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.”