The New Brooklyn leader, Vito Lopez, is trying to make his traditionally disunited borough a player in the race for City Council Speaker.
He’s calling a meeting of the borough’s Council delegation at his Bushwick club later this month, in hopes of convincing the two Brooklyn candidates — Bill de Blasio and Lew Fidler — to hash out their differences before the full Council votes.
“We haven’t had a speaker from Brooklyn since Tom Cuite,” Lopez told The Politicker. “I want to come up with a rule and a manner how we can unite and come out and have the majority.”
Brooklyn, he pointed out, is the largest of the boroughs.
“If we can get 12 or 14 votes, it makes us a principal player. It puts us in a situation where it’s almost hard for us to not be a player.”