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Dear Friend,

Happy New Year!

Join us as we look back on the accomplishments of 2018 and set our goals for 2019 at our annual State of the District, on Sunday, January 13 at 1PM. RSVP at BenKallos.com/events

We ended 2018 with great news for the district and the city.

After five years of our advocacy for more public school seats, the School Construction Authority now plans to spend an estimated $92.85 million on the Upper East Side for 640 new school seats.

After ten years of advocacy, following the adoption of campaign finance reforms as Ballot Question 1 by 1.1 million New Yorkers on November 6, I authored legislation that was signed into law to bring these same reforms to the upcoming Public Advocate race and to all other special elections through 2021. We are getting big money out of politics and we are doing it now.

In December we continued to clean the neighborhood, expanding new trash cans, adding more tree guards and launching a pilot with Wildcat cleaning services to sweep sidewalks throughout the neighborhood.

We also had the opportunity to cut a ribbon on $2.3 million worth of capital improvements and security upgrades at one of our neighborhood's major Jewish institutions, the 92Y.

Sincerely,


Ben Kallos
Council Member

P.S
First Friday is deferred in January as I hope residents RSVP for our State of the District, Sunday, January 13 at 1pm.

OFFICE EVENTS 

State of the District
1/13, 1 PM  

MONTHLY EVENTS

Mobile Hours
1/9 & 1/23, 11AM – 2PM

Policy Night
1/8, 5-6pm
(By Appointment Only)

 
You Are Invited! State of the District 2019
 
HEADLINES

  1. $92 Million for East Side School Seats  
  2. Cleaning Up the Neighborhood with Wildcat Services
  3. Millions in Security Upgrades for Religious Institutions   
GOOD GOVERNMENT
  1. New Campaign Finance Laws to Apply to Public Advocate Special Election
  2. Ethics Reform to be Adopted by State Legislature
  3. Public Information to Hold Government Accountable
  4. Serve in City Government
  5. Apply to Join Community Board
  6. Read this Newsletter, It Could Save Your Life!
SAFER CITY
  1. Fighting for a Fire Engine for Roosevelt Island
  2. No Mother Should Have Her Child Ripped From Her Arms
HOLIDAYS
  1. Hanukkah, Tree Lightings, Caroling and a Nutcracker
  2. Thanks for Coming to the Holiday Party
  3. Homeless Day of Remembrance
  4. Tree-cycling in NYC
COMMUNITY
  1. 5-Year Wedding Anniversary
  2. East River Fifties Alliance Court Battle Continues
  3. Pushing for Second Avenue Subway Phase 2
  4. NYC Foam Ban In Effect
  5. Church of the Epiphany Rector Elected Bishop of Arizona
  6. StreetsGiving Ride with Transportation Alternatives
  7. Call for Art Figment! NYC 2019
RESOURCES
  1. Adult Education Program By Make The Road NY
  2. SNAP Clinics 2019 Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
  3. Cayuga Centers
OFFICE UPDATES
  1. Legislative Corner
  2. Free Legal Clinics    
  3. Here to Help
  4. Mobile District Hours
  5. Ben in Your Building
  6. Community Boards
  7. NYPD Events
  8. Neighborhood and Tenant Associations
  9. Events for Adults
  10. Events for Kids


You Are Invited! State of the District 2019


 
You are cordially invited to our annual State of the District

On January 13, please join me for my annual report to you on the State of our District, recognizing all the work my office and members of our community have done together over the past 5 years and giving a preview of what’s in store for 2019. There will be fresh bagels and coffee available to attendees. If you are in need of childcare, please RSVP and it will be provided on-site at no cost. FREE reusable Ben Kallos bags will also be given out at the end of the event.
 
RSVP by calling 212-860-1950 or BenKallos.com/Events
 
1:00 PM, Sunday, January 13
Memorial Sloan Kettering
430 East 67th Street
RSVP
 

$92 Million for Hundreds of New Upper East Side School Seats

Our Town got the scoop on an estimated $92.85 million for 640 new school seats right here on the Upper East Side planned by the School Construction Authority (SCA) in its capital plan for 2020-2024. That puts the number of new public school pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade seats that have been planned, funded or built on the Upper East Side, Roosevelt Island and Midtown East since I was elected at 1,400.

For five years I have been advocating for the Department of Education (DOE) and the School Construction Authority (SCA) to add more school seats on the Upper East Side. I even introduced two pieces of legislation requiring the DOE be more transparent with the Council on the methodology they use to determined school seat needs and how many children apply and get denied entrance at the school of choice. (Local Law 167 of 2018 and Local Law 72 of 2018).

When I started my first term in 2014, according to reporting by WNYC, neighborhoods I represent including Yorkville, Lenox Hill, and Roosevelt Island only had 123 Pre-Kindergarten seats combined. These neighborhoods will have more than 900 seats by 2019. Thank you to the parents and community leaders who helped my office along with fight, and thank you to the DOE, SCA and the Mayor for making this commitment. Now it's it our job to make sure the promise is kept and we see a school being built soon. For more information read the coverage in Our Town and the release at BenKallos.com/press-releases


Cleaning Up the Neighborhood with Wildcat Services

Upper East Side streets are about to get even cleaner in the coming months. As reported by Our Town, in December I announced a pilot program with Wildcat Services to clean the neighborhood with three-person crews who will focus four-days a week on sweeping sidewalks and bike islands, cleaning gutters and drains of blockages, and removing litter from tree pits. This new effort is being paid for with $85,000 I have allocated from the NYC Cleanup initiative. Bringing Wildcat to the neighborhood is part of my office’s ongoing work to improve cleanliness in the district and something I know we needed. The services come highly recommended as more than half of Council Districts have contracted their services and seen improvements.   
 
In prior years my office worked with the Department of Sanitation to bring twice a day trash pick up to areas along the 86th street business corridor. Over the last three years, I also allocated funds to purchase 322 new large-capacity trash cans that residents agree have made a huge difference keeping litter off the street.
 
