Mayor de Blasio gave his blessing Thursday to a deal that’s more likely to make Councilman Corey Johnson the subsequent Metropolis Council speaker.
“Congratulations to the subsequent speaker of the @NYCCouncil, Corey Johnson,” de Blasio tweeted.
“He’s been a pressure for the folks of his district and I do know he’ll carry that very same dedication, ardour, and vitality to the speakership. I stay up for working with him on a progressive agenda for NYC.”
Johnson, a Manhattan Democrat, sewed up the backing Wednesday of the Queens and Bronx county Democratic leaders, who introduced with them assist from sufficient Council members to provide him the win.
The consequence gained’t be official till the 51 Council members vote in January.
4 years in the past, de Blasio performed an important position in selecting outgoing Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito for the job, throwing his assist behind her and teaming with the Council’s progressive caucus to orchestrate a deal.
This time round, he was far much less concerned — and was out of city in Iowa because the deal grew to become last.
County leaders in Queens and the Bronx, who had been shut out 4 years in the past, this time reclaimed their conventional position as kingmakers within the race.
Sources mentioned one other Manhattan Democrat, Mark Levine, was favored by the mayor, however he seen Johnson as a suitable alternative.
Eight Councilmen had been within the race, 4 of whom have now lined up behind Johnson. Brooklyn Councilman Robert Cornegy mentioned Wednesday he would proceed his candidacy.