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.
Under the rules of the City Council, the lead sponsor of the legislation—along with seven supporters—can file a "Motion to Discharge" which, if passed by a majority in the Council, would allow the bill to be brought forward for a vote.
(In 2006, the rules were amended to actually make it easier to file a motion to discharge. At the time, Councilman Dan Garodnick said this and other rules changes "shifts power to individual members and gives them more of an ability to do their job for constituents.")
At this point, the lead sponsor of the bill, Gale Brewer of Manhattan, has not exercised that option.
A couple of small stories about two very different constituencies with a stake in the actions of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn: