Kallos Departing Bing’s Staff for Council Run

Ben Kallos, who just filed paperwork to run for City Council on the East Side of Manhattan, will leave his job as chief of staff to Assemblyman Jonathan Bing in February, according to two sources familiar with the situation.

Kallos, in a brief telephone chat, declined to comment.

The East Side political establishment seems to be lining up behind another candidate in the race, Dan Quart, a lawyer who raised $42,585 and got contributions from Micah Kellner, an Assemblyman on the East Side, Brice Peyre, an aide to Representative Carolyn Maloney, a power broker in that part of the world, and Trudy Mason, a Democratic operative who normally doesn't break far from the party.