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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
The bloc of council members backing Melissa Mark-Viverito’s bid for City Council speaker huddled in a restaurant blocks from City Hall this morning, hoping to ensure their support for the East Harlem councilwoman remains steadfast. Read More
Dan Garodnick, still short of the votes he needs to become the next speaker of the City Council, is emailing and texting news stories and endorsements to backers of rival Melissa Mark-Viverito in a last ditch effort to win their support before tomorrow’s vote. Read More
The Upper West Side’s Mexican Festival Restaurant celebrated Three Kings Day last night, but there was only one person in the room treated like royalty: Councilwoman and speaker candidate Melissa Mark-Viverito.
Just a day and a half before the race for City Council speaker is decided, Ms. Mark-Viverito, the front-runner in the contest, was lavished with praise from citywide officials and some of her colleagues who will cast a vote. Read More
Nearly all of the 30 City Council members supporting Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito’s bid for speaker met for an hour at Brooklyn Borough Hall this afternoon, attempting to fortify their ranks with less than 48 hours to go until the council votes. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More