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City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn hasn't changed her mind about paid sick leave.An unidentified party faked Quinn's mayoral campaign website and posted a message claiming she now supports a vote on legislation that would mandate paid sick days for employers.
But Quinn said on Wednesday that she hadn't changed her position on paid sick leave — and lamented the fake website.
"I think it's unfortunate that someone would create a website that's a replica of my campaign website when it's not," she said.
Quinn has long held that she supports the spirit of the bill, currently being pushed again by Manhattan Councilwoman Gale Brewer, but won't let it go to a vote. The Council speaker has consistently argued that the city's economy is currently too delicate for struggling business to comply with the proposal.The fake website -- quinn4ny.org -- was an almost perfect copy Quinn's official homepage at quinn4ny.com, except for the same e-mail message being repeated on the impostor website.
"As mayor of New York, I pledge to represent all New Yorkers, not just the wealthiest one percent or those with back-channel access to politicians like me," said the message about paid sick leave, which was also emailed. "It's time for an up-or-down vote on paid sick days."
As of early afternoon on Wednesday, the quinn4ny.org seems to be down, with the page not being able "to be displayed." It's uncertain if the campaign intervened to shut the site down.The spoof website and campaign emails comes on the heels of renewed pressure on Quinn to bring the bill to a vote. Capital New York reported on the national advocacy group Color of Change and its email, also sent out on Wednesday, criticizing Quinn's delay of a vote on the bill.Quinn has scheduled a hearing on paid sick leave in the civil service and labor committee for March 22.