Council Member Kallos is partnering with neighborhood associations and Wildcat Services to pilot routes focusing on major cross streets:
  • 57th and 72nd between York and Second Avenues, and
  • 79th, 86th, and 96th between East End and Lexington Avenues.
We are also testing the feasibility of sweeping longer corridors that do not currently get any sweeping services:
  • First Avenue between 55th and 72nd as well as 82nd and 96th Streets
  • Second Avenue between 54th and 79th on the east side of the street only, and both sides of the street from 79th to 96th Streets
  • Third Avenue between 84th and 96th Streets
  • Lexington between 84th and 96th on the east side of the street, and both sides of the street from 96th to 100th Street
For more detailed information on the pilot program and my offices plans to keep the neighborhood clean, see coverage in Upper East Side Patch or read the release at BenKallos.com/press-releases
 

Millions in Security Upgrades for Religious Institutions

I cut the ribbon on millions of dollars in security upgrades and building facade improvements at the 92nd Street Y. I was joined by 92 Y’s top brass Henry Timms, 92Y’s President & CEO Jim O’Hara, Deputy Executive Director & CFO; and Kevin Green, Director of Security Operations as we celebrated the needed improvements and upgrades. The New York City Council and my office has provided significant support for capital improvements at the 92Y, including $674,000 in fiscal year 2017 as well as $2.3 million in fiscal year 2018. These renovations are part of 92Y’s Time to Build Campaign, a broader effort to renovate the historic building for the next generation.
 
Sadly it is no secret that Jewish people and organizations have been under increased attacks in recent months but here in New York City we must take every possible threat seriously and act accordingly to protect New Yorkers. The 92Y is a proudly Jewish organization we must protect and invest in. So I am proud of the work and allocations given to 92Y.
 
Religious institutions may still apply for security upgrades such as street bollards. The federal grant given by Homeland security recommends installing bollards on the sidewalk to prevent vehicles from being able to drive into the building. For more information on that grant, feel free to contact my office (212) 860-1950). For more information see the release on security at The 92Y at BenKallos.com/press-releases
 

GOOD GOVERNMENT
 
New Campaign Finance Laws to Apply to Public Advocates Special Election

New Yorkers sent a clear message on November 6 when 80% of those who flipped over their ballots 1.1 million voted  “Yes” on ballot question one to get big money out of New York City politics. Despite this clear mandate, the new rules were not set to go into effect until 2021, leaving the upcoming Public Advocate’s race and any other special elections over the next three years out of the new system and open to the undue influence of big money.  As the New York Daily News reported Introduction 1288 which I authored and has since become law expands the new rules as an option to every special election now through 2021, making sure the will of New Yorkers is heard loud and clear.
 
The new law is timely and incredibly important as it gives next Public Advocate the opportunity to be the first city-wide candidate without the influence of big dollars from real estate developers elected instead on small dollars.
 
Introduction 1288 will:
  • Lower contribution limits from $2,550 citywide to $1,000, $1,975 for Borough President to $750, and from $1,425 for City Council to $500.
  • Increase public matching of every small dollar of $175 and under with 6 public tax dollars to 8 public dollars and small dollars of $250 and under for citywide with 8 public dollars.
  • Increase public grant from 55% to 75% of the spending limit.
Unlike Question 1, lower contribution limits and increased matching would be retroactively applied to candidates that select this option. In addition to applying ballot question 1 to the special election the law lowers thresholds for debates and minimum funds raised to qualify for a public grant by half, just as other limits are halved. The threshold for Mayor is halved from $250,000 to $125,000 and for Public Advocate and Comptroller from $125,000 to $62,500. Only the first $250 of an individual New York City resident’s contribution is applied toward meeting dollar amount threshold.

Support our efforts by signing our petition at Benkallos.com/BIGMONEYOUT 
 

Ethics Reform to be Adopted by State Legislature

The New York Times editorial board editorialized No Albany Pay Raise Without Limits on Outside Income. The Times went even further saying, the New York State Legislature should follow suit and “act as responsibly” as the Council did in 2016 when we adopted these measures. I was proud to have authored and passed these measures that banned outside income and “lulus” in the City Council, making the Council a full-time job.

I believe that outside income and additional compensation made elected officials susceptible to legal corruption and bribery or at the very least the appearance of impropriety. That's why I banned it in the Council and have advocated over the past few months to do the same in Albany.
 
We still don’t know what the courts will decide on this matter, however, we do know that the recommendation from the state’s Pay Commission lead by current Comptrollers Thomas P. DiNapoli and Scott Stringer and former Comptrollers Carl McCall and William Thompson sided with the rules the New York Times and I have called for. There should be no pay raise unless there is reform attached.

Even without these rules elected officials can say no to outside income and additional compensation.  In 2014 the Daily News’ editorial board lauded me as a "Hero" in a piece entitled Lulu Heroes and Zeroes for saying no to outside income and the "legal grease" of additional compensation from a "lulu." Our State Senator Liz Krueger, has been doing this for years, and when she was one of the few who could receive a lulu or stipend of $34,000 a year, she again refused, making her our hero.
 
Read my full statement on the Pay Commission’s decision at Benkallos.com/press-releases
 

Public Information to Hold Government Accountable

Our government is here to serve the people. Since every resident pays into government with their tax dollars, we have a right to know how those dollars are spent. Often times, when we see government spending our dollars differently then we would expect it is important to have access to the information government is using to make decisions for allocating resources. As a resident, candidate and now elected official I used public information to advocate for our community to win school seats, investments in parks, and increased city services like trash pick up.

As The New York Times reported that is why I've been proud to serve on the Commission for Public Information and Communication that was chaired by former Public Advocate and now New York State Attorney General Tish James. For the next 45 days and until February 26, I look forward to working with Speaker Corey Johnson who will now also be serving as Public Advocate to make more information available to public to hold our city accountable to you the people.


Serve in City Government

As a member of the Manhattan Delegation of the City Council, I have the opportunity to nominate members of the public to serve as Commissioners or Advisors for various city agencies.
  • Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) – The TLC is an agency of the New York City government that licenses and regulates the medallion taxis and for-hire vehicle industries, including app-based companies. More information available at www.nyc.gov/html/tlc/html/home/home.shtml
  • Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) – The CCRB is an independent agency empowered to receive, investigate, mediate, hear, make findings, and recommend action on complaints against New York City police officers alleging the use of excessive or unnecessary force, abuse of authority, discourtesy, or the use of offensive language. More information available at www1.nyc.gov/site/ccrb/index.page
  • Department for the Aging Advisory Council (DFTA) – The DFTA is committed to helping the approximate 1.64 million older adults age in their homes and communities. Their mission is to eliminate ageism and ensure the dignity and quality of life of diverse older adults. They also work to support caregivers through service, advocacy, and education. More information is available at www1.nyc.gov/site/dfta/about/advisory-council.page
  • Health and Hospitals Corporation – NYC Health and Hospitals is the largest public health care system in the United States. They provide essential inpatient, outpatient, and home-based services to more than one million New Yorkers every year in more than 70 locations across the city’s five boroughs. More information is available at www.nychealthandhospitals.org/
If you are interested, please submit your resume and cover letter by Friday, January 11, 2019 to Jobs@BenKallos.com.


Apply to Join Community Board

The Manhattan Borough President's office is currently accepting applications for Community Board.

Community Boards represent their neighborhoods on crucial issues including real estate development and land use, historic preservation and even liquor licenses. Serving as a volunteer Community Board member is an incredible opportunity to be on the front lines of our civic landscape.

Since I took office, I have worked on reforms to make the Community Board a productive place for you to get involved on local issues and to make them more reflective of the communities they represent. The New York Times covered bills I cosponsored with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Ritchie Torres to ensure our boards accurately reflect New York City’s diverse neighborhoods and allowing 16 and 17 year old’s to serve.

If you are interested in representing the Upper East Side we encourage you to start attending meetings and by February 8, 2019 print the application or apply online at manhattancommunityboards.wufoo.com/forms/manhattan-community-board-2019-application/


Read this Newsletter, It Could Save Your Life!

It's not every day that residents come to my office and tell me that something we did saved their life but I guess there is a first time for everything. As Our Town reported in late December Kathleen Steed a constituent who joined our recent holiday party did just that with her wonderful story of second chances and life lessons. Ms. Steed informed us of how information she found in this newsletter saved her life.  By offering information and recommending that readers get a FREE screening for various kinds of cancer which she did back the summer of 2018 she found she was in the early stages of oral cancer.
 Thanks to the notice, for free screenings in this newsletter and for Ms. Steeds Willingness to go get checked out her cancer was found and removed, thus changing her life. It was a sincere pleasure meeting Ms. Steed, I am grateful she shared her story with us and happy she will be around for many more years to tell it. Read more in Our Town.
 

SAFER CITY
 
Fighting For for a Fire Engine for Roosevelt Island

During his time in office, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg closed a number of firehouses as part of a cost-cutting measure he deemed necessary. In the years since he’s been out of office, certain neighborhoods in New York City have grown a lot and are in need of those old firehouses back. One of those communities is Long Island City and the neighborhoods around it including Roosevelt Island which I proudly represent. These areas have seen population and construction booms over the last 7-8 years and are now in need of more fire protection.
 
I joined a press conference lead by Congress Member Carolyn Maloney with the Uniformed Firefighters Association and the Uniformed Firefighters Officer's Association and their presidents Gerard Fitzgerald and Jake Lamonda for the reinstatement of Engine Company 261 located in Long Island City. If reinstated this fire engine would respond to calls coming out of Roosevelt Island. Local State Assembly Members Cathy Nolan and Brian Barnwell as well as Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer and Joeseph Borelli who chairs the committee on Fire and Emergency also helped lead the press conference. Neighborhood associations based in Long Island City and western Queens joined in force explaining why this firehouse is needed right now. I will continue to work with Congress Member Maloney to get Mayor de Blasio to reinstate Engine Company 261 in Long Island City. For more information read the release at BenKallos.com/press-releases
 

No Mother Should Have Her Child Ripped From Her Arms
 
No mother should have her child ripped out of her hands as punishment for something simple that could have been de-escalated and that was not even a crime.  As chair of the Progressive Caucus, I joined City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and the Black, Latino, Asian Caucus at a press conference in defense of Jazmin Headley after the incident that left her in jail for days.

As a parent myself, no parent would let police rip their child away from them, and no parent should spend days in jail for letting their child play on the floor and refusing to let their child be ripped away. Being poor cannot be a crime.

This could have all been avoided by preventing the encounter altogether if Jazmin Headley did not have to take a day off work go into the HRA office in the first place. Legislation I authored “Automatic Benefits” would cut the red tape by giving our most vulnerable the government benefits the need automatically using the information the State, City and Federal governments already has. Any applications that were still necessary would come pre-filled to just sign and send. Read coverage of my Automatic Benefits proposal by the New York Times and find out the details at BenKallos.com/press-releases
 
For more information on the incident and a full statement from the Progressive Caucus read the release.
 
HOLIDAYS
 
Hanukkah, Tree Lightings, Caroling and A Nutcracker

This holiday season, I had the pleasure of participating in many tree and menorah lightings throughout the district.

I joined Chabad at Beekman Sutton as well as Congregation Kehilath Jashurun’s for their Menorah Lighting. After several consecutive years of desecration, it was nothing short of a Hanukah miracle to have openly celebrate in the face of hate. I also joined tree lightings for the Sutton Avenue Community and the Carl Schurz Park Conservancy.  To top it off I was able to hear P.S. 59 carol at tree lighting where they sang Christmas Carols and songs in Hebrew as well as attending their performance of the Nutcracker.

 
Thanks for Coming to The Holiday Party

The holiday celebration at my office was a festive hit! It was a joy seeing and speaking with many friends and neighbors about our successful year. I look forward to seeing many of the same faces next month at the State of the District.
 
2018 Homelessness Persons’ Memorial Day

Thank you to Urban Pathways and Care for the Homeless for inviting me and including me in the annual memorial for homeless and unstably housed individuals who passed away this year. 165 names we read during the memorial but we are sure that number is far greater. These deaths are a needless tragedy. As a City, we must commit to preventing homelessness and to getting more affordable housing to end homelessness as we know it.
 
Homelessness continues to be a problem in New York City with 22,377 children, 12,684 family members, 5,391 single women, and 9,873 single men in our shelters, and more than 2,794 people on the streets. I launched the Eastside Taskforce for Homeless Outreach and Services (ETHOS) with Borough President Brewer, Senator Krueger, Department of Social Services (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 NYC 311 App (Android/iPhone) to ask them to dispatch a “homeless outreach team.” They will ask where you saw the person, what they looked like, and offer a 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.
 
As we remember those who have passed, we hope that one day soon there will be no need for these annual observances and no individual will have to experience homelessness. For more information on how to help the homeless, visit BenKallos.com/homeless

Tree-cycling in NYC

Need Curbside Collection? – Please, “Naked” Trees Only!
 
The New York City Department of Sanitation will begin its annual curbside collection of Christmas trees on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. Collection runs through Saturday, January 12, weather permitting.
 
