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Reading Christine Quinn's 2011 Speech

Monday, February 14, 2011 - 11:59 AM

It is an early iteration of the 2013 mayor's race, but City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's upcoming State of the City speech is more than that, says Chris Smith:

Is she distancing herself at all from Mike Bloomberg? How much is she pandering to the constituencies she’ll need in a crowded Democratic primary, like the business community? That analysis is entirely appropriate, because the jockeying by Quinn and the many other mayoral aspirants — including Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Congressman Anthony Weiner, former comptroller Bill Thompson, and current comptroller John Liu — is well under way. Yet Quinn’s speech deserves to be taken somewhat at face value, too, because among the platitudes, her four previous SOS’s as council speaker have contained an unusually high number of actual smart ideas — things that haven’t simply sounded good on the podium only to be promptly forgotten the next day.

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When evaluating candidates for Mayor, NYers shouldn't forget what Quinn has done: overturning term-limits against the will of the people; allocating millions of dollars to fake charities and doling them out in exchange for political favors; using over 30 city employees to collect signatures to put her on the ballot in 2009; having the worst human rights voting record of all Manhattan Council members; blocking every meaningful animal protection bill at City Hall, accepting millions of dollars from real estate developers after promising on the record not to accept any money from them; making a back room deal with the NYPD to curb NYers freedom of assembly, using millions of dollars of discretionary funds to control votes; killing several bills that have a veto-proof majority in the Council because they don't suit her political agenda.

Feb. 15 2011 07:31 PM

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