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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Deal Maker or Deal Breaker?

Of de Blasio and Quinn

In a tip of the hat to conventional wisdom, The Crain's Insider recently examined the two rumored frontrunners, taking a look specifically at how Speaker candidates de Blasio and Quinn will wheel and deal real estate in the Big Apple.

Of de Blasio, the piece gave us these mixed messages:

There's no consensus as to which leading candidate would be the most pro-development. Mr. de Blasio is considered the biggest deal-maker among the group. ``If it's a de Blasio administration, there would be negotiation, but projects would go forward,'' says Councilwoman Letitia James, who has not committed her vote.

But another uncommitted council member says Mr. de Blasio puts unions' interest ahead of builders', recalling that the councilman pushed a bill to quash a conversion of the Plaza Hotel to apartments because the project would have eliminated union jobs.

And as for Quinn ... she "is somewhat of a wild card. She backed a large West Side rezoning favored by developers, but she opposed plans to build a football stadium there. She also joined Mr. de Blasio in support of the Plaza Hotel bill, which became moot when the hotel's owners reached a compromise with its union."


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