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"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).
The City Council says it will hold a hearing this week on the new 911 system that cost $88 million and has been criticized for several technical glitches. The Wall Street Journal reports that the hearing comes after a 4-year-old girl at a hospital Tuesday after a four-minute delay in sending an ambulance to help the child, who had been struck during a police chase.
Former Congressman Anthony Weiner, a mayoral candidate, made a campaign appearance at the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network in Harlem Saturday morning, where he talked about stop-and-frisk, among other matters. Politicker reports that Sharpton was unimpressed. "I'm not hearing enough ideas," the civil rights activist told the site.
The New York Post reports that funds paid by political action committees to state Sen. John Sampson's campaign filings have gone missing. Sampson was recently accused of embezzling tens of thousands from escrow accounts he was overseeing as a court-appointed referee.
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Bill Thompson isn't scared by poor showings in recent polls.
In recent polls from both Quinnipiac and Marist College, the former comptroller and second-time mayoral candidate has stayed in the low double digits while former Congressman Anthony Weiner creeps up and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn tumbles downwards.
"I've yet to see the polls be particularly accurate," Thompson said. "They've been inaccurate through most of my career and many of the elections that I've seen, they've been incredibly inaccurate. This is about Sept. 10 and the primary. That'll be the great indicator."
Whether or not the polls are inaccurate, Thompson continues to shore up support from both Latino elected leaders and long-time New York political stalwarts. The latest came earlier today from former Congressman Herman Badillo.
Badillo was the first Puerto Rican to serve as Bronx borough president and as U.S. House representative. He also served as a deputy mayor to former Mayor Ed Koch. The 83-year-old joined Thompson in East Harlem today to announce his endorsement.