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Christine Quinn didn't stand on the sidewalk at the site of the former St. Vincent's. She sent her friends in elected office into the fire instead. Sure enough, irate New Yorkers shouted down and slapped around those speaking on her behalf. As unfortunate and unnecessary as the altercation was, it's not surprising when you try to paint Quinn as a heroine in the West Village.
Three separate mayoral campaign events were held today at the former site of St. Vincent's Hospital in the West Village. At one in support of Bill de Blasio, Harry Belafonte and other celebrities criticized Christine Quinn for not doing enough to save the hospital from being sold to private developers. At another in support of Quinn's handling of St. Vincent's, an angry Manhattan resident had a physical altercation with a State Senator and a campaign intern. Later in the afternoon, Bill Thompson visited the site to discuss how to assist struggling hospitals.
Also today, Christine Quinn's wife made her debut on the campaign trail at a subway station in Queens. Kim Catullo is expected to take on a more visible role as her wife looks to become New York's first female and first openly gay mayor. Quinn is either tied with or trailing de Blasio in the polls with three weeks to go to Primary Day. What do you say?
Which politicians deserve credit or blame when it comes to hospital closings in New York City? What's your reaction to today's physical altercation outside St. Vincent's? How will Christine Quinn's wife's presence on the campaign trail affect her at the polls?
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Right from the Bloomberg years, private development, closing hospitals, schools and lack of affordable housing, and yes I blame Quinn for usurping the will of the people letting him buy a third term.
Remember how, in the mid-1960s, the Beatles would make a record using some innovation like a sitar or horns, and then the Rolling Stones would come out with something similar two months later? We're seeing the same thing in politics here in the city -- de Blasio trots out his son and his wife, who is a minority and was also previously identified as a lesbian, and he soars in the polls, so now Christine Quinn trots out her same-sex spouse.
It's almost a joke -- if Weiner's numbers had soared after his revelations, I'm sure some of the other candidates would suddenly have revealed their weaker personal moments.
And it is all a joke -- not one of these people, with the conceivable exception of Mr. Thompson, is truly qualified to be mayor (jeez, if I were mayor I wouldn't trust any of them as a deputy mayor . . . .). Except that's a sad, sick joke that the Democrats are playing on us, not a funny one.
Upper West Side
As always, emperor bloomberg deserves the blame. His whole reasoning in running for an ILLEGAL third term was to help the city with his, "financial wizardry"...but this Bruce Wayne wannabe can't throw any of his billions at struggling hospitals? Money that to him is likely the equivalent of $50? January can't come fast enough, for I will be throwing a party when he leaves town.
Luke, Grant City, Staten Island
Hospitals can't stay in business if they are not profitable. They are not profitable as long as government tells them what to do. Re Quinn's wife, she will overall be a negative influence.
Port Richmond, SI
This is a tough town. The issues is what counts. Not altercations or someone's openly gay wife or how much money they have in their kitty. I don't think there was much any of the political candidates about the hospital closing in Manhattan or Queens. Funding has dried up and the sequestration that the Republicans voted for all are responsible for the hospital closing. NYC is just a rich man's town now.
Hello my name is Eileen RN. I was the chair of the St. Vincent's nurses for 18 years. I worked at the hospital for 25 years. I was there today for the press conference and DeBlasio's press conference. I was on the Governor's task force with all of these politicians. Christine Quinn did NOTHING to keep STV open. It was a real estate deal made years before the hospital closed. The governor said he would do ANYTHING to help keep the hospital open. Well Mt. Sinai stepped forward with a VERY serious offer. They were there for 2 weeks, because I was the nurses leader I was called in by administration to help stop the nursing staff from leaving employment at the hospital. They said there was going to be a deal with Mt. Sinai. They asked me to meet with the Chief Nursing officer the next week. I also was put in touch with a Senior nurse who was willing to set up Saturday and weekday classes through Lehman College. Many of the nurses at STV went through the diploma program nursing school at STV. Mt. Sinai wanted them to get their bachelors degree in nursing. I had agreed with my union to let that program proceed.
