A Show and A No-Show
August 22nd, 2007

At the City Council’s stated meeting today Viola Plummer was a no-show, Councilmember Dennis Gallagher did show and Speaker Christine Quinn said the council still intends on overriding Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto on its cell phone legislation.

At its last stated meeting earlier this month, the council temporarily stripped Gallagher of his leadership position and his committee assignments after he was charged with several counts of rape and assault. At that meeting, Gallagher didn’t show face.

But today, Gallagher spent much of the afternoon as he usually did pre-rape charges – greeting and meeting with other members on the chamber floor.

Although there was speculation in City Hall that Councilmember Charles Barron’s Chief of Staff Viola Plummer, who was banned from the chamber floor by Quinn after the staffer allegedly threatened another councilmember, would make an appearance, Plummer was nowhere to be seen.

And prior to the full stated meeting, Quinn reaffirmed her commitment to cell phone legislation approved by the council in July and vetoed by the mayor earlier this month.

“In the future we will be voting on the mayor’s veto of the cell phone legislation,” said Quinn. “I anticipate based on the overwhelming support that the bill had when it was passed that we will be able to override that veto.”

If the council does bring the legislation back, then it would make it the sixth veto override in Quinn’s tenure as speaker.

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