Christine Quinn Tag All blog entries tagged as Christine Quinn http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/latest Wed, 19 Mar 2014 07:34:43 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Today's Lead: Business Group Pours Cash Into Council Races http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/09/06/todays-lead-business-group-pours-cash-into-council-races http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/09/06/todays-lead-business-group-pours-cash-into-council-races

About to lose a major ally in Mayor Michael Bloomberg a group of business leaders and real estate groups have poured nearly $7 million into city council races. The Jobs For New York political action committee has spent $275,000 per council race on average in an effort to extend Bloomberg's pro-business policies past his term. The group has changed the dynamic of races that are normally based on community issues and connections. The PAC is organized by the Real Estate Board of New York that counts developers such as Larry Silverstein and Daniel Tishman as its members. Union's that would benefit from development projects are also part of the group. Tenants PAC, a group that represents tenant interests, has refused to endorse any candidate who refuses to condemn Jobs For New York.

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How Participatory Budgeting Became Normal Practice on the City Council (Capital)

Quinn's Camp Tries to Keep Calm as Poll Numbers Fall (DNAinfo)

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Fri, 06 Sep 2013 12:07:28 +0000
Today's Lead: De Blasio Holds Major Lead According to Polls http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/08/30/todays-lead-de-blasio-holds-major-lead-according-to-polls- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/08/30/todays-lead-de-blasio-holds-major-lead-according-to-polls-

De Blasio Holds Major Lead According to Polls

The polls have held nothing but good news for Bill de Blasio this week as the mayoral campaign heads into the final stretch to the primary. A New York Times, Siena College Poll found de Blasio leading the race by 32 percent followed by Bill Thompson with 18 percent and former frontrunner Council Speaker Christine Quinn with 17 percent. The poll found de Blasio leading other candidates among men, women young and old as well as those who think the city is headed in a positive direction and those who think it is headed in a negative direction. The poll does not hold good news for Quinn as it finds that 45 percent of likely Democratic voters view her unfavorably. De Blasio and Thompson have 17 and 16 percent unfavorability ratings, respectively. A Quinnipiac Poll released on Wednesday found de Blasio with a 38 percent lead over his opponents.


Other Stories We're Following

IDC May Back Richard Brodsky to Challenge Senate Democratic Leader (Lower Hudson Journal)

De Blasio Real Estate Ties Slammed (Crain's)

De Blasio And a Brief History of Public-School Parents For Mayor (Capital)

Quinn Campaign Encourages Student Volunteers to Skip Classes to Work For Her (NY Post)

Sen. Eric Adams Went to Bat For Two Former Criminals (Daily News)

Mayoral Candidates Vow to Ignore NYCHA Plan to Lease Public Land (Daily News)

Poll Has Spitzer and Stringer Tied (Daily News)

Queens Man First to Sue For False Arrest Post Frisk Ruling (Daily News)

Fundraising In State University System Shielded From Outside Scrutiny (NY World)

Charter School Advocates Look For Opening on City Council (Gotham Schools)

East Harlem District Debate on Housing Turns Ugly (Gotham Gazette)

Outside Money and Scandal Play Into Queens Council Race (Gotham Gazette)

Legislators Pledge to Pass De Blasio's Tax Plan For School Programs (Gotham Gazette)

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) City Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:48:26 +0000
Legislators Pledge to Pass De Blasio's Tax Plan For School Programs http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/08/29/legislators-pledge-to-pass-de-blasios-tax-plan-for-school-programs- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/08/29/legislators-pledge-to-pass-de-blasios-tax-plan-for-school-programs-

Public Advocate Bill de Blaso's plan to tax the wealthy to pay for pre kindergarten and afterschool programs has come under attack by his opponents in the mayoral race, espeicially by Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

The plan has also been questioned by editorial boards--including The New York Times'. But a group of legislators came forward today to support de Blasio's plan. They sent a letter to Quinn pledging that they will work to pass the tax hike in Albany and also scolding Quinn for criticizing some of de Blasio's talking points.

De Blasio's and his plans have been targeted by his opponents has he has surged in the polls. A recent Quinnipiac Poll found de Blasio at 36 percent--close to the range of support he would need to avoid a runoff.

The letter signed by Sens. Liz Krueger, Bill Perkins, James Sanders and Assemblymember Luis Sepulveda. It is worth noting that the three Senators are in the minority in their chamber and have no control of whether the bill comes to a vote.

Here is the letter:

Dear Speaker Quinn,

We are disappointed to hear your criticism of Bill de Blasio’s plan to raise taxes on those making more than $500,000 in order to fund universal pre-k for New York City’s four-year olds and expanded after-school seats for all middle school students who want and need them.

New York City deserves a leader who has the bold vision we need to help our children succeed, and secure New York City's future. We cannot continue this Tale of Two Cities that right now threatens to leave a generation of our children behind. Over the past five years, New York City has lost over 30,000 after-school seats.[1] In addition, since 2011 more than 26,000 pre-k applicants have been denied admission to Department of Education Pre-K. [2]

New Yorkers don’t need another pilot program or stopgap solution that only solidifies the status quo, and they surely do not need to take on additional household debt in order provide their children a head start in life. Now is not the time for small ideas.

We need leadership that is not afraid to push for bold ideas for our city’s children and future. If this means fighting in Albany for New York City's right to increase taxes on the wealthy, we are eager for that challenge. And as history shows, it's a challenge that is certainly achievable. Each of the past three mayors have fought for and won personal income tax increases to address critical challenges facing our city.

As members of the New York State Legislature, we all stand ready to proudly sponsor Bill de Blasio’s plan to raise the city income tax on those making more than $500,000 – and we are confident Albany will pass it. We hope you will join us in fighting for a bold solution that can actually begin to address the crisis in our public education system.

Sincerely,

State Senator Liz Krueger

State Senator Bill Perkins

State Senator James Sanders, Jr.

State Assemblymember Luis Sepulveda

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) City Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:23:55 +0000
Today's Lead: Council Showdown on Stop-And-Frisk http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/08/22/todays-lead-council-showdown-on-stop-and-frisk http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/08/22/todays-lead-council-showdown-on-stop-and-frisk

The City Council is scheduled to vote today on overriding Mayor Michael Bloomberg's vetoes of two bills designed to restrict the New York Police Department's use of stop-and-frisk. A bill that would create an inspector general to oversee the New York Police Department is expected to be enacted today but the second measure that would increase the ability to sue the NYPD for racial profiling is less likely to become law. The second bill initially passed with 34 vote--the minimum number needed to override a veto. If one council member is convinced not to vote to override the veto will stand. Members have been targeted by Bloomberg and police unions on the issue. Council President Christine Quinn said at a mayoral debate last night that she expects both overrides to succeed.

Other Stories We're Following

Family Trust Offers Possible Clues to How Spitzer Would Invest Funds (NY Times)

De Blasio Target at Mayoral Debate (NY Times)

Union Works Around Campaign Laws For Liu Ads (Daily News)

Quinn Softens Image in Tight Race (Politicker)

Quinn and Thompson Take on De Blasio (Capital)

Tish James Picks up Unions Nods (Crain's)

Spitzer Unveils Policy Plans (Crain's)

Lt. Gov. Duffy in an Insider Home Deal? (Albany Times Union)

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:55:09 +0000
Today's Lead: Quinn and De Blasio Neck and Neck http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/08/16/todays-lead-quinn-and-de-blasio-neck-and-neck http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/08/16/todays-lead-quinn-and-de-blasio-neck-and-neck

Quinn and De Blasio Neck and Neck

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio's momentum continues to build in the race for New York City mayor according to a new Wall Street Journal-NBC 4-Marist survey. De Blasio is now in a tie with Council Speaker Christine Quinn at 24 percent according to the poll that shows de Blasio has jumped 7 percentage points with likely voters since last month. The poll puts Bill Thompson in third with 18 percent followed by Anthony Weiner and John Liu. The poll indicates that a Democratic runoff is very likely. If no candidate reaches 40 percent in the primary a runoff is triggered. The poll shows that de Blasio who is married to a black woman and features his black son in a recent television spot has won the support of many black voters since last month.


Other Stories We're Following

Bill Lynch Remembered By Those He Mentored (NY Times)

Report Finds City Incentive Is Not Producing Enough Affordable Housing (NY Times)

Thompson Tries to Escape Opponents' Shadows (NY Times)

Anthony Weiner's Relationship With Former Staffer Raises Questions (NY Observer)

City's Own Witness Spurred Police Cameras (NY Post)

City to Appeal Stop and Frisk Decision Today (Wall Street Journal)

National Grid Fined For Ethics Violations (Albany Times Union)

GothamVotes 2013: Campaign Trail Update

The candidates vying for the office of public advocate sparred in a televised debate (New York Daily News)

New poll shows Bill de Blasio running "neck-and-neck" with Christine Quinn for the Democratic nomination for mayor (Capital New York)

Comptroller candidate Scott Stringer tried to run a saloon (The New York Times)

Mayoral hopefuls talk a lot about plans for education that are beyond the power of City Hall (Gotham Schools)

Which mayoral candidates have smoked weed? (Politicker)

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Fri, 16 Aug 2013 11:49:34 +0000
Today's Lead: Cuomo Received Developer Cash Before Signing Tax Breaks http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/08/15/todays-lead-cuomo-received-developer-cash-before-signing-tax-breaks- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/08/15/todays-lead-cuomo-received-developer-cash-before-signing-tax-breaks-

Cuomo's Developer Donations

The New York Daily News reported today that Gov. Andrew Cuomo received $76,000 in donations from real estate developers just weeks before signing legislation that gave tax breaks to their properties. Three partners at Fisher Brothers donated $25,000 each to Cuomo on Dec. 27 of last year. Cuomo signed legislation giving tax breaks to their properties at New York Curb Exchange and 86 Trinity Place on Jan. 30. The Daily News reported last week that Extell Development Co. gave Cuomo $100,000 a few days before he signed the bill that gives creates $35 million in tax breaks on their One57 luxury apartment tower. The Moreland Commission that Cuomo created to investigate corruption has subpoenaed the five companies that received tax breaks from the bill. Cuomo administration officials say that the bill was supported by the city and wasn't their focus. The News writes however that legislators claims they don't know who inserted the tax breaks for the five subpoenaed companies.


Other Stories We're Following

Will BOE Struggle Through Mayoral Election? (Talking Points Memo)

NYC Will Cease Loans to Top Employees For Second Homes (NY Times)

City Evaluates Local Colleges That Train Teachers (NY Times)

Taxi, Livery Owners Help Fill Candidates' Coffers (Wall Street Journal)

Recovery is Choppy in Breezy Point (Wall Street Journal)

Quinn's Job Training Program (Daily News)

Cuomo Received $76,000 From Investors Before Signing Property Tax Bill (Daily News)

DOE Raises Price of School Lunches For Some, Makes It Free For Others (NY 1)

NYPD: Six Sought In Alleged Chelsea Bias Attack (NY 1)

Diaz Says Albany Has Ethical Double Standard (Gotham Gazette)

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) State Thu, 15 Aug 2013 12:51:12 +0000
Today's Lead: Weiner Drops in Polls http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/07/26/todays-lead-weiner-drops-in-polls- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/07/26/todays-lead-weiner-drops-in-polls-

Anthony Weiner said more dirt about his Internet sex life would come out during his mayoral campaign and boy was he right. This week the revelation that Weiner had the sort of online sexual relationships with women that led to his resignation even after he resigned from office forced the Weiner campaign into damage control. The revelations had a major impact in public opinion according to a Marist Pollthat showed his support dropping to 16 percent with his negatives at an all-time-high. Council Speaker Christine Quinn now leads the pack with 25 percent with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Bill Thompson at 14 percent. Weiner admitted on Thursday to having three explicit online relationships with women even after he resigned his seat in Congress. Weiner has said he will continue with his campaign.


Other Stories We're Following

911 Staffers Under Major Pressure (NY Post)

Amid Hospital's Turmoil, a Man Disappears (NY Times)

Homicides Spike in South Brooklyn (Wall Street Journal)

Assembly Getting Electronic Voting Boards (Albany Times Union)

Bill Thompson Has Ties to Company That Ran Interfaith Medical (WNYC)

Contest For Brooklyn Prosecutor Narrows to 2 (NY Times)

Silver Under Fire For Keeping Top Aide on Payroll (Daily News)

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Fri, 26 Jul 2013 11:56:12 +0000
Today's Lead: Cuomo's Storm Recovery Program http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/07/19/todays-lead-cuomos-storm-recovery-program- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/07/19/todays-lead-cuomos-storm-recovery-program-

Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a new plan to get storm-ravaged communities to work together in planning their futures during his NY Rising: Storm Recovery Conference in Albany yesterday. The 102 communities impacted by flooding across the state will be eligible for up to $750 million in combined state and federal aid. “What does the community think is the best approach to rebuild?" asked Cuomo. "And what are the best ideas and what is the best vision and let’s fund the community’s vision rather than ask the community to fit in the template that’s established from up above.” The Cuomo administration unveiled a website designed to help communities apply for the program and to find out how much recovery funding they are eligible for. You can watch a video of the conference here.

Other Stories We're Following

Living Wage Law Beats Expectations, Backers Say (Crain's)

Bloomberg, Cuomo Taking Rafting Race Seriously (Wall Street Journal)

City Posts Biggest 6-Month Job Growth Since 2000 (Crain's)

Quinn Pitches Herself As Champion of Middle Class (City Room)

Long Island College Hospital Prepares to Close (NY Times)

Council Members Fight Back Against Police Union Warning (Daily News)

Spitzer Opts For Television Over Campaigning (Daily News)

Police Commissioner Kelly to Lose Spokesman (Wall Street Journal)

Silverstein Loses Battle Over 9/11 Payouts (Wall Street Journal)

De Blasio Says Policing Politics Separates Him From Pack (Capital)

Campaign Ban At State Tracks Sinking In (Albany Times Union)

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Fri, 19 Jul 2013 12:03:03 +0000
Today's Lead: Ambulance Delay For Fainting At Quinn Presser http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/07/17/todays-lead-ambulance-delay-for-fainting-at-quinn-presser http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/07/17/todays-lead-ambulance-delay-for-fainting-at-quinn-presser

It took an ambulance 31 minutes to respond after a Council intern fainted from heat stroke during a press conference with Christine Quinn. A Jewish volunteer ambulance brought the intern to the hospital before the FNDY ambulance arrived, despite it being a day of fasting. 911 relayed the multiple calls with no issues but was overloaded with nearly a third more calls than normal due to the heat. The incident was originally rated as a medium priority. Quinn, who called Commissioner Kelly for help and met with the FDNY commissioner later about the incident, said the city wasn't prepared for the heatwave and called for an increase in emergency vehicles.

Other Stories We're Following

Obama: Kelly 'Well-Qualified' To Lead Homeland Security (Reuters)

Wealthy Technology Executive Will Enter Mayor’s Race (NY Times)

Charities Haven't Spent $240 Million of $575 Million In Sandy Contributions (NY Times)

Business PAC Rains Dollars On City Council Races (Wall Street Journal)

City To Spend $18 Million To Help Undocumented Immigrants Get Jobs (Daily News)

Weiner Campaign Benefits From Clinton Connection (Wall Street Journal)

Spitzer Made $8 Million In Last 2 Years (Associated Press)

Brooklyn NYPD Lieutenant Sued Over Lurid Tactics Moved To Queens Desk Duty (Daily News)

Appeals Court Said It Won't Review Internet Broadcast TV Case (Crain's)

BOE Could Be Sued Over Lever Voting Machines (Gotham Gazette)

32 City Parks Get Wi-Fi Access (Crain's)

Cuomo Denies Abusing Campaign Finance Loophole (Gotham Gazette)

Moreland Commission Announces First Public Meetings (Gotham Gazette)

Is Investigation into NYC BOE Stalling? (Gotham Gazette)

IDC Touts Fundraising (Gotham Gazette)

Will The Real Joe Lhota Please Stand Up? (Politicker)

The 'New' Spitzer Says He Regrets 'Steamroller' Comment (The Daily Beast)

The Real Problem With NY Mag Writer's Description Of Huma Abedin (The Atlantic)

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) The Eye-Opener Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:41:02 +0000
Today's Lead: Spitzer Collects 27,000 Signatures http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/07/12/todays-lead-spitzer-collects-27000-signatures- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/07/12/todays-lead-spitzer-collects-27000-signatures-

Spitzer Collects 27,000 Signatures

Eliot Spitzer filed 27,000 petition signatures with the Board of Election last night in his bid to get on the Democratic line for New York City Comptroller. Spitzer announced his run with only 4 days left to file signatures. His opponent, should at least 3,750 of his signagutes stand up to scrutiny, Scott Stringer filed 100,000 signatures. Stringer's camp and allies areexpected to mount challenges to some of the signatures. Spitzer's campaign paid some signature seekers $800 a day leading up to the Thursday deadline. Experts think Spitzer will make for interesting news for quite some time to come.

Gotham Votes 2013: We've got your elections news! From now until November, we'll be curating the races, from the Bronx to Staten Island. And, as we get closer to the primary on Sept. 20, look out for expanded information on the candidates and the issues.

Other Stories We're Following

Cuomo's Moreland Commission Meets Behind Closed Doors (Albany Times Union)

Weiner Seeks Advice From Former House Pals (Daily News)

Weiner Takes It From All Sides At Senior Issues Forum (Gotham Gazette)

Elmhurst Teachers Protest 'Racism' (Queens Chronicle)

Hard to Get Noticed Without a Scandal in Your Past (NY Times)

Ready Access to Plan B Pills in City Schools (NY Times)

Quinn Trips Are Subject of Complaint (Wall Street Journal)

State Democrats Plan for 2014 (Wall Street Journal)

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Fri, 12 Jul 2013 11:28:20 +0000
Today's Lead: Quinn Wants Healthy Kids Meals At Chains http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/07/02/todays-lead-quinn-wants-healthy-kids-meals-at-chains http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/07/02/todays-lead-quinn-wants-healthy-kids-meals-at-chains

Christine Quinn yesterday said she wants to impose health standards on meals marketed towards kids at chain restaurants. She said those meals should meet the guidelines set by the USDA for school lunches. The standards would apply to chains with at least 15 locations in the city. The change would be made either through legislation, which she may try to pass while still council speaker, or through rules adopted by the Board of Health if she's elected mayor. The proposal was one part of a plan to combat childhood obesity.

Other Stories We're Following

Silver Kills Own Ban On Confidential Settlements (Daily News)

Officials Knew 911 Was 'Losing' Calls (Daily News)

Panel To Review Up To 50 Convictions (NY Times)

Number Of Manhattan Apartments For Sale At Lowest Point In 15 Years (NY Post)

Pushback Against Cuomo And His Moreland Commission (Gotham Gazette)

Groups Call For More Public Input On Proposed Deepwater Gas Port Off NY Coast (Gotham Gazette)

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) The Eye-Opener Tue, 02 Jul 2013 12:15:47 +0000
Today's Lead: Bloomberg Administration Looks to Block Police Bills http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/06/28/todays-lead-bloomberg-administration-looks-to-block-police-bills- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/06/28/todays-lead-bloomberg-administration-looks-to-block-police-bills-

Bloomberg Administration Looks to Block Police Bills

The office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg is moving to stoptwo bills passed by the council yesterday that would make it easier to sue the New York Police Department over profiling and one that would create more oversight for the agency. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly have characterized the bills as undermining of the NYPD. The Mayor’s office hopes to veto the profiling legislation that passed with only the minimum votes required to override a veto. The bill creating an NYPD inspector general passed by what seems an insurmountable number for the Bloomberg administration. The Bloomberg administration will put its influence to the test over the next few weeks as Bloomberg serves out the end of his term.

