Democratic Group Endorses Young Activist for City Council
Christopher Marte’s aim is, “building a coalition from the east side to the west side of District 1.”
The Downtown Independent Democrats (DID), an influential political club based in Lower Manhattan, has endorsed Christopher Marte in his campaign for the City Council seat that will be vacated by Margaret Chin next year, as a result of term limits.
At a Monday-evening meeting, the group heard presentations from half a dozen candidates, including Gigi Li (a former chair of Community Board 3, and currently Ms. Chin’s chief of staff), Jenny Lam-Low (who manages Community Engagement for City Council Speaker Corey Johnson), Maud Maron (a public defender, who also serves as president of the Community Education Council for District 2), and Denny Salas, a former financial professional and public school teacher, turned Democratic Party activist.
Mr. Marte has a long track record of engagement, starting in the Lower East Side neighborhood where he grew up, and culminating in a City Council run in 2017, which he lost by only a few hundred votes.
After Monday’s meeting, DID president Richard Corman said, “in a crowded field of committed contenders, we believe Christopher is the best candidate to represent our large and diverse community. Over the past four years, he has consistently shown a strong commitment to and deep knowledge of the complex issues facing the different neighborhoods that make up our district. Moreover, through his actions and words, he has demonstrated the leadership skills necessary to bring our community together as we face the many challenges that lie ahead.”
I am humbled to have DID’s endorsement,” Mr. Marte said afterward. “They have a long history of fighting against political machines and expanding tenants rights. Having the support and trust of their members is an important step in building a coalition from the east side to the west side of District 1.”
“Lower Manhattan has been on the frontlines of many of our City’s greatest struggles,” he added, “and COVID-19 has made these hard times even harder. Local politics matter now more than ever. I’m running for City Council to fight our systemic challenges and finally give our neighbors a voice.”
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Pier 26 Opens with Amenities Galore
The tally of great public spaces in Lower Manhattan has increased by one. Last Wednesday, the Hudson River Park Trust officially opened Pier 26 in Tribeca (near Hubert Street), the product of a decade-plus of planning and construction, and a $37-million budget.
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Eyes to the Sky
October 6 – 18, 2020
Planet Mars Will Surprise You
A rusty-gold star-like celestial body shines suspended above the eastern skyline at nightfall. It is heaven’s celebrity of the month. Even though I knew that planet Mars is predicted to be at that location after sunset, a rush of surprise overcame me when, approaching a clear view to the east, the planet’s brilliant light pierced the darkness. Mars is brightest for the year in Earth’s skies. On the 6th, it will orbit closest to our planet since 2018 and arrive at “opposition” on the 13th.
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TODAY IN HISTORY
Prague Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square photo: Petr Kratochvil
768 – Carloman I and Charlemagne are crowned kings of the Franks.
1410 – The first known mention of the Prague astronomical clock.
1635 – Roger Williams is banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony after religious and policy disagreements.
1812 – War of 1812: In a naval engagement on Lake Erie, American forces capture two British ships: HMS Detroit and HMS Caledonia.
1854 – Crimean War: The siege of Sebastopol begins.
1913 – The steamship SS Volturno catches fire in the mid-Atlantic.
1936 – Boulder Dam (later Hoover Dam) begins to generate electricity and transmit it to Los Angeles.
1963 – In Italy, a large landslide a causes a giant wave to overtop the Vajont Dam, killing over 2,000.
1967 – A day after his capture, Ernesto “Che” Guevara is executed for attempting to incite a revolution in Bolivia.
1969 – In Chicago, the National Guard is called in as demonstrations continue in over the trial of the “Chicago Eight”.
1995 – An Amtrak Sunset Limited train is derailed by saboteurs near Palo Verde, Arizona.
2006 – North Korea conducts its first nuclear test.