20120506_VictoryFundEvent_285-1852953731-O (533x800)New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn would easily beat all other Democrats thought to be running for mayor if the primary were held today, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University.

She was the choice of 32 percent of survey respondents, with other contenders in what is expected to be a crowded Democratic primary field notching less than 10 percent support.  Quinn also enjoys a 65 percent approval rating among New Yorkers, the poll found.

These days Quinn’s focus is less on 2013 mayoral politics than cleanup and recovery from Hurricane Sandy, the storm that devastated parts of New York City.  She’s outlined a plan to spare the city from future damage by erecting a comprehensive flood protection system.

“The time for casual debate is over,” Quinn told the Wall Street Journal. “It’s now crystal clear that we need to build protective structures. This will include both hard infrastructure, like sea walls, bulkheads or flood gates, and natural defenses, like sand dunes, wetlands and embankments.”