The New York Times: City Invalidates Test Scores of Third Graders at Harlem School

By WINNIE HU and NOAH REMNICK

July 26, 2015

The results of several dozen standardized tests taken by third graders at a sought-after public elementary school in Harlem have been invalidated amid allegations of testing improprieties by the school’s principal, according to city education officials...

“The tragic irony here is that by all accounts this school is a runaway success,” said City Councilman Mark Levine, who represents much of Harlem. “I’ve visited a number of times and am in regular communication with the parents. They seem to be thriving.”

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DNAinfo: Landlords Who Harass Commercial Tenants Would Be Penalized Under New Bill

By Camille Bautista

July 24, 2015

Landlords could face penalties for commercial tenant harassment under a new bill introduced to the City Council on Thursday.

The legislation would allow tenants to recover possession of property, attorney fees and damages amounting to one month’s rent or $1,000 from the landlord, among other costs.

Councilmembers Robert Cornegy and Mark Levine are sponsoring the bill.

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Amsterdam News: Malians host third annual International Children’s Fun Day

Photos by Bill Moore

July 23, 2015

The USA Association of New York City Mali Charitable, also known as the Malian Cultural Center, held its third annual ...

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PIX11: http://pix11.com/2015/07/21/trump-continues-to-unload-to-with-heavy-verbal-jabs-against-fellow-gop-candidates/

By Mario Diaz

July 21, 2015

It was PIX11 News who back on the first of July was the first report that Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city were reviewing the contracts that involved Donald Trump.  Included in the contracts, is the deal the city and Trump cut regarding the recently unveiled and highly-touted Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the Bronx. On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the following regarding the status of the review during a news conference, “I don’t have a report back yet.  My impression is that unless there has been some breaking of a contract or something that gives us a legal opportunity to act I’m not sure we have a specific course of action.”...

Meanwhile New York City Councilman Mark Levine says that momentum has grown in his “Dump Trump” campaign, “We have gotten almost universally positive feedback on our push to get Trump out of parks.”

Levine, who represents the 7th District in northern Manhattan, says the city has wide latitude to terminate the contract, “I think we need to push the envelope as far as we legally can to explore avenues to terminate these contracts, at the same time I am working with my staff to explore legislative solutions here to see if we need to amend city law.”

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ManhattanTimesNews: SBS as SOS?

By Erik Cuello

July 21, 2015

“It’s simply not justice,” argued Councilmember Mark Levine.

Elected officials and transportation advocates gathered in West Harlem on Thurs., July 16 to call for the swift completion of a dedicated bus lane for the M60 across the length of 125th Street, saying it will speed the commute for thousands of Harlem residents.

With the hum of rush-hour traffic providing the backdrop for an early morning press conference on the corner of 125th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, City Councilmembers Mark Levine and Ydanis Rodríguez, flanked by bus-improvement backers, also requested the rapid addition of ten new Select Bus Service (SBS) routes.

“This is a street where until recently, the fastest you could go on a bus was about walking speed,” said Levine, referring to the May 2014 launch of SBS service for the M60, along with a dedicated bus lane for a portion of the 125th Street route, stretching from Lenox to Third Avenues.

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Newsday: De Blasio: City won't seek future project funding from Trump

By Emily Ngo

July 21, 2015

New York City may be bound by contracts with Donald Trump, but it won't be seeking his financing for projects in the future, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday.

City Councilman Mark Levine (D-Manhattan), chair of the council's parks committee, took a stronger stance than de Blasio, launching a "Dump Trump" campaign and petition "demanding that our city immediately end its association with Trump's businesses." All of Trump's parks concessions include terminate-at-will clauses and the city should use the option to drop his association with parks attractions, Levine's petition read. The councilman called Trump's remarks "racist" and "despicable."

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CNBC: Will Trump's remarks on veterans cost him again?

By Zack Guzman

July 21, 2015

Weeks after his comments likening Mexican immigrants to criminals and rapists, which sparked a massive backlash, Donald Trump once again finds himself caught in a controversy after insinuating Sen. John McCain and other prisoners of war are only heroes because they were captured...

Councilman Mark Levine, who also chairs the Committee on Parks and Recreation, petitioned to cancel all of Trump's contracts with city parks.

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DNAinfo: City to Review Contracts With Donald Trump Following Comments on Mexicans

By Gwynne Hogan

July 2, 2015

The city will review all contracts it has with Donald Trump following disparaging comments he made about Mexicans during his announcement that he would run for president on June 16, the mayor announced Wednesday...

City Councilman Mark Levine who chairs the Parks Committee called the Parks Department to cancel the four contracts with Trump who runs has contracts at Ferry Point, Lasker Rink, Wollman Rink and Central Park Carousel.

"Mr. Trump's racist comments are despicable even by his already low standards," Levine said. "Our parks are public spaces where everyone should feel welcome and an association with Mr. Trump directly contradicts this spirit."

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West Side Rag: ‘DUMP TRUMP’ CAMPAIGN COMES TO THE UPPER WEST SIDE

By West Sider

July 20, 2015

Since he entered the presidential race, Donald Trump has gone barely a day without stirring controversy, for comments about undocumented Mexican immigrants being “rapists,” to statements about John McCain not being a hero because he was captured in Vietnam. He’s lost contracts with NBC and other companies.

After the comments about immigrants, local Councilman Mark Levine, chairman of the council’s Committee on Parks and Recreation, started pushing for the city to cancel all of Trump’s contracts with city parks — including Trump’s deals to run Wollman and Lasker Ice Rinks and the Central Park Carousel.

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Capital New York: De Blasio: Trump is a Republican problem

By Dana Rubinstein

July 20, 2015

Mayor Bill de Blasio is no fan of Donald Trump, but he's not sure the city can do anything about its existing contracts with the Republican presidential candidate, who on Saturday derided Senator John McCain's service during the Vietnam War.

After Trump's remarks about immigrants, Mark Levine, the councilman who chair the parks committee, called on New York City to abrogate its contracts with him.

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