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The Speaker’s Race

On January 8, 2014, Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito (CD8) was elected as Speaker of the City Council by her colleagues. The vote was unanimous, 51-0, and with it, Mark-Viverito became the first Latino, or person of color overall, to be elected Speaker. Mark-Viverito’s most serious foe in the race to become speaker was Council Member Dan Garodnick (CD4). See further below on this page for coverage of the speaker’s race over the course of several months leading up to the January 8th vote.

 

First, here are several articles recapping Mark-Viverito’s election as speaker:

 

1/9 “Viverito, la latina “mas poderosa” de NYC” (Marlene Peralta, El Diario)

 

1/9 “Rise of the New Machines: Mayor and Labor Supplant County Organizations” (Ross Barkan, Politicker)

 

1/9 “Speaker vote represents major victory for Mayor de Blasio’s agenda” (Jennifer Fermino, New York Daily News)

 

1/9 “Council Speaker Vote: A Healing Moment or Political Theater?” (Nick Powell, City and State NY)

 

1/8 “Mayoral Ally Elected Speaker, Furthering City’s Liberal Shift” (Kate Taylor and Michael Grynbaum, The New York Times)

 

1/8 “The Last Hours of the Mark-Viverito Campaign” (Sally Goldenberg, Capital New York)

 

1/8 Summary of CM Mark-Viverito’s insistence that she will be independent of Mayor de Blasio (Gloria Pazmino, Capital New York)

 

1/8 CM Mark-Viverito’s first press conference as speaker (John Kenny, NewYorkTrue.com)

 

1/8 Recap of the council vote and Speaker Mark-Viverito’s post-meeting press conference (Erin Durkin, New York Daily News)

 

1/8 Analysis of Speaker Mark-Viverito’s win, naming winners and losers (Chris Bragg, Crain’s New York)

 

1/8 Recap of the election of CM Mark-Viverito as Speaker of the City Council (Chris Bragg, Crain’s New York)

 

1/8 Recap of Speaker Mark-Viverito’s election and post-meeting press conference (Ross Barkan, Politicker)

 

1/8 Council Member Mark-Viverito is elected speaker of the city council (Sally Goldenberg and Gloria Pazmino, Capital New York)

 

 

Prior coverage of the race to become City Council Speaker:

 

The race to be the next Speaker of the New York City Council has been ongoing throughout the 2013 New York City election cycle, though it was not being decided upon by voters on November 5th. The next council speaker will be determined by council member votes as influenced by individual decision-making, council caucus decisions, County party negotiations, and input from others, such as Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio. Not necessarily in that order of importance. The 51 members of the new New York City Council will vote for a speaker on January 8th, 2014.

 

[Read our primer on the role and powers of the Speaker] (pdf)

 

Below are the names of those vying to succeed Christine Quinn as Speaker of the City Council. The names appear as links to the council members’ DecideNYC.com profiles. Below the list of speaker “candidates” are several articles that have been written about the race to be the next Speaker. Sends us others and we’ll add them: DecideNYC@gmail.com

 

First, here are the details for the public council speaker candidate forums that we know of (keep in mind, some might require an RSVP to attend):

  1. Thursday, 11/14: 6-8pm in Queens – Jewish Center of Jackson Heights, 3706 77th St - participants: Dan Garodnick; Annabel Palma; Mark Weprin; Jimmy Vacca; Melissa Mark-Viverito (Inez Dickens arrived at the end after a prior commitment)
  2. Monday, 11/18: 6-8pm in the Bronx – New Settlement Community Campus, 1501 Jerome Ave - participants: Inez Dickens, Dan Garodnick, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Mark Weprin, Annabel Palma, Jimmy Vacca
  3. Tuesday 11/19: 6-8pm in Brooklym – Brooklyn Borough Hall – participants: Inez Dickens, Dan Garodnick, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Mark Weprin, Annabel Palma, Jimmy Vacca, Jumaane Williams
  4. Wednesday 11/20: 6-8pm in Manhattan – Baruch College, 55 Lexington Ave, 25th St entrance, Room 14-220 – RSVP - participants: Inez Dickens, Dan Garodnick, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Mark Weprin, Annabel Palma, Jimmy Vacca, Jumaane Williams
  5. Thursday 11/21: 6-8pm in Manhattan – Talking Transition Tent, 6th Ave & Canal St – participants: Inez Dickens, Dan Garodnick, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Mark Weprin, Annabel Palma, Jimmy Vacca
  6. Monday 11/25: 6:30-8pm in Staten Island – JCC of SI, 1466 Manor Rd – participants: Inez Dickens, Dan Garodnick, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Mark Weprin, Annabel Palma, Jimmy Vacca, Jumaane Williams
  7. Monday 12/2: 6:30-8pm in Manhattan – New York Law School, 185 W Broadway – details & RSVP – participants: Inez Dickens, Dan Garodnick, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Mark Weprin, Annabel Palma, Jimmy Vacca

