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."

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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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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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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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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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CBS 6: There will be no future deals between the Big Apple and Trump

By CNN Wire

July 20, 2015

During a press conference on Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that while he’s uncertain whether the city can break several existing contracts with the Republican presidential hopeful, one thing is clear: There will be no future deals between the Big Apple and Trump...

New York City Councilman Mark Levine also has begun circulating a petition calling on the city to sever its ties with Trump. “Our parks are for everyone,” the Manhattan Democrat said. “Trump’s continued ownership of parks concessions runs directly contrary to that spirit.”

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