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

City Hall –Today, in a 11 to 5 vote with no abstentions, the New York City Council Committee on Land Use voted to approve the City’s plan to close Rikers Island and shift to a smaller system of modern, service-centered facilities located closer to the courts – bringing the plan to a full Council vote on Thursday. Since the beginning of the public review process, Council Member Chin has stood with residents to highlight concerns around safety, construction mitigation, small business protections and community investments.

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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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CITY HALL – Council Member Margaret S. Chin introduced a legislative package to tackle age discrimination in the workforce.  The bills – which forces the City to employ new tools to test for cases of age discrimination, build resources for workforce development and advocacy for older adults, and expands outreach and training – seek to reinforce New York City’s commitment to build a truly age-friendly city where older workers feel safe and supported in their jobs.

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DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN—With the friends and family of Elizabeth H. Berger in attendance, Council Member Margaret S. Chin today celebrated the groundbreaking of the Elizabeth H. Berger Plaza. This new .68 acre unified park will transform the area into a “village green” dedicated to the memory of Elizabeth H. Berger, the former president of the Downtown Alliance, who initiated the planning for this project.

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Senior food access bill is part of Council-wide package on food justice

CITY HALL-Last week, Council Member Margaret S. Chin introduced legislation to require the City to create a plan to combat food insecurity among older New Yorkers living in isolation. Intro 1659 calls on the Human Resources Administration (HRA) and the Department for the Aging (DFTA) to identify the specific barriers keeping eligible seniors from enrolling in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 

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NEW YORK – Judge Arthur Engoron on Thursday ruled in favor of the New York City Council and Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer in their lawsuit contending that the proposed mega tower developments in the Two Bridges neighborhood must go through the public review process.

In 2016, the Department of City Planning contended in a ‘staff level determination’

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