Mark Levine Plans Run For New York City Council Speaker
Mark Levine, the uptown Manhattan City Council representative who this week defeated a primary challenger who employed anti-Semitic rhetoric, is now making a bid to lead the City Council.
Levine told local news outlet dnainfo that if elected speaker, he would unite the City Council.
“We’re facing a challenging four years ahead in the era of Donald Trump and we as a body are going to need to come together as a strong united, independent body that can deliver for the people of the city,” Levine told dnainfo.
First elected in 2013, Levine is a member of the council’s Progressive Caucus and chairs the Jewish Caucus. The current council speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, is barred by term limits from running for re-election to the council.
Other speaker hopefuls include Corey Johnson, who represents Manhattan’s West Village, and Jimmy Van Bramer, who represents neighborhoods in Queens.
This story "Mark Levine Plans Run For New York City Council Speaker" was written by Josh Nathan-Kazis.