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

Two Bridges Community Fights for Full Public Input on Proposed Luxury Mega-Developments

Leaders rally behind effort to subject applications to ULURP, urge for extended time to review 700+ page Environmental Impact Statement



TWO BRIDGES – Today, elected officials, residents and advocates stood together to urge the Administration to extend the time allotted for Community Board 3 to provide input on three controversial proposed mega-developments that would threaten affordability in the historically diverse and working class neighborhood of Two Bridges. READ MORE

CM Chin Blasts Timing of Release of Two Bridges Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Which Would Hinder Full Community Input

Urges City Planning to give adequate time for the community to review Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Residents & advocates to rally in Two Bridges on Monday before marching to fill the room at review session for mega-towers

TWO BRIDGES – After the Department of City Planning announced plans for an ill-timed release and referral of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for three proposed mega-developments in the Two Bridges neighborhood — right as Community Board 3 approaches summer break — Council Member Margaret S. READ MORE

CM Chin Urges City to Fast-Track and Provide Clear Deadline for Completion of Remaining Repairs at 85 Bowery

Calls lack of clarity on when tenants can return home ‘unacceptable’; urges expedited granting of necessary permits, inspections to speed up repairs

CITY HALL – Today, Council Member Margaret S. Chin urged the City to release a clear deadline for the return of 29 families at 85 Bowery who were forced to evacuate their homes in January after a court-ordered inspection by the Department of Buildings discovered dangerous structural issues in their building. READ MORE

CM Chin’s Statement on Senior Funding in City Budget Agreement

CITY HALL – Council Member Chin, Chair of the New York City Council Committee on Aging, issued the following statement in response to yesterday’s City budget agreement:

“While yesterday’s budget deal demonstrated positive steps forward in our fight for fairness, equity and access for more New Yorkers, including support that builds upon the historic $23 million of baseline funding that we secured through our ‘Year of the Senior’ campaign,  I am deeply disappointed that critical investments to fund senior meals and eliminate the case management waitlist – two issues that aging advocates across the city have tirelessly championed as core priorities – were left out. READ MORE

CM Chin Calls on City Hall to Take Action to End Parking Placard Corruption

In spite of recent enforcement measures, placard abuse remains a growing problem – especially in Lower Manhattan

CIVIC CENTER – Council Member Margaret S. Chin joined community leaders from Lower Manhattan and across the city this morning to demand greater transparency and stronger enforcement rules to curb the flagrant abuse of City-issued parking placard permits in neighborhoods grappling with growing street congestion, traffic safety issues and parking scarcity. READ MORE

CM Chin Pushes the Fight for Fair Fares Forward in Chinatown

CHINATOWN – Council Member Margaret S. Chin took to the streets on this rainy morning to invite residents of Knickerbocker Village and the larger Chinatown area to be part of the growing movement for fair fares.

“No one should have to choose between a meal and a MetroCard. When 25% of low-income working-age New Yorkers cannot afford to take the subway, it causes a dangerous ripple effect on the long-term stability and livelihood of thousands of families. READ MORE

CM Chin Calls for More Enforcement Rules to Crack Down on Rampant Placard Abuse and Fraud

CITY HALL – Council Member Margaret S. Chin yesterday introduced legislation to set concrete enforcement guidelines to combat placard abuse in New York City.

Intro 932 would allow the City to immediately revoke the City-issued parking placard permit and prohibit the issuance of new placards to individuals found guilty of misusing a valid placard more than three times in one calendar year or using a fraudulent placard once. READ MORE

CM Chin Slams Facebook for Insensitive ‘Chinese Restaurant’ Suggestion

Coming during Asian American Pacific Heritage Month, offensive alert highlights issues surrounding diversity and cultural competence in tech

NEW YORK – Council Member Margaret S. Chin released the following statement in response to an insensitive alert from Facebook to categorize her official government Facebook page as a “Government Official – Chinese Restaurant”:

“This Facebook notification sends a disappointing message to users of diverse backgrounds that as long as your name sounds ‘foreign’ or ‘different,’ you will never truly belong. READ MORE

CM Chin Pushes Groundbreaking Legislation to End Lead Poisoning in NYC Homes

Bills address childhood lead contamination in households by requiring landlords to permanently remove lead paint
Legislation would also give City power to halt lead-generating construction work  

CITY HALL – As part of a citywide effort to eliminate one of the main household causes of lead poisoning, Council Member Margaret S. Chin introduced yesterday two pieces of legislation to remove lead paint and allow the City to stop construction work that generates lead-based hazards. READ MORE