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  1. Penelope B.
    July 18, 2013

    The Real Estate Board of NY (REBNY) has endorsed Chin and is supplying candidacy with beaucoup campaign cash to do campaign mailings for her day after day.
    My mailbox is getting stuffed. She has sold herself and her district out to the city's biggest real-estate developers.

    Who is on REBNY's board? Every developer who screwed downtown!

    For instance:
    - Bill Rudin, WTC developer Larry Silverstein and builder Dan Tisch sit on NYU's board of trustees and joined with NYU president Sexton and Margaret Chin to push the NYU expansion scheme through the city council

    -The Tishman Speyers who tried to evict hundreds rent-stabilized tenants in Stuy Town and Peter Cooper Village while getting government tax relief.

    - Rudin family – who bought St. Vincent's and replaced it with luxe housing for the rich

    - Mary Ann Tighe – REBNY chair and director of the Howard Hughes Corporation, who finagled the South Street Seaport overdevelopment against the community's wishes, and the details of which Chin kept secret for a year until the day after the Council passed the zoning.

    - Larry Gluck, who bought Independence Plaza in TriBeCa, immediately removed it from Mitchell Lama, and evicted hundreds of rent-stabilized tenants.

    - Jeff Gural – the chief of Newmark, Knight, Realty, which is behind the SoHo Business Improvement District

    Clearly Chin has been bought and sold by the developers. Savvy real-estate professionals don't give candidates hundreds of thousands of dollars and don't expect payback later on.

    - Jared Kushner – LES's biggest property owner, slumlord, and Donald Trump's son-in-law

    - Richard Lefrak – who stated publicly that he wants to remove rent-stabilization from BPC's Gateway Plaza tenants

  2. LizaWithAZ
    July 18, 2013

    Is anyone surprised that Margaret Chin is now the candidate of big real estate? Color me not surprised.

  3. Patrick Shields
    July 18, 2013

    Has anyone seen a complete list of the Jobs for New York endorsements? Curious who the challengers are, or if others are in Manhattan.

    • uninvited guest
      July 20, 2013

      Here's a partial list:

      This PAC endorses Republican or Democrat, as long as the candidate is "business-friendly," particularly toward the "developers [and] banks" Chin has been such a champion of (think Chinatown BID, NYU 2031 Core expansion, SoHo/Broadway BID, Howard Hughes and the Southstreet Seaport, and the crushing loss of 135 Bowery to an international bank).

      According to Chin's co-beneficiary Steve Matteo, the disingenuously named, REBNY-backed "Jobs for New York" "want[s] to prevent a left-leaning, progressive Council. They want to have as many pro-business voices as they can."

      Let me ask you this: what incumbent City Councilmember NEEDS a Pac like this one backed by mega-developer Larry Silverstein? Only a City Councilmember who has spent her first four years betraying her constituents over and over, again and again: Margaret Chin.

      Never in memory has District 1 needed to keep more on its toes than in this City Council race. Spread the word. Get all the registered Democrats out on September 10th.

      Jenifer Rajkumar is "unbought and unbossed" (to quote the late Shirley Chisholm). Jenifer will lead from a bottom up platform that takes constituents' needs into account, including in decisions about the distribution of District 1 discretionary funds.

      Go Jenifer!

  4. Guest
    July 19, 2013

    Chin's own spokesperson makes her look bad, just really bad. I'm so fed up with developers and real estate interests turning our neighborhood into a zoo for tourists. It's time for the folks who live here to reclaim our neighborhood. I'm sure Ms. Chin is a nice woman, but her stands on the big issues have been horrible for us. I'm up for giving Jenifer a shot. She has the energy, organization, and smarts… and she gets it… that the voters deserve to have their wishes carried out. Goooo Rajkumar!

  5. jUDY fUNK
    July 19, 2013

    How were the stones transformed? Were they handcarved, or cast and remodeled with plaster etc.? SO Fn cool, Mark!

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