Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Quinn defends Bloomberg at rally

From AM-NY:

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn made a dramatic exit from a news conference Monday heralding the expected passage of the city's living wage bill when a member of the crowd criticized Mayor Michael Bloomberg - who has promised to veto the bill - by calling him a "pharaoh."

"In a democracy, people have the right to have different views, and we do not have the right to then call them names," she said in videos posted online.

The bill requires businesses that receive major tax breaks from the city to pay workers at least $10 an hour on economic development projects. Bloomberg has threatened to sue the City Council if they overturn his expected veto.

"Congratulations on the bill," Quinn said as she left. "I'm not going to participate in name calling."

From the NY Times:

The City Council passed a small so-called living wage bhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifill on Monday, and the accompanying language, in classic New York style, was gloriously excessive.

The measure, Speaker Christine C. Quinn and her Council and labor allies proclaimed, would put in place the most extensive, most ambitious, “most impactful” (a leader in 2012’s ugliest adjective of the year contest) living wage law in the country.

As revolutions go, however, this bill falls short of the Bolsheviks’ storming the Winter Palace.

Ms. Quinn spent months trimming and cutting the bill down to the size of a hat box. In the end, 500 workers in city-subsidized projects of a certain size under certain conditions in certain places will gain the right to make $10 an hour plus health benefits, or $11.50 an hour without.

Greg David, a business-friendly columnist at Crain’s New York, took note of Ms. Quinn’s handiwork and did the math: The bill, he noted, would affect 0.013 percent of the jobs in the city.

It’s to take nothing away from those lucky New Yorkers to note that this is one of those moments in which symbolism and subtext trump text.


Anonymous said...

Quinn ain't no Bloomberg and she will not repeat his success.

History the first time is a tragedy, the second time is a farce.

Anonymous said...

Anyone has the right to call any elected public official any name that they want.

If "Pharaoh" Bloomberg is too thin skinned to bear it, then he should resign immediately.

Can't take the heat...
then get out of the kitchen!

Steve Behar said...

I've always called him "Emperor Bloomberg" myself.

I hope that doesn't upset Deputy Mayor for the City Council Quinn.

Anonymous said...

I always refer to Mayor Mike as "The Little Dictator." That's my pet name for him and I have my right to free speech. I refer to Chris Quinn as "The Slush Fund Queen." Im sure that when she becomes MAYOR, she'll be offended when people refer to her as Puppet and Mike Bloomberg as Puppet Master. She'll have to grow a backbone and suck it up.

Anonymous said...

and I have my right to free speech.


Are you SURE about that?

Anonymous said...

the citizens can voice their opinions as they want , but as long as they keep voting 47 dem/prog/lib/rino city council people , a majority, we all lose our liberty.

try CHECKS AND BALANCE government , if there is still time remaining ?

one more leftie in the SCOTUS and it is total dictatorship.
think conservative and vote for liberty.