green spaces from overdevelopment. Read </span><a href="https://ny.curbed.com/2018/9/17/17870758/marx-brothers-playground-nyc-parks-debate-city-council" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span>Curbed’s</span></a><span> coverage on the topic. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><br /> <a id="overdevelopment" name="overdevelopment" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Citywide Rally Against Overdevelopmen</strong></a><strong>t<br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4437" height="400" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/6933dc87dc38d35ec027ca1144156c5d-300x400.png" style="border: 0px;width: 300px;height: 400px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="300" /></strong></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;">On October 13, from 12pm to 1pm, at City Hall, the East River Fifties Alliance will hold a rally to call attention to the overdevelopment crisis facing our neighborhood and City.<br />  <br /> The rally will let the City of New York know that super-tall towers do not solve the housing crisis. <br />  <br /> The rally<strong> </strong>will make it clear that individual character and flavor of our neighborhoods matters. For more information and a list of sponsors visit <a href="http://erfa.nyc" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">ERFA.nyc</a>, if you plan on attending, please <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rally-for-our-neighborhoods-tickets-50649613357&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1538685336523000&amp;usg=AFQjCNGN_4Np67B_CLIpe3dcEIoCTtTXWA" href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rally-for-our-neighborhoods-tickets-50649613357" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">RSVP</a>.</p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>GOOD GOVERNMENT</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <br /> <a id="property" name="property" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Property Tax Reform Hearing</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/hero-logo.jpg?itok=HO5Jr2vl 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/hero-logo.jpg?itok=XGE24Cxf 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/hero-logo.jpg?itok=0ZUphzTl 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/hero-logo.jpg?itok=dqaVsSdV 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/hero-logo.jpg?itok=XaWiJGFL 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/hero-logo.jpg?itok=XaWiJGFL 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img align="right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="085c8562-c1d6-44bf-9387-abd1dedd892d" data-file-id="4421" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px;width: 300px;height: 303px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/hero-logo-300x303.jpg?itok=XaWiJGFL" alt="NYC Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="300" height="303" /> </picture></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Whether you rent or own, New York City's inconsistent, overly complex, and often unfair property tax system affects how much you pay for your home.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>To address this outdated system, the City Council formed the New York City Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform to evaluate all aspects of the current property tax system in New York City and recommend reforms to make it fairer, simpler, and more transparent, while ensuring that there is no reduction in revenue used to fund City services.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The commission is soliciting public input by holding at least ten public hearings and will review comparable property tax systems from other cities.<strong> On October 23,</strong> the commission will be in Manhattan for a hearing where you can testify. For more information and to find out where and what time the meeting will be held visit<strong> </strong><a href="http://nyc.gov/propertytaxreform" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">nyc.gov/propertytaxreform</a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="ecb" name="ecb" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Collecting ECB Violations from Jared Kushner and Company</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Back in 2016, the Mayor signed a package of bills I authored to give the City more power to collect $1.6 billion in unpaid fines owed to the City by businesses and individuals. Disappointingly as </span></span></span><span><span><a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20180904/REAL_ESTATE/180909987/kushner-cos-just-a-tip-of-the-iceberg-despite-new-laws-city-fails-to-collect-1-5b-in-fines" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank"><span>Crain's</span></a><span> reported in September, two years after the law went into effect, the City is still owed $1.5 billion. Last year when my office became aware that the administration was not using the full powers of the law to track this money down quickly, I held a hearing and asked questions of the Department of Finance. While there are challenges to collecting these fines, the longer they go uncollected, the harder they become to collect. I am glad the city is working to make an example out of Kushner and Company, who owes $500,000 in unpaid fines. We should be doing the same for all of the shadowy LLC’s that together are responsible for most of the owed money. For more information on the legislation we passed, read <a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20180904/REAL_ESTATE/180909987/kushner-cos-just-a-tip-of-the-iceberg-despite-new-laws-city-fails-to-collect-1-5b-in-fines" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Crain's</a> or visit </span><a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/bill-collect-15-billion-through-ecb-oversight-introduced-council-members-ferreras-and" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span>BenKallos.com/press-releases</span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="Digitize" name="Digitize" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Digitize Our Past</strong></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><strong><picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/Open%20Data.png?itok=cnN7H-FQ 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/Open%20Data.png?itok=rlNv3c2b 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/Open%20Data.png?itok=ul3ETXuY 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/png"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/Open%20Data.png?itok=wnla5bs2 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/png"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Open%20Data.png?itok=R_Pp79L7 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/png"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Open%20Data.png?itok=R_Pp79L7 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/png"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img align="right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8a31a174-990f-4140-919e-ce7d2b25c47b" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px;width: 300px;height: 171px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Open%20Data-300x171.png?itok=R_Pp79L7" alt="open data " typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="300" height="171" /> </picture></strong></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>In September</span></span></span><span><span><span>, legislation I introduced to the Council was discussed in the Technology Committee. The bill requires the City to improve the Open Data portal by adding historical data from municipal archives in the form of charts and graphs. The legislation is part of the City’s ongoing effort to make government data available for all in an easily accessible format. The City will decide what records will be added based on historical, research, and cultural value, clarity, and completeness, and whether the information has previously been requested for release. The Open Data Portal empowers New Yorkers with valuable information needed in order to learn about city services. It is an invaluable tool for elected officials like myself to analyze and oversee how our city delivers services promised.  For more information visit <a href="https://benkallos.com/press-release/illustrating-historical-data-digital-age" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Benkallos.com/Press-Releases</a></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>ECONOMY</strong></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="Nurses" name="Nurses" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"></a><a name="Nurses" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" id="Nurses"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Safe Staffing of Nurses in Our Hospitals </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/IMG_4148.JPG?itok=V3JNHX4D 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/IMG_4148.JPG?itok=q40vFszy 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/IMG_4148.JPG?itok=e6zEyFwm 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/IMG_4148.JPG?itok=BUIrOGue 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/IMG_4148.JPG?itok=QHHwZrjF 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/IMG_4148.JPG?itok=QHHwZrjF 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img align="right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8b070136-e01b-4983-a710-685ec2c208e3" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px;width: 300px;height: 225px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/IMG_4148-300x225.JPG?itok=QHHwZrjF" alt="NURSES" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" width="300" height="225" /> </picture></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nurses in New York City are everyday heroes, especially those who work with our most vulnerable population, infants and newborns. This is precisely why when the</span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://www.nypnu.org/" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span> New York Professional Nurses Union</span></a><span> is demanding higher wages and additional staffing at Northwell Hospitals.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>As </span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://www.crainsnewyork.com/health-pulse/city-cracks-down-home-care-agencies" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span>Crain’s New York</span></a><span> reported State Senator Liz Krueger and I rallied with the nurses and demanded that Northwell reevaluate priorities and not only staff up but pay their nurses what they deserve. My office and I continue to monitor negotiations and will work to support the nurses as best we can.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="Cleaners" name="Cleaners" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Supporting 10 Commercial Office Cleaners On Strike</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/Striking_Workers.jpg?itok=SBwYw2X3 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/Striking_Workers.jpg?itok=Uj_08LlX 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/Striking_Workers.jpg?itok=0MmJ1Rld 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/Striking_Workers.jpg?itok=ymvgwZ_8 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Striking_Workers.jpg?itok=U9fOwM05 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Striking_Workers.jpg?itok=U9fOwM05 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img align="right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a30b529d-2dc6-47bb-867c-eb15ac82089e" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px;width: 300px;height: 400px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Striking_Workers-300x400.jpg?itok=U9fOwM05" alt="32BJ" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="300" height="400" /> </picture></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Nobody wants their salary cut in half and benefits slashed. Unfortunately, that is exactly what a number of workers who</span></span></span> <span><span><span>keep a midtown Manhattan office tower clean are going through right now. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>In late September I joined these 32BJ SEIU members as they picketed outside of</span></span></span><span><span><span> the APF Properties building, off Madison Avenue and 34th Street. The company recently purchased the building for $222.5 million and immediately started cutting salaries and benefits of longtime employees. Some workers who have been there for over 20 years have seen their salaries go from $25.00 per hour to $15.00.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>These are middle-class stable jobs that are being taken away by a company not honoring an agreement made with union workers. Wherever I see situations such as this I will stand up for our workers and against corporate greed.</span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><a id="Laborday" name="Laborday" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Labor Day Parade</strong></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><a name="Laborday" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" id="Laborday"></a></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><a name="Laborday" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" id="Laborday"></a><strong><picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/IMG_4198.JPG?itok=IuI58xyF 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/IMG_4198.JPG?itok=uTP_9hnL 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/IMG_4198.JPG?itok=gsYcr9E- 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/IMG_4198.JPG?itok=c1ZrbH8H 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/IMG_4198.JPG?itok=bpz4U13P 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/IMG_4198.JPG?itok=bpz4U13P 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img align="right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="cd7224bc-bd8f-4eab-885b-f594f446b827" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px;width: 300px;height: 225px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/IMG_4198-300x225.JPG?itok=bpz4U13P" alt="LABOR DAY" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="300" height="225" /> </picture></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>For the 5th consecutive year, I had the honor of participating in the New York City Labor Day parade. This year I joined Parade Grand Marshal Michael Mulgrew, Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Johnson, Public Advocate James, Comptroller Stringer, and many more elected officials and union leaders in support of the workers who make New York City great. Nurses, teachers, construction workers, factory workers building workers are the lifeblood of our City and I am always proud to support them.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><br /> <a id="Construction" name="Construction" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Construction Deaths Continue to Rise in New York City</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/new_post.png?itok=yVxTVWpL 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/new_post.png?itok=uPs9cA_h 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/new_post.png?itok=M8tRXH1M 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/png"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/new_post.png?itok=ThNy0lIE 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/png"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/new_post.png?itok=TboSbrMz 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/png"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/new_post.png?itok=TboSbrMz 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/png"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img align="none" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="18bdc0c9-4526-4190-bd5c-cf66792e4c25" data-file-id="4425" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px initial;width: 321px;height: 65px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/new_post-321x65.png?itok=TboSbrMz" alt="POST" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" width="321" height="65" /> </picture></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>According to reporting by </span></span></span><span><span><span><a href="https://nypost.com/2018/09/01/construction-accidents-soar-amid-nyc-building-boom/" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">New York Post</a>,</span><span> construction-related deaths and injuries have increased dramatically as construction has continued to boom in New York City over the past two years. We have a better understanding of how serious the issue is thanks to </span><a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2939921&amp;GUID=DDE43721-BB50-4DB4-AD40-6BE2D8FD7B77" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span>Int. 1433-A</span></span></a><span>, legislation I authored, which became law in 2017. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span>Surprisingly until this bill became law, contractors in New York City did not have a uniform way to report details including the type of injury, how long the worker has been on the job, and whether they were unionized when accidents and deaths occurred to the City, now they do. Companies that neglect to report deaths now face fines up to $25,000.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Every life, injury, and accident in construction is finally being counted. A year into the law being put into effect, we now know the number, and as a city we must ensure proper training, on the job experience, coupled with giving workers the right to say no to danger to conditions. See the </span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/cons_accident_monthly_0718.pdf" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span>report released by the Department of Buildings</span></a><span> and <a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=5316960&amp;GUID=131AF368-115A-4FC8-8842-CA5E1F539659" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">the new law</a> (PDF) on the matter.</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>TRANSPORTATION</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="bikegap" name="bikegap" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Closing the Second Avenue Bike Lane Gap</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/2nd-ave-crosssection.png?itok=UGv6qrfG 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/2nd-ave-crosssection.png?itok=IafxJPam 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/2nd-ave-crosssection.png?itok=nTXQJ3S5 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/png"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/2nd-ave-crosssection.png?itok=-vbsc68g 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/png"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/2nd-ave-crosssection.png?itok=aTwgjvUu 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/png"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/2nd-ave-crosssection.png?itok=aTwgjvUu 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/png"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img align="none" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="be275a4e-3b65-4abc-ac83-fd1118cdf889" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px;width: 600px;height: 430px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/2nd-ave-crosssection-600x430.png?itok=aTwgjvUu" alt="2nd Ave " typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="600" height="430" /> </picture></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>When the Second Avenue Subway was completed, we were excited to get our protected bike lane going downtown along the newly resurfaced street, but cyclists have had to navigate the dangerous "Second Avenue Gap", north of the Queensboro Bridge. In September, I co-authored an Op-Ed in </span></span></span><span><span><a href="http://www.ourtownny.com/columnsop-ed/20180904/let8217s-not-wait-10-years-for-traffic-safety" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span>Our Town</span></a><span> alongside Transportation Alternatives Executive Director Paul Steely White in favor of adopting the Department of Transportation’s current plan for closing the gap.</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /> <br /> I am pleased that Community Board 8 approved the plans, and that Second Avenue will soon be safer for pedestrians and cyclist alike. Below is a brief excerpt from the <a href="http://www.ourtownny.com/columnsop-ed/20180904/let8217s-not-wait-10-years-for-traffic-safety" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Op-Ed</a>. </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><em><span><span><span><span><span><span>"It is unacceptable to have to wait a decade for Upper East Side's transportation improvements to materialize.</span></span></span></span></span></span></em></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><em><span><span><span><span><span><span>Underground, it took 10 years for the Second Avenue subway construction to be completed. Now we can't wait another 10 years for a safer design of Second Avenue at street level.</span></span></span></span></span></span></em></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><em>Any pedestrian who has tried to cross under the Queensboro Bridge on Second Avenue knows it is not safe, and while the new subway runs in both directions, residents of the Upper East Side who travel above ground via bicycle have no safe route downtown. But we can work with the city to change this. Second Avenue needs a road diet, and the Department of Transportation is proposing just that..." </em>Read the <a href="http://www.ourtownny.com/columnsop-ed/20180904/let8217s-not-wait-10-years-for-traffic-safety" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">full Op-Ed</a>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><br />  </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="bikeSchool" name="bikeSchool" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Bike New York After School Program</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/Youth%20Bike%20Education%20Half-Sheets%20for%20After%20School%20%2B%20Bicycling%20Field%20Trip_0.jpg?itok=28PuRUmM 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/Youth%20Bike%20Education%20Half-Sheets%20for%20After%20School%20%2B%20Bicycling%20Field%20Trip_0.jpg?itok=zFrG6t-z 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/Youth%20Bike%20Education%20Half-Sheets%20for%20After%20School%20%2B%20Bicycling%20Field%20Trip_0.jpg?itok=7hCKn1tX 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/Youth%20Bike%20Education%20Half-Sheets%20for%20After%20School%20%2B%20Bicycling%20Field%20Trip_0.jpg?itok=0Zd_km9_ 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Youth%20Bike%20Education%20Half-Sheets%20for%20After%20School%20%2B%20Bicycling%20Field%20Trip_0.jpg?itok=uo_C2Mcn 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Youth%20Bike%20Education%20Half-Sheets%20for%20After%20School%20%2B%20Bicycling%20Field%20Trip_0.jpg?itok=uo_C2Mcn 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img align="none" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="32b1924c-8a69-426d-a250-ce79e95855de" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px;width: 600px;height: 463px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Youth%20Bike%20Education%20Half-Sheets%20for%20After%20School%20%2B%20Bicycling%20Field%20Trip_0-600x463.jpg?itok=uo_C2Mcn" alt="Bike New York" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="600" height="463" /> </picture></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>ike New York, is offering after-school programming for New York City children. It is a free program for existing after-school groups that teaches students the mechanics of riding a bike, the rules of the road, best practices for riding in a group and on the streets, and—of course—the joy and freedom of biking. The classes are 2 hours (1 slot available per day between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM) for a period of 5 weeks, one session per week, that began on September 24 and goes through November 16th.</span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://www.bike.nyc/education/programs/request-a-program/after-school/" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span> Request</span></a><span> a session at <strong>bike.nyc/education/programs/request-a-program/after-school</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="East72ndstreet" name="East72ndstreet" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>East 72nd Street Delivery Bike Report Card: Summer 2018</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/E72NA%20Summer%202018%20Bike%20%20Report_20180803%20v.3-page-001_0.jpg?itok=N7x98j2w 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/E72NA%20Summer%202018%20Bike%20%20Report_20180803%20v.3-page-001_0.jpg?itok=9ih6HNOM 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/E72NA%20Summer%202018%20Bike%20%20Report_20180803%20v.3-page-001_0.jpg?itok=J1H3iE24 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/E72NA%20Summer%202018%20Bike%20%20Report_20180803%20v.3-page-001_0.jpg?itok=Tai0gJXZ 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/E72NA%20Summer%202018%20Bike%20%20Report_20180803%20v.3-page-001_0.jpg?itok=goof5h3B 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/E72NA%20Summer%202018%20Bike%20%20Report_20180803%20v.3-page-001_0.jpg?itok=goof5h3B 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img align="right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="9f40486f-603c-486c-8d55-052d54f8c08b" data-file-id="4417" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px initial;width: 300px;height: 409px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/E72NA%20Summer%202018%20Bike%20%20Report_20180803%20v.3-page-001_0-300x409.jpg?itok=goof5h3B" alt="bike report card" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="300" height="409" /> </picture></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>For two consecutive years my office and the East 72nd Street Neighborhood Association have collaborated to put together a report card for our neighborhood's restaurants who make bicycle deliveries. Encouragingly, in the most current report for summer of 2018, three restaurants which had previously received letter grade “C” have now moved up to an “A”.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>The biggest observation made in the weeks of research done by East 72nd Street Neighborhood Association is that most restaurants that deliver are now outsourcing the delivery job to companies like Seamless/GrubHub, Uber Eats, Relay, Doordash and Post Mates. The freelance delivery workers do not work for any specific restaurant establishment, but rather rely on smartphone applications and messages to direct them to the next pick-up and delivery location. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Despite who is doing the deliveries, my office continues to support the NYPD is cracking down on businesses whose delivery cyclists do not follow the law. Our District alone is responsible for 10% of the police enforcement done in New York City on this issue. Thank you to the East 72nd Street Neighborhood Association for their leadership. For more information visit </span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://static1.squarespace.com/static/589fc4e56b8f5b048efb8ddc/t/5b8c21f60ebbe8ab9ffc329f/1535910391010/E72NA+Summer+2018+Bike+Report_20180803+v.3.pdf" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span>E72na.com/news/2018/9/2/bike-delivery-report</span></a>  </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><br /> <br /> <strong>PARKS</strong><br /> <br /> <a id="GradingEsplanade" name="GradingEsplanade" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Grading Progress on the Esplanade</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4461" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/23ccd81027f86cc9291844092590de99-300x225.jpg" style="border: 0px;width: 300px;height: 225px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="300" />Congress Member Maloney and I joined forces in late September calling on the City to pick up the pace and on redoing the sections of the East River Esplanade that it has committed to renovating, due to deteriorating conditions. We have had a lot of success getting parts of the Esplanade done with the Parks Department, as well as through public-private partnerships with Rockefeller University and Hospital for Special Surgery, but there is much left to do. Some of the sections that the City is responsible for have been delayed or have not gotten started, and we are committed to doing everything we can to keep this project moving forward. Watch the press conference at <u><a href="https://youtu.be/uFaVocESCYo" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">BenKallos.com/videos</a></u><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="TourParks" name="TourParks" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Touring Every Park in the District with Council Parks Committee Chair</strong></a><br /> <br /> <strong><img align="right" data-file-id="4433" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/833180c007bb98b6d2af65a946752bbb-300x200.jpg" style="border: 0px;width: 300px;height: 200px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="300" /></strong>Fellow Council Member Barry Grodenchik, chair of the Committee on Parks and Recreation, visited our neighborhood to tour most of the parks in District 5 with me. We inspected the East River Esplanade, Carl Schurz Park, Stanley Isaacs Playground, Ruppert Park, the Queensboro Oval, and more to ensure the Council is aware of the conditions our parks are in. We have made a lot of progress in improving and opening parks throughout the district; the tour is another step to continue this work by providing the committee chair greater context for when I ask questions of the Parks Department at hearings in the coming months. This work will allow us to continue to improve the conditions and accessibility of our community’s greenspace.<br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="StewarshipDay" name="StewarshipDay" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Environmental Stewardship Day at Ruppert Park</strong></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/image1_0.PNG?itok=GmTp0hY_ 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/image1_0.PNG?itok=XILHFihH 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/image1_0.PNG?itok=XILHFihH 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/png"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/image1_0.PNG?itok=GmTp0hY_ 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/png"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/image1_0.PNG?itok=XILHFihH 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/png"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/image1_0.PNG?itok=XILHFihH 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/png"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c9f1be60-ead3-4140-9831-11100426b53d" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_50_" src="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/image1_0.PNG?itok=XILHFihH" alt="STEWARDHIP" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" width="353" height="450" /> </picture> </span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Free family fun organized by Muslim Volunteers for New York with support from my office and the New York City Parks Department. </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Let's beautify Ruppert Park together! Come and plant bulbs for Spring and enjoy Refreshments and Arts &amp; Crafts for the kids! </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>On </span></span></span><strong><span><span><span>Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 10am to 1pm,</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> at Ruppert Park, </span></span></span><span><span><span>1741 2nd Avenue</span></span></span><strong><span><span><span>. </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>(Rain date: </span></span></span><span><span><span>20th Oct, Saturday</span></span></span><span><span><span>. Same time)</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Registration is mandatory and it's on first come first serve basis. RSVP Link:</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdCgHHlf-t3vbGzxRd2jUqjSV8nmc2oPRLD8HcWzvAzEbMbmw/viewform" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span>MV4NY's Fall 2018 Environmental Stewardship Day Registration Form</span></span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="Greenpark" name="Greenpark" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Green Park Gardeners Volunteer Day</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Join Green Park Gardeners NYC, Sunday, October 14 from 2pm to 5pm at Andrew Haswell Green Park for Fall Volunteer Day. As the community looks forward to n</span></span></span><span><span><span><span>ext spring, join volunteer efforts to plant daffodils, tulips, and other bulbs donated by Friends of the East River Esplanade or help with end-of-season maintenance. </span></span></span></span><span><span><span>Contact greenparkgardenersnyc@gmail.com </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>to let organizers know you’re coming.