Gigi Li Withdraws From District Leader Campaign (Updated 9:23 p.m.)

Free Legal Clinic Offered Tomorrow Night

Acb6aAoc4District Leader Jenifer Rajkumar, along with MFY Legal Services and University Settlement, will be holding as free legal clinic on the Lower East Side tomorrow. Housing and employment lawyers will be on hand to answer questions. The clinic will be open from 6-8 p.m. at the University Settlement Neighborhood Center, 189 Allen St. (Stanton Street). Rajkumar represents the 65th Assembly District, Part C. As previously reported, she’s being challenged this fall by Gigi Li, chair of Community Board 3. It’s a pretty safe bet we’ll be seeing a lot of both candidates in the neighborhood in the next several weeks.

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Rajkumar Forms Campaign Committee For Possible State Senate Run

The Observer reports that Jenifer Rajkumar, who ran against City Council member Margaret Chin in the recent Democratic primary, is gearing up to run for Daniel Squadron’s state Senate seat.

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.

Chin, Rajkumar: Last Minute Campaigning, Getting Out the Vote

It was a hectic weekend for Margaret Chin and Jenifer Rajkumar, who are competing to represent the Lower East Side and the rest of District 1 in the City Council.

Campaign 2013: Our Interview With City Council Candidate Jenifer Rajkumar

The candidates competing in next week’s New York City Primary Election will be campaigning non-stop throughout the weekend, in search of last-minute votes.  Downtown, City Council member Margaret Chin and challenger Jenifer Rajkumar will face off in the Democratic Primary for the District 1 seat. Yesterday, we published our interview with Chin. Today, it’s Rajkumar’s turn.

Chin, Colleagues Back Curbs on Real Estate Industry Campaign Spending

One issue in this year’s City Council campaigns, including in Lower Manhattan, has been a well-funded effort by New York City real estate developers to influence the outcome of several races.  Yesterday City Council member Brad Lander, along with District 1’s Margaret Chin and other Council representatives called for new legislation to reign in “third party expenditures.”

Chin, Rajkumar Tangle in Contentious City Council Debate

The candidates running to represent Lower Manhattan, including the Lower East Side, in the City Council clashed last night in their only public debate. In the tense, hour-and-fifteen minute affair, challenger Jenifer Rajkumar sought to portray District 1 Council member Margaret Chin as beholden to real estate interests, while Chin criticized her opponent’s inexperience.

Video: Chin and Rajkumar Debate the Issues

The Democratic Primary is coming up on September 10.  In Lower Manhattan, City Council member Margaret Chin faces a challenge from Jenifer Rajkumar, a district leader.  You can watch a debate between the candidates here…

Downtown Independent Democrats Backs Rajkumar For City Council

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In the past few weeks, Lower Manhattan’s political clubs have been weighing which candidates to support for citywide office. The Democratic Primary takes place September 10. Members of Downtown Independent Democrats (DID) made their choice last night, choosing newcomer Jenifer Rajkumar in the 1st District race over first-term City Council member Margaret Chin.

The vote was 39-16 in favor of Rajkumar. The result was no surprise since members of DID have been vocal for many months about their displeasure with Chin over two main issues – the NYU expansion plan and the Soho BID. The club’s president, Jeanne Wilcke, and Sean Sweeney, who’s treasurer, are among Rajkumar’s most ardent supporters.

Downtown Council Campaign: Rajkumar’s Non-Profit, Endorsements on Both Sides

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The City Council campaign downtown is starting to heat up.  With a little more than three months to go before the September 10 Democratic Primary, District 1 Council member Margaret Chin and challenger Jenifer Rajkumar are collecting more endorsements and sharpening their messages to voters.  Here’s an update.

Rajkumar Announces, Challenges Chin For City Council Seat

Jenifer Rajkumar announced her candidacy at City Hall Sunday.

Jenifer Rajkumar announced her candidacy at City Hall Sunday.

Jenifer Rajkumar gathered with supporters on the steps of City Hall yesterday, officially announcing her candidacy for the District 1 City Council seat.  She’s the only announced challenger against Margaret Chin, the first-term Council member representing the Lower East Side and most of Lower Manhattan below Houston Street.

Rajkumar criticized what she called Chin’s “top down” approach to leadership and promised to give voice to downtown constituents who feel their concerns have been ignored.  Recalling a Council hearing on NYU’s expansion plan in which she and other residents were kicked out of City Hall, Rajkumar declared, “we need a strong advocate… who stands up for us.”

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.