Roosevelt Islander Online: Manhattan Borough President Candidate Mark Levine Meets And Speaks To Roosevelt Island Residents At Farmers Market Today

Mark Levine is a
NYC Council Member
representing the Upper West Side, Harlem & Washington Heights and is
running for
Manhattan Borough President

to succeed
Gale Brewer who
is term limited. Mr Levine was at the Roosevelt Island Farmers Market

meeting and talking with residents about local issues.

I spoke with Mr. Levine at the Farmers Market about his ideas to
and better Roosevelt Island including bringing a local bank branch to
Roosevelt Island, making sure resident needs are prioritized by the Roosevelt
Island Operating Corp (RIOC)
and working to insure that
Cornell Tech gives
back to the Roosevelt Island Community. Mr Levine spoke of his role as Chair
of the NYC Council Health Committee fighting the
Covid 19 pandemic too. 

Here’s what Mr Levine had to say.

Learn more about Mr Levine’s campaign for
Manhattan Borough President at his website.

Mr Levine’s opponents in the June 22 Democratic Party Primary are: 

Roosevelt Island will have an
early voting site from June 12 to 20
at the Sportspark facility (250 Main Street) for Manhattan Borough President
and other June 22 NYC election day contests.

You may ask what exactly does a Borough President do? According to
The City:

… A borough president is an advocate for their borough in a number of

First, they have a sizable chunk of change at their disposal to fund local
initiatives, groups and projects like buying technology for public schools,
renovating local parks or spearheading community health outreach.

Borough presidents share about 5% of the city budget to fund things in their
borough — about $4 billion among them, according to the city’s Campaign
Finance Board.

Borough presidents can also introduce bills in the City Council, though they
do not get a vote.
They weigh in on land use proposals — in other words, development projects
that need public approval — with an advisory vote and written decision.
Their input is not binding, but it can be quite influential if they are
staunchly for or against a project and lobby Council members or the

Working with local City Council members, Borough presidents also appoint all
members of community boards, the local bodies that weigh in on everything
from new bike lanes to liquor licenses for restaurants. With that power, the
borough presidents can exert significant sway over neighborhood-level
politics and projects….

Click here for more from The City on NYC Borough Presidents.

Gothamist has more on what the Borough President does.



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