Monday, December 06, 2010
Michael Bloomberg and allies unveiled a slate of changes to state election laws that they say will make it easier to vote and help boost New York out of 47th place in the nation for the percentage of voter turnout.
Notably, in attendance was the Rev. Al Shaprton, who said the state was in the "dark ages" when it came to rules allowing citizens to vote. Shaprton's support here is important, since his absence from another Bloomberg initiative—the creation of non-partisan elections—helped kill it.
Among the changes the Bloomberg-Sharpton coalition are seeking include offering "no-excuse" absentee ballots, the creation of an early voting period, extending the deadline to register for or switch enrollment in a political party, and allowing ballots to be filled out outside of the polling station where they are deposited.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Community gardeners still have reservations about the new rules the Department of Parks and Recreation has drawn up to regulate them. Under the rules, the Department can close a garden that has gone into default. But gardeners and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn say its not clear what that means.
Monday, November 22, 2010
On Monday, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced Food Works, a plan to address five areas along the city's food cycle: production, distribution, processing, consumption, and post-consumption. The City spends around $175 million on food for schools, jails, senior centers and more. Quinn said she wants to use that purchasing power to refocus the food system so it can create more jobs, improve public health and protect the environment.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
By Beth Fertig
Mayor Bloomberg's choice for Schools Chancellor, Cathie Black, continues to attract both supporters and opponents. Brooklyn City Councilman Jumaane Williams introduced a resolution Wednesday calling on the state to deny her the appointment, but former mayors Ed Koch, David Dinkins and Rudolph Giuliani say she has the right managerial experience.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
By Azi Paybarah
In the 2005 race, he positioned himself more as a centrist Democrat, a la Ed Koch. But for 2013, the move left isn't much of an option for Weiner as his likely rivals in the Democratic primary carve out their respective constituencies. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn - who opposed the Kingsbridge Armory development plan and paid-sick day - is angling herself as a business-friendly Democrat. She'll also likely to be the first major mayoral candidate here who is openly gay (and could be the only woman in the race, which could do a lot to attract Democratic primary voters).
Bill de Blasio, the public advocate who helped found the Working Families Party, is likely to get a lion's share of organized labor backing.
Shortly after Mayor Bloomberg said he favored rolling back term-limits, former City Comptroller and 2009 mayoral candidate Bill Thompson popped up on NY1 and in news stories, reminding people he fought the mayor on this issue (and nearly won!).
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has backed a number of progressive Democrats for office, and ingrained himself in the daily lives of New Yorkers on substantive (non-partisan issues) issues like like food access and bike lane safety.
John Liu, the current city comptroller (and top vote getter in 2009!), would be the first Asian-American mayoral candidate. He's already the first Asian-American elected citywide here. While helped by organized labor and the WFP, his campaign aides were quick to note that he formed his own multi-racial coalition which, unlike the WFP, had no legal clouds hovering overheard.
Friday, October 15, 2010
By Azi Paybarah
Christine Quinn's decision to side with Mayor Bloomberg and oppose a major piece of legislation pushed by the Working Families Party is, for some, the high-water mark in her evolution from West Side radical Democrat to a buttoned-down, business-friendly moderate.
Michael Saul says the move "cements what has become an extraordinarily tight alliance with the billionaire mayor and reflects a turnaround for the openly gay activist who began her career entrenched in the rabble-rousing, liberal politics of New York City."
The transition has indeed been long in the making. In 2006, I profiled Quinn and wrote:
One of the first times Christine Quinn was ever mentioned in a newspaper, it was for promising to take her shirt off in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral while marching in the Gay Pride Parade. “I have never gone topless in my life, and I and my friends plan to do it.” That was 1995.
For Ms. Quinn...the comfortably close relationship with the city’s entrenched institutional power brokers is something new.
Told that she was actually beginning to sound a little like the Mayor, she laughed.
“Now that is odd, because they usually don’t say the guy with the Boston accent and the girl with the Long Island accent sound that much alike,” she said. ‘But you know, that’s what makes New York great.”
Thursday, October 14, 2010
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said she won’t support a bill requiring businesses to give workers paid time off when they get sick. Quinn said pushing the legislation forward now would backfire, and actually hurt the very workers the bill targets.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Members of the City Council and abortion rights proponents are accusing so-called "crisis pregnancy centers" of providing false information to women in an effort to steer them away from abortions and contraception.
Monday, October 04, 2010
The New York City Board of Elections felt the heat from City Council at a hearing Monday over primary day voting problems. A representative of the board said it would use what it learned to improve the voting experience for the November 2 election.
Monday, October 04, 2010
By Azi Paybarah
The Speaker of the New York City Council, Christine Quinn, slams the New York City Board of Elections for their handling of voting on Primary Day, saying, "The faith of many New York voters has been shook."
Mayor Bloomberg had called the problems on September 14 a "royal screw-up." Some watchdogs were clear in criticizing human error, not the new voting machines that debuted that day. The head of the BOE said the mayor, and media, are exaggerating the issue.
Friday, September 24, 2010
A new citywide program is enlisting pro bono architects and engineers to survey dilapidated buildings in foreclosure. The idea is to paint a more realistic picture of what the properties are actually worth.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
By Azi Paybarah
From City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a Democrat from the West Village who wrote on Twitter:
"Support Andrew Cuomo (@andrewcuomo) TODAY for NYS Governor. Find your polling site: http://bit.ly/oROJK #primaryday #democrat"
Cuomo doesn't have a primary and is not appearing on the ballot today. He's on the November ballot, as the candidate for the Democrat, Independence and Working Families Party.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
A sweeping overhaul of New York City's 21-year-old recycling program was passed into law earlier this week. Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed 11 bills that are intended to expand what is recycled in the city, hold city agencies responsible for their own recycling habits, find out how much waste businesses are generating and how well they're recycling.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
The New York State Senate, by a count of 38-24, has voted down a landmark bill that would have made New York the sixth state in the nation to legalize gay marriage.
The floor debate and vote came after months of delays and behind-the-scenes arm-twisting of Senators who were ...
Friday, September 18, 2009
By Bob Hennelly
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is putting the best face on this week's primary election results. They brought defeats to several Council incumbents who backed Quinn's push to lift term limits. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this report.
Quinn rejects the notion that voter anger over the repeal of term limits ...
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Monday, June 08, 2009
Thousands of people flocked to Jackson Heights yesterday for the annual Queens LGBT Pride Parade. And while same-sex marriage was on the minds of many, one gay activist says it shouldn't obscure other causes. Reverend Pat Bumgardner is the pastor at Metropolitan Community Church and one of the ...