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Counted: Marte Claims Victory for District 1 Council Seat

Posted June 29, 2021 at 5:02 am

As expected, Christopher Marte is the next Councilman for District 1, replacing the outgoing incumbent (term-limited) Margaret Chin. Even though results won’t officially be certified until next week, team Marte is confident in victory. Including ballots cast during Early Voting and Election Day, the upstart politician, a Lower East Side native, received 7,556 (40.14%) votes. […]

Christopher Marte Leads Race for Councilmember of District 1

Last modified June 23, 2021 at 6:43 am

The Primary results are not yet conclusive, but point to Christopher Marte, a son of the Lower East Side, as replacement for Margaret Chin for Councilmember of District 1. As of this morning, Marte holds a commanding lead, garnering roughly 40 percent of votes cast. Just shy of the threshold for victory; but Gigi Li […]

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Marte City Council Campaign Fights Back Against PAC Smear Ads

Last modified June 17, 2021 at 5:55 am

As soon as early voting began last weekend, District 1 City Council candidate Christopher Marte found himself in the crosshairs of a series of attack ads launched by Common Sense NYC Inc., a Super PAC whose top three funders are Stephen Ross, Ronald Lauder, and Jack Cayre. While City Council campaign dollars are limited, Super […]

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Chris Marte Barnstorms Forsyth Street Ahead of City Council Primary

Last modified May 17, 2021 at 12:14 pm

Spring sprung late, but campaign season is early. While the citywide elections are still in November, the primaries are scheduled for June 22, rather than September. And with this calendar shift comes a change to the ballot, too, as ranked-choice voting becomes a reality. If you’re confused about who’s running for Mayor, which City Council […]

Lower East Side Reaction to Biden Presidential Victory

Posted November 9, 2020 at 5:06 am

Jubilation remains in the air just days after Joe Biden defeated incumbent Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States. Whether from rooftop or blacktop, pedestrians, motorists, and residents made feelings known. Honking horns, pots clanging, screaming, and the like became the Saturday afternoon symphony. Then yesterday evening, the canvas above the […]

Inside SoHo’s Frozen Zone: Plywood, Protests, and Paint

Last modified November 6, 2020 at 12:48 pm

On the day after the election, a few locals drinking outside of Fanelli Cafe on Prince Street could be heard debating the reason why SoHo was once again boarded up. One man insisted that the city was headed for another Covid-19 outbreak, and that the stores were preparing that reality; the other man fired back […]

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Post-Election Chaos: Clashes Erupt Near Washington Square Park

Posted November 5, 2020 at 5:00 am

It was chaos downtown last night, as clashes erupted between protesters and police officers over the presidential election. Gothamist reported that demonstrators gathered in Washington Square Park shortly before 8:00pm, and were later met by “hundreds of NYPD officers.” It turned rowdy as some set small fires and berated police for supporting President Trump; dozens were […]

Reminder: Who’s on the Local Ballot in Today’s Democratic Primary

Posted June 23, 2020 at 5:12 am

Just a reminder to registered Democrats out there: the Manhattan primaries for the Democratic statewide and Congressional ballots are today, and a lot of incumbent seats are challenged this time around. Here’s how the contenders shape up in relation to the surrounding neighborhoods… In the congressional arena, repping parts of Chinatown, the Lower East Side […]

Christopher Marte Launches City Council Campaign for 2021

Posted January 22, 2020 at 5:09 am

Christopher Marte is jumping back into the City Council election ring. With three-time Councilmember Margaret Chin terming out next year, the local politician is looking to capitalize early on the District 1 seat. Essentially building on the momentum he created during the 2017 election that gave Chin a run for her money. (The incumbent squeaked […]

New Yorkers Vote Overwhelmingly to Impose Community Board Term Limits

Posted November 8, 2018 at 5:04 am

The people of New York City have spoken, and it’s in favor of term limits for community boards. The populace voted Tuesday in favor of the controversial “Proposal 3,” which imposes an eight-year term limit on the volunteer members sitting on community boards around the Five Boroughs (i.e. four consecutive two-year terms, but can rejoin […]

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