Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Would Relinquish Some Authority in Funding Decisions
New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has agreed to relinquish authority in setting how much funding each council member receives to dole out to community groups, part of a proposed overhaul of council rules to be introduced Tuesday that would diminish the speaker's power.
Ms. Mark-Viverito's predecessor, Christine Quinn, developed a reputation for punishing council members who crossed her by cutting their discretionary funding to groups such as little leagues and soup kitchens. When running for speaker, Ms. Mark-Viverito, a Manhattan Democrat, promised a more inclusive style of leadership. Read more »