- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 18, 2013

New York City mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn said Wednesday night that one of her priorities will be “improving the NYC condom,” referring to the free, government-issued condoms.

“I was at an event recently with a large number of African-American gay men, and they told me there’s a very pressing issue as it relates to New York City’s HIV work,” she said at the Black Pride Heritage Awards in Harlem, the Huffington Post reported.

The Department of Health said it hasn’t received any complaints regarding the condoms so far this year, and since 2007, the agency has received only 80 official complaints regarding condom quality or failure out of 200 million condoms distributed, the New York Post reported.

Still, Miss Quinn said she’s received an overwhelming response of people “dissatisfied with the quality.”

“So I want to tell you, we will be improving the NYC condom,” she said.

A Wall Street Journal-NBC-Marist College survey published last week had Public Advocate Bill de Blasio in the lead for mayor, with Miss Quinn trailing closely behind. New Yorkers will head to the polls on Nov. 5.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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