By Nikita Stewart
April 24, 2015
Citing the effect of global warming, Councilman Mark D. Levine is trying to change the tradition of closing the pools and beaches on Labor Day. He wants the City Council to pass a law keeping them open until the first day of public school, and then on the weekends through Sept. 30.
“Now’s the time for an update,” Mr. Levine, chairman of the Committee on Parks and Recreation, said in an interview.
April 14, 2015
Daneek Miller, Queens City Council Member, Ydanis Rodriguez, Manhattan City Council member, and Mark Levine, Manhattan City Council member, discuss the participatory budget process, which allows anyone over the age of 14 who lives in a New York City district to vote on the allocation of $1 million for community improvement to parks, libraries, streets and more. Voting takes place from April 11 to 19.
By Ariela Martin
April 13, 2015
Local politicians hope that participatory budgeting—a process that allows West Harlem residents to vote on neighborhood improvement projects—will increase voter participation. City council member Mark Levine, who represents West Harlem and Hamilton Heights, is spearheading the program...
“This is proof that people come up with amazingly creative and powerful ideas that we probably would not have thought of had it not been for this grassroots leadership,” Levine said at the event.
By Eliza Shapiro
April 10, 2015
The school choice advocacy group Democracy Builders and the New York City Council are highlighting the issue of "backfill," or refilling vacated charter school seats with new students—a longtime source of contention among the city's charter sector...
"If all you know about a school's performance is their test scores you don't have the full picture," Levine said in an interview on Thursday. "A school that performs well while backfilling is really achieving something impressive, while a school achieving high numbers without backfilling are effectively whittling down to a less representative mix of students."
By Gustavo Solis
April 2, 2015
HAMILTON HEIGHTS — A public greenhouse, 100 trees, and a technology center for children are some of the projects proposed in the district's first go at participatory budgeting.
The program, in which City Council members set aside $1 million of their budget to let the community decide what to do with it, has been in New York City since 2011. This is the first time Councilman Mark Levine has participated.
“The ideas that have been put forward, some of them are really out of the box and original and innovating and they probably would not have emerged if it wasn’t for community input,” he said.
By David Zeiler
April 1, 2015
The price of Bitcoin stands to get a boost this year from an unlikely source – state and local governments.At least two states, New Hampshire and Utah, have bills under consideration that would make it possible for citizens to pay taxes and fees in Bitcoin. New York City has proposed similar legislation...
"It started with realizing how much money the city of New York is losing on transaction fees on credit cards, ultimately it's several million a year because of all sorts of fees and fines," Levine told CoinDesk last month.
by Yoav Gonen
April 1, 2015
Two city lawmakers want to raise the certification requirements for plumbers doing gas work, in legislation drafted long before last week’s explosion in the East Village.
“This bill creates a robust standard for who can do this sensitive and potentially deadly work,” said Levine, who introduced the legislation at Tuesday’s council meeting.
By Dana Rubinstein
March 31, 2015
The Shadows cast on parks by tall buildings are about to come under City Council scrutiny...
Councilman Mark Levine introduced legislation that would create a task force to examine what he described, in an interview, as "the looming threat of shadows falling on our parks from the rising number of skyscrapers. It would "get us talking about this and tracking it and exploring possible solutions"
Daily News: People facing noncriminal legal issues can be connected with lawyers under proposed bill
By Erin Durkin
March 30, 2015
A new city office to connect people facing noncriminal legal issues with lawyers would be created under a bill to be introduced in the City Council Tuesday...
“In criminal court you have the right to an attorney,” said Councilman Mark Levine (D-Manhattan), noting that should be the case with other legal matters as well.
Only 11 percent of young New Yorkers voted in the last citywide elections. City residents between 18- and 30-years-old have the lowest voter turnout of any age or socioeconomic group. They are also least likely to be registered to vote...
Council Member Mark Levine also spoke to history, and said that there is a need to change the current culture around voting in the city and the country. "The generation that came of age long after the Civil Rights Movement has taken this right for granted, this hard-fought right that many people marched for and some even died for. And if we're gonna change the culture, that has to start with young people and young leaders," he said.