City Council elects Melissa Mark-Viverito as speaker - KMSP-TV

City Council elects Melissa Mark-Viverito as speaker

Posted: Updated:
Melissa Mark Viverito (PRNewsFoto/The City Of New York Office of the Mayor, Jin Lee) Melissa Mark Viverito (PRNewsFoto/The City Of New York Office of the Mayor, Jin Lee)

JONATHAN LEMIRE | AP

NEW YORK (AP) — Melissa Mark-Viverito, an ally of Mayor Bill de Blasio, was elected speaker of the New York City Council on Wednesday after a rival for the position conceded.

The 51-member body voted unanimously for Mark-Viverito, who becomes the first Hispanic person to hold the speaker's job.

Councilman Dan Garodnick abandoned his bid in the moments before the City Council's vote and threw his support behind Mark-Viverito.

"While it was difficult at times, that only makes today's show of unity even better," Mark-Viverito said after the vote. "We will work together because that is what New Yorkers expect and that is what New Yorkers deserve."

Garodnick, who represents a district on Manhattan's East Side, said he would work to resolve "any rifts this process may have caused among our colleagues" and to help the council move forward together.

Mark-Viverito is one of the most liberal members of the council and was an early supporter of de Blasio's mayoral bid.

De Blasio took the unusual step in recent weeks of injecting himself into the speaker's race, calling council members to lobby on his candidate's behalf.

The speaker is considered the second-most powerful post in city government and has the ability to speed up or obstruct the mayor's agenda.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • 'Here Lies Love'

    'Here Lies Love'

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:33 PM EDT2014-04-24 23:33:22 GMT
    "Here Lies Love" tells the rise and fall of former Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos. History meets disco literally as the story is told in a nightclub.Ruthie Ann Miles plays Marcos. Miles admits a big challenge is bringing to life a woman with views vastly different from her own and giving that to show-goers. "As an actor you believe in yourself," Miles says. "You need to be your own best friend, your own biggest supporter so that the audience can come on a journey with you."
    "Here Lies Love" tells the rise and fall of former Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos. History meets disco literally as the story is told in a nightclub.Ruthie Ann Miles plays Marcos. Miles admits a big challenge is bringing to life a woman with views vastly different from her own and giving that to show-goers. "As an actor you believe in yourself," Miles says. "You need to be your own best friend, your own biggest supporter so that the audience can come on a journey with you."
  • Some residents return after NJ brush fire forces evacuations

    Some residents return after NJ brush fire forces evacuations

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:03 PM EDT2014-04-24 23:03:25 GMT
    A school and several homes in Ocean County were evacuated on Thursday afternoon because of a large brush fire that was being fanned by winds. Some residents returned a few hours later. The fire burned about half a square mile.
    A school and several homes in Ocean County were evacuated on Thursday afternoon because of a large brush fire that was being fanned by winds. Some residents returned a few hours later. The fire burned about half a square mile.
  • Startups flock to NY TechDay

    Startups flock to NY TechDay

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:40 PM EDT2014-04-24 22:40:26 GMT
    NY TechDay is where the hottest new startups come every year. More than 400 of them from all different countries come to check out the NYC tech scene. Our first stop at Pier 92 was Rent Hackr, a website with renter generated data to help apartment hunters. Then we checked out Karma, a portable Wi-Fi device that lets you share hot spots with friends.
    NY TechDay is where the hottest new startups come every year. More than 400 of them from all different countries come to check out the NYC tech scene. Our first stop at Pier 92 was Rent Hackr, a website with renter generated data to help apartment hunters. Then we checked out Karma, a portable Wi-Fi device that lets you share hot spots with friends.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices