In With the New at City Hall

| 17 Feb 2015 | 12:58

By Ben Kallos, Council Member-elect, Upper East Side

With new leadership in city government we have an amazing opportunity for the East Side and the City as a whole to bring about fundamental changes and tangible results.

The community rallied around our campaign for City Council with a shared vision of transparency, accountability, and open government, so the city works for our neighborhood, where I grew up and still have family.

We've already hit the ground running. As a member of the Progressive Caucus of the City Council, I've helped shape rules reforms that seek to make the Council more transparent, accountable and fair. More than 30 fellow members and members-elect have signed on to what some are calling "City Council 2.0."

In our district, we will hold "Breakfast with Ben" where we can meet to discuss what is important to you, bring our office to you with mobile constituent service hours so we can provide better services, and continue to maintain our "open platform" to create a government office you can call your own.

Our work together is only just beginning. I will remain focused on reforming government so that it's effective and accountable to you, and will prioritize fighting against the proposed garbage dump in our neighborhood, increasing the number of seats in schools and expanding services for seniors. You can learn more about these solutions or suggest your own at or by calling 212-960-3440. Together, we'll keep our neighborhood a great place to live.