At a mayoral forum in Harlem hosted by Al Sharpton, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn stood out from her colleagues by suggesting she'd keep NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly in his post if she were elected mayor. The crowd booed, she soldiered on, and that was the story.
Under New York City's distinctive program of public campaign financing, candidates can raise as much money as they want, but only some of it is eligible to be matched with public money at a 6:1 ratio, and there's a spending cap.(3)
Rev. Al Sharpton asked the Democratic mayoral candidates whether or not they would keep NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn got heckeled for basically saying yes, but countered with an assurance that she would ensure some of his policies here changed dramatically.
A Quinnipiac poll out this morning shows three major Democratic candidates for mayor beating Joe Lhota, the leading Republican mayoral candidate.
On Tuesday morning, three of the top contenders to succeed Michael Bloomberg arrived at 250 Broadway to appear before Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, praise his proposed campaign finance regulations, and laugh at his jokes.
Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the early frontrunner in this year's race for mayor, today proposed that the city's school system ditch textbooks in favor of tablets as part of a broader speech about education policy.
"I'm proposing that we move all of our 1,700 schools from a system of textbooks to a system of tablets," she said today, during a wide-ranging speech at the New School.(1)
Bill Thompson raised $1 million, about twice as much as John Liu, though he hasn't said how much he's spent. [Celeste Katz]
Liu spent 66% of the money he raised. [Jill Colvin]
"Bill Thompson's campaign for mayor is showing some life." [Carl Campanile]
Joe Lhota is running. [David Seifman]
Lhota "very much needs" real estate and construction trades in his corner for a mayoral run. [Chris Smith]
According to the Wall Street Journal, Liu touts his fund-raising team and says he gets encouragement wherever he goes in the city.
Emily's List, the prominent political organization that supports abortion rights and female candidates, is going to endorse Christine Quinn for mayor, the Times reports.
Rev. Al Sharpton is hosting a mayoral debate on January 15 in Harlem, part of Sharpton's annual Martin Luther King Day celebration.
G. Oliver Koppell, a councilman from the Bronx, has invoked a rarely used City Council rule to force a vote on a bill that would require all new taxis to be wheelchair-accessible, but the move might well prove a symbolic one.
Qunn said she "unfortunately cannot attend" the 2 p.m. event on the steps of City Hall denouncing the remarks, because she had agreed to attend a "preexisting, pre-scheduled" bill signing ceremony, in City Hall, with Bloomberg.
The Post credits Joe Lhota's entry into the 2013 mayor's race with nudging City Council Speaker back toward Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration, chalking up her reported deal to keep police commissioner Ray Kelly on in his post to "the Lhota effect."
Christine Quinn has reportedly committed to keeping Ray Kelly on as NYPD commissioner if she becomes mayor, which would be consistent with her earlier statements that any mayor would be "lucky" to have him running the department.