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Liberal Lancman Emerges as Gadfly for Mayor and Speaker

The City Council has always had its prickly, sharp-tongued and press-savvy independents.

Among the roster of rogue lawmakers who have recently filled its ranks: Charles Barron, a self-identified Black Panther who frequently decried the “racist” powers-that-be; Peter Vallone Jr., a motorcycle-riding law-and-order crusader; and Tony Avella, who didn’t flinch before launching a quixotic campaign for mayor against the Democratic establishment’s choice. 686 more words

New 'Working Group' Being Built to Steer City Council Legislation

In a departure from the unilateral leadership style of her predecessor, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is currently in the process of creating a “policy working group” that would set the City Council’s agenda and even vet new legislation, sources say. 573 more words