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Is the Race for the Next City Council Speaker Over?

Thursday, December 19, 2013

As City Councilwoman Christine Quinn presided over the final council hearing of the year, a new speaker looks poised to take her place.

Late Wednesday night, East Harlem City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito announced that she had enough support to become the next leader of the City Council.

She'd be the first Latina to hold that position.

Mark-Viverito is a close ally of Bill de Blasio and an early supporter of his mayoral campaign. De Blasio repaid that loyalty by lobbying council members as the speaker race heated up.

But Sally Goldenberg from Capital New York explains in this interview that it's not over yet, as rival Dan Garodnick tries to woo people over to his side. She says he already has the support of Queens County Democratic Leader and Congressman Joe Crowley, and Bronx County Democratic Leader Carl Heastie.

"The two of them can start to .... twist arms, start to make promises," she says. "They also have to make him (Garodnick) seem viable so people aren't afraid to go with him. No one wants to not be with the winner."

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