Saving Barron’s Chair

Christine Quinn may be in a secure position to get re-elected as City Council speaker, but the real question now is: How will she assign committee chairmanships among the new class of Council members?

Some of the most coveted chairmanships are being vacated by members who ran for higher office, not re-election.

Tomorrow, Rev. Al Sharpton and others are organizing a protest in order to prevent popular dissident Charles Barron from losing his chairmanship (or chairpersonship) of the Higher Education Committee. The protest is taking place on the City Hall steps at 11 a.m. Barron, while he criticizes nearly everything Michael Bloomberg and the City Council speaker do, hasn’t really used his committee to push an agenda. (He commands so much attention, he doesn’t really need to). But down-grading Barron would send a reminder to Council members about who wields the power in the Council.

Technically, all the committee chairmanships and committee assignments are up for reshuffling, since there’s a new class of members being sworn in.

One rumor going around is that Leroy Comrie of Queens will get the Land Use committee, while the Finance Committee chairmanship is being sought after by three prominent members from Brooklyn: Simcha Felder, Lew Fidler and Domenic Recchia.

A spokesman for Quinn emailed to say, “No decisions have been made about any committee chairs.”