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Quinn Gets Endorsement From NOW-NYC

"What I can tell you is we’re going to have a woman mayor," City Council Speaker and Democratic mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn declared with confidence at City Hall yesterday.

She was, of course, speaking about herself, as she recognized the endorsement of the local chapter of the National Organization for Women.

"If you look at my record and what I’ve done on issues that matter to all New Yorkers, and issues that matter particular to women, I don’t think anyone else in the race has the same kind of record that I do," Quinn, who is running for the Democratic nomination, said.

With less than 100 days to the primary election, mayoral candidates have been announcing endorsements almost daily. The endorsement from NOW-NYC is important for Quinn, since she has been criticized in the past for holding up the passage of a paid sick leave law that was supported by prominent women activists.

Quinn managed to hammer out a deal on the bill in March, and the Council passed it 45-to-3 in spite of the mayor’s promise to veto it (he did last week).

Quinn and NOW-NYC President Sonia Ossorio ran down the list of the work the Council has undertaken on issues important to women under the speaker’s leadership: establishing penalties for drivers involved in sex trafficking; passing laws protecting access to a reproductive health centers; and supporting the growth of women- and minority-owned businesses.

Contributed by Maya Miller

FiveThirtyEight: Quinn 'Very Likely' To Win Democratic Nomination

FiveThirtyEight has taken a look at public opinion polls going back to 1989 and found that the early Democratic frontrunner in the mayoral race has “a near perfect record" of winning the party’s nomination in the primary. That means, according to the author’s analysis, that City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is “very likely" to win the Democratic nomination — given her lead in the polls so far.  MIcah Cohen writes:

In five of the past six Democratic primaries for mayor, the candidate who led in an average of polls conducted in the first six months of the election year advanced to the general election. The only exception was in 2009, when then-Represenative Anthony D. Weiner led William C. Thompson Jr., the New York City comptroller, by five percentage points but decided not to formally enter the race.

53rd State Assembly District

Vito Lopez, the man who held an iron grip on Brooklyn politics for years, was already planning to run for City Council when the Assembly voted to boot him from his seat for his involvement in a number of sexual harassment cases. The details of Lopez’s unwanted advances towards his young staffers were shocking even by Albany standards and they also hurt Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver who had not acted to punish Lopez for his behavior until it became public. Now, anti-Lopez groups have their candidate to fill the seat and Lopez and his backers have two.

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86th State Assembly District

Former Assemblyman Nelson Castro resigned in April 2013 after admitting he had worn a wire for most of his time in office after reaching a deal with the Bronx District Attorney’s office. Castro had been caught lying under oath and decided to make a deal rather than go to prison. The full extent of his work in Albany isn’t clear but it appears he snared Assemblyman Eric Stevenson in a bribery plot. Gov. Andrew Cuomo did not call a special election earlier in the year that would have effectively allowed Bronx County Democrats to name Castro’s successor and now a number of challengers have cropped up to replace Castro--some of them embittered that the County Democrats led by Assemblyman Carl Heastie passed them over, and others happy to have Heastie’s backing.

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City Council Races to Watch

Outside Money, Scandal Play Into Queens Council Race

The future of the 19th City Council District seat in northeast Queens was thrown into flux in April when the officeholder was arrested in a bribery scheme to sell a spot on the Republican mayoral ballot.

Housing Woes In The 'New' Brooklyn

With the improvement in the quality of life in the 35th district — which includes Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and parts of Prospect Heights, Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant — has come an affordable housing crisis that the next City Council member will be challenged to tackle.

Development And Its Discontents In Race For Quinn's Council Seat

Manhattan’s 3rd City Council District, covering the West Village, Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen, has been altered immeasurably in the last decade. Depending on your perspective, the last 12 years under the leadership of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the district’s current representative, have either destroyed the area, or remade it into a fabulously exciting international destination. Or both.

Ex-Quinn Aide Takes On Incumbent In 38th Council Race

While South Brooklyn remained unreachable for many government and utility services in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, community groups in the 38th City Council District looked to themselves for answer

City Council Incumbent Gets Respect Championing Stuyvesant Town

At a recent forum of mayoral candidates at Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, one politician emerged as a clear winner: City Councilman Dan Garodnick.

Superstorm Sandy Shapes Southern Brooklyn City Council Race

Like many seaside communities in southern Brooklyn, the neighborhoods of the 48th City Council District were in the path of Superstorm Sandy when it struck nine months ago.

Loyal Election Machine Could Help Disgraced Politician Win A Council Seat

With Vito Lopez having unceremoniously resigned from the state Assembly where he once lorded over the powerful housing committee, the career politician has turned his attention to getting elected to the City Council. And he just might succeed.

Stormy City Council Race For District Hard-Hit By Hurricane Sandy

As District 50 residents gear up to replace Republican James Oddo — who is running for borough president — the primary election encapsulates all of the uncertainties that still grip this embattled area.

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