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Sunday, August 9, 2009
The Campaign to Dump Christine Quinn Gathers Momentum
From Betsy Combier: The following is presented by me from the "Dump NY City Council member Christine Quinn" crowd as a public service.
Oh - by the way, the debate was only for a select few:
Media and Public Shut out of Election Debate at NYU -- Outrageous !!
QUINN DEBATE HOSTED BY DOWNTOWN NEWSPAPERS
Dear Neighbors, Activists and Voters:
On August 13, the three Democratic candidates running for the City Council seat in District 3 are debating the issues at NYU that is sponsored by several downtown newspapers. The candidates are Yetta Kurland, Maria Derr and Christine Quinn.
A loose coalition of people committed to the defeat of Christine Quinn (including myself, Donny Moss, John Phillips, supporters of Hudson Rise, the League of Humane Voters and others) are holding a demo against Christine Quinn outside of the building before the debate starts.
One of the many reasons to hold a demo is to trigger the press to report on both the movement to unseat Christine Quinn and the reasons why New Yorkers want to see her go.
CD 3 candidates will debate: Yetta Kurland, Maria Passanante-Derr and the incumbent, Christine Quinn.
New York University
19 West 4th St (between Mercer and Greene Streets) Room 101
7:00 - 8:30
Arrive by 5pm to get in line for a seat.
Bring a photo idea.
The Democratic primary is only five weeks away, and we must be in the streets now educating voters about why not to vote for Christine Quinn.
PLEASE FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO OTHERS WHO YOU BELIEVE MAY WANT TO JOIN THIS ACTION.
THIS ACTION IS NOT CONNECTED TO OR SUPPORTED BY ANY CANDIDATE OR CAMPAIGN. WE ARE A LOOSE COALITION OF LIKE-MINDED NEW YORKERS COMMITTED TO THE DEFEAT OF CHRISTINE QUINN. WE PAY ALL OUR OWN EXPENSES PERSONALLY.
To those who received the Quinn demo announcement,
This "action" is being planned by two individuals, not the group of
activists that came together a few months back to fight Quinn's
re-election. Some of their planned activities (disruptions that are
not mentioned in the email) could easily help Quinn and hurt the
challengers (of the two challengers, Yetta Kurland appears to have a
real chance to defeat Quinn).
In twenty years of involvement in political campaigns I have seen a
number of instances where rogue operators, who cross the line,
actually hurt the candidate they are purporting to help.
We remain committed -- as much as ever -- to defeat Quinn. But we do
not condone this action and we are not part of it. It was planned
without our knowledge. None on the groups of which I am affiliated
with are supporting this action.
07 August 2009
QUINN DELIVERS TRASH TO COUNCIL DISTRICT 3
SHE DELIVERS FOR YOU, MR MAYOR!
Here's an example of our esteemed City Councilmember -- and Speaker, don't forget! -- at work:
There are 59 Sanitation Districts in New York City (12 in Manhattan, referred to as MN1 to MN12), and there are 51 City Council Districts. That means that "Fair Share" should be 1 (or maybe 2, for a particularly large district). But anything more than that does not rise to the definition of "fair share."
Have a look at the maps to the left: The smaller map represents Quinn's district: mostly, the West Side, from Canal Street to 54th Street. Within her district are part or all of 3 sanitation districts: about half of MN2, MN4 & MN5.
Get this! There are facilities that serve 6 -- yes, that's right, SIX -- garbage facilities in Quinn's council district. Now how's that for bringing home the bacon?! The only problem is, of course, that the bacon she's bringing home to her district is left-over from this morning's breakfast.
Then there's an even more scorching fact: most of them are in Hudson Square and Chelsea, the latter supposedly being her home base, her source of power, the power in her pumps. What's even more despicable is the way that Quinn works so hard to keep Community Board 2 (Hudson Square) and CB 4 (Chelsea) at each other's throats: by suggesting that one of us simply wants to dump on the other.
Remember Robert Trentlyon? During the City Council hearings on the 3-district Sanitation facility that Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler, Dan Klein from the Department of Sanitation and -- yes, you guessed the Third Mouseketeer! -- Christine Quinn wants to ram down the neighborhood's collective throats, old (really old) Bob just couldn't say enough bad things about CB 2 -- he even had the audacity to say that we didn't really need any more park space (mind you, CB 2 has the second lowest green space to resident ratio in the City)! At the time, this really angered me.
But now that I've been around the divisive politics of Christine Quinn, I understand that he's a puppet! Reports are that Dan Klein from DSNY, with Quinn's "blessing" (a thought that runs chills up my spine, mind you), has met with CB 4 members to tell them that "the community" (meaning, the people opposing this obscenely expensive facility) is trying to foist the third district (that would be MN5) onto them! Of course, the truth is that we have presented dozens of options that are in or very near to MN5. Dan Klein, however, has nixed them all! The only option that remains viable is on 51st Street, in a lot that the owner would like to sell.
Yes, 51st Street is in MN4 - by three blocks. But moving the MN5 facility there would save 4,200 truck miles per year!
Don't think that matters? INFORM, the national environmental research organization, states that diesel garbage trucks get the lowest fuel efficiency of any vehicle on the road: 2.8 miles per gallon.
Diesel garbage trucks are a major source of air pollution, including smog-forming compounds, particulate matter, and toxic chemical constituents. Heavy-duty diesel-powered vehicles, including garbage trucks, make up only 7 percent of vehicles on the road, but they contribute 69 percent of on-road fine particulate pollution and 40 percent of nitrogen oxide emissions.
And diesel garbage trucks are notoriously loud, generating noise levels of up to 100 decibels, which can cause serious hearing damage.
So, by not driving those 4,200 miles each year, the City will save $11,000 anually in fuel costs (at current diesel prices) and more important, will improve the quality of the air breathed by the people who live in MN 2, where the trucks would have been based, in MN4, because the trucks will drive through that neighborhood to get to MN5, and yes, in MN5, whose garbage is being hauled.
The real injustice is that MN5 doesn't have to host its own facility (not to mention MN1, our friends below Canal Street)...and that's what CB2 and CB4 should join together to protest. But instead, we are being divided by people like Quinn and Klein and Skyler, who are more interested in the politics and in keeping their own jobs.
Slush funds and secret kitties: The Quinnberg Saga
With the recent revelation that the Mayor's Office has its own secret kitty for "discretionary disbursements" (not legal ones, mind you), we know that Quinn's Slush Funds were just part of a pattern of secret kitties in City Hall on both sides, and that better explains why we haven't seen any reports from either the federal or the City "investigation" into Speaker Quinn's misdeeds. Mike has to do something to keep the Quinnster quiet while he piles yesterday's trash all over her district.
Man, this whole thing stinks...and that's why the Quinnster Must Go.
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