Margaret Chin

85 Bowery Landlord Under Fire for Being Late in Emergency Repairs, Chin Demands Relief

Posted February 1, 2018 at 5:09 am

Two weeks ago today, seventy-five people (i.e. 29 families) were evacuated from 85 Bowery, in what is the latest chapter of a nasty dispute between tenants and landlord Joseph Betesh. The court-ordered inspection on January 18 resulted in a Department of Buildings determination that the main stairwell was not structurally sound, and required an immediate […]

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You Can Now Watch CB3 Meetings on YouTube

Posted January 26, 2018 at 5:10 am

Community Board 3 is notorious for its neverending marathon meetings. Certainly not for the faint of heart. But soon you’ll be able to enjoy the boredom from the comfort of your couch, with beverage (or joint) securely in hand. The proceedings are now televised. That’s right, live and archived webcasts of monthly full board meetings […]

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City Council Passes Bill for Increased ‘Urban Renewal’ Transparency

Posted December 14, 2017 at 9:39 am

Earlier this week, City Council unanimously voted to pass legislation that would require the City to provide public access to urban renewal plans, which have been changing the real estate landscape of New York City for decades. Intro 1533-A, sponsored by Councilwoman Margaret Chin, would require the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to […]

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Elected Officials Come out Against Redevelopment of Elizabeth Street Garden as Senior Housing

Posted December 11, 2017 at 5:06 am

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development awarded the contract last Friday for an affordable housing project atop the Elizabeth Street Garden. All but a death sentence for the open space. The proposed building – developed by Penrose Development – will rise seven stories and carry 121 permanently affordable apartments for seniors. And as if […]

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Elizabeth Street Garden will be Bulldozed and Redeveloped by Penrose Development

Last modified December 8, 2017 at 12:41 pm

Now that election season is over, there is finally movement toward the controversial destruction and redevelopment of the Elizabeth Street Garden. The city will apparently announce today that it’s chosen the developer to carry out this task. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development awarded the contract for the seven-story project to Penrose Development. The […]

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Here’s a Map Showing How the Lower East Side Voted in the City Council Election Last Week

Posted November 17, 2017 at 5:03 am

With more than a week having elapsed since the general election, the above map plots the results of the City Council District 1 race. It was a heated campaign that saw incumbent Margaret Chin fighting for her life against the upstart Christopher Marte. Chin defeated Marte by nearly 3,000 votes to secure a third term […]

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Margaret Chin Handily Defeats Opponents to Keep City Council Seat

Posted November 8, 2017 at 5:05 am

For upstart Christopher Marte, the dream is no longer. Incumbent Democratic Councilwoman Margaret Chin handily won election for the District 1 seat. With nearly 100% of ballots reported, Chin secured victory with 10,572 votes to Marte’s 8,502, and challenger Aaron Foldenauer’s 1,013 votes. Up in District 2, Democrat Carlina Rivera won the vote for councilwoman. […]

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Living in District 1, It’s Time to Stop Being Indifferent [OP-ED]

Posted November 6, 2017 at 10:27 am

In a democracy, so the saying goes, the people get the government they deserve. Don’t we deserve better in District 1? Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was a cancer that spread throughout Lower Manhattan over the course of 40 years. His malfeasance eroded our vital democracy, carved up our district and turned out gerrymandered zombie […]

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Bill to Halt Lower East Side Supertall Towers Passes City Council

Posted November 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

It’s the eleventh hour, and incumbent Councilwoman Margaret Chin is pulling out all the stops. Her bill to curtail Two Bridges supertalls by JDS, CIM & L+M, and the Starrett Group gained a significant step this week, mere days from the highly-anticipated general election. Enter, once again, “Intro 1685.” Earlier this week at the Land […]

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CB3 Votes to Co-Sponsor Controversial Rezoning of LES Waterfront in Bid to Thwart Supertall Development

Posted October 19, 2017 at 5:01 am

Thanks to a confluence of election year politics and incessant grassroots organizing, development along the Lower East Side waterfront is firmly in the spotlight. It’s a rare moment when the voice of the people is being heard, albeit barely. There is definitely traction, but a race against the clock is afoot. Nevertheless, Community Board 3 […]

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