It was a landslide for Bill de Blasio last night, as New York City elected its first Democratic mayor in two decades. There wasn’t much suspense down the ballot; local office holders Margaret Chin and Rosie Mendez coasted to easy victories and will be returning to the City Council for four more years.
Last night, parents and other concerned residents crowded into a meeting room at University Neighborhood High School to speak out about a plan to move a second school into a century-old building on the Lower East Side.
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.
Here’s a wrap-up of the results relevant to the Lower East Side in tonight’s New York City Primary Election.
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.
Coming up Tuesday, downtown voters will decide who they want to represent them in the City Council during the next four years. As primary day fast approaches, we’re publishing in-depth interviews with District 1 City Council member Margaret Chin and Jenifer Rajkumar, who’s challenging her for the seat. Today we begin with Chin.
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.”
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.
City Council member Margaret Chin, State Sen. Daniel Squadron rallied with supporters in Sara D. Roosevelt Park.
City Council member Margaret Chin and State Sen. Daniel Squadron came to Sara D. Roosevelt Park yesterday to endorse each other.
Citi Bikes at Hester And Elizabeth St. Station
The city’s Department of Transportation says Citi Bike is “pedaling past ridership records,” racking up more than 250,000 total trips in its first three weeks. Local elected officials and Community Board 3 report relatively few complaints in the early going, but one station in Chinatown is causing concern. Several store owners have voiced their disapproval of the station on Elizabeth Street, between Hester and Canal.
Margaret Chin announced her re-election campaign May 5 at Independence Plaza.
City Council member Margaret Chin today announced she’s won the endorsements of several large labor unions, including 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council, 32 BJ SEIU (the property service workers) and District Council 37 (the municipal public employees union).
In a prepared statement, Kevin Flanagan of the healthcare workers union said, “he 220,000 nurses and caregivers of 1199 SEIU in New York City strongly endorse Council Member Margaret Chin for re-election because she is a passionate advocate for quality healthcare and working people. We share her progressive vision for the future of our city, which includes immigrant rights and effective policing that respects civil rights.” Flanagan noted that Chin was a co-sponsor of sick-leave legislation in the Council.
Rajkumar’s media event Sunday at Jing Fong.
We’re starting to see sparks fly in the District 1 City Council campaign. Jenifer Rajkumar, a district leader, is taking on first-term City Council member Margaret Chin in the upcoming Democratic Primary. On Sunday at the Jing Fong restaurant on Elizabeth Street, “Chinese for Rajkumar” which was described as “a committee of labor, small businesses, small property owners, and residents” gathered to speak out against Chin.
A spokesman for the group, Professor Peter Kwong of Hunter College, said Council member Chin had “gone along” with Michael Bloomberg’s development agenda at the expense of middle and low-income residents. “Soon there will be no Chinatown,” Kwong warned. “It will only be for tourists and the rich. We must stop her from tearing out the fabric of Chinatown brick by brick.”
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.
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.
Margaret Chin announced her re-election bid Sunday, May 5, 2013, at Independence Plaza.
Surrounded by fellow elected officials and community activists, City Council member Margaret Chin formally announced her campaign for a second term Sunday at Independence Plaza, an apartment complex in Tribeca that has been a focal point in the fight for affordable housing. She was endorsed by U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez and State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who called her a tireless advocate for the residents of District 1, which includes the Lower East Side and most of Lower Manhattan below East Houston Street.
Acknowledging that it took her three tries before finally prevailing in 2009 to become the first Chinese woman on the City Council, Chin declared, “Now that I’m here I’m not going anywhere!” During brief remarks, she rattled off first-term accomplishments, including winning permanent affordable housing at the Seward Park development site, securing space for two new district schools, keeping firehouses and senior centers open amid budget cuts, saving after school programs and “making our streets safer.”