Margaret in the News

 

FEATURED STORY: 'I'm Not Afraid to Speak Out': How Margaret Chin Found Her Voice (NBCNews, March 13, 2015)

...Chin, 61, has spent much of her adult life getting to the bottom of things in Manhattan's Chinatown, the neighborhood where she grew up and where she has served in public service for decades. Her plain talk on education, affordable housing and quality-of-life issues earned her the support of many Lower Manhattan residents, who sent her to the City Council in 2009, and again in 2013. 

 

2015

JUNE 2015

 

"It Wasn't Asking the Moon; De Blasio, D.O.E. Decree Lunar New Year a Holiday" (The Villager, June 25)

The Department of Education’s press release included statements from politicians from all over the city praising the decision, including several who represent at least part of Manhattan’s Chinatown: Congressmember Jerrold Nadler, state Senator Daniel Squadron and City Councilmember Margaret Chin. Chin was a sponsor of the bill that supported the designation. Some schools in the neighborhood reported absence rates of greater than 80 percent on Lunar New Year. In a statement, Chin said 15 percent of public school students across the city observe the holiday and that the announcement “gives Lunar New Year the respect and recognition it has long deserved.”

 

MAY 2015

 

"New York City Council Women's Caucus Wants a Woman on the Twenty-Dollar Bill" (The Village Voice, May 13)

Today, the New York City Council's Women's Caucus will take to the steps of City Hall to announce a resolution calling for a woman to replace Andrew Jackson on the twenty-dollar bill, part of a nationwide initiative organized by a nonprofit called Women on 20s...."...it's about time we recognize the contribution of women in building this country," said Council Member Chin." The issue is of particular significance in New York, which has a rich history of women's movements. The 1848 Seneca Falls Convention in upstate New York is generally thought of as the official beginning of the women's-rights movement, and New York was among the first states to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment. On top of that, the founders of Women on 20s both have strong ties to New York. Barbara Ortiz Howard, who first had the idea to campaign to put a woman's face on American currency, is the longtime owner of an exterior restoration business in Mount Vernon, just north of the Bronx, and Susan Ades Stone is a New York–based journalist. "New York has a great history in terms of the women's movement and helping to get the Nineteenth Amendment passed. I think we're all very excited about getting involved, and hopefully by 2020, we'll see this become a reality," Council Member Chin added."

 

 

APRIL 2015

 

"Three New Lawsuits Against Samy Mahfar, More Calls For Buildings Department Reform" (The Lo-Down, May 1)

On April 20, tenants at 210 Rivington St., 22 Spring St. and 102 Norfolk St. took Mahfar’s SMA Equities to court, alleging harassment, unsafe lead mitigation, dangerous gut renovations and repeated heat and hot water outages....The allegations are very familiar to anyone who’s been paying attention to the LES tenant/landlord wars. Today, we’re going to zero in on a couple of issues that jumped out at us as tenants and elected officials spoke....City Council Member Margaret Chin called for “comprehensive reform of the Buildings Department” and urged city agencies to work more closely. “Why is the health department not working together with the buildings department to do (toxic lead) testing?” she asked. City Council member Rosie Mendez agreed, saying, “I don’t understand why it takes so much energy… to get the city agencies to work together. It shouldn’t be this hard.” A new tenant task force was created earlier this year to better coordinate efforts. It remains to be seen whether the city-state collaboration will be effective. But within the City Council, there’s a growing consensus that new legislation — not simply pleading and cajoling — will be necessary to get the agencies’ attention.