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><br /> <a id="GreenMarket" name="GreenMarket" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Thank You for Coming to September Greenmarket Events</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4441" height="200" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/0e4e8b08e91a5ffca8a95949ece1485a-300x200.jpg" style="border: 0px;width: 300px;height: 200px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="300" />Thank you to the scores of residents who showed up to the Shred-A-Thon fall edition. Residents were able to safely and securely shred personal documents, junk mail, bills and more for FREE! Thank you to Upper Green Side, Grow NYC and the Department of Sanitation for organizing, hosting and working the event. This month we also had residents turn out to the 82nd Street Greenmarket for Cooking with Kallos where I served up a potato salad with Shishito peppers that attendees really loved. Subscribe to our newsletter to find out when the next Shred-A-Thon is at <a href="https://benkallos.com/subscribe" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Benkallos.com/Subscribe</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>COMMUNITY</strong><br />  </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a name="125years" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" id="125years"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Honoring Madeleine Albright and the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association for 125 years of Service</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/Madeline_Albright.jpg?itok=WoMVBfZ8 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/Madeline_Albright.jpg?itok=MNANUQe3 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/Madeline_Albright.jpg?itok=zxgvA5ZX 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/Madeline_Albright.jpg?itok=LfsMkjaI 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Madeline_Albright.jpg?itok=eRo-kuxM 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Madeline_Albright.jpg?itok=eRo-kuxM 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img align="right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="cc307fee-ffef-4106-a86f-23ab704c4413" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px;width: 300px;height: 444px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Madeline_Albright-300x444.jpg?itok=eRo-kuxM" alt="ALBRIGHT" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="300" height="444" /> </picture></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>It was a distinct honor to award the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Association a proclamation on behalf of my office and the New York City Council. The award recognizes the organization for 125 years of cultural contributions to our city and for </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>continuing to preserve Czech and Slovak culture in New York City. Since 1891 the BBLA has been dedicated to representing dozens of smaller organizations throughout the city that share its dedication for the Czech and Slovak people. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, was the featured guest at the gala where the proclamation was given. Secretary Albright is of Czech and Slovak background and has made a difference all over the world, and it was a true honor to meet her.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Congratulations to the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association for 125<strong> </strong>years and to the Czech and Slovak community here in New York City.</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Kagan" name="Kagan" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Honoring Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan</strong></a><br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4449" height="250" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/73304d5951d8c767c7e6de27de8f0fa8-250x250.jpg" style="border: 0px;width: 250px;height: 250px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="250" /><br /> It was a pleasure and an honor meeting Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. Justice Kagan was awarded an honorary degree by Hunter University in September. At this event, I had the opportunity to chat with her and have a short conversation about the inner workings of SCOTUS. Although, in accordance with SCOTUS rules, she made sure we did not discuss any cases. Congratulations to Justice Kagan, it was a privilege meeting her at such a prestigious event.<br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="TownHallThankYou" name="TownHallThankYou" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Town Hall Video and Thank You</strong></a><br /> <a href="https://benkallos.com/videos" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><img align="right" data-file-id="4445" height="165" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/457d0cda71713248fd7b22e31e57da7b-300x165.png" style="border: 0px initial;width: 300px;height: 165px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="300" /></a><br /> Thank you to all the community members who turned out for our annual town hall. Residents who attended heard presentations and updates from the New York City Parks Department, the Department of Transportation, The Department of Homeless Services, New York City Fire Department, NYC Ferry, Department of Education, Borough President Gale Brewer and Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright. As always turnout was great and the event was very insightful. Watch the video at <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcdXgKHmZLg" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">BenKallos.com/videos</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="EmergencyPrep" name="EmergencyPrep" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Emergency Preparedness Video and Thank You</strong></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YyerebJcqU" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><img align="right" data-file-id="4465" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/1973a278fbc833133fd4352295dfd06b-300x225.jpg" style="border: 0px initial;width: 300px;height: 225px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="300" /></a>Almost 100 Upper East Siders turned out to our annual Emergency Prep Event where we gave out Free Go Bags with the help of the New York City Office of Emergency Management. Thank you to OEM Commissioner Joseph Esposito and his Deputy Christina Farrell for attending and presenting at the event. This is an event that our residents enjoy and really find useful. Thank you also to the East Sixties Neighborhood Association (ESNA) and the ESNA CERT team for helping put on the event and to Jay Schofield of ESNA CERT for presenting and taking questions. If you missed the presentation, watch the video at <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YyerebJcqU" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">BenKallos.com/videos</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Homeless" name="Homeless" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Help the Homeless</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4453" height="250" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/5407956659a9146bc4464de7eed84e36-250x250.jpg" style="border: 0px initial;width: 250px;height: 250px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="250" />As the temperatures get colder and the weather becomes more volatile it is important we keep in mind our fellow New Yorkers who are homeless. Homelessness continues to rise with 22,511 children, 22,613 of their family members, 4,482 single women, and 12,560 single men in our shelters, and more than 2,794 people on the streets. In 2016, I launched the <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://benkallos.com/press-release/eastside-taskforce-homeless-launched&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1538684757445000&amp;usg=AFQjCNGYluFNwPQUsyTifFtasgnJvCaf8Q" href="http://benkallos.com/press-release/eastside-taskforce-homeless-launched" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Eastside Taskforce for Homeless O</a><a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://benkallos.com/press-release/eastside-taskforce-homeless-launched&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1538684757445000&amp;usg=AFQjCNGYluFNwPQUsyTifFtasgnJvCaf8Q" href="http://benkallos.com/press-release/eastside-taskforce-homeless-launched" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">utreach and Services (ETHOS</a>) with Borough President Brewer, Senator Krueger, Council Member Garodnick, <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www1.nyc.gov/site/dhs/index.page&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1538684757445000&amp;usg=AFQjCNHawD_Mc2j2MKiIbkGSVYVrBvrNtw" href="http://www1.nyc.gov/site/dhs/index.page" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Department of Social Se</a><a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www1.nyc.gov/site/dhs/index.page&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1538684757445000&amp;usg=AFQjCNHawD_Mc2j2MKiIbkGSVYVrBvrNtw" href="http://www1.nyc.gov/site/dhs/index.page" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">rvices</a> (DSS), community and faith leaders and service organizations. At our last meeting, in September we discussed and made attendees that NewYork-Presbyterian is continuing to provide naloxone training to those who are interested upon request. We know this training will save lives.