New York City Council Member Mark Levine represents the 7th District in Upper Manhattan. Serving as the Chair of the Committee on Parks and Recreation and as a member of the Progressive Caucus, he is a leader on many issues including housing, education, economic justice, transportation, environmentalism, and more. He is also Chair of the Council’s Jewish Caucus.
As a community leader, Council Member Levine has been a strong advocate for addressing inequality in New York City. As Parks Chair he has successfully pushed for greater equity for parks in New York’s low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. He is also a leading voice on affordable housing issues as the lead sponsor of landmark legislation--the first of its kind in the nation--ensuring universal access to an attorney for tenants facing eviction in housing court.
Among his most significant legislative accomplishments is the establishment of an Office of Civil Justice tasked with coordinating city resources related to civil court proceedings.
As Chair of the City Council’s Jewish Caucus, Council Member Levine has focused oncombating Jewish poverty in New York through the creation of theElie Wiesel Holocaust Survivors Initiative and fostering inter-group relations.
Other issues Mark has fought for include the expansion and reform of New York’s street vending industry, which he wrote about in the New York Daily News. And the expansion of car-share services on city-owned streets to alleviate traffic congestion. Speaking three languages himself, Mark has also advocated strongly for the inclusion of foreign language instruction in City schools, and in 2015 published a White Paper on the state of world language education in NYC.
In the 7th Council District Mark has fought tirelessly to improve the community safer and cleaner streets,faster bus service,cleaner parks,more affordable housing, and development appropriate to the scale and context of the neighborhood.
Mark began his career as a bilingual math and science teacher at Junior High School 149 in the South Bronx. He went on to found the Neighborhood Trust Federal Credit Union, which helps low-income families in Upper Manhattan gain access to financial services including more than $15 million in microloans. In the years before he entered the City Council, Mark served as Executive Director of Teach For America-New York and as Executive Director of the Center for After-School Excellence at TASC. He has been recognized nationally for his work as a social entrepreneur.
Mark is a long time Washington Heights resident with his wife and their two sons. He graduated from Haverford College with a B.A. in physics and holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Member - Progressive Caucus
- Member - Committee on Education
- Member - Committee on Finance
- Member - Committee on Governmental Operations
- Member - Committee on Housing and Buildings
- Member - Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections