Sections

Speaker expected to announce Council leadership spots

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (c.) is expected to name Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (r.) as the Council's majority leader, a source said. They are joined by Councilman Daniel Dromm in this photo.
TimesLedger Newspapers
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like TimesLedger on Facebook.

The new City Council will take further shape tomorrow as Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) is expected to dole out key leadership positions that will define the legislative body’s power structure for the next four years.

Mark-Viverito was elected speaker during the Council’s first meeting earlier this month after she lined up the support of the legislative body’s Progressive Caucus late last year, and at Wednesday’s meeting she is expected to reward supporters with appointments to key positions and committees.According to a source, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) will be named majority leader at tomorrow’s meeting, though the information could not be independently confirmed.

“Jimmy’s selection as a majority leader is a testament to his commitment to the progressive issues that matter to the new city government,” the source said.

A Mark-Viverito spokesman declined to comment.

The majority leader is the council’s No. 2 lawmaker and was last held by Councilman Joel Rivera (D-Bronx), son of former Bronx Party chairman and current state Assemblyman Jose Rivera, who was term-limited from his seat.

Van Bramer, who chaired the council’s Cultural Affairs Committee, is a progressive who was elected to a second term last year and has distinguished himself as a vocal supporter of LGBT issues and paid sick day legislation.

Reach reporter Rich Bockmann by e-mail at rbockmann@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4574.

Updated 12:35 am, January 22, 2014
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like TimesLedger on Facebook.

Reader feedback

Peter B. from Rego Park says:
Councilman Van Bremer has also been an incredible supporter of safe and livable streets. His appointment to such a leadership position would be a huge boost to efforts to make our streets safer and will ensure that the Council works to support the Mayor's stated goal of VisionZero - reducing pedestrian and cyclist deaths on our streets to zero over the next ten years. Indeed with Van Bremer and other progressives in leadership positions I would expect [hope] the council to take the lead on this initiative. So far this year we are way off track and too many people are being killed.
Jan. 22, 2014, 9:09 am

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not TimesLedger.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to TimesLedger.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

CNG: Community Newspaper Group