LES Community Group Slams CM Chin for Colluding with Developers, Demands She Step Down

Posted on: April 26th, 2017 at 9:34 am by

Margaret Chin speaking at Two Bridges environmental scoping session, Feb. 2017

CM Chin speaking at Two Bridges environmental scoping session, Feb. 2017

The Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side is demanding that Councilwoman Margaret Chin step down. The grassroots organization, which counts more than a dozen other local groups in its ranks, claims that the politician is firmly in the pocket of big-money developers.

That’s not a stretch, either. One need only have attended the environmental scoping session for the three new waterfront mega-towers back in January. During the surprise fillibuster, several area residents called out Chin for not doing enough, and essentially accused her of collusion.

To drive home the point that Chin is anathema, the community coalition planned a rally for this afternoon. Activists will protest outside Chin’s office at 250 Broadway.

Chinatown, Lower East Side, and Lower Manhattan residents and workers–sick and tired of NY City Council Member Margaret Chin’s selling out our communities to luxury developers and pitting Asian Americans, Blacks and Latinos against one another-will protest and demand that Chin step down.

Chin ignored the community-led Chinatown Working Group rezoning plan that would protect all communities of color and working families in Chinatown and the Lower East Side. Instead, Chin launched her own limited rezoning for Chinatown that would exclude Latinos, Blacks and other Asians from land-use protections.

Chin gave a green light to the construction of the 80-story Extell condo tower on the East River waterfront–promoted by a real estate tycoon who calls Donald Trump “truly a visionary developer in N.Y. City.” (Gary Barnett, The Real Deal, 3/24/17).

Chin did not speak out against the sale of air rights by Settlement Housing Fund and Two Bridges Neighborhood Council to JDS, which is trying to relocate seniors as it builds a 77-story building next to the Extell tower. High-rise projects from Starrett Development are in the works.

She has supported private development plans in the middle of NYCHA projects and in other public spaces, such as Elizabeth Street Garden. She held two meetings about the EIS process on the waterfront-all a phony show right before the elections. Chin’s actions support Mayor de Blasio’s pro-developer rezoning plans in the neighborhood.

Community representatives from all parts of Council District 1 will call for both Margaret Chin and Mayor Bill de Blasio to step down and stop their deals with luxury developers that are destroying our communities.

Margaret Chin is up for re-election this year (District 1), and will face off against homegrown politician, Christopher Marte, and Aaron Foldenauer.

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