NYC Mayor: Lawsuit Hasn't Strained Bond With Quinn

She pushed the council to authorize a lawsuit on his homeless policy.

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011  |  Updated 3:02 PM EDT
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The New York City Council is suing the Bloomberg administration over a new homeless shelter policy after NBC New York's first report on it. The mayor says it will save the shelters for the truly needy and save the taxpayers money. Council members claim it's cruel. Melissa Russo reports.

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The New York City Council is suing the Bloomberg administration over a new homeless shelter policy after NBC New York's first report on it. The mayor says it will save the shelters for the truly needy and save the taxpayers money. Council members claim it's cruel. Melissa Russo reports.

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City Council Speaker Christine Quinn may be spearheading a lawsuit against Mayor Bloomberg's administration, but the mayor says it hasn't strained their relationship.

Bloomberg said Wednesday that the move to file a lawsuit approved this week by the City Council hasn't changed his "enormous respect" for Quinn.

The council is trying to block a proposal to turn away single adults from homeless shelters unless they demonstrate they have nowhere else to go.

Bloomberg says it's reasonable for the city to make sure people aren't getting taxpayer-funded services unless they need them. Quinn calls the proposal "cruel."

The mayor says he hasn't spoken to Quinn about the council's action.

Quinn is expected to run for mayor, and analysts say she must distance herself from Bloomberg while keeping his support.

It's not clear when the lawsuit will be filed.

The homeless policy was set to go into effect on Nov. 14, but after NBC New York first reported the plan, it was delayed until December.

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