Residents should remove all stands, tinsel, lights and ornaments before putting trees out for collection. Clean, non-bagged Christmas trees left on the curb between Wednesday, January 2 and Saturday, January 12, will be chipped, mixed with leaves, and recycled into compost for the city’s parks, institutions and community gardens.
 
Those needing to get rid of mostly plastic and metal fake Christmas trees should consider selling or donating them. Donation opportunities may be found at nyc.gov/donate. If donation or resale is not an option, remove all ornaments and lights, and put them out next to your recycling on regular recycling days.
 
The Department of Sanitation collected more than 200,000 Christmas trees for “tree-cycling” after Christmas 2017.
 
NYC Parks provides additional options for bidding “fir-well” to your tree at Mulchfest. With 68 total drop-off sites, including parks and Greenthumb gardens, New Yorkers can drop off their trees between January 4 and 13, 2019. Dates have been extended this year for those who celebrate Three Kings Day. On the final weekend of Mulchfest, January 12 and 13, at 31 chipping sites across the city, visitors can pick up mulch to take home. Please remember to remove all lights, ornaments, decorations and netting from trees.
 
For more information on Christmas tree collection and recycling or MulchFest, visit www.nyc.gov/dsnywww.nyc.gov/parks or call 311.
 
 
COMMUNITY
 
5-Year Anniversary

2013 was the best year of my life. It’s when I won the job of my dreams and married the love of my life. Now, 2018 has become the best year of my life as I celebrate five of the best years of my life alongside my wife and the birth of our daughter earlier this year. I wake every morning grateful for my wife and daughter. I feel like the luckiest man in the world!
 
East Riverside Fifties Alliance Court Battle Continues

 The fight against a proposed 800-foot-tall mega-tower on East 58th Street continued this past month as I joined attorney Michael Hiller as pro bono co-counsel to the East River fifties Alliance. Although I have been leading the fight against this project for years this was the first time I had the pleasure of doing so personally court representing the community three-fold as an aggrieved applicant, as Council Member and now as pro-bono counsel.
 
The mid-December proceedings before State Supreme Court Judge Debra A. James yielded a court-ordered stipulation requiring the developer notify the community and the Court when the building reaches a height of 80 feet, at which time, the Court will schedule a hearing to determine whether any further construction will be permitted.
 
Developers cannot keep getting away with breaking the law. Public safety was endangered by after-hours variances and street closure permits that were issued under false pretenses and then not even complied with by the developer. We are in court to finally stop developers from perverting the law to harm communities when those laws were originally intended to protect residents. Thank you, Michael Hiller, for a strong argument for applying the law as written. Judge Debra A. James is a credit to our judiciary with her ability to handle diverse cases, digging into a complex subject matter, and asking tough questions that really got to the heart of the matter.
 
For more information visit BenKallos.com/press-releases.
 
To join the fight against overdevelopment donate at ERFA.NYC
 

Pushing for Second Avenue Subway Phase 2

As we continue to enjoy the fruits of an open Second Avenue Subway, we must not forget that the full project remains unfinished. A completed Second Avenue Subway will take the Q train up to East 125 street. For this reason, Since I represent parts of East Harlem I continue to push and work along with Congress Members Maloney and Espaillat and many other electeds for the federal and state funding to move this project along to phase 2. Most recently I signed onto a letter asking Governor Cuomo to take elected officials on a tour of the phase 2 extension so we can see what progress has been made.  This has been long promised to residents of East Harlem, many of whom live in transit deserts that continue to deny its residents and my constituents access to job opportunities and educational advancement that stymies economic activity and commerce; and prevents reasonable access to hospitals and medical care, particularly for seniors.  For more information and to read the full letter visit Benkallos.com/press-releases

NYC Foam Ban in Effect

Starting January 1, 2019, New York City stores and food-service businesses can no longer offer, sell or possess single-use foam food containers such as foam takeout clamshells, cups, plates, bowls and trays. Additionally, manufacturers and stores may no longer sell or offer for sale loose fill packaging (“packing peanuts”) in the city.

This law was enacted because single-use foam items were found to be not recyclable. These items are collected as trash in the city. There are many recyclable alternative packaging options including paper, plastic, aluminum and compostable products.

There will be a six-month grace period before fines will be imposed. The Department of Sanitation and other city agencies have worked to conduct outreach and educate affected business throughout the five boroughs.

Small businesses with less than $500,000 in gross income for the most recent tax year and non-profits may apply for hardship exemptions from the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) if they can prove that the purchase of alternative products not composed of EPS would create a financial hardship.

Who is Covered:

  • For-profit or not-for-profit: food service establishments, mobile food commissaries, and stores that sell or use foam items, and
  • Manufacturers and distributors of polystyrene foam packaging that are located or operate within any of the five boroughs of New York City.

What is Covered:

  • Single-service foam items including cups, bowls, plates, takeout containers and trays
  • Foam loose fill packaging, commonly known as “packing peanuts”

What is Not Covered:

  • Foam containers used for prepackaged food that have been filled and sealed prior to receipt by the food service establishment, mobile food commissary, or store
  • Foam containers used to store raw meat, pork, fish, seafood or poultry sold from a butcher case or similar appliance
  • Foam blocks used as protective packaging in shipping

For more information, visit: nyc.gov/foamban.


Church of the Epiphany Rector elected Bishop of Arizona

In December, I surprised Rector Jennifer Reddall of the Church of the Epiphany here on the Upper East Side with a proclamation for her 15 years of service to our community and New York City. The Reverend Reddall has overseen parish workshop programs, staff budgeting and the restructuring of a Day School and has guided a growing parish and school with an annual budget of $1.9 million. She also had a vital role in the lay leadership for parish programs she developed and the mentored seminarians and deacons. Upon her departure from the Church of Epiphany, Reverend Reddall should be aware that her legacy of service will continue to enrich the lives of countless New Yorkers. I wish Bishop Jennifer Reddall luck in her newly elected position in Arizona. I have already informed the Bishop-elect that if I am ever in a position to offer her keys to the City she would get them in exchange for her return here.
 
StreetsGiving Ride with Transportation Alternatives

StreetGiving last month was a smash success, as many bike riders came out to pedal as a group throughout Manhattan. I appreciated joining them on a brisk December day to bike around midtown and the park. The celebration organized by Transportation Alternative's so they could award Council Members Keith Powers, Carlina Rivera, Borough President Gale Brewer and myself an award for the work we have done getting more parking-protected bike lanes in the City the success of our bike safety pilot program in the district. For more information on Transportation Alternatives.
 