<br /> <br /> We hope to get every unsheltered person living on the street the help they need. If you see one of our City’s most vulnerable on the street, please call 311 or use the <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www1.nyc.gov/connect/applications.page&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1538684757446000&amp;usg=AFQjCNEPJjBD8JSreIUl7jCnaV3y0oP6fg" href="http://www1.nyc.gov/connect/applications.page" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">NYC 311 App</a> (<a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id%3Dgov.nyc.doitt.ThreeOneOne&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1538684757446000&amp;usg=AFQjCNFKWti_ASuN6wfzyQN1z3I057OsKw" href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.nyc.doitt.ThreeOneOne" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Android</a>/<a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nyc-311/id324897619?mt%3D8&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1538684757446000&amp;usg=AFQjCNFb_v2Lv_1KBfYVDBthcqGGhkcDfQ" href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nyc-311/id324897619?mt=8" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">i</a><a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nyc-311/id324897619?mt%3D8&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1538684757446000&amp;usg=AFQjCNFb_v2Lv_1KBfYVDBthcqGGhkcDfQ" href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nyc-311/id324897619?mt=8" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Phone</a>) to ask them to dispatch a “homeless outreach team.” They will ask where you saw the person, what they looked like, and offer report on whether the person accepts our city’s offer of shelter, three meals a day, health care, rehabilitation, and job training. By connecting our dedicated nonprofits and religious institutions with city services, ETHOS is really making a difference. Learn more about the coalition and our members at <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://benkallos.com/homeless&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1538684757446000&amp;usg=AFQjCNHyVsKQ_EcmH7NcMaarzmwkJMwVrg" href="http://benkallos.com/homeless" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">BenKallos.com/homeless</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a id="Lexington" name="Lexington" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Upcoming Pipe Work at Lexington Houses</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/nycha.png?itok=G2IUQfaw 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/nycha.png?itok=Zuri32iY 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/nycha.png?itok=zh1WjeJ7 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/png"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/nycha.png?itok=fs1nVvob 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/png"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/nycha.png?itok=b6LigCRh 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/png"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/nycha.png?itok=b6LigCRh 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/png"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img align="right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d6110dba-bb5d-476d-a996-0638a5239be1" data-file-id="4473" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px initial;width: 150px;height: 150px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/nycha-150x150.png?itok=b6LigCRh" alt="nycha" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="150" height="150" /> </picture></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>NYCHA is advising residents of Lexington Houses at 183 East 98th St and 1539 Lexington Avenue that major construction work to replace underground water and fire distribution piping throughout the development will be taking place the entire month of October.</span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span> Once completed, the new pipes will provide better quality of service for Lexington Houses residents. For more information, call 212-711-2030 or visit <a href="http://nyc.gov/nycha" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">nyc.gov/nycha</a></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="WorkNotice" name="WorkNotice" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Work Notice: </span></span></span></strong><strong><span><span><span><span>East 87th Street Between Lexington &amp; 3rd Avenues</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/Con%20Ed.png?itok=7xsEKX5m 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/Con%20Ed.png?itok=8JjPPwmR 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/Con%20Ed.png?itok=SgDhTUms 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/png"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/Con%20Ed.png?itok=9NVmqJqs 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/png"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Con%20Ed.png?itok=sqLVNNYd 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/png"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Con%20Ed.png?itok=sqLVNNYd 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/png"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img align="right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="634146ae-b06b-48a3-8206-58d90fae7735" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px initial;width: 300px;height: 56px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Con%20Ed-300x56.png?itok=sqLVNNYd" alt="Con Ed" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="300" height="56" /> </picture></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Con Edison will be upgrading the gas service in our area this month. They will be working October 6,  through October 21, on East 87th Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenues.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>While work is ongoing, residents will experience street closures, </span></span></span><span><span><span><span>limited street parking and noise. </span></span></span></span><span><span><span>Weekend work is expected on Saturdays, 8:00am–6:00pm, and on Sundays, 9:00am–6:00 pm. </span></span></span><span><span><span><span>For more information, please contact </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>ManhattanRCA@coned.com</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="Lennox" name="Lennox" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Medicare Part D Clinic is Here</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Medicare%20Open%20Enrollment%20Flyer_1.jpg?itok=fMmo1WM3 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/Medicare%20Open%20Enrollment%20Flyer_1.jpg?itok=eYx2CcKT 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/Medicare%20Open%20Enrollment%20Flyer_1.jpg?itok=eYx2CcKT 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/Medicare%20Open%20Enrollment%20Flyer_1.jpg?itok=fMmo1WM3 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/Medicare%20Open%20Enrollment%20Flyer_1.jpg?itok=eYx2CcKT 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/Medicare%20Open%20Enrollment%20Flyer_1.jpg?itok=eYx2CcKT 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8356780a-2023-4ea8-b32a-110243771cbd" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_50_" src="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/Medicare%20Open%20Enrollment%20Flyer_1.jpg?itok=eYx2CcKT" alt="PARTD" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="348" height="450" /> </picture><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span>You can only change Medicare Part D or Advantage Plan coverage between October 15 and December 7, 2018. Lenox Hill Neighborhood House is taking appointments to help a member of the community through the application process. Appointments will be held at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House at 331 E. 70th Street. </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>For more information or to sign up for an appointment please call Aitan Groener at <strong>212-218-0449.</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><a id="Book Launch" name="Book Launch" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Friends of the Upper East Side Book Launch</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/5x7%20postcard_rev.jpg?itok=NfcIa25I 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_980_x_735_/public/inline-images/5x7%20postcard_rev.jpg?itok=ZWUuROcK 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_1200_x_900_/public/inline-images/5x7%20postcard_rev.jpg?itok=7fNtDlW1 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_240_x_180_/public/inline-images/5x7%20postcard_rev.jpg?itok=RyXlJFYm 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/5x7%20postcard_rev.jpg?itok=2BLxX20d 1x" media="all and (min-width: 800px) and (max-width: 1023px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/5x7%20postcard_rev.jpg?itok=2BLxX20d 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img align="right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d8e235a6-3af2-4293-b4fe-57799bff35fd" data-responsive-image-style="standard_4_3_33_" style="border: 0px initial;width: 300px;height: 214px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" src="/sites/default/files/resize/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/5x7%20postcard_rev-300x214.jpg?itok=2BLxX20d" alt="BOOK LAUNCH" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive align-right" width="300" height="214" /> </picture></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>On November 7th, FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts is proud to launch <em>Shaped by Immigrants: A History of Yorkville</em>, an illustrated history of Yorkville’s development and its immigrant roots.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-size: 16px;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;font-family: Helvetica;line-height: 150%;text-align: left;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The publication uncovers the compelling story of Yorkville’s immigrant past and patterns of development, and places that history against the backdrop of representative buildings remaining today where immigrants lived, worked, shopped, and prayed.