The Day After: City Council Member Margaret Chin’s Primary Victory

A day after City Council member Margaret Chin emerged victorious from a tough re-election battle, downtown political observers are mulling over the lessons learned from the contentious campaign.

Rajkumar to Announce City Council Run Sunday Afternoon

Jenifer Rajkumar; image via her Facebook page.

Jenifer Rajkumar; image via her Facebook page.

This coming weekend, Jenifer Rajkumar will announce she’s running against District 1 City Council member Margaret Chin in the upcoming Democratic Primary.  A Facebook invite popped up earlier today, promoting a Sunday afternoon kickoff on the steps of City Hall.

Rajkumar has been contemplating a run against the first-term Council representative for several months.  Although there was hardly any doubt she would get in the race, Rajkumar delayed an official announcement.  We covered back-to-back appearances by the two candidates before CoDA, a downtown political club the weekend before last.

Rajkumar, a district leader, believes Chin has not done enough to advocate for constituents upset about the NYU expansion plan, the creation of a Soho BID and other issues.  The campaign event takes place at 2 p.m. Sunday.  District 1 covers almost all of Lower Manhattan below East Houston Street, including the Lower East Side.


Councilmember Margaret Chin Honors Hundred Year Old Church

First Presbyterian Church of New York City - photo by Katy Silberger via flickr

Councilmember Margaret Chin honored the First Chinese Presbyterian Church yesterday, as it officially turned 100 years old, with a City Council Proclamation.  Chin was at the historic Birthday Party earlier this summer (along with The New York Times, which profiled the congregarion’s oldest member here).

In her remarks during yesterday’s council meeting, Chin noted, “I remembered reading about Rev. Huie Kin, the founding pastor of the Church in 1910 and his work in Chinatown helping the Chinese immigrant workers who were strangers in a strange land with all kinds of needs.