“I am humbled to have the support and confidence that my colleagues have placed in me," @MMViverito says in statement.
— David W. Chen (@davidwchen) December 19, 2013
A progressive Latina, @MMViverito will reshape city divided by inequality into NYC built for everyone, not just wealthy and well-connected.
— WorkingFamiliesParty (@WorkingFamilies) December 19, 2013
Frank Seddio, Chair of the Kings County Democratic Committee declared his support for East Harlem Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito for City Council Speaker late Wednesday. He said in a statement:
"I am pleased to announce Brooklyn is supporting Melissa Mark-Viverito for Council Speaker. She shares the progressive values of my members and is the right leader for New York. We are united in her candidacy and believe with our support Melissa now has the majority of the votes needed to elevate her to speaker."
Bill de Blasio is said to have made his preference for Ms. Mark-Viverito known to Council members.
Politicker reports that 30 Council members officially threw their support behind her as well.
Twitter is buzzing:
Please to announce that I am pulling out and supporting my colleague @MMViverito for speaker.
— Jumaane D. Williams (@JumaaneWilliams) December 18, 2013
Well, anything could still happen I guess. But it looks like @MMViverito can probably start measuring the drapes. Congrats to her!
— George Mcaneny (@NYCSPEAKERRACE) December 19, 2013
So proud of my friend & @NYCProgressives co-chair @MMViverito. She is going to be a fantastic Speaker of @NYCCouncil http://t.co/svpq1IJVsh
— Brad Lander (@bradlander) December 19, 2013
UPDATE: Comment published on Politicker: “'Frank Seddio finally grew a pair of balls,' said the source familiar with the deal, which, if successful, will likely net the borough many prime committee chairmanships and other perks. 'He did what was best for Brooklyn.'”
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