City Council Member Mark Levine is a leading voice in New York City for tenants rights, responsible development, and greater equity in our schools, transit, parks, and healthcare.
Mark has twice been elected to represent the 7th Council district – one of the most diverse in New York City – covering West Harlem/Hamilton Heights, Morningside Heights, and parts of the Upper West Side and Washington Heights.
In a historic first for the nation, Mark passed legislation guaranteeing a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction in New York City’s housing courts. This landmark policy has leveled the playing field for tenants and has already resulted in a significant decline in the number of families in New York City losing their homes because of evictions.
Mark has been a leader in the fight against overdevelopment in Manhattan, advancing a vision of new construction that adheres to the scale, affordability, and history of our neighborhoods. He helped secure hundreds of new units of deeply affordable housing uptown and led the creation of the Morningside Heights Historic District.
As chair of the City Council’s health committee, Mark is pushing to confront inequality in our health system, tackle the opioid crisis, protect our kids from the dangers of vaping, and expand health care for our city’s undocumented residents.
While chairing the Council’s Parks Committee in his first term, Mark championed greater investment in our city’s green spaces--especially in neglected parks in low-income neighborhoods.
Mark led the revitalization of the City Council’s Jewish Caucus as chair of the group in his first-term, and is a leader in the fight against anti-Semitism.
At the start of his career, Mark taught bilingual math and science at Junior High School 149 in District 7 in the South Bronx. He went on to found Neighborhood Trust Federal Credit Union, a community development financial institution that has made $25 million in small loans to low-income families and small businesses in Northern Manhattan.
Mark earned a B.A. in physics from Haverford College and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Mark lives with his family in Washington Heights. He and his wife Ivelisse are proud parents of their sons Alejandro and Daniel. He speaks Spanish, Hebrew and a smattering of other languages.