Quinn on Coup
June 10th, 2009

Despite the mayhem upstate, Council Speaker Christine Quinn said the city is moving forward with the budget process to the best of its ability, and she is confident that the council and the administration will have an on-time budget.

“We are moving forward on the city level within the council, as it relates to the mayor’s office, with the budget process with the belief, the firm belief, that we will be able to pass a budget by the deadline of the end of June,” Quinn said at a press conference this afternoon.

The city’s revenue package, announced last week which includes a sales tax hike, needs Albany’s approval.

But other matters — especially those close to her heart, like same-sex marriage — are surrounded by uncertainty, she said.

“I have spoken to Tom (Duane) recently,” said Quinn. “I think the question of where gay marriage is, every piece of legislation, as we have referenced, is in a state of question at the moment given we don’t have an active majority and an active state senate.”

Sen. Duane, who is close with the speaker, is rumored to be conferencing with the G.O.P. in hopes of possibly brokering a deal on same-sex marriage. Quinn, though, wasn’t confirming whether that was true. She didn’t deny it either.

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