Parks Chair Levine Decries Return of the Budget Dance
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 25, 2017
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CITY HALL, NEW YORK – Following the release of Mayor de Blasio’s preliminary budget for FY 18, Council Member Mark Levine, Chair of the Parks Committee, decried the return of the “budget dance” related to funding of 150 critical parks workers. These workers perform important gardening and maintenance functions all over the city, including in parks which are part of the mayor’s signature Community Parks Initiative. In each of the past two years the City Council has had to fund these staff lines after the mayor failed to do so in his preliminary and executive budgets.
Mayor de Blasio Signs Council Member Mark Levine Legislation Enhancing the Reporting of Hate Crimes by the NYPD
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 31, 2016
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City Hall, NY – Today New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation sponsored by Council Member Mark Levine that will enhance the way the New York City Police Department (NYPD) reports hate crimes.
“Like many New Yorkers, I am proud of the fact that we live in one of the most diverse cities in the world,” said NYC Council Member Levine, Chair of the City Council Jewish Caucus. “New Yorkers represent all races, religions, nationalities, gender identities, and sexual orientations. For centuries, New York’s diversity has made us a better, stronger city. However, where there is diversity, there can also be ignorance and intolerance. The results of this are sometimes manifested in attacks on innocent people. When these hate crimes occur, they are not just an attack on innocent victims, but on the values we share as New Yorkers.”
NYC Council Member Levine and Hundreds of Street Vendor Advocates Rally at City Hall for License Expansion, Enforcement Improvements
Hundreds of street vendors and several advocacy groups attended a press conference calling for passage of the Street Vendor Modernization Act (SVMA), which raises the cap on the number of vendor licenses while improving and modernizing the rules and regulations governing the industry
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 13, 2016
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CITY HALL, NEW YORK – Today, New York City Council Member Mark Levine held a press conference on the steps of City Hall to formally announce the introduction of the Street Vending Modernization Act (SVMA), legislation that will reform street vending in New York City and create new enforcement tools.Since the 1980s there have been strict limits on the number of food carts and trucks allowed to vend on New York City streets. This supply-side limitation created a thriving black market in vending permits, which allows incumbent permit holders, many of whom do not vend anymore, to illegally rent their permits for tens of thousands of dollars. At the same time, the rules and regulations for food vending have become complicated and difficult to enforce fairly.
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