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Today's Lead: Council Speaker's Race Heats Up

by Mike Muller, Dec 18, 2013


Incoming-mayor Bill de Blasio has been phoning Council members in support of Melissa Mark-Viverito in the race for Council speaker, although he did skip a Christmas event of hers. She's widely seen as a front-runner with Daniel Garodnick as her main competitor in this fluid race. Democratic county leaders are not happy with the mayor-elect's involvement and are readying themselves for "all out war." They may have lined up 30 or more votes for Garodnick. De Blasio is focusing his attention on several Brooklyn members perceived as willing to break from their leadership.

NEW FROM GOTHAM GAZETTE — Safeguarding Staten Island's East Shore From Future Hurricanes: The city announced last week that it will spend $100 million on flood-prevention infrastructure upgrades for the New Dorp Beach and South Beach areas of Staten Island. Those two neighborhoods — located on Staten Island’s East Shore — were at the epicenter of devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy over a year ago. By Sarah Crean. READ MORE. 

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