Whoa! Documentary film maker and animal rights advocate Donny Moss really lets City Council Speaker Christine Quinn have it in a short video he has posted on YouTube.
In the 10 minute piece, Moss, 37, the maker of a film called “Blinders,” which documents the failed effort to ban horse-drawn carriages from the city, accuses Quinn of overweening political ambition and turning her back on the city’s gay and lesbian community.
“Until this, I respected her and admired her,” says Moss, a resident of Quinn’s district who once had his photo taken with her. “Once you dig deeper, you realize that she is betraying us and selling us down the river when it’s politically expedient.”
Among Moss’ claims….
*He says City Council members and other pols told him they would
decline to support the carriage ban because they were afraid of
angering Quinn. He claims she didn’t want to annoy her political rabbis
with the Queens Democratic Party, who were close to the carriage
*Two clips of Quinn show that she lied about whether she
used money from the council slush fund to dole out district plums to
council members. Quinn, as we recall, initially claimed she used the
money to cover mid-year budget gaps.
*Quinn failed to act
aggressively or speak out during and following the questionable arrests of
50 middle-aged gay men, some of them European tourists, who were busted
in an NYPD campaign to shut down adult bookstores. Facing a threat from
protesters to picket the Bloomberg mansion, she eventually called a
meeting of the PD, mayor’s office and community activists but failed to
show up for it. Months later, some of those arrested are still trying
to get their names cleared.
*Quinn struck a “back room” deal with
the NYPD that would limit Freedom of Assembly. The rule required that
any gathering of 50 or more people had to go through the city’s onerous
permit approval process.
*Quinn’s flip-flop on term limits, which
allowed Mayor Bloomberg another term, was fueled not by concern over
the economy, as she claimed in October, 2008, but her ultimate goal of
being elected mayor. Moss also suggests that her flip-flop resulted in
the slush fund investigation being placed on the back burner. Bloomberg
insisted there was “no back room” deal, but Moss points out that the
Department of Investigation has been silent on the slush fund
investigation for a year.
*Quinn’s term limits flip-flop effectively
blocked the chances of up and coming gay and lesbian candidates from
winning a council race.
“I wanted to make the documentary so
that people should see the truth behind the smile,” Moss says. “There
is a difference between politics and these types of betrayals and
deceits, and Christine Quinn has crossed that line.”
Calls and emails to Quinn’s press office were not returned.