Saturday, September 5, 2009

Kim '01 wins NYT endorsement in City Council race

Former USG President P.J. Kim '01 has secured the endorsement of the New York Times in his campaign for the New York City Council.

The endorsement can be found in Saurday's edition of the Times:

District 1, Lower Manhattan: This vibrant area from the Lower East Side to
Wall Street and TriBeCa deserves a vibrant councilmember. Newcomer Jin "P.J." Kim is a South Korean immigrant with degrees from Princeton and Harvard Business School. He has worked in business and more recently used his skills to manage and coordinate antipoverty programs. Other candidates include the incumbent Alan Gerson, an honorable public servant who has moved too uncertainly on vital issues; Margaret Chin, a community activist; and Pete Gleason, an anticrime candidate with few other credentials. We endorse Mr. Kim.

Kim kicked off his campaign in early May and will face several candidates in the Sept. 15 Democratic primary. The winner will go on to represent District 1, which includes Chinatown, Little Italy, SoHo, the South Street Seaport and Battery Park, plus City Hall and NYU.

Kim's year as USG president was a busy one at the University: The trustees voted for an 11 percent expansion of the undergrad student body, and Dean Malkiel announced a required writing seminar for freshmen. Kim also sat on the search committee that chose Shirley Tilghman as the U.'s 19th president.