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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Mark-Viverito Allies Ascendant After Committees Doled Out

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito hugs Councilman Daneek Miller. (Photo: William Alatriste/NYC Council)
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito hugs Councilman Daneek Miller. (Photo: William Alatriste/NYC Council)

For the prescient and lucky council members who backed Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito from the beginning, yesterday’s committee assignments represented the dawn of a new era of influence. For those who battled Ms. Mark-Viverito to the anxious end, meanwhile, there were few plums to be had.

Though Ms. Mark-Viverito and her allies have claimed they want to usher in a new regime committed to good government principals and not the classic carrot-and-stick diplomacy that has long governed the council, yesterday showed that Ms. Mark-Viverito, like her predecessor Christine Quinn and endless pols before them, is more than happy to use influence to reward allies and punish dissenters. Continue reading “Mark-Viverito Allies Ascendant After Committees Doled Out”

More Names Surface for Council Leadership Posts Ahead of Noon Meeting

Jimmy Van Bramer and Melissa Mark Viverito hug. (Photo: William Alatriste/NYC Council)
Jimmy Van Bramer and Melissa Mark Viverito hug. (Photo: William Alatriste/NYC Council)

Although the first full meeting of Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s tenure is scheduled for this afternoon, discussions continue about which council members will take top slots in the council.

Both Politicker and Capital New York have detailed many of the gigs expected to be doled out, but some question marks remain. Last-minute discussions with a number of insiders suggest several other plum posts have been assigned, however. Continue reading “More Names Surface for Council Leadership Posts Ahead of Noon Meeting”

Mark-Viverito to Dole Out Choice Committee Chairs

Melissa Mark-Viverito and colleagues in the City Council chambers. (Photo: William Alatriste/NYC Council)
Melissa Mark-Viverito and colleagues in the City Council chambers earlier this month. (Photo: William Alatriste/NYC Council)

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will preside over the first full meeting of her tenure tomorrow, doling out prized committee assignments to early backers while trying to appease those who fought her in the hours leading up to her election as speaker.  Continue reading “Mark-Viverito to Dole Out Choice Committee Chairs”

Two Candidates Emerge as Front-Runners for City Council Finance Chair

Council members Jimmy Van Bramer (left) and Julissa Ferreras (second from left) march with the eventual Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito to City Hall. (Photo: William Alatriste/NYC Council)
Council members Jimmy Van Bramer (left) and Julissa Ferreras (second from left) march with the eventual Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito to City Hall. (Photo: William Alatriste/NYC Council)

One of the most influential committees on the City Council may be coming back to Queens. 

Julissa Ferreras and Jimmy Van Bramer–two Queens council members who bucked their county’s Democratic organization to support the eventual winner of the speaker’s race–are now the leading contenders to chair the powerful finance committee, multiple sources said. Continue reading “Two Candidates Emerge as Front-Runners for City Council Finance Chair”

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”

Jimmy Van Bramer: Bloomberg Is “Dashingly Handsome”

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Jimmy Van Bramer (Photo: Facebook)

At a press conference today celebrating the success of New York City’s film industry, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer took some time to jokingly compliment Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s dashing good looks:

“I did just want to say there’s a bit of a saying: Politics is show business for ugly people,” he began to the audience’s laughter. “I did want to make note that our Mayor is such a glaring exception to that rule, as incredibly and dashingly handsome as he is. Coming from a gay man, that is a big compliment.”

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