New York City Council Speaker, Christine Quinn has been voted the most powerful gay person in the city. A hardworking advocate for the Irish, health care, housing and LGBT issues Quinn looks set to replace Michael Bloomberg as the Mayor of New York in 2013.
Quinn was voted number one in “The New Power Gays: NYC’s Top 50” list in the New York Observer.
She beat out others who made it to the top of the list include Robert Greenblatt, chairman and president of programming at NBC, Scott Rudin, the film and theater producer who is currently working on “The Book of Mormon”, Ann Godoff, president of the Penguin Press, Jann Wenner, editor and publisher of Rolling Stone.
The article states that her postion at the top of the list for 2013 prospects for City Hall is down “to a certain coziness with Mayor Michael Bloomberg” and also “her canny decision not to send naked pictures of her genitalia to strangers on social networks” (referring to the recent Congressman Anthony Weiner scandal).
They also comment on Quinn’s decision to boycott New York’s St. Patrick Day parade “due to its history of discrimination” against gay marchers. Quinn has continuously boycotted the parade, opting to march in the Queens parade, and even marching in Dublin’s parade in 2007.
The Observer quotes an editorial last year in the Irish Voice which said “More than any other elected politician in New York, Quinn has reached out to the Irish American community and made a powerful difference on issues of great concern to that community.”
It continues “Whether it is the funding from the city for the new building to be occupied by the Irish Arts Center, or becoming involved in the search for permanent peace in Northern Ireland, Quinn has become the greatest advocate of Irish issues since Paul O’Dwyer”
She has been working as Speaker, one of the city’s most powerful positions, in City Hall since 2006 and it seems that in 2013 New York could have its first gay mayor.