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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

The Council's White Fudge


Ok. Roomie's back.

And here's the deal. We are now fully rested individuals ... and are ready to talk turkey.

As promised (tho it took longer than we ever expected), we ran some numbers regarding Quinn's firing techniques ... and we'll gladly share with you what we discovered.

But first, we must mention this one caveat ... that unlike the Council, we DID NOT have access to Council records, and only had limited access to Council staff. And so, our numbers are only as good as we think they are. But we will share with you our calculations anyway, and they follow:

On February 22, 2006, Quinn staff said:

1. That 46% of staffers fired were people of color.

We agree; 45.9% to be exact.

2. That 43% of staffers fired were women.

Ummm ... apparently ... genitalia ... not the Council's strong suit. 44.26% were women, to be exact. And we're not sure how we could give the Council any leeway here.

3. That before the firings, 45% of the Council's central staff was female.

Again, off on the genitalia tip; 46.4% is our answer.

4. That before the firings, 43% of the Council's central staff were people of color.

And we say - NO WAY! Our number is 39.21%. And under our most generous of scenarios, the Council only gets up to 40.6%.

Under the most generous scenario, the numbers would look like this:

Non-Hispanic White: 165 (59.35%)
Non-Hispanic Black: 52 (18.71%)
Hispanic: 41 (14.75%)
Asian: 20 ( 7.19%)

Feel free to talk amongst yourselves...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clearly, Quinn is racist towards non-hispanic whites and men, as she fired a disproportionately large number of us. You're going down Quinn, you man-hating bigot!!!

10:13 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

anyone looking at the hires? it looks to me that the new hires are disporportionately white.

if central staff was 39% minority but 46% of those fired were minorities, AND the new hires are predominantly white, i say quinn should disclose the new composition at the council's central staff (now, and every 6 months).

it might well be that she has whitened the council's central staff.

she should also disclose qualifications, i bet most have only undergraduate degrees. the incompetence and inexperience of many of the newly hires is appalling.

10:26 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know what else? They said Quinn had a Chicken sandwich for lunch... it was actually a Turkey club... Got EM!

3:16 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then if turns out that she blackened, browned or yellowed the council's central staff, then we can paint her as a reverse racist!

And just imagine if most of the new hires only have undergrad degrees. That's almost as appalling as if they were college drop-outs.

Man, we've totally got Quinn in a box on this one!

5:19 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL!!! What a scandal!!!!

8:29 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice try, Roomie. You deserve at least a little credit for FOILing the Council. But none of the figures you presented differed with the Council by a large margin; jeez, even the "people of color" stat was less than 5 percentage points (and is subject to dispute); oh well, better luck next time...

by the way, where's the obnoxious person who claimed that the Council firings were rife with corruption and abuse? I miss the inane comments (s)he used to post...

8:48 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah roomie, look at the new hires. it IS a appaling that she fired experienced people to put in hacks who have no experience and no interest in public service. i have already worked with a few of them and i got to tell you the council has reached its bottom regardless of the hacks's postings above.

8:54 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fact is that Quinn used taxpayer funded jobs to buy votes from Manton for her to be Speaker and replaced highly experienced people with Manton's unqualified dead weight (including those who are so untalented that he keeps on having to find new government offices to dump them in). That is a gross misuse of tax dollars that is far worse than when Laura Blackburne wasted a few thousand dollars on a pink couch. Blackburne was forced to resign from the Dinkins administration. There should not be a double standard. Quinn should resign now for the quid pro quo. She has violated the public trust.

11:09 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, let's look at the new we can shout out for yet another month totally unsubstantiatable incorrect perjorative statements about what Christine the HUN Quinn did to us all, all ALL!

Of course move on to the next question...maybe no one will notice that SOMEONE[s] out there were busy calling Quinn a racist based on her firings. And that is a DAMN serious thing to call someone. And, golly gee willickers, the facts as verified by the Blog Meistress, show that QUINN WAS TELLING THE TRUTH AND THAT THE FIRINGS WERE NOT DISPROPORTIONATE AS TO RACE OR GENDER!

Where is the outrage that someone---OBVIOUSLY for motives of their own---that someone played the race card here?

Why no headline on the blog saying "Quinn was right. Quinn told the Truth. Quinn did not fire in a racist or misogynist manner"?

No, instead the cry is ok let's look at the hirings.

Quinn may not be Snow White....but we see who the Seven Dwarfs are: Blind, Mislead, Racialist, Bitter, Partisan, Grumpy and Maria Alverado.

Oh I had to add her because the other six dwarfs seem to see her tied to every post....and she IS short.

Hey, maybe I'm on to something here...did tall people get fired in unseemly numbers?

11:32 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

let's look at thbe hirings. she's not off the hook and won't be in a long time. fact is, i have noticed more white people than ever in central staff, and a devastating pool of inexperienced, immature staff. the council does not have much promise, or so it seems.

2:18 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:32 is one of the immature hacks she hired.

2:19 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

nothing here discards the fact that she's using my tax dollars to run her campaign for mayor by replacing competent staff with overpaid and disoriented little minions.

2:22 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone please tell me what's so bad about patronage. If I sacrifice my time to support a winning candidate, it's only fair that my minions and I get jobs in the new administration.

3:31 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:31 This isn't Quinn's money, this is taxpayer money. She used it to bribe Manton for votes for her to be Speaker and replaced highly experienced government employees with unqualified hacks. That is what is wrong with that. It is a misuse of public funds and an abuse of the public trust. She should resign jst like Laura Blackburne was forced to resign from the Dinkins adminisration for wasting public funds on a pink couch. Quinn's bribing Manton to buy votes is far worse than that. She should resign. If you still don't want to face the facts about what's wrong with patronage, try thinking about FEMA.

10:47 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maria Alverado is a joke.

10:22 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:47 I still don't see the abuse. And your FEMA analogy is pathetic. Office workers in the city council are not even remotely comparable to 1st responders in the Fed Gov's emergency services. The fact you don't see that confirms my suspicion that you probably deserved to get fired by Quinn.

10:22 I'm ambivalent about Maria Alvarado.

10:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

10 I never said I worked for Quinn and, since you appear to be fishing, I won't bother answering that one. The point that you don't want to acknowledge is that the government is not the private property of those like her who wish to sell jobs to the bosses of corrupt political machines to be filled by those who haven't the slightest idea of what they are doing. FEMA should not be run by hacks and their dead weight and neither should NYC's government. These are important positions and for her to fire highly experienced employees and hire Manton's unqualified lackeys is an abuse of her position. It is a gross misuse of taxpayer funds and she should resign.

9:03 PM


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