From the Daily News:
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn does not lead by example when it comes to making laws.
Quinn, the front-runner in the race to be the city’s next mayor, was primary sponsor for just two of the 827 bills that have been submitted to the City Council since 2010, a Daily News analysis found.
While Quinn’s spokeswoman said the Speaker’s fingerprints are all over important bills, Council sources say she avoids lending her name to legislation so that it won’t hurt her as she tries to consolidate support for her mayoral run.
“She tends to give her bills away, so it can be hard to judge what ideas were hers,” one Council insider said.
The median output over that period was for a lawmaker to be primary sponsor of 12 bills.
Quinn frequently asks colleagues to introduce measures on her behalf, which allows her to curry favor and to avoid angering important voting blocs, insiders say.
“She’s trying to be all things to all people. At some point, if you attach your name to legislation it becomes difficult to do that,” said Doug Forand, a political consultant who is not working for any of the 2013 mayoral contenders.