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Mark Levine

Mark Levine

District 7 - Council Member - Democrat
Chair - Committee on Parks
Member - Committee on Education
Member - Committee on Finance
Member - Committee on Governmental Operations
Member - Committee on Housing and Buildings
Member - Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections

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Mark Levine is a New York City Councilmember representing the 7th District in Northern Manhattan. He is a progressive policy leader on housing, education, economic justice, transportation, environmentalism, and more.

 

Mark has been a strong advocate for addressing inequality in New York City.  He chairs the City Council’s Committee on Parks and Recreation, where is pushing for greater equity for parks in New York’s low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. He is also a leading voice on affordable housing issues, including the fight to get legal representation for all tenants in housing court. As chair of the City Council’s Jewish Caucus he is focused on combating Jewish poverty in New York City and fostering inter-group relations.

 

Mark is also a member of the Finance, Education, Housing & Buildings, Government Operations, and Rules committees.  He serves on the Council’s Policy Working Group and is a member of the Progressive Caucus.  He is Vice Chair of the Progressive Caucus Alliance, which supports progressive candidates running for local office in New York City.

In the 7th Council District Mark has fought for safer streets, faster bus service, better schools, cleaner parks, more affordable housing, and development which fits the scale and context of the neighborhood.  

 

Mark began his career as a bilingual math and science teacher at Junior High School 149 in the South Bronx.  He went on to found Neighborhood Trust Federal Credit Union, which helps low-income families in Upper Manhattan gain access to financial services including more than $15 million in microloans. In the years before he entered the City Council, Mark served as Executive Director of Teach For America-New York and as Executive Director of the Center for After-School Excellence at TASC. He has been recognized nationally for his work as a social entrepreneur.

 

Mark also has long taken a leading role in his community. He was elected as a Democratic district leader in 2007.  He also founded the Barack Obama Democratic Club of Upper Manhattan, a diverse grassroots organization focused on progressive activism and political reform.  Mark served as chair of the Traffic and Transportation Committee on Manhattan Community Board 12 where he called for improved subway and bus service and championed the cause of making streets safer for bicyclists.

 

Mark graduated from Haverford College with a B.A. in physics.  He received a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.  Mark resides with his wife and their two sons in Washington Heights.  Mark speaks Spanish and Hebrew.  


 

Mark Levine comenzó su carrera profesional como maestro de bilingüe de ciencias y matemáticas en la escuela JHS 149 en el sur del Bronx.  Después el sirvió come Director Ejecutivo de Teach for América de Nueva York. En este puesto el supervisó la colocación y entrenamiento de cientos de maestro  con alto rendimiento en escuelas en alto Manhattan y el Bronx.  El continuó como un líder de educación como director Ejecutivo del Centro para Excelencia de Extraescolar, una iniciativa sin fines de lucro apoyando programas extraescolares por todo los cinco condados. 

 

Durante el tiempo que Mark fue maestro el vio como las familias de sus estudiantes faltaban servicios básicos financieros, incluyendo cuentas de bancos. El inicio  Neighborhood Trust, la primera cooperativa de crédito para el desarrollo de la comunidad en el alto Manhattan.  La cooperativa de crédito ha ayudado miles de residentes de bajo ingreso obtener prestamos para iniciar negocios, pagar para educación, y hasta han logrado ser dueños de casas. La cooperativa continua ser una roca de la comunidad.

En 2007 , Mark fue elegido a servir como líder Distrito Democrático del alto Manhattan.  Durante la elección presidencial del 2008 el honradamente estaba en la lista de candidatos elegido para apoyar el presidente Obama.  En enero 2009 el inicio el club de Demócratas de Barack Obama en el alto Manhattan. El club de demócratas ha sido una fuerza para los residentes de la comunidad convertirse en una voz política. Mark también sirvió como el presidente del comité de Trafico y Transportación. En este puesto el llamo a atención para mejorar el servicio en los trenes y los autobuses, y  defendió la causa de asegurar las calles para los ciclistas.  

 

Como miembro de concejal de la ciudad, Mark vas a continuar a abogar para que Nueva York sea una ciudad para todos. Adonde gente de todos ingresos tengan una vivienda  económica, escuelas buenas para mandar sus hijos, y un trabajo que paga sueldos justos para vivir cómodo.

 

Mark es un residente de Washington Heights y es fluyente en Español.  El vive con su esposa Ivelisse y sus dos hijos, quien atienden escuelas publicas localmente.  El es un miembro activo de la sinagoga Tabernáculo Hebreo.  Mark obtuvo su licenciatura en Físicas de la universidad de Haverford y completo su Maestría en Policía Publica de la universidad de Harvard.