Margaret Chin

Marte to Challenge Chin for City Council Seat in November General Election

Posted October 4, 2017 at 5:00 am

The scrappy campaign of Chris Marte might be down, but it’s not out. We got word yesterday that the fight against incumbent Councilwoman Margaret Chin for the District 1 seat is still alive. The rebound is owed to a fluke of voting. What the campaign has called a “unicorn” event. Basically, six registered Independence Party […]

With Final Votes Counted, Margaret Chin Squeaks by Marte for Third Term

Posted September 19, 2017 at 9:20 am

The Board of Elections yesterday completed its final tally of absentee and affidavit ballots, and the results are in. Incumbent Councilwoman Margaret Chin maintained her narrow margin over challenger Christopher Marte by just over 200 votes. So, it’ll likely be another four years of the same. The results should be certified by the city at […]

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Marte’s City Council Campaign Hopeful as BOE Begins Counting Absentee Votes

Last modified September 19, 2017 at 7:24 am

Still 200 votes shy of defeating two-term incumbent Margaret Chin, City Council challenger Christopher Marte is not giving up. Especially as the Board of Elections prepares to “open and count” absentee and affidavit votes. “Depending on the numbers, we will likely request a recount,” he told us last week. In the meantime, media outlets have […]

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Marte is Not Conceding to Chin in District 1 Race; Might Request Recount

Posted September 14, 2017 at 5:00 am

While Councilwoman Margaret Chin basks in the glow of perceived victory in the Democratic Primary this past Tuesday, her main foe has not conceded. And doesn’t plan on it. Not yet, at least. Technically, the race is still too close to call. Data from the city Board of Elections still shows Chin ahead of Christopher […]

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CM Margaret Chin Narrowly Passes Christopher Marte in Bid to Hang on for Another 4 Years

Last modified September 13, 2017 at 5:08 pm

Incumbent Councilwoman Margaret Chin narrowly defeated strong contender Christopher Marte in the local elections for District 1 last night. The perceived victory was by a slim margin of roughly 200 votes (i.e. 5,220 to 5,020). Technically, too close to call. Barring a miracle, she will likely hang onto her seat for another four years, stretching […]

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Fine Fare Serves as Battleground in City Council Fight for District 1

Last modified September 11, 2017 at 8:55 am

The Fine Fare supermarket on Clinton Street has become de-facto ground zero in the bid to unseat Margaret Chin from City Council. The District 1 incumbent is taking heat from three challengers, and this hub of retail activity – nestled amidst the Seward Park Co-op complex – is apparently the voter-rich battleground. Case in point, yesterday afternoon. […]

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De Blasio Signs Law that Provides Sweeping Protections Against Tenant Harassment

Posted September 1, 2017 at 5:15 am

On Wednesday afternoon, Mayor de Blasio signed a groundbreaking bill into law – one that serves as the first line of defense against those landlords who self-certify and use illegal construction to force tenants out of their homes. By passing “Intro 918,” the city will increase DOB inspections for construction applications at buildings where more […]

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CM Chin Pushes Bill to Block Super-tall Developments in Two Bridges

Posted August 29, 2017 at 5:04 am

Catching up on some news from last week… Councilwoman Margaret Chin introduced legislation that aims to halt three proposed waterfront mega-developments on the fast track to approval. “Intro 1685” calls on the Department of City Planning to consider certain land-use applications, including a planned “Text Amendment” that would subject three out-of-context luxury towers in Two […]

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Community Leaders ‘Erase the Hate’ from Tagged East Broadway Synagogue

Posted August 28, 2017 at 5:07 am

At the end of last week, the historic Beth Hachasidim DePolen synagogue at 233 East Broadway was desecrated with KKK scrawls. The tag was briefly obstructed by paper until yesterday, when an impromptu rally assembled to “erase the hate” from the 113-year-old house of worship. Councilwoman Chin whitewashed the graffiti while a gaggle of press and […]

Tonight: Grill the Candidates Challenging Chin for City Council District 1 Seat

Last modified August 25, 2017 at 7:25 am

As the battle for the District 1 seat toils on, a candidate forum is happening tonight, to talk about the hot-button items of neighborhood development and displacement. Hosted by the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side, the meeting will primarily focus on “issues of zoning, development, low-income housing, gentrification, and environmental & […]

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