Sunday, April 17, 2011

Quinn


The Daily News Gave Us Ready for My Closeup Mr Demille Quinn
Brooklyn Public Library launches service for personal suggestions from staff(NYDN) * Man with 100-pound scrotum prepares for surgery(NYDN) NO BIG WHOOP! Goldberg finds flaws in NY’s medical marijuana law, feels Gov. Cuomo needs to make improvements(NYDN) * QUINN'S NEW CAUSE: Former NYC mayoral hopeful hails 'opportunity' to aid Cuomo, organize women's party(NYDN).
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Quinn Wins
It wasn't in God's plan for Chris Quinn to keep the hospital open
(Washington Post)
It all went wrong for Quinn. Rather than seeking a continuation of the Bloomberg Administration, Democratic primary voters turned against the Mayor and began to agitate for a major break from his style of leadership. Suddenly Quinn found herself strapped to the hull of a sinking political ship. While de Blasio was blasting Bloomberg’s policies as favoring the one percent at the expense of the average New Yorker, Quinn was slowly but surely realizing that she nAnd looking back: For one of the many who tried and failed to succeed Mayor Bloomberg, the soul-searching continues... with an eye on the heavens: Three months after she failed to win the Democratic primary for mayor, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is still struggling to understand what happened, even as she tries to move on. “I really believe that everything happens for a reason,” Quinn told our Annie Karni in an exclusive sitdown, sipping coffee at a Chelsea diner. “It’s not my plan, but I really believe this is Gd’s plan.” Could her future hold a role in a Hillary Clinton 2016 run?


Long Goodbye for Quinn, the Departing Council Speaker(NYT) * Misty-eyed Quinn’s Council farewell(NYP) * Christine Quinn Bids Farewell to New York City Council as Speaker (WSJ)* Christine Quinn Bids Emotional Farewell to City Hall After Difficult Year(NYO)
   






3/14/2013
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Council Pushes for Special Interests

At the Same Time Brewer Covers Up the BOE Corruption She Pushes Bill For Special Interests Campaign Help


Council prepares to trump mayor on political-influence law(New York World) Following Bloomberg veto, council readies rollback of campaign-spending disclosure ruleAs early as Wednesday, the City Council will vote to override the mayor’s veto of legislation that will roll back disclosure rules for groups that seek to influence elections. If the council successfully overturns the veto, companies, unions and other membership groups will no longer have to disclose the money they spend advocating for or against a candidate, as long as their communications only target their own ranks. Brewer Threw Her Hearing on the BOE Screw Up on Election Day(True News)

March 13, 2013 — Today’s vote by the City Council will weaken the City’s strong disclosure requirements for independent expenditures. It will deprive voters of complete information about spending by outside groups in New York City elections. We are disappointed that the Council has chosen to override Mayor Bloomberg’s veto.
3/11/2013
 "I Know When to be a Bitch and I Know When Not to Be A Bitch" -- Quinn (Wash Post)
Quinn showed off her gift for retail politics by meeting voters across the city’s five boroughs as she officially announced her campaign for mayor
With a Tour of the City, Quinn Declares Her Candidacy for Mayor(NYT) Christine C. Quinn, the New York City Council speaker, visited all five boroughs on Sunday as she officially began her mayoral campaign. * Quinn Campaign Kicks-Off with Well Orchestrated Tour - WNYC*Quinn Walks Into Mayor Bid(WSJ) * Speaker Quinn Launches Mayoral Bid, Vows To Make City More Affordable * Quinn Formally Announces Run For Mayor(WCBS)*  QUINN KICKS OFF CAMPAIGN WITH FIVE BOROUGH TOUR(City and State)
* Christine Quinn launches bid for mayor, later stops on Staten (SI Advance) * A Slip-Up Is Just One Difference Between English and Spanish Videos for Quinn (NYT) * ‘Lesbian Frontrunner’ Is Your Headline of the Day(NY Mag)
3/8/2013
Quinn's Shiva Call
Council Speaker Christine Quinn paid a shiva call to the Williamsburg family reeling from the high-profile death of two expecting parents in a car wreck earlier this week. “I just wanted them to know, really the whole city is pulling for them,” she said. “I know there’s some specific issues around traffic lights that also have been raised with me and we’ll follow up with those as well.”





2/27/2013


James Molinaro endorses Chris Quinn for mayor in latest setback for GOP(NYP)

Quinn and Oddo Worked Together Before
Go back 10 years to 2003: GOP had a majority on the council redistricting commission for the first time in nearly a century. Oddo casts tie-breaking vote to pass the Dem plan, which cut Russian population in Brighton Beach into two distrists.


 2/26/2013

NYP Prases Quinn for Not Pandering to the Crowd
Quinn’s trash talk(NYP)With the 2013 mayoral race quickly turning into a test of which candidate can outpander the competition, it’s news when one stands up for principle. That’s just what City Council Speaker Chris Quinn did last weekend, when she refused to back down from her support for an East Side waste-transfer station. The speaker and four other Democratic wannabes faced a crowd of locals hoping to block plans for the facility based on typical Not in My Back Yard concerns. Not one of the other candidates had the spine to back the station. Instead, they resorted to weasel words, half-promises and even sympathy for the residents’ position.* A Vote on Sick Leave(NYT Ed) Speaker Christine Quinn of the City Council continues to block a vote on paid sick leave, prompting Gloria Steinem to threaten to withdraw her backing in the mayor’s race. The Times calls for New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to allow a vote on paid sick leave legislation if the bill passes muster at a committee hearing next month * Elected Officials Rally For Paid Sick Leave(NY1) * The News commends Quinn for standing pat on allowing a marine garbage transfer station on the Upper East Side and accuses the other Democratic mayoral candidates of pandering to voters by opposing the station:* The NY Post calls this “great news for New Yorkers who are fed up with the city’s current class of politicians.”

2/25/2013
Quinn Split By Business and Supporters of Sick Pay
More than 15 women elected officials will gather at City Hall today to demand that New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn allow a vote on a bill requiring employers to give their workers sick leave, the News writes:
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2/2/2013 Quinn the Acting Koch
Koch personality was in his DNAHe was realy you nutty uncle.  Quinn is trying to Kochlike through her consultants, acting teachers and big daddy Bloomberg.  New Yorkers witness Quinn's real presonality when she served as the mayor's puppet during her years as speaker. There is no candidate among the current crop of mayoral contenders who obviously fits that description of "Larger than Life". But Christine Quinn seemed to make a bid for it this week, beginning with that memorable New York cover, followed by her actually very sporting reaction to what a more self-serious or attention-hungry candidate might have blown into a very stupid controversy.



Groundhoggin’ the spotlight (NYP) She’s already acting like her honor! In Mayor Bloomberg’s absence, Council Speaker Christine Quinn — who hopes to succeed him at City Hall — performed Groundhog Day duties on Staten Island yesterday.


NY Magazine Like the NYT is Pushing Quinn
Chris Smith says other #2013 contenders need to pick up labor endorsements quickly.(NY Mag)

Bloomberg Has His Candidate Who Will Be Cuomo's?
Chris Christie tried to use Andrew Cuomo's reputation for prickliness to get big Sandy aid package from President Obama


2/2/2013
The Daily News Does Their Annual Spanking of Quinn and the Councilmembers that Pocket Lulus

  What About Quinn's Tool Box

We do not understand why the news breaks up all the tools that Quinn uses to control and payoff councilmembers. Including: Member items (remember Seabrook and the slush fund), redistricting (almost all incumbents who can run got good districts, Quinn made other deals with political leaders all over the city).

Quinn’s funny money(NYDN) About half of the City Council’s 51 members say they disagree with Speaker Christine Quinn’s blatantly wrong practice of giving cash bonuses, called lulus, to favored members. The lulus, in theory assigned for committee chairmanships and the like, range from the yearly $28,500 Quinn pockets down to $4,000. That’s over and above the very healthy $112,500 the pols earn in salary for their part-time positions.




2/1/2013

If You Can't Solve the City's High Unemployment Rate You Pass A Fake Bill Fight Unemployment Discrimination to Fool the Public 
Make them think your solving the Unemployment Problem 
In the News, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer explain the merits of a bill that would outlaw employment discrimination

1/31/2013
 Quinn's Oppositions to Walmart Pays Off
Bags one of the city’s largest and most powerful unions
Retail Union Backs Quinn in Mayor Race(NYT) The endorsement, by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, is significant as the speaker of the City Council, Christine C. Quinn, endeavors to shore up her liberal base *Attention, Fairway Shoppers: Christine Quinn in Aisle Three(NY Mag)

Quinn Waters down Living Wage Bill
Stu Appelbaum saying she’ll be the “first living wage mayor.”* With Tweaks, Quinn's Living-Wage Bill Aims Lower - New York Times * The union went with Quinn even though she is close to Bloomberg, of whom Appelbaum has been quite critical.

The editor of a Jewish newspaper that photoshopped HIllary Clinton out of a photo is in the background of this picture of Christine Quinn at a Tu B'Shevat event. [Azi Paybarah]  Conventional wisdom is that Quinn, who is openly gay, will have a hard time appealing to the city's religious Jews. So the image of Quinn in a room full of them* Quinn feels bad for male politicians because of their limited fashion options. She also didn’t think her controversial NY magazine cover was sexist.

Quinns Gay Opposition
Two Gay Men Explain their Beef with Quinn(Gay City News)City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is facing opposition from a surprising quarter as she seeks the mayor’s office — gay men who charge the out lesbian has abandoned her progressive roots for political deal-making that advances her career and harms New York City.


1/30/2013

A Democratic Club in Chelsea Continues Its War on Christine Quinn(NYO)* NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s well-timed memoir has a cover.

1/29/2013

Quinn Sucks: ‘I Vant to Have Your Vote’
Mayor Dracula: Quinn goes for Bella donna look(NYP) * Leading from behind (NYP) “Look at the ass on her.” — Mayor BloombergSome observers are making fun of NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s NY mag cover shot, saying she looks like a vampire. The Post was able to do a deep dive into Council Speaker Christine Quinn‘s “vampire-like” New York Magazine cover, leading in with, “I vant to have your vote.” An former City Hall staffer offered some additional lines. “I wouldn’t describe it as mayoral, there’s a certain Dracula quality,” the unnamed source declared. “It’s always good to have a picture where you look like a bad ass. She looks like she teaches at Hogwarts.”*As Election Nears, Release of Quinn Memoir Does, Too(NYT)
1/28/2013



Remember Gillibrand Glam Pictures
Madam Would-Be Mayor(NY Mag) Hanging out with the crude, playful, openhearted front-runner, Christine Quinn. * New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn received the endorsement of influential pastor, Rev. Calvin Rice of New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Jamaica, Queens, for her mayoral campaign, the News reports:  * Jonathan van Meter writes of Quinn (AKA “Madam Would-be Mayor”): “A very skillful political operator nonetheless finds herself caught between those who see her as Bloomberg Lite and, well, those who see her as Bloomberg Lite.”*
In a letter to ConEdison CEO Kevin Burke, Quinn insisted that the utility fix its infrastructure damaged by Sandy without raising its rates, as ConEd requested to the Legislature they be allowed to do, the Post writes: * Mayor's Relationship With Speaker Comes With Candid Fashion Advice(NYT)

1/27/2013

Bloomberg Supports A Disgrace for Mayor
Quinn, Cool to Soda Ban, Gets Donations From Coke(NYT) Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, would have the influence to overturn new restrictions on the sales of sugary drinks if elected mayor.* Mayor: NAACP Challenge To Soda Ban A "Disgrace"(NY1)NAACP and Mayor Bloomberg battle over soda restrictions(NYDN)
* INFOGRAPHIC: Where Are The Mayoral Candidates Getting Their $?(Huff Post)
* Puzzling Leadership Gap as New York NAACP's Joins Soda Industry to Fight Ban(Huff Post)



Madam Would-Be Mayor(NY Mag) Hanging out with the crude, playful, openhearted front-runner, Christine Quinn.






1/25/2013
Mayoral Candidates $$$ Base Differ
An examination of the campaign filings for the New York City mayoral candidates shows that each has been cultivating a distinct base of support separated by geography and industry, The New York World reports * A breakdown of Christine Quinn's campaign spending. [Jon Reznick]* Challenging Quinn a Risk for NYC Council Members(Epic Times) Council members can evoke sponsor’s privilege to push bills through, but it could backfire


1/18/2013
Quinn Also Rush to Raise Funds in 2008 Before Campaign Reforms and Term Limits Change
New York Candidates Awash in Real Estate Cash(NYT)
The real estate industry, racing to beat strict new limits on campaign contributions, has been flooding New York City candidates with donations for the 2009 campaign at a rate three and four times that in previous election cycles.  The companies together had given more than $1 million by Jan. 15, the most recent reporting deadline for the 2009 election. Those same firms had given $239,000 by the same point in January 2004 and $348,000 by January 2000. The surge is driven in large part by a major overhaul in the city’s campaign finance law, which, starting this month, will cap contributions for people who do business with the city at less than a tenth of what is allowed now. That means many developers, brokers, landlords and contractors will be limited to giving $400 to a mayoral candidate, compared with $4,950 now. The major real estate firms examined by The Times are spreading money generously and in similar amounts to those considered the leading contenders for mayor: Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Representative Anthony D. Weiner and City Comptroller William C. Thompson Jr., with Ms. Quinn collecting the most of the three.
1/17/2013

While the Other Media Did Stories About Quinn Having A Hard Time At the Sharpton Meeting Because She Said Kelly Mostly Did A Good Job, True News Said the Speaker Would Gain By the Stunt

Voters Want Kelly to Stay as Police Commissioner, Poll Shows(NYT)  A Quinnipiac University poll shows that 75 percent of New York City voters approve of the job that Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is doing, his highest approval rating ever, while Mayor Bloomberg received a ‘B’ letter grade. Sixty-three percent say it would positively impact their vote if a mayoral candidate (like Quinn has done) promises to keep Kelly around.

Quinn Gain Support in the Rest of the City When She Stood Up to Sharpton On Keep Kelly
NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who continues to lead the Democratic field, was jeered at a National Action Network forum last night after reiterating that she would keep Ray Kelly as NYPD commissioner if she’s elected.* Quinn received the endorsement of the Empire State Pride Agenda, the statewide LGBT advocacy group, in her run for mayor, The Wall Street Journal reports*Kelly Earns All-Time High Approval Rating in Poll (WSJ)* Quinn Campaign Omits Expenditure In Filing Report(City and State)* Despite Loud Critics, Ray Kelly Is More Popular Than Ever(NY Mag)


1/16/2013

Quinn Gain Support in the Rest of the City When She Stood Up to Sharpton On Keep Kelly
NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who continues to lead the Democratic field, was jeered at a National Action Network forum last night after reiterating that she would keep Ray Kelly as NYPD commissioner if she’s elected.




1/15/2013
As Council Speaker for 7 Years Quinn Should Share in the Blame For the Failure of the City's Education System
The Media Pimping Quinn Campaign Never Blame Her for NY's Failed Education System?
As Spearker She Could Have Made Any of Her Education Ideas She Announced Yesterday As the City's Education Policy Years AgoHow many of the children of New York's has gone uneducated since she became speaker? She Contolled 7 Education budgets as the second most powerful player in the city's budget.   

Quinn Presents Vision for Improving New York City Schools(NYT)Among her proposals, Christine C. Quinn, the Council speaker, said she would replace textbooks with computer tablets and reduce the emphasis on testing. In a policy address on education, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn proposed replacing textbooks with digital tablets in all city public schools as well as an expansion of the school day to 6 p.m.* In Speech, Quinn Spells Out Education Platform (WSJ) *Quinn laid out in a speech a series of proposals for improving the city’s schools, which included replacing textbooks with computer tablets, creating online resources for parents and extending the school day for many students.* How the Democrats Mayoral Candidates Sent and how much they have(Capital) * And They’re Off: A Crowded Pack of Candidates and Crazies Races Toward City Hall(NYO)

1/11/2013
Emily List Backs Quinn
Influential Women’s ‘PAC’ to Back Council Speaker in Her Bid for Mayor(NYT) The support from Emily’s List underscores efforts by Christine C. Quinn’s campaign to highlight her gender in a crowded Democratic primary field.(She’s the lone woman candidate in the field, and would be NYC’s first female executive).


1/9/2013
Slippery Quinn Does A Lopez Fake Public Realitions Dance
First Her Charter Commission moves Vito Lopez house into A District the designed for him. Now After She Got Caught, She Goes to His Opponents Fund Raiser. But what is not getting any press is she sill funds his non profit with Member Items

Plan A

Plan B
 
Continued
City Council allocated $873,589 in member itmes to Vito Lopez to Vito Lopez contolled non profit Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizen Council*
Danny Moss: "For many New Yorkers, [Christine] Quinn will be the default vote, simply because she’s gay and a woman." [Jill Colvin] * Quinn Slams List Of New York City Gun Owners Published By Gawker

Quinn Taps Former Teacher, Ex-Clinton Staffer as Campaign Manager(WSJ)City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has hired a former public school teacher who worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential bid to manage her soon-to-be-announced campaign for mayor.

1/2/2013
Kelly Makes New York Voters Feel Safe
Quinn and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly have cut a private deal that will keep Kelly at his post for a fourth consecutive mayoral term should Quinn win the race in November
Christine’s Ray of hope  (NYP) The Kelly Dynasty will continue at the NYPD if Christine Quinn gets elected mayor, The Post has learned. The police commissioner and council speaker have cut a private deal that will keep him as top cop for a fourth consecutive mayoral term* the web site looks like it got a makeove Including member items database * Nearly every New York City Council member has signed a Daily News petition demanding an immediate ban on assault weapons, with only three Republicans, Dan Halloran, James Oddo, and Vincent Ignizio deciding not to sign, the News reports: * : "Premature" to discuss next NYPD commish, blames Bloomberg for exerting influence on next administration
* Why Christine Quinn stays as close to Ray Kelly as possible(Capital)



Pay to Play Redistricting: Quinn Sell Districts for Mayoral Support
The Perez Notes aired some City Council redistricting rumors this afternoon, writing, “I also heard a rumor that state Sen. Espaillat and Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez were trying to make a deal with Quinn in return for their support. The deal is that Quinn would push the supposedly independent commission to redraw the map to include District Leader Mark Levine in the 7th CD. The way the maps are currently drawn, he would have to move to run for this seat.” 




On August 23rd True News Said Quinn and Bloomberg Were Selling Council Districts in Return for Support for Quinns Mayoral Bid
Many of his fellow reformer felt that Citizens Union puppet general Dick Dadey sold out last year when he supported Albany's compromise to put off independent redistrict for 10 years.  But nothing can compare to Dadey and the rest of the goo goos, editorial boards and reformers silence on the corruption going on with the city council redistricting operation.  For starters the appointed council redistricting commission is controlled by two people supporting Quinn for mayor in 2013.  The council speaker herself and her puppet master the mayor.  Although the redistricting commission work has just begun there are already reports that county bosses Crowley and Lopez, ethic and minority leaders are already dealing with Quinn operatives to cut districts favorable to them or those they support in exchange for their endorsement for Quinn's 2013 mayoral bid.


 10/19/201
NYP Warns Quinn to Stick to Her Gun and Not Allow A Vote On the Sick Pay Bill . .  She Throw A Bone to Bill Supporters By Scheduling Another hearing On the Bill
The paid sick-leave tax(NYP Ed) The question is whether the council should force private business owners to provide paid sick leave to workers. The Post cheers Council Speaker Christine Quinn for resisting calls to pass paid sick leave and calls it a “crushing new tax on small businesses”


Quinn Opposes District Activists On Chelsea Market Expansion Support
Quinn to Her District:
"It is About the Developers $$$, It is Not About You"

Quinn Pushes Deal for Development Atop Chelsea Market(NYT) Despite opposition from many of her own neighbors, Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, brokered an agreement to allow a developer to build offices over the popular market.
Late Deal Helps Chelsea Market Expansion Clear Hurdle(WSJ) Last-minute meetings over a proposal to expand the Chelsea Market yielded a deal in which the Bloomberg administration guaranteed city funding for 150 units of affordable housing near the complex.* Council Zoning Committee Approves Chelsea Market Expansion(NY1) The News embraces Quinn’s decision to push for a zoning change that will lead to the expansion of Chelsea Market with 318,000 square feet of new office space *Council zoning committee gives the OK to Chelsea Market plans(AMNY)

Speaker Quinn split in Chelsea Market expansion
Quinn Skips Hearing on Chelsea Market Expansion(WSJ) City Council Speaker Christine Quinn didn't attend a showdown over one of her district's hottest topics: the proposed expansion of Chelsea Market to include new office space.* Public Hearing Held On Rezoning Of Chelsea Market(NY1)



10/4/2012
As Quinn Trades Away Council Lines for Political Support From the White County Leaders Minorities District Get Cut
A controversial proposal to re-draw New York City Council district lines could violate the city charter and split African-American and Latino communities, critics say. Community Voices Heard--an organization that advocates for low-income New Yorkers--said in a statement that the proposed redistricting map would create smaller Council districts in the Bronx and Queens in favor of larger ones in Manhattan and possibly disenfranchise some voting blocs, such as East Harlem. Under the proposal, East Harlem would be divided roughly in half, with part of it falling in Council District 8, and part in Council District 9. "When you look at communities of interest and keeping the Latino vote together and the African-American vote together, it seems like the Latino vote here, while on paper would hit the fifty percent plus-one mark that meets the Department of Justice standards, would break up the community in East Harlem," the organization said in a statement. Hearings will be held all month, allowing the public to comment on the proposed changes, followed by an up-or-down vote by the City Council in November. If approved, the maps will first be used in the 2013 citywide elections, when the majority of the Council's seats will be up for grabs because of term limits.


On August 23 True News Talk About How Quinn Was Selling Congressional Districts for Endorsements From County Leaders
Council Redistricting Corruption Silence
Many of his fellow reformer felt that Citizens Union puppet general Dick Dadey sold out last year when he supported Albany's compromise to put off independent redistrict for 10 years.  But nothing can compare to Dadey and the rest of the goo goos, editorial boards and reformers silence on the corruption going on with the city council redistricting operation.  For starters the appointed council redistricting commission is controlled by two people supporting Quinn for mayor in 2013.  The council speaker herself and her puppet master the mayor.  Although the redistricting commission work has just begun there are already reports that county bosses Crowley and Lopez, ethic and minority leaders are already dealing with Quinn operatives to cut districts favorable to them or those they support in exchange for their endorsement for Quinn's 2013 mayoral bid.


Ground Zero of the Cultural War is Chicken

“Bullying” Free Enterprise and Freedom of Speech
The Post cheers Chick-fil-A fans for flooding their franchises in a show of support to the fast-food company despite its CEO’s anti-gay views, and grills Council Speaker Christine Quinn for “bullying” the enterpriseThe Post think that the national day of support for Chick-Fil-A was a rebuke to Christine Quinn. * Bloomberg says critics of fast food chain are undermining Constitution(NYP) * From Boston Tea Party to Chick-fil-A, It's About Freedom - Globe & Mail* The Chick-fil-A kiss-in is hit-or-missin', reports Tomer Ovadia:(Politico) * Same-sex marriage supporters staged a “kiss-in” demonstration at Chick-Fil-A.

Jon Stewart Mocks Mayors Trying To Ban Chick-fil-A And The ‘Million Mouth March’




It Took Quinn 7 Years to Discover Rent Guildlines Board Was A Kangaroo Court
Quinn plays the rent(NYP) City Council Speaker Christine Quinn denounced the mayoral Rent Guidelines Board yesterday as a “kangaroo court” and endorsed a proposal that would require that its members be approved by the council. * Council says mechanic standards ‘need lift’  (NYDN)* City Lawmakers Consider Licensing Elevator Mechanics(NY1)

Is the NYP Falling Out of Love With Quinn?

NYP blasts Speaker Quinn for supporting a “staggeringly irresponsible” banking regulation bill set to pass the  Council

Quinn’s lefty lurch(NYP Ed) Well, so much for the notion that City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is a fit custodian of New York City’s fiscal future.  Quinn, probably the morning-line favorite to succeed Mayor Bloomberg, is poised to push through the council a staggeringly irresponsible, legally dubious banking-regulation bill of the sort that only Occupy Wall Street-types could love. * Nobody Likes The Rent Guidelines Board—Quinn, Squadron, Williams Rally, Take to Name Calling(NYO)


Next Mayor A CommunistBloomberg Calling Quinn Policy Communist . . .  Is Bloomberg On A Witch Hunt?Mayor rips ‘Commie’ wage plan (NYDN) * Mayor Takes Hard Stance in Wage Fight(WSJ)
Is Bloomberg Still Supporting Quinn for Mayor? . . .


Quinn in A Quandry


Business Group Drops Support for Wage Bill(NYT) * City Council Reaches Final Compromise On Living Wage Bill(NY1)  The Partnership for New York City dropped its support for the living wage bill in the City Council after a previously undisclosed loophole was scrapped during negotiations last night * "unacceptable"--how described some of 's proposed budget cuts. via #2013 * The Partnership for New York City had agreed to support the so-called living wage bill on the condition that it include a provision allowing the mayor’s office to waive the requirements in certain cases. But the waiver provision is being dropped, and so the business group is no longer on board.* Kathryn Wylde on withdrawing support for a "living wage" bill: Christine Quinn gave in to pressure from 'advocates'(Capital)



UFT Tries To Boss Quinn Around
Blackjack Mulgrew (NYP Ed)  That’s what City Council Speaker Christine Quinn must be wondering this week — after the United Federation of Teachers boss publicly ordered her to fire her political consultant.  “If I’m Chris, I’d be asking myself: Maybe I don’t want to be working with these people,” said Mulgrew, referring to her consulting firm, SKDKnickerbocker. * Reform supergroup to take on unions(NYP) * A school-reform super-group is forming to counter the power of the teacher’s unions. 
Running For Mayor After Your Friend Cashed In On You Being Speaker
An Inept Attempt By the NYT To Clean Up Issues That Will Be Used By Her Mayor Opponents
Will Lobbyist Emily Giske Will Become NYC's Jack Abramoff?
Quinn Friendship May Pose Test in Mayoral Bid(NYT) Quinn, the City Council speaker, is close friends with Emily Giske, a lobbyist, and the relationship will be tested ahead of the 2013 mayoral contest. * Lobbying City Hall is a significant business for Ms. Giske’s firm, Bolton-St. Johns. In recent years, the company has reported earnings of $2 million to $3 million annually while lobbying the city government, billing its clients nearly $15 million in the six years since Ms. Quinn was elected speaker.  Quinn  blocked paid sick day measure supported by Council members, benefiting fast-food joints repped by Giske firm. Giske is vice-chair of the New York State Democratic Party and was elected to the Democratic National Committee.
NYT Did Not Get Into How Much Money Giske Clients Contributed to Quinn's Campaigns
 The Highline on of Giske's many clients has given Quinn Big Bucks  Christine Quinn gives your cash to West Side project - and gets campaign money (NYDN) Quinn Funded the High Line Through the Slush Fund and Got Campaign Contributions From Developers Whose Property Values Shot Up By the Building of the Trendy Park * Eight members of Friends of the High Line board contributed a total of $18,775, according to city campaign finance records.
Quinn Pay to Play Friend Giske and the Taxi Industry Nets Her Campaign $$$ To Limit Pedicabs
Quinn Wielding Her Clout in Contest Over Pedicabs - The New York Su * In 2006, the taxi committee, which represents taxi medallion owners, paid Bolton-St. Johns $98,000 to lobby the council on a variety of issues, including the pedicab bill to limit the number of pedicabs on city streets.  In 2011 Quinn got over $30,000 from the taxi industry
Ms. Quinn and other council members have directed hundreds of thousands of dollars to nonprofit organizations that Bolton-St. Johns represents, including most recently Care for the Homeless; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center; and the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation. Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, also represented by Ms. Giske, has received capital financing from the Council in the last two budgets. *Quinn’s Friendship With Lobbyist May Pose Test in Mayor Bid (NYT)
 
Much More to the Quinn Keogh Slush Fund Story Will Come Out During the Mayoral Campaign
Ms. Quinn criticized two of her staff members for continuing the practice of holding money in reserve accounts after she had ordered it stopped. After they left her employ, one of them, Michael Keogh, took a job at Bolton-St. Johns. Ms. Quinn was surprised by Mr. Keogh’s move and unhappy about it. Ms. Giske was upset over news accounts suggesting that the lobbying firm had given Mr. Keogh a soft landing, according to Mr. Adler.  In 2009 right after he was pushed out of the speakers office because of the slush fund investigation Keogh was listed as top lobbyists for Boltonn St. Johns for the Highline.   * Friends of the High Line, which has received $32.5 million in up-front council capital funding - got $290,000 from the secret Slush stash, more than any other organization in the city.

NYT Quinn Term Limits Clean Up is Beyond Belief
Memo to the NYT: Lobbyist Don't Gauge Support, They Work to Secure Votes
Ms. Giske played a role behind the scenes, gauging support among council members. 
 

Etch A Sketch Quinn Flip Flop On Increasing Taxes to Millionaires
‘Candidate’ Quinn: Read my lips . . .(NYP) New Yorkers can count on one tax rate to stay flat next year. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, positioning herself for a mayoral run next year,...  *Quinn Says Tax Hike On The Table(NY1)* Christine Quinn flips on plan to soak rich(NYDN)Speaker Christine Quinn flip flops, now says DON'T tax the rich  Mayor wanna-be used '09 State of City address to call for tax hike on households making over $300,000. She says her '09 proposal came in moment of fiscal crisis. "Quinn said she wasn't ruling out tax increases entirely, but she was ruling out property tax increases, kind of."


TV News Never Blames Elected Officials For Anything Before Pols Are Convicted in Court . . .  Who is Responsible for City Polities Cuts in the Police if the Not the Council Speakers Who Support is Required to Pass the Budget Each Year
Instead of Blaming Elected Officials for the Third Rape In A city Park in the Past Few Weeks, WCBS TV Uses An Old Tape of Quinn and Stringer Protesting A Recent Rape. WCBS TV should have asked Quinn why she voted for budget that cut cops over the last 8 years.   Police: Homeless Man Charged With Rape In Tompkins Square Park Attack(WCBS) * Vagrant bust in Tompkins rape(NYP) * Homeless man charged with rape in Tompkins Square Park(Fox 5) * Man arrested for allegedly raping woman in park(WABC)



Quinn and Campaign Lobbyists Giskie Think Your Suckers

Quinn is wrong on homeless fight (NYDN Ed) Council speaker should back Mayor Bloomberg on shelter eligibility  The News also says Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s lawsuit against New York City on homeless shelter restrictions is tantamount to “pandering” for votes. 



2012 NYT Reporter on the Quinn Giske Relationship:
You Gotta Have Friends
In 1993 the NYT Called What Quinn and Her Lobbyist Friend Have Built A New-Age Political Machine.  Their reporters this week called their relationship a friendship, but their readers through their comments called it what the NYT did almost 20 years ago, a political machine. What the NYT has failed to write about is how these social service machines work with the county machines to control politics in NYC. Over 20 elected official have already been convicted using member items to help them get reelected or line their pockets.  Speaker Silver spent over $700,000 in 2010 to protect his vote in the Chinatown Section of his district.


In 2012 NYT's Readers Called Their Relationship A Machine
NYT Reader Shane Ustice whose comment was recorded under the NYT story Quinn’s Friendship With Lobbyist May Pose Test in Mayor Bid
said:  "Boss Quinn and her office would direct non-profits to Ms . Giske's office for representation in funding applications from the City and the State. Many but not all of these directed clients were non-profits for the Gay etc Community. Giske became for a fee the go to lobbyist for these non-profits seeking funding from the City." NYT Reader John M. said: "Many of us in the lgbt community know that both Quinn and Giske are part of a political machine horror show." NYT Reader Tony Glover said: "The issue is that a very powerful lobbyist, with clients who depend on the city for major funding, is helping Ms. Quinn to become mayor." Another reader pointed out how Quinn makes alliances with other machines by providing them jobs in return for political support.  She hired a disbarred lawyer from kruger's Thomas Jefferson Club in Brooklyn and hired dozens from Crowley's Queens machine.



In 1993 NYT Called Using Government Money to run for off "The New Age Political Machine"
What the NYT Said in 1993:  "In struggling neighborhoods from the northeast Bronx to southeast Queens, a new sort of political warlord is walking the ground that once belonged to the powerful Democratic county bosses in New York City. And none is more successful than a Brooklyn Assemblyman who is scarcely known outside political circles or his own dilapidated Bushwick neighborhood: Vito J. Lopez.Over 17 years of near obscurity, Mr. Lopez has built the prototype of the modern inner-city political machine, one capable of generating thousands of votes and armies of volunteers, largely by exploiting its links to a social-service organization that Mr. Lopez founded." The NYT'S reporter in 2012 did not write how Quinn makes alliances with other corrupt new age political machines by funding them with millions in member item $$$. The speaker is currently funding Lopez under federal investigation and Seabrook getting ready for his retrial for ripping off govenment funds.


In 2012 the NYT Said  Described A New Aged Political Machine But Failed to Call It That, In An Attempt To Clean Up Their Obvious Choice to Be the Next Mayor
The NYT said Quinn and other council members have directed hundreds of thousands of dollars to nonprofit organizations that Giske's Bolton-St. Johns represents.  But they did not do what they did with John Liu and identify how many contributions Quinn campaign received from those nonprofits. We do know that Quinn has gotten tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars from the developers who benefited from the Highline which Quinn funded and Giske lobbied for.  Or the contributions Quinn received from other Giske clients. 


The NYT Readers Comments Jumped the Shark For the NYT Quinn Giske Containment Project . . .  Reader Not the NYT Points Out Giske is A High Level Democrats Operative
NYT Reader Shane Ustice said: "What the article does not say is that Giske also, despite being a full time lobbyist was VP of the State Democratic Party. Giske could go into a party caucus wearing her state party official hat and behind the door power-broke for her clients."  Other readers pointed how how Quinn handles patronage.  when she takes over she fires all that she can and hires those loyal to herself and her friends.  Another readers wrote about the called lobbyist Giske Quinn's "consigliere.:  The reader continued "While their sexual orientation and gender has little to do with their quest for power and Quinn's evolution into Boss Quinn , these two women certainly prove sisterhood is powerful in their quest to turf like men in the political arena . Talk about “Iron Ladies” indeed."
 











NYT Reader John M Said: When Quinn was the executive director of the NYC Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence project, she fired or harassed out the longtime professional staff who had built the organization and hired grad students who were the lovers of board members and big donors, none of whom knew squat about bias violence, domestic violence or anything useful except those with big check books.





"Ms. Giske has ridden to events with Ms. Quinn in the speaker’s city-provided car, a courtesy permitted under a ruling by the city’s ethics board."



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Quinn hired a a disbarred former attorney Michael Benjamin as a favor to the Thomas Jefferson, the Brooklyn Machine and Councilman Fidler.

Giske is one of the scandal’s of the old style political machinery that still runs the city




What the article does not say is that Giske also, despite being a full time lobbyist was VP of the State Democratic Party. Giske could go into a party caucus wearing her state party official hat and behind the door power-broke for her clients.

Giske became for a fee the go to lobbyist for non-profits for the Gay etc Community. There is not one elected gay or lesbian city politician who is not indebted to Giske's power-brokering and financial support


Slush Fund Quinn
allocating millions of dollars to fake charities in the city budget and doling them out in exchange for political favors


City Council staffers to petition for her in the last election


accepting and/or soliciting tens of thousands of dollars from real estate developers and union representatives who have current business in front of the City Council.


"Ms. Giske has ridden to events with Ms. Quinn in the speaker’s city-provided car, a courtesy permitted under a ruling by the city’s ethics board."


Christine Quinn allowed a hospital to be converted in to luxury condos and did not demand Amanda the People's Burden commissioner of City Planning give us zoning protection for a hospital only.


 shane ustice

Savvy political people have always know that her chief consigliere is has always been Emily Giske, not the Mayor. While their sexual orientation and gender has little to do with their quest for power and Quinn's evolution into Boss Quinn , these two women certainly prove sisterhood is powerful in their quest to turf like men in the political arena . Talk about “Iron Ladies” indeed.

 

 

Plutonium

It is time these political LGBTs (Quinn, Duane, Glick please note) started representing their straight constituents too!

 

 Perley J. Thibodeau

 She gave 11 million dollars to the gay and lesbian center on 13th street all in one fell swoop then gave them more millions for so called repairs to the building and the money to buy and take off the tax rolls the building next door.

 

Rosemary

 If there's a corrupt and/or self-serving strategic play, one can count on Christine Quinn to pursue it. Is Ms. Giske the "mechanic" behind that? Let's just hope there's a desk for Quinn at Bolton-St. John's when Quinn loses the election to more ethical candidates who had the good grace to serve their two terms and then go, as the people deemed appropriate.

 

 Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center
585 Schenectady Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11203

 

Quinn Fix What I Caused

All the new programs called for in her speech yesterday could have been implemented by her any time during the last six years when she has served as council speaker.  The NYT quited her as saying “Slumlords will have to spend real money and fix the real problem, or we’ll haul them into housing court,” she said. But the NYT did not ask Quinn what stop her from forcing them into court as a councilmember or housing activist her first job on the government payroll? In fact you can say that the problems she outlined yesterday were caused by her poor leadership during her rule as speaker.

Ms. Quinn did not talk about the major problems facing NYC, like rising costs of pension, budget cuts, education failures, loss of obs and business leaving because of the high cost of doing business here.  What she did offer was limited solutions to problems which would effect less that .001% of New Yorkers on chronic unemployment and  housing, education and health care. * Mayor Bloomberg said Quinn’s mandatory Kindergarten idea would cost $30 million.

 

A Tale of Two Reporters: Chen Kisses Quinn Ass While Errol Lewis Attacks 

While the NYT Chen and Taylor did the usual kiss Quinn Ass story we expect from the Times which is trying to lead the speaker 2013 campaign, NY1 Errol Lewis was loaded for bear when he interview her yesterday.  Why Lewis the normally professional reporter who is not know for his hard hitting interviews turned on Quinn can perhaps be found in his politics but we will lever that part for another day. Council Speaker Previews Bid for Mayor in Address(NYT) *NY1 Online: Speaker Quinn’s Vision For New York City * Christine Quinn Distances Herself from Mayor in State of the City Address(DNA Info)

 

Round #1  Slowing opening up on Quinn Lewis asked if she had any concerns that changing rent restrictions from 30 to 60 years would drive away developers from building new housing. (you can see and hear the speaker get upset as she cleared her throat why answering the question).

Round # 2  Lewis asked where is the money coming from to fix one hundreds thousand repairs? Quinn said ten million would come from the capital budget.  (Quinn cleared her throat again). Lewis then followed her talk to the head of the housing authority who said his agency is multi-billion behind in their capital budget.  Quinn responded that the authority must do better with less and get more money out of Washington. Washington - Federal Cuts Could Hit NYC Housing Agencies(2011)

 

Round #3  Require 5 years old to attend school.  Lewis says 2000 kids last year could not get into kindergarten and what Quinn is asking for is an unfunded mandate. Quinn get the birth certificates to do better planning so the board can take all the kids.  She says the DOE says it can talk all the kids but we know they can't.  Lewis says someone can be assigned to the united nations for six months and not think it is important to send their kid to school or developmental issues.  Lewis asks Quinn if she is comfortable if a cop or sheriff come to a parents door to bring their kid to school.  Quinn says people have the option to home school. Says early  childhood education is the key to success.  Lewis says should we have hearings before we commit. Quinn says you have to do legislation in Albany.    

Lewis did not ask any questions beyond the speech

Round #4  Quinn want to pass a human rights law to make it illegal to discrimine against someone who is long time unemployed. Lewis regular employment job applications asks for past job experience.  Employment can change overnight, not really a class of people.

 

Round #5  Lewis you gave shout outs to 30 council member who did not get mentioned and and why?  Quinn I do not know.

Round #6 The Mayor talk about firehouse closing, day care slots to be lost because we a low on money? Quinn says she will respond in march on those issues when the budget is due.


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Showing No Moral Leadership Quinn Continues to Fund Seabrook 

NYT  Interview Become A Quinn Mayoral Spin

Quinn Ignores the demands of the NYP, Daily News and mayoral candidate Tom Allon that she not fund Seabrook's member items until his retrial for using the funds for himself, family members and his girlfriend.  NYT reporter Kate Taylor did not ask Quinn any questions about if it war morally right to give government funds to someone who distributed them to his family and mistress.  

Taylor was satisfied with Quinn's spin that her reforms would that from happening again.  Taylor could have also asked Quinn if it was right to fund Vito Lopez's political machine the Bushwich Senior Citizen Center with member items $$$.  Taylor show how the NYT is spinning for Quinn when she ask the speaker about what she would do to end the deadlock between the teacher union and the city.  Quinn answers that she would lock them a room until they came up with a solution, not what her policy would be on teacher evaluations.  Where is the leaderships Quinn Stands Behind Decision on Seabrook Funds (NYT)

 

 

She then hired a disbarred attorney, according to a wonderful article written by Tom Robbins. 

 

  • shane ustice
  • nyc

Christine Quinn has a clear history of putting her own political ambitions above the needs of her constituents.. It is well documented. Her relationship with Giske, a high six figure power-broker and lobbyist just highlights her outstretched hand to anyone who will grease it with either dollars or support. Giske is one of the scandal’s of the old style political machinery that still runs the city despite all the Obama talk of a new transparent Democratic party. What the article does not say is that Giske also, despite being a full time lobbyist was VP of the State Democratic Party. Giske could go into a party caucus wearing her state party official hat and behind the door power-broke for her clients. Boss Quinn and her office would direct non-profits to Ms . Giske's office for representation in funding applications from the City and the State. Many but not all of these directed clients were non-profits for the Gay etc Community. Giske became for a fee the go to lobbyist for these non-profits seeking funding from the City of the State. There is not one elected gay or lesbian city politician who is not indebted to Giske's power-brokering and financial support. Not one. Giske was behind Quinn's failure to support a progressive Hispanic, Freddy Ferrer, for Mayor, Instead Quinn endorse Gifford Miller that was the Council Speaker prior to Quinn) in her quest to be Speaker .

She hired the most unqualified and corrupt hacks imaginable. I watched her fire approximately sixty people in one day.

  • shane ustice
  • greenwich village

Or the closing of St Vincent's or Quinn's refusal to step up and fight for a hospital on the West Side. Her funneling of $10 million to Long Island Jewish Hospital for a now underused urgent care on 20th street and from day one of the St. Vincent's bankruptcy her support of the Rudin Real Estate Corporations plan to build luxury condos and replace a real hospital with a profit incentive Urgent Care faux hospital, with only two 23 hour holding bed, that will shuttle critically ill patients to hospitals way across town. Savvy political people have always know that her chief consigliere is has always been Emily Giske, not the Mayor. While their sexual orientation and gender has little to do with their quest for power and Quinn's evolution into Boss Quinn , these two women certainly prove sisterhood is powerful in their quest to turf like men in the political arena . Talk about “Iron Ladies” indeed.

  • shane.ustice
  • greenwich village
Quinn was trained in the strongest political machine since Carmine Desapio era run by the late Donald Manes of Queens. She learnt well how to bully and punish City Council members who do not do her bidding and to turn on constituents who want her to do some about the destruction of Greenwich Village by her financial supporters the developers. She and her operatives destroyed the fiercely independent GLID and historically progressive VID Democratic clubs in her setup for a mayoral run. With Giske always in the background or just upstairs from Quinn's rent stabilized apartment until Quinn moved late last year into a million dollar condo in Chelsea to seek advice from. Just ask any of the residents of her City Council district how they feel about her silence and refusal to meet with the residents on issues that affected her district. The dumping of garbage right next to the Hudson Park Trust children's playground. How she brought in Al Sharpton to lecture the mom;s on racism . Her silent backroom support of everything called NYU despite her public outrage.

 

  • Donny Moss
  • New York, NY
Hundreds of New Yorkers, gay and straight, have been protesting Christine Quinn since 2009 in part because of Christine Quinn's corruption - from allocating millions of dollars to fake charities in the city budget and doling them out in exchange for political favors to using City Council staffers to petition for her in the last election to accepting and/or soliciting tens of thousands of dollars from real estate developers and union representatives who have current business in front of the City Council. Emily Giske, who we have seen at many of the events where we are protesting against Quinn, is one small component of an extensive pattern of budget and campaign corruption. And Quinn's corruption is only one small reason why so many people are taking to the streets to vote Christine Quinn out of public office. On youtube, see "Christine Quinn: Behind the Smile"


"Ms. Giske has ridden to events with Ms. Quinn in the speaker’s city-provided car, a courtesy permitted under a ruling by the city’s ethics board." What isn't permitted by the city's ethic's board these days? The words "city" and "ethics" are an oxymoron most especially in NYC government which is why we are awaiting the perpetually delayed pre-trial of CityTime Scandal trial. Reminder city council person Tish James brought force two investigations in to CityTime brushed aside by Christine Quinn when it was simply math that CityTime was "The Tax Payer's Titanic. Christine Quinn allowed a hospital to be converted in to luxury condos and did not demand Amanda the People's Burden commissioner of City Planning give us zoning protection for a hospital only. Amazing when people get in to city government jobs they stop taking the subway and develop Marie Antoinette complexes. Thank you for exposing Christine Quinn and her special friendship that pays, Ms. Giske.


  • Plutonium
  • New York
Christine Quinn was, is and always will be self-serving in the extreme. Frankly none of those representing the West Village have served us very well. They have been so focused on their own agendas that they watched and did nothing as we lost our only hospital, as affordable housing disappeared, as transportation disappeared (buses run every 20 mins) and bike paths caused unconscionable traffic jams (#11 bus from 12th St to 37th at rush hour, 52 1/2 minutes!). It is time these political LGBTs (Quinn, Duane, Glick please note) started representing their straight constituents too! I wouldn't vote for Quinn for dog catcher - let her go kiss Bloomberg's a__ __! Oops, she's already doing that.



She gave 11 million dollars to the gay and lesbian center on 13th street all in one fell swoop then gave them more millions for so called repairs to the building and the money to buy and take off the tax rolls the building next door.
She's papered the walls with money for this self controlled vote getting machine that goes under the guise of a lesbian and gay community center but, only a select few gays and lesbians can go there.
That's the ones who can afford to more than pay their way also.
If you're going to tell the story then tell the story.
It's all there for any reporter to write about.
And it's not just about an ego rubbing relationship between two greedy women as pictured here in this article.
It's about a rude and arrogant power driven egomaniac who wants everyone to allow her complete control to rule the roost as she sees fit, and for her own benefit.
Nobody likes Christine Quinn and she and the others of us will find that out for sure when she's city wide in asking for votes, and not just the council district that she's been extorting votes from all these years to keep her in public office!
Perley J. Thibodeau


  • ohn
  • nyc


The fact that she allowed Bloomberg to steal a third term is criminal! And now it turns out her best buddy is a lobbyist who's clearly influenced her? I'm not surprised! NO QUINN FOR MAYOR. She doesn't deserve to be mayor. She's corrupt. Quinn, you're fired!




  • Rosemary
  • West Side, NY, NY
If there's a corrupt and/or self-serving strategic play, one can count on Christine Quinn to pursue it. Is Ms. Giske the "mechanic" behind that? Let's just hope there's a desk for Quinn at Bolton-St. John's when Quinn loses the election to more ethical candidates who had the good grace to serve their two terms and then go, as the people deemed appropriate.



The NY Times article is much to do about nothing! If Council President Quinn was a male and one of his buddies or school mates was now a high powered lobbyist, no one would say a word nor would the NY Times be writing a story.

Sadly, the is a double standard and old prejudgicies are alive and well, even at the NY Times
  • Tony Glover
  • New York
The issue is that a very powerful lobbyist, with clients who depend on the city for major funding, is helping Ms. Quinn to become mayor. I would want to know about this regardless of the gender of the mayor or the lobbyist. If an investigative newspaper does not scrutinize this relationship, it is not doing its job. Investigating such relationships has been common for our male mayors. Staffers and advisors to Koch, Dinkins, Giuliani and Bloomberg have been scrutinized on this issue. It should be just as common for potential female mayors.




  • Ace Tracy
  • New York
Quinn, who represents CHelsea on the NYC Council, has failed on most major issues facing her neighbors: St. Vincents Hospital closing, BRC Mega Homeless Shelter on West 25th STreet, School redistricting, etc.

Esp. on the BRC Homeless Shelter, Quinn knew about their plans in early 2010 and kept the information secret as did the Community Board 4 so that by the times the families and businesses on West 25th and surrounding streets found out in an article in the WSJ, the deal was already set in stone. Not only is the shelter against zoning codes, it is against NYC restrictions on mega shelters, and was completely opposed by the neighborhood. Quinn wouldn't even raise a finger to protest until over a year later in a mean letter to the courts.

St. Vincents was the last major healthcare facility in Chelsea and the VIllage. It's closure left a huge gap in providing emergency care to citizens of NYC. Quinn just stood by.

Quinn is one of the primary reasons why I sold my apartment in CHelsea and left NYC. I prefer to leave in a progressive democracy, not a place run by party insiders and big money. Quinn is no different than Bloomberg. And as a gay man, Quinn is an embarrasement to the LGBT community.

  • John M.
  • Brooklyn
Many of us in the lgbt community know that both Quinn and Giske are part of a political machine horror show. When Quinn was the executive director of the NYC Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence project, she fired or harassed out the longtime professional staff who had built the organization and hired grad students who were the lovers of board members and big donors, none of whom knew squat about bias violence, domestic violence or anything useful except those with big check books. Giske, supposedly a "progressive" is lobbying AGAINST paid sick leave for low paid workers. If this cabal gets to run the city, heaven help us.


  • ex-Bronxite
  • New Jersey
Let's not forget the financial scandal Quinn admitted to, that of maintaining a "slush fund" to pay off retired and losing Democrat politicians with taxpayer money, in order to keep the political peace with them. Quinn, of course, was "shocked....SHOCKED..." to find that this "fund" was maintained in her office right under her nose. What was worse, Bloomberg came out and supported the fund (again, made up of taxpayer money) as the cost of doing business.

In any respect, if elected mayor, I hope Ms. Quinn is prepared to take over a city on the verge of a 1975-type collapse, assuming the mantel of a 21st Century Abe Beame, after an elitists John Lindsay-type mayor, Mike Bloomberg.
  • Daniel
  • Staten Island, NYC
I wouldn't use Abe Beame as a positive example of a mayoralty. It was Ed Koch who brought NYC back from the decline of the Wagner-Lindsay-Beame years.



  • oel
  • New York, NY
I don't have a view as to whether Ms. Quinn would be a good mayor or a bad mayor, but this article is about a total irrelevancy. She has friends and one of them is a lobbyist, but the article does not reveal anything to suggest that either of them has acted improperly.

So, why should we care.

 

 

 

What Is the Council Cheering About?  Living Wage Comprise Will Effect Less Than 1000.   How Does It Help the 400,000 City Residents Who Are Unemployed?

The Council Has Failed to Reduce the City's Unemployment Rate Which Now Exceeds the Federal Rate

NYC Lawmakers Compromise On Living Wage Bill (WCBS) * =City Jobless Rate Rises 8.7* (Over 400,000), Exceeding the Nation’s(NYT)

 

Showing No Moral Leadership Quinn Continues to Fund Seabrook 

NYT  Interview Become A Quinn Mayoral Spin

Quinn Ignores the demands of the NYP, Daily News and mayoral candidate Tom Allon that she not fund Seabrook's member items until his retrial for using the funds for himself, family members and his girlfriend.  NYT reporter Kate Taylor did not ask Quinn any questions about if it war morally right to give government funds to someone who distributed them to his family and mistress.  

Taylor was satisfied with Quinn's spin that her reforms would that from happening again.  Taylor could have also asked Quinn if it was right to fund Vito Lopez's political machine the Bushwich Senior Citizen Center with member items $$$.  Taylor show how the NYT is spinning for Quinn when she ask the speaker about what she would do to end the deadlock between the teacher union and the city.  Quinn answers that she would lock them a room until they came up with a solution, not what her policy would be on teacher evaluations.  Where is the leaderships Quinn Stands Behind Decision on Seabrook Funds (NYT)

 

NYT Mixes Up Slush Fund With Member Items

Member Items are Pork, While the Slush Fund is the Subject of A Criminal Investigation

 

End the SlushA New York City Council fund that is supposed to help nonprofit programs is seldom divvied up based on need. It should be scrapped. 

 

While today's NYT called for an end to the city council slush fund it did not mention the fact that there chosen candidate for mayor (4 stories about her in 15 days).  Speaker Quinn has been the subject of a federal investigation that is entering it 4 year.  Slush Probers Eye Fraud Rap for Quinn, April 13, 2008.  The NYT called for an end of the council's slush fund.   What they really meant was an end to member items.  The slush fund are illegally funds hidden inside the the city budget under made up non profit names.  The NYT wrote about it on April 4 2008  Phony Allocations by City Council Reported.

 

 Quinn NYT: Did Not Know About Slush Funds, In NY Magazine and NYP Quinn Admitted She Knew

In a 2008 NYT story Quinn said that she was upset that the slush fund was continued after she ordered it closed down a year before.  Where did she think the member items she gave out after that years budget was signed, came from Santa toy bag? In a NY Magazine story also in 2008 Speaker admits she knew about slush fund for a while. The NYP in 2008 wrote QUINN: SLUSH FUND HELPED ME

On ‘Piers Morgan,’ Christine Quinn Says Hurricane Response Wasn’t About Blizzard Bumble (NYO)

 

Quinn Funded the High Line Through the Slush Fund and Got Campaign Contributions From Developers Whose Property Values Shot Up By the Building of the Trendy Park



All the Mayor Candidate Are Receiving Campaign Contributions From Groups Getting City Money or Scamming the CFB System

Quinn and the Cheating Ring Run For Mayor in 2013

Porky nonprofits gave mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn $127G A Daily News review of campaign contributions to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn identified more than 200 contributions - totaling $126,789 - from the top employees of nonprofits slated to snag Council money from her this year. (NYDN)


Bloomberg, Quinn and DOI Allowed the Corrupt Process of Campaign Consultants Workings As Lobbyists to Continue and Grow
Both Bloomberg and Quinn let the Conflicts of Interest Board withdraw a new guideline they both proposed that would have effectively prohibited the practice of a political consultant like Parkside doing any business with the city after they  threatening to go to court.  Who is kidding who? The Bloomberg administration never backs down from a lawsuit.

 

 


Quinn Likes Being Called Bloomberg's Mini-Me 
NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn wields member item cash like a cudgel and insists she doesn’t mind being called Bloomberg’s “Mini-Me.”

 

 

Michael Bloomberg likely to back Christine Quinn for NYC's 2013 Mayor

A Council Speaker Who Tightens the Purse Strings on Dissent

 

NYT Sets the Definition on How To Judge and Pick the Next Mayor and It Fits Quinn

 

Kate Taylor
by NYTMetro

Chris Quinn and the Slow Motion Return of the Slush Fund Scandal (Village Voice)

 



 

 

 

 









Quinn Uses the People's Money to Run for Mayor and Run the Council Bully Control Councilmemebers

In a clear attempt to win support of Brooklyn Democratic Boss Vito Lopez Speaker Quinn channeled $4.4 million this year to his Brooklyn power base — the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council — through Brooklyn council members Domenic Recchia, Erik Dilan, Stephen Levin and Elizabeth Crowley.  Power hungry Quinn allowed Lopez to have the money despite the fact he and his organization are under federal investigation.  
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Bribing Vito
Quinn did use her power as speaker to take a fire ax to Queens Councilman Peter Vallone’s share of the boodle. Vallone Quinn by vocally opposing the renaming of the Queensboro Bridge in honor of former Mayor Ed Koch — so the speaker slashed his member-item take by 42%, or roughly $600,000.  She also cut from the budget $6 million for a City University public-policy program named in honor of Vallone's father the former council speaker. The petty Quinn (NYP) *NYC Budget: $2.8 million in discretionary funds is "the only time Staten Island gets a little more than it's fair share than the rest of the city," says Oddo



True News Wag the Tail of the NYP 
Quinn Tries to Buy the Brooklyn Boss Support For Mayor With Another $4.4 Million City Council Dollar Slush Fund 


















2013: Christine Quinn juggles business and progressive constituencies. [Daniel Massey]


Christine Quinn's Puppet Show and Political Farce (Term Limits Remix)















Cleaning the Way For Quinn's Mayoral Race

You knew that the at some point the city's establishment would clean up Quinn's slush fund scandal that blew up in 2008.  That efforts has begun today in a very unclear cover up article written in today's NYP by sally Goldenberg. 100G slush-fund hangover(NYP)

Goldenberg wrote that Quinn has said she discovered the scheme in the fall of 2007 and ordered it stopped. What the reporter failed to state was that that it was not stop and that in a Daily News story on November 11, 2008 the speaker admitted the slush fund help her politically

The investigation has been essentially dormant since late 2008

The NYP article state the tax payers have paid 100,000 on defending Quinn and the rest of the council staff.  Goldenberg article did not state that Quinn hired the lawyers after it was reported she was a target of the investigation.  The NYP reported on April 13, 2008 that Slush Probers Eye Fraud Rap for Quinn  In 2008 the NYP reported the feds Feds probing the City Council budget scandal are weighing wire- and mail-fraud charges against those who helped send millions into a secret slush fund.  Today's NYP article said the slush fund investigation morphed into a larger probe of individual cases of fraud among council members that had slush fund. 

















































































Council Speaker Christine Quinn's dilemma

Council speaker faces hard choices on Walmart, wages and 2013.

 



 Quinn Avoids Again

Council Speaker Chris Quinn On "Last In, First Out": Wise Or Wily? Your Call, New York   . . .  No Answer

 

 Quinn Avoids Divisive Questions Again

Quinn Mum on Living Wage Decision(Gotham Gazette)

Council Speaker Chris Quinn On "Last In, First Out": Wise Or Wily? Your Call, New York   . . .  No Answer

Council Speaker Chris Quinn Still Mulling Paid Sick Leave Bill ... 


Bloomberg's Puppet Quinn
www.nydailynews.com

Quinn's MTA Red Herring
The MTA was created in part to take the heat of of pols for fare increase and service cuts. Last month Albany cut $140 million to the MTA to balance it budget. Now we have both Paterson and Speaker Quinn attacking the MTA for cutting bus passes to students.
Governor, MTA don't put our children first Speaker Quinn (leaders students in protest march against the MTA) * Quinn: "I think Project S.O.S. is a terrific statement by PIX about their support for public school students. I endorse it and I welcome PIX's assistance in saving the students MetroCard." * Save Our Subways! NYers Protest MTA Cuts * Students, Politicians Protest MTA Cuts (NY1)

Triangulation by Pols and Unions Cuts the Public Out
Another Example of triangulation where the public is stuck in the middle having no power to stop pols from using the unions to get reelected and stop the unions from gaining power to control who gets elected. Maura Keaney, an aide to Council Speaker Christine Quinn now on loan to Bloomberg's campaign, may have violated the city's conflicts of interest law by raising money for the speaker from labor unions in connection with them being left out of pay-to-play reform.

