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”

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”

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 Appears to Have the Votes After Brooklyn Break

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

Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito appears to have the votes she needs to become the next speaker of the City Council, after Brooklyn Democratic chair Frank Seddio broke ranks with his fellow county leaders at the urging of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, sources said.

Multiple sources told Politicker that Mr. Seddio this morning cut a deal directly with Mr. de Blasio and that his members–combined with support from the progressive bloc–give Ms. Mark-Viverito all the votes she needs. The Brooklyn City Council delegation will meet today to discuss the deal. Continue reading “Mark-Viverito Appears to Have the Votes After Brooklyn Break”

Julissa Ferreras Said to Be Quietly Maintaining Speaker Candidacy [Update]

Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras. (Photo: NYC Council)
Julissa Ferreras. (Photo: NYC Council)

After a bevy of forums and closed-door powwows, the field of City Council speaker candidates appears to be set at seven. But some insiders are increasingly buzzing about one dark horse contender for the second-most-powerful post in the city: Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras.  Continue reading “Julissa Ferreras Said to Be Quietly Maintaining Speaker Candidacy [Update]”

Barron Blasts de Blasio and Progressive Caucus ‘Masters’

Councilman Charles Barron on NY1.
Councilman Charles Barron on NY1.

His lame-duck status on the City Council certainly has not tempered the fiery Charles Barron.

The term-limited Brooklyn Councilman blasted Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and the City Council’s Progressive Caucus in an interview on NY1’s Road to City Hall last night, accusing Mr. de Blasio of being a faux-liberal and the caucus of reinforcing a white male power structure. Continue reading “Barron Blasts de Blasio and Progressive Caucus ‘Masters’”

Progressive Caucus to Hold Key Speaker Candidate Interviews Sunday

Brad Lander. (Photo: bradlander.com)
Councilman Brad Lander, who is expected to play a major role in the speaker’s race.  (Photo: bradlander.com)

The candidates for City Council speaker will face a key test this weekend when they sit in front of member of the Progressive Caucus for formal candidate interviews.

According to a caucus source, all of the speaker hopefuls  have been invited to meet with the left-leaning group, which is hoping to play an outsize role in the race. Continue reading “Progressive Caucus to Hold Key Speaker Candidate Interviews Sunday”