Electing a mayor, putting one of its own as a second-in-line (Public Advocate-Elect Tish James) and now selecting the next speaker of the city Council, Brooklyn is clearly in the house.
The sudden deal sealed Wednesday for Manhattan Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito as speaker of the City Council is expected to benefit the Brooklyn-Progressive coalition that unified behind her, also carrying favor to Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio.
Thus, while Ms. Mark-Viverito clearly is the Woman of the hour, making history as the first Latina woman who speaks fluent Spanish to obtain one of the most powerful jobs in the City of New York, it is important to note that the Jewish community in Brooklyn also did well in being part of the deal.
Mark Weprin and Dan Garodnick, who are both Jewish, becoming speaker would be significant to the Jewish community. Nonetheless, considering the political prospects of the outcome, one can clearly say the Orthodox Jewish community did well in getting part of the pie.
Three Jewish council members of Brooklyn, two of them Orthodox, are now poised to become highly influential in the City Council, serving as high ranking members in serving all New Yorkers.
As first reported by Politicker’s Ross Barkan, Councilman David Greenfield is said to be in line to be the next chairman of the City Council’s powerful Land Use committee. Mr. Greenfield, who reportedly worked hand-in-hand with Brooklyn chair Frank Seddio to try to lock in the best agreement possible for the 16-member Brooklyn delegation, could land another committee in the deal, such as the transportation or finance chair.
Brad Lander of Brooklyn — a key figure of the Progressive bloc and the backbone of Mark-Viverito’s coalition — will be named Deputy Speaker for Policy, Capital’s Azi Paybarah reported.
Brooklyn’s freshman Chaim Deutsch is in line to be the next Public Safety Committee Chairman, a source told YWN. As reported yesterday, Mr. Deutsch was not part of the deal between the Brooklyn County bloc and the Progressive Caucus. Instead, according to the source, Mr. Deutsch closed an earlier deal in joining the Progressive members of Brooklyn as part of the caucus, thus poised to benefit in possibly getting his desired post as chairman of the public Safety Committee.
Reached for a comment, the three council members declined to comment.
(Jacob Kornbluh – YWN)