Bloomberg Puppet

Bloomberg Is Endorsing Quinn for Mayor—Well, Actually, Not Yet Mayor Bloomberg has said he will support—or, at the very least, has said he is leaning toward endorsing—City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in the 2013 mayoral race, former Mayor Ed Koch said.(WSJ) * 2013 New York City mayor's race really up for grabs now(NYDN) * Winners and losers from Weinergate. (The former includes all of his likely Democratic 2013 mayoral opponents except NYC Comptroller John Liu).


 

 


NYP Has Attacked the City Council More Than Anyone For Irresponsible Actions, Now they Tell Us Quinn Knows How to Make Hard Decisions? 

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn understands hard budget choices she, Mayor Bloomberg must make (NYDN Ed) * Some 60 churches will hold a “pray-in” this weekend to urge Mayor Bloomberg to stop “immoral” budget cuts to schools.* NYC Budget: “Quinn ruled out wholesale raid on the city’s health care trust fund.”



NYP Says Pol Insiders Say Quinn in the Lead . . . Who Are These Insiders

All the Political Insiders the NYP Quotes are Anonymous 

All the Post's Murdoch cares about is that the Dept of Education keep giving Dept of Ed contracts to Klein the head of his new education company

Quinn now leading in mayor race The humiliating melt down of Rep. Anthony Weiner has reshuffled the 2013 mayoral race, with political insiders nominating City Council Speaker... 

 

From NYP May 12, 2008:
QUINN: SLUSH FUND HELPED ME (NYP)
Embattled City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has admitted for the first time that she understood that the multimillion-dollar slush fund gave her political advantage. Quinn, who is likely running for mayor, says she knew that the use of the funds - which are now the subject of federal and city investigations - could be helpful to her. "Did I think, as a speaker, having the [reserve] money to give out through the year might give me political leverage? Of course, I did," Quinn told New York magazine for its current edition. Slush Probers Eye Fraud Rap for Quinn (NYP April 13, 2008) * Quinn Probed over Bogus Grant Groups (NYP, Apirl 3, 2008) 

Daily News Reporter Erin Einhorn Accepts Tainted Spin Doctors Guma Word

 "A Quinn campaign spokesman said the money she earmarks has nothing to do with campaign donations. "Speaker Quinn supports nonprofits and other groups based solely on two criteria: the quality of the organization and the importance of the work they do," spokesman Mark Guma said.


Mark Guma is the former partner of Hank Morris.  Before Morris when to jail he and Guma contributed money to the Governor of New Mexico who somehow give pension funds to Morris and his partner Steve Ratner.  Guma also forgave some of the campaign funds he was owed by the Manhattan DA.  Guma wife worked for Bloomberg campaign along with Haggerty who DA Vance has indicted for stealing a million from the mayor.  What Einhorn should have ask Guma was why is the city still paying for Quinn lawyer and lawyers for the entire city council for a three year old slush fund investigation which was all about pay to play member items.


Queens plumbers for Quinn?

4 people from a “plumbing company” in Astoria, Queens, gave almost $20,000 to Quinn, including a “mechanic.” (Queens Crap)

 

 

Closing St. Vincents Hospital
Hey NYT What Does the Middle Look Like to Someone Needing A Hospital?

If your ask someone who counted on St Vincent (every one of us) about Quinn silence during the closing of the hospital they would say the argument the NYT is making that the speakers is moving to the middle is irrelevant to their life.  If your ask the developer Rudin who co-workers have already contributed $30,000 to Quinn mayoral campaign and will make $$$ converting St. Vincent's Hospital to co-ops; he would say its great that Quinn is moving to the middle because he knows the NYT is on his team and positioning Quinn to give her the best chance at getting elected. It clear she has gotten the support of the business community.  What the reader does not understand is the the NYT is looking for ways to get her elected. The NYT writer David Chen just happens to find a senior who explained his theory that Quinn was moving towards the center.  " Mr. Bright (The Senior) confessed that he had not much cared for her at first. But “she grew on me over time,” he said, because “a lot of the politicians read from the script. She just says what she believes, even when I don’t agree.”  What a BS. and staged interview by Mr. Chen. I wonder how many people he had to talk to until he got a senior to explain his middle crap.

Orwellian Society Quinn: To Opposes is Radical
It was the publisher of the NYT along with the NYP and Daily News that used their papers to support changing the term limits law to allow Bloomberg and Quinn to run for a third term.  Mr. Chen does not challenge Quinn when she brushes off her term limits and other critics as na├»ve' ideologues.  So if your upset with the corruption of Citytime which Quinn worked hard to ignored; as the mayor push until the U.S. Attorney indicted his workers calling it the largest municipal crime in city history, your a radical.  If you upset with Bloomberg pick of Cathy Black which Quinn did not oppose, to run the schools your Abby Hoffman?  If your a black living in Brooklyn and you think Quinn and the mayor cater to Manhattan and the developers who are pushing you race out of Bedford–Stuyvesant your Malcolm X.


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NYT: What City Council Slush Fund Investigation
Mr. Chen talks about Quinn having lunch with Rchard D. Parsons, the Citigroup chairman and says her fans call her matured as a citywide official.  Nowhere does the NYT Reporter Mr. Chen ask a New Yorker looking for a job if he thinks Quinn has matured.  Mr. Chen does not ask Quinn what she has done about the thousands of manufacturing jobs and business that have left the city over the time she has been in the council.  Mr. Chen did not ask Quinn how she will replace the coming losses of jobs on Wall Street which makes so much of our tax base. The reader is left wondering how Quinn who has never had a private sector job would know hot to rebuild the city's jobs base.  It clear the business community is not supporter her for her expertise. It must be her willingness to follow their directions.  

Quinn Funds Lopez During Fed Investigation
Mr. Chen did not ask Quinn why city tax payers still pay for lawyers for her and the other council members to defend them against a three year old slush fund investigation.  Mr. Chen did not ask Quinn why she gave millions in member item money to Vito Lopez's Bushwich Senior Citizen organization which run his political operation and is under federal investigation. Mr. Chen did not ask Quinn about the CityTime Scandal the Black pick or the city's high unemployment race.  He did talk about the time in college she dressed as a duck. Chris Quinn and the Slow Motion Return of the Slush Fund Scandal(Village Voice)

Sock Puppet Kicks Can Down the Road

Quinn opponents call her Bloomberg puppet.  She said when she opposed the mayor by saving teacher jobs and prevented fire houses from being closed she proved she is her own person.  What Mr. Chen does not point out or understand that with the serious financial structural problems (pensions, falling state and federal funds, the loss cops and firefighters) facing the city government, all Quinn did was work by her puppet master )who is supporting her for mayor) was to kick the can down the road.  Restoring services does give her a good issue to run on. Team Quinn: the NYT and the business community understand and will milk it to elect her the next mayor.  Edging to Center, Her Eye on the Mayoral Race(NYT) * Adam Lisberg City Hall News On Christine Quinn Reverts Back to Phony P.R. Not News Reporting (STArtist)


200 Years Ago NYT Editors Fought Corruption

Today They Write For Control 

A Happy 200th to The Times's First Publisher, Whom Boss Tweed Couldn't Buy or Kill(NYT)  George Jones, born Aug. 16, 1811, refused to be bought and exposed corruption in City Hall.




NYP Does Not Report in Today's Story That A Central Figure in the Liu Investigation Worked for the Speaker 
NYP Reports Quinn Returned $4950 From A Straw Donor Who Got the Money from the Serial Creator of Fake Donors
Mei-Hua Ru has emerged as a central figure in a continuing federal investigation into whether thousands of dollars in illegal contributions have been funneled to the Liu campaign through a network of fictitious donors in the city’s Asian-American communities.  Now after Ms. Ru was working for Quinn a straw donor has been discovered in the speakers contributions. Are there more?

How Big is Quinn's Liu Straw Donor Problem 
Quinn to return tainted cash(NYP)City Council Speaker Christine Quinn will return a $4,950 donation made in 2007 by Suzanne Raffaelli, an actress and model who was a straw donor for convicted fraudster Norman Hsu. The media report that Ms. Ru worked for Liu but  not Quinn. Clinton to Return Funds from Fundraiser Hsu : NPR
 


 

 

Council Passes Budget to Fund Indicted CM Political Pal

How does the Daily News reporters write that Seabrook's efforts to send pork to the program could get snagged by the new screening process Speaker Quinn implemented after a Council slush-fund scandal, when the council has already passed the budget which included the Seabrook money in it?

Bronx Councilman Larry Seabrook's efforts to send pork to unlicensed program under scrutiny(NYDN) *  Bronx Councilman  Joel Rivera Now a Real Estate Broker Too (NYO)


 

 Gov't Funds Councilmembers Used to Get Re-Elected

Albany Has Not Had Member Items for the Last 2 Years.  Why is the council spending 50 million this year on a corrupt filled slush fund when that money can be used to hire more teacher, cops and stop some cuts?

2011 City Council Slush Fund - Schedule C

What Happen to the Council Slush Fund Investigation?(True News)

Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, which was founded by Assemblyman Vito Lopez, the Brooklyn Democratic Party chairman, got a total of $687,000.  Council grants $600G in earmarks to group caught in Vito Lopez federal corruption investigation(NYDN)

 Vito Lopez Uses Government Funds to Run His Machine (True News)

State IG Ellen Biben has re-opened an AEG-related probe into former Senator-turned-lobbyist Carl Andrews. *The Council restored $541,649 in funding to NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s office and nearly $6.5 million to the offices of the five borough presidents.

