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Melissa Mark-Viverito

Speaker of the New York City Council
New York City Council
250 Broadway Suite 1856
New York, NY 10007
212.788.7210

Melissa Mark-Viverito has been the speaker of the New York City Council since early January 2013, making her one of the most powerful people in city government.

She rose through the ranks of the council beginning with her election in 2005 to represent parts of East Harlem, Randall and Ward islands, and the South Bronx. Before that, she was active in local labor unions and on Community Board 11 in East Harlem, where Mark-Viverito lives.

An outspoken liberal generally allied with Mayor Bill de Blasio, Mark-Viverito tends to favor the views of tenants and local activists when it comes to real estate issues in New York. She has called, for instance, for a ban on repeated buyout offers to tenants from landlords, labelling it a form of harassment. She has also clashed with de Blasio over rezonings in predominantly manufacturing areas.

Mark-Viverito was born in 1969 in Puerto Rico, and came to New York for college at Columbia and a master’s in public administration from Baruch College.


01/29/19
...often easier said than done. Public advocate candidate Melissa Mark-Viverito was caught on tape telling voters she doesn't accept donations from real estate interests...

01/25/19
...Melissa Mark-Viverito (Credit: Getty Images) Former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, a candidate in the race...

01/01/19
...Communication, a shipping and mobile phone store. In 2009, Melissa Mark-Viverito, then a City Council Member and now Speaker, tried unsuccessfully to push through legislation...

12/10/18
...the Council, including runs as chief-of-staff to Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and her successor, Corey Johnson. He was widely regarded by insiders as a key...

11/08/18
...Communication, a shipping and mobile phone store. In 2009, Melissa Mark-Viverito, then a City Council Member and now Speaker, tried unsuccessfully to push through legislation...

09/12/18
...Melissa Mark-Viverito and Mill Brook Houses at 160 Saint Anns Avenue in the Bronx (Credit: Getty Images...

05/31/18
...more than four years after then-City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito unveiled a similar commission to study the issue. That group, however, failed to gain...

04/04/18
...the site, drawing criticism from then-City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, among others.  The developers’ attempts to rename the neighborhood “Piano District” with the help...

01/21/18
...Communication, a shipping and mobile phone store. In 2009, Melissa Mark-Viverito, then a City Council Member and now Speaker, tried unsuccessfully to push through legislation...

01/03/18
...use issues, in a departure from his predecessor Melissa Mark-Viverito’s style. And that could be good news for developers. Mark-Viverito deferred to local...

12/21/17
...lining him up as the likely successor to Melissa Mark-Viverito, who is term-limited. The Real Deal looked at which City Council candidates in open...

12/19/17
...for each building. The outgoing City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito opened comments on the bills by saying she had "no regrets" about her time...

12/08/17
...years.” A call for unity As council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito gets ready to step down next month, industry sources say her replacement will need...

...years.” A call for unity As council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito gets ready to step down next month, industry sources say her replacement will need...

11/30/17
...approved the rezoning last week after Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the de Blasio administration struck a deal that included height limits on Park...

11/29/17
...to just be pharmacies and banks,” Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito told the Times. “You want there to be opportunities to be smaller retailers that...

11/21/17
...Melissa Mark-Viverito and East Harlem (Credit: Getty Images and Compass) The City Council's Land Use Committee...

11/02/17
...the eight candidates vying to replace term-limited Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said they support commercial rent control in order to give mom-and-pop retailers a fighting...

10/02/17
...last two years, and the Council, in Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s words, wasn’t going to sit by “and watch workers die.” The unions...

09/27/17
...a press conference before the Council meeting, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said that debate over the bill eventually needed to cease and the council needed...

08/25/17
...is running to replace outgoing City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to represent District 8 on the City Council, which covers both East Harlem and the...

08/16/17
...The Bronx, Ruben Diaz Jr. and Melissa Mark-Viverito (Credit: Getty Images) The Bronx has been touted as New York’s next hot...

08/10/17
...to his affordable housing tally. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito also supported the project, saying Thursday that "the public benefits helped mitigate concerns" from...

07/17/17
...next year under a new leader after Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is term-limited out. Speculation about Greenfield’s political future began to swirl in May...

...s office, among other things. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who proposed the “rebuttable presumption” regulation, declined to be interviewed, but in a statement...