 

Speaker “candidates”

 

 *oft-discussed as the two most likely to be the next Speaker of the City Council

 

previously sought speakership:

 

 

Articles on the 2013 City Council Speaker’s Race written after the public forums began on 11/14 (see further below for articles prior to the forums)

 

1/8 Preview of the council speaker vote from Sally Goldenberg (Capital New York)

 

1/8 Preview of the council speaker vote from Courtney Gross (NY1)

 

1/7 Look at the last minute pushes from both CM Garodnick and CM Mark-Viverito, and their surrogates and supporters, prior to the council speaker vote on 1/8 from Kate Taylor and David Chen (New York Times)

 

1/7 Preview of the council speaker vote set for 1/8 from Matthew Chayes (Newsday)

 

1/7 Report on the last minute push from CM Garodnick to swing votes to his side from Ross Barkan (Politicker)

 

1/7 Report on the support for CM Garodnick from Bronx and Queens CMs remaining strong from Chris Bragg (Crain’s New York)

 

1/7 El Diario editorial in support of CM Mark-Viverito for council speaker

 

1/7 Report of a dinner at which CM Mark-Viverito’s support from several high profile officials was reaffirmed from Ross Barkan (Politicker)

 

1/6 The New York Times editorial board endorses CM Garodnick for speaker

 

1/6 Look at CM Garodnick’s background and speaker bid from Kate Taylor (New York Times)

 

1/6 Report on Bronx CMs being solicited to swing their votes from CM Garodnick to CM Mark-Viverito, but refusing to do so from Gloria Pazmino and Sally Goldenberg (Capital New York)

 

12/29 Report on CM Garodnick’s ongoing campaign for speaker from Michael Howard Saul (Wall Street Journal)

 

12/26 Look at the relationships among CM Mark-Viverito and leaders, CMs from the Bronx from Ross Barkan (Politicker)

 

12/23 Look at the council’s three-person minority caucus of Republicans, and their approach to the speaker’s race from Kate Taylor (New York Times)

 

12/23 Report on women’s groups rallying for CM Mark-Viverito, and CM Garodnick’s support from female CMs from Sally Goldenberg (Capital New York)

 

12/23 Report on women’s groups advocating for CM Mark-Viverito, and CM Garodnick’s support from female CMs from Erin Durkin (NY Daily News)

 

12/23 Look at the relationship that might be between Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Mark-Viverito, if she is indeed elected to that position from Sally Goldenberg (Capital New York)

 

12/20 Videos of CMs Ulrich and Matteo discussing their votes in the speaker’s race from John Kenny (NewYorkTrue.com)

 

12/20 Update on the race and look at the two leading candidates from Josh Dawsey, Mara Gay, and Joe Jackson (Wall Street Journal)

 

12/19 Profile of speaker front-runner CM Melissa Mark-Viverito from Kate Taylor (New York Times)

 

12/19 Report on Queens County’s Rep. Joe Crowley insisting that the speaker race is not over from Courtney Gross (NY1)

 

12/19 “Garodnick forces fight on; for an ‘independent’ speaker” from Sally Goldenberg (Capital New York)

 

12/19 “Melissa Mark-Viverito Says She’s “Made History” As Joe Crowley Says Not So Fast” from Erin Durkin (NY Daily News)

 

12/19 “De Blasio Insists He Made ‘No Promises’ to Swing Speaker’s Race” from Jill Colvin (Politicker)

 

12/19 “Inside Melissa Mark-Viverito’s Road to Victory” from Ross Barkan (Politicker)

 

12/19 “Manhattan councilwoman wraps up speaker race” from Chris Bragg (Crain’s New York)

 

12/19 “Melissa Mark-Viverito claims Council speaker victory after de Blasio intervention” from Jennifer Fermino and Erin Durkin (NY Daily News)

