On whether Liu should stay on as comptroller, Christine Quinn says to ask him

Christine Quinn. (Azi Paybarah)
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New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn refused to say whether she thought John Liu could continue serving as the city's comptroller, after his campaign treasurer was arrested for skirting fund-raising rules.

When asked by a television reporter at a press conference just now whether Liu should step aside "just for the good of the city," Quinn said that was for Liu to decide.

I asked whether she thought Liu could still serve effectively.

"That's a question that Comptroller Liu is going to have to answer," she said.

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I followed up by asking flatly whether he could still serve in his current capacity.

"That's a question that John is going to have to answer," Quinn said.

Liu has said he is re-evaluating his plans to run for mayor next year, in a race that would have pit him in a primary against Quinn and a number of other candidates.