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Christine Quinn Apologizes After Being 'Nasty' To Daily News Reporter

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has apologized to a reporter after a terse exchange during a press conference.

Quinn called the reporter, Erin Einhorn of the Daily News, "ma'am" during the question-and-answer session of a conference Wednesday about legislation to improve the city's snowstorm response.

When Einhorn called Quinn "ma'am" in turn, Quinn told her she should call her Speaker. Quinn also said it was her press conference and that she decides what words are necessary.

A few moments later, she apologized to Einhorn, who recently wrote an article examining the circumstances surrounding Quinn's purchase of a Manhattan apartment.

Quinn said she had been "nasty" and "inappropriate" and that whatever personal issues she has with the reporter she should have taken them up personally.

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