Despite facing corruption charges, Bronx Councilman Larry Seabrook is slated to receive about $362,000 in member item money from City Council Speaker Christine Quinn this year

CM Seabrook under Indicted for Stealing Member Items Hands Out More Funds This Year

Seabrook, a Bronx Democrat who has pleaded not guilty, has asked that nearly $400,000 in total be directed to 13 organizations in the fiscal year that begins Friday, records showed. The funds are a fraction of the nearly $50 million in so-called "member items"—derided by critics as "pork"—that the council plans to ...Indicted Councilman Hands Out Cash(WSJ)

 


Bloomberg, Quinn and DOI Allowed the Corrupt Process of Campaign Consultants Workings As Lobbyists to Continue and Grow
Both Bloomberg and Quinn let the Conflicts of Interest Board withdraw a new guideline they both proposed that would have effectively prohibited the practice of a political consultant like Parkside doing any business with the city after they  threatening to go to court.  Who is kidding who? The Bloomberg administration never backs down from a lawsuit.


 

NYT Pushing Quinn Almost Daily

The Times urges Mayor Michael Bloomberg to end the city’s practice of requiring food-stamp recipients be fingerprinted, saying the practice discourages people from applying for help: http://nyti.ms/vdj64x * The NYT supports NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s push to end fingerprinting requirement for food stamps. 



 

With the Slush Fund Investigation Stalled Quinn Keeps Funding None Profits and Collecting Contributions From Them 

Porky nonprofits gave Christine Quinn $127G Running for mayor is a little bit easier when you control tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer pork. (NYDN) * Private park rakes in pork (NYP)




 

Chris Quinn and the Slow Motion Return of the Slush Fund Scandal (Village Voice)

 

Queens plumbers for Quinn?

4 people from a “plumbing company” in Astoria, Queens, gave almost $20,000 to Quinn, including a “mechanic.” (Queens Crap)

 


Why Does Quinn and the City Council Keep Funding the Brooklyn Bosses Vito's Non Profit Political Machine? 

Does Quin and the Other Mayor Candidates Believe in Smoke and Mirror's Vito or Fact?

In 2009 Lopez candidate David Yassky for comptroller lost to ethically challenged Liu.  In 2010 Lopez candidate  Kathleen M. Rice Nassau DA from AG lost to Schneiderman.  Lopez also lost both of his Surrogate Court Judgeships countywide. Lopez does along with the other county leaders control the NYC Board of Elections which came handy in 2009 to de Blasio when the BOE knocked him off the ballot for petition filing problems. Candidates without de Blasio connections to the BOE stay off the ballot for those type of problems.

Money Honey #2: Christiana Fisher is Lopez’s campaign treasurer as well as the executive director of the nonprofit he founded — which pays her $659,000 per year. Here she is with Mayor Bloomberg and Lopez in 2008.

City taking aim at Vito’s charity chief (NYP) The executive director of the politically connected Ridgewood Bushwick social-services empire is going to come under pressure from the city to resign after a blistering report found she received hundreds of thousands of dollars in questionable retroactive payments, The Post has learned. City officials are intent on ousting Christiana Fisher (right), who has run the sprawling agency and its affiliates since 1980, a few years after it was founded by Brooklyn Democratic boss and Assemblyman Vito Lopez, sources said. * Pork-barrel polka(NYP Ed) * Vito’s ‘Money Honeys’ get big salaries — subsidized by you (2010, The Brooklyn Paper)

 

Christine Quinn's Puppet Show and Political Farce

The NYP Blasts Quinn for Avoiding Public Safety in Her Speech

Quinn: The Bad Cop

The not-so-mighty Quinn(NYP) The NYP criticized the speaker for her recent  low-key admonishment of the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy.  The paper says the controversial police has cleared thousands of guns from city streets and has kept people alive.



 

 



Quinn Avoidance Not Leadership

 Speaker Quinn, torn between her old allies in labor and new supporters in business, declined to take a position on the the Living Wage Bill.   Council Speaker Chris Quinn On "Last In, First Out": Wise Or Wily? Your Call, New York * Speaker Christine Quinn Faces Challenge To Living Wage Bill(NY1)   . . .  No Answer *  Speaker Quinn says Council will not hold hearings on departure * Council Speaker Chris Quinn Still Mulling Paid Sick Leave Bill  * Council Speaker Christine Quinn On Mayoral Whereabouts Bill: I'll Get Back To You On That***Today    Council Speaker, Pulled 2 Ways on Wage Bill, Delays Taking a Stand(NYT)

 



NYP Blasts Quinn for Avoiding Public Safety in Speech

Quinn: The Bad Cop

The not-so-mighty Quinn(NYP) The NYP criticized the speaker for her recent  low-key admonishment of the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy.  The paper says the controversial police has cleared thousands of guns from city streets and has kept people alive.



The Wedding Candidate

The Politics of One Gay Marriage (NY Magazine) Quinn’s calculus. Christine Quinn is the early favorite in the 2013 mayor’s race, so her State of the City speech this week drew extra media scrutiny. But that will be dwarfed by the attention paid to the next big event in the City Council speaker’s life. “The wedding,” groans a strategist for a mayoral rival. “The Times will do a front-page story about her shopping for dresses. The other papers will write about the guest list, the honeymoon. It will be huge, and there’s nothing we can do to compete with it.” 

 



3 Days After the City's Unemployment Rate Rose to 9% Quinn Gave Out More $$$ to Her Members 
Ridiculous for Quinn to Give Our Lulus to CM Who Helped Her Pass the Living Wage Bill when New Yorkers can't find Jobs

 Speaker Quinn doles out loot to cooperative Council members ‘Lulus’ on top of salaries are vote-buying tools(NYDN)The last time Council members ran for office, 24 of 51 said they supported banning lulus. Here’s the semi-annual tally of how that worked out. Five have consistently broken the pledge: Margaret Chin of Manhattan; Danny Dromm of Queens; Helen Foster of the Bronx, and Diana Reyna and Sara Gonzalez of Brooklyn. They all pocketed the payments after calling for their elimination. Fourteen have taken the money but donated it to charity: Mathieu Eugene, David Greenfield, Letitia James, Steve Levin and Darlene Mealy of Brooklyn; Gale Brewer and Rosie Mendez of Manhattan; Julissa Ferreras, Karen Koslowitz, Eric Ulrich, Jimmy Van Bramer and Ruben Wills of Queens; Debby Rose of Staten Island, and Fernando Cabrera of the Bronx.

As Jobs Leave the New York's , Many of Them Because of Our High Taxes and Regulations Quinn Continues to Loot the City's Budget to Buy Political Support From Crooked Pols

Quinn Stands Behind Decision on Seabrook Funds (NYT)* Quinn Tries to Buy the Brooklyn Boss Support For Mayor With Another $4.4 Million City Council Dollar Slush FundPorky nonprofits gave mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn $127G A Daily News review of campaign contributions to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn identified more than 200 contributions - totaling $126,789 - from the top employees of nonprofits slated to snag Council money from her this year. (NYDN) *  Speaker admits she knew about slush fund for a while. The NYP in 2008 wrote QUINN: SLUSH FUND HELPED ME

 


 NYP Forces Quinn to Return Campaign Contributions From A Ponzi Schemer and A Bank Robber
Quinn Contributor
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn plans to return $2,000 from convicted felons after The Post questioned the campaign cash she was holding in her probable run for mayor. Her 2013 campaign will give back a $1,000 donation from Ponzi schemer Kenneth Starr, formerly of Starr & Co., but is keeping $10,000 from his associates, Quinn spokesman Mark Guma said. The Quinn camp also plans to return a $1,000 gift from Hassan Nemazee, a former businessman and Democratic donor who pleaded guilty in 2010 to defrauding banks of $292 million, but the campaign will keep a $1,000 donation from his wife. Christine Quinn is returning some questionable donations, but keeping donations from those donors’ associates.

 

 

 NYT Even Has Columnist Jim Dwyer Carry Water For Their Mayoral Choice

NYC's Media Controlled By Campaign Flacks
Titanic Ties in the Race for Mayor(NYT)By JIM DWYER A grandmother of Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker and a presumptive mayoral candidate, survived the Titanic to immigrate to America. More fluff news from Quinn's campaign  
 More Quinn Flack Spin to A Willing Media
Whopper of a bad idea: pols (NYDN) * Quinn doesn’t want Burger King handing out free food. (DN) * Christine Quinn Doesn't Want Your Whoppers, Thank You Very Much
 

How a NYC Real Estate Developer and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn Co-opted the Movement to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages to Advance their Respective Business and Political Interests — at the Expense of the Horses

 

 

 

 


Without Any Evidence That Women in NYC have Been denied Access to Reproductive Health Centers Quinn Pushers Issue to Win Points With Woman in Her Mayoral Campaign


Quinn: We’ll escort abortion patients (NYP) The City Council is inserting itself into the fierce battle over abortion rights by recruiting volunteers to accompany women facing persistent protesters — “American Taliban,” in the view of one advocate — when they seek reproductive services at clinics. * City Council To Ensure Women Have Access To Reproductive Health Centers(NY1)

 

 

Quinn to hold meeting that no one can attend(Queens Crap)

"Go to the Council calendar linked below, and chose "This Week" from the drop-down menu. You will see that every single Council meeting and Committee hearing has been canceled -- EXCEPT for the Economic Development Committee's oversight hearing on the EDC merger, which is still on for Thursday. http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx


Is this for real??  How will they hold the hearing, with no electricity and no elevators in
250 Broadway? Are they pulling our chain?" - anonymous  Of course it's for real. How else can Bloomberg and Quinn protect their favorite tweeding vehicle? How else can the agency's relationship with Claire Shulman escape scrutiny? What fellow tweeder on this board will speak up about any of this? None of them.

Porky nonprofits gave mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn $127G(2011, NYDN)

Coke Executives Give to Quinn's Mayoral Campaign - NYTimes.com

Mayoral Candidates Rake in Cash from Out-of-State Donors - Chicago

 


 

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