Candidate Christine Quinn

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

City Council speaker Christine Quinn talks about her campaign for mayor. She'll also weigh in on whether Mayor Bloomberg made us richer--a question we're asking all week

Comments [35]

In the same frame as her husband, she looks so diminished -

Jul. 23 2013 11:14 PM

Just a rare case of a politician making good on a promise to his constituents.

"I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out, and today they have," said Weiner in a statement . . . This behavior is behind me. . . ."

(I'm certain those pictures will be as unappetizing as the initial set.)

Jul. 23 2013 03:13 PM

@Big in Japan from NYC:

"I didn't embezzle a cent of the money allocated to non-existent organizations. I only did it for us honey."

Jul. 23 2013 03:07 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

Big in Japan - if the "texting scandal" you mention is B.S., then why bring it up?

Quinn isn't qualified, and will fail NYC while ingratiating herself, if elected. Haven't lived here for a while? Then ask those of us who are why this is so:

Her "leadership" in ushering in Bloomberg's third term (after a publicly-mandated term limits law was in place) stands as her biggest tax. Doing so has allowed her access and privileges from Bloomberg's favored developers, namely:

The Rudins in succeeding to dump 200 luxury condos on the shuttered St. Vincent's Hospital site (plus a number of townhouses), without any thought to impact on the surrounding neighborhood for school places, parking and the now-reduced emergency services locals used to enjoy.

Granting Google an expansion of the Chelsea Market, dumping 4,000 more daily workers to an already-crowded footprint, with more development promised to the (now) low-level blocks north of it.

Promises of a percentage of "affordable housing" for either project have now faded into the construction dust.

Downthread, read the links to her abuses of a City Council slush funds (favorable dolling to CM partners, donations to her campaign donors' pet projects), and new revelations about contributions to her own campaign by NYC Campaign Finance Board members.

Try to learn a few things about the candidate slate before you declare Quinn The One. She's anything but. And I say that as a constituent of hers.

Jul. 23 2013 02:30 PM
Big in Japan from NYC

can someone explain what Weiner has done to Earn the mayorship position?
A BS texting scandal is not 'earning' in my opinion.
I'm not thrilled with Quinn but at least she's more - Qualified for the position.
Yes, being Qualified matters.
Weiner is riding on name recognition b/c most New Yorkers could't care less about the election.

Jul. 23 2013 01:47 PM
Nick from UWS

Look at the faces of the people around her in that photograph, and then look at her face. She's the only one pleased with herself...a legend in her own mind.

Jul. 23 2013 01:20 PM
Nick from UWS

The day this criminal narcissistic horror show becomes mayor will be a woeful day for New York indeed.

Jul. 23 2013 01:17 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

Brian and producers: you just gave away this segment to Quinn to say whatever campaign talking points she preferred, never challenging her on anything. This was either pre-recorded or you simple refuse to ask her to address your listeners' questions and concerns.

Way to cave to her handlers!

Jul. 23 2013 11:25 AM
steve from queens

i just heard a quote from John Liu and cringed. and I cringed yesterday when I heard his interview. Now before I criticize him, don't think I am doing it on here in support of Miss Quinn - I really don't like any of the players in the field at this time. But with respect to Mr. Liu. Where does the arrogance come from to enable him to respond to people as off handed as he does? Coupled with what we heard a few years ago with respect to his staff having to rise when he enters the room, I am beginning to wonder, does this man think he is better than others? I mean Bloomberg is a billionaire and does not respond to people or look down on them as Liu appears to. What I am talking about is the way he asked you Brian, "are you kidding me?" and the way he asked you something else when you mistakenly asked him if he had endorsed someone for his position. This man, who I believe, maybe wrongly, is a few years older than me (I am nearly 50) but his responses to a well respected radio host and the way he treats his staff remind me of some 19 year old upstart that I might have a traffic dispute with here in the city. Maybe I am cynical about the direction society is moving in and maybe my age is putting some distance between me and some of the younger generation, but I do believe this man is my age and I do believe that people who want to serve the public should be leaders with regard to how to treat others and how to respond to them and do more to restrain their arrogance. Bloomberg, the man we would expect to be arrogant has by all measure treated everyone with respect. I do not see that trait in Mr Liu and every time I hear him speak, my feelings become ever more confirmed.

Jul. 23 2013 11:02 AM

That was one heck of a softball interview. List to how the BBC interviewers are tenacious during the 9am hour. There was so much jocularity during the interview Lehrer and Quinn seemed like old old pals.

Jul. 23 2013 10:51 AM
Nat from NYC

Quinn, you sold out the voters when you helped Bloomberg circumvent term limits, so whatever you have to say is just "wah wah wah" to my ears. I would never never vote for you because your past actions prove you to be untrustworthy.

