2013 Voter Guide

Candidates for 5th City Council District

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Ben Kallos

Party Enrolled In: Democratic

Current Occupation: Good Government Advocate, Tech Entrepreneur and Attorney

Previous Occupation(s): EffectiveNY.org (Good Government Group), Executive Director

Education: SUNY Buffalo Law School, SUNY Albany, Bronx Science

Organizational Affiliations: N.Y. Democratic Lawyers Council, Statewide Voter Protection Coordinator; Asphalt Green, Triathlon Club; Park East Synagogue

Prior Public Experience: Public Advocate Mark Green, Policy Director; Assembly Member Jonathan Bing, Chief of Staff; Community Board 8

1. What is the most important issue in Council District 05 you would address if elected?

Transparency and accountability are crucial for eliminating government waste and corruption. I put elected officials' voting records online to increase transparency in the legislature. Now I have an Open Platform at KallosforCouncil.com, where you can submit and vote on solutions for a better city.


2. What other important issues would you address if elected?

Transparency can deliver more jobs, better education, affordable housing, senior services, and responsible development, meaning: opposing Marine Transfer Stations in residential districts; supporting small business and residents along the 2nd Ave Subway construction; and ensuring new development supports local infrastructure such as schools, parks, and transportation. For me, senior services are not just a budget line. I support my mother, who raised me and still lives in the district in her valiant fight against Parkinson's Disease. I will fight to protect seniors and their caregivers so we can all maintain our health and independence.


3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?

I have a vision for the future and the experience to get it done. I have delivered results, including: put voting records online for a more transparent legislature, launched a portal so millions could verify their voter registration, and defeated corrupt Senator Espada. I grew up on the Upper East Side with my grandparents and my mother who still lives here. I care deeply for our community. Join me in building a better city at KallosforCouncil.com or call toll-free 855-2-KALLOS.


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Party Key
  • D = Democratic
  • DD = Dump The Dump
  • I = Independence
  • L = Liberal
  • LBT = Libertarian
  • R = Republican
  • S2A = Save 2nd Avenue
  • WF = Working Families