When the week started, we, the voting public, could only guess who the next New York City Council Speaker would be. There were seven candidates, some more serious than others.
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|Melissa Mark-Viverito, the likely next City Council Speaker.|
Monday night, though, news broke that Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio had put his thumb on the speaker race scale like no NYC mayor had before, lobbying councilmembers to support his choice, Melissa Mark-Viverito, who represents East Harlem.
On Tuesday, the city seemed poised for a showdown as Democratic county leaders professed their support for Daniel Garodnick, who represents a chunk of Manhattan's East Side (incidentally, just south of Mark-Viverito's territory). And you couldn't help but wonder whether de Blasio might lose his first political battle as mayor.
But it appeared all over by Wednesday night, when Mark-Viverito essentially declared victory three weeks before the vote. "I know that my fellow members will work with me in the City Council to create a more inclusive legislative body where every member's voice is heard and validated," she said. Attached to the statement was a list of 30 councilmembers supporting Mark-Viverito for speaker.
As long as 26 of them cast their vote for her on January 8, Mark-Viverito, who is Puerto Rican, will become the first person of color to serve as New York City Council Speaker. More »