Choosing the Finance Chair

Two City Council members told me that Michael Bloomberg is getting directly involved committee-chairmanship assignments, and making personal appeals pushing Domenic Recchia as finance chair. It could mean that the mayor is concerned that the Council he’ll be negotiating with for the next four years won’t be as friendly as the previous one.

Recchia endorsed Bloomberg for re-election, sat right next to him when he signed the law extending term limits, and is generally an ally of the mayor’s administration.

Recchia, as I and others have noted, is particularly close to Bloomberg, especially when compared to one of the other leading candidates for the job, Lew Fidler. Liz says there’s room for the Bronx to make a play for the job, if Carl Heastie rolls up his sleeves and gets lucky.

Recchia’s spokeswoman said he’s in back-to-back meetings and unable to talk. Bloomberg’s spokesman reiterated that they have policy of not commenting on private conversations.

Oliver Koppell, a City Councilman from the Bronx, didn’t offer much insight. I spotted him walking out of Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s office this afternoon and asked him if he knew anything about the committee assignments.

“I’m not at liberty to say and I don’t have an opinion,” he said. When I asked if he’d be happy with anybody as finance chair, Koppell said yes.