Tag Archive: Christine Quinn

Oct 23 2012

Forcina predicts Quinn’s downfall

Former North Queens Assembly candidate Elio Forcina gives his insight into Christine Quinn’s run for New York City Mayor.

The Emperors New Clothes

Attention: the Editorial Board of Queens Politics

It’s a foggy night in North Queens and Mayoral candidate Christine Quinn is addressing the crowd. She tells a joke. Dead silence as no one laughs. An innocent nine-year old in the back yells out “That joke wasn’t funny!” The Emperors New Clothes fairy tale is very similar to what is being played out in Queens County over the Mayoral race. Many political insiders, lobbyists, and politicos who want access to City Hall are participating in a charade with Christine Quinn and are pretending that she is Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny all in one.

Christine Quinn’s rise to City Council speaker was orchestrated by political insiders and party bosses. And now, some of the many same ones, are trying to promote her for Mayor. The problem is once people on a city-wide level start seeing her ranting and raving and punishing her own constituents, she will turn people off and is going to have a tough road ahead against more kinder, less vicious individuals such as Bill Thompson and Bill Deblasio.

Just last week, Christine Quinn made an attempt to raise her profile and raise money, by fabricating Pro-Life violence and harassment. There is an old political strategy saying “If we don’t have a crime, and you need one so you can hit the political lottery, hey why not fabricate one.” Christine Quinn’s latest attempt to attack sidewalk counselors offering alternatives to abortion to women who have no place to go and to demonize innocent prayer vigils is more evidence of her unfitness for public office.

Last year, Christine Quinn passed a bill trying to shut down pregnancy centers by attacking their Free Speech. As speaker of the City Council, she attempted to have NYU destroy a business, Chick-fil-a, because management are religious and support traditional marriage. Anyone who believes that she is fit for mayor needs to have their head examined. Don’t think the attacks on Chick-fil-a is an isolated incident she can very well hunt down any business where management does not share her religious beliefs. Her attacks on Chick-fil-a is a dangerous precedent. She can start going after businesses here in Queens County. On a personal note, the Queens College Kosher Cafe Pizzeria was a special place where I would go to have lunch in my first semester of college. I remember the hardworking religious Jews who owned that pizzeria and the thought that Christine Quinn would use her position in government to try to destroy their business because they are religious Jews is disturbing. If she went after Chicker-fil-a she can go after every business where the owners are devoutly religious. Other Mayoral candidates such as Bill Thompson and Bill Deblasio, although are more progressive than most religious folks on social issues, based on the testimony of insiders, there is no evidence that they are out to hurt anyone who does not have the same religious beliefs as them. They seem like they are more understanding than Christine Quinn and realize that we have to share the city with many people, ideologies and religions and appear to be not out to hurt the other side.

Christine Quinn, as speaker, hurt the residents of Queens multiple times not only on social issues. She cut funding of groups to North Queens and South Queens because she was trying to punish and harass Councilman Tony Avella and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, with no thought of the constituencies that would suffer. Now she expects those constituencies to rally for her candidacy for Mayor, why? Because she’s so sweet? Christine Quinn has cut funding to districts where she is having petty and caddy outbursts towards some council members. She turned the City Council into a reality show version of the movie Mean Girls. To all the insiders who are playing in the charade that she is not a mean-spirited person unfit for public office will soon find out that she probably will not be the mayor. Once everyday ordinary New Yorkers start hearing and learning about her malicious attacks on religious free speech, religious business owners and her treatment of constituencies that are represented by council members that she wants to punish they will be inclined to be turned off by her.

For all the politicos who are hoping to land a job in economic development or commissioner of an agency, mark my words: She is not a shoe-in for Mayor and once the great residents of New York start seeing her for who she really is, expect her poll numbers to go down even lower. Just ask any nine-year old to watch her malicious rants and raves on Youtube and they will tell you “It’s not funny.”

 

Sincerely,

 

Elio Forcina

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Oct 08 2012

Free Immigration and Naturalization Help

Support the Dream Act

Speaker Quinn, Councilman Gennaroin conjunction with CUNY Citizenship Now, is participating in a new collaborative citywide program that offers free help with immigration questions related to naturalization and deferred action for childhood arrivals.  

Details below:

 

WHEN: Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: District Office of Council Member James F. Gennaro, 185-10 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows, NY 11366

WHO: Officials with CUNY Citizenship Now

HOW TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT: Call Councilman Gennaro’s office at 718-217-4969. All services are free, confidential and open to any member of the community.

