Remember past City Council Speakers Gifford Miller and Peter Vallone Sr. both lost their respective Democratic mayoral primaries. Just like Miller and Vallone, Speaker Christine Quinn believes she is qualified to become mayor (“Quinn’s quest for Queens’ support,” by Tess McRae, March 14).
Quinn should avoid the appearance of any conflict of interest by resigning the office of City Council speaker today. She should end the charade and be honest enough to run full-time for mayor on her own time and dime.
Hardworking municipal civil servants work full-time. They can’t campaign part-time during the day like Quinn. They would have to either take a leave of absence or quit their day job.
WhileQuinntalks about her concerns over the middle class facing an affordability crisis and attempting to make ends meet, her loyal council members have no problems making ends meet.Never shy around a camera or microphone, Quinn quietly issued checks for 50 percent of each council member’s annual awarded lulus of between $4,000 to $28,000 per year for chairing a committee or subcommittee. These supplement a $112,000 base salary. The base salary plus lulu is three times what an average constituent earns for a job officially classified as part-time. Employeeswould never see such treats from their respective employers.
Voters on Primary Day may tell Quinn no thanks, just like they did Miller and Vallone.