Fight in the Council

Just back from City Hall, where the Council is acting like a legislature. A packed hearing on one piece of the Mayor’s solid waste management plan is underway and — what’s with all the suspense lately? — it seems possible that Gifford will lose it, having just lost a vote in subcommittee.

This is, in part, the inevitable waning of power from a lame-duck Speaker. But it’s also lending credence to the rumors circulating, and hinted at in this Daily News story, that the Jets will try to ram some version of the stadium through the Council, based on their notional support from 28 members.

Problem is, they’ve never actually asked those supporters for anything, and we have our doubts whether they’d materialize in a pinch.

Gifford‘s team, meanwhile, would clearly relish the fight.

“A move that desperate would be the equivalent of a Hail Mary pass after the clock has run out,” Miller spokesman Steve Sigmund emailed us.

And for what it’s worth, Gawker doesn’t think the stadium fight is over. She dips her toe into state politics, doesn’t like what she sees, and proposes that the Jets sue somebody.

UPDATE: Miller won the full committee vote.

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