Normally I would not care at all about Queens and Queens politics, but this leads into a very interesting question here in the Bronx. City Councilman Mark Weprin was unanimously elected this morning as chair of the Council’s Queens delegation, a sign that the wounds from the protracted Council Speaker race between Dan Garodnick and Melissa Mark-Viverito might be starting to heal.
What role the delegation chair plays in the new City Council is still up in the air. In the past, the delegation chair has played a big role in negotiating the city budget, with delegation chairs from all counties often named to the Council’s Budget Negotiating Team. The chairs also typically have a say in funding some of the county’s capital projects, and have also helped divvy up the pot of discretionary funding given to the borough Council members.
“The delegation chair, the role is still up to some discussion with the new Speaker, exactly the roles delegations as a whole are gonna play,” Weprin said. “We have issues in Queens that aren’t the same as in other areas, we have more seniors than in other counties, more diverse neighborhoods than other counties, so I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
So much for Queens, now for the Bronx Council delegation. Since the past Bronx Council delegation leader Councilwoman Annabel Palma (the former chair of the General Welfare Committee) did not receive a chair of any committee in the City Council it would make sense to say that Councilwoman Palms will not be the Bronx Council delegation leader this year. Since new Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson was given the most prestigious Chair of the Bronx council members that being the Public Safety Committee. My guess is that Councilwoman Gibson will become the new Bronx Council delegation leader.
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