2013 Voter Guide

Candidates for 1st City Council District

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Margaret S. Chin
Democratic, Working Families

Party Enrolled In: Democratic

Current Occupation: Council Member, District 1

Previous Occupation(s): Educator, Community Activist, Nonprofit Administrator

Education: P.S. 130, JHS 65, Bronx Science High, City College NY - BS Education

Organizational Affiliations: Alumni Association of City College of NY, NY Immigration Coalition

Prior Public Experience: Community Boards 1 & 3, NYS Democratic Committee

1. What is the most important issue in Council District 01 you would address if elected?

As a community activist and the first Asian American woman elected to the City Council, I've been a strong advocate of affordable housing. I negotiated the construction of over 500 new permanently affordable housing units for low and middle-income families and seniors in the LES. I also secured the preservation of hundreds of affordable housing units in the Village, Chinatown, and Tribeca. I have the proven track record of standing up for tenants' rights and advocating for repairs in a community where market rents are ever increasing.


2. What other important issues would you address if elected?

As a founding member of the Council's Progressive Caucus, I've supported paid sick days and the Community Safety Act. I've sponsored legislation to strengthen small businesses, improve indoor air quality, and enhance government transparency. I'll continue to fight to slow down the NYCHA infill plan until residents are able to have greater input. I'll continue to push for baselining of after school, childcare programs and senior services, and I'll fight for more school seats until overcrowding has been addressed.


3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?

I've advocated for over 30 years on quality of life issues, expansion of voter access, civil rights, and affordable housing. My passion for standing up for our community comes from living in our district for 50 years. My family stayed in the community after 9/11 and I helped fight for a 9/11 health program in the years following. I have fought hard for my district: for the set aside of space for two new schools and development of two locally-sourced food markets and new community facilities.


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Party Key
  • D = Democratic
  • WF = Working Families