Friday, May 25, 2012

Quinn Schedule Black Out

NY1 Exclusive : More Than 600 Hours Blacked Out Of Speaker Quinn's 2011 Schedule

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's schedule for 2011 is full of holes.

NY1 received Council Speaker Christine Quinn's schedules through a Freedom of Information Law request.

More than 600 hours were blacked out. Hours council officials say include events that if disclosed would be an unwarranted invasion of the speaker's personal privacy.

They could be instances when she goes to spinning class in TriBeCa. They could also be certain instructions to staff or interagency deliberations that aren't finalized.

"It seems that there might have been names, names of staff members for example, public employees, other people that Ms. Quinn might have met that did involve the performance of her duties," said Robert Freeman of the State Committee on Open Government. "It would be difficult to understand why those names would be redacted."

The schedules do reveal that Quinn has met with at least four campaign fundraisers during the work week. Half were in the council's offices.

One of them had an application to develop a parking lot before the City Council. His office says the meeting wasn't about the project, but about banning horse carriages, an issue stalled in the Council.

The project was approved five months after the meeting and four months after he bundled nearly $27,000 for Quinn's campaign.

Quinn also met with a senior executive at Related, who raised nearly $28,000 for her campaign.

According to the schedules, none of these meetings were related to her potential mayoral campaign.

The speaker also steers clear of most so-called "political events" like ribbon cuttings during the work week.

According to the schedules, much of her time is spent on conference calls, meeting with staff and discussing public policy.

She met at least 10 times about Walmart. Hours were spent on the controversial living wage proposal.

And, of course, she makes time for Mayor Bloomberg. She is by his side at press conferences on average every other week.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Tom Allon Education Reform Speech

Yesterday, mayoral candidate Tom Allon delivered a major speech about reforming New York City's education system. His common sense approach is refreshing, given Mayor Michael Bloomberg's top-down approach to mayoral control.

Video will be posted soon. Keep coming back.

2012-05-23 Tom Allon Education Speech-2013 NYC Mayoral Candidate

Thursday, May 10, 2012

WSJ : Quinn's Persistent Gadflies

The Wall Street Journal publishes a critical look at Christine Quinn :

"As she prepares to run for mayor next year, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is leading in the polls and the competition for campaign funds. The Manhattan Democrat has another perhaps less desirable distinction: She is the only likely mayoral candidate with her own dedicated band of protesters."

Read More on the WSJ : Quinn's Persistent Gadflies

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Pharaoh Bloomberg Insult

Christine Quinn "Pharaoh Bloomberg" Mock Interview

In this xtra normal cartoon, an imaginary interview takes place about the "Pharaoh Bloomberg" incident : when City Council Speaker Christine Quinn walked away from a press conference.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Healthcare is Election Issue

On May Day Healthcare for the 99% and members of the community march from St Vincent's Hospital to Union Square.

In the face of public healthcare budget cuts and irresponsible and dangerous hospital closings, activists are organizing around the idea that a truly universal, single-payer healthcare system is the only viable option that will provide healthcare for all. Listen to the march participants chant, "Healthcare is a Human Right! Medicare For All!"