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Sep 04 2012

Quinn Endorses Iannece

A happy belated birthday to Jerry Iannece, the Chairman of CB 11 and Assembly candidate, who received the nod from Christine Quinn in his bid to run for the seat left vacant by Rory Lanceman.

Press Release: New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced her support for

Community Board Chairman Jerry Iannece in the 25th Assembly District.

Jerry Iannece has served Queens and New York for over a decade as a civic leader” Stated Speaker Quinn. “At every level of local government, he has worked to improve his community and I am excited to see him at work in Albany,” said Christine Quinn.

Christine Quinn has served as Speaker of the New York City Council since 2006. Serving

Manhattan’s lower west side, she was first elected to the City Council in 1999 after a career of

public service fighting hate crimes and helping protect affordable housing.

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May 14 2012

Council Speaker’s Secret Powers

(N.Y. Post: Chad Rachman)

Like a boss, a little influence goes a long way in NYC politics.

The shadow politics of Christine Quinn.

Christine Quinn is the most powerful woman in NYC but she hasn’t introduced much legislation into the City Council, according to a report in the Daily News. While Quinn’s ‘fingerprints’ are on several bills, the power to coax another colleague to introduce her legislation mitigates any backlash from core voting blocs and curries favor with fellow Council members, according to Quinn’s spox.

Quinn’s role as the voice of her constituency is not as loud as her colleagues because the Council speaker’s responsibilities are more of a whip rather than a representative. Considering her ambition to become Mayor, she’s thinking all-city and doesn’t want to step on any toes this year.

Quinn spearheaded only two pieces of legislation that bear her name as the primary sponsor. One for renaming the 59th Street Bridge, the other required the City Clerk to disclose information about same-sex marriage via the internet.

Although the initiatives are not groundbreaking, the power to pass legislation still rests in her hands. If she doesn’t approve, it won’t pass muster.

“The Council doesn’t pass anything she doesn’t want passing,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, speaking of Quinn’s recent legislative record. -NY Daily News.

Perhaps the Council Speaker becomes distant and out of touch with district needs? Or does she influence colleagues to support her agenda for the people of Chelsea?

As a general rule, the Speaker doesn’t propose much legislation, although her predecessor, Gifford Miller, introduced 37 bills.

In comparison, Councilwoman Gale Brewer, Councilman Peter Vallone, and Councilman Daniel Garodnick lead the pack (in that order) with the most legislation introduced to the floor of the City Council.

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Jan 09 2012

A New Years Brunch In Whitestone…

A lovely brunch was held at the home of Debra Markell, President of Waterside Estates at Cresthaven Homeowners Association, and hosted by State Committeeman Matthew Silverstein (D-26) Markell, respectfully, and Warren Schreiber, the President of the Bay Terrace Community Alliance. Many elected officials were in attendance and over 125 guests had passed through to a warm reception. Pictured above, NYC Comptroller John Liu, Matthew Silverstein, Mary Conaty, Debra Markell Kleiner, Warren Schreiber, and NYS Assemblyman David Weprin.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Matthew Silverstein, Debra Markell and Warren Schreiber.

City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, Assemblyman Michael DenDekker, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and State Senator Toby Stavisky.

Matthew Silverstein, Assemblywoman Grace Meng, Debra Markell Kleinert, and Warren Schreiber.

An annual New Years Brunch was attended by over 125 friends and supporters on Sunday, according to Matthew Silverstein, who hosted the event with Debra Markell and Warren Schreiber. Queens-Politics was invited to the brunch, now in it’s second year (a hearty thank you), however our Editor  had a commitment to volunteer in Auburndale that went into overtime. Looks like big things may be happening…

Pictures courtesy of Matthew Silverstein.

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Nov 18 2011

Vallone Sticks Up For Liu

johncliuWhile Christine Quinn sharpens her axe, John Liu is still number one in Queens.

There’s a lot of mud slinging going around. Media kingpin Rupert Murdoch has got the word out to hundreds of journalists:  John Liu is public enemy number one, but not everyone is listening. Outspoken supporters like City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) are going to stick by Liu to ride out the political mayhem.

“John Liu is a standup guy,” said Vallone, who also serves as the Chairman of  the Public Safety Committee.

In our conversation he mentioned John Liu as a man of principal. “I remember when Liu said he wouldn’t run again when term limits were overturned, and he didn’t,” said the Councilman who recalled his election in the same year Liu was elected  as Comptroller. “John was the first Asian candidate, and I was not the first Peter Vallone,” he said jokingly. “I’m sure he’s going to get through this.”

“They are really afraid he is going to become Mayor,” said a source close to the Liu campaign.

