Christine Quinn

Thompson Backs de Blasio, Uniting Democrats

Some Orthodox supporters reserving judgment on general race.
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The long and often bitter Democratic primary for mayor ended today with William Thompson, Jr., becoming the last of the key Democrats to throw his support behind frontrunner Bill de Blasio.

Thompson, left, was joined by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio at City Hall Monday as he gave up mayoral bid. Getty Images

Come November, A More Traditional New York Clash

Stark contrast of ideas seen in general election if primary frontrunners prevail, with questions about ‘60s-style’ policies.
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In the first mayoral election in 12 years with a true Republican on the ballot, November’s race is likely to shape up as the kind of liberal versus conservative clash of ideas that defined the pre-Bloomberg era.

Voters cue up at a polling station in Manhattan to choose candidates in Tuesday’s primary. Getty Images

Quinn Pledges 'Progress For Every Neighborhood’

Speaker says Bloomberg improvements are unequal, hits ‘cruel’ homeless policy in Jewish Week interview.
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If elected to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Council Speaker Christine Quinn will make a priority of addressing a homeless policy she says has at times been “cruel,” and work harder to make sure that there is “equal progress for everyone.”

Christine Quinn’s political fortunes, for better or worse, seem to be tied to Mayor Bloomberg’s popularity. Michael Datikash

‘People Will Starve,’ Quinn Warns

No easy fix for releasing $1.4 million in frozen funds, says speaker; but expansion of free-lunch program is unaffected.

Although officials are gravely concerned about frozen funds for the poor during a city and state investigation of alleged fraud in the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, there is no short-term solution in sight, says City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

Kids in Williamsburg line up for free kosher lunches provided by a Met Council program.

'Heil Hitler' Among Graffiti Scrawled On Jackie Robinson Statue In Brooklyn

Act of hate a 'dagger' in America's heart, says Schumer.

Sixty-six years after he broke the color barrier and began integration of major league baseball, Jackie Robinson is still facing bigotry.

A statue of the sports and civil rights legend, who spoke out strongly against anti-Semitism, was defaced outside MCU Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. Along with racial slurs, the graffiti on both the bronze statue and concrete base included swastikas and the words "heil Hitler."

In an undated photo, Jackie Robinson signs a then-record contract to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Getty Images

State of The Campaign

Weiner still defiant, Quinn exuberant; Thompson, Lhota and de Blasio on tour; Liu takes a financial hit.
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There may be thousands of New York City Jews upstate in Catskills camps and rentals for the summer, but the area seems to have lost its cachet as a political hotspot. So far, despite new life being breathed into the area by non-Orthodox city dwellers, only longshot candidates for mayor have traveled up Route 17 to press the flesh (among males) at bungalow colonies and pizza joints in such hamlets as Monticello, Woodburne and Swan Lake.

When the dust settles, one of these candidates will run City Hall next year.

Weiner Gets An Earful On Terrorism

A victim takes on candidate's assumption at young Jewish leaders' forum.
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After telling a crowd of young Jewish leaders that they are statistically unlikely to ever be victims of a terror attack, and that the government uses terrorism "to scare people," former congressman Anthony Weiner was in for a surprise Wednesday night.

Sarri Singer, founder of the victims' support group Strength To Strength, begged to differ.

Sarri Singer, a terrorism survivor, speaks with Anthony Weiner following JCRC meeting. Jeff Stier

Hatzolah Aids Quinn Intern After Long 911 Delay

Jewish Week Correspondent

Hatzolah came to the rescue Tuesday when an ambulance failed to arrive to a spot on the New York mayoral campaign trail. The incident contributed to the debate over emegency response time in the city.

Quinn Addresses Orthodox Union

Candidate open to public security funds for non-public schools, but not vouchers or tax credits.
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Despite her father being hospitalized and awaiting knee surgery, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn kept her commitment to attend a candidate forum with board members of the Orthodox Union at its Lower Manhattan headquarters Wednesday afternoon.

Christine Quinn discusses her education policies with Orthodox Union leaders. Adam Dickter

Member Item Funding Again Under Fire

After Quinn's grants tied to campaign donors, de Blasio says end the program; UJA-Fed. fears 'black hole.'
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The City Council’s system of doling out millions of dollars to community organizations is once again under fire after Speaker Christine Quinn gave a hefty chunk of her share to groups whose officials support her mayoral campaign.

Christine Quinn gave $3.1 million to organizations linked to her donors, a report says.
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