It appears that Queens Assemblywoman Kathleen Nolan has admitted defeat in not having near enough votes to become the next speaker, but she has not withdrawn her name as of now.
A vote is scheduled for 11 A.M. tomorrow morning, this after a unanimous vote was taken to move up the scheduled speaker vote from February 10th.
It is expected that it will be a unanimous for Bronx Assemblyman and Bronx Democratic County Leader Carl Heastie.
Either before or after being sworn in as the new speaker it is expected that Heastie will relinquish his role as Bronx Democratic County Leader.
Two names have surfaced as a replacement for Heastie as Bronx Democratic County Leader. The current Bronx Democratic County County Committee Chair Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, and recently named Somos chair Assemblyman Marcos Crespo.
The argument for Assemblyman Dinowitz is that as Bronx Democratic County Committee Chair he is able to take over for Heastie since Dinowitz was the number two man in the county organization.
The argument for Assemblyman Crespo is that the Bronx is a majority Latino borough, and that it was Crespo who was elected to fill the vacant 85th assembly district when then Assemblyman Ruben Diaz Jr. was elected Bronx Borough President.
It is not known yet when the election for the new Bronx Democratic County Leader will take place, but since he is second in command it is expected that Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz would be the man in charge until the vote for a new county leader is taken.