New York's Mayoral Race: Christine Quinn

New York City mayoral candidate Christine Quinn is fond of saying that her favorite New Yorkers are Patience and Fortitude, the two majestic lions that guard the entrance of the city’s grand public library on the famed Fifth Avenue. She’ll need plenty of both as her quest to become the city’s first female mayor nears the finish line. Once a clear frontrunner to replace billionaire mayor Mike Bloomberg, the city’s City Council Speaker is fighting for second place among Democratic candidates (behind Bill de Blasio) in the latest round of polls.

Quinn, 44, who is openly gay and married, is the only woman in a crowded field of men running for the city’s highest office, is also the only candidate who has a well funded group running an ad campaigning against her.

At a recent Latina event in Washington Heights the feisty daughter of first generation Irish Americans with an unmistakable New York accent and flaming red hair touted her working class and immigrant roots and record fighting for women and families and New York’s middle class. This record is the reason why Zenaida Mendez of Dominican Women’s Coalition says was one of the first organization’s to endorse Quinn.

“We are going to be well presented with Quinn as mayor,” says Mendez who is also President of NOW New York. “She is someone who listens well and someone that we have worked with. And after hundred of years with male mayors, it’s time a woman is given a chance to govern the City.”

Read our interview with the candidate on page 2 >>