SPEAKER SPOILS — Paying back support — Melissa Mark-Viverito announced the backing of 30 Council members last night, enough to make her the next speaker of the City Council. She held the Progressive Bloc, swayed the Brooklyn delegation, peeled away seven votes from powerful Queens County, and even enticed one skeptical Republican to support her. So, what will all that support cost?
Here’s one version I heard , from a source familiar with the Democratic county leaders, who backed rival Dan Garodnick of Manhattan: Jimmy Van Bramer — one of the Queens breakaways — will get to chair the coveted Finance Committee. (Another knowledgeable source said the post may go to Julissa Ferreras, also from Queens.) David Greenfield of Brooklyn, which also broke late for de Blasio, is likely to get the Land Use Committee. Brad Lander of Brooklyn — a key figure of the Progressive bloc, the backbone of Mark-Viverito’s coalition — will be named Deputy Speaker for Policy.
It’s the coalition-building candidate versus the historic candidate, in NY-06:
"The Assembly district that I have right now is incredibly diverse," he said. "On any given week, I can be in a Korean or Chinese church, a synagogue, a Sikh temple, a Bangladeshi mosque, you name it. That diversity of my current district really prepares me well to run in the sixth congressional district.
"So I have a great relationship with the Asian community, the Chinese community, the Korean community, the South Asian community, both the Bangladeshi community, the Indian community, the Sikh-Indian community, the Hindu-Indian community. And of course, also part of the Asian community, the Bukharian Jewish community."
"By the way," he added. There’s a Korean church and senior center down the street, and "I’m there often enough that people think I’m a congregant."
With a rogue faction lead by the notorious Haggerty brothers boycotting the meeting in favor of an unauthorized meeting in South Richmond Hill, technically Phil Ragusa won re-election with 100% of the vote.
did I want to give up the rest of my term on the City Council…to be in Congress for a year-and-a-half?