And The Winner Is…
January 3rd, 2008
After five months, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has recommended Bronx County Clerk Hector Diaz for the vacant position of city clerk, according to a council spokesperson.
The recommendation will now head to the council’s Committee on Rules Privileges and Elections for confirmation before heading to the council floor for a full vote.
According to a council spokesperson, the council’s office is “looking forward” to working with Diaz, who pledges to conduct a full review of the city clerk’s office.
That office was unusually thrust into the spotlight last year when the Bronx Marriage Bureau closed early and refused to issue stranded couples marriage licenses.
For years the clerk position has generally been seen as political patronage and largely controlled by party bosses, according to City Hall observers. Having been filled by Brooklyn-based Victor Robles, a former councilmember, for the last several years, some thought it was time to give another borough a chance at filling the post.
The clerk gets a salary higher than a council member and a state legislator. For more on what the city clerk does or doesn’t do for that matter, click here.By Courtney Gross on January 3, 2008, 4:35 pm
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