Jul. 23 2013 10:48 AM

Here is a transit solution - private bus companies, like the ones the city keeps buying and incorporating into its inefficient bus system:

Jul. 23 2013 10:48 AM

Did anyone notice any part of this segment that could not have been pre-recorded?

Jul. 23 2013 10:47 AM
Josh Karan from Washington Heights

When the Speaker of the City Council says we should get tech jobs for CUNY graduates, does she not realize that more than half of NYC students will not graduate from CUNY prepared for most jobs.

She is mum on the crisis facing this city that will really make this a city of rich and of those who have been cast away.

Jul. 23 2013 10:46 AM
thatgirl from manhattan

Very good point, Julian!

Jul. 23 2013 10:44 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

Brian: Please ask Ms. Quinn what her plans are should she NOT win.

Independent_Noach: Newsflash: Heterosexual couples also have anal sex.
It's very interesting that you challenge mayoral candidates on special interests when it seems like you have your own special interest agenda.

Jul. 23 2013 10:43 AM
thatgirl from manhattan

Good luck with "compelling" the tech sector to take grads from CUNY and Baruch. If anyone knows what the "free market," vis a vis talent (or giving the nod to unrestrained, badly-planned development, for that matter), it's you, Speaker Quinn.

Such a lot of malarky out of her mouth, meaning nothing. Middle class! Transportation! Tech jobs! Takes loads more than that, Ms. Quinn. It takes substance you sorely lack.

Jul. 23 2013 10:42 AM
Julian from Manhattan

A solution (eventually) would be to unify the LIRR, Metro North, and the subway. In many European cities and Japan, the interurban and subways have common stops. This does exist to some degree in New York, but it involves an extra fare. With this system one can travel rapidly across long distances, and then switch to the subway for the local stop. The New York system somewhat uniquely has the express, but it's not as fast. The problem with buses, even with special lanes, is that they must negotiate the streets such and bottlenecks such as bridges and tunnels that congest the road traffic. Cheaper yes, but not a long term solution. We need more federal and state investment in transit; that's also a difference between us and the Europeans/ Japanese and many others. Strangely, here in the U.S., when this was offered by the feds, it was rejected by several state governors, like Christie!

Jul. 23 2013 10:41 AM

Zuckerberg is also another famous Harvard dropout. He left Harvard as a sophomore.

Jul. 23 2013 10:40 AM

The city could ease commuting from the outskirts by allowing jitneys to operate without harassment. They even could save the money they spend on the harassers salaries.

Jul. 23 2013 10:39 AM

Is this a pre-recorded segment?

Jul. 23 2013 10:39 AM
Matt from New York, NY

On the topic of 1:30 commutes, How about bringing more economic opportunities to the outer boroughs? That is another way to reduce long commutes.

Jul. 23 2013 10:39 AM
Rich P from Long Island

I'm with John Liu 100% on the wealth gap issue. Ms. Quinn is again proving that she will say ANYTHING to get elected. She's the Mitt Romney of the left.

Jul. 23 2013 10:39 AM

I see someone else has focused on Quinn's major obstacle;
Where is the report that addresses the embezzlement scheme that had city funds allocated to non-existent organizations for later disbursement to City Council members ate the discretion of the City Council president? Is there a report on the attorney fees paid for by city funds on behalf of the council president and members in connection with the investigations of this matter?

Jul. 23 2013 10:37 AM

Isn't this the woman who needlessly imposed licenses and numbers limits on pedicabs?
Just because she had the legal power to do so?

Jul. 23 2013 10:36 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

All of these activist candidates want to "do something."

We actually DON'T NEED A MAYOR.

Leave the office unfilled and the city will be fine!!!!!!

All they want to do is campaign on new ways to spend our shrinking money.

Jul. 23 2013 10:36 AM

An Open Challenge to Speaker Quinn and Every Other Mayoral Candidate:

Will you place public health above the ideologically-driven agenda of special interests?

Perhaps nowhere is this as appalingly the case as when it comes to the "Gay"/"LGBT" and AIDS lobbies.

The evidence is unambiguously, incontrovertibly clear:

-The single greatest factor, other than intravenous drug use, in the spread of HIV-AIDS is the practice of anal penetration.

-A far greater prevalence of this act is second only to a considerably greater degree of promiscuity, both as compared to the general population, in accounting for HIV-rates as much as FOURTY-FOUR TIMES as high among homo- and bi-sexual males. (CDC)

- Ditto for a number of other, serious, potentially lethal pathogens including hepatitis B and C, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, the human papilloma virus and herpes.

