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Christine Quinn Mayor

Christine Quinn Mayor

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Christine Quinn Mayor
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Gothamist 2013 Mayoral Questionnaire
Candidate Overview1 Young New Yorkers have the most at stake when it comes to the future of our city. More andmore young people are finding it harder to find a job, or an affordable apartment in theneighborhood they grew up in. I am the only candidate in this race with a real record of delivering results for New Yorkers, and the only candidate with a concrete plan to keep New York City a place for middle class families and one that enables as many New Yorkers as possible to join the middle class. I’ve focused on jobs, helping create 3,000 new jobs at the Brooklyn NavyYard, and passing legislation providing a living wage to more workers in the five boroughs. Asmayor I’ll take a neighborhood focused approach to economic development, bringing cleantech jobs to the South Bronx, manufacturing jobs to Sunset Park, and exporting jobs to Staten Island. Ifocused on education, saving 4,100 teachers from layoff and helping increase full day pre-Kindergarten by nearly 10,000 seats. As mayor I’ll make our schools even better by creating amentor teacher program, empowering parents to play a stronger role in their children’s education,extending learning time for students, moving away from teaching to the test, and creating thestrongest targeted literacy program in the nation. And I focused on housing, building thousands of affordable apartments, and passing the Safe Housing Law, which has already led to floor toceiling renovations in more than 5,000 units in the city’s worst buildings. In the next 10 years I’ll bring 40,000 new units of affordable middle income housing to the city and more importantly,we’ll make that housing permanently affordable.2I am proud as speaker to have consistently delivered for New Yorkers, sometimes working withMayor Bloomberg and other times disagreeing with him. New Yorkers care about results, andevaluate mayors based on whether they delivered those results. As Speaker, I have passed sevenon-time, balanced budgets that protected critical social services, firehouses and libraries. Istopped teachers from being laid-off and fought against overcrowding and for greater parentalinvolvement in our schools. I created thousands of new jobs, cracked down on bad landlords and built thousands of new units of affordable housing. I helped keep our neighborhoods safe by putting more cops on the street, funding bulletproof vests for every officer, and working toimprove police-community relations. As Mayor I would continue to work every day to producereal results for New Yorkers.Personal Questions 1I own my home, and I believe it is premature to discuss Gracie Mansion. As they say, it is badluck to measure for drapes.2I have 2 rescue dogs, Justin and Sadie.3I do not have children.4One of my first apartments was broken into. Safety 1The NYPD’s ability to keep our city safe depends in part on police having a relationship with thecitizens they protect. The overuse of Stop and Frisk has jeopardized that relationship in manycommunities of color, but I believe with some reforms we can strengthen the practice and
 
strengthen police community relations in a way that makes everyone safer. Through my advocacyon this issue we’ve already seen some progress. I worked with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly toreach an agreement giving the CCRB power to prosecute its own cases. At my request, the NYPDhas taken steps to improve training, monitoring, and protocols around SQF, and create an earlywarning system to identify officers who receive public complaints. Since then we’ve seen thenumber of stops go down, but we clearly still have more work to do. That’s why I recentlyannounced legislation creating an Inspector General that will increase accountability andoversight of police practices without impacting the NYPD’s ability to keep us safe. In fact, after Los Angeles instituted an IG, crime actually fell by 33%, and public satisfaction with the LAPDrose to 83%. That said, I will not support legislation providing a cause of action on racial profiling in state courts. I believe this presents a real risk that police policy decisions could betaken away from the Mayor and Commissioner and that real legal solutions already exist throughCCRB and the federal courts.2I support the legalization of medical marijuana and Governor Cuomo’s efforts to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.3I recently announced legislation that will create an Inspector General for the NYPD, which willincrease accountability and oversight of police practices without taking a step backwards in our fight against crime. In fact, after Los Angeles instituted an Inspector General, crime actually fell by 33%, and public satisfaction with the LAPD rose to 83%. While some have responded by proposing that the City ban the use of stop, question, and frisk, I believe this is a better solution.Our police officers do tremendous work every day, keeping our city safe from both traditionalstreet crimes and the threat of terrorist attacks. But over the last few years we've seen currentlevels of stop, question and frisk lead to growing distrust of the NYPD in many communities of color. This is more than just an issue of civil rights - it undermines the NYPD's ability to getcritical information on criminal activity from community members, and ultimately threatens thesafety of both police officers and residents. I am proud to have the support of the New York Times on this issue and so many New Yorkers. In the coming weeks, the City Council will voteto pass the Inspector General Bill, and help make the safest city in America even safer.4I believe that the NYPD has to carefully balance protesters' right to free speech with safety andsecurity concerns. I have a long history of public protest from my years as a housing advocate tomy efforts to convince organizers to allow LGBT New Yorkers to march openly in the St.Patrick’s Day parade and have been arrested several times in acts of civil disobedience. As Mayor I would ensure that the NYPD does everything in its power to protect the rights of protesterswhile protecting the city at large.5I am pleased that due to the Council's work on this issue, the NYPD has has recently agreed tosignificant changes in this area. Under their new protocols, the AIS will now investigate allaccidents that include a serious injury. Additionally, the squad has increased the staffing for theunit, which will now be called the Collision Investigation Unit. This change will help ensure that prosecutors have the information they need to determine if any criminality exists, and will help provide the city with data to inform changes where necessary to make our street safer.6I support the current open container laws that prohibit drinking alcohol on residents' stoops or in public parks. Transportation, Bikes, And Bike Lanes1I occasionally go for a bike ride with my wife, Kim, at the Jersey Shore, and go to SoulCycle for exercise several times a week.
 
