May 17th, 2021
Councilman Mark Levine, as part of his platform in the race for Manhattan borough president, says he plans to use the position’s “bully pulpit” to advocate for changes on how the city hires minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) in the future.
May 5, 2021
Gotham Gazette
Surviving as a restaurant in New York City was never easy. But more than a year of indoor dining restrictions and the economic ruin of a global pandemic brought many restaurants that were able to hold on to the brink of bankruptcy. That is why we cheered when the city announced the permanent extension of the Open Restaurants program back in September, preserving an estimated 90,000 jobs by letting more restaurants serve customers outdoors.
April 29, 2021
A bill that would protect a tenants right to counsel in the event of litigation with a landlord, as well as one which approves public outreach on the new entitlement, passed in New York City Council on Thursday. The bills, sponsored by Councilman Mark Levine and Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson, have had an influence on state and federal lawmakers who aim to enshrine a right to counsel as law of the land, they said in a rally in front of City Hall prior to the stated meeting.
April 29, 2021
The Real Deal
When tenants use keyless entry systems, whether returning from work or a walk with Fido, property owners usually get a piece of their data. Nothing stops landlords from using that data however they want, but a bill passed Thursday by the City Council will change that. The Tenant Data Privacy Act will prevent landlords from harassing or evicting tenants using data obtained through building entry systems.
March 19, 2021
New York Times
“The inspiration was these volunteer sites,” said Mark Levine, the city councilman who sponsored the bill. “They proved what was possible. My thought was, ‘Imagine what we could do with the resources of the city behind this.’”
March 9, 2021
West Side Rag
COVID-19 robbed us of our rituals. Amid a year of loss, funerals and memorial services were banned or limited, so that mourners had little time to process or commemorate the devastation. But on Sunday, March 14th — the one-year anniversary of the city’s first coronavirus death — Councilmember Mark Levine is taking a step toward remedying that.
February 28, 2021
Eelected officials from the Bronx and Harlem are backing Councilman Mark Levine in his pursuit to succeed Gale Brewer as the next Manhattan borough president with four months to go before the Democratic primary in June.
February 25, 2021
New York Daily News
Manhattan would get its own “COVID recovery czar,” under a new proposal from City Councilman Mark Levine, who’s running for borough president.
February 25, 2021
New York Daily News
“Many of the challenges of access and equity in our city’s vaccination program are … the result of maddeningly confusing and difficult systems for making appointments, a failure to prioritize access for low-income communities and delays to creating a program for homebound seniors,” City Council Health Committee Chairman Mark Levine (D-Manhattan) said at a hearing.
February 22, 2021
City Councilmember Mark Levine probed social media users for input on the ideal location of a Manhattan mass vaccination site dedicated to locals.
November 18, 2020
The Nation
Few crises in American history have exacerbated inequality to the extreme that the Covid-19 pandemic has. That is especially true in New York City, where the wealth of billionaires has increased at the very time when over 1 million residents are out of work and thousands of small businesses have been forced to close.
November 1, 2020
New York Daily News
Federal health agencies tasked with managing the COVID-19 pandemic botched the job, says a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Federal Court on Friday against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
October 28, 2020
New York Daily News
The city would pay stipends to low-income New Yorkers who have to go into quarantine for coronavirus, under a bill set to be introduced in the City Council on Thursday.
October 1, 2020
New York Daily News
A trio of Latina lawmakers endorsed New York City Councilman Mark Levine for Manhattan borough president.
September 29, 2020
City Limits
The City Council is considering measures that would scrutinize the city’s relationship with corporate banks and other financial entities—disclosures that could pave the pathway to creating a municipal public bank in the future.
September 14, 2020
New York Daily News
The city should allow outdoor dining to continue indefinitely — instead of shutting it down at the end of October, as Mayor de Blasio previously planned — says a group of Manhattan Dems.
August 26, 2020
New York Post
This one’s for the heroes. A Manhattan City Councilman plans to introduce a bill Thursday to create a local memorial to the front-line workers lost to COVID-19.
August 24, 2020
New York Daily News
Small businesses having trouble with their landlords will get free legal representation under a bill the City Council is expected to pass Thursday and that Mayor de Blasio plans to sign into law.
August 19, 2020
New York Daily News
Amidst the devastation of this pandemic, there are actually a few new policies in our city worth celebrating, from expanded outdoor dining to streets opened up for pedestrians and bicyclists. But one of the most important changes brought on by this crisis is about to disappear: free bus service, which the MTA says will end on Aug. 31.
July 28, 2020
A New York City elected official wants to create a memorial on Hart Island dedicated to those who died from the coronavirus. City Council Member Mark Levine is set to introduce on a bill on Tuesday that would create a task force to develop a way to honor the hundreds of COVID-19 victims buried on the Island, which has served as the final resting place for poor and unclaimed New Yorkers since the Civil War.
July 27, 2020
Wall Street Journal
A Manhattan councilmember is calling for a memorial to honor the estimated hundreds of coronavirus victims buried in New York City’s potter’s field. City Councilman Mark Levine, a Democrat who covers upper Manhattan, is set to introduce a bill Tuesday that would create a task force to plan a Covid-19 memorial for Hart Island. For more than 100 years, unclaimed bodies and low-income New Yorkers who couldn’t afford other burial accommodations have been buried on the island, which is off the Bronx.
