In a seemingly unusual development for a 51-voter race, two major newspapers have basically endorsed Dan Garodnick for City Council speaker, at least by disqualifying front-runner Melissa Mark Viverito. “To elevate her to that position would be to trash ethical standards,” the Daily News wrote, for example.
“It’s troubling enough having a speaker who is handpicked by the mayor,” opined the New York Times on Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s Mark-Viverito advocacy. “Council members should consider the reputation and legislative record offered by Mr. Garodnick, who seems the better choice.”
But Times columnist Michael Powell took a different tack, sarcastically portraying the Garodnick forces as “alpha dogs” finding an old-fashioned turf war. “From deepest Queens, Representative Joseph Crowley has loosened a sustained yowl of outrage,” he wrote, for instance, later describing Mr. Crowley as speaking “with a deep growl.”
Meanwhile, Bronx Councilwoman Annabel Palma, a Garodnick supporter, let loose on the Mark-Viverito forces, telling Capital New York, “This whole process has been handled through manipulation and threats.” “This whole process of … the unions having such a heavy hand on who gets a speaker is totally disrespectful,” she added.
Mr. de Blasio’s new schools chancellor, Carmen Fariña, introduced herself to DOE staff yesterday, according to the recently revamped Chalkbeat New York, but “left many questions unanswered, including speculation about who among the department’s top leadership will stay and who will go. Fariña was not made available for questions from reporters.”
New York looked at the “political chess match” taking place between Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo: “One certainty is that Cuomo didn’t want a pre-K confrontation with De Blasio overshadowing everything else he’ll be proposing in the State of the State. The other is that this skirmish strengthened De Blasio’s hand.”
And here’s video, via NYTrue.com, of Mr. de Blasio taking questions at yesterday’s press conference at City Hall: