Manhattan Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito declared victory in the race for City Council speaker last night as she unveiled the support of 31 of her colleagues. Mark-Viverito would be the first Puerto Rican woman and first Hispanic to head the Council. Mayor-Elect Bill De Blasio has lobbied hard to get Mark-Viverito, an early supporter, in as speaker. De Blasio began calling councilmembers on Monday night — even winning the support of Republican Eric Ulrich of Queens. County leaders had backed Councilman Dan Garodnick for the position. Garodnick billed himself as a better check on de Blasio. He contested Mark-Viverito's victory last night but it appears that de Blasio's lobbying has paid off.
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