Speaker Mark-Viverito Goes Big For Inauguration

Three weeks after being elected City Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito held a formal inauguration in the Bronx Wednesday night and it was no small affair.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, writer and composer of the Broadway musical In the Heights emceed through more than two hours of speeches, performances and the ceremonial swearing in, thanking everyone for coming to the “Boogie Down.”

The auditorium at Hostos Community College was packed with scores of elected officials and community leaders. Many from the Latino community were there to fete one of their own becoming the city's second most powerful leader.

Mark-Viverito said it was an historic moment.

“This was a celebration for the community and I'm proud to be doing it here in the Bronx,” Mark-Viverito told WNYC after the ceremony.

It's the first time a Speaker has held an inauguration on such a scale. The cost should be documented in a filing with the campaign finance board in March.