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Quinn Biggest Winner in Public Funding, Liu Gets Zero

Christine Quinn received more than a third of all public funds set aside for the mayoral race at a Campaign Finance Board meeting on Monday, giving her already well-financed bid nearly unlimited resources to define herself favorably in the five weeks until the Democratic primary. But the biggest news that emerged from the long awaited first installment of the six-for-one dollar in public matching grants was the denial of funds for Comptroller John Liu, dealing a severe financial blow to the Democrat’s campaign to become New York City’s first Asian-American mayor. “The evidence suggests that the potential violations are serious…

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FDNY Defends Long Wait for Emergency Response at Quinn Presser

The embattled emergency service defended itself Wednesday after it took more than a half hour to respond when a girl fainted during a high profile Christine Quinn press conference. In the end, Hatzolah was called. The Fire Department of New York, which runs the ambulance system, said that the call by the city council speaker was ranked nonemergency, and the heat wave was forcing it to prioritize by diverting vehicles and personnel to more critical needs. “With a high volume of calls during extreme heat, a call for a non-life-threatening injury with an alert patient being treated by a trained…

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As Intern Faints at Quinn Presser, Hatzolah Is Called

Christine Quinn said she is livid that 911 did not send an ambulance when a young intern fainted during her press conference Tuesday in Williamsburg. Having waited more than 30 minutes, the City Council speaker instead called the Williamsburg Hatzolah for first aid. Two units, fasting and clad in crocs for Tishah B’Av, rushed out of reciting Kinos and were on the scene in minutes. “From the time we got the call until we got to the scene it took less than four minutes,” Yosef Levy, the first responder, told Hamodia. “Three Hatzolah guys were mobile — we were coming…

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Large Building Workers’ Union Supports Quinn

A politically influential building service workers’ union is endorsing New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for mayor in the Democratic primary. Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ announced Tuesday it’s supporting the Democratic front-runner, giving Quinn her biggest union backing so far. Union President Hector Figueroa points to Quinn’s role in passing measures requiring many businesses to provide paid sick leave and requiring some companies that get city subsidies to pay what’s known as a “prevailing wage.” Quinn declined to bring the paid sick time measure to a vote for three years but ultimately backed it this year. The…

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Quinn Uses Role as Bloomberg Substitute Powerfully

She is just one of several mayoral candidates, but Christine Quinn has been using her position as City Council speaker to devastating effect in recent days to project a unique mayoral image. On Monday, it was Quinn who stood behind the lectern with the schools chancellor to announce a plan to improve reading lessons. The mayor was overseas, but for some reason it was the second time in a week Bloomberg allowed her to take center stage at a big event. “She is using her position to project the image of being mayoral,” Kenneth Sherrill, a political science professor at…

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Candidates Focus on Quinn in Debate on Public Security

The frontrunner throughout the mayoral race, Council Speaker Christine Quinn escaped unscathed from the barrage of attacks from her five Democratic opponents in a freewheeling debate Wednesday night which focused on police tactics, terrorism and public safety. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio accused Quinn of being a flip-flopper on her support for oversight for the police department. “The fact is, you only moved on stop-and-frisk because there was tremendous public pressure,” de Blasio said. “You weren’t willing to challenge [Police Commissioner] Ray Kelly previously.” “Bill, you are engaged in revisionist history,” Quinn, over audience applause for de Blasio’s remarks, responded.…

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Quinn Will Allow Frisk Vote Although She Opposes It

The City Council’s powerful leader on Wednesday announced her opposition to a measure to rein in the New York Police Department’s use of its stop-and-frisk practice but, for the first time, said she would allow a vote anyway. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who also is the front-running Democratic candidate for mayor, said in a speech that she opposes the measure because it would give people more latitude to sue if they believe they were stopped because of their race. “I believe these risks could lead to a fragmentation of oversight and policy-making for the police department that could be…

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Opponents Taunt Quinn’s Demand to Stop Airing Ad

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s demand that Time Warner not run an independent ad hitting her as a flip-flopper earned her taunts and criticism from her mayoral primary opponents at a forum Tuesday. “I think it’s an attempt to intimidate the press, an attempt to intimidate the stations. It’s wrong,” Bill Thompson, a former city comptroller, said. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said that “in the end this group expressed their views and it’s based on some very, very serious issues.” The commercial, paid for by an anti-Quinn group called New York City Is Not for Sale, criticized the speaker…

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Quinn’s Overriding Bloomberg Veto Highlights Their Affinity

The nation’s most far-reaching effort to stop employers from shunning out-of-work job applicants has become law in New York City when the city council voted Wednesday to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto. But Speaker Christine Quinn’s rare bucking of Bloomberg’s authority is highlighting a question sure to be highlighted in the mayoral race: is the speaker doing her constitutional role as an executive counterweight or has she been merely a docile partner to Bloomberg? In contrast to her predecessor, Gifford Miller, who led 38 overrides during his three years leading the council, Quinn oversaw on Wednesday her 27th veto override…

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Speaker Quinn Launches NYC Mayoral Bid

Boasting a hefty campaign chest and far outpacing any of her rivals in the polls, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn on Sunday formally launched her bid to become the first woman to lead New York City, long known for its brash mayors with outsized personalities. A veteran of city politics, Quinn’s biggest challenge within the Orthodox community is her stance on moral issues which is antithetical to Torah values, but she has tirelessly courted the Jewish vote over the past year. Announcing online that she’s in the race for mayor of the nation’s largest city, Quinn said she wanted to…

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Speaker Quinn Sends Letter To Obama Requesting Him To Free Pollard

