Statement from Council Member Mark Levine on Neutrality Agreement Reached Between Barnard Contingent Faculty UAW Local 2110 and the Barnard College Administration
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 20, 2015
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“I congratulate Barnard Contingent Faculty UAW Local 2110 and the Barnard College Administration for reaching a neutrality agreement that will allow the contingent faculty to decide whether or not to form a union. The administration is doing the right thing by refraining from any actions that would influence the free choice of the contingent faculty. Unions continue to play a pivotal role in promoting dignity, decent wages and a fair shake for working people in all parts of our economy. And UAW Local 2110 has consistently been a strong voice for its workers as well as a leader in promoting women in leadership positions. I applaud their steadfast efforts to secure a vote on unionization and I commend President Spar for making clear that the contingent faculty can exercise their right without pressure from anyone at the college.”
New York - “I am thrilled that the City Council has restored funding for gardeners and maintenance workers--saving 150 vitally needed jobs, and protecting a critical resource for parks in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. I am also excited that we will be extending the beach season, allowing countless New Yorkers to enjoy these resources for a week past Labor Day," said Council Member Mark Levine.
Members of City Council Jewish Caucus, Council Member Miller and Council Speaker Mark-Viverito Welcome Lassana Bathily to City Hall
City Council Jewish Caucus Chair Mark Levine, Council Member Mark Treyger, Council Member Daneek Miller and Council Speaker Hail Heroism of Muslim Man Who Saved Jewish Shoppers From Terrorists
New York - On Friday, June 12, Chair of the City Council Jewish Caucus Mark Levine and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, welcomed Lassana Bathily to City Hall. Bathily, a young Muslim man whose heroism saved Jewish shoppers from terrorists during an attack on a Kosher supermarket in eastern Paris in January, hid the shoppers in a storage room until authorities could respond.
Council Member Levine and Legal Aid Society Partner to Help Local Minority-Owned Small Businesses Facing Eviction
Stronger Protections for Small Businesses Called for After Washington Heights Businesses Suddenly Issued Eviction Notices
New York -- On Wednesday, City Council Member Mark Levine, attorneys from The Legal Aid Society, and small businesses from uptown Manhattan gathered to announce collaborative efforts to provide legal assistance through The Legal Aid Society’s Community Development Project to six businesses facing eviction. The landlord, Coltown Properties, is preparing to evict a large group of Latino-owned businesses in Washington Heights.Read more
Local Elected Officials, Parents and Concerned Community Members Urge NYC Administration of Children's Services to Accept Nasry’s Appeal
NEW YORK -- On Thursday, May 28, City Council Member Mark Levine, State Senator Adriano Espaillat, and dozens of concerned parents and members of the community rallied at Nasry Michelen Day Care (Nasry) and called on the New York City Administration of Children’s Services (ACS) to reconsider their decision not to award a new Early Learn day care contract to Nasry. Nasry, a fixture of the Harlem community for more than 30 years, was the first Dominican-founded day care center in New York City.
Without a new contract, Nasry would be moved from its current site and could be forced to cease operations. ACS issued a request for proposals for a host of day care centers in a process that treated providers who’ve served in a community for decades exactly the same as providers who served in the same area for a only a brief period. Competing with larger, well resourced providers, Nasry, a small single-site center, scored 91 points out of a potential 100 on their proposal to ACS--an impressive and near perfect score. The decision regarding Nasry’s appeal stands to impact over 150 children, and would affect more than 350 family members.
Green Space Advocates Create Pop-up Park at City Hall in Demonstration Against Executive Budget Cuts
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 27
NEW YORK -- On Wednesday, May 27, City Council Parks Committee Chair Mark Levine, and New Yorkers for Parks alongside elected officials and more than 100 people from across the city, representing community gardeners, park users, church groups, and New Yorkers who care about their parks, gathered today to show their passionate support for our city’s green spaces. Parks supporters from across the city called on the Administration to fund key initiatives for public green spaces to address the equity gap. There are currently hundreds of struggling parks in low and moderate income communities that have fallen behind highly funded parks in wealthier areas.
“Our parks budget lags behind most other cities in America, further increasing the gap between hundreds of struggling parks in low and moderate income communities and highly funded parks in wealthier areas. While there is some good news in this budget on PEP officers and tree maintenance, the broader imperative of closing the parks equity gap in our city remains largely unaddressed. The budget includes cuts to the important Community Parks Initiative and leaves out badly needed funding for gardeners and maintenance workers. This budget also fails to fund community gardens, playground associates and an extension of the beach and pool season," said Council Member Mark Levine, Chair of the City Council Parks Committee. "We can only close the parks equity gap in low and moderate income neighborhoods through robust investment in our vital green spaces. I look forward to working with the administration, parks advocates and my colleagues in the Council towards achieving these goals in the final budget.”Read more
NYC Council Jewish Caucus, Coalition of Council Members and Community Advocates Call on City to Support Holocaust Survivors
On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Seventy Years Later, 30,000 NYC Holocaust Survivors Live in Poverty
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 16
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NEW YORK -- Chair of the City Council Jewish Caucus Mark Levine announced today that the the New York City Council’s Jewish Caucus, along with a bloc of city elected officials, the Survivor Initiative and advocacy organizations held a rally in support of the New York City Council Survival Initiative on the steps of City Hall. The coalition of elected officials and advocates called for $1.5 million of public investment to help all Holocaust survivors living in poverty.
Seventy years after the United States put an end to World War II and revealed the horrors of the Holocaust, 30,000 survivors are living near, at or below the federal poverty line in New York City. Founded in 2012, the Survivor Initiative is a volunteer-led national effort that reaches across generations to raise awareness and funds for Holocaust survivors living in poverty. In conjunction with its partners, the Survivor Initiative has catalyzed millions of private dollars raised for survivors and is calling on the City to do their share.Read more
New Office Will Help Expand Legal Representation to All Low-Income Tenants in Housing Court
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 15
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NEW YORK -- On Wednesday, April 15th, City Council Member Mark Levine announced that the Committee on Courts and Legal Services chaired by Council Member Rory Lancman, held a hearing on Intro 736, a bill Council Member Levine introduced with City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to establish a new Office of Civil Justice. The office will be charged with assessing the need for civil legal services throughout New York City.
The hearing featured testimony from tenants, housing advocates, and experts in the field of civil law and housing, who together, delivered a strong rationale for creating the Office of Civil Justice. Among the witnesses was Human Resources Administration (HRA) Commissioner Steven Banks, whose remarks emphasized the essential need for expanding civil legal help.
Commissioner Banks also spoke of the Administration’s support for the framework provided by Intro 736, which will allow efforts already underway at HRA to expand civil legal services to continue.Read more
Council Calls on Mayor to Restore Funding for Key Parks Initiatives in Funding Proposal
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 14
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New York -- City Council Parks Committee Chair Mark Levine announced today that in its Budget Response to the Mayor’s Preliminary Budget, the City Council is advocating for restoration of funding to critical parks programs. The Council’s proposal would enhance crucial public investment focused on low- and middle-income parks, as well as funding for additional gardeners, maintenance workers and PEP officers throughout the city.