Morning Read: ‘She Made a Mojito’

Today's amNewYork.

Today’s amNewYork.

Headline of the Day: “The Marty Markowitz Christmas card is pure, unfiltered Marty Markowitz.”

In what could be a major change in the speaker’s race, Bill de Blasio and a top aide, Emma Wolfe, are reportedly calling council members and urging them to back Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito for the gig. Ms. Mark-Viverito herself is said to be following up on these calls with a personal pitch.

Meanwhile, Capital New York profiled Ms. Wolfe. Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras, commenting on Ms. Wolfe’s crisis-management work in her own race, declared, “Emma doesn’t make lemonade out of lemons. She made a mojito in my case. Wow. In total crisis she was able to keep me focused.”

NY1 noted that Carmen Farina, said to be Mr. de Blasio’s reluctant interim schools chancellor pick, has been talked into taking an administration job before. “When a job comes to you and you’re told you’re the person who needs to carry forth, you don’t say no,” she reflected–almost 10 years ago–on joining the Bloomberg administration.

The Wall Street Journal profiled the group of young, progressive council members elected this year, pointing to, among other things, the record six members of the incoming City Council who will be openly gay: “The so-called Rat Pack largely met this year through mutual political contacts as they campaigned, and they now spend regular time together.”

Sydney Leathers, Anthony Weiner‘s digital dalliance, is on a billboard now in the city: “The ad is the first in a campaign that will showcase Weiner’s former sexting pal in commercials on television, radio and billboards across the tri-state area.”

And The New York Times has obtained the passive-aggressive letters between Brooklyn District Attorney Joe Hynes and District Attorney-elect Ken Thompson on the topic of Mr. Hynes paying huge sums of money in vacation days to one of his most controversial prosecutors:
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Morning Read: ‘She Made a Mojito’