Christine Quinn

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    January 23, 2014

    Inez Barron Named Chair of City Council's Committee on Higher Education

    Four years after then-Speaker Christine Quinn stripped then-42nd District City Councilman Charles Barron of his chairmanship of the Committee on Higher Education, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito appointed his predecessor and wife, Inez Barron, to the post. The decision makes sense. Barron worked as ... More >>

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    September 4, 2013

    Weiner-de Blasio Bromance Blossoms in Final Debate

    Besides the shocking revelation that not a single Democratic candidate for mayor composts (for shame!) there was very little new ground broken during Tuesday night's mayoral debate, the last before the primary on September 10. If anything, the debate reflected the latest poll showing Bill de Blasio ... More >>

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    July 22, 2013

    Al Sharpton's Sleepover Gimmick Brings Mayoral Candidates' Public Housing Promises to Forefront

    Have you heard? Five of our courageous and compassionate mayoral candidates ventured into heart of darkness over the weekend-- into a land of "moldy walls ... urine-soaked elevators ... darkened hallways," as the Daily News noted, where they "braved rooms without air-conditioning, and endured shower ... More >>

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    July 16, 2013

    The Latest Polls Suggest We May Have a Quinn/Weiner Runoff on Our Hands

    One of these days the Democrats' mayoral primary will be behind us, and we can return to a world where the various uses and locations of candidates' sex organs don't drive citywide political debate. Until then, the agony and the ecstasy of the 2013 mayoral race (mostly agony) continues. The latest Q ... More >>

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    June 5, 2013

    Chocolate Factory Owner Sheila Lewandowski on Last Night's Taste of LIC

    Before 1200 people filed into Gantry Plaza State Park yesterday to sample dishes and drinks from 60 neighborhood restaurants at the eighth annual Taste of Long Island City, a smaller crowd assembled for a Patron Hour. In addition to easy access to the M. Wells oyster bar and glasses of rose from a l ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    Ray Kelly, These Pollsters Like You, They Really Like You

    "Simply put, it's Ray's if he wants it." So begins a fawning May 29 analysis of a poll of 600 New Yorkers about the police commissioner's chances to win the mayoral election, written by Kellyanne Conway of The Polling Company Inc. to unnamed "Interested Parties." Is this that mystery poll we wrote ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    Comptroller John Liu Picks Up Huge Labor Endorsement From DC37

    In late 2009, after a tumultuous back-and-forth in contract negotiations, DC37 ended its support for Mayor Bloomberg--a leader whom they viewed as emotionally numb towards union layoffs and benefit cuts with the Great Recession settling in. For the 2010 mayoral election, DC37 switched from a mayor i ... More >>

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    May 21, 2013

    Mayoral Underdog Sal Albanese Says Other Candidates Are Exploiting Taxpayers

    You've never heard of Sal Albanese? It's his third time running for mayor, but the 63-year-old candidate, who is no stranger to calling out politicians on their bullshit, has generally maintained a lower profile than his fellow candidates in this race. Part of it's because Albanese is one oddly prin ... More >>

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    May 6, 2013

    Which NYC Mayoral Candidates Think Spying on American Muslims is Unconstitutional?

    On Sunday afternoon, seven mayoral hopefuls gathered for a forum co-hosted by the Arab American Association of New York (AAANY) and the Islamic Center at New York University. Community organizers hailed it as an historic moment. Nearly three weeks after the Boston bombings--and in the heat of the de ... More >>

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    March 25, 2013

    Mayoral Hopeful John Liu Files Claims For Over $3M In Public Funds

    Who knew the Comptroller would come somewhat close (read: nowhere near) to Bloombergian levels with his finances for City Hall? After only announcing his official candidacy two weeks ago, the New York Post has reported that John Liu is in line for $3.4 million in public matching funds from the Camp ... More >>

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    February 21, 2013

    The Mayoral Third Is Here: Adolfo Carrion Accepts Independence Party Nom

    Enter the independent candidate for Mayor. And, for the first time in a while, it is not Mr. Bloomberg. Last night in SoHo, the Post reported that the Independence Party voted unanimously to elect Mr. Carrion as their nominee of the upcoming race for the keys to City Hall. He will go against whoeve ... More >>

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    February 4, 2013

    Working The Red Carpet Was Intoxicating At The HRC Gala!

