Joe Crowley Says He Has Made Peace With Bill de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Congressman Joe Crowley in Queens today.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Congressman Joe Crowley in Queens today.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Congressman Joe Crowley clashed in the backroom contest for City Council speaker. But the latter says it’s all good now.

Mr. Crowley, who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, told reporters this afternoon that he’s not dwelling on the speaker’s contest, where he was outmaneuvered behind the scenes by Mr. de Blasio and now-Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. The race culminated in a unanimous vote for Ms. Mark-Viverito last week. Continue reading “Joe Crowley Says He Has Made Peace With Bill de Blasio”

Dan Garodnick Concedes Speaker’s Race

Dan Garodnick and Melissa Mark-Viverito embrace. (Photo: Twitter/jacobkornbluh)
Dan Garodnick and Melissa Mark-Viverito embrace. (Photo: Twitter/jacobkornbluh)

Manhattan Councilman Dan Garodnick has officially conceded the speaker’s race to his rival, Melissa Mark-Viverito.

Three weeks after Ms. Mark-Viverito declared victory and half an hour after the vote was set to take place, Mr. Garodnick released a statement throwing his support behind her. Continue reading “Dan Garodnick Concedes Speaker’s Race”

Mark-Viverito Bloc Huddles Hours Before Speaker Vote

City Hall Restaurant, where Mark-Viverito backers are meeting this morning.
City Hall Restaurant, where Melissa Mark-Viverito backers are meeting this morning.

The bloc of council members backing Melissa Mark-Viverito’s bid for City Council speaker huddled in a restaurant blocks from City Hall this morning, hoping to ensure their support for the East Harlem councilwoman remains steadfast.  Continue reading “Mark-Viverito Bloc Huddles Hours Before Speaker Vote”

Mark-Viverito Feted on Upper West Side Ahead of Speaker Vote

Councilwoman Melissa Mark Viverito holds her award, along with Public Advocate Tish James, Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal and Councilman Mark Levine. (Photo: Twitter/@DepDirNYCC)
Councilwoman Melissa Mark Viverito posing with her award and Public Advocate Tish James, Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal and Councilman Mark Levine. (Photo: Twitter/@DepDirNYCC)

The Upper West Side’s Mexican Festival Restaurant celebrated Three Kings Day last night, but there was only one person in the room treated like royalty: Councilwoman and speaker candidate Melissa Mark-Viverito.

Just a day and a half before the race for City Council speaker is decided, Ms. Mark-Viverito, the front-runner in the contest, was lavished with praise from citywide officials and some of her colleagues who will cast a vote. Continue reading “Mark-Viverito Feted on Upper West Side Ahead of Speaker Vote”

Mark-Viverito Coalition Meets to Solidify Bloc Before Vote

Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito and Michael McSweeney, the city clerk.
Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito and Michael McSweeney, the city clerk. (Photo: William Alatriste/NYC Council)

Nearly all of the 30 City Council members supporting Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito’s bid for speaker met for an hour at Brooklyn Borough Hall this afternoon, attempting to fortify their ranks with less than 48 hours to go until the council votes. Continue reading “Mark-Viverito Coalition Meets to Solidify Bloc Before Vote”

Some Council Staff Fear the Ax if Mark-Viverito Wins Speakership

Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito. (Photo: NYC Council/William Alatriste
Melissa Mark-Viverito. (Photo: NYC Council/William Alatriste)

For a decade, remaining a close ally of the Queens County Democratic Party meant that Charles Meara, the chief of staff to two City Council speakers, could earn an annual salary almost equal to the mayor.

But if Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito is crowned the next speaker of the City Council, Mr. Meara and a host of other county loyalists may be swiftly axed. Continue reading “Some Council Staff Fear the Ax if Mark-Viverito Wins Speakership”

Resentment of Melissa Mark-Viverito Remains Among Bronx Democrats

Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito. (Photo: NYC Council/William Alatriste)
Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito. (Photo: NYC Council/William Alatriste)

Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito may have secured all of the votes she needs to become the next City Council speaker, but her staunchest opposition now lies in one of the boroughs she represents: the Bronx.  Continue reading “Resentment of Melissa Mark-Viverito Remains Among Bronx Democrats”