Mark on the Issues
HousingFor too many families, Manhattan is unaffordable. If we are truly going to combat the housing crisis, we need smarter development of truly affordable housing. Throughout his time in the City Council, Mark has fought overdevelopment and protected tenants’ rights:
- Stopped overdevelopment in Morningside Heights and securing a historic district designation.
- Passed legislation to ensure tenants have access to counsel and establish a pilot program to provide legal services to all NYCHA tenants in administrative proceedings in 2017.
- Advocated to remove credit score requirements to apply for public housing.
- Passed legislation to expand the definition of tenant harassment.
- Helped create hundreds of units of affordable housing, including the West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing development.
SchoolsEvery child deserves to a good education in a safe and supportive learning environment. From fighting for improved school infrastructure to address overcrowding to ensuring classrooms have access to new technology to increasing the number of mental health counselors in our schools, Mark is committed to using the Borough President’s office to improve our schools for our students and educators. As a City Councilmember, Mark has been hard at work advocating for our students and teachers:
- Led the effort to increase the number of dual languages programs in New York City schools, to protect existing programs, to increase funding to support teachers’ training, and to provide appropriate materials.
- Passed legislation to require the Department of Education to report on the progress of the City’s Computer Science for All initiative.
HealthAs the Health Committee chair, Mark has fought to improve the health of all New Yorkers. In the 2019 budget, Mark played a role in
- Securing funding for reproductive healthcare including abortion and services to prevent HIV/AIDs and treat viral hepatis in the 2019-2020 city budget.
- Introducing legislation to ban flavors for e-cigs to try to address the youth smoking crisis and to require chain restaurants to post warnings on pre-packaged food that has excessive sugar.
- Supporting the creation of safe injection sites in Manhattan.
TransportationOur city is in the midst of a transit crisis, and we must utilize all resources to help New Yorkers get from Point A to Point B as quickly and efficiently as possible. Mark has been worked to address this issue:
- Advocating to expand ferry service to 125th Street to help alleviate crowding on the 1 train, open up access to jobs in Bergan County, create other options for commuters, and bring customers to Upper Manhattan businesses.
- Introduced legislation to create and implement a residential parking permit in Northern Manhattan to give people living in those neighborhoods parking priority.
- Sponsored legislation to create a pilot program to expand access to car-sharing.
- Passed legislation to increase the number of accessible pedestrian signals (APS), devices that emit a sound that help the visually impaired, installed every year.
Green Spaces / Resiliency / Climate ChangeMark has fought to protect and invest in our green spaces. He knows we need effective and aggressive action to address climate change and strengthen our borough’s resiliency.
- Secured a historic $43 million investment in NYC parks in 2019.
- Helped create the Parks Department’s Community Parks Initiative, securing more than $130 million in capital funds for small, neglected parks.