Honorable Mark Levine, NYC Council District 7
Mark Levine is a member of the New York City Council, representing the 7th District in Northern Manhattan. He is chair of the Council’s Committee on Parks and Recreation, and is a member of the Education, Housing, Finance, Government Operations, and Rules Committees.
Since taking office in 2014, Mark has been a leading advocate for tenants rights, criminal justice reform, stronger environmental policies, safer streets, equity in our parks system, and more. He is the lead sponsor of landmark legislation–the first of its kind in the nation–guaranteeing universal access to an attorney for tenants facing eviction in housing court.
As a champion of tenants’ rights, Mark has also sponsored legislation that would prevent city landlords from checking the credit scores of would-be tenants in rent-regulated apartments, in addition to shining a light on unscrupulous landlords. He has been a strong advocate for addressing inequality in New York City, especially as Parks Chair, having successfully pushed for greater equity for parks in New York’s low- and moderate-income neighborhoods through several programs such as the Community Parks Initiative.