Sunday, April 6, 2008

Quinn's Mayoral Bid

Quinn controls a $60 billion budget ... big oops
The Associated Press tells us that City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's mayoral aspirations may be "complicated" by revelations that the council, under her leadership, allocated millions of dollars to fake organizations. These are said to include the Coalition for Informed Individuals, Friends of the High Line, and Senior Citizens for Equality. Nearly one-quarter of the money reportedly was allocated to organizations in her midtown district. The probe into the misappropriation of funds may lead to her political demise.

This is bad news for her beloved horse-drawn carriage industry, but good news for the rest of us.

Ms. Quinn received a score of "0" on the 2007 New York City Council Humane Scorecard published by the League of Humane Voters of New York City. This report looks at council members' voting records on animal protection issues. These not esoteric issues of little consequence to us all; rather these are issues that matter--such as pet-friendly housing and humane education in the schools. Needless to say, she supports the horse-drawn carriage industry. She has insider connections, you might say.

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