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Christine Quinn

NYC Council Speaker Bids Farewell to the Chamber

by Associated Press

Mat McDermott, flickr

The City Council leader who had hoped to become New York City's first female and first openly gay 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.

Up Close With NYC's Mayoral Candidates: Christine Quinn (D)

by Connor Ryan
Mayoral candidate Christine Quinn

David Shankbone, wikimedia

Quinn began her career on the City Council in 1999, and was later elected Speaker in 2006. The Long Island native entered politics after graduating from Trinity College in 1988. She worked as chief of staff for then-City Councilman Thomas Duane, became the executive director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project and then served as the head of the Housing Justice Campaign for the Association of Neighborhood and Housing Development.

New Poll: Weiner Leads Democrats, But Thompson Would Win Runoff

by Connor Ryan
Bill Thompson.

Edwin Martinez1, Flickr

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows that if Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson can make it to the runoff election, he would beat both Anthony Weiner and Christine Quinn. Weiner leads the Democrats with 26 percent of the vote, followed by Quinn with 22 percent and Thompson with 20 percent. But in a runoff scenario, Thompson bests Weiner and Quinn, 52 to 41 percent.

UPDATED: Weiner Criticized For Silence Amid Anti-Gay Slurs

by Connor Ryan
Anthony Weiner at gay pride march in 2005.

Boss Tweed, Flickr

Anthony Weiner, a Democratic candidate in the race to become New York City's next mayor, has come under fire from politicians and at least one advocacy group for condoning homophobic statements aimed at fellow Democratic candidate (and the race's current front-runner) Christine Quinn.
 
"It's unfortunate that we need to issue a public statement on this at all, but this is becoming a disturbing pattern," said Nathan Schaefer, executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda, a gay rights advocacy group.
 

On the Heels of Rival's Memoir, de Blasio Looks to Humanize Himself

by Connor Ryan
Bill de Blasio.

Flickr

Leading mayoral candidate Christine Quinn’s story of alcoholism and bulimia – personal battles conquered with, well, patience and fortitude – has been weaved, bound and is currently sitting on display at bookstores across the city.

Experts say the content and release timing of “With Patience and Fortitude: A Memoir” are strategic political moves, aimed at setting up Quinn to gain widespread name recognition and, thereby, support.

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