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Quinn Consultation With Jewish Group on Center Palestinian Policy Bared

Quinn Consultation With Jewish Group on Center Palestinian Policy Bared

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC) may have played a role in crafting a statement issued earlier this year by gay and lesbian elected officials that voiced approval of the LGBT Community Center’s new space rental policy while excoriating opponents of Israeli government policies on Palestine. The statement was […]

Public Advocate Candidates Acknowledge Office’s Limits, Mostly Agree on LGBT Issues

Public Advocate Candidates Acknowledge Office’s Limits, Mostly Agree on LGBT Issues

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Early in a debate among four candidates for the Democratic nomination for city public advocate, the contenders had to concede that the office has little power beyond its voice. “As a public advocate, you’re unlikely to pass legislation and you have no money,” said Reshma Saujani during the April 17 event that […]

Surrounded by Labor Leaders, Quinn Announces Sick Leave Compromise

Surrounded by Labor Leaders, Quinn Announces Sick Leave Compromise

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Scarcely a week after City Council Speaker Christine Quinn told an audience of hundreds at an LGBT Democratic mayoral forum that she did not favor moving forward now on pending paid sick leave legislation, she announced a compromise measure to do just that at a March 29 City Hall press conference. The […]

At LGBT Forum, Mayoral Rivals Hit Quinn on Sick Leave, Term Extension

At LGBT Forum, Mayoral Rivals Hit Quinn on Sick Leave, Term Extension

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The conventional wisdom is that Christine Quinn has the queer vote sewn up in the Democratic primary for mayor, but the crowd of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender voters at a March 20 debate let the City Council speaker know that they disapprove of some of her decisions. “I think in the […]

Dogged by 2009 Campaign Fundraising Probe, Liu Hangs Tough, Announces Mayoral Bid

Dogged by 2009 Campaign Fundraising Probe, Liu Hangs Tough, Announces Mayoral Bid

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Pledging to be the mayor not “of the one percent, but of the 100 percent,” John Liu, the city comptroller since 2010, officially announced his candidacy to succeed Michael Bloomberg. Liu is 46 and served eight years on the City Council representing Flushing and adjoining neighborhoods in Queens before becoming the first […]

New City Council Lines Dilute LGBT Voting Power

New City Council Lines Dilute LGBT Voting Power

BY ANDREW BERMAN | In a place as diverse as New York, it’s not always easy to make sure everyone’s voice is heard in city government. But imagine how much harder it would be if the votes of residents of some parts of the city counted more than others — if, say, your vote had 10 […]

Chris Quinn Formally Enters Race for Mayor

Chris Quinn Formally Enters Race for Mayor

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Standing across the street from the Catholic church in Inwood where her parents married and her immigrant grandfather’s funeral was held, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn formally announced her candidacy for mayor on the morning of March 10. Explaining that her four grandparents came to New York from Ireland a […]

Liu Charges Ed Dept Fails in Tracking Bullying

Liu Charges Ed Dept Fails in Tracking Bullying

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The city’s Department of Education (DOE) is not adequately tracking and responding to bias incidents in New York City’s roughly 1,700 public schools, according to an audit released by John Liu, the city’s comptroller. “The DOE needs to show parents, students, and educators that it takes bullying seriously,” Liu said in a […]

Can Quinn Build on RWDSU Endorsement?

Can Quinn Build on RWDSU Endorsement?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | When the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) recently announced its endorsement of Christine Quinn for mayor, the move provided bragging rights to a campaign looking to dispel any narrative that progressive forces in the city might be looking for an alternative to the City Council speaker, criticized in some quarters […]

Two Gay Men Explain their Beef with Quinn

Two Gay Men Explain their Beef with Quinn

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is facing opposition from a surprising quarter as she seeks the mayor’s office — gay men who charge the out lesbian has abandoned her progressive roots for political deal-making that advances her career and harms New York City. “She has turned her back on everything she stood […]

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