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  1. Chris Flash
    August 28, 2013

    The Villager has hopelessly corrupted itself by endorsing Christine Quinn, who has BETRAYED the citizens of NYC over and over again. Just a few examples:

    • With blatant disregard of the will of those who voted TWICE for two-term limits for elected officials, Quinn illegally overturned the law, allowing Mayor Bloomberg to acquire an illegal THIRD term after he spent tens of millions of dollars to make it happen. The Villager fails to mention that Quinn's doing so conveniently paved the way for Quinn to get a third term for herself.

    • Quinn has had millions of dollars of public funds earmarked for organizations that do not exist. The scandal that erupted around this issue years ago was quickly silenced by the mainstream media.

    • Quinn allowed St. Vincent's Hospital to be shut down after accepting "contributions" from Rudin, the developer now building luxury "market rate" condos on the site of the hospital. Quinn later had the nerve to tout her non-existent efforts to "save" city hospitals.

    In short, Quinn is as slimy as any male politician. A vote for her is a continuation of Bloomberg's policies that have decimated affordable housing and small businesses in NYC and contributed to the cultural death of our city for the benefit of monied transients whose presence here has destroyed the unique quality of life here.

    We need a mayor of the people, by the people FOR the people, not slimy politicos and business as usual!! That would be Jimmy McMillan ("The Rent Is Too Damned High!") or activist Randy Credico or ANYONE but Christine Quinn!!

    [Perhaps The Villager would be more credible if it took the time and made the effort to present investigative reportage that exposed the misdeeds of corrupt politicians rather than accept their paid advertising!]

    • Tom
      August 29, 2013

      As a regular reader of the villager I have seen scant few political ads and none for Quinn. No newspaper on earth refuses ads from politicians, whether they endorse or not. The decision to endorse is usually based on the papers understanding of the issues they report on and which pol handled those issues best.

      Quinn has the cred

    • Christopher st.
      August 30, 2013

      This is a regrettable comment because it does two things:
      1. Ignores the split between reporting and editorial functions at a newspaper.
      2. Exposes the fundamental risk that a newspaper editorial board takes with a controversial position. The newspaper stands to gain little commercially or politically by endorsing a candidate that is polling at almost half of the front-runner. Yet this editorial lays out well-reasoned points on its endorsement.

  2. shmnyc
    August 29, 2013

    I have no intention of voting for Quinn, so when you wrote: "She would be a tough negotiator with the unions, which will be critically important for the next mayor," it didn't affect my position about Quinn, but it certainly changed the way I view The Villager. Maybe I was wrong to think you were a less-sensational version of the New York Post. Now I know better.

  3. Robert
    August 29, 2013

    Wow. Once NYU demolishes the village, will this paper just be the Village Voice? Nothing but a pennysaver.

  4. Judith Chazen Walsh
    August 29, 2013

    Chin – Quinn Doesn't matter who did what on NYU 2031 – they did it and did us in
    This endorsement in effect condones it
    Something went wrong here You forgot to read your own paper about what the Village needs now
    Just when we were thinking The Villager was going to really be our local paper comes this endorsement

    We guess you also didn't hear us on Quinn when you endorsed her

  5. Joe
    August 29, 2013

    I am not sure if the villager endorsed Bloomberg, but if you did then I understand this endorsement. If you didn't then you are making a huge error in judgement. Quinn is big real-estate's lackey who betrayed the [people of New York to gain a third term for her self and Lord Mayor Tiny pants. She is no progressive, she is barely liberal.

  6. Lifelong New Yorker
    August 29, 2013

    The Villager is right on point: Christine Quinn is the only one with a record. When you compare the last 4 years between DeBlasio and Thompson: she is the only one that got ANYTHING done.

    DeBlasio? Didn't actually use the majority of his powers as PA. He wasn't there for St Vincent's (even though he could've been) and he never brought legislation to the floor (even though he complained about Paid Sick – though as his power as PA, he could've done it himself).

    Thompson? He went to Jersey for 4 years to work at a private firm making millions.

    Quinn is the only one that continued to use every ounce of her office to make New York City a better place.

    • chris flash
      August 29, 2013

      Better for REAL ESTATE interests, not for the PEOPLE, who find it harder year after year to afford to live here….

      • aron pieman kay
        August 29, 2013

        she is nothing but a stoolie for the real estate maggots trying to pick up where antonio pagan left off

  7. Westsider
    August 29, 2013

    I'm a lifelong New Yorker and Westsider, and I say bravo to the Villager. Chris Quinn is an empathetic, yet strong leader who has delivered for over twenty years: for women, for LGBT and many other groups. She brings a culture of RESULTS. You can stand on the sidelines and lob spitballs, like Bill de Blasio and the Anybody But Quinn crowd, or you can actually get to work like Quinn has. Seems to me if you are interested in a strong economy for all, and a green, prosperous, peaceful five boroughs – plus, lets face it a chance to make history with the first woman mayor, vote Quinn. If you want to whine and complain after the fact – but be totally MIA when the work is being done, by all means vote de Blasio. One last thing – I think it's rich, that the de Blasio campaign is being driven by a bunch of rich, out of touch, entitled limousine liberals and Hollywood stars like Cynthia Nixon and Susan Sarandon. It seems to me like Quinn's is being powered by everyday New Yorkers, like Manny Diaz's mother who is on tv.