Calling For Art: Figment Coming to the District

The traveling art installation project Figment NYC is coming to Roosevelt Island Lighthouse Park in 2019 as their next location from June 1-2, 2019. Figment began in 2007 on Governor’s Island and has been run in various locations around the city. The program is a free participatory arts event that brings together the combined imaginations of artists and participants to find new ways to be creative. Both artists and residents alike are invited to enjoy the interactive outdoor exhibits at Lighthouse Park for the weekend of June 1st and 2nd. Submission for work is currently underway through April 7th. To submit a concept for an art exhibit, visit Figments submission page at Newyork.figmentproject.org/call_for_art_2019
 

 
RESOURCES
 
Adult Education Program By Make The Road NY

Are you interested in a job that requires training in health career training? Make The Road NY is offering a free Adult Education Program in Brooklyn for English language learners interested in healthcare as a career. Enrollment is happening now through February 2019. For more information  contact Cassandra.Cochran@maketheroadny.org us
 
SNAP Clinics 2019 Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
 
It is that time of the year again. Lenox Hill Neighborhood House is helping residents find out if you are eligible for government benefits and is helping those who are to apply or to recertify for SNAP/Food Stamps. If you are interested or need the help you can inquire at:
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House located at 331 E. 70th Street on Wednesdays 10:00 - 1:00, please arrive by noon. You can also do so at the Bellevue Hospital Ambulatory Care Pavilion on
3rd Floor Mondays 9:00 - 3:00, arrive by 2:00. The Lenox Hill Neighborhood House at 159 E.
102nd Street will also be taking appointments every Other Friday of the month  from
10:00 - 1:00 please arrive by noon. If you plan to come to be sure to bring:
 
  • Proof of all household income (Paystubs, Social Security award letter, etc.)
  • Social Security card, passport or birth certificate & photo ID, Utility bill
  • Proof of housing costs (rent receipt, lease)
  • Proof of any dependent care and/or child support costs
  • If age 60 or older, or you receive SSI/SSD: recent medical bills
  • If non-citizen, proof of immigration status

 For more information call please call (212) 218-0503, option 2.
 
Cayuga Centers
 
Cayuga Centers is a non-profit children's services agency with offices in East Harlem and the Bronx, seeking more foster parents for our programs. We have Family Foster Care programs with the Administration for Children's Services for children who have been removed from their homes because of neglect or abuse. We also provide short-term foster care in Spanish-speaking homes for unaccompanied children from Central America fleeing violence in their home countries. Foster parents receive extensive training, 24-hour support, and receive a stipend for each child in their care. We would welcome any opportunity to make a very brief presentation at any upcoming meeting or event to introduce Cayuga Centers and our programs, and answer questions. Contact Penny Craven at 917 -841-2000 or our homefinders office, 646-693-0675.
 
City Council Funding for Local Non-Profits Due February 19

Each year private non-profit organizations that serve thousands of residents of Council District 5 can apply for grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 from my City Council office to supplement essential services in the neighborhood. You can review past budget results, resources funded through this process and learn more about the application at BenKallos.com/budget
The deadline this year for application is Tuesday,  February 19. Learn more by contacting my Budget Director Sushant Harite at 212-860-1950 or Sharite@BenKallos.com, or visit BenKallos.com/budget

OFFICE UPDATES
 
Legislative Corner
 
This month sixteen bills I co-sponsored earlier this year became law, three of these laws work to provide our city’s veterans with access to services. LLs 2018/214, 2018/215, and 2018/216, all sponsored by Council Member Eric Ulrich, require the New York City Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) to maintain and regularly update a resource guide for veterans (LL 2018/216), to establish at least one Veterans Resource Center in each borough by June 1, 2019 (LL 2018/215), and to provide counseling services, including advice, evaluation, and information to veterans seeking assistance with federal, state, and city benefits that they may be entitled to based on their military service (LL 2018/214).
 
Finally, several of these newly enacted laws help victims of sexual harassment and sexual assault. LL 2018/194, sponsored by Council Member Helen Rosenthal, requires the NYPD to develop a comprehensive training program for the investigators who handle sexual assault and related cases. LL 2018/193, sponsored by Council Member Deborah Rose, requires the NYPD to report on staff allocation and caseloads within the special victims division and the factors utilized by the commissioner to determine staffing levels. LL 2018/192, sponsored by Council Member Carlina Rivera requires the NYPD’s special victims division to use a secure case management system, and to conducts routine audits of the system to ensure that this system protects the privacy of crime victims. Lastly, LL 2018/189, sponsored by Council Member Laurie Cumbo, ensures that all NYPD officers receive sensitivity training to assist them in responding to survivors of gender-based street harassment and sexual assault as part of their academy training, as well as up-to-date training every two years. The training will be sensitive to cultural differences, gender, gender expression, and sexual orientation.
 
Free Legal Clinics

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:
  • General Civil Law, 3rd Tuesday
  • Life Planning Clinic, 3rd Wednesday
  • Family Law and Domestic Violence, 1st Tuesday
  • Housing Clinics, Every Monday and 1st Wednesday
Please call my office at 212-860-1950 in advance to schedule your appointment.
           
Here to Help

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:
  • Seniors: Medicare savings, Meals-on-Wheels, Access-A-Ride
  • Housing: searching for affordable units, free legal housing clinic at my office
  • Job Resources: training resources and assistance, unemployment benefits
  • Families: Universal Pre-K, Head Start, After-School programs
  • Finances: cash assistance, tax credits, home energy assistance
  • Nutrition: WIC, free meals for all ages
Please also call us at 212-860-1950 or email us at bkallos@benkallos.com with any unresolved 311 complaints.
 
Mobile District Hours

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:  
Ben in Your Building
 
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.
 

Community Boards

1/7: Community Board 11 Public Safety & Transportation Committee
6:30pm, Bonifacio Senior Center 7 E. 116th Street

1/7: Community Board 6 Transportation Committee Meeting
7:00pm, Japan Society, 333 E. 47th Street, Murase Room

1/7: Community Board 8 Full Board Meeting
TBD

1/7: Community Board 8 Small Business Committee
6:30pm, Marymount Manhattan College Regina Peruggi Room 221 E 71st St

1/8: Community Board 8 Street Life Committee
6:30pm, Hunter College 904 Lexington Avenue, West Building, Room West 714, 7th Floor Lecture Hall

1/9: Community Board 11 Land Use, Landmarks & Planning Committee
6:30pm, Bonifacio Senior Center 7 E. 116th Street

1/9: Community Board 6 Full Board Meeting
7:00pm, 433 1st Avenue (NYU School of Dentistry), Room 220

1/14: Community Board 6 Housing, Homeless, & Human Rights Committee Meeting
6:30pm, CB6 Board Office - 211 E. 43rd Street, Suite 1404  

1/22: Community Board 11 Full Board Meeting
7:00pm, Location To Be Decided, for more details call 212-831-8929 within a few days prior to the meeting.

