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Ben Kallos

New York City Council Member, District 5

At the beginning of his career in public service, Ben Kallos put Albany voting records online so New Yorkers could hold politicians accountable. Since then, he has run a government reform organization that helped defeat a corrupt politician and has served as Policy Director for former Public Advocate Mark Green. Council Member Kallos serves as Chair of the Committee on Governmental Operations of the City Council, where he has fought to bring reform and transparency to government agencies. Praised by the New York Times for his "fresh ideas," Council Member Kallos has advocated for improving our schools, senior services and transportation.


Council Member Kallos is also a staunch supporter of a more healthy and equitable New York City food system. He has supported the Lunch 4 Learning campaign to bring free school lunches to all public school students, helped increase access to fresh and healthy food for his district, introduced the “Healthy Happy Meals” legislation to fight New York City’s childhood obesity epidemic, and promoted NYC Free Summer Meals program.

Council Member Kallos graduated from Bronx Science, SUNY Albany and SUNY Buffalo Law School. He has a background in law, working as a union-side labor attorney, as well as technology and government, and has served as a member of Community Board 8 and Statewide Committee Chair for the New York Democratic Lawyers Council.  He and his wife reside on the East Side, where he has lived his entire life.