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Quinn To Support De Blasio As She Re-Focuses On Speaker Agenda

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As her dreams of Gracie Mansion are put to rest, City Council Speaker Quinn says she wants to spend the next few weeks passing bills into law and getting one of her old rivals elected to City Hall. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is back in the City Council chambers, a day and a half after conceding a third place finish in the Democratic mayoral primary.

"There will be another chapter, but I haven't started to write it yet," Quinn said.

Instead, Quinn says she's focusing on passing bills into law that are about municipal issues, such as increasing composting and overseeing the medical examiner's office.

She talked about both issues Thursday, flanked by an unusually large number of her colleagues in a sign of their support.

Quinn also weighed in on the race that eluded her.

"I've made very clear I'm going to enthusiastically support the Democratic nominee," Quinn said. "I think it's clear to most folks that that person is going to be Bill de Blasio."

De Blasio's tough campaign against Quinn leaves him above the 40 percent threshold that would have forced a run-off.

With ballots remaining to be counted, William Thompson has yet to concede.

"That's a decision for him to have to make," Quinn said.

One Quinn backer says bowing out is a decision Thompson should make now.

"The amount of people that voted for Bill de Blasio, I think, makes a difference. It's a big margin," said Queens City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz.

Others disagree.

"I don't think that anyone should be pressured into folding for whatever reason, especially if you truly believe, if you truly believe that every vote counts," said Manhattan City Councilman Robert Jackson.

Quinn will be speaker until the end of the year, and she says she has a big agenda she wants to pass before then.

But it seems clear that much attention is going to be focused on politics, on the mayor's race and on the battle to succeed her.

There also will be post-mortems on what happened to the early frontrunner.

Quinn rejected a suggestion that New York is incapable of electing a female mayor.

"This is the city where magic happens every day. A city where terrorists thought they could bring us to our knees, and we rebounded with grace and glory and bravery beyond anyone's expectations. There will be an amazing day where history gets made in the city."

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