*Reposted from Gotham Gazette. Written by Samar Khurshid*

City Council Member Adrienne Adams, a Queens Democrat, declared victory on Friday in the race to become the next Speaker of the legislative body, issuing a list of supporters who will make up a majority in the next City Council.

Announcing support from 33 members, including herself, well past the 26 required votes in the 51-seat Council, Adams is poised to be the first Black Speaker when the vote among the new City Council class is seated in January.

She will also be taking over a first-ever women-majority New York City Council and one of the most diverse, with dozens of new members elected in this year’s city elections when the entire Council was on the ballot and about three-quarters of current members were term-limited from running for reelection.

“I am honored to have earned the support and the trust of my colleagues to be their Speaker," Adams said in a Friday statement. "Our coalition reflects the best of our city. We are ready to come together to solve the enormous challenges we face in order to not just recover from Covid but to build a better, fairer City that works for everyone. I want to thank the Council members, labor and party leaders, women’s groups, and everyone in our broad coalition for their support. The City Council will be a collaborative and effective legislative body that incorporates what makes New York City great and focuses on the needs of our communities.”

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