July 27, 2020
New York Daily News
Thousands of businesses that were forced to close during the height of the city’s shutdown would not have to pay licensing fees for the duration of the coronavirus emergency under a forthcoming bill from a Manhattan lawmaker. The legislation from Councilman Mark Levine would apply to any business that closed for 30 days or more following mid-March orders that shut down all nonessential establishments.
June 21, 2020
Gotham Gazette
A new threat is looming for the very Black and brown communities in New York City that have been hit the hardest by the dual pandemics of coronavirus and racism in policy: a massive wave of evictions.
May 27, 2020
City & State
As the number of new coronavirus cases and deaths trend downward and much of the state has begun reopening, more New Yorkers seem willing to push the envelope when it comes to social interaction. People who might have spent the weekend inside two weeks ago are now drinking outside bars and going to the beach. But what’s reasonably safe, and what’s not? New York City Councilman Mark Levine has some answers, which he shared Tuesday in a graphic on the “spectrum of risk.”
May 17, 2020
From the northernmost tip of Manhattan in Inwood down to East Harlem, communities across Upper Manhattan have suffered the most during the coronavirus outbreak, according to data from the city’s Health Department.
April 29, 2020
Washington Post
NEW YORK — Mark Levine, a member of the New York City Council and chairman of its health committee, dismissed early anxieties as "fear mongering." Then he and his wife fell ill.
March 11, 2020
New York is one of a handful of states that has declared a state of emergency due to coronavirus. Governor Cuomo deployed the National Guard to New Rochelle in Westchester County where more than 100 people have tested positive for COVID-19. New York City Council Member Mark Levine, who is chair of the committee on public health, joins “Squawk Box” to discuss.
March 9, 2020
West Side Rag
What will happen if the coronavirus enters the New York City public school system with its nearly 1,800 schools and more than 1.1 million students? Is the city ready and how will it respond? WSR asked City Councilmember Mark Levine who represents District 7, including Manhattan Valley, Manhattanville, Morningside Heights, and Hamilton Heights. Levine is chairman of the Council’s health committee and sits on the education committee. He is also a public school parent.
February 28, 2020
City Limits
When New York City’s Right to Counsel law, also known as Universal Access to Counsel, which gives low-income tenants facing evictions free legal support in housing court passed in 2017, advocates expected a drop in evictions. And that has occurred: Evictions are 40 percent since 2013, and dropped 15 percent last year alone.
January 14, 2020
City & State
New York City Councilman Mark Levine has taken an early leap into the race for Manhattan borough president. Although the Democratic primary is still a year and a half away, the term-limited councilman said he wants as much time as possible to pitch himself to Manhattanites.
Jan 7, 2020
Jewish insider
In an interview with JI’s Jacob Kornbluh on Monday, Levine said that “the borough of Manhattan is home to one of the largest Jewish communities in the world,” and as such it is obviously subject to antisemitism. “I’m really proud of being someone who not only openly embraces his Jewish identity, but also as one who represents a city council district in northern Manhattan, which is fabulously diverse and mostly home to people of color — it’s actually only 7 or 8% Jewish. And that reflects the power of coalition building across diverse lines that we need more of,” he explained. “I think that we here in Manhattan have an opportunity and obligation to prove that we can come together, that we can break down the barriers that are dividing people, and we need government to lead on that.”
Jan 7, 2020
Upper Manhattan City Councilmember Mark Levine is jumping into the race for Manhattan Borough President. Levine announced his bid for Borough President Monday evening with the release of a campaign video where he asks: "What's happened to Manhattan?" In the video, the lawmaker takes a stand against the construction of super-tall developments for the rich and rising rent prices in the borough.
Jan 6, 2020
New York Daily News
Levine enters the race with endorsements from Uptown Assemblyman Al Taylor and Downtown Councilwoman Margaret Chin, both Democrats, along with a dozen current and former Assembly district leaders. “That has been really the defining quality of my entire political career — building broad, diverse coalitions,” said Levine. “Manhattan should be in the lead nationally on making policy to solve urban problems, and that has been my record in the City Council,” he added.
November 26, 2019
CBS 880
"We are taking a momentous step to protect the health of our young people," said Councilman Mark Levine, the bill's sponsor who represents parks of the Upper West Side and Washington Heights and chairs the health committee. "We have waited far too long. This country has been asleep at the wheel, as the epidemic of teen vaping has spread."
Nov. 21, 2019
New York Times
“The vaping industry launched a full-force effort to stop this because they knew if it was done here they couldn’t stop it across the country,” said Councilman Mark Levine, a Democrat from Manhattan who is chair of the health committee and the bill’s primary sponsor. “If we can do it here, it will go nationwide.” There is already a national momentum building against e-cigarette use. The attorneys general of New York and California each filed lawsuits against Juul this week, charging that the company practiced deceptive marketing by failing to mention that their products contained nicotine and also targeted young people with enticing flavors like mango.
October 28, 2019, 2019
Council Member Mark Levine (D-Manhattan), who chairs the Health Committee and sponsored legislation to ban flavored e-cigarettes in the city, added that New York has “woefully inadequate staffing of guidance counselors and school psychiatrists."
October 17, 2019, 2019
Crain's New York Business
Councilman Mark Levine introduced legislation Thursday that would prevent landlords from improperly using personal data collected by smart entry systems to harass or evict tenants, or to monitor their comings and goings.
October 15, 2019, 2019
PIX 11
"Flavors hook kids," said city council member Mark Levine, the sponsor of the new legislation. "Whether it's e-cigarettes or tobacco, we've got to get the flavored products of all these nicotine delivery systems off the shelves of New York City," he told PIX11 News.
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