Not that anyone expected new City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to throw perks or plums to those who opposed her, but the list of committee appointments she unveiled last week contained some mind-boggling names and omissions. This was Quinn's maiden voyage as the new leader of the 51-member council, and her picks represented both an indication of her priorities as well as a distribution of spoils among the members and Democratic county leaders who endorsed her. As such, the list revealed Quinn as more the steely-eyed Irish pol who whipped six challengers for her post than the former housing activist who once wrestled with City... More >>>