 
NYPD EVENTS
 
1/9: 19th Precinct Community Council
7:00pm-8:00pm, 19th Precinct Station House, 153 E. 67th Street

1/23: 23rd Precinct Community Council
6:00pm-7:00pm, 23rd Precinct Station House, 164 E. 102nd Street

1/29: 17th Precinct Community Council
6:00pm-7:00pm, Sutton Place Synagogue, 224 E. 51st Street
 
Neighborhood and Tenant Association Meetings
 
Second Wednesday, 1/9: Lexington Houses Tenant Association
6:00pm, 1539 Lexington Avenue
 
First Wednesday, 1/2: Roosevelt Island Residents Association Common Council Meeting
8:00 pm-10:00 pm, Good Shepherd (Downstairs), 543 Main Street
 
Second Tuesday, 1/8: Stanley Isaacs Tenant Associations
7:00 pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, 415 East 93rd Street
 
Third Tuesday, 1/15: Holmes Towers Tenant Association
7:00 pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, 415 East 93rd Street
 
EVENTS:
 
City Council Events
 
Recycle Your E-Waste
Sunday, January 6 from 10 AM to 4 PM at Union Square–North Plaza and at 2nd Avenue between 31st and 32nd Streets. It is illegal to discard electronics in the trash.
Come recycle your e-waste including working and non-working computers, monitors, printers/scanners, keyboards, mice, cables, TVs, VCRs & DVD players, phones, audio/visual equipment, cell phones & PDA’s. For more information, click here.
 
Council District 5 State of the District
Sunday, January 13 at 1 PM at Memorial Sloan Kettering Auditorium (430 East 67th Street). This State of the District is an opportunity to hear about major goings-on within Council District 5. You can RSVP by clicking on this link or calling 212-860-1950. For more information, view the event flyer here.
 
Community Resource Fair
Wednesday, January 16 from 6 PM to 8 PM at Baruch College-CUNY (Multi-Purpose Room 1-107), which is at 55 Lexington Avenue.
This fair is an opportunity to meet representatives from city agencies and community-based organizations that will provide information on everything from volunteer opportunities to legal services. This fair is sponsored by Council Member Carlina Rivera in association with Baruch College-CUNY, Manhattan Community Board Five, and Manhattan Community Board Six. For more details, view the event flyer here.
 
Save the Date: 74th Assembly District Town Hall
Thursday, January 31 (time TBD) at NYU Dental School, 345 East 24th Street, Nagle Auditorium (7th Floor).
Further details and a flyer on this event will come soon.
 
Events For Adults:
 
 1/03: Film - Won’t You Be My Neighbor (2018)
2:00 pm, 96th Street Library
Won’t You Be My Neighbor (2018) 94 min., color, Morgan Neville, Dir. Stars: Fred Rogers. This documentary takes a closer look at the person behind the show, persona, and personality that helped define what it meant to be a good person and be a part of a healthy community. ADMISSION FREE
 
 1/03: Book Discussion Group: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
6:00 pm, 96th Street Library
Please join us for our January 2019 book discussion. We will be reading Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. Copies are available at the 96th Street Library. About the book: Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation.
 
 1/03: Women’s Writing Group
4:30 pm, 67th Street Library
Hannelore Hahn, who directed the International Women's Writing Guild for 37 years, hosts a monthly informal women’s writing & discussion group. Everyone welcome for discussion too!
 
 1/03: 1-on-1 Tech Help
12:00 pm, Webster Library, Auditorium
Work one-on-one with a staff member. Use this time to improve Internet skills, navigate emails or Microsoft Office, or bring in your device for an e-reading tutorial. Space is limited to 6 20-minute slots per session. Phone or in-person.
 
 1/03,  1/10 ,  1/17,  1/24 &  1/31 : Computer Lab
12:00 pm, 96th Street Library
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…
 
 1/03: Book Discussion Group - Behold the Dreamers
6:00 pm, Webster Library, Auditorium
Admission is free. 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 www.nypl.org or visiting your local branch. Behold the Dreamers is the 2016 debut novel by Imbolo Mbue. The novel details the experiences of two New York City families during the 2008 financial crisis: an immigrant family from Cameroon, the Jonga…
 
 1/04,  1/11,  1/18/ 1/25: Learn to Play Chess at Webster
3:00 pm, Webster Library, Auditorium
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 p.m. 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. Led by Timothy Mobley.
 
 1/07: Book Discussion Group
Mystery Mondays: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
4:00 pm, 67th Street Library
January 7: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn February 4: Snap by Belinda Bauer Book Discussion Group   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. Learn more and browse all of our book groups online here.
 
 1/07: Digital Theatre + Matinee: Casanova
11:30 am, Webster Library, Auditorium
Do you love theatre? Join us on select Monday mornings to watch a handful of the finest theatre productions from over the pond. Casanova January 7, 11:30 AM, 108 min, 2017 Northern Ballet In a claustrophobic Venice of lavish dress and gilded interiors, Casanova is preparing for a career in holy orders when an erotic encounter sets him on a different path. Sexual conquests and intellectual liberation define this whirlwind of scandal and excess.
 
 1/07: From the Beatles to Patsy Cline: An Intimate Performance with Sheri Miller
5:30 pm, Webster Library, Auditorium
Singer-songwriter Sheri Miller composes and plays heartfelt, soulful, Beatles-inspired songs, while accompanying herself on guitar and piano. She also enjoys performing a wide repertoire of cover songs of the Beatles, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and Judy Garland, among many others.
 
 1/08,  1/15,  1/22,  1/29: We Speak NYC: English Conversation Class
11:30 am, Webster Library, Auditorium
Come to the Webster Library and meet other people who are practicing English, just like you! We Speak NYC (formerly We Are New York) is an Emmy Award-winning TV show created to help people practice English. Each story is about everyday situations, like going to the doctor or talking with a child's teacher. 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
 
 1/08 &  1/16: Foresters Financial
5:30 pm, 96th Street Library
Learn the answers to your questions: What women need to know to help maximize their retirement income. You will learn how to manage your social security, what are divorced-spouse benefits, what are the best retirement benefits, and much more... come join us at the 96th street library with guest speaker Kamran J. Keypour from the Forester Financial.
 
