From the NY Times:
“I think alliances will be much more important now,” said Councilman Peter F. Vallone Jr., a centrist Democrat who expressed excitement at the prospect of working with Republicans on “more police, lower taxes and less development.”
Even Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, who began her career as a tenant advocate but more recently has become closely associated with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, says the Republicans should not be underestimated.
“The idea that we would have more discussion, more differences of opinion, more debate — I’m thrilled by that,” she said. “You almost always find a greater chance of consensus having more people on the far left and having more people on the right.”
HA HA HA HA HA...oh excuse me...
[Halloran] said that Ms. Quinn was quite welcoming during a recent meeting. “I get the feeling that she’s willing to work with the conservative Democrats and the Republicans who want to be a voice of fiscal responsibility,” Mr. Halloran said.
And in a move that Ms. Quinn said was apparently without precedent, Mr. Koo has pledged to use his entire $112,500 annual Council salary to set up a special account for community groups.
“I won’t use a penny,” he promised. “A lot of smaller community groups — they have a hard time getting city money.”
Sounds like he's mastered tweeding 101!