The reign of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will soon be coming to an end, as his third term comes to a conclusion. With this chapter of our city closing, a fresh and blank page lies ahead of us. The mayoral elections will be held in November 2013 and although City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn has not officially declared her intention to run in the race, she is seen as a front-runner.
If Quinn, a Democrat, were to win the political race, the 46-year-old would make history, becoming the first female and the first openly homosexual candidate to take over the reins. She is the director of the Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, working with the NYPD against hate crimes.
Elected Speaker in 2006, Quinn since 1996 represented Manhattan’s lower west side as a member of the City Council. She invested in growing job sectors such as health care and food manufacturing.
According to The New York City Council, Quinn and led legislation concerning the environmental movement, as it was both unique and one of a kind in the nation. She required manufacturers recycle electronic waste, and passed a bill establishing a plastic bag recycling program. Quinn has also passed bills to improve energy efficiency in large commercial buildings.
Quinn stood up for women’s rights, exposing anti-abortion clinics that falsely promoted themselves as family clinics. She also legislated against harassment at reproductive health clinics while arranging a public/private partnership that would give free HIV testing for tens of thousands of patients.
Quinn has the support of Mayor Bloomberg, who has recently passed the bill that would limit New Yorker’s from purchasing sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, sports venues and the like, although some political analysts say she should distance herself from him after his declining support.
William Thomson Jr.,Bill De Blasio and John Liu are also talked about contenders for the mayoral race.