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Melissa Mark-Viverito in the running for City Council speaker

Melissa Mark-Viverito

Melissa Mark-Viverito Credit: Melissa Mark-Viverito (New York City Council)

The race for City Council speaker — the most powerful citywide post after the mayor — has narrowed to a handful of hopefuls.

The front-runner is reportedly Melissa Mark-Viverito, a councilwoman who represents parts of upper Manhattan and the Bronx. Mark-Viverito is a close ally of the mayor-elect, Bill de Blasio, who has reportedly been lobbying council members to pick her.

Among the other candidates are Mark Weprin of Queens and Dan Garodnick of Manhattan.

De Blasio confirmed that he’s been chatting with members of the council about the race, but wouldn’t confirm reports that he’s been lobbying for Mark-Viverito.

“I’ve talked to some council members. I gave them my observations on what’s going on. They’re going to make their own decision,” de Blasio said.

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