Some Council Staff Fear the Ax if Mark-Viverito Wins Speakership

Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito. (Photo: NYC Council/William Alatriste
Melissa Mark-Viverito. (Photo: NYC Council/William Alatriste)

For a decade, remaining a close ally of the Queens County Democratic Party meant that Charles Meara, the chief of staff to two City Council speakers, could earn an annual salary almost equal to the mayor.

But if Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito is crowned the next speaker of the City Council, Mr. Meara and a host of other county loyalists may be swiftly axed. Continue reading “Some Council Staff Fear the Ax if Mark-Viverito Wins Speakership”

Gloria Steinem Sees Similarities in Quinn and Hillary’s Defeats

Gloria Steinem and Christine Quinn at a 2012 Planned Parenthood gala. (Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
Gloria Steinem and Christine Quinn at a 2012 Planned Parenthood gala. (Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty)

During the Democratic primary, feminist icon Gloria Steinem was one of failed mayoral candidate Christine Quinn’s biggest fans. But as Ms. Quinn’s chief rival, Bill de Blasio, prepares to take office, Ms. Steinem says she’s thrilled to welcome the incoming mayor following an election she said reminded her a lot of the 2008 presidential primary won by Barack Obama.

“It was a little bit like a city version of 2008,” Ms. Steinem told Politicker in an interview after a rally outside City Hall this week boosting Melissa Mark-Viverito’s speaker bid. Continue reading “Gloria Steinem Sees Similarities in Quinn and Hillary’s Defeats”

Christine Quinn Bids Emotional Farewell to City Hall After Difficult Year

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Christine Quinn leaves City Hall to applause. (Photo: William Alatriste/New York City Council)

Council Speaker Christine Quinn ended her tenure leading the City Council yesterday with an emotional farewell to staff and colleagues, marking the end of what, by all accounts, was an extremely difficult year.

Just last spring, Ms. Quinn was widely considered the front-runner in the mayor’s race–the heir apparent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg–who seemed destined to preside over City Hall. Instead, Ms. Quinn finished a crushing third place in the Democratic primary after a brutal shellacking by Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio. Continue reading “Christine Quinn Bids Emotional Farewell to City Hall After Difficult Year”

Council Spokesman Jamie McShane Moving to REBNY

City Council Spokesman Jamie McShane. (Photo: Twitter/@mcshanejamie)
City Council Spokesman Jamie McShane. (Photo: Twitter/@mcshanejamie)

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s long-time spokesman, Jamie McShane, is headed to the Real Estate Board of New York.

Mr. McShane, a former television producer who left WNBC six-and-a-half years ago to work for the council, has been tapped as the board’s senior vice president for communications, effective January 1. Continue reading “Council Spokesman Jamie McShane Moving to REBNY”

Christine Quinn Says Council Speakers Should Be ‘Pro-LGBT and Pro-Choice’

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Christine Quinn.

Outgoing City Council Speaker Christine Quinn today argued that anyone who is not fully “pro-LGBT and pro-choice” should not serve in elected office in New York.

“Well let me just say, I don’t think anyone should be elected to citywide office or state-wide office–really any office, quite frankly in the city of New York–who isn’t pro-LGBT and pro-choice,” said Ms. Quinn, when asked about the possibility of the council selecting someone who is opposed to same-sex marriage to succeed her. Continue reading “Christine Quinn Says Council Speakers Should Be ‘Pro-LGBT and Pro-Choice’”

Some Speaker Candidates Offer to Stick Around a Little Longer

Councilman Mark Weprin. (Photo: Facebook)
Councilman Mark Weprin. (Photo: Facebook)

As he lobbies aggressively to become the next speaker of the City Council, Mark Weprin likes to say he has one clear advantage over his rivals: he will be able to serve in the city’s second most powerful post for up to eight years. Continue reading “Some Speaker Candidates Offer to Stick Around a Little Longer”

Council Working to Reduce Speed Limit on City Streets

Christine Quinn. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Christine Quinn. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The New York City Council hopes to pass legislation that would reduce the speed limit on most residential and side streets to 20 miles per hour, Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced today.

“We are actively working on that bill and our goal is to pass it before the end of the year,” Ms. Quinn said during an unrelated press conference this afternoon before the month’s final council meeting. “We’re actively working on it right now.” Continue reading “Council Working to Reduce Speed Limit on City Streets”