January 20, 2015
By Stephanie West
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has appointed Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn as a Special Advisor. Quinn served as a member of the New York City council from 1999-2013 and, in 2006, was elected the first female Speaker.
“Christine Quinn is a proven leader and champion of progressive causes, and I am proud to have her join our team,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo. “I am confident that she will fight for the issues most important to New Yorkers just as she did as Speaker of the City Council and during her many years as a public servant and advocate.”
As Speaker of the City Council she helped create thousands of new jobs in New York’s five boroughs, passed living wage legislation, and enacted a series of tenant protection laws throughout the City. She was instrumental in working to see marriage equality pass in the New York State Legislature and has been a national leader in the marriage equality movement. Prior to serving in elected office she was the Chief of Staff to New York City Council member Tom Duane, and was Executive Director of the Anti-Violence Project, where she worked closely with the New York City Police Department to reduce hate crimes. Quinn was recently named a Harvard University Institute of Politics Spring 2015 Fellow.
"I can think of nothing more important than working to make New York State a more fair and just place for everyone to live and raise a family,” said Quinn.