By Emily Frost
June 18, 2015
The northern section of Central Park above 72nd Street will be permanently closed to cars beginning later this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday.
The move follows years of calls from Upper West Side politicians and residents to close the green space to traffic...
City Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal and Councilman Mark Levine, who is chairman of the Council's Parks Committee, have pushed for the entirety of Central Park to be car-free. They introduced a bill last year calling for the park to be car-free this summer, as well as for a study to be published this winter on the impact on traffic.
By Ken Coughlin
June 18, 2015
This is a historic moment. After 116 years of serving double duty as unnecessary traffic arteries, the loop drives of Central and Prospect parks will see a major reduction in vehicle traffic, with 70% of roadway space completely car-free at all times. The section of Central Park below 72nd Street and the eastern side of Prospect Park will remain open to traffic...
As was the case in 2006, the threat of City Council action prompted this year’s change. In October 2014, Council Member Helen Rosenthal, who succeeded Gale Brewer in representing Manhattan’s Upper West Side, introduced a bill calling for a summer closing of Central Park to cars. Co-sponsoring the initiative was the chair of the Council’s Parks committee, Mark Levine.
By Dow Jones Business News
June 17, 2015
New York City says Verizon Communications Inc. has failed to live up to a 2008 promise to deliver fiber-optic connections for television and high-speed Internet to anyone who wants them.
Councilman Mark Levine, who represents a large swath of Upper Manhattan, said constituents complain to him about not having fiber service and frequently ask when it is coming. His building doesn't have the service, he said.
"I think the demand is greater than they are recognizing," he said.
By Erika Wang
June 16, 2015
On Tuesday, June 16 Mayor de Blasio signed Intro. 0736 into law, establishing an Office of Civil Justice and creating a new Civil Justice Coordinator position...
The bill creating the civil justice office was sponsored by Council Member Mark Levine and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and comes as the city has been increasing funding and efforts to ensure that more low-income New Yorkers have access to attorneys in civil matters.
By Lindsay Armstrong
June 10, 2015
WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — A host of longtime retail stores are being forced to close to make way for a large restaurant on Broadway, leading officials to press for more protections for small businesses...
Levine said that communities need to raise the alarm about small businesses threatened by higher rents.
“Collectively, the businesses on this block have been in operation for over 80 years," Levine said, adding he has been working with Legal Aid's Community Development Project to support small businesses.
The Yeshiva World: Greenfield and Levine Denounce Rise in Anti-Semitic Crimes And Call for Security Guards for Schools
By The Yeshiva World
June 10, 2015
Councilman David G. Greenfield and Councilman Mark Levine condemned today the rise of anti-Semitic crimes citywide. This past year to date, anti-Semitic crimes throughout New York City have spiked 29 percent according to the NYPD's Hate Crime Task Force...
"The rise in hate crimes against Jewish New Yorkers should alarm us all," said Councilman Mark Levine, Chair of the Jewish Caucus. "We must do everything we can to reverse this trend, and to protect those most vulnerable – particularly children at Jewish schools."
By Melissa Mark-Viverito, Mark Levine, and Jumaane Williams
June 9, 2015
New York City is facing an unprecedented crisis of affordability. Skyrocketing costs of living citywide threaten to price working families out of their longtime homes and communities. At the same time, thousands of affordable housing units, created as a safeguard against demanding market forces, lapse out of rent regulation laws...
By Juan Garnham
June 8, 2015
A partir de hoy la Junta de Regulación de Rentas realizará reuniones públicas para saber cuánto subirá el arriendo en las viviendas reguladas...
Al respecto, el concejal Mark Levine, quien dará testimonio en la reunión de hoy, invitó a la gente a asistir a estas reuniones y a apoyar a los inquilinos, ya que esto puede balancear hacia un lado u otro las posiciones en la junta. “El año pasado la diferencia fue de un solo voto, que se decidió en el último momento. Estoy seguro de que este año va a pasar lo mismo”, explicó Levine. “Si mostramos un gran nivel de apoyo, esto puede decidir el voto final. Con muchos inquilinos ahí, podemos asegurar un resultado bueno”.
By Emma Whitford
May 27, 2015
At a City Hall Parks and Recreation hearing yesterday, councilmembers grilled Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver on the preliminary 2016 executive budget, which they fear will leave city parks short on Parks Enforcement Patrol (PEP) officers...
"New Yorkers who are not fortunate enough to live next to a park which receives significant private contributions face the realities of our city's underinvestment in parks every day," said Parks Committee Chair, Councilmember Mark Levine, whose district includes Morningside Park and Riverside Park.
By Gloria Pazmino
May 27, 2015
The City Council on Wednesday passed a bill to create the city’s first Office of Civil Justice Coordinator to help New Yorkers facing eviction, bankruptcy or child custody proceedings receive legal counsel.
The bill, which was co-sponsored by Councilman Mark Levine, would create an office within the Human Resources Administration and have a budget of about $2 million. The office would work with city agencies to collaborate with nonprofits, pro bono programs and advise the mayor on implementing legal services as well as make budget recommendations.