Corey Johnson was elected speaker of the New York City Council in an overwhelming vote Jan. 3, capping months of maneuvering that will make him the city’s second-most-powerful elected official, reports Erin Durkin, New York Daily News.
Johnson — a Manhattan Democrat who is gay and HIV positive — was chosen in a 48-1 vote. Councilwoman Inez Barron, who mounted her own last-minute bid for speaker to protest the lack of black candidates, was the lone no vote.
Johnson is expected to pose a challenge to Mayor de Blasio — saying he won’t hesitate to push through bills over the mayor’s veto, which never happened under his predecessor — although their progressive ideological views largely align. He takes over from Melissa Mark-Viverito, who left the job because of term limits.
The Massachusetts native, 35, recalled moving to New York at age 19, with two bags and no idea where he was going to live.