Council speaker Christine Quinn, who is running for mayor with the tacit support of the mayor, got top billing today in a speech by a Bloomberg administration official about business-friendliness.
Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert Steel name-checked Quinn twice during a speech to the Association for a Better New York, a group founded by the powerful Rudin real estate family, and whose membership includes the city's business elite.
“Just imagine as you come over on the tram from Manhattan, and you look south at the 11 acres that you’ll see,” said Robert Steel, the city’s deputy mayor for economic development.
Steel, one of the leaders of the Bloomberg administration's attempt to attract a technology campus to the city, went on to describe the coming transformation of Roosevelt Island’s soon-to-be disused Coler-Goldwater Hospital into Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute with 2,000 students, 250 staff and 2 million square feet of space.(4)
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