Marte Victory Speech Pledges Two Years to Make the Impossible Possible as Councilman
Born and raised on Rivington Street by Dominican parents, Chistopher Marte, the young upstart who set out to unseat two-term City Councilmember Margarent Chin, now finds his campaign victorious.
After that narrow loss to outgoing three-term Councilmember Margaret Chin by just 221 votes back in 2016, Marte’s second and victorious attempt at City Council for District 1 comes at a time when the future of Lower Manhattan is being decided by lame-duck electeds exiting office in January of 2022.
But in his victory speech last night, Chris Marte vowed that he, his team, and the community at large can make the impossible possible even in the truncated two-year term.
In an impassioned speech, Marte was confident that the majority voice would prevail over special interests that he says has guided local electeds.
While Marte’s victory is a boon to those in favor of community-based rezoning, open space, intense police and bail reform. and a whole host of other progressive issues, it remains to be seen whether the past will be dictating the future over the majority voice of the present.
As reported, Marte is handicapped by a limited two-year term instead of four due to the cycle of City Charter mandated redistricting.