For about an hour this afternoon in midtown, at a luncheon hosted by Crains New York Business and the Partnership for New York City, the Democratic mayoral contenders took turns telling a crowd of business leaders that New York would be just fine after Bloomberg leaves office.
Andrew Cuomo had a good thing going, in terms of his ability to make the trains run on time.(2)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's former spokesman Stu Loeser was just hired by The Partnership for New York City to do outreach to small-business owners, the organization's president and CEO confirmed.
One of the scuffles that has reportedly cooled Speaker Christine Quinn's relationship with Mayor Michael Bloomberg was her demand last week that New York University evict the only Chick-fil-A restaurant in the city on account of its owners' opposition to gay marriage.
The public denunciations of the fast food chain sparked conservatives to rally around the restaurant on August 1, declaring it Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, which helped the company set a company-high sales record.
A Page Six cartoon lampooned Quinn for inadvertently bolstering Chick-fil-A's coffers.
Explaining a break with Christine Quinn on living wage, Wylde says the speaker gave in to pressure from 'advocates'
The Partnership for New York City, the city’s main business lobby, withdrew its support for a "living wage" bill brokered by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn because it didn't give City Hall the right to exempt projects on a case-by-case basis.
In a press release sent out at 7:50 p.m. on Wednesday, City Council speaker Christine Quinn announced a deal on a controversial "living wage" bill.(1)
Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who has for months publicly dithered on the living wage bill, announced a pared-down version of the legislation on Friday afternoon at City Hall. The compromise offers labor interests an actual wage-hike mandate, and offers the business lobby the exceptions to the mandate that it was looking for.
In early April, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn called Kathryn Wylde, the president of the city’s most powerful business lobby, with a proposal: She wanted Wylde to round up some of her members and release a letter in support of same-sex marriage.
Wylde's Partnership for New York City, an organization that represents the city’s business elite, does not ordinarily embark on social crusades. But Quinn, who has become the preferred 2013 mayoral aspirant among business leaders like Wylde, made the Richard Florida-esque argument that gay marriage was as much a business issue as it was an issue of civil rights. Open societies build creative classes, which, in turn build economies, and so on.(2)
Fearing life after Bloomberg, New York's business establishment settles on former 'radical' Christine Quinn
In late April, the immaculate chairwoman of the New York real-estate lobby and her husband, an Upper East Side plastic surgeon, hosted a fund-raiser for the City Council speaker, Christine Quinn, at their condo across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Roughly 50 real estate executives paid $1,000 a head to hobnob with the woman who, for now, is the establishment’s choice for mayor in 2013.
Swilling white wine and champagne, the executives asked Quinn her thoughts on real-estate taxes, development, and rent regulation. Quinn said rent regulation was important to her, but otherwise struck attendees as fairly reasonable, particularly for a non-businesswoman and a career politician.
Bob: Maybe Bloomberg will really meddle in the process and try to hand-pick his successor. But I just can’t imagine him working earnestly on the campaign trail for anyone, making fundraising calls for that person and doing multiple interviews on behalf of that person. He’s more of a “cocktails at the townhouse” kind of guy—and that’s even true for his own campaigns.
ALBANY—The seeds of the pro-Cuomo lobbying giant known as the Committee to Save New York were sewn in 2009.
Kathryn Wylde, president of the Partnership for New York City—a coalition of major Manhattan business interests—lassoed the always-influential Real Estate Board and some upstate business groups for a breakfast forum at J.P. Morgan’s Park Avenue headquarters. She wanted to distill their message in budget season a simple, pro-business message.(1)