Dear SoHo

Christopher Marte
 
- Margaret Chin Faces Election Challenge
- Attend Meet & Greet Event in SoHo This Week for Challenger, Christopher Marte

Countless people have inquired how to replace our current council member, Margaret Chin, with someone more supportive of SoHo’s residents’ interests and concerns.
 
When first running for office, Chin claimed that she would serve no more than eight years.  However, due to a quirk in the term-limits law, she can run for a third four-year term this fall.  
 
To no one’s surprise, she is going back on her word yet again and has filed financial documents this week for City campaign funding to seek a third term.
 
So too has Christopher Marte filed this week to run against Chin for the same council seat . 
 
Christopher Marte is a dynamic young community activist, born and raised in our council district, the son of immigrants.  A lifelong neighbor, he grew up nearby on Rivington and Forsyth Streets, across the street from Rivington House, the non-profit health care facility that was mysteriously transferred to luxury housing under Chin’s watch. 
 
Marte has spoken out against massive luxury developments in low-rise neighborhoods on the Lower East Side.  He has marched with us demanding our children’s Elizabeth Street Garden not be turned over to real estate developers, as Chin seeks to do.  
 
Christopher has volunteered coaching local youth teams, as well as helping incarcerated individuals reintegrate into society, not to mention volunteering at the Bowery Mission and other local institutions. He has lobbied for local workers seeking to recover lost wages.
 
Highly educated and well travelled, Christopher interned at the District Attorney’s office and worked at an immigration law firm, as well as serving as an investment analyst at IBM Retirement Firm.
 
Visit Chris’ website at http://www.martenyc.com to learn more about this remarkable person.
 
Two local activists are sponsoring a Meet & Greet Event for Christopher this comingThursday, January 26, 6:00 - 8:00 pm at 121 Mercer Street, Apt. 5.

This is your chance to hear Christopher firsthand.  You will be impressed.  Do try to attend.
 
Although not mandatory, it is also a fundraiser and all donations will be welcomed.  (Recall how the Real Estate Board of NY spent close to $400,000 to re-elect Chin in 2013.  Expect a repeat this year.)  If you cannot attend, you can contribute to Christopher's grassroots campaign here https://www.nycvotes.org/campaigns/620/contributions/new
 
 
Sean Sweeney
Executve Director
SoHo Alliance
 
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