The knock on City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has always been that she’s Mayor Bloomberg’s sidekick ― the deputy mayor of the City Council.
But as she’s turned her attention increasingly to her mayoral campaign this fall, Michael Kors Uk
she seems to be trying to shake that image.
In the past 15 months, she has led the Council in overriding 10 Bloomberg vetoes. That’s compared with just one in all of 2011 and zero in 2010. And the number is climbing Michael Kors Purses
Last week, she cut a controversial deal with labor leaders and progressive activists on a bill that would extend five paid sick days a year to a nearly a million city workers.
Bloomberg plans to veto it ― and Quinn plans Sale Michael Kors
to override. Same goes for a bill establishing an NYPD inspector general that Quinn backed the week before. Bloomberg trashed it as a threat to public safety. Quinn will override his veto.
Ditto for the Council bill she endorsed Michael Kors Bag
in February to reduce fines for street vendors who break city rules. Hizzoner called it one of the “stupider” proposals he’s heard.
“It’s in her interest to establish herself as an independent figure (and show) that she’s nobody’s puppet,” said Hunter College political science Prof. Ken Sherrill.
But Quinn’s Democratic rivals in the race to succeed Bloomberg say her increasing willingness to stand up to Hizzoner smacks of opportunism.
“Everything she does is personal politics ― if she acted out of principle, she wouldn’t have blocked paid sick leave for three years, only to make a deal when it gave her maximum political impact,” said Jonathan Prince, campaign manager for former City Controller William Thompson, one of four Democrats trying to best Quinn in the primary.
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Mayor Bloomberg has tasted defeat a lot lately, thanks for Speaker Quinn.
Her opponents say voters won’t buy her sudden independence from the billionaire mayor. Several have signaled plans to make a campaign issue out of her controversial move in 2008 to help Bloomberg overturn two voter referendums to Michael Kors Snakeskin Purse
run for a third term.
“When Mayor Bloomberg demanded a third term, Speaker Quinn rolled out the red carpet,” said Rebecca Katz, who is part of Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s campaign. “Her recent change of heart rings hollow.”
Quinn’s office points out that overrides are more likely toward the end of a legislative session, and that she’s had fewer overall than her predecessor, Gifford Miller. Council spokesman Justin Goodman noted that Miller led 38 veto overrides between 2002 and 2005. Quinn has done 27 since 2006.
Quinn denied, during a news conference on the paid sick leave deal Friday, that she’s trying to distance herself from Bloomberg.
“This isn’t about politics. This is about policy,” she said.
Whatever Quinn’s motive, every move she makes this close to the primary has its risks.
But one political expert said Quinn, who has the same political team that got Bloomberg elected, probably knows what she’s doing.
“I think there is always a risk of going too far,” said Fordham University’s Costas Panagopoulos.
“But my guess is she has Michael Michael Kors Bags
not judged that point to be here yet.”