A few elected officials speaking on the condition of anonymity expressed some serious doubt to the allegations regarding John’s connection to a recent FBI probe, but affirmed that they will keep their distance publicly. “We’re just going to wait this one out,” said an elected official.

Despite the allegations and mudslinging, John Liu has an impeccable record of accomplishment as both Comptroller and a former City Council Member. His audits have recovered millions of dollars while saving 700,000 individual pension benefits. He’s also an advocate of LGBT rights and he even helped clean up a derelict parking lot across the street from my house in Auburndale.

Colin Cambell, who runs BK Politics said the allegations are far more serious than generic mudslinging.

“They involve an undercover FBI agent successfully arranging a fraudulent contribution scheme with a Liu bundler and subsequently meeting Liu in person,” he said.

Every allegation should be looked at accordingly. But right now they are still just a set of allegations. Big or small, a lot of insiders are confident it’s going to blow over in the long run. The press is demonizing him, but I know Liu personally, I can vouch for his character. What I can’t ignore is the timing of the case and the political circumstances surrounding them.

Luckily for Liu there are a few independent voices that will not be silenced. Surely, when it all blows over, they’ll come back hat in hand.

John Liu coul be the next Mayor of New York City.

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Nov 17 2011

Liu to NYC: Ain’t over till it’s over

Have a little faith, stand by Liu. Also important to note, Liu's probable rival Christine Quinn, her Chief of Staff is Chuck Meara, the second favorite uncle of Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (who has a fake Twitter feed in his likeness of over 400 followers). Uncle Brian Meara, an Albany mega lobbyist could be Ed's first favorite but I don't know I'm on the fence.

Don’t count out NYC Comptroller John Liu for the 2013 Mayoral race.

It’s too early to call it.

A few insiders are talking in terms of a conspiracy led by Axe woman, Christine Quinn.

The whole thing smells like a hatch job. Quinn wants to knock Liu out from the race, or just make his life really difficult. Queens-Politics thinks he’ll prevail.

While Liu is the strongest competition for the Mayoralty, he could just run for reelection and surprise everyone.

Only time will tell.

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Nov 14 2011

Puerto Rico Hosts Political Schmooze Fest

Politics, not policy was the subject of the New York Times coverage of the Somos El Futuro, a political summit in Puerto Rico.

 From NY Times: SAN JUAN, P.R. — For a few days every November, the place for New York State politicians to see and be seen is not Angelo’s 677 Prime in Albany or the Regency Hotel in Manhattan, but a resort hotel in the Caribbean.

The New York State Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force has held an annual conference here for 24 years, attracting lawmakers, lobbyists and labor leaders with 85-degree weather, pristine beaches, and unparalleled networking opportunities.

Officially a chance to discuss issues of concern to Puerto Rican and Hispanic voters, the conference, known as Somos el Futuro, is unofficially a giant schmooze-fest, a place to foster relationships and broker deals by the pool, on the beach or in the casino.

This year’s conference, which took place from Thursday to Sunday, featured workshops on housing and health care and an appearance by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. But as usual, the real news of the conference was not policy but politics.

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Nov 08 2011

How Christine Quinn Could Lose the Chance to Be Mayor of NYC

Bring it on. From Evidentlyblog.blogspot.com

"With a crowded primary I have a mean left hook."

Could there already be an organized movement to defeat undeclared mayoral candidate Christine Quinn? A man who’s work saved over 45,000 unborn children from certain death says he plans to deliver many times that number to vote against her.

The Founder of Expectant Mother Care is a kingpin of religious Catholics in New York. Accusing Quinn of “Gestapo-like tactics,” he’s galvanizing the Pro-Life movement for a voting bloc against a Quinn term—and some analysts say it could cause Quinn to stumble.

 

Chris Slattery is well known in churches of all denominations and founded the nonprofit group, Expectant Mother Care to encourage expectant moms to choose motherhood, and either marriage, adoption, or self-sufficiency, instead of abortion, according to the website.

Traditionally, social conservatives were considered a swing demographic, hard to predict, often marginalized, but never to be underestimated because of their large numbers says William Ferraro, a political consultant from the Pendulum Network.

Social conservatives were historically and traditionally Democrats, but the political climate has changed. Social conservatives support socially conservative ideology, which means that their votes could potentially go to a candidate with little concern for party enrollment.

For example, during the Presidential Election of 2000, a study found that 40 percent of the total vote for George Bush came from Christian Evangelicals, making it the largest single voting bloc in the Republican Party. However, Black Protestant voters, majorities of whom are Evangelical, voted 96 percent for Pro-Choice Democrat Al Gore and only 4 percent for George Bush, the Pro-Life candidate.

