DE BLASIO ADMINISTRATION, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY COUNCIL, LAUNCHES COMMUNITY PARKS INITIATIVE TO BUILD MORE INCLUSIVE AND EQUITABLE PARK SYSTEM

Levine: “Multi-faceted plan is a major step forward towards the goal of equity for all our city’s vital green spaces.”

NEW YORK -- Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, New York City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito and Council Member Levine, Chair of the Committee on Parks and Recreation announced a huge step forward in addressing parks equity. Standing at Bowne Playground in Queens, the Mayor and the City Council announced the Community Parks Initiative (CPI), which will target 35 small, neighborhood parks through a $130 million capital investment. The framework represents a commitment to increasing the accessibility and quality of those parks that serve all of New York City's diverse constituencies in neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs.

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Council Member Mark Levine’s Floor Comments on Resolution 418 Calling on the New York State to Expand the Compassionate Care Act, Which Legalized Medicinal Marijuana

September 23, 2014

I would like to call your attention to Resolution 418 calling upon the New York State Legislature and the Governor to expand the Compassionate Care Act, which legalized medicinal marijuana. On July 7th, the Governor signed the Act into law, making New York the 23rd state to legalize medicinal marijuana. While this was a major step forward for our state and affirms consensus within the medical community on the therapeutic value of medicinal marijuana, there are some major imperfections with this law:

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COUNCIL MEMBER LEVINE, RELIEF ORGANIZATIONS PRESENT FAMILIES AFFECTED BY HAMILTON HEIGHTS FIRE WITH MONETARY DONATIONS AND GOODS COLLECTED AFTER THE BLAZE

COUNCIL MEMBER LEVINE, RELIEF ORGANIZATIONS PRESENT FAMILIES AFFECTED BY HAMILTON HEIGHTS FIRE WITH MONETARY DONATIONS AND GOODS COLLECTED AFTER THE BLAZE 

COMMUNITY, FDNY, JETBLUE AND COUNTLESS OTHERS CAME TOGETHER IN TIME OF NEED FOR VICTIMS 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: THURSDAY, AUGUST 27TH

CONTACT: Jordan Levine, 917-842-5748 

NEW YORK – In the wake of a tragic fire that took the life of fifteen-year-old Melissa Mendez and left nearly seventy others homeless last week, Council Member Mark Levine, donors and relief organizations presented these victims with donations and other aid to help them recover at the Church of the Annunciation. Over one hundred community members came together to donate clothes, household goods, school supplies, and thousands of dollars.

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City Council Funds Anti-Eviction Legal Services at Highest Rate Ever

Mark-Viverito, Gibson, Williams, Levin, Mendez, Rosenthal, Torres, and Levine Join Together to  Support Low-Income Tenants in Housing Court 

NEW YORK -- The City Council has funded almost $12 million in initiatives to support and expand legal services in this year's budget. This is in addition to a consolidation of $7.5 million for legal services under the Human Resources Administration, which represents a $1 million increase.

Anti-eviction legal services will receive $5 million, an unprecedented level of funding. This allocation represents a restoration of $2 million and an enhancement of $3 million by the City Council. The program provides legal assistance to low-and moderate-income families and Single Room Occupancy housing tenants faced with illegal evictions from their homes. Providers of this service include: Legal Services NYC, the Goddard Riverside Community Center, Brooklyn Legal Services, the Legal Aid Society, and MFY Legal Services. Council Member Levine was the lead sponsor of this initiative.

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STATE SENATOR ADRIANO ESPAILLAT, NYC PARKS COMMITTEE CHAIR MARK LEVINE & COUNCIL MEMBER YDANIS RODRIGUEZ PRAISE NYPD'S "SWIFT ACTION" IN UPTOWN ASSAULT

34th Precinct Have Suspect in Custody, Hours After Incident Occurred

New York, NY--Hours after a sexual assault took place in the Anne Loftus Playground in Fort Tryon Park in Northern Manhattan, police have detained a suspect. State Senator Adriano Espaillat; NYC Parks Committee Chair, Council Member Mark Levine; and NYC Council Member Rodriguez issued this statement:

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ESPAILLAT AND LEVINE HAIL MORNINGSIDE AVE TRAFFIC SAFETY PLAN BREAKTHROUGH

New York, NY – Manhattan Community Board 10 voted last night to approve the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) proposed traffic calming measures along Morningside Avenue from 116th Street to 126th Street.

Senator Adriano Espaillat and Council Member Mark Levine have repeatedly pushed for the plan’s approval, writing to DOT Commissioner Trottenberg after initial delays in January 2013, and again in May when it appeared the vote would be delayed indefinitely to affirm their support.

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COUNCIL MEMBER LEVINE RESPONDS TO NYPD RAID IN GRANT AND MANHATTANVILLE HOUSES

Levine Calls for an Increase in Youth Development Programming to Curb Future Violence

NEW YORK -- Earlier today, the New York City Police Department raided two New York City Housing Authority complexes in West Harlem. More than 100 suspected gang members at Manhattanville Houses and Ulysses S. Grant Houses were brought into custody by a team of law enforcement officials.

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Parks Committee Chair Council Member Mark Levine and City Council Members Call for Over $27 Million Down Payment on Park Equity Agenda

Ten Percent of Total Council Request - Increase at the Crux of Parks Equity Argument Following Hearing

NEW YORK – As Chair of the City Council Parks Committee, Council Member Mark Levine (D - 7th district) has called for an increase in funds to achieve greater equity in the parks system. Yesterday,  the New York City Council released its response to the preliminary budget calling for an over $27 million increase in the Park’s Department budget. Release of the response followed Wednesday’s hearing on “Equity in Parks: Do Disparities Exist in the Care of the City’s Open Space?

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Council Member Mark Levine’s Statement on the Appointment of Mitchell Silver as Parks Commissioner

This is a great day for New York City’s parks.  The appointment of Mitchell Silver as Parks commissioner is the perfect way for the department to start the spring.   Mr. Silver’s expertise on planning issues in New York City and beyond will give him valuable perspective.  I have witnessed Mr. Silver’s effectiveness first hand, during his time leading planning for West Harlem Piers, a beloved waterfront park in my district.    His passion for parks and his commitment to equity perfectly position him to tackle the significant challenges facing the department.  I couldn’t be more excited  to work with him.

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Council Member Levine Celebrates Dominican Independence Day and Dominican Heritage Month with fellow Community Leaders

Commends State Assembly for passing the DREAM Act and Calls upon the State Senate to bring to a vote

NEW YORK – Today Council Member Mark Levine (D - 7th district) celebrates Dominican Independence Day and the broader Dominican Heritage Month at Alianza Dominicana alongside community leaders and other elected officials. This year’s celebration also coincides with the passage of the New York State Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act (A.2597-A) in the New York State Assembly with an 82 - 46 vote.

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