    I could get used to that sort of thing. On Saturday night, publicist Ross Schwartz ushered me into a separate room at the Waldorf, where all the notables attending the Human Rights Campaign gala were asked to go onstage, one by one, and pose in front of the step-and-repeat, as photographers snapped ... More >>

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    October 12, 2012

    City Council Drills Mayor's Lawyer On NYPD Reform

    Police Commissioner Ray Kelly didn't attend Wednesday's City Council hearing to discuss a raft of bills aimed at reining his department. In fact, no one from the NYPD showed up to the meeting. The only person the Bloomberg administration did send to testify on the bills was mayoral counsel Michael ... More >>

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    August 28, 2012

    The Fight for a Better School Lunch

    The Times recently reported that Wellness in the Schools, a nonprofit program which was working to serve healthier lunches in 30 New York City public schools would be discontinued because it did not meet new federal nutrition standards. But yesterday, after City Council speaker Christine Quinn enc ... More >>

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    July 28, 2012

    NYC Living Wage Bill Heads to Court

    'Living' sounds much better than 'minimum.'When Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced the introduction of a 'living' wage bill, Mayor Bloomberg compared the gesture to Soviet statism in April, arguing that "the last time we really had a big managed economy was the USSR, and that didn't work ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012

    Following City Hall's Vote to Approve NYU 2031 Expansion, Greenwich Village Residents Plan their Next Move

    It felt like it was over yesterday even before the Greenwich Village residents in the balcony started booing and chanting, "Chin and Quinn did us in," before Council Speaker Christine Quinn called on NYPD to remove the hecklers from the chamber, before one last old, diminutive woman wailed, "Shame o ... More >>

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    July 25, 2012

    City Council Approves NYU 2031 Expansion

    In face of jeers from Greenwich Village residents, the City Council approved New York University's 2031 expansion plan by a 44-1 vote this afternoon. The nearly 20-year construction project, which will not begin until 2014, will expand the university's campus to include additional academic facilit ... More >>

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    June 6, 2012

    The Stonewall Stop and Frisk Summit - Or, Al Sharpton, Chris Quinn and the NAACP Walk Into a (Gay) Bar...

    An historic coalition of traditional race-oriented civil rights organizations, labor unions, and LGBT groups met yesterday at the Stonewall Inn to endorse the upcoming SIlent March to End Stop and Frisk on Father's Day, June 17. The "press conference" featured an impressive roster of speakers -- inc ... More >>

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    April 20, 2012

    More Mayoral Hopefuls Weigh in on the Ray Kelly Rumors: He Has a Great Record!

    Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer said today that if the Ray Kelly running for mayor rumors turn out to be true, the dynamics of the mayoral race would certainly change. And some candidates gearing up for their campaigns are probably afraid of that, Stringer, an expected contender himself, ... More >>

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    April 16, 2012

    Four Expected Mayoral Candidates Endorse Grace Meng. Where is Scott Stringer?

    Assemblywoman Grace Meng, who is running for Congress in a crowded race, nabbed the endorsement today of four pols who hope to be the next mayor of New York City. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Comptroller John Liu, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and former comptroller Bill Thompson stood ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    City Council: Restaurants Don't Really Like The City's Grading System

    A day after Mayor Mike Bloomberg held a press conference touting the successes of the city's letter grading system for restaurant health inspections, members of the City Council are saying that a majority of businesses don't actually like them. Bloomberg, alongside the city's health commissioner, ... More >>

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    March 1, 2012

    City Unveils First-Ever LGBT Senior Center

    Roger Mácon, a 64-year-old Jamaica, Queens resident, has been out of the closet for many years. But he didn't realize there were many other seniors in the city like himself that are openly gay and lesbian, too -- until he found a network of LGBT seniors through an organization called Services and ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012

    Mayor's Budget: No Tax Increases and No Layoffs of Teachers, Police Officers, or Firefighters

    Announcing the city's annual budget today, Mayor Mike Bloomberg said he would not be increasing taxes and he would not be laying off teachers, police officers, or firefighters. He said it multiple times. Runnin' Scared, watching a live feed of his announcement, counted at least three times. Can you ... More >>

