Spin Cycle

News, views and commentary on Long Island, state and national politics


NYC: Presumed front-runners in ethics crossfire

NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn is trading ethics

NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn is trading ethics charges with former Giuliani Deputy Mayor Joseph Lhota. (Credit: Charlie Eckert)

An interesting crossfire has developed between the presumed “front-runners” in the mayor’s race.

Former Rudy Giuliani Deputy Mayor Joseph Lhota, a Republican, took aim at a point that had already been brought up by long-shot Democratic candidate Sal Albanese, citing differences in the member-item allocations granted to different council members under Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan).

Quinn, through her spokesman, shot back at Lhota, claiming “ethical” lapses through the Giuliani administration’s punishment of a council member over a school in his district, the presence of since-imprisoned Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik in the administration, etc.

The question seemed to be who can make the baggage of past and present City Hall incumbency heavier for the other -- beyond whether Quinn's foes on the progressive side manage to build up her "negatives" with upcoming cable ads.

advertisement | advertise on newsday


Which was the most fevered lunge for self-promotion by a power player?

Sec. of State John Kerry seeking more authority for the administration to fight ISIS. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warning of “dangerous concessions” if rivals win election. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.): “Is there ever a good time to admit our country tortured people?"

advertisement | advertise on newsday