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Former Council Speaker Christine Quinn To Join Cuomo Admin. As Special Adviser

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is joining Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration as a special adviser.

Quinn will be a part-time staffer until mid-April, when she's expected to wrap up her position as a resident fellow at Harvard University's Institute of Politics, WCBS 880 reported. After that, she'll work full-time with the governor.

"Christine Quinn is a proven leader and champion of progressive causes, and I am proud to have her join our team," said Cuomo. "I am confident that she will fight for the issues most important to New Yorkers just as she did as Speaker of the City Council and during her many years as a public servant and advocate."

Quinn isn't a stranger to the Cuomo team either. She served as an adviser to the governor's 2014 re-election campaign.

"I can think of nothing more important than working to make New York State a more fair and just place for everyone to live and raise a family," said Quinn. "From Chelsea to Glen Cove and from Buffalo to Beacon, I look forward to the opportunity to serve New Yorkers in every part of the state. I am thankful to the Governor for his confidence."

Quinn became the first female and first LGBT Speaker of the New York City Council in 2006, making her the highest-ranking openly LGBT official in city history. She also served as a City Council member from 1999-2013.

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