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Christine Quinn: State of the City 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn joins Brian Lehrer to talk about her State of the City address and the "middle class squeeze."

+ In Final State of the City, Bloomberg To Frame His Legacy

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Transportation Nation

Among NYC Candidates, Bike Lanes Stir Anxiety

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Photo: Kate Hinds

For New York mayoral candidates, bike lanes are complex. That's why City Council Speaker Christine Quinn proclaimed them off-limits for dinner party conversation.  It's why Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who's criticized the way the city approves bike lanes, leapt Wednesday to issue a statement proclaiming "bike lanes make NYC streets safer."

On the one hand, some of the Democrats running for mayor use bike lanes as a signifier for what they see as Mayor Michael Bloomberg's high-handed, top-down approach to decision-making.

On the other hand, polls show New Yorkers like bike lanes--particularly environmentalists, Latinos, young people, and techies, all of whom may play unpredictable roles in the 2013 vote. Independent polls show pretty consistent majorities in almost all categories approving of bike lanes, and an even bigger majority approving of bike share.

And yet every single one of the major Democrats has at some point criticized the mayor for not fully consulting communities about where to install new bike lanes, even though the plans for such lanes must be approved by community boards.

So while today's New York Times article--headlined, "Anxiety Over Future of Bike Lanes"--captures a real fear among bike advocates that the next mayor may not be as friendly towards biking as Mayor Bloomberg, this dance isn't over yet.

"The need for safer streets for bikers, walkers, and drivers is one I feel in my core," de Blasio said in his statement. "For that reason, I fully support bike lanes and I want to see them continue to expand around the city. They are clearly making many NYC streets safer."

Okay, now wait for it:

"But I think we need to take an approach different from the Mayor’s. While more and more communities and riders want bike lanes, the City still hasn’t come around to proactively engaging those who are concerned by them. We need to increase our outreach and bring more residents and small businesses into the discussion early so we can fine-tune designs and parking rules from the get-go. Just going to community boards is not enough. Proactive outreach seems to be the Bloomberg Administration’s last resort. I think we need to make it uniform practice, and put it at the front end of every project.”

Watch this space. This is going to get interesting.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg Uses Budget to Tout Successes, Warn Successor

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg wistfully touted his achievements as he outlined his final, $70 billion budget proposal on Tuesday, and he warned that whoever follows him will likely face the same difficult budget constraints that he has. 

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WNYC News

It's Official: de Blasio for Mayor

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Bill de Blasio threw his hat in the mayoral ring Sunday, officially announcing his candidacy for the 2013 election before a crowd of supporters.

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WNYC News

Some Mayoral Candidates Aiming to Win Back Labor

Thursday, January 24, 2013

In this season of jockeying for endorsements, there are plenty of mayoral candidates who want to show they feel labor's pain under Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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WNYC News

As Bloomberg Threatens Veto, Quinn Says Council Will Override

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg may be threatening to veto a bill banning discrimination against unemployed job seekers passed by the City Council on Wednesday, but Speaker Christine Quinn is issuing a challenge of her own: a veto override.

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WNYC News

Unemployed Job Seekers Set Off Battle at City Hall

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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The City Council approved a bill Wednesday that would block employers from posting job listings that require prospective candidates to be employed in order to apply — but the mayor has vowed to veto it.

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WNYC News

Inauguration Splits Dems' Traditional MLK Politicking

Monday, January 21, 2013

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is traditionally a day for honoring, and for politicking, in New York City. But this year, the Democrats running for mayor split on where to spend it.

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WNYC News

Map: Where the Mayoral Candidates Raise Money

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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Money tracks support, and that's clear in this first look at where the 2013 Mayoral hopefuls are marshaling funds.   

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In Mayor’s Race, Quinn Keeps Lead in Money and in Poll

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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In the New York City mayor's race, Council Speaker Christine Quinn continues to have the edge in campaign cash and in early polls, according to new data out this week.

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WNYC News

Mayoral Hopefuls Hustle for Cred Ahead of Deadlines

Thursday, January 10, 2013

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Friday is a fundraising deadline for the current crop of mayoral hopefuls. And getting there, for most of the field, has been a mad dash to establish credibility.

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Council Pushes Bill for Housing Fix

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

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The New York City Council wants to crack down on do-nothing landlords. Members unanimously approved a bill Wednesday aimed at forcing owners of approximately 100 buildings with a history of violations to make repairs or face fines.

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WNYC News

Quinn Proposes $20B Plan to Combat Effects of Climate Change

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Quinn remains the 2013 mayoral frontrunner and this proposal, coming just one week after the 2012 general election, may signal how presumed and declared candidates in the race for the city’s highest office will have to tackle the tough questions about what to rebuild and how to pay for it.

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WNYC News

City Readies $500M Outlay for Schools and Hospitals Damaged by Sandy

Monday, November 12, 2012

New York City is poised to spend half a billion dollars to repair public schools and hospitals damaged by the storm known as Sandy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Monday.

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WNYC News

As Upper Manhattan Buildings Go into Foreclosure, Officials Try to Influence Sale

Monday, October 22, 2012

City council members and housing officials joined tenants and their advocates Monday outside an apartment building on 190th Street to protest the asking price for the foreclosed property. They claim the sale price is too high and will only result in another round of defaults.

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WNYC News

WIll Tougher Penalites Curb the Uptick of Rape in the City?

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

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A spike in sexual assaults — including a rash of high profile cases — has state and local lawmakers calling for harsher penalties against sex offenders and increased support for victims.

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WNYC News

City Council Says NYPD Should Be Spared from Mid-Year Cuts

Monday, September 24, 2012

As the mid-year budget cut dance begins, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and other council members want to see at least one department protected: The NYPD.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: From Gun Control to Paid Sick Leave, Progressives Don't Wait for Washington

Monday, August 06, 2012

Conservatives knew that starting with local victories was a way to build the groundwork for larger legislative successes, which is why ALEC was such a success.

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Opinion: I Support Chick-fil-A Because of the First Amendment

Friday, August 03, 2012

The Chick-fil-a controversy was awkward for me at first because of the two reasons above: I'm a conservative, yes, but I don't like the food and, oh yeah, I'm fine with gay people marrying.

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WNYC News

NYC Opens Employment Center for Veterans

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

New York City wants to move beyond bumper sticker slogans to help returning vets find employment.

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