Mark Levine

New York City

Who’s for and against banning menthol cigarettes in New York City

It’s Al Sharpton vs. the NAACP, with Corey Johnson stuck in the middle.

New York City

New York City taxi drivers need debt relief, but not from taxpayers

A New York City Council bill that likely will include public money to pay off taxi medallion owner debts would set a bad precedent. The city does have a role, though, in helping to facilitate the collective private-sector action that will get lenders to negotiate, writes Nicole Gelinas.

New York City

How New York could respond to the taxi medallion lending crisis

Since Sunday, when the New York Times investigation into predatory lending practices for taxi medallions was published, calls for action sprang forth from elected officials, but the proposals wouldn’t necessarily help cabbies who already lost everything.

New York State

No state Senate single-payer vote before 2020

New York won’t be passing a state-level single-payer health care system this year, but that hasn’t kept the sparks from flying as proponents clash with industry critics who say such a proposal is unworkable.

New York City

New York City to pass water tank reforms

In a rebuke of city health officials, the New York City Council plans to pass seven new laws tightening oversight and regulation of thousands of rooftop drinking water tanks, citing evidence of contamination, widespread neglect, and lax oversight by agency officials.

Mark Levine

Mark Levine on marijuana, e-cigarettes and the need to vaccinate

Mark Levine, New York City Council Health Committee chairman discusses marijuana, e-cigarettes, and the importance of vaccinations.

New York City

NYC failed to enforce water tank law, council health chair finds

After neglect in New York City water tank inspection was exposed, seven reform bills weighed.

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Health Care

Public health is more than just doctors and hospitals

Key New York City officials on the social determinants of health, community-based nonprofits and medical care in the Trump era.

Corey Johnson

Bellevue homeless shelter’s neglected water tank

Homeless men at Bellevue homeless shelter were being served drinking water from a neglected wooden water tank that, until a few days ago, had never been cleaned, inspected or tested – in violation of city law and the health code.


Council speaker calls emergency meeting on NYCHA’s water tanks

New York City elected officials and tenants’ advocates denounced the deteriorating condition of the rooftop water tanks that supply drinking water to New York City Housing Authority tenants, following a report by City & State which revealed dozens of cases of contamination – including birds, rodents, and insects in the tanks – that were never reported to city health officials, as the law requires.

New York City

DOI to investigate 'city’s failure' on water tanks

Councilman Torres to trigger official investigation of the city’s rooftop drinking water tanks, while he and Levine craft legislative response.

New York City

Lawmakers criticize city for water tank neglect

Mark Levine, Ritchie Torres and Corey Johnson list fixes for “broken” drinking water oversight

Corey Johnson

NYC looks to San Francisco as a model for universal health care

New York City officials are looking at implementing single-payer health care, although the model they're looking at is San Francisco, which enacted a program that is actually neither a single-payer system nor health insurance but rather universal access to health care.