City Council candidate Jenifer Rajkumar won the endorsement of several leaders in New York City’s Chinese community—one of whom is a former operative for incumbent Councilwoman Margaret Chin—who are turned off by the money being spent on Chin by the powerful Real Estate Board of New York.
Supporting Rajkumar are Steven Wong, Chin’s former director of public relations during her 2009 campaign and now CEO of New Vision W Consulting; Paul J. Q. Lee, a small business owner and activist; Peter Kwong, a Chinatown community leader and professor at Hunter College; and Trinh Duong, a program director and administrator of the U.S.-Asia Law Institute at NYU School of Law, and chair of the Board for the Chinese Staff and Workers Association.
Through its political action committee, Jobs For New York, REBNY pledged a share of its $10 million war chest towards Chin’s re-election campaign. The PAC also reportedly will run negative ads against Rajkumar. REBNY’s board of governors includes several developers who have built projects in Chin’s district.
“REBNY, the real-estate front group backing Chin, has harmed the Chinese community and countless residents in our district through luxury development and aggressive efforts to weaken rent regulations. I am running to fight for working families and deliver the leadership they need and deserve,” said Rajkumar.