Christine Quinn: State of the City 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

City Council Speaker and likely mayoral candidate Christine Quinn discusses her recent State of the City speech and her plans to address the "middle class squeeze."


Christine Quinn

Comments [40]

diane from Riverdale

I keep seeing in my head a cartoon with Christine Quinn beating on her desk, saying, "Why don't they like me best?"..a sign on the wall in back of her with an arrow pointing to Mayor Bloomberg's office next door

Aug. 30 2013 10:38 AM it just me or has she "upped" her styling as the big run-up begins??

...hairdo, outfits...the whole look is very polished compared to years past (as much as she's capable, that is).

PLEASE, can't we find someone BETTER?!?!?

Feb. 14 2013 01:43 PM

Christine "Self-Serving" Quinn: JUST SAY NO!!

Feb. 14 2013 01:38 PM

What an unpleasant, one-sided interview. To say the least.

Feb. 14 2013 12:27 PM

Sep - its Cuomo who was planning to allow fracking upstate... not the mayor.

Feb. 14 2013 12:12 PM
Sep from NYC

Quinn allowed a hospital to close in her district, which has still not been replaced. Then she allowed a massive, dangerous gas pipeline to be built. She talks out of both sides of her mouth; saying she is against fracking when she is part and parcel of Bloomberg's plan to frack upstate new york, and pushing for the build out of more gas infrastructure. She has blocked the living wage bill which had a unanimous vote ready to go from all of city council. The people who live in her district hate her, and that should inform the rest of new york voters--they have lived with her, they know what she's like.

Feb. 14 2013 11:57 AM
Coogan from NYC

Brian, please ask Mrs. Quinn how she might work with the Mayor to change the tax write off and rebate incentives for landlords who own property and intentionally let them sit empty year after year, decade after decade rather than attempt to rent them out at reasonable rates or sell them off.

This city is plagued with vacant buildings commercial and otherwise, many in very desirable areas (most in Manhattan for example) which are languishing and rotting away. Landlord greed is a cancer that's killing the host. When is it going to change?

Similarly, real estate companies and private landlords have destroyed this city with setting individual shop and housing rents that are too high. The much beloved West Village is a prime example of block after block of shuttered shops.... I've just been told by a friend another well known store on 14th will be closing soon because the owner can't afford to renew the lease. Need I mention what happens to a neighborhood after all the shops close?- graffiti increases, trash piles up (no one is there to prevent it), homeless people often take over doorways, crime on the blighted block increases (often). I've been here since the bad old days and saw mom & pop shops all die off or move after the money started flowing in the 90's- high rent greed destroyed the neighborhoods the first time, and it continues to this day with artificial, unreasonable rents being asked for tiny space few could afford. The soul of the Village, Chelsea, 5th ave is withering away. Shops that survive are struggling, it wouldn't surprise me at all if 90% go under in the next year or two.

The selection of shops are narrowing down to 'luxury' and 'discount', the in between is decaying. I'ts painful to see this de-evoluion of a vibrant, creative city knowing many sharp people in government could easily find ways to solve this issue but may be to wary or downright afraid to take on big real estate, create waves and propose changes to the real estate tax laws.

Furthermore, those who are paying market rate rents can't afford to live here either- what value do you add to a neighborhood when over 60% of your income goes to rent? Money spent on high rent and luxury products will not create a safe, secure, vibrant, interesting neighborhood. Luxury is a neighborhood killer.

Feb. 14 2013 11:06 AM
steve from nyc

All her talk of middle-class housing rings false to my ears. She never defined middles class.
this is from a gothamist article on her definition of middle class in her proposals....


"At yesterday's State of the City speech, City Council Speaker and presumptive mayoral frontrunner Christine Quinn laid out her plans for the city and the city's middle class. But at the same time, her office released a report on the "Middle Class Squeeze" [PDF] and if you wanted to be depressed about the status of the not-super-rich in the Big Apple, well, there are lots of charts! We collected a few of the most important ones.

But first, let's define the "middle class." For the Council's purpose they went with households with incomes between 100 percent and 300 percent of the area median income. Here in New York that means income between $66,400 and $199,200. Lower Middle Class would be $53,120 to $66,400 and Low Income would be anything below $53,120. "

Feb. 14 2013 11:04 AM

Ellen - the city (mayor or council) do NOT build luxury housing. Developers do... the same ppl who build other structures. You really expect them to tell developers "no"? When persons with money fled the city what happened? In fell apart at the seems. Money has to come from somewhere. Under Bloomberg - billions (yes with a "b") of dollars worth of subsidized affordable housing has been built in the South Bronx (especially Mott Haven, Melrose, Morrisania) and East New York/Brownsville in Brooklyn. Just go walk around and you'll see. The reality is though no developer can afford to build "affordable" housing in a prospering city without subsidy. The only way the tax revenue comes in to help pay for that is if ppl with money live here also. It's an ugly truth - but real!

