Marte Begins City Council Term, Promotes Participatory Budgeting

Christopher Marte is sworn in as City Council member in District 1, December 28, 2021. Photo by Emil Cohen/NYC Council Media Unit.

Photo: Christopher Marte is sworn in as City Council member in District 1, December 28, 2021. Photo by Emil Cohen/NYC Council Media Unit.

The first week is in the books for New York City’s new mayor and an almost all new City Council. Christopher Marte was sworn in as District 1’s City Council member just before the new year. He represents the Lower East Side and Chinatown and most of the rest of Lower Manhattan.

The other day, Marte was interviewed by Brian Lehrer on WNYC. Marte said his top priority would be pushing through approval of the Chinatown Working Group Plan, which the de Blasio administration opposed. He also promised to revisit the recently approved Soho/Noho rezoning. You can listen to the segment here.

In an email message on Monday, Marte reminded constituents that it’s still possible to participate in the Participatory Budgeting process (he’s a longtime proponent of the program):

“The City has extended the deadline to January 23 to submit your ideas for Participatory Budgeting until the end of this month. Remember to submit your ideas for how our office can spend our funds to improve our communities! Click “New Proposal” on our PB website to submit (ideas).”

If you would like to send the new Council member an email, you can do that here.