Chirlane McCray and Gloria Steinem Speak at New Manhattan Family Justice Center

Chirlane McCray speaks at the opening of Manhattan's Family Justice Center
Chirlane McCray speaks at the opening of Manhattan’s Family Justice Center

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, shared the podium today with political heavyweights and women’s rights leaders, including feminist icon Gloria Steinem, to announce the opening of Manhattan’s new Family Justice Center.

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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”

Gloria Steinem Joins Women’s Groups to Push Melissa Mark-Viverito

Gloria Steinem and other women's rights activists rallied today for Melissa Mark-Viverito.
Gloria Steinem and other women’s rights activists rallied today for Melissa Mark-Viverito.

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem and other prominent women leaders and council members gathered on the steps of City Hall today to endorse Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito for city council speaker.

With just under three weeks to go until the City Council’s 51 incoming members cast their ballots, Ms. Mark Viverito, who has already claimed victory in the race, is trying to build momentum for her candidacy and shut out her chief rival, Dan Garodnick, who still maintains he has time to change members’ minds. Continue reading “Gloria Steinem Joins Women’s Groups to Push Melissa Mark-Viverito”

Quinn Launches ‘Multi-Pronged Effort to Energize Female Voters’

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

Two days ago, Council Speaker Christine Quinn pivoted away from the Anthony Weiner brouhaha by pointing to the fact that if she emerges victorious from this year’s mayoral race, she’d be the first woman to occupy Gracie Mansion.

In a new online advertisement today featuring political activist and feminist Gloria Steinem, the Quinn campaign continued this focus.

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Sunday Reading: Turner Reads Anti-Weprin Emails, Buerkle Lobbies Albany

nyt jeter Sunday Reading: Turner Reads Anti Weprin Emails, Buerkle Lobbies Albany
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In Memoriam: Silver announced the passing of his aide, Sisa Moyo.

DCCC: Rep. Israel raises money at July 8 breakfast at Johnny’s Half Shell in DC. [Political Party Time]

2013: To negotiate better deals, unions try waiting till Bloomberg leaves. [David Seifman / NY Post]

2013: Alliance with Bloomberg and slush fund scandal “are fading, replaced by the euphoria surrounding the marriage bill.” [Jeremy Smerd / Crains]

NY9: “I’ve gotten a number of e-mails from rabbis. They said Weprin legislates as a non-observant Jew and campaigns as a devout Jew.” [Carl Campanile / NY Post]

NY9: GOP to attack Weprin for liberal voting record and they “will also argue that the district could be spared during reapportionment if they control it.” [Jeremy Smerd and Shane Kavanaugh / Crains]

NY9: “[H]eavily Democratic district.” [AP]

NY9: “[T]here’s also the question of whether the congressional seat in play will exist at all after 2012.” [Grace Rauh / NY1]

NY9: Turner’s nomination “demonstrates the weakness of Queens GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa.” [Michael Saul / WSJ]

NY9: GOP fundraiser for Turner dubbed “Weiner Rost.”

Brooklyn Kruger: Denies latest rumor, saying “I am absolutely not resigning.” [Gary Busio / NY Post]

Virginia Crowley: Adam Lisberg argues “If you don’t want your kids to go to school in the district you represent, then don’t run for congress.” [On NY1]

Political Connection: Brother-in-law and “mayor political supporter” of Columbia County DA pays $700 fine for driving drunk with kids in car. [Jimmy Vielkind / Times Union]

Quinn’s Budget: “[S]he wasn’t content with punishing just Vallone for his temerity. She also took it out on the councilman’s father.” [NY Post]

NYC Budget: Do a study to show why firehouses need to be cut. [Crains]

NYC Budget: $2.8 million in discretionary funds is “the only time Staten Island gets a little more than it’s fair share than the rest of the city,” says Oddo. [Deborah Young / SI Advance]

Tax Cap: “The tax limits in Massachusetts apparently haven’t hurt its schools.” [Cara Matthews / Democrat and Chronicle]

Medicaid: Cuomo may shelve costly eMedNY program after nearly $1 billion spent on the unfinished project. [Jacob Geshman / WSJ]

Same-Sex Marriage: Editors praise Grisanti’s marriage vote, and resources he brought back to district. [Buffalo News]

Same-Sex Marriage: Upstate wedding planner and videographer said he’ll “pleasantly decline” to service gay couples. Legal recourse? [Britney Milazzo / Lockport Journal]

Redistricting: “Where’s the governor’s bully pulpit on this issue? Is it in the trunk of the executive limo he’s driving around the state in a victory lap for the tax cap legislation that he keeps ceremonially signing, over and over?” [Jay Jochnowitz / Times Union]

Redistricting: Rep. Buerkle lobbying state lawmakers. [Mark Weiner / Post-Standard]

Manhattan DA: Steinem spokeswoman says she “made the best decision she could with the information available” when she endorsed him. Now she “hopes that Vance can take the current issues more seriously.” [Jeremy Smerd and Shane Kavanaugh / Crains]

Ending News of the World: “I for one am not altogether happy to see it go.” [Hendrik Hertzberg / New Yorker]

Media: Reporter arrested at murder scene; paper says he was just asking questions. [CBS 6 Albany]

Jeter: Bloomberg quick to praise him. [Twitter]