The formal dinner held in the Hilton’s cavernous Grand Ballroom is the centerpiece of the REBNY banquet celebration. But the preceding cocktail party in the Mercury Ballroom is just as lively despite its more intimate size—450 this year, compared to the banquet’s roughly 2,200. Indeed, invites to the cocktail hour are especially coveted by the wheelers and dealers in an industry that’s famously fond of status symbols.
During the Democratic primary, feminist icon Gloria Steinem was one of failed mayoral candidate Christine Quinn’s biggest fans. But as Ms. Quinn’s chief rival, Bill de Blasio, prepares to take office, Ms. Steinem says she’s thrilled to welcome the incoming mayor following an election she said reminded her a lot of the 2008 presidential primary won by Barack Obama.
“It was a little bit like a city version of 2008,” Ms. Steinem told Politicker in an interview after a rally outside City Hall this week boosting Melissa Mark-Viverito’s speaker bid.
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City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s long-time spokesman, Jamie McShane, is headed to the Real Estate Board of New York.
Mr. McShane, a former television producer who left WNBC six-and-a-half years ago to work for the council, has been tapped as the board’s senior vice president for communications, effective January 1.
The New York City Council hopes to pass legislation that would reduce the speed limit on most residential and side streets to 20 miles per hour, Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced today.
“We are actively working on that bill and our goal is to pass it before the end of the year,” Ms. Quinn said during an unrelated press conference this afternoon before the month’s final council meeting. “We’re actively working on it right now.”
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A plan to dramatically re-zone East Midtown has fizzled, members of the City Council announced this evening.
The plan–one of departing Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s most ambitious legacy projects–was aimed at transforming 73 blocks around the Empire State Building to allow the kind of modern, soaring skyscrapers that currently dot Lower Manhattan.
Conservative pundit Ann Counter thinks Hillary Clinton’s expected presidential candidacy will fizzle, just like City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s mayoral bid this year.
“I don’t think she’s that formidable. I think it will be a re-run of–sorry, this is a New York reference–but another Christine Quinn,” Ms. Coulter said last night on CNN’s Piers Morgan Live. “We were told, ‘Inevitable, inevitable, she’s the next mayor, next mayor!’”
The city’s future corridors of power suddenly look very inviting to Vincent Alvarez.
The president of the Central Labor Council–an umbrella group for the city’s million-plus union members–is getting ready to grapple with a government that is expected to be far friendlier to organized labor than the recent years of frayed relations with Mayor Michael Bloomberg. And he hopes his work bolstering some of this year’s winning candidates will help to open the door.
A week after losing his race for mayor, ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner has found a new calling: punditry.
Mr. Weiner appeared on NY1′s Road to City Hall last night to pontificate on the political landscape he’d just left. He did the same in the pages of the Daily News this morning. In both cases, the failed candidate reflected on the Democrat who bested him in the primary.
Endorsing Bill de Blasio was a move fraught with risk in May.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was the vaunted front-runner in the mayor’s race, according to the polls. It was widely assumed that former Comptroller Bill Thompson, the only black candidate in the race, would consolidate the minority vote.
But the influential healthcare workers’ union went with Mr. de Blasio, the city’s public advocate, who now stands as the all-but-assured Democratic nominee for mayor. Mr. de Blasio repaid their faith by making potential hospital closures a centerpiece of his campaign: in July, he was even arrested for protesting the closures of two Brooklyn hospitals, a move that gave him needed publicity.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn officially endorsed Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign this morning, following her bruising loss last week in the Democratic primary.
Standing on the steps of City Hall flanked by her former union and political backers, Ms. Quinn–who sparred incessantly with Mr. de Blasio on the trail–put on a happy face, laughing and joking as she gave her formal rival her blessings.