Some See Conspiracy in Number of Minority Lawmakers Caught up in Scandal (NY Times)

De Blasio Faces Major Setback With Hotel Trade Endorsement (Daily News)

Weiner Challenging Quinn For Gay Vote (Daily News)

Cuomo Sees No Need For Special Session (Albany Times Union)

Group Seeks to Resurrect East River Toll Plan (DNAinfo)

Fast-Food Fight Hits City Council (Crain's)

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:34:34 +0000
Today's Lead: Weiner Leads In New Poll http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/06/26/todays-lead-weiner-leads-in-new-poll http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/06/26/todays-lead-weiner-leads-in-new-poll

A new poll finds Anthony Weiner at the top of the pack in the Democratic field. A Wall Street Journal/NBC 4 New York/Marist poll shows him moving ahead of Christine Quinn, garnering support from 25 percent of registered Democrats polled, compared with Quinn's 20 percent. In a runoff between just the two candidates, voters chose Quinn, however. It would seem many are ready to forgive his sexting escapades.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) The Eye-Opener Wed, 26 Jun 2013 12:23:10 +0000
Electeds Blast SCOTUS Decision on Voting Rights Act *Updated* http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/06/25/electeds-blast-scotus-decision-on-voting-rights-act-updated http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/06/25/electeds-blast-scotus-decision-on-voting-rights-act-updated Today the Supreme Court struck down what a number of observers call the "heart" of the Voting Rights Act. The move has shocked and angered a number of New York politicians who say the Act is essential to fair elections.

Chris Bragg of Crain's Insider Blog has a solid piece cataloging just how New York City will be impacted by the decision. In the long run the decision will change how district lines are drawn for city council and state legislature. The city will also be able to use lever voting machines without federal approval.

Here are a few statements:

From Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Robert Jackson and Fernando Cabrera:

“We are disappointed in today’s Supreme Court decision striking down key components of the Voting Rights Act.

Fair elections are at the very core of a healthy democracy, and there is nothing more patriotic than exercising the right to vote as an American citizen. Congress must act immediately tore-enact provisions to protect the freedom to vote that pass constitutional muster.

We cannot, and we will not, go back to a time when millions of people were denied access to the polls because of arduous local laws designed to disenfranchise entire communities.”

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.:

“I am disappointed and shocked with the Supreme Court’s decision today to invalidate one of the core provisions of the Voting Rights Act.

“The decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which gives the federal government oversight of states and localities with a history of voter discrimination, is a huge setback for the progress America has made towards guaranteeing all Americans the right to participate in fair elections

“I believe today’s decision is a hard blow to the peace of mind of thousands of voters in the Bronx, which is a county covered by the Voting Rights Act, and minorities across the United States, especially those who live in places with a strong history of electoral discrimination. Certainly, we face continued challenges in the form of voter I.D. laws and other measures designed to disenfranchise minority voters and inhibit voter turnout, we therefore must remain ever vigilant in protecting the voting rights of all Americans.

“I join President Obama in his call for Congress to do the right thing and pass legislation to ensure a fair and equal voting process for Bronxites and all who vote, live and raise their families in this great nation. The time to act is now.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg:


“The Supreme Court today wisely did not invalidate Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which was established in the 1960s to protect minority voters in areas of the country where voting suppression practices and laws had existed. Because of the effectiveness of Section 5, millions of voters are able to have access to the polls and elect the candidates of their choice. We filed an amicus brief supporting the constitutionality of Section 5, and we are relieved that the Court has preserved it. Unfortunately, by striking down the decades-old formulas in Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which determines the areas of the country covered by Section 5’s Federal review, the Court has effectively placed Section 5 on ice, pending Congressional action. Since the 1960s and 1970s, some areas of the country have made enormous progress protecting voting rights – including New York City – while other areas where voting rights have been more recently imperiled have been free of Section 5’s Federal review. Today’s decision by the Court puts the onus on Congress to bring Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act into the 21st century, and Congress needs to find a way to come together and do so immediately.”

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver

The right to vote is one of the most basic freedoms we have as American citizens, however today’s ruling by the United States Supreme Court undermines the landmark Voting Rights Act and jeopardizes fundamental protections in our electoral process.

From the height of the civil rights movement in the 1960’s, the Voting Rights Act has been a pillar in ensuring that all Americans – and all New Yorkers – are able to be a part of the electoral process. Just this past election cycle, the Voting Rights Act was essential in protecting voters from insidious attempts to enforce identification requirements and other methods to discourage certain voters.

It is baffling that the Supreme Court, while recognizing that voting discrimination still exists, voted to overturn the very protections afforded by the Voting Rights Act. In order to protect every person’s right to vote, Congress must expeditiously develop an update on the Voting Rights Act pre-clearance formula and work to uphold the tenets of democracy that Americans pride themselves on.

