Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito named freshmen Councilmembers Vanessa Gibson, Ritchie Torres and Andrew Cohen chair of the public safety, public housing and mental health committees on Wednesday.
Veteran member James Vacca, Maria del Carmen Arroyo and Fernando Cabrera were awarded the gavels for the technology, community development and juvenile justice panels.
Overall, and as expected given the lack of support among Bronx members for winner Melissa Mark-Viverito in the vote for speaker, the Bronx will run fewer and lower-profile committees than Brooklyn’s delegation.
Vacca and Torres were also named to the Council leadership team.
Andy King was named a member of the committees on civil rights, community development, cultural affairs, education, sanitation and youth services. Anabel Palma will sit on community development, general welfare, land use, technology and youth services, as well as the land use subcommittee on landmarks, public siting and maritime uses.
Besides their chairpersonships, Bronx members got the following assignments: