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District 1

Margaret S. Chin

Battery Park City, Civic Center, Chinatown, Financial District, Little Italy, the Lower East Side, NoHo, SoHo, South Street Seaport, South Village, TriBeCa & Washington Square

NEW YORK – Council Members Margaret S. Chin, Mark Treyger, Chaim Deutsch and Peter Koo released the following statement in support of local community groups’ call to remove a Member of Community Education Council 22 for using an offensive racial slur in an email to over 150 Community Education Members across the City:

“Over the course of history, the Asian American community has been treated as an invisible group and subjected to racist slurs.

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CITY HALL – Today, the New York City Council passed a package of bills to curb placard abuse, which includes legislation sponsored by Council Member Chin to immediately revoke the placard of anyone guilty of misusing a City-issued placard more than three times or using a fraudulent placard once.

“Placard permits are a privilege, not an unfettered right.

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CITY HALL – Today, the New York City Council passed a resolution—secured by Council Member Margaret S. Chin—to preserve all 1,590 units of affordable housing at Knickerbocker Village for the next 50 years.

“Combating the housing crisis isn’t just about creating new affordable housing—it’s also about protecting the precious affordable housing stock already in place,” said Council Member Margaret S.

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NEW YORK – Citing the alarming number of neighborhood grocery stores shutting their doors across Manhattan, Council Member Margaret S. Chin joined Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer to introduce legislation to exempt affordable grocery stores from the Commercial Rent Tax (CRT). Council Member Chin and Borough President Brewer held a rally alongside workers represented by the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union Local 338 and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1500 to demonstrate their overwhelming support for this renewed effort.

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CITY HALL – Today Council Member Margaret S. Chin stood alongside age justice advocates, older working New Yorkers, and fellow Council Members ahead of a landmark New York City Council hearing on a historic package of legislation tackling age discrimination in the workforce.

“For too long, older New Yorkers have lacked the protections so many others enjoy in our city’s workplaces.

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In the early hours of Saturday morning, a young homeless man wielding a metal pipe bludgeoned to death four other homeless men and left another in critical condition. The brutal attack began around 1:40 AM when a man with “severe trauma to the head” was discovered on the Bowery. Early reports indicate that the victims were attacked while sleeping.  The individual responsible for the attacks is currently in police custody.

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CITY HALL – Today, theNew York City Council’s Committees on Technology and Small Business Services held a heated hearing on the film industry’s impact on the city. Citing the disproportionately high number of film shoots in Lower Manhattan, Council Member Margaret S. Chin grilled officials from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME)—including new Commissioner Anne del Castillo—about the lack of City oversight of the film industry.

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CITY HALL – Today, Council Member Margaret S. Chin joined her colleagues on the Progressive Caucus in putting forward a legislative package to improve accountability and transparency in the child welfare system, especially for immigrant families.  Council Member Chin introducedtwo bills requiring the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to provide immigrant families with multilingual disclosure forms at the onset of investigations as well as reports on the length of time it takes for families to contact children in ACS custody.

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THE LOWER EAST SIDE – With the recent announcement of Slate Property Group’s sale of Rivington House for $160 million to a mystery buyer, Council Member Margaret S. Chin issued the following statement:

“Three years after the problematic sale of Rivington House shook the Lower East Side community, our neighbors have been fighting tooth and nail to make sure that the critical health services that Rivington House has provided for 20 years for our most vulnerable community members continue.

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