Details Emerge About Council Speaker Christine Quinn's High-Profile Wedding

Friday, May 18, 2012 - 12:00 AM

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is set to be married in Manhattan on Saturday.

Since the likely mayoral hopeful made the announcement two months ago, the press has breathlessly covered details of the 300-person fete as they have trickled out. The wedding is also the first same-sex wedding for a high-ranking city official since the state legalized gay marriage.

Quinn is marrying her long-time partner Kim Catullo, a corporate lawyer she met on a blind date, days after 9/11, which she tells Elle was a “quiet one.”

•    Guest list: The invite list includes Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, according to The New York Times. Several elected officials including Assembly members Vito Lopez and Deborah Glick are invited. The Staten Island Advance reports that other high ranking political invitees include Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro and Councilman James Oddo, GOP City Council minority leader. At a press conference, Quinn told reporters President Barack Obama is “more than invited to the wedding.”

•    The Venue: The details of the wedding ceremony have been kept hush, but DNAinfo reports it will be held at Stage D at Highline Stages, a brick walled space, which usually plays host to Fashion Week shows.

•    The invitations: The wedding invitation features an illustration of New York City and a sign that reads: “Greetings from Chelsea NYC,” according to the Times.

•    The Cake: It will be a five-tiered and made of chocolate custard and chocolate butter cream. It will be made by Chocolate Carousel Bakery in Wall, N.J., which is run by Quinn’s college roommate at Rutgers, the New York Post reports.

•    The Band: As for the wedding band, The Times reports that after dinner, To the Max, a band that describes themselves on their website as, “the most energetic club and dance band today,” will perform.

•    Gifts: Quinn will enforce a no-gift ban on lobbyists and elected officials, because of laws limiting donations to officials, according to the Post. The couple plans to return donations made to a breast cancer fund they started at Memorial Sloan Kettering, Quinn’s spokesman told the paper.

Speaking on WOR-AM, Quinn said she would be wearing a bridal gown, but wouldn’t reveal further details.

“I’m a little bit feeling like I’m 22-years old again, running around trying excessive number of dresses on,” Quinn said.

As far as a honeymoon, no details have emerged yet.

Quinn and her partner, Catullo have much in common. Both are 45, lost their mother’s at a young age, are Roman Catholic and come from working class families.

Both of their fathers, who will walk their daughters down the aisle, fought in the armed services. Catullo’s father let her have his wife’s engagement ring. It was reset with Sapphires to commemorate the month the couple met.


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Comments [7]

Note to Stephen Nessen: please run a simple spell- and grammar-check on your writing before posting it. There are at least five obvious errors in this piece as of 5:25PM. Reflects very badly on WNYC.

May. 19 2012 05:26 PM
jay from new york

I wish Christine Quinn the very best. My comment is regarding spelling, punctuation, grammar in this report and is so many others, i.e., in "both lost their mother's," the apostrophe is incorrect since mothers is plural, not possessive. If the reporter thinks the word needs an apostrophe, why doesn't "fathers" have one? Lately, journalists pop in apostrophes when they feel like it rather than from an understanding why it's necessary in one case and incorrect in others. Yes, I'm grouchy about it but I'm sick of so-called educated people with poor writing skills.

May. 19 2012 12:55 PM

i wish quinn and cutello all the best with their nuptials...but the idea of this being a quiet and small affair rings so false. she's invited folks who she wants and needs their support to some extend to win the mayorship. as it stands quinn will split manhattan with the boro prez (stringer), will not get much of bklyn or the bronx, will dominate queens with lui out, so staten island comes into play....and not surprisingly strong island electeds are among those invited.

May. 18 2012 10:30 AM
Donny Moss

@CG from Rockland County - When you say, "defends the rights of everyone," what are you referring to? According to the Urban Justice Center in NYC, Quinn has the second to lowest score of all City Council members on her human rights voting record, and she has killed several human rights bills that have a veto-proof majority of supporters in the Council. According to the League of Humane Voters, she has blocked every animal protection bill introduced since she became Speaker in 2006.

May. 18 2012 09:59 AM
GG from Rockland County

I am a fan of Christine Quinn. I do not think she says one thing and does another. I admire how she stands up for what is right and defends the rights of everyone, even who hold a different view from her. I wish her well in her marriage and her career. If she runs for mayor and wins, I'm packing up and moving back to NYC

May. 18 2012 09:42 AM
Donny Moss

Quinn has said that her wedding is a personal event - not a political one. Then she informs the press that U.S. senators, with whom she is not friends, the Governor, the Mayor and other high-ranking politicians whose endorsements she wants are invited. This is typical Quinn - saying one thing in public and doing just the opposite behind the scenes. Are NYC voters aware of how frequently Quinn misleads the public when it suits her politically?

May. 18 2012 09:34 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

This is not "the first same-sex wedding for a high-ranking city official since the state legalized gay marriage." I believe Mayor Bloomberg officiated at the wedding of two men a few months ago.

May. 18 2012 08:44 AM

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