NYC Council Member Mark Levine, 7th District

By Suzy Weiss Weight-loss laxatives peddled by Cardi B and the Kardashians are a “dangerous scam” that pose a serious health risk to New York’s self-conscious teens, according to a local lawmaker proposing a ban on their sale to minors. “The fact that kids can stroll into bodega, grocery and...

By Brianne Tracy Jameela Jamil isn’t afraid to stand up for what she believes in. Over the past several months, the outspoken Good Place actress, 33, has become known for calling out celebrities — including Kim Kardashian West, Khloé Kardashian and Cardi B — for promoting weight loss teas and appetite-suppressing lollipops to their millions of followers. “I’m not nervous to...

By Brendan Krisel A City Councilman representing parts of the Upper West Side, Harlem and Washington Heights is pushing the city to create a secular dual-language Yiddish-English public school program in his district, according to reports. Mark Levine told the Jewish publication Forward that the dual-language program could be launched at a...

By Laura Nahmias, Dan Goldberg, and Amanda Eisenberg A quick fix to New York City’s measles outbreak is proving elusive, and the reasons are as much political as they are medical. A powerful voting bloc, the ultra-Orthodox community has managed to carve out what is arguably a separate system of...

New legislation introduced to the City Council is looking to ban the sale of detox teas and appetite suppressors to minors. Councilman Mark Levine says the so-called “detox teas” are really just laxatives and likened them to “get skinny fast” products. Several companies that have been advertising the detox products...

By Josh Nathan-Kazis Three generations ago, before the Holocaust decimated European Jewry, tens of thousands of students studied at more than a thousand secular Yiddish elementary schools dotted across Eastern Europe. Today, there is only one secular Yiddish school in the world, and it’s in south Australia. Next year, that...

By Morgan Gstalter Legislation introduced in the New York City Council would ban the sale to minors of detox teas and appetite-suppressant lollipops endorsed on social media by celebrities like the Kardashians. Councilman Mark Levine introduced the bill to take aim at the sale of teas and similar “get skinny...

By Jessica Sun New York City councilman Mark Levine has introduced legislation that would ban the sale of "detox teas" and "flat-tummy" lollipops to anyone under the age of 18.  Advertisements for detox teas, or "skinny teas," promise they will guarantee near-effortless weightloss and flat stomachs. Though the products are...

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