 

" 'It's Like Someone Dropped A Bomb In There': LES Tenants Sue Landlord Over Illegal Construction" (Gothamist, April 30)

Rent-stabilized tenants at a Lower East Side building have filed a lawsuit against their landlord, Paul Galasso, for illegal construction that has left holes in the walls and ceilings of their apartments, compromised air quality, and, since March 20th, left them with no gas, heat or hot water....43 Essex Street has received thirteen violations from the the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) since February 2nd, seven of which were classified as Class C, or "immediately hazardous," according to a lawsuit filed by tenants. Additionally, the Department of Buildings has filed three violations, since February 28th....Donna Chiu, Director of Housing and Community Services at Asian Americans for Equality(AAFE), has been working closely with the tenants since March, since many of them speak only Cantonese and have struggled to discern their legal rights. She told us this morning that many of the tenants fear that their building will meet the same fate as 49 Essex Street, which was vacated two years ago. Chiu added that the loss of gas in late March was the final straw, and prompted AAFE to reach out to Councilwoman Margaret Chin's office for help filing the third Stop Work Order. "Eventually, finally, a Stop Work Order was placed on March 20th," she said.

 

"City Council moves to require hepatitis report" (Capital New York, April 27)

The city's health department will be required to produce an annual report on hepatitis B and C because of a bill expected to pass the City Council's health committee today, and the full Council on Tuesday. The bill, co-sponsored by members Margaret Chin, Corey Johnson and Peter Koo, requires the health department to inform the Council as to how many new cases of hepatitis B and C have been reported in the previous year, the top five causes of infections, demographic information of those diagnosed, the number of deaths attributed to the two diseases, the number of pregnant women with hepatitis B—including their race, ethnicity and geographic region of birth—and a list of community outreach efforts targeting hepatitis B and hepatitis C. “This is an important health issue, especially in the Asian community,” Chin said.

 

"Council calls on de Blasio to increase funding for senior services" (Staten Island Advance, April 27)

 The City Council is calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to include an additional $26.4 million for senior services in the executive budget. "An executive budget with no new funding for senior services would not be a responsible budget," Councilwoman Margaret Chin (D-Manhattan), chair of the Committee on Aging, said in a statement....De Blasio proposed $257.3 million for the Department for the Aging in his preliminary budget for fiscal year 2016, which starts in July. But that is actually about $23.4 million less than last year's adopted budget, partially because of a one-time Council allocation of $20.6 million for senior services last year. "We need Mayor de Blasio to step up and provide additional funding to serve and support our city's rapidly growing senior population, without just relying on the Council to fill in the gaps," Chin said. 

 

Op-ed by Council Members Chin & Vallone: "A Responsible Budget Means New Funding for Seniors" (Observer, April 24)

...In his preliminary budget, the mayor included no new funding for the city’s Department for the Aging, which provides key senior services including homecare, elder abuse prevention and senior center programming and maintenance. To continue this lack of new funding in the executive budget would be an irresponsible move for the approximately 1.5 million seniors currently living in New York City, and it’s something that the mayor must correct if he truly seeks to put together a responsible plan for our city. The lack of any new senior funding in this year’s preliminary budget also defies common sense. If you want to help an aging population, you can’t just pump in new senior funding one year, and leave it starving the next. That’s not how aging works—our residents aren’t going to stop getting older.

 

"Verizon Drops Customers From Low-Income Program" (Wall Street Journal, April 23)

Efforts to reduce fraud in a program that subsidizes phone bills for low-income Americans may be resulting in a large number of eligible customers being dropped from its rolls. Under the Federal Communications Commission program, called Lifeline, phone companies receive money for providing discounts to low-income customers. In 2012 the FCC passed new regulations designed to reduce fraud in the program, including a requirement that all beneficiaries certify their eligibility annually. That led to significant declines in enrollment. But this year’s drop was especially large. In New York State, for example, about 62,000 people, or 62% ofVerizon Communications Inc. landline customers who were receiving the Lifeline benefit last year, were deemed ineligible as of January, according to a document Verizon filed with the FCC....New York state and city lawmakers, among them City Council Member Margaret Chin, state Sen. Daniel Squadron and Assemblyman Sheldon Silver, on April 17 sent letters to Verizon and the FCC detailing problems their constituents faced and asking for fixes.

