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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NY1: Despite Demand for Select Bus Service Lines, Rollout is Often Slow

By Jose Martinez

July 16, 2015

Select Bus Service lines have commuters moving more quickly along eight routes citywide, but for riders who could use more of the buses that make fewer stops and allow for pre-boarding fare payment and entering from any door, the rollout hasn't been quite as swift.

"In my district, there's no shortage of places which are crying out for this kind of improved bus service. On 135th Street, on 145th Street, on 155th Street," says Councilman Mark Levine.

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City Limits: Groups Scramble to Fight Students’ Literacy Slip Over Summer Break

By Patrick Donachie

July 16, 2015

Students, parents and educators were to meet at seven different areas in the city, where they'd board subways for City Hall enjoying live storybook readings along the way. Jennifer John, Literacy Inc.'s deputy executive director, said the event illustrated the organization's increased emphasis on summer reading...

City Council Member Mark Levine, one of the speakers at Literacy Inc.'s City Hall event, lamented that the widening literacy gap wasn't given greater focus.

"It's incredible we haven't devoted more resources to this," he said. "Kids spend 80 percent of their life outside of school. I don't see any way to close the achievement gap that doesn't capitalize on that."

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DNAinfo: Harlem Politicians Call for Bus Lanes to be Expanded Along 125th Street

By Gustavo Solis

July 16, 2015

Local politicians called for better bus service on 125th Street and said bus-only lanes need to expand west beyond Lenox Avenue as soon as possible.

City Councilmen Mark Levine and Ydanis Rodriguez called for the expansion at a press conference at 125th Street and Amsterdam Avenue during the morning rush hour. They were joined by transit advocates who have been calling for more selected bus service throughout the city.

“There is no logical reason to oppose extending this bus lane,” said Levine, who has been fighting for the lane since Spring 2014. “If we don’t put in the work orders now then we are going to loose another year because we can’t do this when it’s cold out.”

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StreetsBlog: Levine and Rodriguez Press DOT to Implement West Harlem Bus Lanes ASAP

By Stephen Miller

July 16, 2015

Council Member Mark Levine speaks in support of bus lanes on 125th Street in West Harlem. He was joined by Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez and advocates from Riders Alliance, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Transportation Alternatives, and StreetsPAC. Photo: Stephen Miller

Transit advocates and Upper Manhattan elected officials gathered this morning at the corner of Amsterdam Avenue and 125th Street to urge DOT to extend bus lanes on 125th Street to West Harlem as soon as possible.

The city installed bus lanes on 125th east of Lenox Avenue last spring, and DOT says they will be extended west to Morningside Avenue next month. Given the contentious history of the project, however, local electeds who support the bus lanes don’t want to take any chances. Earlier this month, Council Member Mark Levine and State Senator Adriano Espaillat sent a letter to DOT stressing the need to follow through on the project [PDF].

“Look, the politics of this are always complicated. If they weren’t, we wouldn’t be fighting over it,” Levine said this morning. “There’s still a very entrenched car culture in this city, and for years the car has been king. And that’s how we made policy.”

Levine is worried that further delay could push the bus lane project into next year. “We’re going to keep the pressure on every day until the work is completed,” he said. “That’s my commitment.”

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New York Daily News: Transit advocates say NYC needs more express bus lanes

BY DAN RIVOLI , LAURA BULT

July 16, 2015

City Council Member, Mark Levine speaks at a press conference on the corner of 125th St and Amsterdam Ave. Politicians and advocates are calling on the city to increase fast bus services in the area.

The city needs to step on the gas to bring additional speedy bus routes to city streets, transit advocates and pols said Thursday.

The city was recently permitted 10 more Select Bus Service routes, which accelerate travel with bus lanes and off-board fare payment.

“We want to see this done everywhere in the city,” Councilman Mark Levine (D-Harlem) said.

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New York Post: You’re not the only one who can’t stand the nonstop construction

By Yoav Gonen

July 3, 2015

The city’s round-the-clock construction boom has sent noise complaints soaring to record highs, topping 53,600 over the past fiscal year, stats show...

With construction increasing, lawmakers introduced legislation in May to limit noise at work sites within 75 feet of a school.

City Councilman Mark Levine (D) said the bill was prompted by the construction of a 20-foot tower next door to PS 163 in his district on the Upper West Side.
“We believe this is becoming more common as the construction boom gains speed all over the city,” Levine said.

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Capital New York: Mark-Viverito says Trump should be a ‘pariah’

By Gloria Pazmino

July 2, 2015

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is hoping the city will sever ties with the Trump Organization following an announcement by the de Blasio administration this week that it is reviewing city contracts with Donald Trump’s enterprises...

Not long after the speaker's remarks, another Council member, Mark Levine, chair of the Council's parks committee, said the city should terminate all of Trump's park concessions. "Mr. Trump's racist comments are despicable even by his already low standards," said Levine, a Manhattan Democrat. "Our parks are public spaces where everyone should feel welcome and an association with Mr. Trump directly contradicts this spirit. All of Mr. Trump's parks concessions include terminate-at-will clauses. The Parks Department should exercise this option to sever all ties with Mr. Trump immediately."

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New York Daily News: Manhattan pols pushing for bus-only lane for congested 125th Street corridor

By Dan Rivoli

July 2, 2015

The heart of Harlem is too clogged for buses.

Two pols representing the west side want to speed up travel times for riders with a bus-only lane throughout the entire 125th Street corridor.

Manhattan Democrats Councilman Mark Levine and State Sen. Adriano Espaillat pushed the bus lane in a letter Thursday to the Department of Transportation commissioner for Manhattan, Margaret Forgione.

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El Diario: Trabajadores mexicanos en NYC preparan ofensiva contra Trump

Por Zaira Cortes

Jul 2, 2015

Activistas y trabajadores mexicanos del área triestatal convocaron a una demostración para este viernes 3 de julio frente a la Torre Trump, en la Quinta avenida, para protestar por las declaraciones antiinmigrantes que hizo el magnate de bienes raíces en su discurso del 26, cuando lanzó su candidatura para la presidencia.

“Los comentarios racistas del señor Trump son despreciables incluso para sus bajos estándares”, manifestó el concejal Mark Levine, quien preside la Comisión de Parques. “Nuestros parques son espacios públicos donde todos se deberían sentir bienvenidos y la asociación con el señor Trump directamente contradice este espíritu”.

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