Councilman Antonio Reynoso Vows to Stamp Out Irresponsible Development

As the new councilman for District 34, which includes Williamsburg and portions of Bushwick in Brooklyn and South Ridgewood in Queens, Councilman Antonio Reynoso personally understands the issues of his constituents.

He was born, bred and still lives in Williamsburg, a neighborhood he hopes never to leave. Plus, Mr. Reynoso spent seven years under the tutelage of his predecessor, Councilwoman Diana Reyna, working as her budget director, legislative director and, eventually, chief of staff until he quit to campaign for her seat.
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Melissa Mark-Viverito Elected Next City Council Speaker

Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito. (Photo: Getty)
Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito. (Photo: Getty)

East Harlem Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito has been elected the next Speaker of the City Council.

The 51 members of the Council cast their votes this afternoon, electing Ms. Mark-Viverito, a key ally of Mayor Bill de Blasio, the second-most-powerful elected official in the city in a unanimous, 51-0 vote. Continue reading “Melissa Mark-Viverito Elected Next City Council Speaker”

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”

Garodnick Wages 11th-Hour Persuasion Campaign

Councilman Dan Garodnick. (Photo: NYC Council/William Alatriste)
Councilman Dan Garodnick. (Photo: NYC Council/William Alatriste)

Dan Garodnick, still short of the votes he needs to become the next speaker of the City Council, is emailing and texting news stories and endorsements to backers of rival Melissa Mark-Viverito in a last ditch effort to win their support before tomorrow’s vote.  Continue reading “Garodnick Wages 11th-Hour Persuasion Campaign”

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”