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

margaret chin, jenifer rajkumar

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.

In a story today carrying the sub-headline, “do-nothing pol’s overblown candidacy,” the Post looks at Rajkumar’s non-profit, W-Spin Inc., which is meant to propel women into leadership roles.  The Post reports:

A young City Council candidate who readily boasts about her experience as founder and CEO of a local nonprofit admits her 3-year-old organization has never done anything.  “It has yet to get off the ground. It has no staff and no budget,” downtown Democratic District Leader Jenifer Rajkumar told The Post in response to questions about W-Spin Inc., which she has prominently touted in her fledgling political career… On its Web site, W-Spin claims to have a mentoring program that “educate[s] 8 to 12 year old girls all over the world on political leadership,” as well as a program that teaches “young women from Abu Dhabi to Cairo” the story of “forgotten heroines all over the world.”

In other campaign news, Rajkumar picked up the endorsement of Village Independent Democrats. Chin’s handling of New York University’s expansion plan has been a significant issue in the Village.  Another downtown club, CoDA, chose not to endorse any candidate after backing Chin in her successful bid for the District 1 seat in 2009.  Lower Manhattan Democrats voted to endorse Chin this year. The New York City Labor Council, AFL-CIO, also recently announced it’s backing Chin. Additionally, she picked up the endorsement of U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng.