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Two Manhattan council members lead race to replace Quinn as speaker

Council Members Melissa Mark-Viverito and Dan Garodnick are the top contenders in the race to replace current-Speaker Christine Quinn, according to reports.

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The top two contenders in the race to replace current City Council Speaker Christine Quinn are also from Manhattan, according to multiple reports.

East Harlem Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, a progressive who endorsed Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio before any other councilmembers, and Upper East Side Councilman Dan Garodnick, a former securities attorney, are leading the race.

De Blasio has reportedly pushed for Mark-Viverito in calls to several council members this week, while Democratic outer-borough leaders reportedly believe they've secured the votes for Garodnick.


The race will be decided in January through a vote in council, which has 51 members.

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