 1/08,  1/15 ,  1/22 &  1/29: Adult Coloring
11:00 am, 96th Street Library
When we color, it brings out our inner child. We are reminded of the days when life was simple when we worry less. Coloring is the latest craze where you might expect to see children, you find adults.
 
 1/08,  1/15,  1/22,  1/29: Magnificent Milton Reading Group
4:00 pm, Roosevelt Island Library
Join us as we embark upon a six-week journey through heaven and hell in John Milton's Paradise Lost.
 
 1/08: Author Talk: We, The Sovereign by Gianpaolo Baiocchi
5:30 pm, Webster Library, Auditorium
Join Webster for an evening of political discourse. Professor and author Gianpaolo Baiocchi will discuss his latest book We, the Sovereign. "What does it mean for the people to actually rule? Formal democracy is an empty and cynical shell, while the nationalist Right claims to advance its anti-democratic project in the name of ‘the People’. How can the Left respond in a way that is true to both its radical egalitarianism and its desire to transform the real world?
 

1/09: 2019 Carnegie Hill Buildings Network Forum
6:00 p.m, Church of St. Thomas Moore
CHN is constantly thinking of ways to streamline, save money and sustain your building operations. Here are a few topics we are mulling over: Co-Generation, Community Solar Projects
and leasing courtyard space secures long-term income
RSVP

 
 1/09: The Cocketts in the Palace
4:00 pm, Webster Library, Auditorium
The Cockettes were an avant-garde theatre troupe founded in California in the midst of the countercultural revolution of the ‘60s. Known for their eclectic costumes and dress, the Cockettes brought their unique style to the stage as they performed original comedic musicals and parodies.
 
 1/10: Film - This Land is Mine (1943)
2:00 pm, 96th Street Library
This Land is Mine (1943) 103 min., b&w, Jean Renoir, Dir. Stars: Charles Laughton, Maureen O’Hara, George Sanders.          The citizens of a small village in Europe fight the Nazis, forcing ordinary citizens to become heroes. ADMISSION FREE
 
 1/10,  1/17,  1/24,  1/31: Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation – January group
8:30 am, Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center
Learn the basics and feel the benefits of mindfulness meditation in this small group workshop. If you often feel stressed and overwhelmed, this is a good class for you. In six classes, a certified mindfulness teacher, will help you work with your breath to become more aware of your body, surroundings, and reactions to stress. This class is for all people with cancer, caregivers, and cancer survivors. We recommend this class for anyone who is new to practicing meditation or other mind-body therapies. There is a fee of $180 to participate in this workshop, which includes six classes of personalized instruction with a certified meditation instructor, exclusive audio recordings, workbook, and a mindfulness journal
 
 1/11,  1/18/ 1/25: Movement Speaks with Dances for a Variable Population
10:30 am, Webster Library
Join us celebrating moving in strong and creative ways! From January 2019-March 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.
 
 1/11: Lunchtime Lecture: Greek Tragedy in Everyday Life
12:30 am, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
19th century New Yorkers were passionate about Greek literature, and both men and women read these tales of tragedy and heroism. But are the writings of the ancients still relevant today? One theory suggests that epic poetry helped Greek soldiers deal with conditions we now attribute to PTSD, and could help others understand trauma. Find out if you agree with this, in this Friday’s Lunchtime Lecture.
 
 1/12: Music - Donizetti’s LA FAVORITE recital by New York Opera Forum
1:00 pm, 96th Street Library
New York Opera Forum performs the complete opera of LA FAVORITE by Gaetano Donizetti. A live musical recital performed in concert with piano accompaniment. The musical program is co-sponsored with 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 FREE
 
 1/12:Start a Revolution Film Series: Ain't Nobody's Business (1977)
2:00 pm, Webster Library
This examination of prostitution includes interviews with prostitutes, a member of the police vice squad and Margo St. James, an activist in the fight for women's rights. It includes footage from the First World Meeting of Prostitutes.This film is from 1977 and is 52 minutes long. Film courtesy of the Library for the Performing Arts Reserve Film and Video Collection.
 
 1/14: Crafting the Collections: Sun Print Workshop
11:30 am, Webster Library
Cyanotype printing (aka sun printing) is a process using sunlight to develop visually stunning photographs on paper. In this workshop we will briefly review the history and impact of this printing process but leave plenty of time for experimentation. You're welcome to bring materials to photogram from home, such as feathers, flowers, leaves, jewelry, etc. Each participant will walk away with a frame-ready, one-of-a-kind pieces of art that you can gift to friends and family, or keep for yourself! Participation is limited to 10 people. Registration is required. You can register in person or by calling the branch.
 
 1/14: Author Talk: Steal This Country: A Handbook for Resistance, Persistence, and Fixing Almost Everything Book by Alexandra Styron
4:30 pm, Webster Library
Author Alexandra Styron will discuss her book Steal This Country. Inspired by Abbie Hoffman’s radical classic, Steal This Book, Alexandra Styron has created a valuable companion for a generation just now coming alive to the power of citizen activism. Both a practical manual and a stirring call-to-action, Steal This Country will speak to every young person with a passion for social justice and the spirit to make change happen. This is a perfect book for older middle-schoolers and teens who care about the planet, the people with whom they share it, and the future for us all.
 
 1/15 ,  1/22 &  1/29: Word for Beginners
3:00 pm, 96th Street Library
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 PM January 15 January 22 …
Phone or in-person
 
 1/15: Book Discussion Group
5:30 pm, 67th Street Library
Get the neighborhood read. Join our lively discussion! We've got the books, now we need you to talk! January 15th- Scream- Tama Janowitz
 
 1/15: Protest Sign Making Workshop
4 pm, Webster Library
Heading to the Women’s March January 19th? Need a sign? Have something powerful to say? Join us at the Webster Library and make your voices heard. This workshop encourages all attendees to leave armed with their own signs and messages of support. Materials and creative instruction will be provided. Perfect for everyone!
 
 1/16: Press Reader
6:00 pm, Roosevelt Island Library
In this course you'll learn how to access newspapers and other periodicals via Pressreader, a whole world of information available to you via NYPL for free. Keep yourself informed and up to date in this class!
 