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/CM%20Ben%20Kallos.jpg?itok=6icXWoTd 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/CM%20Ben%20Kallos.jpg?itok=QZqq3TT8 1.5x, /sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/CM%20Ben%20Kallos.jpg?itok=QZqq3TT8 2x" media="all and (max-width: 640px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_320_x_240_/public/inline-images/CM%20Ben%20Kallos.jpg?itok=6icXWoTd 1x" media="all and (min-width: 641px) and (max-width: 799px)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/standard_4_3_600_x_600_/public/inline-images/CM%20Ben%20Kallos.jpg?itok=QZqq3TT8 1x" media="all and 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100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" class="mcnTextContentContainer" style="min-width: 100% !important;background-color: #FFFFFF;border-collapse: collapse;mso-table-lspace: 0pt;mso-table-rspace: 0pt;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="mcnTextContent" style="padding: 18px;color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;word-break: break-word;line-height: 150%;" valign="top"> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>OFFICE UPDATES </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><a id="Corner" name="Corner" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Legislative Corner</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>This month, the City Council passed Local Law 160 of 2018 that establishes a speed camera program in school zones that will allow authorities to detect vehicles speeding in areas where children are at greater risk. Drivers going more than 10 miles per hour over the speed limit in a school speed zone are liable for a fine.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><br /> <a id="ffb" name="ffb" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Fresh Food Box</strong></a><br /> <img align="right" data-file-id="4457" height="187" src="/sites/default/files/resize/remote/33070d2f44f41b2aad60f3eb3f1508da-250x187.jpg" style="border: 0px;width: 250px;height: 187px;margin: 0px;outline: none;text-decoration: none;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="250" /><br /> The Fresh Food Box at my district office continues in October. The resident favorite which began as a pilot program between my office and GrowNYC two years ago has served hundreds of Upper East Siders looking to get locally grown farm fresh vegetables at an affordable price.<br /> <br /> Fresh Food Box takes place at my district office on Thursdays 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, between 3:30pm and 6:30pm. The program allows you to place your order and pay just $14 (<em>cash, credit/debit, SNAP/food stamps, greenmarket bucks</em>) and pick up a bag of farm fresh produce the following week.<br /> <br /> GrowNYC's Fresh Food Box Program lets customers benefit from fresh farm to table produce from a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share, with the flexibility of week-to-week purchasing.<br /> <br /> Sign-ups begin every year in June and the season runs through November. Learn more visit <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.grownyc.org/greenmarketco/foodbox&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1538684757446000&amp;usg=AFQjCNGqWp4EQwxW3A-OOyk6S4tDho0ifw" href="http://www.grownyc.org/greenmarketco/foodbox" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">grownyc.org/greenmarketco/foodbox</a><br /> <br />  </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><a id="Clinics" name="Clinics" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Free Legal Clinics</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Need a lawyer? Every month I sponsor legal clinics where you can get free legal advice in my District Office at 244 East 93rd Street from 3pm-6pm:</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>General Civil Law</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>, 3rd Tuesday<em> </em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Life Planning Clinic</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>, 3rd Wednesday </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Family Law and Domestic Violence</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>, 1st Tuesday </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Housing Clinics</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>, Every Monday, and 1st Wednesday</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Please call my office at 212-860-1950 in advance to schedule your appointment.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><br /> <a id="HeretoHelp" name="HeretoHelp" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Here to Help</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>We are here to help. My social work team can help you find out what services you are eligible for and assist you in your application. Some examples include:</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Seniors: </span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>Medicare savings, Meals-on-Wheels, Access-A-Ride</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Housing: </span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>searching for affordable units, free legal housing clinic at my office</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Job Resources: </span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>training resources and assistance, unemployment benefits</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Families: </span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>Universal Pre-K, Head Start, After-School programs</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Finances:</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> cash assistance, tax credits, home energy assistance</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Nutrition: </span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>WIC, free meals for all ages</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Please also call us at 212-860-1950 or email us at bkallos@benkallos.com with any unresolved 311 complaints.</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong> </strong><br /> <a id="mobile" name="mobile" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong>Mobile District Hours</strong></span></span></span></a></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Get assistance wherever in the district you are when we bring our office to you. Please join us at monthly mobile district hours from 11am–2pm:</span></span></span> </span></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://www.isaacscenter.org/" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span>Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center</span></a>, 415 East 93rd Street, 2nd Tuesday</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="http://carterburdencenter.org/programs/roosevelt-island-senior-center/" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span>Roosevelt Island Senior Center</span></a>, 546 Main Street, 4th Wednesday</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><a id="BenBuildling" name="BenBuildling" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Ben in Your Building</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The "Ben in Your Building Program" is a chance to discuss issues of importance to you and your neighbors in person, in your home. Please consider inviting me to your cooperative or condominium annual meeting or tenants association meeting and I will be happy to join you. Over the past year, I have visited several buildings to discuss matters of importance in the neighborhood, including street furniture, road conditions, homeless outreach, sanitation issues and you name it. Please schedule a "Ben in Your Building" today by calling 212-860-1950 or email Scheduler@BenKallos.com</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>EVENTS</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><a id="funded" name="funded" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Programs Funded By My Office</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><strong>Health Classes for Seniors by DOROT</strong></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>On October 18 at 12 pm you can join a discussion about memory loss. This presentation will provide the opportunity to learn about Dementia/Alzheimer's disease. Some of the topics to be discussed are: normal aging vs. memory loss, the 10 early signs of dementia, things a person with Alzheimer’s disease can do, support for caregivers and much more. For more information Register by phone 1-877-819-9147 or online </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><a href="http://www.dorotusa.org/site/R?i=E9gdxu8DwZeTj-eQk-yx2g" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">dorotusa.org/uww</a>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Volunteers of Legal Service,</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> <strong>Elderly Projec</strong>t <strong>is staffing the following legal clinics</strong><br /> 10/12 Carter Burton for the Aging<br /> <em>10:00am </em><br /> 415 East 73rd Street (bet first and York)<br /> <br /> <strong>Volunteers of Legal Service,</strong> <strong>Elderly Projec</strong>t <strong>is staffing the following legal clinics</strong><br /> 10/19 Stanley Isaacs Senior Center<br /> <em>10:00am </em><br /> 415 E 93rd Street (east of 1st Ave)</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/12 </span></span></span></strong><strong><span><span><span><span>meet Chashama’s Studio Artists</span></span></span></span></strong><br /> <span><span><span><span><em>6-8pm</em><br /> Brooklyn Army Terminal 140 58th Street Building #4-i</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Cocktails, and Surprise performances. </span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJVsqxaJ5KcyehU-LI0i7Jv1TleM4bv-JASSnxeS2RexTMMw/viewform?usp=sf_link" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span>RSVP.</span></a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>For more information on VOLS Events visit </span></span></span></em><span><span><a href="https://volsprobono.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=0aab3390118b1d06919e22858&amp;id=62b31f7a94&amp;e=fd8b4718d0" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span>VolsProbono.or</span></span></a></span></span><span><span>g</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>On November 7 at 6:30on  FRIENDS of the Upper East Side is will launch <em>Shaped by Immigrants: A History of Yorkville</em>, an illustrated history of Yorkville’s development and its immigrant roots. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span>This original publication, researched and written by FRIENDS of the Upper East Side, uncovers the compelling story of Yorkville’s immigrant past and patterns of development, and places that history against the backdrop of representative buildings remaining today where immigrants lived, worked, shopped, and prayed. These buildings play an integral role in defining Yorkville’s character, but until now the comprehensive story of Yorkville has not been told.