Former NYC Comptroller and mayoral candidate Bill Thompson:

"When the Voting Rights Act was enacted in 1965, it was a turning point in American history. It opened the doors of democracy so that all our people could play a part. Today's ruling has eliminated yet another protection for voters - especially those who have been historically silenced in our black and Latino communities - and opens the door even wider for potential disenfranchisement. As Mayor, protecting people's right to vote will always be my priority."

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) City Tue, 25 Jun 2013 18:44:41 +0000
Today's Lead: Cuomo to Investigate the Legislature http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/06/20/todays-lead-cuomo-to-investigate-the-legislature- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/06/20/todays-lead-cuomo-to-investigate-the-legislature-

Cuomo to Investigate Legislature

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that he could not come to terms with the state legislature on campaign finance reform and anti-corruption legislation and as a result will empanel a Moreland Commission to investigate campaign finance practices at the State Board of Election. Cuomo has long threatened such a move but after a session marred by multiple indictments of sitting legislators on federal corruption charges, Cuomo pledged he is prepared to act. Cuomo said a deal with the legislature failed because he felt they wanted to police themselves. A Moreland Commission would not be able to prosecute legislators but could refer cases. "I want to restore a level of trust," said Cuomo.

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Long Island College Hospital Ordered to Keep Staff (NY Times)

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Quinn Shows Support For Ray Kelly (Wall Street Journal)

What's Next For Cuomo's Women's Agenda? (Albany Times Union)

In Albany, Allies Clash Over Campaign Finance Reform (Gotham Gazette)

Lhota Wants to Double Charter Schools (NY Post)

Quinn Seeks 10-Year Limit For Madison Square Garden (Wall Street Journal)

Liu Rejects Contract With Central Park Conservancy (Daily News)

Working Families Party Heads to Court Over Investigation (Daily News)

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:37:53 +0000
Today's Lead: Cuomo's Women's Agenda Stalls http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/06/14/todays-lead-cuomos-womens-agenda-stalls- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/06/14/todays-lead-cuomos-womens-agenda-stalls-

Cuomo's Women's Agenda Stalls

In an attempt to gain support from Senate Republicans Gov. Andrew Cuomo and women's advocates offered an amendment to the abortion plank of his 10-point women's agenda yesterday. The amendment made it clear that the bill that creates an affirmative right to abortion "as established by the United States Supreme Court in the 1973 decision Roe v. Wade" would not allow for partial-birth abortions or interfere with the federal ban on them. Cuomo and advocates have insisted that all 10 points must be voted on as a whole. Republicans and members of the Senate's Independent Democratic Conference have said they would vote on 9 of the points that include measures to assure pay equity, tough penalties for sexual harassment and domestic violence. The amendment was dismissed by Republicans on Thursday who have insisted the bill will not come to a vote.


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Activists Sues to Have Silver Repay State For Lopez Settlement (NY Post)

Is Cuomo Really Pushing Campaign Finance Reform? (Albany Times Union)

City Forced to Release Report on 911 Failures During Blizzard (Daily News)

Cuomo's Pot Push Likely Dead (Wall Street Journal)

Cuomo Agrees Not to Lower Pay Rates For Groups That Serve Disabled(NY Times)

Common Cause Wants Cuomo to Say 'No' To Lever Machines (Gotham Gazette)

Savino Blames Squadron For Lack of Action on Gender Expression Legislation (Gotham Gazette)

Legislature Passes NYC Housing Authority Reform (Gotham Gazette)

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Fri, 14 Jun 2013 11:40:36 +0000
Quinn Gets Endorsement From NOW-NYC http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/elections/2013/06/11/quinn-gets-endorsement-from-now-nyc http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/elections/2013/06/11/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.

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) Elections Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:43:26 +0000
Bill Thompson Doesn't Believe The Polls #NYC2013 http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/06/06/bill-thompson-doesnt-believe-the-polls-nyc2013 http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/06/06/bill-thompson-doesnt-believe-the-polls-nyc2013

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.

