Margaret Chin being interviewed by reporters outside her campaign headquarters on Park Row
Two days after winning the District 1 City Council race, Margaret Chin gathered this afternoon with reporters to discuss her transition plans. Although she faces a Republican adversary in the General Election, in this heavily Democratic district, there’s no doubt Chin will prevail. She vowed to “work hard for every single neighborhood,” not just Chinatown, where she’s been a community activist for decades.
Chin said she has spoken with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Council Speaker Christine Quinn and many other elected officials. A lot of community groups have already reached out to her. Chin declared, “I want people to get involved,” by volunteering in her office and becoming engaged in community issues. Chin said she has a strong desire to get residents of different neighborhoods talking. The district stretches across most of Lower Manhattan, from the Lower East Side to Chinatown, Wall Street, Tribeca and Soho.
Chin has a strong interest in chairing the Lower Manhattan Development Committee, which has a role to play in the troubled redevelopment of Ground Zero. She also would like to serve on the housing and education committees.
Chin said she would have discussions with Christine Quinn before deciding whether to support her bid to continue as speaker.
Any organization interested in reaching out to Chin’s office can call 212-964-2009.
Here’s a video clip from Chin’s news conference: