Quinn Foes to Spend $1 Million to Block Mayoral Bid

Monday, April 08, 2013

Supporters of political action comittee "NYC is Not For Sale" gather on steps of City Hall led by Local 1180 head Arthur Cheliotes. (Brigid Bergin/WNYC)

A group working to challenge Christine Quinn's mayoral bid isn't yet fully disclosing its financial backers. The political committee "New York City Is Not For Sale" plans to spend $1 million against Quinn and already has one ad on the airwaves Monday.

At this point, Chelsea Connor, a spokeswoman for "NYC Is Not For Sale," would not reveal all the groups’ backers. It was founded by CWA Local 1180, eco-investment firm Hugo Neu Corporation, and NYCLASS, a group opposed to the horse-drawn carriage industry.

Allie Feldman from NYCLASS said while each group has its own issues, “We all agree on one thing. Remember your ABQ's. Anybody but Quinn.”

The committee has already spent $250,000 on its first anti-Quinn ad. That's well above the Campaign Finance Board's threshold, which requires the group to reveal all of its contributors by the next filing deadline on May 15th.

Organizers say they're not affiliated with any other candidate, but a Quinn campaign spokesman says Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is behind the efforts, something de Blasio denies.


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Eva Hughes from Queens

The comment from "Tan" is actually from Roxanne Delgado, who was arrested on assault charges against a carriage driver, and summonsed multiple times for harassment and other violations against carriage owners and drivers.

Roxanne has NO idea what our Local 553 does or doesn't do or have with our industry. She is an inveterate liar and obfuscator, whose mental health is questioned by anyone who meets her.

As for this fake "independent group" against Christine Quinn, it is merely some NYCLASS cronies under the umbrella of smarm-master Scott Levenson.

Do they really think they can fool anyone? The truth will be out in print shortly.

Whatever will they do about that May 15th deadline and the $250,000, by the way?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Apr. 08 2013 07:19 PM
Tan from NYC

Dear Local 16 President George Miranda

Teamster Local 553 has no collective bargaining for its carriage drivers. It's the owners not the drivers in this farce local 553. In fact they hire undocumented workers and avoid employment taxes. .

Shame on Demos Dempoulos and his alliance with crooked horse abusers. It's a blight on real union workers. RIP Jimmy Hoffa.

Teamster Local 553/16

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City Council Speaker Christine Quinn ignored criticism Sunday that she’s backing a bill that would destroy the city’s strict campaign finance system by allowing union and corporate cash to dominate.
The mayoral contender supports a bill to be introduced Monday that would allow unions and corporations to spend unlimited amounts — and coordinate with the campaigns of their favored candidates

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Apr. 08 2013 06:21 PM

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