Monday, April 22, 2013

VIN Follows Press Release Lead In Leaving Out Speaker Quinn's Role From Child Care Credit Legistlation

Hypocrisy at large? Yesterday Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Senator Simcha Felder announced legislation that will expand the child care tax credit to middle-class families earning up to $170,000. The Middle Class Child Care Tax Credit will expand the credit that is currently only offered to families who make $25,000 or less.

The Photo that was never published (credit: Ezra Friedlander)
 “We must rein in the skyrocketing cost of child care and make it affordable for all New Yorkers,” said Speaker Christine C. Quinn. “The Middle-Class Child Care Tax Credit will ease the cost of childcare in New York City— the highest in the nation— and will provide expanded assistance to low-income and middle-class parents with young children, and I thank Senator Felder and Assembly Member Farrell for sponsoring this important legislation.” 

“That’s real money in the pockets of New Yorkers at a time when, more than ever, every penny counts,” said state Sen. Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), who is sponsoring the bill in Albany. The expanded tax credit will cost an estimated $62 million in public money, the New York Post reports.

 Here is the Tweet, that was meanwhile deleted from Ms. Quinn's twitter timeline: 

Yet for Vos Iz Neias website, Christine Quinn was a no show. Instead of reporting the story, they chose to simply copy and paste Senator Felder's press release, as if it was all the work of Simcha Felder, the stage, the statement and the picture: "At a press conference at City Hall yesterday, Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) unveiled legislation which will ease the cost of child care for middle-class families in New York City," the statement read. "Senator Felder made the announcement in conjunction with Speaker Quinn, The Children’s Aid Society, United Neighborhood Houses, the Children’s Defense Fund and parents of young children eligible for child care."

In the press release, Mr. Felder does note that The Middle-Class Child Care Tax Credit was first proposed by Speaker Quinn. 

In a normal world, Mr. Felder, understanding the need of working with public officials to acquire the needs of his constituents and his community, would not shy away from standing next to Christine Quinn. Even though, Mr. Felder might not end up endorsing Ms. Quinn's candidacy for mayor of NYC, to cut out the speaker, or avoid publishing the joint photo op, and only highlight Senator Felder's role for political reasons is either a dishonest report or simple Kefias Tovah.

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