Council Speaker Bids Farewell to the Chamber

NEW YORK (AP) -

The City Council leader who had hoped to become New York City’s first female mayor says she’s leaving the council honored and proud to have served in it.

Christine Quinn reflected Thursday on her eight-year tenure as council speaker. She spoke ahead of its final meeting this year. She and many colleagues leave office Dec. 31.

Quinn was a leading Democratic mayoral candidate early in this year’s race. She ultimately placed third in the primary, won by now Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio.

Quinn didn’t say what she’ll do next professionally. She says she has “enormous respect for the power of the City Council,” where she’s served since 1999.