 1/17: Author Talk: My Life as a Spy by Katherine Verdery
5:30 pm, Webster Library
Professor and author Katherine Verdery will discuss her latest book, My Life as a Spy.

"As Katherine Verdery observes, "There's nothing like reading your secret police file to make you wonder who you really are." In 1973 Verdery began her doctoral fieldwork in the Transylvanian region of Romania, ruled at the time by communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. She returned several times over the next twenty-five years, during which time the secret police—the Securitate—compiled a massive surveillance file on her. Reading through its 2,781 pages, she learned that she was "actually" a spy, a CIA agent, a Hungarian agitator, and a friend of dissidents: in short, an enemy of Romania. In My Life as a Spy she analyzes her file alongside her original field notes and conversations with Securitate officers. Verdery also talks with some of the informers who were close friends, learning the complex circumstances that led them to report on her, and considers how fieldwork and spying can be easily confused. Part memoir, part detective story, part anthropological analysis, My Life as a Spy offers a personal account of how government surveillance worked during the Cold War and how Verdery experienced living under it."
 
 1/17: Historical Lecture: Thomas Fenniman
6:30 pm, Roosevelt Island Library
The Roosevelt Island Historical Society presents a lecture by Thomas Fennimen.
 
 1/17: Film - THE DARK MIRROR(1946)
2:00 pm, 96th Street Library
The Dark Mirror (1946) 85 min., b&w, Robert Siodmak, Dir. Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Lew Ayres, Thomas Mitchell. Twin sisters vie for the attentions of the same man, a psychiatrist who believes one to be a murderer. ADMISSION FREE
 
 1/24: Film - THE PETRIFIED FOREST (1936)
2:00 pm, 96th Street Library
The Petrified Forest (1936) 82 min., b&w, Archie Mayo, Dir. Stars: Leslie Howard, Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis. Customers and employees at an isolated service station and cafe in the Arizona desert are held hostage by a vicious killer. ADMISSION FREE
 
 1/26: Webster @ the Movies: BlacKkKlansman
2:00 pm, Webster Library
From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.
Focus Features, Directed by Spike Lee, Rated R, 135 minutes; 2018
 
 1/30: Computer Open Lab
6:00 pm, Roosevelt Island Library
Come by the library to have all your computer questions answered. Curious about social media?             Having trouble with your iPad? Clueless about SimplyE, Kanopy or Twitter? Bring all your questions and conundrums to the library!
Author Talk: Three Minutes in Poland by Glenn Kurtz
5:30 pm, Webster Library
Professor and author Glenn Kurtz will discuss his book, Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film, as well as show the film that spurred this title.
"When Glenn Kurtz stumbles upon an old family film in his parents' closet in Florida, he has no inkling of its historical significance or of the impact it will have on his life. The film, shot long ago by his grandfather on a sightseeing trip to Europe, includes shaky footage of Paris and the Swiss Alps, with someone inevitably waving at the camera. Astonishingly, David Kurtz also captured on color 16mm film the only known moving images of the thriving, predominantly Jewish town of Nasielsk, Poland, shortly before the community's destruction. "Blissfully unaware of the catastrophe that lay just ahead," he just happened to visit his birthplace in 1938, a year before the Nazi occupation. Of the town's three thousand Jewish inhabitants, fewer than one hundred would survive."


 1/31: Film - SHADOW OF A DOUBT (1944)
2:00 PM, 96th Street Library
Shadow of a Doubt (1944) 108 min., b&w, Alfred Hitchcock, Dir. Stars: Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotton, Macdonald Carey.       A teenage girl living in an idyllic small-town world is shaken by the idea that her favorite visiting uncle could be the Merry Widow Killer of old rich women. ADMISSION FREE
 
 1/31: Author Talk: Spinster by Kate Bolick
Professor and author Kate Bolick discusses her book Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own.
5:30 pm, Webster Library
“Whom to marry, and when will it happen—these two questions define every woman’s existence.”
"So begins Spinster, a revelatory and slyly erudite look at the pleasures and possibilities of remaining single. Using her own experiences as a starting point, journalist and cultural critic Kate Bolick invites us into her carefully considered, passionately lived life, weaving together the past and present to examine why­ she—along with over 100 million American women, whose ranks keep growing—remains unmarried."
 
Events for Kids:
 
 1/02,  1/16: Arts & Crafts
4:15pm, 67th Street Library, Community Room
Create the suggested craft/art project or just come by for open studio! Ages 6-12.
 
 1/03,  1/10,  1/17,  1/24,  1/31: Family Storytime
11:00 am, 11:30 am, 11:45 am, Webster Library
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.
 
 1/05,  1/12,  1/19, 1/26: Read to our New York Therapy Dog!
10:30 am, Webster Library
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!
 
 1/06: Teddy Bear Tea
1 pm, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
Bring teddy (or your doll), meet hotel proprietor, Mrs. Woodhull, and go back in time for a typical day in the 1830s. Play with the Woodhull son’s toys and help with chores in the kitchen. Afterwards, enjoy fruit tea and cookies with your furry friend. Designed for our youngest Museum visitors and their families. $10 Adults and Children.
 
 1/08,  1/15,  1/22,  1/29: Read Aloud
5:00 pm, 67th Street Library, Story Hour Room
Continue the practice of storytime for older children. Participants will both listen to fluid reading and participate in the reading themselves through guided reading. Every week, children will read from a new book and have the opportunity to check out that book to finish reading at home. Limited to 10 children Ages 6-8
 
 1/09: Graphic Novel Book Club
4:15 pm, 67th Street Library, Community Room
 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. The title for January is The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks. Ages 8-12.
 
 1/08: Early Literacy: Free Play
4:00 pm, Webster Library
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.
 
 1/09: Early Literacy: Storytime Fun!
11:00 am, 11:30 am, Webster Library
Join Lex, children from birth to 3 years, and their parents/caregivers for 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. First come first serve.
 
 1/10: Early Literacy: Family Storytime
11:00 am, 11:30 am, 11:45 am, Webster Library
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.
 
 1/18: January Storytime
10:30 am, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
Time for tea! Children and caregivers are invited to visit the museum for free and to listen to stories about tea and have your own pretend tea party!  
 
 1/23: Math Games
4:15 pm, 67th Street Library, Community Room
Explore math concepts at the library! Ages 10-12.
 
 1/28: Art Buffet
4:00 pm, Webster Library
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.
 
 
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