Melissa Mark Viverito becomes new City Council speaker

Melissa Mark-Viverito has been unanimously voted the new City Council speaker. Mark-Viverito, a Democrat who represents the Bronx and Manhattan, is the first Hispanic speaker

Mayor Bill de Blasio had lobbied council members on her behalf in the speaker race.

Mayor Bill de Blasio had lobbied council members on her behalf in the speaker race. (1/8/14)

NEW YORK - Melissa Mark-Viverito has been unanimously voted the new City Council speaker.

Mark-Viverito, a Democrat who represents the Bronx and Manhattan, is the first Hispanic speaker of the City Council. All 51 City Council members voted for her after Councilman Dan Garodnick conceded earlier Wednesday.

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

Mark-Viverito grew up in Puerto Rico and moved to the United States at the age of 18 to attend Baruch College. She will remain speaker until Dec. 31, 2017.
 

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

A press conference was held in Downtown Brooklyn 1 VIDEO: El Chapo extradited and arraigned in Brooklyn
2 VIDEO: Extended interview with owner of BeeHive Oven Biscuit Cafe
Brooklyn nail salon makes its own unique nail 3 Brooklyn Style: k2 Nail Salon
Witnesses say a 10-year-old boy was struck by 4 Witnesses: 10-year-old hit by car in Brooklyn
Kilusan Bautista once lived in Crown Heights until 5 NYC man's show puts spotlight on gentrification

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE