We've Got Ourselves a New Speaker!
'Twas Quite a Day
In true backroom fashion, the party bosses of Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx united yesterday to ordain Christine Quinn as the next City Council Speaker - and a full 48 hours in advance of the actual vote no less.
That's right people ... it's a done deal! Late yesterday afternoon, Speaker candidate Bill de Blasio - Quinn's top rival - conceded. For all practical purposes, the race is over. The vote during tomorrow's Charter Meeting will again just be a formality - a performance of sorts for Kings Manton, Rivera and Lopez.
The full extent of the negotiated settlement may never be completely known ... but here's what we think we know thus far.
- Queens will continue controlling the Rules, Finance and Land Use Committees.
- Bronx will keep control of its committees.
- Brooklyn will most likely gain control of the Housing & Buildings Committee
- It now looks like the Education Committee, contrary to earlier reports, will go to Council Member Robert Jackson of Manhattan (according to The Politicker).
- Speaker candidates Fidler and de Blasio will most likely attain leadership posts (also via The Politicker).
"Where Queens goes, the Speaker goes," Queens Speaker candidate David Weprin told The Politicker.
"This is an extension of Millerism," Charles Barron, the Brooklyn radical who supported de Blasio, told The Politicker. "Alliances with the real estate industry and allegiance to Queens. Quinn will not be independent from Queens just like Miller wasn't, and to me that's disgusting."
And Jill Gardiner of the New York Sun gathered the following panoply of notable quotes:
"I think it's clear from this that the county organizations are still powerful and that Queens makes out like a bandit again," a professor of public affairs at Baruch College, Douglas Muzzio.
Letitia James, Brooklyn Councilwoman and de Blasio supporter, called yesterday "a sad day for Brooklyn." And said that she was "disappointed that Brooklyn could not bring home the bacon."
And Republican Minority Leader James Oddo had this to say, "Arithmetic has no mercy. There will no be mercy in the arithmetic for the person who comes in second. Once the dominos start falling nobody wants to be on the wrong side."
Lastly, the folks at PO Boss are gearing up for the term limits battle. Quinn has indicated - without an ounce of doubt - that she plans to alter term limits through legislative fiat.