By Azi Paybarah,
July 31, 2015
Later today, Rebeca Lynch’s campaign will announce she has been endorsed by the Progressive Caucus Alliance, which is made up of 19 City Council members...
Mark Levine, also of Manhattan, said “Her voice is needed now as we continue the battle against income inequality.”
By Nikhita Venugopal and Aidan Gardiner
July 31, 2015
Four medical marijuana dispensaries and one growing facility are slated to open in New York City next year, state officials announced Friday...
City Councilman Mark Levine, who represents the Upper West Side up to Washington Heights, has echoed similar concerns and hopes one of Manhattan’s two dispensaries are located in his district.
“For people who are chronically ill to have to travel long distances by mass transit it’s going to be a barrier,” the councilman added.
By Brad Aaron
Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
City Council Member Mark Levine sent a letter today urging Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg to put a protected bike lane on Amsterdam Avenue. Levine’s district encompasses much of the Upper West Side north of W. 95th Street. Calling on DOT to act, he pointed to unsafe conditions on Amsterdam, attendant wrong-way cycling on the Columbus Avenue southbound protected lane, and the pending arrival of Citi Bike...
By Jen Chung
July 29, 2015
A study of over 1,200 curb cuts along Broadway showed that only 115 were actually fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer...
The administration has also backed legislation introduced in 2014 by the Borough President and Council Member Mark Levine to increase the number of audible pedestrian signals, which help blind and low-vision New Yorkers cross the street.
By Emily Frost
July 29, 2015
City Councliman Mark Levine joined the chorus of support for a protected bike lane along Amsterdam Avenue in a letter he sent Wednesday to the Department of Transportation.
The letter, directed to Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, urged the department to "move expeditiously" in creating a bike lane that would separate cyclists from traffic via a row of parked cars between them.
By Zoe Rosenberg
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
After a July 23 meeting, a group of city officials have penned a letter to the Department of City Planning asking them to reform the policies that have turned the city, especially Midtown, into a boomtown for new development breaching 1,000 feet.
"We write to voice our concern about the impacts of as-of-right super-tall buildings in the 57th Street corridor below Central Park and its environs," the letter, cited by Crain's and signed by seven city officials including City Council members Daniel Garodnick, Corey Johnson and Mark Levine, begins.
By Alice Popovici
July 28, 2015
Pantries help Jewish families struggling to pay for more expensive food...
This year, the city increased funding to the Emergency Food Assistance Program by more than 20 percent, said Mark Levine, chairman of the City Council’s Jewish Caucus. He said lawmakers are also working on an initiative that would add kosher and halal meals to the Department of Education’s free breakfast and lunch program available at schools and libraries.Read more
By Joe Anuta
July 28, 2015
A number of local elected officials who hold sway over zoning laws sent a letter to the Department of City Planning last week urging it to rein in the tide of new tall buildings south of Central Park...
"We write to voice our concern about the impacts of as-of-right super-tall buildings in the 57th Street corridor below Central Park and its environs," wrote seven lawmakers, including City Council members Dan Garodnick, Corey Johnson and Mark Levine, in a July 23 letter to Carl Weisbrod, who heads City Planning. "We ask for your assistance in mitigating the proliferation of these buildings."
Gothamist: Harlem Principal Who Jumped In Front Of Subway Train Had Been Accused Of Tampering With Standardized Tests
By Emma Whitford
July 27, 2015
The principal of an early-elementary school in Harlem who jumped to her death on the subway tracks this spring has been officially accused of tampering with her students' Common Core exams—an allegation that a whistleblower reportedly made to the Department of Education the day that she committed suicide...
Councilmember Levine issued a statement this morning, in the wake of the DOE's announcement. "The untimely passing of Principal Worrell-Breeden in May has torn at the heart of the Teacher College Community School and the broader neighborhood," he said. "New details emerging about the circumstances of her death will only compound this pain."
by BWW News Desk
July 27, 2015
On Saturday, July 25, 2015, NYC Parks joined Comptroller Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Councilmembers Ydanis Rodriguez, Mark Levine and Vanessa L. Gibson, Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner, State Senator Adriano Espaillat and community members to kick off the High Bridge Festival...
The High Bridge Festival included a public art instillation, walking tours of the bridge, a "Bridge Making Workshop" presented by the Bronx Children's Museum, and live entertainment, including a performance by Jose Peña Suazo y La Banda Gorda.