Ben Kallos

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Ben Kallos
Ben Kallos 2015.jpg
Kallos in 2015
Member of the New York City Council from the 5th District
Assumed office
January 1, 2014
Preceded byJessica Lappin
Personal details
Born (1981-02-05) February 5, 1981 (age 38)
Florida, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity at Albany (B.A.)
University at Buffalo (J.D.)
WebsiteOfficial website

Benjamin Kallos (born February 5, 1981) is the Council member for the 5th District of the New York City Council. He is a Democrat. The district includes East Harlem, Midtown, Murray Hill, Roosevelt Island and the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Life and career[edit]

Kallos was born in Florida.[1] He attended Rabbi Arthur Schneier Park East Day School.[2] He then attended Bronx Science for high school and SUNY Universities for college, all public schools.[3]

A graduate of SUNY Buffalo School of Law, he has served as a Manhattan Community Board Public Member, and Statewide Coordination Committee Chair for the New York Democratic Lawyers Council. He was also Chief of Staff for New York State Assemblyman Jonathan Bing, Director of Policy for former New York City Public Advocate Mark J. Green, and Executive Director of New Roosevelt.

New York City Council[edit]

On September 10, 2013, he defeated Micah Kellner in the New York City Council election primaries, with 46% of the vote to Kellner's 39% and Ed Hartzog’s 15%.[3][4] As the Democratic candidate for the 5th New York City Council District, representing Manhattan's Upper East Side in the 2013 general election, he won the general election on November 5, 2013 and assumed office on January 1, 2014.[5]

On November 5, 2017, Kallos won reelection to another term with 81% of the vote. [6]

Election history[edit]

New York City Council: District 5
Election Candidate Party Votes Pct Candidate Party Votes Pct Candidate Party Votes Pct
2013 Primary election Ben Kallos Dem 7,513 45.92% Michah Kellner Dem 6,420 39.24% Ed Hartzog Dem 2,429 14.85%
2013 General election Ben Kallos Dem 18,135 57.06% David Paul Garland Rep 10,518 33.09% Michah Kellner WFP 3,118 9.81%
2017 Primary election Ben Kallos Dem 7,156 75% Gwen Goodwin Dem 1,411 15% Patrick Bobilin Dem 947 10%
2017 General election Ben Kallos Dem 22,514 81% Frank Splotorno Rep 5,419 19%


  1. ^ Mark Strong Shinozaki (September 23, 2018). "Council Member Ben Kallos on the Joys of Being an Outsider in NYC Politics". The Main Street Wire.
  2. ^ "Rising Stars 40 Under 40: Ben Kallos". City&State. September 19, 2011. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved October 6, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Daniel Fitzsimmons (September 18, 2013). "The Education of Ben Kallos". New York Press. Archived from the original on October 7, 2013. Retrieved October 6, 2013.
  4. ^ "Kallos Wins Primary", Zachary Stieber, The Epoch Times, September 10, 2013.
  5. ^ Campbell, Colin (April 25, 2012). "The Redistricting Lawsuit's Lawyer Discusses Its Impact in Harlem and More". New York Observer: Politicker.
  6. ^ "Election Results: De Blasio Wins Second Term as New York City Mayor". Retrieved 5 January 2018 – via

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jessica Lappin
New York City Council, 5th District