Harlem’s Emma L. Bowen Community Service Center To Honor Councilmember Mark Levine

October 11, 2018

The Emma L. Bowen Community Service Center, one of Harlem’s leading community-based organizations dedicated to providing supportive behavioral health services to clients throughout the five boroughs.

Today announced the recipient of its inaugural Community Leadership Award is New York City Councilmember Mark Levine.

New York City Council Member Mark Levine represents the 7th District in Upper Manhattan. Serving as the Chair of Council Committee on Health and as a member of the Progressive Caucus, he is a leader on many issues including housing, transportation, education, economic justice, and the environment.

Council Member Levine has been a lifelong advocate for addressing inequality in New York City, and just last year declared victory in his fight to get legal representation for low-income tenants facing eviction in housing court by passing landmark “Right to Counsel” legislation, the first of its kind in the nation.

Mark speaks three languages, including Spanish and Hebrew, and began his career as a bilingual math and science teacher in the South Bronx. He also went on to found the Neighborhood Trust Federal Credit Union which has provided over $25 million in loans to low-income New Yorkers in Upper Manhattan. The Council member is a long time Washington Heights resident with his wife, Ivelisse and their two sons, Alejandro and Daniel.

“Mark Levine has been an advocate and friend to the Emma L. Bowen Community Service Center for many years,” said Patricia C. Jordan, Chair of the Board of Directors. “The Emma L. Bowen Community Leadership Award was established this year, to honor an individual or organization whose dedication to the community has been invaluable. Like our founder, Mrs. Bowen, the award recipient leads by example and works toward the betterment of the community. Councilmember Levine was the obvious choice to be the inaugural recipient of the Leadership Award, and we are delighted to be honoring him for his steadfast leadership as a member of the New York City Council.”

Councilmember Levine will be honored along with the recipients of the 2018 Emma L. Bowen Humanitarian Awards including Tony Award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones, trailblazing opioid specialist Dr. Melissa Freeman and philanthropist Richard “Big Daddy” Salgado.

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The Emma L. Bowen Humanitarian Award recognizes individuals and organizations who provide exceptional leadership and unfailing dedication to community-based initiatives to those in need. Their efforts on the behalf of others epitomize the legacy of the late Emma L. Bowen. Previous honorees include former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, Congressman Charles Rangel, best-selling author Terrie Williams, former Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields, and the late Percy E. Sutton.

A very special reception for all the award recipients will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at the Faculty House at Columbia University, and will feature special performances by the Willie Mack Jazz Band and The Bill Saxton Harlem Stars. For additional information on the event, please visit http://www.bowencsc.org

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