 

"Tenant Coalition Files Four Lawsuits Against Landlord for Harassment" (DNAinfo, April 20)

Rent-stabilized tenants of a Lower East Side building that was found to have lead levels that were nearly 3,000 times the legal limit have taken their landlord to court, along with residents of three other buildings owned by the same company. The Mahfar Tenants Alliance — a group of rent-regulated residents living in 21 apartments across four buildings — 22 Spring St., 102 Norfolk St., 210 Rivington St. and 113 Stanton St. — have taken their landlord, Samy Mahfar of SMA Equities to court, saying that he has refused to renew their leases and used “hazardous” construction practices to force them out of their apartments....State Sen. Daniel Squadron, Councilwomen Margaret Chin and Rosie Mendez and a representative from Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s office also showed up to support the tenants in their fight against Mahfar and SMA Equities. They also called on city agencies to work together in order to prevent tenant harassment.

 

Op-ed by Council Member Chin: "Working hard for seniors and our local community" (The Villager, April 16)

 

"NYC Council to push Congress to renew Zadroga 9/11 Act" (amNY, April 16)

City Council members plan to rally Thursday morning calling on Congress to re-up its medical support for New Yorkers affected by 9/11 attacks. The body will pass a resolution that urges Washington to pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act, according to Councilwoman Margaret Chin's office. Chin, who will lead the rally, said New York's congressional delegation fought to pass the original bill in 2010 and help the thousands of affected first responders and civilians. "Our nation must continue to fulfill its moral obligation to support these brave men and women and their families," she said in a statement.

 

 

MARCH 2015

 

"City Council wants to create a 'small business advocate" (Crain's New York Business, March 31)

Legislation will be introduced in the City Council Tuesday to create a government office to field complaints from the city's thousands of small-business owners, as well as to advocate on their behalf. It would essentially be an ombudsman for small businesses. The bill's sponsor, Margaret Chin, is pitching it as akin to the city's public advocate. The new "small-business advocate" would be located within the city's Department of Small Business Services, although the size of its budget and staff have yet to be worked out. In addition to acting as a conduit for complaints and comments about city services from small businesses, the office would make recommendations to the mayor on policies and programs to better support small businesses, and would issue an annual report to the City Council in that same vein. "Small businesses are a foundation of New York City's vibrancy and diversity, and this legislation will allow us to take powerful strides forward in protecting and supporting those businesses for generations to come," said Ms. Chin, D-Manhattan. "By moving to create a new office that will advocate for strong and sensible policies, along with requiring an annual report, we're laying the groundwork for historic advances to help make sure small businesses can survive and thrive amid a constantly changing business environment."

 

"Chin and Vallone Won't Call Budget Responsible Without Funding For Aging" (Observer, March 24)

Two City Council members are disagreeing with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s claim his budget is “responsible”—saying he needs to boost funding for the city’s rapidly growing population of seniors. Councilwoman Margaret Chin, who chairs the Committee on Aging, and Councilman Paul Vallone said today the city’s 60-plus population is set to make up about 20 percent of the city’s entire population by 2030—and as such the mayor needs to increase his proposed funding for the Department for the Aging from his current proposal of $257.3 million. “It is often said that a city’s priorities are reflected in its budget—and when he presented his Fiscal Year 2016 preliminary budget, Mayor de Blasio repeatedly stated that he believes it is fiscally responsible, progressive and honest. It is hard for us to agree that this budget is responsible, since no new funding was added for the Department for the Aging,” the Council members said in a joint statement.

