City Council Passes Rules Reform

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Last week, the City Council passed a series of rules reforms, making changes inward rather than outward. All 51 members voted unanimously on the overhaul, which eliminates the Council Speaker’s ability to give out discretionary funds. In a break from the City Council under previous speaker Christine Quinn, all of […]

Wills Arrested On Corruption Charges

BY TRIB STAFF Another prominent Queens official is facing criminal charges. Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) was arrested early Wednesday following a detailed investigation from State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. According to the indictment released Wednesday afternoon, Wills has been charged with third-degree grand larceny, first-degree scheme to defraud, first-degree falsifying business records and first-degree offering […]

Queens Wins With Committee Chairs

BY STEVEN J. FERRARI Editor-in-Chief The most strident supporters of Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito were rewarded on Wednesday with key committee chair positions, with several Queens council members coming up as big winners. Members of the Council’s Progressive Caucus publicly backed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s choice for Council Speaker, with Queens members breaking away from […]

We Need A Balance

The City Council came together yesterday after a sharp divide over the last few weeks to throw its support behind Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, making her the first Latina Speaker in the City’s history. We look forward to what she has planned as the legislative body’s new leader, and we hope she stands firm in the […]

Mark-Viverito Named New Speaker

BY STEVEN J. FERRARI Editor-in-Chief Bill de Blasio stated a preference for City Council Speaker from the beginning, and on Wednesday, the new Mayor got his wish. While de Blasio was in Albany on Wednesday for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address, the City Council unanimously supported Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan/the Bronx) as she […]

The Plot Thickens

Since we first reported that City Councilmembers were being promised prominent committee chair positions in order to vote a particular way on the Council Speaker race, more news continues to bubble. *While Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s preferred candidate, Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, continues to tout her victory, rival Dan Garodnik has kept up a “wait-and-see” approach. […]

Ending the Year Right

Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras had a fantastic 2013, both personally and professionally: the East Elmhurst council member who raised her profile with the battles over Willets Point and Flushing Meadows Corona Park also welcomed a new baby boy to her family hours after the polls closed for the September primary. As rumors persist that she will […]

Committee Chairs Found Under the Tree

It seems as though a certain new Mayor has been playing Santa Claus in order to get his preferred City Council Speaker. According to sources close to the situation, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has promised a number of committee leadership posts to City Council members in order to guarantee that Melissa Mark-Viverito is named Speaker […]

Disappointment In Ulrich

To The Editor: I am extremely disappointed with Councilman Eric Ulrich’s support of Melissa Mark-Viverito as she runs for Council Speaker. The fact that he will support such an individual whom has displayed contempt for our national symbol and refused to pledge allegiance to our flag until she decided to run for Speaker is nothing […]