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><br />  </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><a id="community" name="community" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Community Boards</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/1: Community Board 6 Transportation Committee Meeting </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>7:00pm, 433 1st Avenue (NYU School of Dentistry), Room 220</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/2: Street Life Committee </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm-9:00pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center 415 E 93rd Dining Room A &amp; B</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/2: Community Board 11 Public Safety &amp; Transportation Committee</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm-7:30pm, Bonifacio Cora Texidor Senior Center 7 East 116th Street New York</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/2: Community Board 11 Housing Committee </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm-7:30pm,</span></span></span></span></em><em><span><span><span>CB11 Board Office, 1664 Park Avenue</span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/2: Community Board 6 Parks, Landmarks, &amp; Cultural Affairs Committee Meeting</span></span></span></span></strong><br /> <em><span><span><span><span>7:00pm, 211 E 43rd Street 10017 (Suite 1404)</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/3: Community Board 11 Licenses &amp; Permits</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:00pm-7:00pm,</span></span></span></span></em><em><span><span><span>CB11 Board Office, 1664 Park Avenue</span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/3: Land Use, Landmarks and Planning Committee </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span>6:30pm-7:30pm, Bonifacio Senior Center </span></span></span></em><em><span><span><span>7 East 116th Street</span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/3: Community Board 8 Transportation Committee</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm, New York Blood Center Auditorium 310 E 67th</span></span></span></span></em><br /> <span><span><span><span>Continued discussion on the DOT proposed Second Avenue Parking Protected/Curbside Buffered Bike Lane from 68th Street to 59th</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/4: Community Board 8 Parks and Recreation Committee</span></span></span></span></strong><br /> <em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm, Hunter College Glass Cafe</span></span></span></span></em><br /> <span><span><span><span>Presentation by New York City Department of Parks and Recreation on Proposed Renovations to John Jay Park Fitness Area.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/4: Community Board 11 Environmental, Open Space &amp; Parks </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span>6:30-7:30pm, CB11 Board Office, 1664 Park Avenue</span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/9: Community Board 8 Budget Committee</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm, Community Board 8 Office</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Discuss the district needs statement</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/9: Community Board 11 Economic Development &amp; Culture Committee </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm-7:30pm, Bonifacio Senior Center</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/9: Community Board 11 Youth &amp; Education Committee </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30-7:30pm, Bonifacio Senior Center </span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/10: Community Board 8 Charter Revision Task  Force </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm-8:30pm, Community Board 8 Office</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/10: Community Board 6 Full Board Meeting</span></span></span></span></strong><br /> <em><span><span><span><span>7:00pm, 433 1st Avenue (NYU School of Dentistry), Room 220</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /> <br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>10/11: Community Board 8 Health, Seniors, and Social Services</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm-8:30pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center </span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/11: Community Board 11 Executive Committee </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span>6:30pm-7:30pm, CB11 Board Office </span></span></span></em><em><span><span><span>1664 Park Avenue, Ground floor</span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/15: Community Board 6 Housing, Homeless, &amp; Human Rights Committee Meeting</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm, 211 E 43rd Street 10017 (Suite 1404)</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/15: Community Board 8 Landmarks Committee </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm-9:00pm, Marymount Community College Regina Peruggi Room</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/16: Community Board 11 Full Board Meeting</span></span></span></span></strong><br /> <em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm -9:30pm, </span></span></span></span></em><em><span><span><span>Henry J. Carter Specialty Hospital &amp; Nursing Facility</span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/17: Community Board 8 Full Board Meeting </span></span></span></span></strong><br /> <em><span><span><span><span>6:30 pm, New York Blood Center Auditorium 310 E 67th</span></span></span></span></em><strong> </strong></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/18 Community Board 8 Roosevelt Island Committee </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm-8:30pm, Good Shepherd Community Center </span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/22: Community Board 6 Land Use and Waterfront Committee</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm, 433 1st Avenue (NYU School of Dentistry), Room 220</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/22: Community Board 8 Youth, Education, and Libraries Committee </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm-8:30pm, Marymount Community College Regina Peruggi Room</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/23: Community Board 6 Health and Education Committee Meeting </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm, 211 E 43rd Street 10017 (Suite 1404)</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/23: Community Board 8 197-A Queensboro Bridge Area Committee + Parks and Rec </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30-8:30pm, New York Blood Center Conference Room 1&amp;2 </span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/25: Community Board 8 Housing Committee </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>6:30pm-8:30pm Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center  </span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><a id="nypd" name="nypd" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>NYPD Events</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/15: 19th Precinct Community Council</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span>7:00pm-8:00pm, 19th Precinct Station House, <span>153 E 67th Street </span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/24: 23rd Precinct Community Council</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span>6:00pm-7:00pm, 23rd Precinct Station House, <span>64 E 102nd Street</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/30: 17th Precinct Community Council </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span>6:00pm-7:00pm, Sutton Place Synagogue, 225 E 51st Street</span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><a id="tenantassoctions" name="tenantassoctions" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span>Neighborhood and Tenant Associations</span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></a></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>First Wednesday, 10/3: Lexington Houses Tenant Association</span></span></span></span></strong><br /> <em><span><span><span><span>6:00pm,</span></span></span></span></em><span><span><span><span> <em>1539 Lexington Avenue</em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>First Wednesday, 10/3: Roosevelt Island Residents Association Common Council Meeting</span></span></span></span></strong><br /> <em><span><span><span><span>8:00 pm-10:00 pm, Good Shepherd (Downstairs), 543 Main Street</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Second Tuesday, 10/9: Stanley Isaacs Tenant Associations</span></span></span></span></strong><br /> <em><span><span><span><span>7:00 pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center,</span></span></span></span></em><span><span><span><span> <em>415 East 93rd Street</em> </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><strong>10/11: Carnegie Hill Neighbors Annual Meeting</strong><br /> <em>6pm, Church of St Thomas More (65 east 89th street)</em></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Third Tuesday, 10/16: Holmes Towers Tenant Association</span></span></span></span></strong><br /> <em><span><span><span><span>7:00 pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center,</span></span></span></span></em><span><span><span><span> <em>415 East 93rd Street</em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /> <br /> <strong>10/22: East 86th Street Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting</strong><br /> <em>6:30pm, Church of the Advent Hope, 111 East 87th</em><br /> <br /> <span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>No October Meeting: East 79th Street Neighborhood Association</span></span></span></span></strong><br /> <em><span><span><span><span>6:00pm-8:00 pm, Temple Shaaray Tefila, 250 East 79th Street</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><a id="KIDS" name="KIDS" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Events for Kids</strong></a><strong>:</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/1: Preschool Storytime: Petite Picasso</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>4:00pm, 96th St. Library</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Read aloud and messy art projects for young children. Wear your art clothes. Smocks will be provided. Limited to 24 participants.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/6: Read to Our Therapy Dog</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>10:30am, Webster Library</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Come read to our therapy dog Tugboat! Pre-registration is required for each 15-minute slot and opens 1 week in advance. For ages 5 and up. Available every Saturday!