Feb. 14 2013 11:00 AM
Maureen Healy from Brooklyn

If she is elected mayor, will Christine Quinn guarantee that the natural gas coming to NYC in the near future will be measured for radon and that levels will not be allowed to exceed the current level? New pipelines are planned to become operational in the next year or two--Spectra in Greenwich Village and the Rockaway Lateral through Queens to Brooklyn. The Marcellus Shale (in Pennsylvania and New York), where much of our new gas will come from, just happens to be much more radioactive than shale deposits elsewhere. So, this is a real problem for all New Yorkers...and it's just around the corner.

Feb. 14 2013 10:56 AM
james from manhattan

I would like Quinn and other pols to acknowledge that rent stabilization is already effectively a HUGE rental subsidy in place for a large majority of NYC's low and middleclass families. Rent stabilized tenant effectively gets a housing subsidy voucher every year as their mandated rent increase is far below market.

Feb. 14 2013 10:52 AM

How is the Mayor and this Harridan going to prevent the 3-D printing of guns?

Feb. 14 2013 10:50 AM

Why not just raise the minimum wage to $200,000 per year? This would eliminate any middle class people in NYC. And of course would do nothing to increase unemployment.

Feb. 14 2013 10:48 AM
Frankie D from NYC

I live in one of the HPD coop lottery apartments. HPD does the worst job of building affordable housing and our coop has reached out TO ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS to address leaks, how the choice their sponsors and we are left with millions of dollars of repairs due to poor oversight. We called Quinn's office - no response. HPD inspects their own buildings...could that be the reason numerous buildings built by HPD and their sponsors have no oversight when it comes to good construction. How can this be fixed? What exactly does the buildings dept of the City Council do? Facades are falling on new buildings, mold issues, leaky roofs and nobody will address this issue.

Feb. 14 2013 10:46 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

Christine Quinn, uses the “Middle Class” as the mantra for change, stability, economic progress and more. It’s is the slogan of American politician that absolutely means nothing when it comes to America’s economic decline.
In NYC a large part of the population are not “Middle Class” and will never be.
If elected Christian Queen will be another “white” NYC mayor. Nothing more nothing less.

Feb. 14 2013 10:46 AM
Joan from Brooklyn

My feet are guided by the lamp of experience and thus they are running as fast as they can away from Christine Quinn.

Feb. 14 2013 10:44 AM
The Truth from Becky

Uggh end it the voice is annoying!!

Feb. 14 2013 10:44 AM

The best way to provide middle class housing is to eliminate all rent regulations. These do nothing but keep people from moving out of articially low priced units. And they stop landlords from improving buildings and developers from building new units. These regulations also keep the price of buying units high, by making market rents higher, and thus making buying a unit more desirable and thus more expensive by comparison.

Feb. 14 2013 10:42 AM
Hank from Brooklyn

Instead of building new middle class housing, why not cut the already failing NYCHA in half and use the existing buildings. They can be updated and sold as middle class apartments.

Feb. 14 2013 10:41 AM
Ellen from chelsea

I want to like her, but I can't. She has been in lock-step with Bloomberg for years, and now all of a sudden I hear her speaking for herself?

Keep housing affordable? This administration has not seen a huge luxury development they weren't wildly enthusiastic about, even if it meant razing existing affordable housing, dislocating working NYers in the process. Now she cares? I totally don;t believe her, and I would so love to see a female as Mayor, but at this point, I am edging toward DeBlasio or Thompson.

Feb. 14 2013 10:40 AM

Where was Quinn on NYU's neighborhood-based takeover? Where was Quinn on the Chelsea Market overbuilding? Quinn has been on the side of the powerful far too often. I'm not seeing how she's going to have a different record as Mayor than how's she's screwed her own constituents as Speaker.

Feb. 14 2013 10:39 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Nancy - you are giving Quinn undeserved credit.

If Quinn had conspicuously pushed through 3rd term term for King Bloomberg, I still would have disagreed but I would have respected her - instead, she hid and dodged the issue until the end - with a dubious backroom deal with the billionaire.

Feb. 14 2013 10:38 AM

she's got some good ideas...ya...she really

Feb. 14 2013 10:37 AM
RoseAnn from Washington Heights

Ask her about the homeless kids in NYC. Every night there are 4000 homeless kids in NYC. 1800 identify themselves as LGBTQ . There are dismally small numbers of shelter beds for all, 255, and fewer than 100 of them are for LGBTQ kids.

Feb. 14 2013 10:36 AM

Bill Thompson almost beat Bloomberg last time. He's clearly the best Dem to be Mayor.

Feb. 14 2013 10:36 AM

"Neighborhood based" - and she's the one going against her own voters in her district. She's now gone beyond the pale.