2I support bike lanes, but too often the Department of Transportation has implemented themwithout the consultation of communities and community boards. That’s why I passed legislationrequiring the Department of Transportation to consult with community boards before any future bike lanes are installed. I believe that we can find a way to balance the needs of bike riders withthe concerns of pedestrians and community members going forward.3I ride the subway occasionally - often to Yankee Stadium.4I support expanded and increased taxi service in all five boroughs.5In 2008, I supported a congestion-pricing proposal, which passed in the City Council butultimately was not enacted in Albany. I don’t anticipate this issue returning at the state level butmy position on congestion pricing has not changed.6Decks are an important feature of our Staten Island Ferries, enjoyed by residents and touristsalike, and I am pleased that they will continue to be a feature in the new ferries being acquired bythe Department of Transportation, as they have been historically.7As we were reminded by recent tragedies, the safety of transit riders must remain a top priorityfor the MTA and the City. I agree with the MTA’s decision to pilot platform doors on the L line. Ilook forward to working with them to evaluate the success of this project, and to continue to pursue other ideas to ensure the safety of all New Yorkers using mass transit. Health 1I believe Mayor Bloomberg deserves credit for making the Department of Health a champion of innovative public health initiatives. On some of his initiatives, such as the smoking ban andcalorie labeling, I have not only agreed with him but have championed the groundbreakinglegislation in the City Council. On others like restaurant grading, I have had serious concerns andthe Council is considering legislation that would make necessary improvements. As Mayor, I willdirect my Health Department to evaluate the effectiveness of many of these initiatives anddetermine if they should be expanded or amended. I’m also proud to introduce legislation to raisethe smoking age in New York City to 21, which will be another great tool in our effort to helpyoung people avoid becoming addicted to cigarettes. Disaster 1The redevelopment of New York City’s waterfront communities post-Sandy will be the biggestinfrastructure project of our time. While this will undoubtedly be a citywide effort, we must work with each individual community to meet their needs and desires with respect to rebuilding. In theweeks and months following the storm, I met with New Yorkers in affected neighborhoods andheard from them first hand. Some communities like those in Staten Island are eager to sell, andsome, like Breezy Point, are looking to rebuild. We should work to meet the specific desires of distinct communities and individuals wherever possible, while making sure we rebuild stronger and smarter.2I was among the first elected officials in the nation to outline a plan to rebuild after Sandy and protect against future climate change. My plan includes improvements to our gasolinedistribution network, and our power, transit, and sewer systems. At my request, the NYC BuildingResiliency Task Force has convened emergency sessions to look at possible changes to our  building code. And I’m working with Mayor Bloomberg and Senator Schumer to conduct studiesthat will determine what defenses, such as storm surge barriers, the City should construct. Makeno mistake – we will rebuild and rebuild stronger.

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