There have been many misrepresentations made about the closing. The lower Westside needs a hospital not just for the community residents but for the millions who work and play in that part of Manhattan. I found it shameful that they stood across from the skeleton of the hospital lying about their involvement in saving the hospital. Duane and Gottfried were the chairs of the State Health Comm!!!! What part did they play or didn't they?????
this same attacker, George Capsis, apparently slapped a cop back in May & was arrested. Is he going to face charges for this latest attack?
All of these people running are responsible because they have been around for years. The only one that has been away for approximately 5 years is Bill Thompson. All of them just keep giving and giving to many amenities just for the votes and in the end someone has to foot the bill. It seems as though no one will take responsibility when things go bad but should learn to say no once in a while. Do some research before giving away the store. This Quinn: I have no idea what she has in mind but she most of all has had control of a lot of dollars to distribute at will and we can not ever forget the 3rd term. We are asked about her wife going on the trail with her. Well I thought her life was threatened. Why should she put herself at risk just to campaign with Quinn is beyond me. So far none of these reasons that we have in our topic this evening are things that were promised to us and they the politicians never kept their promises. They are things that happened in the past.
Thank you John,
Chris Quinn never shows up when she is going to be exposed as the Fraud she is. She's handing out money left and right to Council members to buy their continued support. Corruption anyone?
Deblasio is going to tax the rich and handcuff the police. What income does Deblasio deem as Rich? New Yorkers are paying new taxes every time we turn around. How much more of our money do politicians want?
Scott Stringer's ads are dummied down which I find insulting to middle class and those wanting to" become middle class". His ad demonstrates that he thinks New Yorkers are idiots who will vote him into an office he is not qualified for. Eliot Spitzer for Comptroller.
Am voting for Anthony Weiner in the primary and, if Anthony doesn't make it, Lhota or Catsamatidis in the general. When violent crime increases, all New Yorkers are going to be in trouble.
The answer is simple where was Quinn, Bloomnerg, and Cuomo? Quinn we know had her hand in the Saint Vincents deal. It is called cash for votes.
God help us if de Blasio wins. He will bankrupt this city within months of his election. He fails to see that hospitals like LICH are bankrupt. There is no money to keep it open. He risks destroying the whole system to save one hospital that has not been economically viable for over a decade. And then he will make sure to give every union retroactive increases which the city cannot afford. His fiscal irresponsibility will reverse 20 years of strong fiscal restraint.
Politicans would sell their mothers if they could, to win votes, not surprised at all about the cat fight. My vote for Bill De Blasio.
Carmen, Bay Ridge
Who's to blame???? Are you kidding me??? Christine Quinn all but handed the property that was once St. Vincent's to the wealthy developers! Developers that probably donated generously to her campaign! de Blasio isn't even mayor, (yet), and he's fighting to keep the hospitals opened for the people. As for Quinn's mate, hopefully they'll have plenty of time to spend with each other after the election. Bloomberg/Quinn lost us 12 hospitals. To those of you that just want to blame Bloomberg, Quinn gifted him, (as well as herself), 4 more years to run our good city into the ground!
Upper East side
Bloomberg's legacy: the most hospital and school closures in the history of NYC.
Ms. Quinn is jumping on any band wagon that would give her some fame. If she cared about St. Vincent's Hospital she would have fought as hard has she did getting Mayor Bloomberg his Third Term limit. She is a phony. She's in it to win it however which way she can.
Upper West Side
Quinn has a lot of nerve showing her face at St. Vincents Luxury Condos, as she did nada to prevent it's closure -- a 150+ year old institution in her own district that saved and cared for hundreds of HIV/AIDS patients. A disgrace. Yet, when St. Vincent's closed, there was dead silence from both Quinn and Bloomberg (sound of crickets). The very same week Bloomberg went on a tirade against trying to rein in Wall St. Priorities are upside down. At the same time, I applaud Bill DiBlasio, who was the only one who showed up and stood up for hospitals across the city.
Qunn, Has repeatedly failed the citizens of New York City and did not stand up for the hundreds of people that its evidence of hospital desperately. the Latino community will be voting on election day for bill de blasio.
A month ago, in front of Stonewall in a speech about the supreme court ruling on DOMA, claimed she was the most powerful politician in NYC beyond the Mayor. She makes me laugh that she now claims that she did all she could to stop the closure of St Vincent's, what a sell out. Get real Christine.
Bill in the Village
Christine Quinn did nothing for Saints Vincents hospital AS IT CLOSED WITH NO PROBLEM AND IS NOW MAKING REAL DEVELOPERS RICH with condos !! QUINN IS ONLY A BLOOMBERG PUPPET! she has done nothing but go along with anything Bloomberg wanted and supported his 3 rd term !
A J FROM BAY RIDGE
Why is the media ignoring John Lui , he is the number 1
If Christen Quinn wins, it will be politics as usual, another 4 years of Bloomberg and his extreme ideology.
Ironically all this hospital talk is making me sick. The time to get involved in preventing hospital closures is before they sink into irreversible debts like LICH. These candidates are focusing their attention on st Vincent's in the Village and LICH in Brooklyn Heights/Cobble Hill, two of the most affluent neighborhoods in the city, with a high population of doctors.
If they really want to make an impact they should go deeper into the boroughs where people who don't even know doctors live. De Blasio is doing it again - pretending he cares at the last minute, after looking the other way for years, just like he did with his support of eminent domain at Atlantic Yards.
TJ, ft. Greene
These politicians have blood on their hands especially Christine Quinn. Where does she suggest you go to if you have a stroke, heart attack etc and live in Chelsea, the WV or Soho. It's a disgrace and she is fully responsible and culpable. She is the city council president.
For Mr. DeBlasio, this is a relevant issue, and I applaud his efforts. For Ms. Quinn, it is pandering for votes. She is despicable. Her successful rezoning of the former St. Vincent's hospital area was to allow for high end condos, which came at the urging of Rudin management, a huge supporter to her campaign. They benefited greatly from her betrayal of the people of Greenwich Village. I find her to be most insincere and an obviously phony. Her motives are all self serving.
VOTE FOR ANYONE BUT QUINN.
Marie/ Bay Ridge
why isn't anyone mentioning that Quinn took $30,000 from the very developers building on the site.
Does anyone not remember the Dinkin years? I do. The city was a train wreck. Voting for Quinn or any Democratic Candidate will insure that NYC will return to the way it was in the Dinkin Administration. We are headed down that way already. My vote is for Lhota.
It's hard for the hospitals to keep providing service to the public when they are only getting 70 cents in return for every $1 of service they provide to patients. Preventing the closure of a financially stressed hospital is senseless. Currently they are forcing Long Island College Hospital to stay open. How will they be able to pay their bills? From a voter perspective, simply telling me when you are mayor you will fight to stop the closures and bring back a hospital to the West Village is just a comfort to the fool that we all are if we believe that.
NYC's BEST hospitals are ALL concentrated on the Upper East Side... It's not a coincidence that the city's -- & perhaps the nation's -- wealthiest neighborhood has the best facilities in walking distance to residents, including Mike Bloomberg.
As usual, it all comes down to money.
Don in the east village
I have been a registered nurse at LICH for 25 years. I am sick and tired of the media's image of LICH being not financially viable. LICH has been embezzled since the Continuum took it over. It has been a systematic slaughter of an institution for the property it stands on. Now SUNY wants the real estate and it continues to propagate these lies. There is no doubt about it, it's all about the wealthy developers and the $$$$$$$$$.
Lillian, RN, Great Kills
De Blasio and Thompson will end up in the runoff as they're right on the hospital closings, and they are generally right on stop-and-frisk - although there are some differences. Quinn staked her claim on being the moderate, but voters this fall will elect a liberal Mayor. Liberals are no longer capitulating. Good for them.
