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”→
The city’s most powerful Democratic county organizations and its allies are bracing for political warfare after Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio began telling council members that he would like to see Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito elected the next City Council speaker.
As the City Council’s growing Progressive Caucus sways the council speaker’s race, insiders are questioning whether their sizable bloc of Queens members will remain loyal to the caucus–or be picked off by their county leaders.
The Queens Democratic Party is famously unified, as their endorsement tends to come along with most of the county’s elected officials. For former Councilwoman Melinda Katz’s borough president campaign, which was backed by the Democratic organization last month, this has proven to be the case yet again–with a slew of new endorsements announced today.
Current Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez declared their support for the Katz campaign, along with former borough president candidate and State Senator José Peralta, State Senator James Sanders, Assemblywoman Vivian Cook and Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubrey.