Aug 21st - 3:59 pm
But did Quinn and her wife Kim Catullo ever consider it?
Coincidentally, we spoke to Quinn’s wife about this on Saturday when we sat down with her for her first television interview.
In essence, she said they both felt they would not have enough time to dedicate to children — at least for now.
Here are Kim’s comments in full:
Question: “Would you ever think about kids?”
Kim Catullo: “You know, we have talked about it a lot. I mean it’s, not to get too personal, but when you lose a parent at the ages that we did, it makes you realize the significance of parenthood in a way that I don’t think most people get. And so for us, the decision was a monumental one. We’ve actually just never, we have always felt that we could never give the attention and the time that we believed was required. We have never said never. You know, but the timing just hasn’t worked out.”
Video is forthcoming.
Jul 31st - 1:14 pm
The typically cool-tempered mayoral candidate adamantly defended his position. He said it does not amount to pandering — something suggested by de Blasio.
Essentially, Thompson’s argument boiled down to this: He wants to “ban racial profiling,” but he also opposes the Community Safety Act.
First off, the Community Safety Act is comprised of two bills. One to appoint an independent inspector general to oversee the NYPD. The other allows New Yorkers to sue in state court for biased-based profiling.
So, you ask, how can a candidate oppose a bill to allow New Yorkers to sue over profiling, but say he wants to ban racial profiling altogether?
Needless to say, Thompson got a lot of questions this morning about this nuance. Here was his response:
Opposing the bill or not supporting the bill and saying I would end profiling how is that having your cake and eating it too? I beleive, as I said , I don’t need legislation to be able to move a police department in a different direction. A new police commissioner, which is something I am committed to, being a mayor who says I will not allow profiling in my department and take steps to make sure that that happens I don’t need legislation to do that.
Asked whether he would veto the bills if he were mayor, Thompson sidestepped the question.
His explanation: “If I were mayor, there wouldn’t be a need to have legislation, because you wouldn’t have seen the abuse and misuse of stop and frisk.”
Mar 16th - 8:43 am
Today’s Q poll finds Mayor Bloomberg’s approval rating has sunk to its lowest point in eight years with voters disapproving of the job he’s doing, 51-39. That’s not far off from his last low point of 51-37 percent disapproval in late November 2003.
Only Bloomberg’s fellow Manhattanites approve of his performance, 55-34. Adding insult to injury for the mayor, all the other citywide elected officials – and likely 2013 mayoral contenders – have scored their highest approval ratings ever. They are as follows:
- 44-16 for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.
- 54-16 for Comptroller John Liu.
- 55-25 for Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
“Is it the snow, the third-term blahs, the weekends away, the presidential chatter? Whatever the explanation, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s once-upon-a-time stretch of 70-plus job approval numbers has gone south,” said Q pollster Mickey Carroll.
Meanwhile, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, who just this week brushed off talk of him moving on to become director of the FBI, has a 67-20 approval rating. Bloomberg’s hand-picked NYC schools chancellor, Cathie Black, is still struggling to improve her standing with city residents. Most disapprove of her performance, 17-49, with 34 percent undecided.
Bloomberg can take solace in the fact that even if New Yorkers don’t like the way he’s handling himself on the job, they do believe he’s entitled to some privacy. A whopping 72 percent say it’s no one’s business where the mayor spends his weekends or vacations. This is down slightly from the 80 percent who said as much in a February Q poll.
The media should not follow the mayor and report on his time-off activity, most voters say (79-17). But when Bloomberg leaves the city, 84 percent believe he should have to say who he’s leaving in charge.
Jun 11th - 1:13 pm
On the heels of yesterday’s news that expelled ex-Sen. Hiram Monserrate is circulating petitions to run against him, Queens Assembly hopeful Francisco Moya announced today he has landed the support of three Democratic elected officials expected to run for mayor in 2013.
NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, former city Comptroller Bill Thompson and Manhattan BP Scott Stringer endorsed Moya, leading his campaign to declare that he has “Moya-mentum.”
Here’s what the trio had to say about their preferred candidate, as per the Moya campaign….