The four-year tweak: Candidate Quinn adjusts her Bloomberg-era resume, unthreateningly
It would exempt manufacturers and apply only to projects that receive $1 million or more in subsidies and have annual revenues of at least $5 million, according to a spokesman for RWDSU, which supports the compromise.
Los Angeles' living wage law, by contrast, applies to manufacturers and also to recipients of as little as $100,000.
Quinn took heated issue with the notion, posited by a NY1 reporter, that she was somehow "straddling" labor and business interests in the run-up to 2013.
"With all due respect, I haven’t straddled anywhere," said Quinn. "And I resent that characterization. I am a legislator. Some of my colleagues came to me with a concept and a bill. Who doesn't support the concept of lifting people's wages up? No one. Everyone supports that. Or everyone should support that. The bill sought to do that in a way that I thought was dangerous and would hurt the economy. So I worked to try to get to a different concept that could bring more people together, raise wages and not stagnate job growth. It’s not about straddling."
IT'S WORTH THINKING BACK ON WHAT IT LOOKED like in the past when Democratic Council speakers—Peter Vallone Sr. and Gifford Miller, neither of whom could ever have been described as a fire-breather, as a rule—geared up for campaigns when a non-Democratic mayor was in City Hall.
In 2000, the year before he was to run for mayor, “Mr. Vallone, a Queens Democrat, made frequent critical references to Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and sought to portray himself as having a far more compassionate style,” wrote the Times.
In 2004, the year before speaker Gifford Miller was to run in the Democratic mayoral primary, "He used his State of the City speech to lash out at the administration for leaving many New Yorkers behind," reported the New York Post.
What Quinn is doing, Bloomberg-wise, bears no resemblance to any of that, really.
On the morning of March 17, she joined the mayor for a breakfast with Irish leaders at Gracie Mansion to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, as she has in years past.
“You know, I saw Christine and the mayor together on St. Patrick’s Day, that was only about two weeks ago, and she had already staked out some positions at odds with the administration and that’s natural,” said Bloomberg's friend and former communications director Bill Cunningham, recently. “She spoke and was very funny and it was the mayor and her and a minister from Ireland. All a very, very happy event.”
Cunningham suggested what everyone in New York politics pretty much knows, which is that Quinn's "distancing" act from Bloomberg is gestural—a necessary part of the act of running to succeed him.
“I think they knew this stuff was bound to bound to happen, especially as we get closer to the next election,” says Bill Cunningham, the mayor’s former communications director, adding, “That’s how you distinguish yourself."