On Wednesday, City Council Speaker Christine  Quinn released the text of a letter to President Obama requesting that he commute the sentence of Mr. Pollard to time served and release him from prison, and allowing him to join his family in Israel.” In addition, Quinn pointed out, Pollard has spent more than 26 years in prison for his crimes he committed, over which he has expressed great remorse. (In fact, Pollard’s 27th year of incarceration began last month.) “Mr. Pollard has served a longer time in prison than many others who were found guilty of similar activity on behalf of…

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Days After Calling for Protests, De Blasio Meets With Trump

Two days after calling on Americans to protest the election of Donald Trump, Mayor Bill de Blasio met with the president-elect for an hour Wednesday at Trump Tower and told him that many New York City residents are “fearful” of what his administration could bring. “I tried to express to him how much fear there is, how much fear there is in communities all over this city,” de Blasio told reporters after the meeting, adding that there are “a whole range of people in the biggest city in the country who are fearful about this current dynamic.” “We need to…

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Half of NYC’s Voters Don’t Want De Blasio Reelected

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s approval rating remains close to a record low as for the first time half the city’s voters say he doesn’t deserve re-election in 2017, a Quinnipiac University poll found Monday. The Democrat’s approval rating is 42 percent, little changed from a May 24 survey that showed support of 41 percent, his lowest since he took office Jan. 1, 2014. Now, 51 percent disapprove of his performance and 50 percent say he doesn’t deserve a second term. The poll follows months of reports that the mayor is under investigation by the Manhattan DA, the U.S. attorney and…

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OPINION: Mayor Bill de Blasio: The Untold Story

Recently our mayor, Bill de Blasio, has been the subject of quite a few headlines, with the media screaming allegations that could become politically damaging to him and his administration. Naturally, news coverage like this spreads quickly. But it is certainly unwelcome, especially to someone serving as mayor of New York City. This is why I am writing today: I would like to see our community, the Jewish community, rally around the mayor to reaffirm its support for him. You may be wondering why I choose to advocate for our mayor during this uncertain time, rather than wait for the…

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Regional Briefs – January 19, 2015

Cuomo Hires Former Speaker Quinn as Special Adviser NEW YORK – Gov. Andrew Cuomo hired former NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn as a special adviser, with her first day being Saturday. 2011 Cop Shooter Sentenced To 40 Years in Jail BROOKLYN – In a courtroom packed with NYPD officers Friday, Jerry Benoit was sentenced to 40 years in state prison for shooting two different officers in 2011. The 33-year-old missed in both cases. ATM Thief Blames Illegals For Life of Crime MINEOLA, N.Y. – An ATM thief who used a truck to smash into a mall said he did it…

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NYC Restaurant Inspections Overhauled to Ease Fines

The New York City letter-grade restaurant system has been revamped by the City Council with an eye toward easing the burden of fines on restaurant owners. The changes will maintain the grading system implemented by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg but will add consistency to fines given out during inspections, according to City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. The new provisions could reduce overall city revenues earned by fines by up to 25percent annually. “This provides much-needed fine relief,” Mark-Viverito said Friday. “It shows we can treat restaurants fairly without compromising public safety.” Councilman David Greenfield, who has pushed for the changes,…

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De Blasio Signs First Bill, Paid Sick Leave, Into Law

Surrounded by dozens of elected officials and commoners at a Brooklyn ice cream parlor, Bill de Blasio on Thursday signed his first bill into law as mayor, legislation approving paid sick leave for an expanded pool of residents. The measure allows the right of paid sick leave to approximately a half million New Yorkers whose employers have five or more workers. A previous bill that passed in the frenzy of last year’s mayoral Democratic primary only applied to businesses that had more than 15 workers. The new law removes the previous exemption for the manufacturing sector, and adds grandparents, grandchildren…

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De Blasio Expands NYC Paid Sick Leave Law

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio touted an expansion of the city’s paid sick leave law Friday, the first legislative accomplishment of his administration and a muscular display of the new, left-leaning government running the nation’s largest city. More than half a million New Yorkers will receive paid sick days thanks to the bill, which will be fast-tracked through the City Council. The new speaker of the council, Melissa Mark-Viverito, stood with de Blasio outside a Brooklyn restaurant to announce the legislation, long a dream of liberal politicians and activists, but her presence seemed indicative of more. Mark-Viverito is…

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De Blasio Ally Mark-Viverito Chosen Council Speaker

Culminating a dramatic showdown in City Hall Wednesday, Melissa Mark-Viverito was unanimously elected New York City Council speaker, giving Mayor Bill de Blasio a close ally at the top of city government who shares his fiercely liberal ideology. After weeks of tense backroom negotiations and an unusual interjection from de Blasio into the race, all 51 councilmembers anticlimactically voted for the Puerto Rican-born Mark-Viverito, who becomes the first Hispanic person to hold the speaker’s job. “While it was difficult at times, that only makes today’s show of unity even better,” Mark-Viverito said after the vote. “We will work together because…

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De Blasio Tries to Sway City Council Speaker Race

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who made the unusual decision to forcefully interject himself into the race for the powerful post leading the city council, may have helped engineer a victory for his preferred candidate. The 51 members of the council will vote Wednesday to choose their new speaker and Melissa Mark-Viverito, a fierce liberal who represents East Harlem, has proclaimed that she has secured the majority needed to defeat contender Dan Garodnick. De Blasio’s intervention is unconventional. For at least the past 50 years, mayors — including his powerful three-term predecessor Michael Bloomberg — haven’t been publicly…

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