 

12/19 “De Blasio gets his speaker” from Sally Goldenberg (Capital New York)

 

12/18 Report that CM Mark-Viverito declared the support of 30 CMs and victory as the next speaker from Colin Campbell (Politicker)

 

12/18 Report on the meeting that took place among the Brooklyn delegation of CMs leading to their supporting CM Mark-Viverito for speaker from Ross Barkan (Politicker)

 

12/18 Report that CM Dickens is staying in the speaker race (for now, at least) from Jill Colvin (Politicker)

 

12/18 Analysis of Mayor-elect de Blasio’s support for CM Mark-Viverito for speaker from Seth Barron (City Council Watch)

 

12/18 Overview of the dealings between and among the mayor-elect, the county chairs, the progressive caucus, and speaker candidates from Nick Powell (City and State NY)

 

12/18 Report of CM Palma’s backing CM Garodnick for speaker and his continued candidacy from Colin Campbell (Politicker)

 

12/18 Report that CM Garodnick has added support and is continuing his candidacy for speaker from Sally Goldenberg (Capital New York)

 

12/18 Report on CM Mark-Viverito possibly having enough votes to be named speaker from Jill Colvin and Ross Barkan (Politicker)

 

12/18 Report on Mayor-elect de Blasio swinging Brooklyn into the corner of CM Mark-Viverito from Sally Goldenberg (Capital New York)

 

12/18 Report on Brooklyn Democrats breaking with Queens and Bronx counties to swing support to CM Mark-Viverito from Chris Bragg (Crain’s New York)

 

12/18 Report of CM Weprin’s backing CM Garodnick for speaker as part of Queens county’s support from Jennifer Fermino (NY Daily News)

 

12/18 Report on county leaders backing CM Garodnick for speaker from Colby Hamilton (DNA Info)

 

12/17 Report that county party chairs had secured enough votes in support of CM Garodnick to elect him as speaker from Nick Powell (City and Sate NY)

 

12/17 Look at the candidacies of front-runners CM Mark-Viverito and CM Garodnick, exploring their backgrounds and styles from Josh Dawsey (Wall Street Journal)

 

12/17 Report on growing tension between the mayor-elect and progressive bloc members on one hand and the county party chairs on the other from Ross Barkan (Politicker)

 

12/17 Report on the battle for votes from specific Brooklyn CMs from Sally Goldenberg (Capital New York)

 

12/17 Overview of speaker candidates’ legislative records over the past four years from Jill Colvin (Politicker)

 

12/16 Report on calls being made by Mayor-elect de Blasio and his top aide, Emma Wolfe, on behalf of CM Mark-Viverito’s candidacy from NY1 News

 

12/13 Report on Julissa Ferreras’ quiet pursuit of the speakership from Ross Barkan (Politicker)

 

12/12 Report on the county party bosses having agreed not to unilaterally partner with the Progressive Caucus to choose a speaker from Chris Bragg (Crain’s New York)

 

12/12 Interview with CM Rodriguez about participatory budgeting and the speaker race from John Kenny (NewYorkTrue.com)

 

12/11 Look at the speaker’s race moving behind closed doors and the role of organized labor in the process from Nick Powell (City & State NY)

 

12/10 CM Garodnick appears on NY1′s Road to City Hall (paywall)

 

12/10 Video of Speaker Quinn discussing a potential replacement, and prior footage of CM Williams discussing his social views from John Kenny (NewYorkTrue.com)

 

12/5 El Diario editorial arguing for CM Mark-Viverito for speaker

 

12/4 CM Mark-Viverito appears on NY1′s Road to City Hall (paywall)

 

12/3 Recap of the seventh public forum focused on the candidates’ responses about how the speaker is actually chosen from Ross Barkan (Politicker)

 

12/3 Recap of the seventh public forum and preview of the race moving “behind closed doors” from Courtney Gross (NY1) 

 

12/3 Video of CM Weprin discussing his candidacy and his family’s political legacy from John Kenny (NewYorkTrue.com)

 

12/2 Recap of the seventh public forum with a focus on speaker town hall plans from Sally Goldenberg (Capital New York)

 

12/2 Recap of the seventh public forum focused on candidates’ discussion of council committees and rules changes from Erin Durkin (NY Daily News)

 

12/2 Report on CM Mark-Viverito’s “campaign” for speaker and who she does or does not have helping her with it from Ross Barkan (Politicker)

 

12/2 Report that CM Ydanis Rodriguez is rejoining the Progressive Caucus and is supportive of CM Mark-Viverito for speaker from Seth Barron (City Council Watch)

 

12/2 Report on Bill de Blasio’s preference for speaker and the strength of the county organizations from Erik Engquist (Crain’s New York)

 

11/30 Report on how the three Staten Island council members may vote from Jillian Jorgensen (SI Advance)

 

11/27 CM Weprin appears on NY1′s Road to City Hall (paywall)

 

11/27 Look at two speaker candidates who can serve two terms as speaker – and whether that is a selling point or not from Ross Barkan (Politicker)

 

11/27 Look at the power balance among County party bosses and the Progressive Caucus in determining the next speaker from Seth Barron (City and State NY)

 

11/27 Daily News editorial board call for CM Mark-Viverito to be disqualified from the running for speaker based on reports of her acceptance of free help from a consultancy from Annie Karni (NY Daily News)

 

11/26 Report on a statement from the council’s Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus about seeing one of their own as speaker from Jill Colvin (Politicker)

 

11/26 Report on the sixth public forum, in Staten Island, on the speaker candidates’ wooing their Republican colleagues from Sally Goldenberg (Capital New York)

 

11/26 Video of the three Staten Island CMs reacting to the speaker forum in their borough from John Kenny (NewYorkTrue.com)

 

11/25 Report on the sixth public forum, in Staten Island, on the speaker candidates’ appeals to the Republican caucus from Ross Barkan (Politicker)

 

11/25 Report on the Progressive Caucus’ interviewing speaker candidates, with a focus on CM Mark-Viverito’s candidacy from Sally Goldenberg (Capital New York)

 

11/25 Report on the Progressive Caucus’ interviewing speaker candidates from Ross Barkan (Politicker)

 

11/22 Look at the role that the Brooklyn Democratic party, led by Frank Seddio may be playing in the speaker’s race from Ross Barkan (Politicker)

 

11/22 Look at the candidates’ attempts to define themselves and the speaker’s race after five public forums from Ben Max (DecideNYC.com)

 

11/22 Recap of fifth public forum with a focus on candidates’ takes on participatory budgeting from Sally Goldenberg (Capital New York)

 

11/22 Video excerpt from the fifth public forum in which candidates name their greatest legislative accomplishment, and an interview with CM-elect Johnson about the race from John Kenny (NewYorkTrue.com)

 

11/21 Recap of the fifth public forum with a focus on the candidates’ praise for Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio from Ross Barkan (Politicker)

 

11/21 Video footage of the candidates talking before the start of the fifth public forum from John Kenny (NewYorkTrue.com)

 

11/21 Forum televised on NY1 – watch the forum online here - moderated by Errol Louis and Juan Manuel Benitez of NY1

 

11/21 Look at the candidacy of CM Vacca from Ross Barkan (Politicker)

 

11/21 Report on CM Mendez’s lack of support for CM Williams’ candidacy based on his social views from Sally Goldenberg (Capital New York)

 

11/21 Video of CM Koslowitz and CM-elect Cohen discussing the speaker’s race after the fourth public forum from John Kenny (NewYorkTrue.com)

 

11/21 Report on the speaker’s race and the possible shift of power from the county bosses to the progressive caucus from Brigid Bergin (WNYC)

 

11/20 Recap of the fourth public forum and the candidates’ competing attempts to “sell their similarity to de Blasio” from Sally Goldenberg (Capital New York)

 

11/20 Recap of the fourth public forum focused on candidates’ stances on “lulus” from Erin Durkin (NY Daily News)

 

11/20 Recap of the fourth public forum focused on which candidates admitted that they or their staff has had contact with the mayor-elect or his staff about the speaker’s race from Jill Colvin (Politicker)

 

11/20 Overview of the speaker’s race from Jonathan Lemire (AP) 

 

11/20 Look at CM Williams’ candidacy from Will Bredderman (Brooklyn Daily)

 

11/20 Recap of the third public forum and the battle for the “progressive mantle” from Ross Barkan (Politicker)

 

11/20 Recap of the third public forum and the first for CM Williams, and the role of the Progressive Caucus in choosing the speaker from Sally Goldenberg (Capital New York)

 

