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

‘Not a Done Deal’: CM Chin and BP Brewer Stand with Community to Fight Two Bridges Mega-Towers

Elected officials come together to announce new effort to force Administration to commit to transparency and real public review, including a City Council vote through ULURP 

TWO BRIDGES – Today, Council Member Margaret S. Chin and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer joined elected officials and members of the Two Bridges community to inaugurate a new chapter in the fight against three proposed mega-developments that threaten the fabric of this low-income neighborhood. READ MORE

CM Chin Partners with Mayor’s Public Engagement Unit to Sign Up More Seniors and Disabled New Yorkers for NYC Rent Freeze

District Office hosting bi-weekly Tenant Support Unit office hours to help eligible tenants living in rent-regulated units enroll in SCRIE/DRIE

NEW YORK – Today, Council Member Margaret S. Chin joined senior advocates from the Chinese American Planning Council and LiveOn NY, as well as representatives from the NYC Department of Finance and the Mayor’s Public Engagement Unit, to encourage more seniors and disabled New Yorkers in rent-regulated apartments to take advantage of the NYC Rent FreezeProgram. READ MORE

Council Member Chin Praises Judge for Awarding Back-Rent to Rent-Stabilized Tenants

Judge rules against landlord who over-charged tenants while taking 421(g) tax break

NEW YORK – On Monday, in a win for rent-stabilized tenants citywide, the New York State Supreme Court ruled against a landlord who over-charged tenants of 50 Murray Street while taking advantage of the 421(g) tax abatement. Early this year, tenants of 50 Murray Street filed a lawsuit after their landlord, Bistricer’s Clipper Equity, initiated substantial rent hikes. READ MORE

New Yorkers Gather to Celebrate Norman Buchbinder Way Co-Naming


UNION SQUARE – Community leaders from Village and Union Square gathered today on the corner W. 8th and MacDougal Streets to celebrate Norman Buchbinder Way, named after the co-founder of two business improvement districts that helped revitalize these historic neighborhoods.


The co-naming, which passed the City Council with Council Member Chin’s strong support, recognizes the life and contributions of a neighborhood visionary who helped to create New York City’s first BID, the Union Square Partnership, and founded what is known today as the Village Alliance. READ MORE

City Commits to Grand Street Traffic Safety Agents at District 1 Town Hall

City promises to station traffic agents at intersection of Grand Street and Clinton Street to address traffic gridlock


LOWER EAST SIDE – At yesterday’s District 1 Town Hall moderated by Council Member Margaret S. Chin, Mayor Bill de Blasio committed to stationing a traffic agent on the corner of Grand Street and Clinton Street, an intersection that has suffered from a high level of congestion and presented a safety hazard to District 1 pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. READ MORE

Council Member Chin Demands Transparency in Urban Renewal Areas

Legislation would require public notification about expiring URAs to prevent expirations like the one that led to Two Bridges mega-tower proposals


CITY HALL – At a City Council hearing today, Council Member Margaret S. Chin urged the passage of her bill to notify the public of expiring Urban Renewal Areas (URAs) and to strengthen the community’s response against out-of-character development. READ MORE

Council Members Chin, Vallone and Rosenthal Declare Victory for Seniors and Human Services Organizations

CIVIC CENTER – Today, New York City Council Members Margaret S. Chin, Paul Vallone and Helen Rosenthal declared victory after successfully fighting for increases in funding for senior services and to ‘right-size’ human services contracts. On June 6, 2017, the New York City Council voted to pass the Fiscal Year 2018 budget, which includes an historic $22.89 million in permanent funding for senior services and a $30.3 million increase to ‘right-size’ contracts for human services organizations. READ MORE

Council Calls for More Assistance for Informal Caregivers

Originally Posted on February 24, 2016 

Legislation introduced today instructs City to find ways to assist New Yorkers struggling to take care of aging family members

In the latest effort to address the needs of a growing senior population, Council Member Margaret Chin (D-Lower Manhattan), Council Member Debi Rose (D-North Shore/Staten Island) and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito introduced legislation today that would call on the City to develop a comprehensive plan to address the needs of a growing number of informal caregivers. READ MORE

Council Member Chin Calls for Leniency for Peter Liang

Originally Posted on February 18, 2016

CITY HALL – Council Member Margaret Chin (D-Lower Manhattan) released the following statement regarding the sentencing of Peter Liang, who was convicted last week by a Brooklyn jury on the top charge of Manslaughter in the 2nd Degree in the tragic death of Akai Gurley in November 2014:

“Today, I have asked my Council colleagues to join me to ask for leniency in the case involving Peter Liang. READ MORE