As City Council Race Intensifies, Candidate Christopher Marte Holds Press Conference on Two Bridges Over-Development
As momentum builds for the City Council District 1 seat, grassroots candidate Christopher Marte is taking it to the waterfront. Again. By way of press conference.
Marte is expected to speak out on behalf of the neighborhood against the lack of proactive zoning and community engagement, which “has left the residents of Two Bridges facing a crisis of over-development.” The stunt is planned for 9am at the corner of Cherry Street and Rutgers Slip.
This move is aptly timed on his part; incumbent Councilwoman Margaret Chin has a same-day rally planned – her apparent attempt at regaining steadier footing in a tide of fed-up opposition, wary of cheap talk and reelection tactics. Area residents have often accused her for playing both sides and being a lap-dog for developers.
Marte plans to further publicize the lack of transparency and outreach to residents regarding the developments. He’s also planning to endorse the passing of the full Chinatown Working Group rezoning plan, and advocate for the creation of a unified coalition against rapid development in Two Bridges, the Lower East Side, and Chinatown.