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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

NEW YORK – To meet an unprecedented demand for resources to address food insecurity, Council Member Margaret Chin has partnered with local nonprofits UA3 and Chung Pak LDC to cover hard-to-reach buildings in Chinatown and the Lower East Side.

Since the PAUSE order took effect, residents have faced numerous barriers to safely access affordable and reliable food supply.

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COVID-19 RESOURCE PAGE

Dear Neighbor,

The unprecedented global health crisis we’re facing right now demands all of us to do our part and make responsible decisions to protect ourselves, loved ones, and fellow New Yorkers from danger. As we adjust to this new reality, I want to make sure you’re connected with resources to get through this time. Updates are evolving by the minute, which can be overwhelming, so I hope this guide can help.

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Facing sales losses of up to 80%, street vendors are not eligible for existing Small Business Services relief packages but continue to face punitive fines

NEW YORK – Today, in a letter led by Council Member Chin, New York City Council Members called on the City to provide economic relief to street vendors who have been suffering in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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HENRY STREET SETTLEMENT SENIOR CENTER

334 Madison Street, Lower Level / New York, NY  10002 / T: 212.349.2770

Sunday-Friday / 12:00pm – 1:00pm / Pre-Packed Lunch & Dinner / Age 60+ Only

Must provide proof of age.  Family member, aide or neighbor can pick up meals for a senior, if they themselves are unable to get to the center.  Person picking up must provide the senior’s ID at the time of pick up.

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Chin bill creates strict City procedure to identify and remediate elemental mercury before approving risky ground work  

SOUTH STREET SEAPORT – Council Member Margaret S. Chin rallied with Downtown parents and school leaders today to celebrate the introduction of legislation to create strict City standards related to the exposure, testing and remediation of elemental mercury on properties adjacent to schools. 

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CHINATOWN – Council Member Chin issued the following statement on the latest developments around the 3-alarm fire impacting 70 Mulberry Street at the corner of Mulberry Street and Bayard Street,
starting late Thursday evening:

“70 Mulberry is the building where I went to school, P.S. 23, after my family immigrated to New York from Hong Kong in 1963.

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Led by CM Chin, bill will for the first time legally require DOE to regularly test DOE classrooms for lead

CITY HALL – Today, Council Member Margaret S. Chin passed historic legislation that will strengthen the City’s mechanisms to enforce against landlords who do not remediate lead upon turnover of a unit, and will also – for the first time – legally require the Department of Education to regularly inspect classrooms for lead.

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FINANCIAL DISTRICT – Today, Council Member Margaret S. Chin joined Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza and Millennium High School faculty and students to celebrate the school’s victory in acquiring a new floor in its building. This expansion will offer an additional 25,000 square feet – with 5,000 square of physical education space – in the highly sought-after school.

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“For almost twenty years, the Rector Street Bridge has served as a lifeline to families and seniors crossing the West Side Highway and Hudson River Greenway. I firmly stand with 2,700 of my Lower Manhattan neighbors in urging the City and State to engage the community about alternatives to demolishing this transportation safety asset. While this conversation has dragged on for years, the community is still waiting for answers to critical questions.

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CHINATOWN – Today, Council Member Margaret S. Chin joined Confucius Plaza Management, Hamilton-Madison House staff and local seniors to announce the launch of a new Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) program at Confucius Plaza, a 44 year old complex in the heart of Chinatown that houses 762 households. The Joy Peace Center, operated by the Hamilton-Madison House, will offer social work and nursing services – as well as fitness, art and educational classes – to help older residents of Confucius Plaza age in place with health and dignity.

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