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NYC Council Speaker Bids Farewell to the Chamber

by Associated Press

Mat McDermott, flickr

The City Council leader who had hoped to become New York City's first female and first openly gay mayor says she's leaving the council honored and proud to have served in it.

Christine Quinn reflected Thursday on her eight-year tenure as council speaker. She spoke ahead of its final meeting this year. She and many colleagues leave office Dec. 31.

Quinn was a leading Democratic mayoral candidate early in this year's race. She ultimately placed third in the primary, won by now Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio.

Up Close With NYC's Mayoral Candidates: Anthony Weiner (D)

by Kris Venezia
Mayoral Candidate Anthony Weiner

Boss Tweed, flickr

The 48-year old ex-Congressman sure has a difficult time staying out of the media spotlight, and he’s been on the cover of the Daily News and New York Post more times than he’d probably like. But despite a second sexting scandal (the first being in 2011 when he resigned from Congress) and numerous calls to drop out of the mayor’s race, Anthony Weiner continues his run for the New York City throne.

Up Close With NYC's Mayoral Candidates: Christine Quinn (D)

by Connor Ryan
Mayoral candidate Christine Quinn

David Shankbone, wikimedia

Quinn began her career on the City Council in 1999, and was later elected Speaker in 2006. The Long Island native entered politics after graduating from Trinity College in 1988. She worked as chief of staff for then-City Councilman Thomas Duane, became the executive director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project and then served as the head of the Housing Justice Campaign for the Association of Neighborhood and Housing Development.

New York's Primary Night Results

by Associated Press
voting sign
Flickr, David Poe

There were no big surprises this year in New York’s primaries.

The two most notably victories were Representative Charles Rangel’s and attorney Wendy Long’s. 

The 2012 Democratic primary for the House of Representatives was billed as a tough fight for Rep. Charles Rangel, thanks to demographic changes and the shadows of an ethic scandal. And when the dust cleared, it was apparent that it had been.

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