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She's in like Quinn
Crain's New York

October 16, 2011
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There is still more to “Speaker Quinn's painful dilemma” (Greg David) and “Living-wage war heats up over study” (The Insider) in Crain's Oct. 10 issue. The methods used by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to potentially defeat the proposed living-wage bill supported by 30 of 51 members of the City Council are nothing to cheer about.

This measure would force companies to pay employees under any city-subsidized project $10 an hour with benefits or $11.50 without. Ms. Quinn has kept a bill proposed by Bronx council members G. Oliver Koppell and Annabel Palma bottled up in committee for more than a year while she contemplates her political options.

As an all-but-publicly announced candidate for mayor in 2013, Ms. Quinn has to make a choice which will either make labor unhappy or the business community unhappy. Meanwhile, she continues to raise campaign contributions from both the labor unions and businesspeople.

People are going to want to see a return on their investments—or some may stop writing checks until she makes a favorable decision.

—Larry Penner
Great Neck, N.Y.