Councilwoman Melissa Mark Viverito

The Race for Speaker

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.

Councilman Dan Garodnick
Councilman Dan Garodnick

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.


Councilwoman Melissa Mark Viverito
Councilwoman Melissa Mark Viverito

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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Joel Rivera
Realtor, Web Designer and
Former Majority Leader of the NYC Council


4 thoughts on “The Race for Speaker

  1. Too bad our votes don’t count, because the second most powerful person in City politics SHOULD be elected by the people. Instead we have the 51 council members electing the speaker, but even that’s not accurate, because many of the council members are controlled by a handful of power brokers. Their choices are likely to be based less on what’s best for the city and more on what promises they receive to benefit their own status (chairmanships), salary (lulus), and job security (discretionary funds, etc.). It’s time for a better system.

    1. Rich, I couldn’t agree with you more, we need a better system. I think the only candidate that has even a remote chance of offering that however is Melissa Mark-Viverito.

  2. Paul Vallone Road to Speaker – A Bold New Future For New York City!

    Over the course of 237 years since declaring our independence from Britain, citizens of the United States have authored an unprecedented journey – a story of democracy and fundamental rights that would be tested on battlefields across the globe, and perpetually strengthened by the unwavering will and spirit of the people that call themselves Americans.

    Many city’s across our nation has played an important part in America’s history, reaffirming its own independence in 1776 from the crown of England through a referendum vote. Like so many cities across America, our humble beginnings as a farming community quickly turned into a manufacturing powerhouse in the nineteenth century. From Otis Elevator to Alexander Smith & Sons Carpet Company to Edwin Armstrong’s first successful FM radio transmission, first assembly line by Henry Ford, first successful flight by the wright brothers, first successful transatlantic flight across the Atlantic, by Charles Lindbergh, the civil rights movement in the 1960′ and the “landing on the moon” by Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins on July 20, 1969, followed by the words of Neil Armstrong; “The Eagle has landed”.

    Many city’s and towns rode a wave of prosperity and global demand for our products, education, America technology, American innovation and most important, our civil liberties. The term “American made” had meaning, and carried with it a genuine pride that was uniquely ours. Most important, our success was largely determined by how hard we worked and our commitment to each other, no matter what race, color or creed – certainly not by restrictive trade agreements, fractured alliances and divisive political agendas.

    Today, our City faces many challenges. The good news is that solutions to our challenges are available; we don’t need to be in bankruptcy, and we don’t need to simply hope that change will happen. We have the people, resources and the know-how to fix our problems. Despite these advantages, though, nothing happens without the great people of New York City getting involved. I am personally investing my time and effort by endorsing Paul Vallone in his endeavor becoming our next Speaker of New York City on his “Road to Speaker”. I made the decision, with the strong support of family, friends and community members, that my business and political experience with the Alliance of Americans for America would benefit our City and most important our Children.

    I believe that jobs and education are the key to success, and always have been. Jobs built America’s strength, and empower cities like ours that make up the majority of our national infrastructure. Jobs fuel our tax base, funds investments we desperately need in education and infrastructure, and gives us the economic muscle we need to build a sustained recovery right here, in Yonkers, and throughout our Country.

    Finally, I believe, for the good of our country, If you are an American Corporation, with a corporate seal of the United States, and you are in the manufacturing business, than that plant should be housed within the 50 states of our country, “employing Americans”.

    Most Sincerely,
    Frank J Spotorno
    President, Park Avenue Elevator Designs, Inc.
    Astoria, NY, 11105

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