Quinn: Nobody Made Gotbaum a Priority, Complaints Are ‘Ridiculous’

Christine Quinn defended the 40 percent cut to the public advocate’s office, telling reporters it simply wasn’t raised as a priority by any of the council members during the budget negotiating process.

“No delegation recommended restoring the public advocate’s office,” said Quinn, flanked by a number of those members.

Quinn said the members made a priority out of funding “Administration for Children Services workers, firehouses, libraries, day care centers,” all of which Quinn described as “core services.”

As for the notion that the public advocate was being punished for her stance on term limits, Quinn called that “just ridiculous.”