Badillo spoke softly but firmly in support of Thompson, calling him a uniter who can address the city's education woes. It's a far cry from 2005, when Thompson ran against Mayor Michael Bloomberg. At the time, Badillo — formerly a long-time Democrat — was a registered Republican and supported Bloomberg's campaign.

"Four years ago, he almost won to everyone's surprise," Badillo said. "This year, with additional support form other people throughout this neighborhood and with my support, I'm sure he will be able to win. I'm sure that this time he will pass Christine Quinn and all the other candidates."

Asked by a reporter why he would not support Quinn, Badillo said it was because Bloomberg failed to keep his end of the bargain.

"Because of the fact that Bloomberg, if you remember, he announced himself to be the education mayor," he said. "He forgot about his own promise. He went back on it and we haven't heard anything about education from Bloomberg over the past few years."

Badillo's endorsement comes days after Thompson gained support from Democratic fixtures Rep. Charlie Rangel and former Mayor David Dinkins. He has also benefited from endorsements from Latino politicians such as Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, state Sen. José M. Serrano and his father, Rep. José E. Serrano.

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Photo by Latima Stephens/Gotham Gazette.

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Thu, 06 Jun 2013 22:18:52 +0000
Today's Lead: Corporate Leaders Plan Push in City Council Races http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/05/31/todays-lead-corporate-leaders-plan-push-in-city-council-races http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/05/31/todays-lead-corporate-leaders-plan-push-in-city-council-races

A group of corporate leaders and real estate executives, concerned about the departure of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, plan to spend up to $10 million in City Council races this year to make sure electeds are business friendly. The Jobs For New York political action committee will direct donations to pro-business Council candidates from both parties because the City Council has major sway over development but also because the mayoral race is so uncertain. The Council will have 21 open seats this year mostly due to term limits. Good government advocates say the group could change the way Council campaigns are run. “The entire point of a City Council race is to reflect the needs of the neighborhoods in a district,” Susan Lerner of Common Cause told The New York Times. “This undercuts the neighborhood-based nature of a district and replaces neighborhood concerns with industry concerns.”


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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Fri, 31 May 2013 11:56:11 +0000
Marist #NYC2013 Poll: Quinn Still Leads, Weiner Not Far Behind http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/elections/2013/05/28/marist-nyc2013-poll-quinn-still-leads-weiner-not-far-behind http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/elections/2013/05/28/marist-nyc2013-poll-quinn-still-leads-weiner-not-far-behind Former Congressman Anthony Weiner's entry into the mayoral race ate into City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's lead among likely Democratic voters, a new poll shows.

A Marist College poll released today showed that despite a 4 percentage point drop from April, Quinn still has a command across the Democratic spectrum: liberals, conservatives and moderates. She also came out in front across most of the boroughs, save for Brooklyn. However, where Quinn falls short is in loyalty among voters, proving that the race is still hers to lose.

Of those who said that they support Quinn, almost three out of four Democratic respondents said that they somewhat support her or might vote differently come the September primary. That's good news to the whole slate of candidates, potentially even more so for Weiner.

Weiner actually enjoyed the highest bump after he announced his candidacy last week, up 4 percentage points to 19 from his 15 percent in April. Despite Quinn's drop in the poll to 24 percent from last month's 26 percent, he still trailed the speaker by five points.

Weiner did have a lead on Quinn in his home borough of Brooklyn, although Public Advocate Bill de Blasio isn't too far behind. Fresh off a spate of labor endorsements, De Blasio inched up 1 percentage point among Democrats citywide. He also barely edges out former Comptroller Bill Thompson — who remains steady at 11 percent.

Meanwhile, current Comptroller John Liu took a sizable tumble into the single digits: 8 percent from his earlier 12 percent. The pack is rounded off with former Councilman Sal Albanese and the conservative Rev. Eric Salgado receiving 1 percent or less.

The overall spread lines up pretty well with last week's Quinnipiac poll, which also showed Quinn and Weiner leading the race.

It's not all bad news for the candidates lagging in the race, though. Of the 1,001 New Yorkers polled by Marist, 23 percent haven't quite made up their minds yet.

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) Elections Tue, 28 May 2013 18:26:19 +0000