State of the City

Friday, February 19, 2010

Yesterday New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn delivered her State of the City address. She discusses her initiatives to jump start job creation in NYC and other issues facing the city.

Small business owners, what can the city do for you? The speaker has proposed training and support; tax incentives; streamlined regulation; and better access to credit. What do you need? Comment below!


Christine Quinn

Comments [24]

Daniel Freedman from UWS

I agree with a previous poster. Next time you have Speaker Quinn on the show, please insist that she lower her voice. Nobody likes being yelled at.

Feb. 19 2010 09:41 PM
john from office

I did not know cheerleader is rude, It is discriptive.

Feb. 19 2010 11:01 AM
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Feb. 19 2010 10:55 AM
hjs from 11211

were u civil, on topic, short?

i read some nasty stuff from u

Feb. 19 2010 10:51 AM
john from office

If you don't want to be called girls, try leading a good discussion, like well educated women, not cheerleaders.

Feb. 19 2010 10:47 AM
john from office

I think the modiator edited the comments so Brian won't see how terrible she was.

many comments were removed. BAD FORM.

Feb. 19 2010 10:38 AM

Does Ms Quinn not realize that the phone will carry her voice and she soes not need to shout?? Shsssssssssshhhh

Feb. 19 2010 10:28 AM
Bob from Manhattan

Speaker Quinn always sound a bit over-caffeinated, but then again we have Marty Markowitz . . .

Seriously, politicians are good at focusing on campaigns and pushing bills and pretty lousy at guiding and implementing business programs. This just feels like a "checking the box" initiative.

Feb. 19 2010 10:27 AM
David UWS

I can't believe you just asked Quinn a sports question. You should be ashamed of yourself.

Feb. 19 2010 10:27 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

NYC is an expensive place to do business, that’s why taxes are higher than in the rural south. How about no taxes for any “small business.” With no taxes, however, small business will be billed for use of the public streets per vehicle and bicycle, police protection per incident, fire protection as needed, use of city sidewalks prorated per employee, etc. Let’s see how fast they grow when they have to pay the full cost of being in NYC but aren’t a part of the taxation system they hate. Why should my taxes go to some east village shop peddling tea cozies and tacky jewelry or some South Bronx spice company. I need neither.

Feb. 19 2010 10:25 AM
anon4utu from Manhattan

1. Do away with the Unicorporated Business Tax.

2. Adopt Citywide, aggressively, the Green Initiative Urban Vertical Farming, which Brian featured on his show last week.

3. Limit substantially the power of the Landmarks Preservation Commission over Historic Districts territory not involving a Landmarked structure.

4. Support in all ways possible Congressman Nadler's Cross Harbor Rail Freight Tunnel.

5. Support Charter revision to add the Public Advocate to the Franchise Concession Review Committee.

6. Support Charter revision guaranteeing a significant budget for the Public Advocate's Office.

7. Suppport Charter revision to eliminate DoITT's exclusive power, and vest, similar powers in the City Council, to initiate Telecommunications Franchises.

Feb. 19 2010 10:23 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from manhattan

Green jobs...lightbulbs...grand projects in the pie in the sky??!! No wonder things just get worse.




Good grief.

Feb. 19 2010 10:23 AM
kbinps from park slope

I find Speaker Quinn's voice unbearably shrill. I know she wants to be mayor but I really don't want to have to listen to her for four years. I didn't like the way she capitulated to Bloomberg in overruling term limits either. It struck me as very strategic for her future mayoral plans. She always seems to be angling.

Feb. 19 2010 10:20 AM
David UWS

Speaker Quinn, Why does the city pay landlords $100+ per night to house the homeless, thus artificially pushing market rate rents up to the $3,000 per month range?
How is this good for hard-working, middle-class workers in NYC?

Feb. 19 2010 10:19 AM
RJ from bklyn

I'm a NYer born and breed, but I hate the idea of being incompetition with every other community in need of any kind of job. The Speaker's interjection that we have not"ceded" high-tech jobs to other parts of the country (or the world for that matter) is pointless--if other communities in the country don't have those jobs, many will be in need and NY tax dollars will of necessity (if they're from the wealthy) go to them. Isn't there some way to develop locally based jobs that don't try and put us in a death-spiral of competition with other communities?

Feb. 19 2010 10:18 AM
Pete from New York, NY

Ms. Quinn: We not only need more jobs, we need more jobs that pay enough to pay the high housing rents that the Bloomberg Administration and the City Council has allowed and supported to push out low-income residents in the grand gentrification of the NYC.

What good are more jobs if we are priced out of the housing market? Thanks.

Feb. 19 2010 10:17 AM

Why can't Christine Quinn every just say something in a normal tone of voice. Why is she always shouting? It's hard to listen to her for very long.

Feb. 19 2010 10:16 AM
Bob from Manhattan

Whew! Listening to the Speaker, I really wonder whether someone who has spent most of career in politics really has any feel for the needs of small business. She's a little late to the table quite frankly. It's so easy to make proposals, sound enthusiastic -- small business people have to deliver, not just voice enthusiastic rhetoric.

Feb. 19 2010 10:14 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

For Speaker Quinn,

Every politician that talks about creating jobs talks about destroying revenues by cutting taxes. Two questions:
1.What services, positions, pension commitments, or salaries will you cut to compensate for reducing the City’s revenue stream. Do not cut revenue without cutting expenditures.
2.What about zoning. You are responsible along with the mayor of all but destroying the City’s industrial base to create white elephant condos with tax abatements. Will you reclaim land for business and not second,, third, and fourth homes for the wealthy that sit vacant?

Feb. 19 2010 10:14 AM
David UWS

Speaker Quinn, How are you enjoying your rent stabilized apartment?

Do you realize it is people like YOU that are making this city unaffordable for the middle class?

Feb. 19 2010 10:12 AM
RLewis from bowery

Quinn: are you concerned that New Yorkers are going to see through your "jobs" mantra as a political gimmick and that you are just jumping on its bandwagon?

Where's housing?

Feb. 19 2010 10:10 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from manhattan

"What can the city do for you???!!!"

Gosh,'s a surefire way to spur job creation.....CUT TAXES!!!!!!

Both on workers and their employers.

Why do you think that most new manufacturing plants are built in low tax (mostly southern) states?

Feb. 19 2010 10:08 AM
Bob from Manhattan

My questions to Speaker Quinn:

1. Let's be realistic -- What chance is there of reducing corporation taxes given the lag between municipal spending and revenues?

2. New York City is the mecca of crushing regulations and red tape. How will you change the anti-business environment?

3. When do you think you will accomplish your proposals -- specifically, what's the timeline and how will you report back to the taxpayers?

Feb. 19 2010 10:08 AM
Lawrence Scott from NYC

Christine Quinn rocks. Go Christine keep up the good fight.

Feb. 19 2010 09:52 AM

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