A feminist’s litmus test for Quinn

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Briefing: Quinn. (William Alatriste)
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Gloria Steinem has said before that her endorsement of Council Speaker Christine Quinn for mayor was conditional on Quinn allowing a vote on "paid sick leave" legislation, which has more than enough support to pass the 51-member City Council, but is opposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and some business leaders.

Yesterday, Steinem, the feminist author, made the conditionality of her support even more explicit, saying that she considered passage of that bill more important than electing the first woman as mayor of New York City.

Quinn, who is expected to announce her mayoral candidacy next month, has repeatedly expressed support for such a bill in principle while preventing the legislation from coming up for a vote, ostensibly because it would pose a particular hardship for employers in the current economy.

Some labor supporters of Quinn have said that the push for the bill right now is purely political, undertaken in order to give her labor-friendly opponent, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, an issue to campaign on.

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Steinem, a nationally recognizable feminist activist, makes that argument somewhat more difficult.

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"I’m a Puerto Rican kid from New York City who’s practically half-Jewish" — Adolfo Carrion Jr.

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State lawmakers floated eight bills to boost retirement funds for state workers. [Glenn Blain]

Gloria Steinem said it's more important to pass Paid Sick Leave than to elect a woman mayor of New York City. [Michael Grynbaum]

An editorial board says the state's teacher evaluation proposal should be judged on whether it has a sunset provision. [New York Post]

New York is set to become the first state to move away from G.E.D. and offer a different equivalency diploma. [Lisa Fleisher]

An "Orthodox Jewish candidate emerged with a chance to capture a district that is 71% black." [Josh Dawsey and Danny Gold]

Local pushback to Cuomo's gun control bill. [Joseph Spector]

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New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez's approval rating dropped 15 points in a month. [Quinnipiac]

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Chuck Schumer defended Menendez as a "straight shooter." [Reid Pillifant]

An M.T.A. audit, predictably, becomes grist for anti-M.T.A. suburban legislators. [Dana Rubinstein]

More on the economics behind public parks, private partnerships and the disparities seen around the city. [Dana Rubinstein]

The New York Times Company plans to sell the Boston Globe. [Joe Pompeo and Tom McGeveran]

Bloomberg's popularity among Democratic voters depends on who's polling. [Azi Paybarah]

Lhota said the proposal from Council members Jumaane Williams and Dan Garodnick are "ludicrous." [Azi Paybarah]

Catsimatidis said there's a Ross Perot in the race and it's not him. [Azi Paybarah]

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10 a.m. The New York City Campaign Finance Board discusses campaigns run by Brad Lander, Dan Halloran and other candidates, in the Oath Conference Room, on the 6th Floor of 40 Rector Street, Manhattan. It'll stream live here. @NYCCFB @BradLander @Dan_Halloran @SABehar @SelvenaBrooks31 @JacquesLeandre @DRrichards13 #CD31 #NYC2013

10 a.m. On Fred Dicker's show: Rep. Chris Gibson on "The Looming Government Shutdown, Gridlock in D.C. Is the Public's Cynicism Justified?" [Talk1300] @fud31 @RepChrisGibson #Gridlock

11 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and T. Boone Pickens unveil New York City's first mobile food truck fully-powered by compressed natural gas, at City Hall Park. @MikeBloomberg @BoonePickens #NaturalGas #MobileFood

11 a.m. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio makes announcement about small businesses, on the Steps of City Hall.@BilldeBlasio #NYC2013

11 a.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State and budget address at City Honors School, 186 East North Street, in Buffalo. @NYGovCuomo #NYbudget #NYSOS13 #NYRising #NYsafe

1:45 p.m. Cuomo delivers his State of the State and budget address n the Kilbourn Hall, at the University of Rochester, 26 Gibbs Street in Rochester. @NYGovCuomo #NYbudget #NYSOS13 #NYRising #NYsafe

2 p.m. Bloomberg has a Q&A after announcing a new Jail-Based Community Re-entry Program, in the Otis Bantum Correctional Center, at 16-00 Hazen Street, Queens. @MikeBloomberg

6 p.m. State Senator James Sanders has a "Far Rockaway Listening Tour," at 8-21 Bay 25th Street, Far Rockaway. @JSandersNYC #FarRockTour

6:20 p.m. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer attends the Chinese-American Planning Council's 48th Annual Fund-raising Dinner, at Jing Fong Restaurant, 20 Elizabeth Street, Manhattan. @ScottmStringer #CAPC48

6:30 p.m. Republican mayoral candidates Joe Lhota and George McDonald and NYS Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long are among the speakers expected at the Brooklyn South Conservatives Presidents' Day Dinner, at the Dyker Beach Golf Course, 1020 86th Street, Brooklyn. @JoeLhota4Mayor @McDonald2013 @CPnys #NYC2013

6:30 p.m. Democratic mayoral candidates Bill Thompson, Bill de Blasio, John Liu and Randy Credico are expected at a candidates' forum, at the Brown Gardens, 225 East 93rd Street, Manhattan. @BillThompsonNYC @DeBlasioNYC @JohnLiu2013 @Credico2013 #NYC2013 #BGforum

6:30 p.m. Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, State Senator Adriano Espaillat, Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa and others host a Tenants Housing Forum, at Gregorio Luperon High School, 501 West 165th Street, Manhattan. @Ydanis @EspaillatNY @NYCHousing @NMICnyc #HousingNYC #WaHiForum

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Fourteen percent of Quinn's campaign money is from the real estate industry. [Andrew Hawkins]

Quinn said it's "ridiculous" for Council members to worry they'll face budget problems as retribution for not endorsing her. [Jill Colvin]

Carrion vows to make it a three-way race in November. [Celeste Katz]

Jacqueline Salit: "Adolfo's candidacy is defining the race." [Carl Campanile]

More on Carrion. [Anna Sale]

Republican Joe Lhota warned of a fiscal crisis if the next mayor starts giving retroactive pay raises. [David Seifman]

An interview with a NYC mayoral candidate who lives in New Jersey with his mother. [Anne Kadet]

Assemblyman Micah Kellner was endorsed by two more legislators in his bid for City Council on the East Side. [Victoria Beklempis]

A public advocate candidate has an op-ed pushing for passage of the Dream Act. [Reshma Saujani]

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Bloomberg and the teachers union have until June 1 to agree on a teacher evaluation plan before the state's education commissioner imposes one. [Erik Kriss]

Bloomberg meant to say "no one is sleeping on the streets" because the city put them there. "But let’s face it: Some folks choose the streets." [New York Post]

The City Council wants to help expedite construction on storm-damaged homes, while also cracking down on unscrupulous contractors. [Sally Goldenberg]

An NYPD vehicle struck and killed pedestrian in Queens. [Dan Good]

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Facing criticism from sportsmen over his gun control bill, Cuomo announced he's lowering the cost of hunting and fishing licenses, but said the two were not related. [Joseph Spector]

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The state's teachers union sued to overturn the state's property tax cap. [Thomas Kaplan]

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Assemblyman William Boyland said he's too broke to pay for a lawyer to help him fight corruption charges. [John Marzulli]

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Parsing the national politics of Cuomo's late-term abortion push. [Aaron Blake]

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