Opening Statement on Parks Preliminary Budget

COMMITTEE ON PARKS AND RECREATION

FISCAL 2017 PRELIMINARY BUDGET HEARING

March 3, 2016

 HON. MARK D. LEVINE, CHAIR

 OPENING  STATEMENT

Good morning, and welcome to the Parks and Recreation Committee’s Hearing on the Fiscal 2017 Preliminary Budget and the Fiscal 2016 Preliminary Mayor’s Management Report for the Department of Parks and Recreation. My name is Mark Levine and I am the Chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee.

 

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Opening Statement on Bill to Mitigate Park Shadows from Supertall Towers

COMMITTEE ON PARKS AND RECREATION

PROPOSED INT. 737-2015

NOVEMBER 12, 2015

HON. MARK D. LEVINE, CHAIR

OPENING  STATEMENT

Good Morning, I am Mark Levine, Chair of the Committee on Parks & Recreation.  At today’s hearing we will focus on Int. No. 737, a bill that would require the creation of an inter-agency task force to study the effect of shadows cast by tall buildings over City parkland.  

 

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Opening Statement on Bill to Slash Recreation Center Membership Fees for Veterans and People with Disabilites

COMMITTEE ON PARKS AND RECREATION

PROPOSED INT. 856-2015

OCTOBER 2, 2015

HON. MARK D. LEVINE, CHAIR

OPENING  STATEMENT

Good afternoon, I am Mark Levine, Chair of the Committee on Parks & Recreation.

At today’s hearing we will focus on Int No. 856, a bill that I am proud to be co-sponsoring with Council Member Eric Ulrich, Chair of the Committee on Veterans. This bill will require the Parks Department to discount membership fees at its recreation centers for veterans and for persons with disabilities.  

 

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Opening Statement on Intro 154: A Bill to Improve Parks Maintenance Reporting

COMMITTEE ON PARKS AND RECREATION

PROPOSED INT. 154-2015

JUNE 19, 2015

HON. MARK D. LEVINE, CHAIR

OPENING  STATEMENT

Good Afternoon. My name is Mark Levine, and I am the Chair of the City Council’s Committee on Parks & Recreation. I want to welcome you to our hearing on Proposed Int. No. 154-A, whose lead sponsor is my colleague Council Member Brad Lander. This bill would require the Parks Department (DPR) to provide an annual report to the Mayor and Council on maintenance spending on a park-by-park basis, and would require regular online posting of  updates regarding capital projects.

 

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FY16 Parks Department Executive Budget Opening Statement

COMMITTEE ON PARKS AND RECREATION

AND

FINANCE COMMITTEE

FISCAL YEAR 2016 EXECUTIVE BUDGET HEARING

MAY 26, 2015

HON. MARK D. LEVINE, CHAIR

OPENING  STATEMENT

Good afternoon. I would like to welcome everyone to today’s joint hearing of the Finance and Parks and Recreation Committees on the Fiscal 2016 Executive Budget for the Department of Parks and Recreation. My name is Mark Levine and I am the Chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee.

Today, we will hear testimony from the Department of Parks and Recreation on the Fiscal 2016 Executive Budget as it relates to the Department’s Expense and Capital Budgets and general agency operations.


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Beach and Pool Hearing Opening Statement

COMMITTEE ON PARKS AND RECREATION

HEARING ON EXTENDING BEACH AND POOL SEASON (INT. NO 629)

April 22, 2015

HON. MARK D. LEVINE, CHAIR

OPENING  STATEMENT

Good Afternoon, my name is Mark Levine, and I am the Chair of the City Council’s Committee on Parks & Recreation. Today, the Parks Committee will consider Int. No. 629, a bill that I have introduced, which would extend the City’s beach and pool season from its usual end on Labor Day through the end of September.  I want to acknowledge the role of Public Advocate Tish James in calling the city’s attention to this issue and her important role in supporting and co-sponsoring this legislation.

New York City’s beaches and outdoor pools have always served as powerfully democratizing institutions.  For millions of New Yorkers who can’t afford to vacation in the Hamptons or take a cruise in the Caribbean, these resources offer fabulous summer recreation opportunities right here in the the five boroughs--accessible for the price of a MetroCard, free to enter, open to everybody...no matter how rich or poor.

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Opening Statement on Intro 384-A


PARKS COMMITTEE HEARS LEVINE AND LANDER BILL TO INCREASE TRANSPARENCY IN CONSERVANCY SPENDING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 29th 2014

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

NEW YORK -- Today, the City Council’s Committee on Parks and Recreation heard Council Member Lander and Levine's bill, Intro 384-A, which aims to clarify and improve the current law on the reporting of private funding to City parks.

In 2008, the City Council enacted Local Law 28, intended to increase reporting on these donations and their sources, a first step toward integrating conservancy spending into the broader parks system. The Parks Department’s interpretation of the law, however, has resulted in annual reports that only include money transferred from conservancies to the Parks Department.

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The State of Natural Areas Under the Care of the Parks Department

Opening Statement

Committee on Parks and Recreation

The State of Natural Areas Under the Care of the Parks Department

December 16, 2014

Good Morning, I am Mark Levine, Chair of the City Council’s Committee on Parks & Recreation.  I want to welcome you to our hearing on New York City’s natural areas, in which we’ll be examining the state of these vital resources, the conservancy created to protect them, and the groundbreaking surveys underway to assess and catalogue their ecology.

Much of the outside world--and even a few New Yorkers--think of our city as a concrete jungle.  With 8.4 million people packed into an area of only 305 square miles, it would be easy to assume that every inch of land here must be fully built up.  Yet within the five boroughs there are no less than 10,000 acres of undeveloped parkland, including forests, river systems, fresh-water wetlands, and salt-water marshes.

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NYCHA Annual Plan Testimony for FY15

TESTIMONY OF COUNCIL MEMBER MARK LEVINE REGARDING THE NYCHA DRAFT FY2015 ANNUAL AND FIVE-YEAR PLAN

July 24, 2014

My name is Mark Levine and I represent the 7th City Council district, a diverse community comprised of West Harlem, Morningside Heights, Washington Heights, and part of the Upper West Side. Within my district there are over 12,000 residents living in roughly 5,000 New York City Housing Authority apartments, in developments such as the General Ulysses S. Grant Houses, Manhattanville Rehab and Houses, and Frederick Douglass Houses.

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OPENING STATEMENT: COMMITTEE ON PARKS AND RECREATION FISCAL 2015 PRELIMINARY BUDGET HEARING

 Good afternoon, my name is Mark Levine and I am the Chair of the City Council’s Parks and Recreation Committee. I would like to welcome you all to the Committee’s Hearing on the Fiscal 2015 Preliminary Budget and the Fiscal 2014 Preliminary Mayor’s Management Report for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

In accordance with the budget process as mandated by the City Charter--which will ultimately lead to the adoption of the Fiscal 2015 budget--today we will hear testimony from the Department of Parks and Recreation on its Expense and Capital Budgets for FY 2015.

 

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