</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/13: Harvest Festival</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>11am, Carl Schurz Park</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Enjoy our pumpkin patch in the city on the Mayor's Lawn at East End Avenue and East 88th Street. Pick your own pumpkin and decorate it. While supplies last. Meet our live action scarecrow <strong>Ms. Penny</strong> and feel free to get some festive fall photos. <strong>Playdate Puppets</strong> will be running continuous shows 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on the Flagpole Lawn. Get your face painted with <strong>Face Art by Melissa's</strong> team and get a twisty balloon 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. along the walk to the playground.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><strong>10/21,22: OTOYOTOY!</strong><br /> <em>10am and 11:15am Carnegie Hall, 154 West 57th Street</em><br /> Young children and their caregivers participate in this immersive music theater piece. Children play in a world where sounds and words are shared, mimicked, and transformed, with performers and audience members delighting in the joy of making music together. Free Event. Recommended for children ages 0-2. Admission is granted on a first-come, first-served basis for the first 50 children and their parents or guardians.<br /> <br /> <span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/26: Asphalt Screams </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>4:00pm-6:00pm, 555 E 90th Street (At York Avenue)</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span>Wear your best costume and join us for an afternoon of tricks, treats, and active Halloween games. Free and open to the public, Asphalt Screams will feature trick or treating and sports-related activities, including a Spooktacular Soccer Shootout.</span></span></span><span><span><span><span>This is a free event but donations are welcome and will benefit our free community programs and scholarships serving nearly 50,000 New Yorkers!</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/27: Halloween Parade &amp; Extravaganza </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>11:00am-3:00pm, Roosevelt Island</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Costume parade down Main Street, including a marching band and floats from local community groups, businesses, and officials. Followed by a carnival, including games, rides, giveaways, food, and more!</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/31: Halloween Spooktacular</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>5:00pm, 92nd Street btw Park and Madison</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Since 2011, Carnegie Hill Neighbors has thrown a most popular Halloween street party with a costume procession, art projects, candy treats for all, and dancing in the streets led by a lively DJ. Trophies and prizes are awarded for best costumes by age, family and pet, and for best decorated neighborhood townhouses and storefronts. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"> </p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><a id="aDULTS" name="aDULTS" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Events for Adults</strong></a><strong>:</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29: Quiet Study Rooms (Mondays)</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>12:00-5:00pm, 67th St. Library</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span>No talking, no cell phone, and no noise are required in our quiet study room. This room is open thanks to our volunteers, and is subject to their availability. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/1: Mystery Mondays: Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>4:00pm, 67th St. Library</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Book groups are hosted at libraries throughout the city and facilitated by The New York Public Library staff. Our book groups are open to everyone.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/1: Friends of the Upper East Side Presents the 15th Annual Ambassador to the UES Award</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span>6:30pm, The Metropolitan Club, 1 East 60th Street</span></span></span></em> </span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span>Award presented to Arete Warren.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/2: How the Languages We Speak Shape the Ways We Think</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span>4:00pm, Rockefeller University </span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span>Do people who speak different languages think differently? Dr. Boroditsky will discuss research conducted around the world and focus on how language shapes the way people think about color, space, time, causality, and agency.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Every Tuesday: </span></span></span></span></strong><strong><span><span><span><span>Community Supported Agriculture Boxes From GrowNYC</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>3:30-6:30pm, Center @ Lenox Hill Neighborhood House</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Year-round at the Center @ Lenox Hill Neighborhood House you can pick up your own Community Supported Agriculture box of high quality, farm fresh produce at below retail prices! For only $15, receive $20-$30 worth of fresh greens &amp; fruit every week.  CSA shares must be purchased a week in advance. For more information, please email Site Coordinator Abby Lee at </span></span></span></span><span><span><a href="mailto:alee@grownyc.org" style="mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #000080;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;"><span><span>alee@grownyc.org</span></span></a><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/2, 10/9, 10/23, 10/30: Yoga for Sleep </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span>6:00pm, 1429 First Avenue at East 74th Street</span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Open to all patients who are receiving treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Registration for this workshop is required. To register and learn more about mind-body medicine, contact the Integrative Medicine Service, 646-888-0800. There is a $150 class fee for six weeks of coaching.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Every Tuesday: Amazing Aeneid Reading Group</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>4:00pm, Roosevelt Island Library</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Learn about Virgil's epic poem The Aeneid in a six-part course. We'll discuss issues such as war, nationalism and the epic tradition.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Every Wednesday: SNAP Assistance Clinics</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>10:00am - 1:00pm, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House | 331 East 70th Street</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span>Recent changes have expanded SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) eligibility in New York City, so more individuals and families are eligible for SNAP benefits than ever before.  If you are interested in determining whether you are eligible for SNAP benefits, come to our Snap Assistance Clinics.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/3: Here One Day: A Film by Kathy Leichter </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>8:00pm, 416 East 76th Street</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Join us at Gracide Square for a free movie screening and discussion with filmmaker Kathy Leichter who will speak about her personal experience with her mother's suicide</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/4: Film: The Man Who Laughs (1928)</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>2:00pm, 96th St. Library</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Man Who Laughs (1928) 110 min., b&amp;w, silent, Paul Leni, Dir. Starring Mary Philbin, Conrad Veidt, Julius Molnar. A proud nobleman, who refuses to kiss the hand of the king, is put to death and his son surgically disfigured with a perpetual smile. ADMISSION FREE</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/4: Prostate Cancer Support Group </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>12:00pm, 430 East 67th Street</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span>This program is for people who have been treated for cancer. No observers, please, without prior approval.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/4, Every Tuesday and Thursday: CityParks Seniors Fitness Yoga </span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>9:00am, Carl Schurz Park</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Come out and get active in your neighborhood park! We welcome New Yorkers 60+ to participate in free tennis lessons, yoga and fitness walking in 16 neighborhood parks across the city. Activities in this six-week Seniors Fitness program take place twice a week and all equipment is provided.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/4, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26: Computer Tutoring</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span>5:30pm, 67th St. Library</span></span></span></em></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Join us for a one-on-one tutoring session! Stop by the branch to sign up for one of our help sessions and get a personal tutor at your service! This program will run every Thursday</span></span></span></span> <span><span><span><span>and Saturday</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>. Space is limited.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>10/4: RIOC </span></span></span></span></strong><strong><span><span><span><span>hosting a follow-up meeting to discuss the recent water test results of various drinking fountains.</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span>1:30pm, RIOC offices at 680 Main Street near the warehouse and bus garage</span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p style="color: #000000;font-family: Helvetica;font-size: 16px;font-weight: normal;text-align: left;margin: 10px 0;padding: 0;mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;line-height: 150%;"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>10/4: OMS F2018 Osteoarthritis Management Seminar </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><em><span><span><span>3:00-5:30pm, Hospital for Special Surgery, 2nd Fl. Conf. Ctr.</span></span></span><