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“A More Combative” City Council, Challenging Maloney, Mott Street’s Woes

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Margaret Chin

Margaret Chin is one of several new councilmembers expected to challenge Mayor Bloomberg's policies.

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Noting the election of 13 new members, the Times reports New York's City Council is "likely to take on a far more combative role in governing the city, and scrutinizing the Bloomberg administration."  Many of the newly elected members, including CD1's Margaret Chin, campaigned on similar issues:

Tenants’ rights and high rents, issues emphasized by Mr. Bloomberg’s
rival in the mayoral race, are likely to animate the new Council. Most
of the new members ran on platforms stressing an increase in parental
influence over the schools, setting up a potential fault line on what
has been one of the mayor’s bedrock issues, education. Cutbacks to
social services, part of the city’s struggle with declining revenue,
are another flash point.

The conventional wisdom has been that Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a close ally of the mayor, will keep her job. But one councilmember, Charles Barron of Brooklyn, tells the Village Voice, if no other member of color runs against Quinn, he will.

Rashma Saujani, a lawyer with close ties to Hillary Clinton, will take on Rep. Carolyn Maloney in the Democratic Primary.

Channel 4's web site takes a look at Death & Company's long battle with the State Liquor Authority.

The other day we reported that the respected Chinatown antique and design store, "Sinotique," is closing on Mott Street, and moving to DUMBO. Now the store's owner, Jan Lee, has posted a series of photos on his blog, illustrating a disturbing trend. The pictures of shuttered storefronts, foreshadow, he says, the "commercial collapse" of "Mott Street, the traditional backbone of Chinatown, the historic core,
the ground zero of the Chinese experience on the Eastern seaboard of

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  1. Congresswoman Maloney is invincible. How funny that a hedge fun failure will be opposing Maloney. Looks like another Landslide for the Honorable Maloney

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