Past supporters of Quinn have been disappointed over the years as she changed from being a liberal independent reformer to seasoned Democratic party machine leader. Her potential method in defeating this legislation is to deny 50 other members of the New York City Council the right to vote up or down on the proposed legislation. Wasn’t Quinn elected to represent voters of her West Village district and not all five boroughs? Her actions denied almost 8 million New Yorkers a direct say regardless of their side of the issue.
To maintain control of the Council, Speaker Quinn continues handing out lulus to loyal members from $4,000 to $28,000 per year for chairing Council Committees. She tolerates Council members with potential conflicts of interest by allowing income from outside second jobs and campaign contributions from City Hall Pay for Play contributors including unions real estate, businesses and political action committees. Many of these are looking for favors in return at taxpayers expense. She allows the wasteful spending of Council members administrative budgets used to pay for personal office items. Travel abroad at City expense to foreign countries is used to curry favor with ethnic constituents and is also funded. She supported allocating millions of dollars in member items for local pork barrel projects. Perhaps all of the above is why the so-called reform Progressive Council caucus has been so silent on this outrage. They appear to practice never bite the hand that “feeds” you.
Quinn has yet to announce support for an honest reapportionment of district boundaries after the 2010 census to promote real competition for future contests.
The five NYC Democratic County political bosses have never cared if you are liberal or conservative, gay or straight, man or woman — just play ball like Speaker Quinn and you can become one of the chosen in the smoke filled clubhouse back room. Quinn is cut from the same cloth as past Speakers, like the late Tom Cuite, Peter Vallone Senior and Gifford Miller in ruling the Council in a dictatorial style.