Mark Levine

Democratic Candidate for Manhattan Borough President

Levine is a current member of City Council representing the 7th District in Northern Manhattan. As a council member, he has advocated for equity for parks in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, created hundreds of units of deeply affordable housing in his district and defeated the landlord lobby to pass legislation guaranteeing a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction in New York City’s housing courts.

About Mark Levine

Resume

  • Current member of City Council representing the 7th district (West Harlem/Hamilton Heights, Morningside Heights, and parts of the Upper West Side)
  • Member of the Progressive Caucus (furthest left) of New York City Council
  • Founder of Neighborhood Trust Federal Credit Union, which serves low-income families in Washington Heights
  • Former bilingual Math and Science teacher in the Bronx through Teach for America
  • Studied physics at Haverford College and University of Seville, Spain. Received a Masters in Public Policy from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University

Priorities and Positions

  • Seeks to appoint a COVID 19 Recovery Unit to oversee Manhattan recovery efforts, with a special focus on helping working families and small businesses access support. He promises the efforts will pay special attention to minority communities
  • Considers himself a fierce advocate for tenants’ rights and has multiple proposals to increase financial and legal support for tenants
  • Supports a Vacancy Tax on landlords who leave storefronts vacant for 6 months or more
  • Advocates for investing in more supportive housing throughout the borough and more “deeply/truly” affordable housing
  • Supports the expansion of the “Safe Haven Shelter” model in which homeless are sheltered in a private or semi-private room and are not subject to behavioral prerequisites, including following curfews and ceasing drug use
  • Seeks to increase access to public transportation including expanding ferry service above 125th street, making buses free, adding and enhancing bike lanes across the borough, and implementing a system of paid residential parking passes for cars
  • Supports regulating small businesses by enforcing high wages and benefits and making it more difficult for banks, drug stores and big box retailers to set up shop in hopes of helping other local businesses thrive
  • Seeks to desegregate public schools and invest more in health services at schools
  • Supports defunding the NYPD in order to reallocate funds to non-police groups such as violence interrupters and mental health workers

Additional Notes

  • Levine has an anti-Wall Street and anti big business mentality. “New York’s economy isn’t made great by Wall Street, it’s made great by the workers on Bleecker Street, on 125th Street, on Dyckman Avenue and everywhere in between.”
  • Has been endorsed by NYC Comptroller and mayoral candidate Scott Stringer along with several major unions
  • Current chair of the Health Committee of the City Council, giving him a prominent role in the city’s pandemic response
  • Passed legislation creating the city’s first ever office for the prevention of hate crimes and reinvigorated the Jewish caucus in City Council
  • Levine is fluent in Spanish and Hebrew and has been an advocate of dual language education programs
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