Christine Quinn Is Excited About the Council’s New Diversity, She Says

That City Council of ours is getting pretty diverse.

On Tuesday, the Times told us how Asian-American candidates were big winners in Tuesday’s primary; yesterday, they said gay candidates did pretty alright; and today, they do the math and find that the incoming members will mean a minority majority.

Before the modern, 51-seat Council was formed in 1989, only 9 of 35 members were black or Hispanic, and none were Asian. In January, when the new members are sworn in, it could be 28 of 51 who are not white.

What does it mean for policy? Hard to say.

What does it mean for Council Speaker Christine Quinn? Even harder to say. Dick Dadey of Citizens Union told the Times:

“It is possible that it will be more progressive and challenging to the status quo,” Mr. Dadey said, adding that it could “change the power dynamics within the body itself.”

Ms. Quinn was quoted in the next paragraph as saying how excited she was to have a diverse Council. But after losing a few allies on Tuesday, and with that Bloomberg problem looming, it’s one more thing to think about.

 

Christine Quinn Is Excited About the Council’s New Diversity, She Says