This afternoon, Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s mayoral campaign officially announced Coney Island Councilman Domenic Recchia’s endorsement, presenting it as validation of her leadership in neighborhoods across the city that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
On the 10th anniversary of New York City banning smoking in bars and restaurants, Mayor Michael Bloomberg rebuffed any claims that his controversial public health policies violate the underpinnings of American capitalism.
“We interfere with free enterprise all the time,” Mr. Bloomberg said this morning at a press conference commemorating the Smoke-Free Air Act. “We set minimum prices and sizes on lots of things. … Most of the cost of cigarettes is in taxes and they’re taxes that are enacted by Albany. So if you don’t like that, my suggestion is you go up to Albany and ask them why they’re taxing cigarettes. I happen to think it’s a great idea because it saves kids’s lives, so maybe you want to also talk to the parents of the kids and say, ‘We’re gonna try to stop this and have them smoke and they’ll die.'”
Yesterday, The New York Times made a splash in the city’s political scene by dropping a front-page look into Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s forceful management style. The article–full of catchy anecdotes like threats against colleagues’ “balls”–generated a small storm of media coverage, and this morning, Ms. Quinn went on CNN to embrace her “pushy” personality and the accomplishments she says it helped her achieve.
“At times I get really emotional about the work I’m doing,” she said. “It’s really important work and at times you need to be really forceful to get things that are stuck unstuck. Now, obviously we all want to modulate our tempers and keep them in check, but I have big emotions and I care deeply about delivering for New Yorkers and sometimes that means you got to push things forward. And I think New Yorkers know that. This a tough town and we’re a tough people.”
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio did more than comment on Speaker Christine Quinn‘s aggressive personality yesterday, he also released a report warning about the potential watering-down of the Council’s paid sick day legislation, echoing 1199 SEIU, one of the unions reportedly in paid sick day negotiations with Ms. Quinn. In an email to Mr. de Blasio’s supporters, former ACORN head Bertha Lewis further declared, “Water is for plants, not true progressive values.”
Mark Zuckerberg–fresh off his fundraiser for Republican governor Chris Christie!–is working on launching the group, along with his close friend Joe Green, a former Harvard University roommate. Mr. Green was previously involved with NationBuilder.com and Causes.com and is now an entrepreneur-in-residence at Andreessen Horowitz. (As we noted last fall, founder Marc Andreessen himself contributed exclusively to a number of Republican campaigns, after previously supporting Clinton-Gore.)
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Manhattan Congressman Jerry Nadler’s constituent, Edie Windsor, is the plaintiff in the Defense of Marriage Act’s U.S. Supreme Court case, and Mr. Nadler says he couldn’t be pumped for the ultimate outcome.
“I am thrilled to be able to take part in this historic day,” Mr. Nadler said in a statement announcing his intention to attend U.S. v. Windsor‘s opening arguments tomorrow. “Our constitutional commitment to equal protection of the law requires more; that we treat all married couples with the same regard and respect. DOMA fails this simple test, and I am hopeful that the Court will strike down this shameful law and send it into the dustbin of history where it belongs.”