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

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

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