There are recent trends that indicate a change from the unpredictability of a socially conservative voting bloc. Single-issue positions like being Pro-Life or Pro-Choice seem to trump any party loyalty, even religious affiliation. This trend was a key factor in the election of Republican Congressman Bob Turner.

When Turner a Pro-Life Catholic businessman ran against an orthodox Pro-Choice Jewish Democrat David Weprin, Turner’s campaign launched a series of ads aimed squarely at the orthodox Jewish vote in the Ninth Congressional District, where Democrats enjoy a significant enrollment advantage. This demographic group rallied behind Turner because Weprin had voted in the state legislature for the same-sex marriage bill.

Republican campaign operative Steven Stites anticipates a problem for Quinn if the debate is framed by a stance on Pro-Life or Pro-Choice, which hasn’t happened yet. “If the issue is framed by her position on Pro-Life centers, there could be a problem during the general, but during a primary, social conservatives are under-represented,” according to Stites.

“Slattery is correct to be upset, but attacks from the right during a primary aren’t necessarily a bad thing for Quinn,” Stites added.

Is the axe coming down on Speaker Quinn as opposed to any of the other Democratic candidates? Could they swing votes away from Quinn and toward John Liu, Bill de Blasio, Scott Stringer, Tony Avella, or any other candidates? Yes, it could, if Slattery has anything to do with it. He wants Quinn’s policy maneuvering against crisis pregnancy centers to define her candidacy.

While the other potential candidates are also Pro-Choice, according to insiders in Slattery’s group no other candidate has the viciousness demonstrated by Quinn toward religious free speech.

Quinn and Bloomberg signed Local Law 17, which required crisis pregnancy centers, like Expectant Mother Care, to disclose more information about what services they perform and whom they will be provided by. Critics say the measure would force crisis pregnancy centers to advertise services they do not offer. The City Council approved the bill that would have placed strict limits on the advertising crisis pregnancy centers may use and required them to post signs designed to discourage women from seeking their abortion alternatives services.

Quinn called the matter a protection of consumer rights.

However Pro-Life advocates like Slattery say the bill put harsh restrictions on alternatives to abortions, such as adoption and counseling.

The law Quinn signed was challenged in Federal Court. Slattery’s group, EMC was one of the plaintiffs. A stay was issued, and according to legal experts it will probably be overturned. Judge William Pauley said the bill was “unconstitutionally vague”, although he conceded the harm that can be caused to pregnant, at-risk women by unlicensed ultrasound technicians “operating in pseudo-medical settings”.

Slattery hailed the decision as a victory for the First Amendment.

“The legislation was [Quinn’s] baby and [City Councilwoman] Jessica Lapin’s baby, we warned them it was unconstitutional to shut down our life saving operation” said Slattery. “But they went ahead anyway.”

Slattery alleges that Planned Parenthood and Naral New York may have been influencing Quinn’s active pursuit of bill 371 .

Naral Pro-Choice NY, then led then by Kellie Conlin, who was forced out in January from her post after pleading guilty to stealing $75,000 worth of donations from the organization said in a press release, “Unfortunately, when a woman enters a Crisis Pregnancy Center, she loses all expectation of accurate, unbiased information and any assurance of privacy. Instead, she is faced with biased counseling, anti-abortion propaganda, deliberate deception, and emotional manipulation.”

Slattery responded to Naral’s accusations,

“The woman [Kellie Conlin] who was forced out – that called us frauds – while she’s committing fraud” exclaimed Slattery who called it a “repugnant characterization” of his group “that was intended to be offensive.”

The dispute put Quinn in the crosshairs of social conservative voters who tend to support the use of government to reinforce traditional social relations, according to a Pew research report. So is it enough to galvanize a Pro-Life voting bloc, the same bloc vote once thought to be too unpredictable to be considered an effective movement in city elections?

Slattery’s movement is gaining traction.

Chris Slattery is more than an outspoken Quinn critic, he is well known by key members of all denominations that connect him to thousands of parishioners in all five boroughs.

In January, 2010 Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, a Pro-Life activist and a leader of the black community held a Pro-Life rally in Manhattan side-by-side with Chris Slattery of Expectant Mother Care where she encouraged opposition to Bill 371.

City Council Member Fernando Cabrera (D-Bronx), also the only Reverend in the City Council is a staunch advocate of Slattery’s movement.

Cabrera, who for the last four years, has co-chaired the Hispanic-Jewish Relations Task Force for the Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, began a church called New Life Outreach International, a congregation that has swelled to over 400 members. He is also well known in a network of Evangelical churches that are spreading like wildfire throughout the five boroughs, according to inside sources.

