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

Posted on: August 25th, 2017 at 5:11 am by

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 & economic justice.”

It’ll probably just be upstart challengers Christopher Marte (a member of the Coalition), Aaron Foldenauer, and Dashia Imperiale doing battle. Don’t expect to see incumbent Margaret Chin, though, as she’s been in the crosshairs of this group for a long time.

Resident leaders from the Two Bridges waterfront, Chinatown and Lower East Side are poised to ask questions pertaining to candidates’ specific platforms on the polarizing topics of “rapid luxury development, implementation of the Chinatown Working Group Rezoning Plan, violation of the Two Bridges Large Scale Residential Development (LSRD) protections, the NextGen NYCHA plan, and the displacement of residents, businesses and community spaces.”

This is slated to be the first forum of its kind, in that it’s bringing “stakeholders from disparate areas of the district together to address real estate development.”

The fun starts at 6pm, at Seward Park High School, 350 Grand Street (bewteen Ludlow and Broome).

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

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