There's a notion among Progressive groups that New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn makes legislative decisions based on political calculations, a charge that her paid campaign staff deny.
Crains reports that, "... left-leaning council members allied with the labor-backed Working Families Party will push a bill to curb the Police Department's controversial stop-and-frisk tactics. (Ms. Quinn has expressed support for scaling back stop-and-frisk but has yet to sign on to any legislation.) In addition, several big developments, including a Queens soccer stadium and a Governors Island project, will need council approval in 2013. And the city will have to close its $635 million budget deficit as public-sector unions -- all working on expired contracts -- watch over Ms. Quinn's shoulder."