 

"City announces $14 M. for Lower Manhattan resiliency" (Capital NY, March 14)

Mayor Bill de Blasio's office announced today that the city was investing more than $14 million in city and state funds to plan and build resiliency infrastructure in Lower Manhattan. One pot of money, $6.75 million, is a combination of city and state funds that will go to "advanced planning funding for comprehensive flood protection in Lower Manhattan from Montgomery Street south to the Battery and up the west side to the north end of Battery Park City." Another $8 million will go to flood protection design, as well as the first phase of implementation at Battery Park....The funding comes after a months-long advocacy push from local elected and community leaders who have been fighting for more concrete action on protecting Lower Manhattan in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Local leaders say millions more will be necessary to truly protect the area from future storms. “Our city must continue to do more to protect Lower Manhattan from natural disasters, and that’s why I worked alongside my local elected colleagues, Community Board 1 and other neighborhood stakeholders to collaborate with the Mayor’s Office and strongly advocate for this new resiliency funding,” Councilwoman Margaret Chin said in statement. “This is a critical investment in the future of Lower Manhattan’s booming residential and business community, and I thank Mayor de Blasio for hearing our call and taking this step forward.”

 

'I'm Not Afraid to Speak Out': How Margaret Chin Found Her Voice (NBCNews, March 13, 2015)

...Chin, 61, has spent much of her adult life getting to the bottom of things in Manhattan's Chinatown, the neighborhood where she grew up and where she has served in public service for decades. Her plain talk on education, affordable housing and quality-of-life issues earned her the support of many Lower Manhattan residents, who sent her to the City Council in 2009, and again in 2013.

 

"Asian-American Groups Push City Hall to Add Lunar New Year to NYC Public School Calendar" (WABC, March 13)

Some New York City lawmakers are urging Mayor Bill de Blasio to add to add another holiday the the public school calendar. They say students should be off on the Lunar New Year, and the push comes days after the city added two Muslim holidays....The Lunar New Year is by far the most important holiday for many Asian New Yorkers, and children of Asian descent make up about 15 percent of the city's public school population. Now. their parents and elected leaders are calling for more respect. "So we're here just to remind the mayor, keep your commitment and respect our community," Councilwoman Margaret Chin said. "Lunar New Year is a major holiday for the Asian-American community."

 

"Neighbors Tire of Checkpoint Charlie in Chinatown" (WNYC, March 5)

Much of lower Manhattan has seen a dramatic revival post-9/11. But not a four-block stretch of Park Row in Chinatown. The street has been closed to most traffic and area residents have to present identification just to walk by police barricades. "It looks like a police state," said local resident Triple Edwards, who lives in the 421-unit Chatham Green Cooperative, which is entirely enclosed by barricades. "We have to show ID to get in." The street got an initial uptick in security after the September 11th attacks in 2001, because One Police Plaza —the administrative home of the New York Police Department — is right down the block. Now, 14 years later, New York City Councilwoman Margaret Chin is spearheading a renewed push by Lower Manhattan organizations to reopen the street...

 

 

FEBRUARY 2015

 

"City May Turn Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel Ramp Into Pedestrian Space" (Streetsblog, Feb. 13)

A nice-sized pedestrian space is shaping up in the Financial District, thanks to the Downtown Alliance, City Council Member Margaret Chin, and Community Board 1...

 

"Margaret Chin: Toll Reform Will Protect New Yorkers From Truck Traffic" (Streetsblog, Feb. 12)

City Council Member Margaret Chin today introduced legislation to require the city to examine the effects of New York City’s dysfunctional bridge toll system on traffic safety. The bill would also mandate regular DOT safety audits for all city truck routes. Trucks account for 3.6 percent of vehicles on city streets but are involved in 32 percent and 12 percent of cyclist and pedestrian fatalities, respectively, according to city data cited by Chin. At a press conference outside City Hall this morning, Chin said her bill “should be welcomed by the [de Blasio] administration as a component of Vision Zero.” Chin cited the un-tolled Manhattan Bridge as a major cause of traffic chaos on Canal Street, which cuts through her district. Drivers have killed at least four pedestrians on Canal Street since 2012, according to crash data compiled by Streetsblog...

