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The ar t of l.e.S. style, p. 14 Volume 83, Number 15 $1.00 West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Hudson Square, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933 September 12 - 18, 2013 Johnson trounces Kurland in race to succeed Quinn By SaM SPOKOny In a Sept. 10 primary election landslide, Corey Johnson, chairperson of Community Board 4, won the Democratic nomination for the City Council’s District 3. Since he will face no Republican opponent in the November general election, his victory effectively gives him the Council seat. An openly gay man who has led C.B. 4 since Christine Quinn about five minutes into her concession speech at the Dream Hotel in Chelsea on Tuesday night. Quinn doesn’t win; Voters want a change of direction By lIncOln anderSOn Christine Quinn’s dream of becoming mayor ended at the Dream Hotel in Chelsea on Tuesday night. About an hour and a half after the polls closed — and after President Obama’s speech on Syria was shown live on the flatscreens arrayed around the room — early results of the Democratic primary election began to display on the TV’s. Within an hour, Quinn would take the stage to congratulate “Bill Thompson and Bill de Blasio on their victories,” in that order, though she remained upbeat in defeat. Once the prohibitive favorite, the local candidate, who has represented the Village and Chelsea in the City Council since 1999 — and been the Council’s speaker since 2006 — finished a disappointing third, taking 16 percent of the citywide vote. de Blasio romped with 40 percent and Thompson got 26 percent, and it could be a week before it’s known if there will be a runoff between the two in three weeks. Finally, around 11:15 p.m., Larry Quinn, her 87-year-old father, walking with a cane, led the way up onto the stage to chants of “Mr. Quinn! Mr. Quinn!” from the candidate’s supporters. Following him up were Christine Quinn’s wife, Kim Catullo, and Quinn’s sister, Ellen, and her husband and Catullo’s relatives. With her family and in-laws arrayed around her, Quinn took the podium. “In with Quinn!” “In with Quinn!” the crowd chanted for one last time. Quinn thanked her volunteers for their hard work and thanked all the elected officials and unions who supported her. After congratulating de Blasio and Thompson, she said, “We all share the common goal — greater opportunities for New Yorkers in every neighborhood.” She started to say she was disappointed at the election results as a way to segue into positives to be taken away from the experience, but her supporters started shouting out encouragements. “You’re not done! You’re not done!” they chanted. “Governor!” someone yelled out. Quinn said her candidacy has inspired young girls to envision running for higher office and to say to themselves, “I can do this.” Similarly, she said, L.G.B.T. youth can take strength from her campaign effort and 2011, Johnson took 63 percent of the vote, defeating civil rights attorney Yetta Kurland, an openly gay woman, who took 37 percent. In a district that spans the West Village, Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen, and includes around 180,000 residents, slightly more than 18,000 people turned out to vote on Tuesday. The Continued on page 9 Three-peat! Mendez does it again; Beats East Village pastor By HeaTHer duBIn A jubilant crowd celebrated City Councilmember Rosie Mendez’s easy defeat of Pastor Richard Del Rio in the Council District 2 Democratic primary at Angelina’s Cafe, on Avenue A at E. Third St., on Tuesday evening. The two-term councilmember kept her seat from challenger Del Rio by gar- Continued on page 4 5 15 C A N A L STREET • N YC 10 013 • C OPYRIG HT © 2013 N YC COMMU NITY M ED IA , LLC nering 81 percent of the vote to his 19 percent. About 100 people gathered at the East Village cafe to express their support for Mendez, enjoy dinner and toast their candidate, who noted this was a rough campaign. The official results have not been released by the Board of Elections, yet Continued on page 24 ediToRial, leTTeRs PAGE 10 chin RomPs oveR RaJKUmaR PAGE 5

Sept. 12, 2013 The Villager

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