On January 4, New York City Council Representative Christine C. Quinn was elected by her fellow Council Members to be Speaker of the New York City Council. Quinn has represented Manhattan District 3, including Greenwich Village, Chelsea, and Hell's Kitchen/Clinton since 1999. She has been a longtime, vocal advocate for the High Line's preservation as public open space since the start of our efforts. Quinn played a crucial role in the 2005 West Chelsea rezoning, which included important provisions for the High Line's reuse. It was largely thanks to the hard work of Quinn on behalf of her community that affordable housing units were significantly increased in the West Chelsea rezoning and that building heights were reduced along a section of 10th Avenue to respect the context of the Chelsea Historic District. Along with Councilmember Gifford Miller, she also led the passage of a 2001 City Council resolution in support of High Line preservation and reuse. This resolution was the first major governmental backing for the project, and it paved the way for all subsequent High Line victories. She is the first female Speaker, as well as the first openly gay Council Member to hold the position. She has been a tireless ally in our work to create a great new public space on the High Line. Friends of the High Line thanks her for all she has done for us and wishes her much success as City Council Speaker.