 

"New Bill Will Require Truck Route Safety Studies" (amNewYork, Feb. 11)

Truck routes that move freight by the millions of tons a year through city roadways would be routinely studied for safety under a bill being introduced in the City Council Thursday. Councilwoman Margaret Chin, who represents Lower Manhattan, including the busy Canal Street corridor between the Manhattan Bridge and Holland Tunnel, told amNewYork she is introducing the bill to get the city's Department of Transportation to take a new look at how trucks can interact with pedestrians and bicyclists along routes more safely...

 

 

JANUARY 2015

 

"Councilwoman Margaret Chin is Fighting to Make Bad Landlords Pay Upfront" (Village Voice, Jan. 30)

New York's slumlords force out their rent-stabilized tenants in a number of horrific andwell-documented ways: They tear out fireproofing, they punch holes in basement walls, they take axes to boilers and water mains. But the real problems are vacate orders that put tenants out on the street. Lower Manhattan Councilwoman Margaret Chin has again taken up her fight to stop those damning orders at the source...

 

"Bill Would Require Landlords to Inform Tenants of Rent Subsidies" (NY Post, Jan. 20)

Thousands of seniors soon won’t have an excuse for not taking advantage of one of the best deals in town: a program that offers millions of dollars in rent subsidies. City Councilwoman Margaret Chin (D-Manhattan) is introducing a bill Wednesday that will require landlords to notify tenants about the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption program, in which the city pays rent increases of seniors who earn less than $50,000 a year, live in rent-regulated apartments and spend at least a third of their income on rent. “With this direct outreach to senior and disabled tenants, I know we will be able to increase enrollment so these tenants can finally get the life-changing rent freeze that they are already eligible to receive,” Chin said...

 

"State and City Pols Push to Close Charter School Loophole" (NY Daily News, Jan. 20)

A group of state and city politicians are mounting a legislative push to tighten laws surrounding the locations of new charter schools in New York City. Current state law permits charter schools authorized by the State University of New York to move to different districts after their plans to open have been approved by SUNY — as long as they stay in the same borough.... Some lawmakers say the process is unfair.... “New Yorkers know that the East Village is different from East Harlem, and that East Williamsburg is different from East New York. But right now, the state’s process for charter school approval doesn't acknowledge that these are different neighborhoods with different populations and needs,” said Council Member Chin.

 

City Council Members Push to Extend Zadroga Act for 9/11 First Responders" (NY Daily News, Jan. 7)

City Council members are joining the fight to extend the Zadroga Act for ailing 9/11 first responders. A resolution pushing for extension of the act, which funds health treatment and compensation for cops, firefighters, workers and area residents sickened after exposure to Ground Zero toxins, will be introduced Wednesday by Councilwoman Margaret Chin (D-Manhattan).... “NYPD and FDNY service members are still suffering from 9/11-related illnesses, along with thousands of 9/11 survivors and other first responders. It is absolutely vital for Congress to reauthorize the Zadroga Act so our nation can continue to provide for these brave men and women and their families,” said Chin, who represents Lower Manhattan. “We must not leave them without the healthcare and compensation they so desperately need.”

 

 

 

2014

 

DECEMBER 2014

 

"NYC Cracks Down On Sketchy Senior Day Care Centers" (Gothamist, Dec. 19)

The New York City Council is cracking down on fraudulent social adult day care centers that take advantage of the elderly. Some of these centers, which are meant to help those with chronic conditions requiring constant care, such as dementia and Alzheimer's, have been abusing Medicaid funding and leaving senior citizens vulnerable. Legislation was passed on Wednesday to create oversight for all social adult day care centers. Sponsored by Council Member Margaret Chin, the proposal had almost unanimous support (48 co-sponsors out of 51 council members.) The new rules are designed specifically to prevent the misuse or waste of Medicaid funds at the centers in question.... Chin said the problem had gone unchecked for far too long. "I have spent years working on this issue because it is unacceptable for our seniors to receive anything less than the best possible care in facilities that are held to strict standards," said Chin, who chairs the council's Committee on Aging.

