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  1. Andy Humm
    March 21, 2013

    Sal Albanese said that the City gay rights bill was bottled up by then-Majority Leader Tom Cuite who prevented it from coming out of the General Welfare Committee–except once in 1974 when it became the first bill in the history of the Council to clear committee and lose on the floor. But when Cuite blocked it in committee thereafter, we in the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights demanded that our sponsors bring it to the floor through a discharge motion three times so that we could get Council Members on the record on the isssue. Those discharge votes were defeated, but we got more votes each time. When Cuite retired, the bill passed committee in 1986 and won handily on the floor. Today's advocates and Council Members who say they support the sick leave bill refuse to use the discharge tactic–ceding control of the Council to Quinn as well as deep-sixing the sick leave bill. It is unquestionably a tactic that risks the wrath of the Speaker, but today's Council Members are not willing to pay that price for this bill that they say they care about so much.

    • Roberta Sklar
      March 21, 2013

      sounds like politics as usual– not willing to take the power, and happy to leave it in Quinn's hands and then diss the speaker– thanks for the history and the insight .

    • rebecca porper
      March 21, 2013

      andy knows the history better than some. i trust his recitation of the history. i worked with andy a long time ago.

  2. Robbie
    March 21, 2013

    I am not voting for Quinn, she paved the way for Bloomberg to have a 3rd term after the people of New York voted 2 different times to not allow a third term and to up hold term limits! Which also gave her a third term as well.

  3. Perley J. Thibodeau
    March 21, 2013

    Quinn isn't worried.
    She has over 29 billion dollars backing her and assuring her victory in the next election.

  4. GiorgioNYC
    March 21, 2013

    She may have that much money but she'll never have my vote.

    • Perley J. Thibodeau
      March 21, 2013

      Mine either.

  5. Sheri Clemons
    March 21, 2013

    Thank you Andy for your analysis and history of the GLBT rights bill. And I agree with Andy and Roberta's point about council members not willing to take the power and responsibility for pushing legislation to the floor, but then complaining when it does not get to the floor for a vote.

    I am supporting Chris Quinn. She has taken the responsibility to lead City Government in a way that none of her opponents have. It is easy for them to take shots at her, when they have less substantive profiles themselves. I think Chris Quinn is the Democrat who has the courage and credentials to win the General election against the Republican opponent who wins that primary.

    • Willima Stribling
      March 22, 2013

      MS Quinn carries Bloomberg's water – pro landlord, corporations, anti real rent protections,
      autocratic rule of the City Council, failure to protect even her own district from developers,
      and she is not 100 percent there for the GLBT Community. New York has turned into the
      sexually uptight and she's supported moves in that direction.

    • Donny Moss
      March 23, 2013

      Of course Council Members are afraid to buck the Speaker by forcing a vote. She controls the $50 million annual allocation of discretionary funds that that CMs need for their districts. Quinn has proven over and over that she will withhold funds from those who step out of line. Quinn cut Peter Vallone's discretionary funds by $600,000 after he voted against renaming the Queensboro Bridge after Ed Koch, who was a big Quinn supporter.

    • Simon
      March 24, 2013

      It doesn't take "courage" to win a general election in a city where Democrats outnumber Republicans by about 10 to 1. We need somebody who is firmly progressive and not a quasi-closeted Republican like Quinn. Please, she even wants to keep NYPD commissioner Kelly who is the architect of this city's racist Stop and Frisk program. Fuggedaboutit!

  6. @PerleyThibodeau
    March 22, 2013

    Pleased to see that everyone else has caught on to her, too.
    She's so blatant in all of her gang buster dealings.

  7. @PerleyThibodeau
    March 22, 2013

    I think the most hilarious part of her career as a political opportunist was when she recently announced that she is going to write a book that details her heart wretching account of having come out as a lesbian.
    It was then announced that she had already hired a ghost writer to pen her memoirs for her.

    • @PerleyThibodeau
      March 22, 2013

      I meant to write wrenching.
      At least I didn't write retching.
      This could well apply to the situation proposed, also.

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