Yet, despite these incontrovertible /facts/, the "Gay"/"LGBT" and AIDS activist lobbies have consistently:

- continued to whitewash, and even promote and glorify the act of anal penetration, an inherently, self-evidently unhygienic, unsanitary, anatomically and phsyiologically unsound act

- balked at any suggestion of even merely /discouraging/, no matter how slightly, subtley or sensitively, this manifestly, emprically harmful, gruesome, brutal act

- refused to allow information about (far) safer alternatives (such as Frot, see below) to be included in AIDS prevention programs and "gay health" resources

- endlessly demanded more and more money from the taxpayers to fund their self-indulgent, hedonistic, destructive behavior

- placed almost all of the blame for the HIV-AIDS epidemic and any number of other problems that plague the "LGBT community" on anyone and everyone but themselves

- viciously attacked anyone who dares to point-out any of the above
This includes people such as Bill Weintraub, a self-described longtime "gay activist". As emphatically pro-/homoerotic/ as he is anti-/buggery/ (anal penetration and the culture that surrounds it), Weintraub was the one who coined the term "Frot" for phallus-against-phallus sex and advocates it as the safe, natural, dignified and egalitarian form of male homosexual intercourse.

Council Speaker Quinn: If elected mayor, will you stand-up to the "Gay"/"LGBT" and AIDS lobbies? Will you reach-out to brave dissidents such as Bill Weintraub and his colleagues at the Man2Man Alliance ( Contains graphic, adult content ), in an effort to save lives by telling the hideous truth about anal penetration and encouraging far safer alternatives?

Or will you continue, as our current "Public Health Mayor" [sic] has, to allow a politically powerful special interest lobby, driven by an /ideological agenda/, to trump public health and decency?

The choice is yours.

Jul. 23 2013 10:36 AM
Average Resident from NYC

improving the MTA is essential for us non-ultra-wealthy to move to cheaper housing / real estate and make it to work. Of course, the poor people who already live there would hate me just a little for displacing some of them.

Jul. 23 2013 10:36 AM
thatgirl from manhattan

As a constituent, I can't listen to this woman honk on about all she's "planning" to do for the "middle class," when she's on the take from developers and NYC Campaign Finance Board members alike! Criminal!

Perhaps this explains why the NYC Campaign Finance Board has ignored the many instances when Quinn has broken campaign finance laws:

"Two board members who sit on the nonpartisan New York City Campaign Finance Board have personally donated to Christine Quinn's mayoral campaign—with one bundling more than $20,000 in contributions for her, according to public documents.

Richard Davis, who was appointed to the board by Ms. Quinn in June 2009, contributed nearly $4,000 to her campaign in 2007 and 2008, board records show. Mr. Davis is also listed as one of Ms. Quinn's bundlers, collecting $20,125 for her in December 2007 and January 2008.

Jul. 23 2013 10:34 AM
antonio from baySide

If you get behind bringing back streetcars adding lightrails and BRT i'd at least give you another look!

Jul. 23 2013 10:34 AM
Julian from Manhattan

The mega-commuting is largely due to middle- and lower class New Yorkers having been driven to the outer boroughs by the rampant luxury housing development fostered by Bloomberg (and predecessors) and Quinn, who has taken much campaign funding from developers.

Jul. 23 2013 10:32 AM

And what about freedom from Albany.
We make they take

Jul. 23 2013 10:30 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

LOL, Mark Simone, a morning anchor on WOR Radio has been on a hilarious, relentless campaign to convince AM dial listeners that the more people know Christine Quinn, the less they like her..... and that after a few minutes of any speech, she sends people fleeing from the room.

Snarky, but understandable.

Jul. 23 2013 10:27 AM
thatgirl from manhattan

Have her address the slush funds under her control, Brian!

A very interesting article that explains how Quinn funnels discretionary funds to her real estate donors in such a way that it appears that other Council Members are dispensing the funds. Excerpts:

"Councilwoman Gale Brewer, asked why she had given money to the High Line, which is not in her district, flatly denied the designation, insisting, “First time I ever heard about it.”

"The organization that built and runs the park, Friends of the High Line, is dominated by a wealthy and politically connected coterie of real estate developers and property owners, which has poured hundreds of thousands of dollars, directly and as intermediaries, into Christine Quinn’s mayoral election campaign."

"When we include capital funding, which is much more loosely distributed, the Speaker’s directed allocations go as high as 80%." [In other words, Quinn alone controls the distribution of $320,000,000 or more each year].

"State Sen. Tony Avella, who was a Council member during the slush fund period, averred that the Speaker dictates the entire discretionary budgeting process. “Quinn controls everything,” Avella said. “Quinn uses Council funding for her own political purposes, and anyone who moves against her is punished.”

Jul. 23 2013 10:26 AM
Oscar from Ny

If there's anything more awful than a boss acting on his whims.
The world is now more independent but the leaders haven't yet get the memo and they splurge their bad and reckless behavior leaving a burden.
We should all work along side together and fix if we need to.

Jul. 23 2013 09:55 AM

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