The Uber deal was hers, not Mayor Bill de Blasio's, and his taking credit for it is wrong and an attempt to "save face," City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has charged.
She also tweeted: "Clearly sexism alive & well in politics as well as press coverage. Always disappointing, never surprising."
A spokesman insisted Friday the sexism tweet and the suggestion Thursday at a news conference that racism was also at play was directed at media coverage, not the mayor.
“I find it offensive as a woman, and as a Latina, who is leading this legislative body, that somehow I was forced to my position. That I couldn’t possibly have arrived at this position on my own. That it was others, and predominantly men in this case, that got me to this point,” she said. “And that is completely erroneous.”