The politician aspiring to be New York's first female mayor knows she needs an administration that reflects the city's diversity and so Christine Quinn is planning to surround herself with a good number of Latinos.
"I want to have an incredibly diverse administration because I want the best administration that a mayor has ever had, and if it's not diverse it won't be the best," Quinn said Thursday in an interview with Efe four weeks before the Democratic mayoral primaries.
Democrats vastly outnumber Republicans in the Big Apple, so the winner of the Democratic primary is almost sure to be the city's next mayor.
Quinn did not want to mention any names, but she categorically declared that if she wins the election and succeeds Michael Bloomberg, on her team she will have a "significant" number of Latinos in responsible posts.
The current City Council president is presenting herself as the candidate of the middle class and says that her plan for New York, a city with enormous inequalities, includes increasing economic development in the neighborhoods, given that she sees much "potential" in zones like the South Bronx.
"New York is no longer the city where business is only done in the financial district. Those days are part of the past," the politician said.
Quinn said that she is the only candidate with concrete results on some of the big issues that most affect the Latino community, from the creation of "thousands" of affordable homes to ordinances to halt deportations.
With the title of "favorite" attached to her almost since she announced her candidacy, the 47-year-old Quinn prefers not to talk about polls and is concentrating on continuing to do her work.
Having last year married attorney Kim Catullo after the approval of same-sex marriage in New York state, Quinn hails the progress that the LGBT community has made but she warns that "there's still a lot to do." EFE