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”

Democratic Speaker Candidates Strain to Appease Republican Trio

The Council Speaker candidates in Staten Island.
Tonight’s Staten Island event.

Appearing in Staten Island tonight for yet another City Council speaker candidates’ forum, the seven Democratic hopefuls strained to appease the three Republicans in the 51-member body, two of whom were in attendance. Continue reading “Democratic Speaker Candidates Strain to Appease Republican Trio”

Bill de Blasio’s Dominating Victory Could Sway Speaker’s Race

Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty)
Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty)

With his overwhelming victory in the mayor’s race, Bill de Blasio is set to shake up the traditional way the city’s second most powerful position, City Council speaker, is crowned.

The speaker’s race is traditionally dominated by the county Democratic organizations, the leaders of which could easily impact the inside-baseball contest to cobble together the necessary 26 of 51 council members.  Continue reading “Bill de Blasio’s Dominating Victory Could Sway Speaker’s Race”

Christine Quinn Sweeps Through the Boroughs on Primary’s Eve

Christine Quinn on the campaign trail today.
Christine Quinn on the campaign trail today.

Former front-runner Christine Quinn spent her final day before the polls open chatting with public school parents in Upper Manhattan and zigzagging through Queens, where she greeted Latino and South Asian voters in the heart of Jackson Heights’s business district, and strolled along major thoroughfares in Forest Hills and Astoria.

Although she trails the poll-leading Public Advocate Bill de Blasio on the eve of the Democratic primary and appears locked in a battle for second place with former Comptroller Bill Thompson, Ms. Quinn was nevertheless confident she would make it into the expected runoff tomorrow night.

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New Quinn Ad Touts Newspaper Endorsement Triple Play

A scene from the ad.
A scene from the ad.

That was fast.

Less than half a day after copies of The New York Post shipped out across the city with its reluctant endorsement of her mayoral campaign on the cover, Council Speaker Christine Quinn is out with a new ad touting her support from the city’s three big daily papers.

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Christine Quinn Slams Bill de Blasio for Wife’s ‘Children’ Comment [Updated]

Christine Quinn. (Photo: Getty)
Christine Quinn. (Photo: Getty)

With only three weeks left until primary day, the mayor’s race has just hit a new fevered pitch.

Today, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd quoted Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, criticizing her husband’s rival, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, calling her “not the kind of person I feel I can go up to and talk to about issues like taking care of children at a young age and paid sick leave.” (Update: the de Blasio campaign  said she was misquoted, see below for details.)

The remark, which comes as the contest becomes increasingly nasty, prompted a furious statement from the Quinn campaign criticizing Mr. de Blasio for discriminating against childless families.

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