During the race for City Council speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito was often described as having “a reputation for having cold personal relationships” with her colleagues.
But since her victory in the contest, it seems she is all hugs.
Indeed, the New York City Council Flickr gallery–with all photos taken by Council photographer William Alatriste–is filled with picture after picture of Ms. Mark-Viverito hugging fellow members.
Whether it’s a deliberate tactic to soften her image or not isn’t clear. If it is, it may need more time to resonate in all corners of the five boroughs. Just today, the Daily News editorial page portrayed her as rather ruthless, writing, “Her message: If you want your money, don’t cross the boss.” (Maybe the News need a hug?)
Regardless, reached for comment, Mark-Viverito spokesman Eric Koch doubled down on the tactic.
“The speaker has a lot of respect and admiration for her colleagues,” Mr. Koch told Politicker. “She’s very pro-hug.”