de Blasio's Concession
Statement from Bill de Blasio:
"I've given this race my all, but my colleague, Christine Quinn, has the support to win. Now it's time to unite the Council and ensure a strong Speaker, so I am supporting Chris to be the next Speaker of the City Council. I am grateful to all of my colleagues who came together in a progressive, multi-borough coalition to back my own candidacy, but now I'm urging them to join me in supporting Chris."
"Chris and I have worked closely over the last four years as colleagues, and for years before that as staff members in government. I have the utmost confidence that Chris will be a great Speaker who will lead our Council in a progressive direction and strengthen the Council's role of representing every neighborhood of our city, with a special emphasis on protecting the most vulnerable of our fellow New Yorkers."