 

 

NOVEMBER 2014

 

"Proposal for NYC Forms: Option to Identify as Multiracial" (Wall Street Journal, Nov. 24)

New Yorkers would be able to identify as more than one race on city documents under legislation set to be introduced in the City Council on Tuesday. “We just wanted to bring New York City into the 21st century,” said Councilwoman Margaret Chin, a Manhattan Democrat and the lead sponsor of the measure. “This will allow New Yorkers to identify their heritage and be proud of it. They shouldn’t have to only check one box.” The city has the highest multiracial population in the country, with 325,901 people identifying as more than one race on the 2010 U.S. Census...

 

OP-ED by Council Members Chin, Lander & Richards on bill to reduce plastic bag waste (NY Daily News, Nov. 19)

...New Yorkers, by contrast, continue to use 5.2 billion disposable bags — 625 per person — each year. We spend $10 million of taxpayers’ money to truck them as waste to landfills, but many still end up as litter. Others blow into the ocean, where they join ever-growing islands of plastic waste that are filling our oceans. Are we finally ready to do something about it? We’re the sponsors of city legislation to place a 10-cent fee on disposable plastic and paper bags in convenience stores, supermarkets and delis citywide. That small fee will help remind New Yorkers to start bringing their own bags to the store — and with that shift will come the same benefits so many other cities are already enjoying....

 

"NYC Councilwoman Margaret Chin Introducing Bill to Measure Noise Pollution" (CBS New York, Nov. 12)

A City Council bill would gauge the noise levels in New York’s neighborhoods. Councilwoman Margaret Chin‘s bill would require the city Department of Environmental Protection to install palm-size detectors to collect data on noise pollution, WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported...

 

 

OCTOBER 2014

 

"Developer Promises Not to Put Big-Box Store in Glassy Soho Building" (DNAinfo, Oct. 15)

A new Houston Street building that neighbors had feared would become a big-box store will now feature a smaller retail space instead, following a year of negotiations with the community, the developer said. Madison Capital had planned to put at least four stories of retail in its glassy new development at 19 E. Houston St., which would have required a special permit for stores bigger than 10,000 square feet. But after discussions with Community Board 2, SoHo residents, theManhattan Borough President's office and City Councilwoman Margaret Chin, Madison Capital agreed to limit retail to the cellar, ground floor and second floor, totaling less than 10,000 square feet, according to a letter the developer sent Chin recently. "It's certainly a victory and we very much appreciate it," said Tobi Bergman, chair of the Community Board 2 Land Use Committee. "The biggest concern was the massiveness...and the character of the retail. Neighbors are becoming increasingly concerned about the character of the retail [in SoHo]."

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2014

 

"City to Publicly Shame Harassing Landlords" (NY Times, Sept. 30)

New York City officials will publicly post the names of landlords found to have harassed tenants, hoping the public shaming will be a deterrent. The mayor signed a bill on Tuesday that will require the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development to post on its website the names of landlords found in housing court to have harassed tenants.... Councilwoman Margaret Chin, who co-sponsored the bill, said the publicity would work with landlords who may be willing to risk civil penalties, but not their reputations.... The new law also raises civil penalties for landlords who harass to a maximum of $10,000 per residential unit, from $5,000.

 

 

AUGUST 2014

 

"NYC Street Vendor License Transfer Saves a Life" (Epoch Times, Aug. 20)

Relief might be on the way for city vendors who, until now, could not transfer their license to a family member. In the case of Chun Yin, it is just what the doctor ordered. Yin’s husband Zhihui Zheng is a holder of a coveted general vendor license, and his street stall is the only source of income for the family of four. But Zheng had a stroke in 2001 and was hospitalized; afterwards his diabetes worsened. With high-blood pressure and swollen legs, he couldn’t make it to his vendor’s stall in Manhattan’s Chinatown, and it left Yin to provide for her two young sons alone. In June, Zheng was granted a temporary transfer, allowing Yin to take his place at the vendor’s stall. More significantly, she could go without worrying that she would be ticketed or arrested. Proposed city legislation expected to be introduced on Thursday by Councilmember Margaret Chin will amend the city’s administrative code to allow vendors to transfer their license to someone in their family when they are ill or incapacitated. When every penny of the hard-earned livelihood of a vendor is at stake, one day or more can be a meaningful difference in income....

 

 

JULY 2014

 

"More Money for Seniors as City Grays: City Budgets an Extra $22.7 Million for the City's Fastest-Growing Demographic" (Wall Street Journal, July 25)

Tucked inside the New York City budget this year is an extra $22.7 million for the city's fastest-growing demographic: older New Yorkers. The Department for the Aging received an 8% bump to $280 million in the budget negotiated last month by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council. That was one of the largest percentage increases of any city agency—bigger than the police department, the fire department and the education department. De Blasio administration officials and Council members said the funds are necessary to meet the demands of a boom in older New Yorkers, whose population is expected to grow by more than 35% by 2030—to 1.84 million, city data indicate.... "Seniors are very active. They vote, they come to hearings. They make a very strong case for themselves," said Councilwoman Margaret Chin, the chairwoman of the Committee on Aging. "But also, the population is growing."

 

"NYC Councilwoman Wants Garage Turned Into Affordable Housing" (Wall Street Journal, July 7)

A City Council member is calling for the site of a Ludlow Street parking garage to be transformed into affordable housing after it was left out of a plan to redevelop a swath of the Lower East Side.... Councilwoman Margaret Chin wants the garage back into the mix of the city's affordable-housing plans. "It was part of the site [plan] back in 2012. We were very disappointed they took that off the table," said Ms. Chin, who represents the area. "It's an area where we see a lot of luxury condos going up…that would be a terrific site to build affordable housing for seniors, for working families." Ms. Chin's appeal is an example of how Mayor Bill de Blasio 's administration could fulfill its promise to leverage every potential site—even a municipal parking lot—to reach its affordable-housing goals...

 

"City to Revamp Stuyvesant High Auditorium Where 9/11 Dust Concerns Linger" (DNAinfo, July 2)

The city is finally replacing hundreds of worn-down seats in Stuyvesant High School’s auditorium — more than a decade after Ground Zero dust filled the space and sparked concerns about contamination and students' health. The upholstered seats became a flashpoint after students returned to Stuyvesant High less than a month after 9/11, with some parents and students claiming the school had not been sufficiently cleaned. Now, the seats will finally be torn out and replaced, with funds from City Councilwoman Margaret Chin and Borough President Gale Brewer, who each contributed $150,000 to the project in the recently released city budget...

 

 

JUNE 2014

 

"Council Member Chin Allocates $600,000 for New Seward Park Basketball Courts" (The Lo-Down, June 27)

...First up: a big win for Seward Park. In the capital budget, City Council member Margaret Chin was able to allocate $600,000 to resurface the basketball courts in the northeast corner of the park. The project was one of 24 capital priorities outlined by Community Board 3 in the past year...

 

"City Council Members Urge State to Ban Condoms as Evidence" (NY Observer, June 9)

Three City Council members–Carlos Menchaca, Margaret Chin and Jumaane Williams–today urged the State Senate to pass a bill that would ban the use of condoms as evidence in all crimes, especially in prostitution-related offenses.... Ms. Chin applauded the NYPD’s recent efforts to limit the seizure of condoms but said it wasn’t enough: “The recent NYPD policy shift is an important one but it does not finish the job. It’s about doing the right thing, and when it comes to doing the right thing you don’t leave loopholes and you don’t leave people behind. Let’s get it done, let’s finish the job and let’s get the state to make it happen.”

 

 

 

 

 

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