Evan Stavisky (of The Parkside Group)
Had this to say in this recent Newsday piece by City Hall Bureau Chief Dan Janison:
"The road to the speakership clearly goes through Queens. [Chairman] Tom Manton always walks with his members and engages - in his phrase - in constructive malingering."
"He's under no pressure to endorse a candidate early, and under no pressure to act before it's necessary," Stavisky said. "He'll probably weigh in late in the game."