11/20 Video interviews with CM Lander & CM-elect Menchaca after third public forum about the role of the Progressive Caucus in choosing the Speaker from John Kenny (NewYorkTrue.com)

 

11/19 Look at CM Williams’ entrance into the speaker’s race and his complicating views on two key social issues from Ross Barkan (Politicker)

 

11/19 Look at who exactly will be the members of the council’s Progressive Caucus come January from Ben Max (DecideNYC.com)

 

11/19 Overview of the speaker’s role and this year’s race from Chester Soria (Gotham Gazette)

 

11/19 Overview of purpose behind council members and community organizations hosting four public speaker forums from Sebatien Malo (The New York World)

 

11/19 Look at the Progressive Caucus and Queens County as two major power brokers in the Speaker’s race from Ross Barkan (Politicker)

 

11/19 Video excerpts from the second public forum and reaction afterward from CMs-elect Torres and Rosenthal from John Kenny (NewYorkTrue.com)

 

11/19 Look at CM Vacca’s candidacy after the second public forum from Sally Goldenberg (Capital New York)

 

11/19 Report that the next Progressive Caucus plans to vote for a speaker as a unified bloc of twenty from Kate Taylor (NY Times)

 

11/19 Recap of the second public forum highlighting the performance of CM Vacca from Nick Powell (City and State NY)

 

11/19 Recap of the second public forum detailing candidates’ differing stances on reforming the speaker’s powers from Jill Colvin (Politicker)

 

11/18 Recap of the second public forum focused on the candidacy of CM Dickens from Jill Colvin (Politicker)

 

11/18 Recap of the second public forum, discussing candidates’ differences on member item reforms and the candidacy of CM Dickens from Erin Durkin (NY Daily News)

 

11/17 Look at the role of organized labor in the speaker’s race from Chris Bragg (Crain’s New York)

 

11/15 Report on Republican council members’ take on CM Mark Viverito’s candidacy from Nick Powell (City and State NY)

 

11/15 Look at how the Progressive Caucus and Mayor-Elect might affect the Speaker’s race from Ross Barkan (Politicker)

 

11/15 Video of candidates at first forum answering post-forum questions from John Kenny (NewYorkTrue.com)

 

11/15 Recap of first public forum from Nick Powell (City and State NY)

 

11/15 Recap of first public forum by Jacob Kornbluh (Yeshiva World News)

 

11/14 Recap of first public forum from Sally Goldenberg (Capital New York)

 

11/14 Recap of first public forum from Jill Colvin (Politcker)

 

11/14 Recap of first public forum from Courtney Gross (NY1)

 

11/14 Recap of first public forum from Erin Durkin (NY Daily News)

 

Articles on the 2013 City Council Speaker’s Race written before the public forums began

 

April 2013 Speculation from Ross Barkan

 

June 2013 Update from Colin Campbell

 

9/16 Overview by Sebastien Malo

 

9/16 Update after Bill Thompson’s mayoral concession – from Chris Bragg

 

9/18 Handicapping the speaker’s race by Seth Barron

 

9/19 Follow-up by Bragg

 

9/19 Overview by Kate Taylor

 

9/19 Recap and analysis from Azi Paybarah

 

10/2 Speaker’s race reaction to Tish James’ public advocate run-off win from Ross Barkan

 

10/2 James’ win will affect speaker’s race from Josh Robin

 

10/2 Overview of the speaker’s race in light of James’ victory from Michael Howard Saul

 

10/8 Post-primary lay of the land from Seth Barron

 

10/9 Look at demographics and the speaker’s race from Chester Soria 

 

10/17 Discussion of the “tokenization of Tish James” and prospects for the next speaker from Alexis Grenell

 

10/25 Assessment of Inez Dickens’ chances to be speaker from Azi Paybarah and Sally Goldenberg

 

10/30 Overview of the council coalition looking to reform the powers of the speaker and the legislative process in the council from Jill Colvin

 

11/7 Look at the prospects of Mellissa Mark-Viverito from Juan Gonzalez

 

11/8 Overview from Puerto Rico noting CMs Garodnick and Mark-Viverito as the frontrunners from Michael Howard Saul

 

11/11 Recap of the politicking at Somos relative to the speakership from Nick Powell

 

11/13 Look at different “campaigning” tactics from Courtney Gross

 

Mentioned at some point to be in consideration or possibly “running” for speaker:

 

 

 

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