Melissa Mark-Viverito

The City Council members vying to succeed Melissa Mark-Viverito as speaker

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Nearly four years ago, Melissa Mark-Viverito became the first Latina speaker of the New York City Council. She was elevated with the support of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and Brooklyn Democratic boss Frank Seddio, who reneged on a three-way pact with Rep. Joseph Crowley, the Queens Democratic leader, and then-Bronx Democratic Party Chairman Carl Heastie to back City Councilman Dan Garodnick of Manhattan.

This time, at least eight candidates are vying for the post. Will another Manhattanite win as a compromise between Queens and the Bronx? Will Brooklyn be punished for Seddio’s switcheroo? Will minority members, who make up half of the council, elect a speaker of color – especially with white men serving the city as mayor and comptroller? Will the council elect the first African-American, the first Latino male or the first openly gay male speaker? Will the top fundraisers woo enough colleagues with their campaign cash?

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We won’t find out until after the elections, but here’s a brief rundown of each contender’s advantages and disadvantages.

Robert Cornegy Jr.

Robert Cornegy Jr.

Pros: Would be the first African-American speaker … and reportedly has the support of Seddio.

Cons: Represents Brooklyn, which could be shut out by Queens and the Bronx … and lags behind other candidates in fundraising.

Total Contributions: $114,975

Corey Johnson

Corey Johnson

Pros: Represents Manhattan, the traditional home of compromise candidates … would be the first openly gay man as speaker … and is considered an early front-runner.

Cons: Is white, like de Blasio and City Comptroller Scott Stringer … and like Garodnick, the front-runner doesn’t always win.

Total Contributions: $477,627

Mark Levine

Mark Levine

Pros: Represents Manhattan, the traditional home of compromise candidates … and is considered an early front-runner.

Cons: Is white, like de Blasio and City Comptroller Scott Stringer … and the front-runner doesn’t always win.

Total Contributions: $406,504

Donovan Richards

Donovan Richards

Pros: Would be the first African-American speaker.

Cons: Represents Queens, which has a history of picking a Manhattan compromise candidate.

Total Contributions: $130,623

 

Ydanis Rodriguez

Ydanis Rodríguez

Pros: Represents Manhattan, the traditional home of compromise candidates … and would be the first Latino male as speaker.

Cons: Two front-runners – Johnson and Levine – also represent Manhattan.

Total Contributions: $248,723

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Ritchie Torres

Ritchie Torres

Pros: Would be the first Latino male as speaker … and would be the first openly gay man as speaker.

Cons: Represents the Bronx, which has a history of picking a Manhattan compromise candidate … and may not have the support of the Bronx Democratic County Committee.

Total Contributions: $257,454

Jimmy Van Bramer

Jimmy Van Bramer

Pros: Would be the first openly gay man as speaker … and is the top fundraiser among the candidates.

Cons: Represents Queens, which has a history of picking a Manhattan compromise candidate.

Total Contributions: $514,825

Jumaane Williams

Jumaane Williams

Pros: Would be the first African-American speaker.

Cons: Represents Brooklyn, which could be shut out by Queens and the Bronx … and in a progressive council, he opposes abortion rights and same-sex marriage.

Total Contributions: $207,422

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