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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STATEMENT FROM COUNCIL MEMBER MARK LEVINE ON MAYOR'S VISION ZERO PLAN FOR SPEED LIMITS

"Elected officials have an obligation to families and seniors living in New York City to make our roads safe and walkable. Studies have shown that pedestrian fatality rates drop to 5-10% when the speed limit is lowered to 25mph. There is no excuse for the recent tragic and avoidable deaths that were caused by the recklessness of speeding drivers in this area. We must act now to reduce the speed limit in our streets.

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