City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside), meanwhile, said it’s clear to him that the fix is in, as Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) have started to lean hard on members of the legislative body, and from his perspective it appears to be working.
Bloomberg leans on Council, steps back on blight
“There’s no doubting it, the full-court press is on now,” said one City Council member who met with the mayor.
Avella, whose chief of staff attended the meeting for him, said the conversation among his colleagues has shifted in recent days from the controversy surrounding the project to “how do we circumvent the process to create as little opposition as possible.”
He blames this on the political weight of Bloomberg and Quinn.
“This is how they operate, the two of them. Since they’ve been operating in concert on so many things, for a lot of people there’s no breathing room. They just start pressuring people,” Avella said. “The mayor wouldn’t have started the ULURP clock [on Willets Point] if he didn’t know Quinn would have backed him up and gotten the votes he needs.”
God bless Tony Avella for telling it like it is. These council people are pigs and Christine Quinn is the queen sow. Expect there to be some bullshit amendment and for Como to vote no on both.