The City Council only elected its leader last week, but the power shifts within the city’s legislative body are already starting to take shape.
New City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito continues to assure her colleagues that her win — boosted by the Council’s Progressive bloc and Brooklyn delegation — won’t leave former opponents out in the cold. As Capital New York’s Sally Goldenberg reports, however, it’s mathematically impossible for every member to end up with a committee chairmanship; there are 51 Council members and only 43 top spots, most of which will probably go to the Manhattan-based speaker’s closest and earliest allies.
More details about the inner-workings behind Mark-Viverito’s bid for speaker are also trickling out, revealing she raised and spent a healthy amount of money for the internal Council race. Chris Bragg of Crain’s New York reports that Mark-Viverito spent almost $80,000 of the more than $100,000 she raised using a new city campaign account through the state Board of Elections. Filings also revealed who the new speaker worked with to win City Hall’s second most powerful seat, confirming the part that labor allies and Progressive-friendly lobbyists played in securing Mark-Viverito’s new clout in the Council.
The Council meets again on Jan. 22, by which time most of the dust from the negotiations will have settled.
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