Thursday, January 6, 2022

NYC Council Election Results

Adrienne Adams (D-28th District) was Elected First-ever Black Speaker of NYC Council.

After a contentious Back-Room Race, that dealt an early blow to Mayor Adams’ perceived Influence over the Legislative body.

Adams, who Represents a Section of eastern Queens that includes Jamaica, was picked for the Speaker Job, in an Internal Vote by the Council’s 51 Members, during their First meeting of the year.

In her First Floor remarks as Speaker, Adams said she was honored by her Colleagues’ Trust, but did Not linger on the Celebratory note.

We must realize that we are here because New York is at the crossroads of multiple crises, each one competing for our full attention, she said, listing off the still-raging Coronavirus Pandemic, Gun Violence, and Economic Inequality, as issues that must be addressed by the Council this Term.

Adams’ historic appointment had a preordained air to it, in that the Speaker’s Race was effectively decided last month, when All other Candidates dropped out, and a Majority of Members publicly committed support for Adams.

But some fireworks still erupted in the Council Chamber during the Vote.

Newly sworn-in Socialist Council Members: Charles Barron (D-42nd District, Brooklyn) and Kristin Richardson Jordan (D-9th District, Harlem), who were alone in voting against Adams’ Speaker Nomination, both suggested their Colleague from Queens, is too closely aligned with Mayor Adams, and Not sufficiently Progressive on issues like Policing.

— Diana Ayala (D-8th District, Bronx) was appointed Deputy Speaker.

- Keith Powers (D-4th District, Manhattan), my Coucil Member, as Majority Leader.

- Selvena Brooks-Powers (D-31st District, Queens) as Majority Whip.

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker

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