NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio ally Melissa Mark-Viverito has been elected as New York City council speaker.
Mark-Viverito, a Democrat who represents East Harlem, defeated Manhattan Councilman Dan Garodnick on Wednesday.
Garodnick abandoned his bid in the moments before the City Council's vote and threw his support behind Mark-Viverito.
Mark-Viverito is one of the most liberal members of the council and was an early supporter of de Blasio's mayoral bid.
De Blasio took the unusual step in recent weeks of injecting himself into the speaker race, calling council members to lobby on his candidate's behalf.
The speaker is considered the second-most powerful post in city government and has the ability to speed up or obstruct the mayor's agenda.