Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil, As City Backs Off Police Reforms

melissa-mark-viverito-de-blasio-brattonIn a victory for Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, the City Council is backing off reform measures that would have required cops to identify themselves to suspects they stop while also informing them of their right to refuse being searched. Continue Reading →

Big Wins From Harlem To Hollis For City Parks Budget

Rally_20161Overall, this is shaping up to be a good year for our city parks. Advocates from across the city signed NY4P’s letter to the mayor and the City Council, came to the Rally 4 Parks, contacted their elected officials, and supported the Parks work. Continue Reading →

Street Named For Harlemite Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell place in harlemBy Mark Levine, City Council

Did you know that the American art legend Norman Rockwell was born
in our very own district?
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Levine, DC 37 And Park Advocates Hail Investments In Park Workers In City Budget

mark levine 2Today, Parks Committee Chair Harlem’s Mark Levine announced the City Council will allocate $9.6 million in the city budget to save the jobs of 150 park maintenance workers and gardeners. Continue Reading →

City Council Land Use Committee Approves Deadlines For Landmarking

city-council-hearing MIHYesterday, the City Council’s Land Use Committee voted through a contentious bill that would impose deadlines on the Landmarks Preservation Commission and its process of designating historic properties. Continue Reading →

Bertha Lewis On NYS Senate’s Appeal Of NYC Council ‘Bag Bill’


This statement was just e-mailed to us from Bertha Lewis Founder and President of The Black Institute regarding NYS Senate’s appeal of NYC Council ‘Bag Bill’: Continue Reading →

Council Passes Bill To Charge Shoppers From Harlem To Hollis 5 Cents For Plastic Bags

plastic bagsCrains New York reports that the City Council voted 28-20 Thursday to compel stores to charge 5 cents for plastic and paper bags, with some exceptions. Continue Reading →

Harlem Council Member Levine And Others Tour Harlem School

mark levine 2Next week, City Council Member Mark Levine will join New York City Deputy Mayor Richard Buery on a tour of the pre-k program at PS 153 in West Harlem. Continue Reading →

Harlem Council Member Levine And Others Demand Lower Income Apartments And Inclusionary Housing

mark levine 2The City Council held its first day of hearings Tuesday on mandatory inclusionary housing, a major citywide policy that will mandate affordable units in all new developments planned on rezoned land. Continue Reading →

Council Approves Security Guards for Private Schools From Harlem to Hollis

Bill_de_Blasio_11-2-2013Citizens Union reports that the City Council on Monday passed a controversial bill to provide public funding to private and religious schools to pay for security guards.  Continue Reading →