District 1 - Council Member - Democrat
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Margaret Chin

Margaret Chin

District 1 - Council Member - Democrat
Chair, Committee on Aging
Margaret Chin was elected to the New York City Council in 2010, as the representative for District 1, lower Manhattan. Margaret is a proud member of the Progressive Caucus, and the Women's Caucus. Margaret has twice been elected by her colleagues to serve as an executive member of the Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus. Read more

A Welcome Message from Council Member Margaret Chin 

Dear Neighbors,

First I want to wish you a happy and healthy start to the New Year. In the Chinese calendar, the start of 2013 marks the year of the Snake, 4711. The year of the snake is considered to be a year of wisdom and reflection.

As I reflect over my last three years in office, I am amazed by how much our community has grown and what we have accomplished together. We now have a strong grassroots presence that is committed to persevering and protecting family services, like childcare and afterschool programs, in our community. Last year, hundreds of lower Manhattan residents showed up to rallies against budget cuts outside City Hall, and at P.S. 124, and P.S. 134/137.

Our seniors – from Battery Park City to Chinatown – are the first to mobilize against cuts to important programs like senior centers, case management, and home care attendants. Every January, as budget season heats up, it is encouraging to know that the lower Manhattan community is organized, involved, and ready to fight for the resources our community deserves.

I truly believe that when our community speaks with a united voice, we can accomplish anything.

Over the last year, we have won major victories in land use development projects throughout lower Manhattan. In Greenwich Village, we now have a plan for the responsible development of New York University over the next 20 years. For the first time, NYU will provide for the upkeep of public and private green space in Greenwich Village and will be held accountable through agreements with the City of New York.
 
On the Lower East Side, after over 40 years of inaction, the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area will finally be developed into residential and commercial space.  Half of the housing on these parcels of land will be permanently affordable, meaning the affordable housing will not “age out” of the system after 30, or 60 years. 

Despite this dramatic change, persistent issues remain. Noise from construction, bars, and nightclubs; and issues related to school seats, transportation, vending, and sanitation, remain the top quality of life concerns for downtown residents.

I hope that you will take the time to contact my office so that we can work together to make sure that lower Manhattan remains the best place to live, work, and visit in New York City. I look forward to seeing you at our City Council hearings and community meetings in the coming months.

Sincerely, 
 
Margaret S. Chin