People used to feel oddly empowered to tell me all the reasons I couldn't win. Because I was a woman. Because I was a lesbian. Because I was from the West Side of Manhattan.
I'm an aggressive woman who gets things done, and that's the way it is, and I've never been embarrassed about the fact that I am pushy.
It would be thrilling, obviously, to be able to have a woman and an openly LGBT person as the mayor of New York City.
I have a tendency toward being a micromanager.
I have a tendency toward being a micromanager. Which, the bigger the project you're involved in, the harder that becomes.
I have always said I've had a big personality, and I've always said I'm a pushy broad, and I've always said I want to get things done.
I just want people to know you can get through stuff. I hope people can see that in what my life has been and where it is going.
I really believe, when you come out of hiding, in whatever way you're hiding, you get to go out into the sunlight.
I think it's really important to realize that small businesses are often the portal for immigrants into the New York City economy.
I couldn't describe how little interest I have in men. Or I could - but I don't think that it would be appropriate.
I couldn't be more proud of my work as a progressive.
Cliven Bundy is breaking the law. He's breaking the law and he wants all of us to pay for his cattle while he's ranting about people who are part of social welfare programs.
Being an activist is about getting things done. It's not about standing around shaking your fist in anger.
Chick-fil-A is not welcome in New York City as long as the company's president continues to uphold and promote his discriminatory views.
Consensus doesn't happen by magic... You have to drive to it.
For better or worse, when you're running for mayor, there's a little bit of a spotlight on you.
The best thing to know is what you don’t know,
The library of my elementary school had this great biography section, and I read all of these paperback biographies until they were dog-eared. The story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Madame Curie and Martin Luther King and George Washington Carver and on and on and on.
We all think people deserve second chances. None of us are perfect.
When you stand up there and do a press conference, it's a very preoccupied moment. You're standing in front of cameras; people are watching you; it's not so easy to be at ease.
My mother would organize huge parties for my elementary school classmates. To prepare, she would go back to the bakery in her old neighborhood of Inwood and get special shamrock cookies. Hawaiian Punch was served and we had shamrock napkins. It was a lot of fun.
I understand that not everyone agrees with my perspective on Ray Kelly. But what you gotta look at here is somebody like Bill de Blasio talking out of both sides of his mouth and trying to have it both ways on a really critical issue like stop-and-frisk.
Don't keep your own schedule - that will eat too much of your time keeping your own schedule. And when you are tired, stop. Because if you are too tired, you become not productive, and you are wasting time.
If you don't like me, life goes on, you know what I mean? But I hope you do like me. Because I think that in addition to being pushy, I'm nice.
I'm not about talking and finger-pointing and complaining. I'm about getting things done.
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