1/22/14

Gentile Appointed Chair of Oversight and Investigations

After a meeting today of the City Council Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections, Vinnie Gentile, the Council's senior-most member, was appointed ranking member of the Council's leadership team and chair of its Oversight and Investigations Committee.

Gentile praised the selection process as the most open and collaborative in all his years on the City Council, saying he looked forward to a more transparent and inclusive city government.

The process, as described by the Daily News, was highly political, with many top posts going to members of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito's Progressive Caucus and the Brooklyn Democrats who backed her.

The forty-seven Council members who were appointed either to the leadership team or a committee/subcommittee chair -- jobs with “lulus" -- had backed Mark-Viverito. 

David Greenfield, a close ally of Brooklyn Democratic Chair Frank Seddio and the dealmaker behind Brooklyn’s support for Mark-Viverito, will chair the powerful, development-enabling Land Use committee.

Mark-Viverito denied that the appointment process, criticized by Brooklyn Democrat Jumaane Williams as including too few blacks, was political.

Full list of committee assignments here.

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