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.
At times, you need to be forceful to get things that are stuck unstuck.
I think it's really important to realize that small businesses are often the portal for immigrants into the New York City economy.
I want to be a better Chris Quinn. I don't want to be a different Chris Quinn.
I'm going to do whatever I have to do to help a New Yorker, whether it's a girl on the street or a tenant in a housing development.
I'm in a position where, if you have the ability, you should use it well. To get things done.
I'm just not gonna let up until I know I've done absolutely everything I can for New Yorkers.
I'm not about talking and finger-pointing and complaining. I'm about getting things done.
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 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.
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 really believe, when you come out of hiding, in whatever way you're hiding, you get to go out into the sunlight.
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 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.
All I wanted was to be involved in politics and government.
Anybody that I can work with that will help improve the lives of New Yorkers, I will work with that person.
At the end of the day, somebody someday is going to say something about you. At least you can look back and say you lived the way you wanted to.
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.
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.
I have a tendency toward being a micromanager. Which, the bigger the project you're involved in, the harder that becomes.
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