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    October 4, 2011

    Second Council Member Alleges NYPD Mistreatment

    A second City Council member has now come out with claims of bad treatment by rank-and-files police officers at a parade. In a remarkable letter sent today to NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly's office and with Speaker Christine Quinn's office copied, Upper West Side Dem. Gale Brewer recounts her own "rec ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    High Roller Steven Roth Buys Into Some Bad Karma

    ​The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that real-estate mogul Steven Roth recently bought Bernie Madoff's beach house for $9.41 million. That's some negative karma Roth is buying into. But the real-estate mogul is less known for his involvement in another business venture with even worse ju ... More >>

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    October 4, 2010

    David Paterson's Finest Moment: At A Gay Suicide Vigil

    ​We have gone to many, many, many LGBT rallies in the past year. Sometimes, it can be disheartening. Last night's "You Are Loved" vigil in Washington Square Park was certainly the most sad, but also, the most touching.

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    August 23, 2010

    Empire State Building to Spite Mother Teresa This Thursday

    ​Times Square billboards, the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, and Brooklyn Borough Hall will all glow blue and white on Thursday for Mother Theresa's 100th Birthday, according to the Daily News. But the Empire State Building continues to hold strong against the request because of the owner's "r ... More >>

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    July 28, 2010

    Mosque Near Ground Zero Passes Another Hurdle

    Community Board One voted last night 24-to-11 (with two abstentions) not to push for landmark status of 45-47 Park Place. That location is set to be the home of the formerly named Cordoba House, the $100 million mosque and interfaith cultural center just a couple blocks from where the World Trade Ce ... More >>

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    June 9, 2010

    Empire State Building Won't Light Up for Mother Teresa, then Lies, Which Mother Teresa Really Would Have Hated (But Forgiven)

    ​The Empire State Building is privately owned, and as such, they can do whatever the hell they want -- lighting themselves in pink and red for Valentine's Day, or honoring the Simpsons, or whatever. So, when they said no to lights honoring Mother Teresa's upcoming 100th birthday on August 26, ... More >>

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    January 22, 2010

    Gay Leaders React to John Liu's Appointment of Non-Supportive Simcha Felder

    Felder: His Quinn no-vote makes some gay leaders squirm​by T.J. Raphael Last week Wayne Barrett criticized newly elected Comptroller John Liu for his appointment of Deputy Comptroller Simcha Felder, a city councilman who had refused to support human rights and gay equality bills that Liu him ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2009

    Council Ban on Flavored Smokes Expectedly Passes

    ​As we expected, the city council went ahead and passed that ban on flavored tobacco products, which "improves" the FDA action against the yum smokes by including flavored cigars, chewing tobacco, and cigarillos in the order. The Mayor is expected to sign it. "That looks like a lip gloss," s ... More >>

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    October 8, 2009

    Is Mayor Bloomberg Expropriating City Resources to Further His Campaign?

    ​ NY1 reports this morning that 18-20 sanitation, anti-graffiti, and steam-cleaning trucks recently descended on Inwood in preparation for a campaign appearance by Mayor Bloomberg scheduled for that afternoon. Residents seemed astonished as city personnel removed graffiti, swept up garbage, ... More >>

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    September 18, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    ​ Ha, ha, ha. The sweet release of death is a week closer. In the afterlife we can forget all about Kanye and all these ridiculous (but highly amusing) tributes. New York had a big Primary Day -- or, judging by turnout, a dinky one. Our hero Tony Avella went down to defeat. The heavily fund ... More >>

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    August 26, 2009

    Tony Avella Denounces Standard Hotel High Line Peep Show

    ​The New York Post continues to celebrate the nude performances regularly taking place in Standard Hotel windows overlooking the High Line. Today's article quotes a "friendly bellhop" at the hotel, who says, "We don't discourage it" -- that is, the peep shows -- "In actual fact, we encourage i ... More >>

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    August 11, 2009

    Duane, CB4: Hell's Kitchen Will Have 1,026 More Kids Than Schools Can Handle by 2019

    School overcrowding seems to follow the revitalization of New York neighborhoods, and Hells' Kitchen -- known to some by its post-gentrification name Clinton -- may soon be getting its hyper-influx. State senator Tom Duane and Manhattan Community Board 4 have compiled a report that claims planned re ... More >>

