An Inauspicious Beginning

To The Editor:

The people are best served when government operates with checks and balances.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s engineering the designation of Melissa Mark-Viverito as Speaker of the City Council tarnishes his reputation as a liberal and is an inauspicious beginning of his Mayoralty (“Mark-Viverito Named New Speaker,” Jan. 9-15, 2014).  Nor does it say much for  the City Council members who went along  with  this infraction of democratic principles, but given its history of mediocrity, it comes as no surprise.

Benjamin M. Haber,