A controlled disagreement between Christine Quinn and Michael Bloomberg
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has taken pains to show that she acts independently of her ally, Michael Bloomberg. But sometimes Bloomberg says things that convey the opposite impression.
Speaking to reporters today, Bloomberg said the City Council "delayed the 'living wage' bill so it wouldn't apply to Fresh Direct."
Quinn sat on the wage-mandate bill, which was favored by many of her Democratic colleagues, for a long time before announcing that a compromise had been reached on a much weaker version that the original. The mayor opposes "living wage" legislation.
Bloomberg's acknowledgement that the bill was timed to facilitate his plan to help the Queens-based company relocate to the Bronx will serve as a reminder, for those who want it, that Quinn's differences with the mayor on this issue and others don't actually signify a split, or a meaningful change in their close working relationship.
[h/t Sally Goldenberg]
UPDATE: I asked Quinn just now whether the Council delayed the bill, as Bloomberg said.
"Absolutely not," she said. "The bill was written in a forward-looking way. It was written prospectively, as almost all legislation is ... Fresh Direct was happening, being finished as we were drafting the bill."
UPDATE: Quinn also reponded to Bloomberg in a lengthy statement.