Will they come out on election day?

“It’s a set of core values that unites us,” said City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) who spoke at a Save The Life Center rally. Council District 19 is the most ethnically and religiously diverse in the City. Protestant groups, Baptists, Lutherans, Hindus, Catholics, and a large Jewish demographic of conservative, orthodox, and reform Jews can be found in the northeast section of Queens. “We all coexist because we respect the values of our community, said Halloran, adding “We will not back down and we will continue to advocate for you.”

Critics fear that Quinn has awoken a sleeping giant. With six or seven possible candidates running, if her campaign thinks she will win with the social conservative base actively campaigning against her, she could be gravely mistaken.

There could be 5,000 parishes, temples, and synagogues turning against her. Will the residents be so upset that they vote for another candidate or is it just a case of saber rattling?

“It was a use of raw political power in a complete disregard for the first amendment and the rights of Christians and almost all Catholic and Christian Pro Lifers” said Slattery.

“I am in fear and trepidation in her run for mayor, she will put the jackboot to Christians in the city and stomp on our necks for us to cry uncle and to shutdown millennial old moral underpinnings and traditions,” he added.

Slattery said the Pro-Life movement would not support candidates that are Pro-Choice. But Quinn took it a step further with her bill that would have crippled Expectant Mother Care and other crisis pregnancy centers that Pro-Lifers like Slattery have embraced.

Slattery believed the bill was a direct challenge to his organization’s mission, but so far, the other candidates have not been as active as Quinn with the intent of shutting down the life centers.

“Bloomberg and Quinn use the schools as an experiment in birth and population control, they have completely disregarded the astounding abortion rates and ratios in New York,” Slattery said. “They think the only way to prevent pregnancy is to flood the city with more condoms.”

Slattery agreed that while“they [public schools] haven’t had overtly bad sex education, its covertly and without former curriculum: tie-ins and programs to escort school children to planned parenthood, it’s been happening for 40 years.”

“Reading writing arithmetic, mapping out roots to the abortion — this man is crazy. Quinn is even more radical than Bloomberg.”

Socially conservative groups like Slattery’s could be the deciding factor in the Democratic primary, much in the same way the socially conservative religious voting bloc came out in force for the election of Congressman Bob Turner in Queens and Brooklyn.

Quinn’s decision to support Local Law 17 was influenced by her campaign contributors Slattery alleged.

“Its all about who she’s getting her campaign funds from: Naral Pro-choice, Planned Parenthood, the abortionists. The Catholic press is softball, they won’t name names and they don’t really call these politicians to account, they decry the whole body. Pastors don’t play enough hardball. They’ve been emasculated by there fear of politicians. I don’t understand them, the people in the pews will be making the decisions.

If Quinn loses these voters, as Slattery believes she will, it is likely that these votes will go to John Liu, a Queens native, according to a Democratic official. Lots of people are already behind John Liu, and it is widely rumored that Quinn threw him under the bus with a recent ruling regarding campaign signs and a probe of questionable campaign contributions.

Queens Democratic Party Boss Joe Crowley, who is Pro-Life, and was raised in the cradle of old school conservatives of Irish decent would be caught in the middle. “Because of Joe Crowley’s prominence in the Irish-Catholic community – he would understand better than most people what’s coming” said Elio Forcina, a Republican, and former Assembly candidate who also helped organize a fundraiser for Expectant Mother Care in May 2011 for an ultra sound machine that is currently being used in Brooklyn.

“If the Catholic parishes, the evangelicals, and the synagogues all unite, they could ultimately derail Quinn’s campaign,” according to Forcina. “May the fruits that grow out of this movement ultimately be Christine Quinn’s redemption,” he said.

Religious convictions appear to trump party loyalty. Many Americans continue to say their religious beliefs have been influential in shaping their views about social issues, including abortion and same-sex marriage, according to Pew research, but it doesn’t always translate into votes. It’s how a liberal and a conservative like Fernando Cabrera and Dan Halloran and a civil rights leader like Dr. Aveda King can find some common ground.

The potential galvanization of socially conservative church-going voters against Christine Quinn as the Democratic nominee for Mayor should not go unnoticed. Bill 371 has been the rallying cry. Past elections can illustrate the voting bloc as fickle and unreliable. How likely is it that the bloc would vote for a Lesbian Democrat from the West Side of Manhattan, anyway? Not very likely, but there are recent examples that may prove the observation as not entirely accurate. Quinn may have inadvertently energized Pro-Life voters against her campaign at the same time a massive mobilization of Pro-Lifers appears to be underway unlike anything New York City has seen before.

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