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    Monday, November 28, 2005

    Christine Quinn for City Council Speaker


    Gay City News on Councilmember Quinn:

    City Councilwoman Christine Quinn, the Chelsea Democrat, made her public debut as a candidate to succeed Gifford Miller as Council speaker, along with six other hopefuls at a forum November 17. If elected by a vote of the 51-member Council on January 4, Quinn would hold what is arguably the second most powerful office in New York City and would be the first out gay or lesbian official in the post. ...

    Quinn has been on the Council longer than her competitors, having won a special election in 1999 to replace Tom Duane who was elected to the State Senate and allowed under provisions of the term limits law to serve two full four-year terms, the second of which begins this coming January. She emphasized her “inclusive” style of leadership, bringing “all important stakeholders” on an issue together before moving forward as she did on the Equal Benefits Law, that would have guaranteed gay and lesbian employees of city contractors equal footing in terms of partner benefits and was passed by an override of Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto last year. With the mayor in court blocking its implementation, Quinn said that the issue demonstrates why the Council needs a legal team with the same bench strength as that of Bloomberg’s Law Department.


    While we can't vote on this position, we can let our representatives on the City Council know which candidate we support and encourage them to vote accordingly.

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