Candidate Christine Quinn

Friday, June 14, 2013

Council Speaker Christine Quinn. (Richard Yeh/WNYC)

City Council speaker, Christine Quinn, talks about her campaign for mayor.

Comments [12]

Ms Quinn is essentially, a self-admitted embezzler. Where are the reports of the investigations into this scheme. All there is is Ms. Quinn's self-serving description and no official (U.S. Attorney or NYC Department of Investigations) reports. No curiosity about this matter by the press. particularly WNYC.

Jun. 16 2013 04:54 PM
Lucia from Chelsea, Manhattan

Ms Quinn has been getting some good training. Her voice is a lot more palatable to listen to, and she is delivering some excellent sound bites. For example, a line I quite liked: "I'm not interested in being the most progressive mayor, I want to be the most effective."

As to those who condemned her as Bloomberg lite. I think that is absolutely the case and she willingly wears the label to get as much of her protege's influence as powerful, so that those who liked Bloomberg will extend a term to her. I actually suspect she is leagues away from him in terms of thinking and ideology. It's just tough electing someone when you SUSPECT they don't actually believe the positions they hold, but you're actually not that sure of what positions they hold.

Jun. 15 2013 12:53 AM
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

It is good that Brian is asking Quinn about the underfunding of libraries and referring to the alarms being raised by “activists” but the question’s narrow focus that allowed Quinn to get away sounding like she is a supporter of the city’s libraries failed to raise the real big picture that activists are asking be addressed and for which Quinn bears huge responsibility: Quinn SUPPORTS the current sale of libraries and shrinkage of the library system to create real estate deals that benefit real estate developers, NOT the public.

For instance, Quinn supports the NYPL’s Central Library Plan which involves taking 380,000 square feet of library space and squeezing it into just 80,000 square feet after which there will be no possibility or correction or expansion with additional future space. The cost of the very expensive construction and shuffling of real estate to accomplish this huge reduction in library space, over $350 million paid for by the public, probably much more when the final costs are determined, will amount to a substantial net loss to the public compensated (in theory) only by the reduced cost of running much smaller libraries.

This is very similar to Donnell, a five-story library across from MoMA sold off to net only $39 million dollars (the penthouse in the 50-story building replacing it is on the market for $60 million), reduced to less than 1/3rd size and placed underground.

See also the similar proposed Brooklyn Heights library sale and shrinkage.

The underfunding, which Quinn specifically refused to address during her tenure as Speaker with a baseline funding bill, is being used as an excuse for these costly and wasteful sell-offs to the real estate industry, an industry from which Quinn has taken over a million dollars in campaign contributions.

See CITIZENS DEFENDING LIBRARIES web pages for more information and a petition with over 11,000 signatures opposing such sale and shrinkage.

Jun. 14 2013 11:06 AM
Susan from Upper West Side

I am so disappointed in this conversation. I could care less about her book or her gender or choices. What I want to know whether or not she will recind the money she received from CocaCola. We have a childhood obesity epidemic and this seems like a big conflict of interest in battling that epidemic. As a parent, will she make sure that there are small portion sizes available for purchase or allow the food industry continue to push supersized portion sizes. And what about all the mothers I have seen whose choice to breastfeed was overridden by health care practitioners who fed formula to their infants without their permission and without medical need. Will she continue to make sure that hospital staff have to document their overriding of parental choice?

Jun. 14 2013 10:44 AM
Tish from Brooklyn

What is shaping Quinn's education policy and what are the hallmarks of it?

Jun. 14 2013 10:40 AM
Lucy from Chelsea

what will the building codes do for the conditions in nycha housing due to Hurricane Sandy?

Jun. 14 2013 10:36 AM
Edwin from New York City

Q: Christine Quinn, why are you coming to the Mayoral Forum on Education tonight? Seems like you don't care about public schools as much as you care about charter schools.

Jun. 14 2013 10:36 AM
antonio from baySide

Get control of the MTA (at least in the borders of the 5 boroughs),
We need transit in the 'Transit Deserts." Mayor Bloomberg wasn't into introducing streetcars back in RedHook, the infrastructure is there!!! Would Quinn support this?

Jun. 14 2013 10:34 AM
Blacksocialist from BKbaby

can't stand this woman.... bloomie light

Jun. 14 2013 10:33 AM

Please stop.

Jun. 14 2013 10:32 AM

Is this natural gas pipeline under the Hudson River safe?

Jun. 14 2013 10:24 AM
Nathaniel from Roosevelt Island

Please ask Ms. Quinn about her flip flop on requiring Coop boards to provide rejected applicants a reason they were rejected. This alone has shown me Quinn will readily bend to monied interests over every day people who are just trying to enjoy their life.

Jun. 14 2013 10:18 AM

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