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    June 16, 2009

    Bloomberg, Quinn Agree on Budget; Sales Tax Up, Luxury Taxes Out

    Mayor Bloomberg and city council speaker Christine Quinn announce that they have come to terms, and declare the $59.4 billion 2010 city budget balanced, despite an anticipated decline of nearly $5 billion in tax revenue (which tracks closely with what the IBO predicted in its report last month). Th ... More >>

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    April 21, 2009

    Interview, Mayoral Candidate Reverend Billy: "It's Bloomberg vs. New York City!"

    Photos by Brennan Cavanaugh (We rather spontaneously interviewed longtime Stop Shopping advocate and current Green Party candidate for Mayor Reverend Billy Talen and despite interruptions -- at one point, in his zeal, he wandered out of cell phone transmission range -- got some of his ideas for " ... More >>

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    December 19, 2008

    Council Increases Hotel, Property Taxes, Restores Some $

    The good news from yesterday's city council vote to local property holders is that their $400 rebate checks, which Mayor Bloomberg had previously tried to hold back, were cleared by the Mayor for delivery, speaker Christine Quinn announced. The bad news is that property taxes were increased by 7 per ... More >>

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    December 15, 2008
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    November 19, 2008

    The Transformation of Mike Bloomberg

    How the benevolent billionaire with no political debts ended up owning us all

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    November 12, 2008

    Chinatown Group Complains About English-Only Rezoning Hearing

    This morning the City Council will hold a public hearing chaired by Tony Avella on rezoning in Community District 3. The area under consideration contains Chinatown, and the Coalition to Protect Chinatown/LES is complaining of the plan on offer that it "protects" the "wealthy East Village from high- ... More >>

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    November 11, 2008

    Term Limits Team Announces Lawsuit at City Hall

    Yesterday an interesting mix of politicians (the Post calls them "Odd Allies"), including Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long and civil rights attorney Norm Siegel, appeared in front of City Hall to announce their lawsuit against Mike Bloomberg, Christine Quinn, and the Board of Elections for thei ... More >>

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    October 21, 2008

    Gov Sticks Up for O'Byrne, Gay Pols for Term Limits, Goldberg for Powell at Pride Dinner

    Photos by Julie Bolcer Governor David Paterson showed some support for his embattled secretary, Charles J. O'Byrne, acknowledging him as "my dear friend" in remarks to a statewide gay rights group on Monday night. O'Byrne, a former Jesuit priest who is openly gay, was among many hundreds in atten ... More >>

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    September 7, 2008

    LGBT New Yorkers Put Muscle Behind Obama

    With just 60 days to go until the finish of an increasingly competitive presidential race, LGBT elected officials and leaders in New York City -- including City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and State Senator Tom Duane (pictured) -- gathered with supporters on Sunday to affirm their support for th ... More >>

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    April 30, 2008

    The Best Exclusive of the Day: The Return of the Flash

    Sure, we have an exclusive in the Post about the Department of Youth and the city council slush fund scandal. According to the paper, the records of 100 nonprofit agencies that received funding through the council's grants are under investigation. The paper also reports that the Department of Invest ... More >>

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    November 27, 2007

    Slumming for Landlords

    A pair of Bronx pols try to shoot down the latest in tenant protection

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    July 6, 2006

    Gay Marriage "Inevitable": Rally in Sheridan Square

    Hundreds gathered Thursday evening, near the place where the gay rights movement was born, to blast the high-court decision that New York's constitution does not give gays and lesbians the right to marry. "We are gonna win this battle," a furious State Senator Tom Duane told the crowd, which spille ... More >>

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    October 14, 2005

    Speaker Squeaker

    Who will replace Giff Miller as speaker? David Weprin seems close . . . in this picture (City Council). Perception equals reality, at least in the behind-the-scenes race for City Council speaker. Since council members want to angle for all the goodies they can get for themselves and their districts ... More >>

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    December 5, 2000

    Constant Vigilance

    AIDS Activists Keep Watch to Make Sure City Leaves No One Homeless

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    March 23, 1999

    Disobedience Training

    Mayor Taunts City and a Coalition Forms

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