* Reposted from Gotham Gazette. Written by Samar Khurshid. (photo: John McCarten/NYC Council Media Unit) *

City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams announced new members to her leadership team and chair appointments to the newly-seated Council’s three dozen committees on Thursday.

Adams, a Democrat from Southeast Queens, had already named three members to key positions when she was elected speaker in an internal vote of the Council earlier this month. Council Member Diana Ayala of the Bronx and Manhattan was given the newly-created position of deputy speaker. Council Member Keith Powers of Manhattan was named majority leader and Council Member Selvena Brooks-Powers of Queens was appointed majority whip.

All three also received committee chair positions on Thursday. Ayala will head up the general welfare committee, Powers will be in charge of the rules, privileges and elections committee, and Brooks-Powers will lead the transportation and infrastructure committee.

Speaker Adams and the vast majority of the 51-member City Council are Democrats, while the body has five Republicans.

"I am proud to announce our City Council’s Leadership, as well as committee chairs and assignments. This is the most diverse City Council in history, and each member’s experiences and expertise will shape the important work of our legislative body," Adams said in a statement. "I am confident that this City Council will work together to achieve our shared goal of providing strong oversight as a co-equal branch of city government and improving the lives of every New Yorker. We are unified and ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work."

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