From the NY Post:
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who many insiders believed was secretly supporting Mayor Bloomberg's re-election, did a special favor for Hizzoner before Election Day, The Post has learned.
Quinn (D-Manhattan) stalled a bill giving motorists a five-minute grace period at electronic parking meters so the mayor wouldn't be forced to veto it and earn the wrath of voters, sources said. "Quinn held it as a favor to the mayor," said one insider.
Quinn made a late, largely insignificant endorsement of Democratic nominee Bill Thompson for mayor and many insiders believed she really wanted Bloomberg, with whom she has a good relationship, back for a third term.
The grace period would apply only at muni-meters, which issue paper receipts that motorists display on dashboards to indicate how much parking time they've purchased. Motorists couldn't be ticketed until after more than five minutes had elapsed past the end of their parking time.
The legislation was first introduced Jan. 7. After one hearing on Feb. 25, it was held over.