By Carol Tannenhauser
Gale Brewer, the Upper West Side’s City Councilmember-elect, has thrown her support in the race for City Council Speaker behind Councilmember Adrienne Adams (no relation to Eric), withdrawing herself from the race.
“Adrienne Adams has earned my support,” Brewer said, in a joint statement in which three other contenders for the Speaker position — Councilmembers Diana Ayala, Keith Powers, and Justin Brannan — also withdrew. That left Councilmembers Francisco Moya, the reported favorite of Mayor-elect Eric Adams, and Carlina Rivera in the race.
On Tuesday, both Adrienne Adams and Francisco Moya declared victory.
“I am honored to have received the necessary votes to become the next Speaker of the New York City Council,” Adams said in the press release.
“I am humbled to announce that our diverse coalition of Council Members and leaders from across New York City has collected a majority of votes to elect the next speaker of the Council,” Moya tweeted on Tuesday.
“What on earth is going on here?” Politico demanded. “Both Queens Democrats proclaimed they have secured a majority of votes to win the speakership, but neither one showed their work. They can’t both be right, so one (or both) of them is either lying, being lied to, or bad at math.”
The actual vote for Speaker will come in January, when the new City Council starts its term. The Speaker leads the council, and can act as both an ally and foil for the mayor.
Correction: We originally left out Carlina Rivera as a remaining candidate for Speaker. On Friday, she, too, withdrew from the race and threw her support to Adrienne Adams.