Who should be Speaker?
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Now that the swearing in ceremonies are done politics in NYC gets a rest right? Not so quick. There is one last position that still needs to be decided.
The Speaker of the NYC Council is the second most influential position in NYC Government. Why you ask? The NYC Council is the legislative body of New York City. With 51 members representing all five boroughs, together the Council helps to balance a now over $70 billion annual budget, has oversight of virtually every single City Agency, Plays a major role in the Land Use Process of our city and each member is the voice of almost 165,000 residents.
The Speaker is the Leader of the council. He or She sets the agenda for both the legislation that gets enacted and the overall direction of the Council. So who will be Speaker?
There are two members who are vying for the top spot.
Backed by Governor Cuomo, Queens & Bronx County and 21 Councilmembers.
Councilman Dan Garodnick first entered the New York City Council in 2006, as the representative for District 4 — Upper East Side, Central Park South, Grand Central, Tudor City, Waterside, Peter Cooper Village, Carnegie Hill, Stuyvesant Town, United Nations; part of Yorkville, Turtle Bay. Here is a link to his official page on the NYC Council Website. Click Here
Dan is considered a Moderate Democrat.
Backed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, Brooklyn County Dems, 1199 and 30 Councilmembers.
Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito currently serves as a New York City Council Member, representing District 8, which includes El Barrio/East Harlem, Manhattan Valley and Mott Haven. She was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico and attended Columbia College at Columbia University in New York City where she earned her B.A. in Political Science in 1991. Melissa was selected to attend the National Urban Fellows Program and earned her Master of Public Administration from Baruch College, City University of New York in 1995. Here is a link to her official page on the NYC Council Website. Click Here
Melissa is considered a Liberal / Progressive Democrat.
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