Feb. 14 2013 10:34 AM

Oh, now she has some great ideas for the City. How long has she been Speaker?

She's such an insider now that it's impossible to see her as mayor.

Feb. 14 2013 10:32 AM

I used to be a big fan of Quinn. I mean big. But she has so gone against the desires of the votes on so many issues from historic preservation to term limits. Her sucking up to Bloomberg has ruined any chance for her to gain my vote. It is really, really sad.

Feb. 14 2013 10:30 AM
antonio from baySide

What about the poor?
Also I can't believe how woefully behind we are in transportation. Bring back streetcars...

Feb. 14 2013 10:29 AM
Jerry from nyc

Loud and narcissstic plenty of, but a mayor of nyc?, there must be someone able to be found, Who's her mayoral role model?

Feb. 14 2013 10:29 AM
David from Washington Heights

Please ask Ms. Quinn to clarify her support for "stop and "frisk" and for NYPS undercover surveillance of Muslims both in and outside New York City.

Feb. 14 2013 10:29 AM
john from office

Quinn and the rest of the cast of clowns will destroy the progress done in the 90's till now. The quest for votes will result in a return of policies that made this city a zoo.

Deblasio was parading around his son again, big afro 60 style!!, we are doomed.

Feb. 14 2013 10:28 AM
Nancy from Brooklyn

I will never forgive Christine Quinn for helping Bloomberg push through the term limit extension.

Feb. 14 2013 10:28 AM
NNM from NYC

Ms. Quinn's words sound great, but they are repeatedly contradicted by her actions.

Ms. Quinn has steadfastly pushed for the construction of a 10 story garbage dump in the middle of a densely populated residential area -- an area recently identified by the NYT as one of the very few neighborhoods that are still affordable for the middle class (specifically, the article said that it was one of the least expensive neighborhoods in Manhattan). So, she would like to destroy an already established middle class neighborhood, and then use enormous amounts of public funds to build affordable housing for the middle class elsewhere?

Additionally, after Sandy, Ms. Quinn repeatedly said that the city has to acknowledge that climate change is a very real phenomenon that we have to plan for in rebuilding and growing the city. But the site for this garbage dump is on the east river (actually sitting on the water) in hurricane flood zone A (which means mandatory evacuation in the event of an approaching storm). During Sandy, the site experienced the highest levels of flooding, as identified by the city -- 6-18 feet. If this facility is built, the next time the water overflows onto the streets and buildings, of the city, it could be laden with toxic waste -- including mercury, radioactive material (all of which the city has acknowledge will be present at this proposed facility). The damage will potentially be much farther-reaching than the immediate neighborhood, not to mention the pollution of the river that will be impossible to reverse.

Finally, the independent budget office did a report on this project, and found that it will cost the city over 2.5 times what we are currently paying to process the same garbage (which currently goes to a waste-to-energy conversion plant in NJ, and not to other boroughs, as incorrectly suggested by many). How does wasting taxpayer money help us, when so many need help to rebuild from Sandy, and she the city keeps closing firehouses, failing to hire new firefighters and police officers, and undercompensating teachers, etc., claiming that it doesn't have enough money?

Feb. 14 2013 10:26 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Amen RE from NYC: Quinn, has been there for God knows how long and now affordable housing is a priority, whilst your taxes have been subsidizing 421-A tax abatements on luxury housing for years under her watch.

Feb. 14 2013 10:21 AM

Another career tyrant. How about some new voices in NY politics?

Feb. 14 2013 09:44 AM
Re from nyc

Now after nearly 3 full terms (nearly 12 years) CQ is bringing up the middle class and housing. Why wasn't this a priority 12 years ago? or 2 years ago?
It sounds like a populist sock to voters. I'm very skeptical of the 'established' Bloomberg era pols seeking re-re-election. The city hasn't done much for people earning less than $40k annual.

Feb. 14 2013 09:40 AM

"Speaker Christine Quinn has quietly turned to a "white-shoe" Manhattan law firm for advice and representation in connection with a federal and local probe of the City Council's inner workings, The Post has learned. . . . "

Feb. 14 2013 09:09 AM

How much money of the City's budget was spent on behalf of Ms. Quinn and her colleagues for attorney's fees during the investigations of Ms. Quinn's Quinn's self-reported embezzlement of public funds on behalf of the herself and other City Council members.

Feb. 14 2013 09:03 AM

Where can you find a final investigative report (I believe that both the City's Department of Investigation and the United States Assistant Attorney General said that they would investigate the matter) on Ms. Quinn's Quinn's self-reported embezzlement of public funds on behalf of the herself and other City Council members.
Here is a video of Ms. Quinn's "spin" on the basic outline of the scheme:
A tepid NY Times article on the scandal is contained here:

Feb. 14 2013 08:47 AM

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