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

Vendor Reform Bill Moves Forward in City Council

Momentum builds behind effort by Council Members Chin and Menchaca to update decades-old street vendor rules and regulations.

CITY HALL- Council Members Margaret S.Chin and Carlos Menchaca rallied today with street vendor, transportation and immigrant rights advocates ahead of a key Council hearing for historic reform legislation.

Council Member Chin and Menchaca’s bill, Intro 1116, aims to bring increased opportunities, fairness and consistent enforcement to a chaotic system created by a decades-old cap that has forced many vendors to turn to an underground market for licenses. READ MORE

Statement of City Council Members Margaret Chin and Brad Lander on Albany Legislation to Ban Plastic Bags, and the Ongoing Effort to Reduce Bag Waste in New York

New York, NY — New York City Council Members Margaret S. Chin and Brad Lander issued the following statement in response to the recent announcement that the New York State Legislature has agreed to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags:

“The days of the plastic bags in New York are, at last, coming to an end. READ MORE

Council Member Chin Responds to Proposal to Extend Shoreline of Lower Manhattan

Resiliency measure
would seek to protect vulnerable neighborhoods from storm surge, sea level
rise; funding sources remain unclear

NEW YORK —Council Member Margaret S. Chin responded to the release today of findings from a study regarding the Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency Project, which include a proposal to extend the shoreline of Lower Manhattan in the Financial and Seaport districts to protect these particularly vulnerable communities: 

“In the years since Sandy hit, we have struggled through the grueling process of recovery, made all the more difficult by the knowledge of how vulnerable our neighborhoods remain in the face of the next storm. READ MORE

Calling on the Mayor to Build a Fairer City for All Ages, CM Chin Holds Hearing on Underfunded Senior Centers & Kitchen Staff

NEW YORK -In a packed model budget hearing, Council Member Margaret S. Chin, Chair of the Aging Committee, joined advocates and senior service providers to call for desperately-needed funding for senior center meals and kitchen staff.

“The meals senior centers serve have an enormous impact on the wellbeing of our older adult population,” said  READ MORE

Council Member Chin Responds to Brooklyn DA Office’s Decision to Charge Murders at Seaport Buffet as a Hate Crime

I want to thank Brooklyn District Attorney, Eric Gonzalez for his decision to prosecute the cowardly murders of Fufai Pun, Tsz Mat Pun and Kheong Ng-Thang as a hate crime. I also want to thank the NYPD Hate Crimes Unit for its help on this case. The alleged perpetrator entered the Seaport Buffet motivated by a harmful racial stereotype of gender relations in my community, with a goal to massacre Asians. READ MORE

Citing Rising Number of Women Aging into Poverty, Council Members Chin and Rosenthal Call for More Funding for DFTA and More Affordable Senior Housing

NEW YORK –In a joint hearing, Council Members Margaret S. Chin and Helen Rosenthal addressed an ongoing but, often unseen, crisis facing women as they age. Through the testimony of activists, experts, and representatives from the NYC Department for the Aging and the Commission on Gender Equity, the City Council was provided with a vivid and disturbing picture of the numerous economic challenges facing older women in New York City. READ MORE

Council Members Chin, Deutsch, and Koo Respond to the Fatal Racist Attack at the Seaport Buffet in Brooklyn

On Tuesday, a man wielding a hammerattacked three Asian men working at the Seaport Buffet in Brooklyn. Tragically one of the men, Chef Fufai Pun, was killed in the attack. The other two men, Tsz Mat Pun and Kheong Ng-Thang remain in critical condition. The individual responsible for this brutal assault claimed to be inspired by an unnamed film depicting Chinese men abusing Chinese women. READ MORE

P.S. 150 Will Renew Its Lease – Avoid Move To Peck Slip

NEW YORK –After months of advocacy by parents, students, teachers, and Council Member Margaret S. Chin, P.S. 150, an award-winning school, will be allowed to renew its lease. The award-winning school is considered a jewel in the Tribeca neighborhood which is experiencing a huge demand for additional school seats. It was only a few months ago that the P.S. 150 parents, students, and teachers were informed that the building’s property owners, Vornado and Stellar Management, would evict the school at the end of the current academic year. READ MORE

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