Council Holds Hearing on Levine Bill to Create Office of Civil Justice

New Office Will Help Expand Legal Representation to All Low-Income Tenants in Housing Court


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 15

CONTACT: Tyrone Stevens 917-842-5748 / tstevens@council.nyc.gov

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.

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Levine, Council Stand up for Critical Parks Priorities in Budget Response

Council Calls on Mayor to Restore Funding for Key Parks Initiatives in Funding Proposal

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 14

CONTACT: Tyrone Stevens (917) 842-5748 / tstevens@council.nyc.gov

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.

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Levine to Hold First Ever Participatory Budget Vote in 7th Council District

District 7 Residents to Decide How to Spend $1 Million in the Community

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 7 

CONTACT: Tyrone Stevens (CM Levine) 917-842-5748 / tstevens@council.nyc.gov

NEW YORK -- City Council Member Mark Levine announced that he will hold the first ever participatory budget vote for District 7 residents who are 14 and older from April 11 to April 19. Participatory Budgeting empowers local residents to vote for project proposals developed by community stakeholders that they would like to see funded. Voters will be able to choose their top five selections out of 16 project proposals to decide how to spend $1 million of public money.

“Participatory budgeting engages regular people in the governing process and gives them the tools to decide what improvements they’d like to see in their neighborhood. Many of the creative project proposals on the ballot would not have come to light without input from the community. I’m proud to offer District 7 residents the opportunity to directly decide what they’d like to see funded by their own tax dollars,” said Council Member Mark Levine.

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LEVINE DECRIES RETURN OF "BUDGET DANCE" TO NYC PARKS BUDGET

LEVINE CALLS FOR INCREASED PARK FUNDS IN PRELIMINARY PARKS BUDGET HEARING FOR FISCAL YEAR 2016


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 March 9, 2015

CONTACT:
 Aya Keefe (212) 788-7007 / akeefe@council.nyc.gov

NEW YORK -- This morning, City Council Member Mark Levine led the first hearing for the Parks and Recreation Committee on  the Fiscal 2016 Preliminary Budget for the Department of Parks and Recreation. Council Member Levine  called for restoration of last year’s budget increases, including funding for the Mayor’s Community Parks Initiative, which focuses on low and middle-income parks, as well as funding for additional  gardeners, maintenance workers, and PEP officers.  In his opening statement, Levine highlighted new priorities for FY16 including investment in mid-size parks, community gardens, urban parks rangers and playground associates. Levine also called for increased funding to ensure beaches and pools remain open longer for children.

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COALITION FOR JUSTICE IN HOUSING COURT LAUDS DE BLASIO INITIATIVE TO PROVIDE LEGAL SERVICES FOR TENANTS IN NEWLY REZONED NEIGHBORHOODS

 

ADVOCATES AND ELECTEDS LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH ADMINISTRATION TO FURTHER EXPAND THE PROGRAM TO INCLUDE ALL LOW-INCOME TENANTS 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, February 3rd  

CONTACT: Jordan Levine (CM Levine) 917-842-5748 / jlevine@council.nyc.gov

NEW YORK -- Today in his State of the City address, Mayor de Blasio announced an initiative to invest $36 million in legal services for tenants in newly rezoned neighborhoods. Through outside groups like the Legal Aid Society, the program will help residents fight harassment by landlords, who might be eager to harass and evict tenants to take advantage of the higher rents that often accompany a rezoning.

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DIVERSE COALITION OF NATIONAL EXPERTS EXAMINES RIGHT TO COUNSEL IN NYC

TENANTS AND ELECTED OFFICIALS CALL ON ADMINISTRATION TO PASS AND FUND INTRO 214 AT MIDDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, December 5, 2014 

CONTACT: Jordan Levine 917-392-8965 / jlevine@council.nyc.gov

NEW YORK -- Fewer than 10 percent of tenants in housing court in the five boroughs have the benefit of legal counsel. In contrast, upwards of 90 percent of landlords citywide have representation. This makes housing court in New York City a dramatically uneven playing field. 

The imbalance in housing court carries a heavy toll for tenants: in 2013 there were nearly 30,000 families evicted from their homes in New York City. This figure is steadily rising, up more than 20 percent in the past decade. These evictions contribute to our record homeless population and the city's rapid loss of affordable housing.

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COUNCIL PASSES LEVINE’S BILL TO TRIPLE THE NUMBER OF ACCESSIBLE PEDESTRIAN SIGNALS

 

DOT COMMITTS $1.75 MILLION FOR ADDITIONAL INSTALLATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, November 24, 2014

CONTACT: Jordan Levine (CM Levine) 917-842-5748 / jlevine@council.nyc.gov

NEW YORK -- Today, the New York City Council passed Intro 216, which triples the number of Accessible Pedestrian Signal (APS) installations around the city to 75 per year beginning in 2015. In 2012, the Council took the first step to address this critical safety issue by passing Local Law 21, which required DOT to install 25 APS devices per year in the areas deemed to be of the highest risk and with the greatest crossing difficulties.

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PUBLIC SCHOOL PARENTS AND ELECTED OFFICIALS RALLY FOR BANNING HAZARDOUS CONSTRUCTION NOISE NEAR SCHOOLS

 

Bill to Protect School Children from Negative Impacts of Major Construction Projects has 13 Co-Sponsors Including Environmental Conservation Committee Chair

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 

CONTACT:   Jordan Levine 917-842-5748 / jlevine@council.nyc.gov

NEW YORK -- Today, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Congressman Jerry Nadler, City Council Members Mark Levine and Helen Rosenthal, State Senator Adriano Espaillat and State Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell rallied with parents and children at the racially diverse P.S. 163 pre-kindergarten and elementary school on West 97th Street to call on the City Council to pass Council Member Levine’s legislation to protect school children across our city from the serious harms of major construction projects.

Intro 420 would require any construction next to a public school to limit the noise impact in classrooms to below 45 decibels, the maximum permitted noise level for a school under state guidance. According to The National Academies Press, children learn by listening and background noise can lessen the level of educational attainment of a student by interfering with their perception of speech. It is important that students are able to fully understand the lectures and comments of their teachers and classmates in order to appropriately learn the material at hand.

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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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