Al Sharpton and Speaker Mark-Viverito Blast Media: ‘They Just Went Crazy on Melissa’

Melissa Mark-Viverito speaking at the National Action Network headquarters earlier today. (Photo: NYC Council/Will Alatriste)
Melissa Mark-Viverito speaking at the National Action Network headquarters earlier today. (Photo: NYC Council/Will Alatriste)

Newly-elected City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the Rev. Al Sharpton went after the media this morning, accusing the city’s news outlets of being out-of-touch with voters.

In her first major appearance since Wednesday’s vote crowning her the second-most-powerful elected official in the city, the progressive firebrand told Mr. Sharpton’s National Action Network in Harlem that this year’s election victories signaled a sea change in New York that the mainstream media resisted. Continue reading “Al Sharpton and Speaker Mark-Viverito Blast Media: ‘They Just Went Crazy on Melissa’”

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”

Contenders for Council Speaker Boast Extensive Outside Income

Councilwoman Melissa Mark Viverito. (Photo: William Alatriste)
Councilwoman Melissa Mark Viverito. (Photo: William Alatriste/NYC Council)

Melissa Mark-Viverito and Dan Garodnick are the last two standing in a bitter backroom clash for City Council speaker. But the loser of the race won’t walk away needing cash.  Continue reading “Contenders for Council Speaker Boast Extensive Outside Income”

Lance Bass Endorses Melissa Mark-Viverito for Speaker

Lance Bass, in 2001. (Photo: Scott Gries/Getty)
Lance Bass, in 2001. (Photo: Scott Gries/Getty)

It might be time for Dan Garodnick to say, “Bye, bye, bye.”

In the race for City Council speaker, rival Melissa Mark-Viverito has accumulated so many supporters that even 1990s heartthrob Lance Bass is on her team. Continue reading “Lance Bass Endorses Melissa Mark-Viverito for Speaker”

Latino Leaders Try to Boost Mark-Viverito’s Speaker Candidacy

The rally for Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito today.
The rally for Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito today.

A collective of Latino elected officials and labor leaders rallied to boost Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito’s speaker candidacy today, comparing her to President Barack Obama and celebrating her closeness with organized labor.

The rally, held at the headquarters of 32BJ SEIU, served as a reminder to the many council members who were not backing Ms. Mark-Viverito that influential forces were coalescing around her candidacy. Continue reading “Latino Leaders Try to Boost Mark-Viverito’s Speaker Candidacy”

Lobbyists Turn Out for Mark-Viverito’s Swearing-In Ceremony

Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito is sworn in for a third term.
Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito is sworn in for a third term.

A handful of backroom power players in city and state politics turned out for Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito swearing-in ceremony this afternoon–including many of the people who soon will be lobbying the City Council on behalf of clients with interest before the city. Continue reading “Lobbyists Turn Out for Mark-Viverito’s Swearing-In Ceremony”

Cuomo’s Office Rips ‘Ridiculous’ Allegation of Speaker’s Race Meddling

Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)
Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)

Andrew Cuomo’s team is fully denying a New York Post report today alleging the governor is quietly working to thwart Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio by backing a rival candidate in the race for City Council speaker.  Continue reading “Cuomo’s Office Rips ‘Ridiculous’ Allegation of Speaker’s Race Meddling”