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Boro Council members retain most committee chairmanships

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The one exception was Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton), who was stripped of the Economic Development Committee chair. The punishment is thought to be the result of his wrangling with the Queens Democratic Organization, which played the largest hand in Quinn's successful Speaker bid."They say I'm too independent and therefore can't serve," Sanders said.Quinn, instead, handed the chair to the borough's newest addition, Councilman Thomas White Jr. (D-Jamaica), who replaced Allan Jennings for the seat this year.The remaining Queens members retained their high-profile positions - a nod to the borough's powerful party head, Thomas Manton. Council members Melinda Katz (D-Forest Hills) David Weprin (D-Hollis) - both of whom ran against Quinn for Speaker but are considered Queens party loyalists - kept their respective chairs in the Land Use and Finance committees.Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), another speaker contender, was promoted from majority whip to deputy majority leader. Quinn also named him chairman of the Consumer Affairs Committee.All committee chairmanships in the council come with a bonus that ranges from $4,000 to $18,000 in addition to a member's $90,000 salary.Reach reporter Zach Patberg by e-mail at news@timesledger.com or by phone at 718-229-0300, Ext. 155.

Updated 7:02 pm, October 10, 2011
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