  8. GabGramercy
    August 29, 2013

    The Villager is on point! Chris Quinn is the only candidate who actually accomplishes anything! She's the best choice for NYC!

  9. Nancy
    August 29, 2013

    These attacks on Christine Quinn are baseless. She worked tirelessly to keep St. Vincent's open and has achieved a lot for her community as well as the city as a whole and I applaud the Villager for getting this endorsement right. Unlike the public advocate, she has a real, achievable vision for our city and has proven she can actually get things done instead of just making unfulfillable promises. We need a doer in City Hall. Not a sayer. Christine Quinn has proven time and time again she can make things happen.

    • Chris Flash
      August 29, 2013

      Among the things that Quinn has made "happen" are violating the public's will by extending term limits for herself and her sponsor Bloombucks and taking money from real estate developer Rudin to allow St. Vincent's Hospital to die so that it could be handed over to Rudin for MORE luxury condos that adds to the hyper-gentrification in the West Village. Her "tireless" efforts were for HERSELF and her political future, the public be damned!!

  10. True Villager
    August 29, 2013

    Quinn is blaming the NYU 2031 Plan's awful results on Chin – but who gave Chin marching orders to do whatever it took to get the Plan approved? Speaker Quinn. And who threw the community out of City Hall for a few boos at the vote? Again, Chris Quinn.

    Several councilmembers stated that they did not like the final form of the NYU Plan, but were forced to vote yes because Quinn or her personnel had called them personally. They said that discretionary funds that the Speaker doles out were at stake and they could not risk losing those funds to stand up for another community. When councilmembers have to hold their noses to vote, that's Speaker Quinn's fault.

    deBlasio, who now says he was for the NYU Plan to destroy Greenwich Village (yes, west-siders, it will affect you too!) is no better. It's just sad that such developer-friendly people are the frontrunners, bought and paid for by developer money.

  11. Queens Native
    August 29, 2013

    Well done, Villager. I really believe that Chris is the Mayor we need right now. There's a lot left to be done to move this city forward, and she has an actual record to run on (not a bunch of hyperbolic talking points). Looking forward to pulling the lever (or scanning my bubble sheet or whatever) for Chris in two weeks!

  12. LGBT New Yorker
    August 29, 2013

    I am finally glad that someone brought up the truth about St. Vincent's.

    Also, I am surprised people are even considering De Blasio for mayor. He is the worst type of politician.

    With De Blasio, you really do not know where he stands on issues. He has no record that shows that he can get things accomplished. He also has a history of changing his positions on NYC taxi policy, affordable housing, and term limits. His priority seems to be focused on changing his positions in order to improve his chances of winning an election instead of leading by example to work on issues that affect every day new Yorkers.

    A De Blasio administration will probably mimic the problems we have in Washington. A lot of great speeches, blames a lot of groups for problems but no action in resolving problems. That is basically what he did as Public Advocate.

    Now, he is trying to Flip Flop his way to Gracie Mansion.

  13. uninvited guest
    August 29, 2013

    John Liu won endorsements from the downtown progressive political clubs for a reason: he is deeply committed to the public good, and he puts in a full day's work for the public.

    The Villager is correct to admire the breath-of-fresh air of Sal Albanese's declining Real Estate contributions and speaking truth to power on NYU 2031.

    Also correct are the qualms about de Blasio's lack of accomplishment over four years. I personally went to the Public Advocate's office three times over the course of de Blasio's term, and it was an utter waste of time: my time, and the time of the friendly but incompetent staff who are apparently incapable of following through on anything, even something as simple as a promised follow-up phone call. De Blasio's good-natured, ever-ready smile does not inspire confidence that he will be able to manage this large and unwieldy ship.

    But the Villager completely fails in its endorsement of Christine Quinn. It is egregious that the Villager gives Quinn a free pass when she passes the buck to Chin on NYU 2031. I was one of a hundred ejected by Quinn from City Hall on July 25, 2012. Milling around outside, erstwhile Republican Councilmember Dan Halloran came over to speak with our cluster. He said he understood where we were coming from with respect to NYU 2031, and had been prepared to "abstain" in his vote on the project. Until he got a call from Chris Quinn.

    The proposal that Chris Quinn is a champion of the middle-class is a convenient, campaign-trail fiction.

    Sure, she gets things done. But what things?

    I understand the appeal of electing a first woman mayor and especially one for whom Marriage Equality has been a legislative as well as personal hallmark.

    But we must put that aside in order to vote for the best person for the job. It is the middle-class, working people, and people of color in this city who are hurting. We need a leader who understands and can respond effectively to those struggles. We need a mayor of real conscience, who is not swayed by the allure of big business and "politics."

    Vote your conscience on September 10th.

  14. Village Parent PS41
    August 29, 2013

    Very thoughtful endorsement for the Villager. I've studied these candidates and am enthusiastic about Quinn. Where was De Blasio when St. Vincent's was closing?Quinn can work with people and accomplish something as Mayor and she gets my vote.

  15. aron pieman kay
    August 29, 2013


  16. Political Observer
    August 29, 2013

    Good choice Villager! Glad to see that you can see the arguments that blame Quinn for things that she either wasn't the local councilmember on – like NYU – or St. Vincent's – which she tried in vain to save but just wasn't successful because it was deeply in debt, horribly mismanaged, PRIVATE, etc. She's been stalwart in her leadership on reproductive rights, LGBT rights, affordable housing and parks. And she's great at hammering out a compromise and getting things DONE, whether it's on budgets, union contracts, paid sick leave or living wage. So don't listen to the vitriol.

  17. Melissa
    August 29, 2013

    Chris Quinn will be a good progressive mayor for New York. it will be good to have the political sysytem returned to the people instead of the Emperor of 5th Ave. Go Chris and her record of accomplishment.

  18. Rudolph Rassendyll
    August 29, 2013

    Ah. A media group that has heard Quinn's favorite ditty: "Brown is the color of my true love's nose."

  19. Lawrence White
    August 29, 2013

    So it has come to this. What a sad state of affairs.

  20. guest
    August 29, 2013

    Margaret Chin is thrown under the bus for the NYU 2031 Plan. Alan Gerson takes the fall for term limits extensions.

    So when is Christine Quinn taken to task for her leading role in these and other miscarriages of democratic process?

  21. Village Twerker
    August 29, 2013

    Term limits….Quinn cannot have subverted the democratic process if an election was held and she won the most votes. Term limits are stupid.

    De Blasio supported overturning term limits too even if he lies about it today.

    Good choice Villager.

  22. guest
    August 29, 2013

    Ten years ago when my child attended PS 41, I hear rumors about the worst kept secret that St. Vincent's had financial problems. So how would I, a civilian, know more about St. Vincent's money woes than our elected city councilmember?

    There were no investigations, no problem solving, Chris Quinn conveniently ignored St. Vincent's problems until it was too late.

  23. Vote Smart
    August 29, 2013

    Quinn is Bloomberg in a red wig and a pink blouse.

    Anybody But.

    • guest
      September 5, 2013

      Worse. She's Giuliani in a red wig – vindictive and mean-spirited.
      Anybody But is right.

  24. matt
    August 30, 2013

    It really doesn't matter who wins. All of these candidates use the same basic playbook: hate on Bloomberg, blame the rich, pander to unions.

    20 years from now, we will all look at this election as a turning point where the city's decline kicked into high gear. I hope I'm wrong.

  25. Elaine
    August 30, 2013

    Amazes me that so many people will choose someone with NO TRACK RECORD JUST LOTS OF PROMISES like di Blasio.

    Also amazes me how few people understand what it takes to be an effetive politician..a lot of compromise.

    VILLAGER . You made the right choice in picking QUINN..

  26. NY Tenants
    August 30, 2013

    Quinn is the only one that is a fights for the average New Yorkers. Look at her record – She hops on buses to fight for tenants in Albany, passes tenant legislation at the council and fights against problematic property owners to get needed repairs done.

    De Blasio's record? creates a naughty's list for terrible property owners, never used legislative powers to pass one tenant bill as public advocate, and supports segregating poor and rich tenants in affordable housing ( source: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/odd_developmen… )

  27. Rosie
    August 31, 2013

    Haven't met anyone to this date that will vote for Quinn. She's a complete failure. No one to blame but herself. Bloomberg used her to advance his agenda and now she's feeling the wrath of NYC voters.

  28. long time villager
    September 1, 2013

    You can not please everyone, but you covered all the bases. Quinn is an imperfect candidate, but the only one with a track record that assures me that she can actually run the city. I doubt that De Blasio can win the general, because he instills fear that we may return to Dinkins like incompetence. If he gets the nomination, the city may end up with Mayor Lhota. I, for one, would like a change from 20 years of big business Republican leadership and I hope the Dems do not screw it up.

  29. Giovanni
    September 1, 2013

    It makes perfect sense that a West Village newspaper would endorse the one candidate that is basically Mayor Bloomberg in drag. What about Quinn blocking the living wage bill for so many years, then unblocking it, and then when passes by a landslide, having the nerve to take credit for it?

    Anyone who dares to hold down wages in the most expensive city outside of Tokyo does not get to claim they care about the middle and working class. We who voted for Obama thinking a black president would be different from Bush were wrong on many front, and look how that is working out with the NSA, Guantanamo Bay, all the green jobs that never happened, and now his Syrian foreign policy disaster.

    I guess many people here think the same way about Quinn, but just because she would be the first gay female Mayor will not matter if she's just another Bloomberg in a skirt. If you vote for Quiin you might as well just cancel term limits and elect Bloomberg as Mayor for life. Your life, that is.

    May 21, 2014

    Quinn is Bloomberg we will all look at this election as a turning point

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