Six Candidates Have RSVP’d to Speaker’s Forum

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Councilman James Gennaro. (Photo: Facebook)
Outgoing City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. (Photo: Facebook)

The race for City Council speaker is beginning to shape up.

So far, six candidates have RSVP’d to the first forum of the race: Dan Garodnick, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Mark Weprin, Jumaane Williams, Jimmy Vacca and Jimmy Van Bramer, according to the good government group Citizens Union, which is co-hosting the November 20 event along with the Baruch College School of Public Affairs. Continue reading “Six Candidates Have RSVP’d to Speaker’s Forum”

The Shadow Campaign for City Council Speaker Quietly Heats Up

Christine Quinn delivers final State of the City address. (Photo: William Alatriste)
Christine Quinn delivers a State of the City address. (Photo: William Alatriste)

It’s the city’s second most powerful public office, but the race to become City Council speaker has more in common with a papal conclave than a mayoral election.

For only the third time in modern history, the Council is in the early throes of the byzantine process by which the 51 members from every neighborhood, ethnic background and political stripe must select a new leader. Despite those differences, the process will ultimately generate consensus (or near-consensus) by January, if the past is a guide.

The normally fraught procedure is even messier than usual because nearly half of the City Council will be new in 2014—meaning that aspiring speakers must woo not only current seat-holders, but those likely to be elected in November as well.

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