Would DeBlasio ever show his family if they were white ?
Louis from east village
Hospitals are losing money because people can't afford to go to a regular doctor; they go to emergency rooms because they cannot be turned away. People will continue to go to emergency rooms in the future but it will just be a different hospital and the threat of closures will continue.
Kudos to mr kappas.
Sorry for his loss.
Nice slap, mr kappas!!!!
Tis a pity he didn't confront the 2 big crooks in the st vinnys closure, instead!!! Like the last caller said Quinn was wheeling and dealing behind the scenes. Rudins are a big campaign contributor and she did all that was necessary to make sure that the rudins got control of the st vinnys site. Christine Quinn is a nontraditional candidate and probably part of the reason why she doesn't care about st vinnys or the locals. She won't win either because most people in nyc don't agree with her lifestyle choice She seems to care more about her gf than the people of NYC. St vinnys took care of the homeless very well and Christine Quinn should be ashamed of herself. She should apologize to the people of NYC and to th Irish immigrants who made the hospital. Her ancestors would be turning in their graves knowing that on of their own was responsible for st vinnys demise. St vinnys was built as a result of endocrination by Bellevue and ny hospital when Irish immigrants would show up at the hospital.
Patrick in Woodside
To a previous caller, the reason the problem of hospital closures has not been solved is because NO ONE is working on it! Ultimately, the directive comes from Governor Cuomo and the State Dept of Health.
St. Vincent's closing was, and remains a tragedy of unknown proportions. Something that no one speaks of is the loss of jobs when that hospital closed. When SVH closed, 3200 jobs were lost! It was the largest loss of jobs in the HISTORY of New York! It happened in Quinn's district, on her watch. I voted for her, embarrassingly, 3 times and NEVER again!
Bill de Blasio has stood up in a strong way against the recent closures. No politician had the nerve to be arrested when St. Vincent's was on the block. Mr. DeBlasio had my vote before that happened and his strong action that day cemented my support.
Jayne, West Village
A deranged Quinn hater and his gang interrupt a press conference and unprovoked, slap an openly gay state senator. And you say "Things got physical on the campaign trail." Come on. Call it what it is. DiBlasio supporters are acting like thugs and bullies.
Andy from the UWS
Anybody but Quinn!! She is a continuation of all Bloomberg's failed policies!!
Awilda from Brooklyn
The family members shown in the political ads lets the public see a more personal side of the candidates. I don't vote for or against any candidate no matter their ethnic backgrounds. I will look at the evidence related to the issues and not just to the cutes babies and loving spouses. Spending one night in a project is not the same as creating affordable housing, Just the facts people!
Kathy from Throggs Neck da bronx
Quinn out. Weiner, no way! Bill Deblasio might be our only hope.
She has already been seen visiting future construction sites that she helped Bloomberg and cronies change the zoning from commercial to residential ...helping them make hundreds of millions......the true reason why Bloomie needed his additional term.....
why is no one talking about interfaith there in trouble too. is it because they want to make it a full service drug and rehab center right in Bed-stuy?
I'm with Felix, of Bay Ridge, and Norm, of the UES re Quinn's role in allowing Bloomberg a third and outrageous term. And I'm with Nurse Eileen regarding the Mt. Sinai rescue and Quinn's role in saving the hospital. Quinn did nothing, EVER to help those of us in the community served by St. Vincent's. She didn't even deign to give us lip service. Eventually we found out why. She may be a lesbian and the mayor may be a straight man but the two of them were in bed with Bill Rudin. As for the Mt. Sinai takeover, why was it that four of us who called Albany and left messages for the state attorney general never received even acknowledgements let alone explanations as to why the deal was squashed? Make room for Andrew Cuomo in that bed, too! He was the attorney general at the time of the St. Vincent's closing. Now he's as effective in the governor's office. Just ask our fellow citizens in Brooklyn, where two more hospitals are threatened. All of them are despicable liars and con artists.
Barbara, an enraged voter in the West Village