After breaking with the Bronx and Queens during the race for Council speaker, Brooklyn Council members will have major positions of influence in the session now underway.
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito on Wednesday awarded the borough delegation—which backed her against Manhattan’s Dan Garodnick—the chair of 15 of the 37 Council committees, including the powerful Land Use Committee, which will be chaired by David Greenfield.
Jumaane Williams will chair Housing and Building, Vincent Gentile will lead Oversight and Investigations, Stephen Levin will oversee General Welfare, Antonio Reynoso heads Sanitation, Mark Treyger is in charge of Resiliency and Recovery and Darlene Mealy chairs Civil Rights.
Rafael Espinal (Consumer Affairs), Inez Barron (Higher Education), Carlos Menchaca (Immigration), Robert Cornegy (Small Business), Alan Maisel (Standards and Ethics), Laurie Cumbo (Women’s Issues) and Mathieu Eugene (Youth Services) also were named to committee chairs.
Chaim Deutsch was named the sole member of the subcommittee on non-public schools. Brad Lander was previously named chair of the committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections.
Gentile and Williams were also named to Mark-Viverito’s leadership team.
Beyond chairpersonships, Brooklyn delegates were named members of the following committees:
AGING: Deutsch, Treyger
CIVIL RIGHTS: Eugene
CIVIL SERVICE & LABOR: Cornegy
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: Maisel
CONSUMER AFFAIRS: Gentile
CULTURAL AFFAIRS, LIBRARIES & INTERNATIONAL INTERGROUP RELATIONS: Levin, Cumbo
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Gentile, Barron
EDUCATION: Gentile, Levin, Williams, Barron, Deutsch, Maisel, Reynoso, Treyger
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION: Levin
FINANCE: Cornegy, Cumbo
FIRE & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Eugene
GENERAL WELFARE: Menchaca
GOVERNMENTAL OPERATIONS: Greenfield
HEALTH: Eugene, Barron, Cornegy, Espinal
HIGHER EDUCATION: Williams, Cumbo
HOUSING & BUILDINGS: Cornegy, Espinal, Reynoso
IMMIGRATION: Eugene, Espinal
JUVENILE JUSTICE: Barron
LAND USE: Mealy, Lander, Levin, Williams, Barron, Reynoso, Torres, Treyger
OVERSIGHT & INVESTIGATIONS: Deutsch
PARKS & RECREATION: Mealy, Maisel, Treyger
PUBLIC HOUSING: Cumbo
PUBLIC SAFETY: Gentile, Williams, Cornegy, Deutsch, Espinal
RECOVERY AND RESILIENCY: Menchaca
RULES, PRIVILEGES, & ELECTIONS: Williams, Espinal
SMALL BUSINESS: Eugene, Menchaca
STANDARDS & ETHICS: Lander, Menchaca
STATE & FEDERAL LEGISLATION: Lander, Espinal, Maisel, Reynoso
TECHNOLOGY : Greenfield
TRANSPORTATION: Levin, Greenfield, Menchaca, Reynoso
WOMEN’S ISSUES: Mealy
YOUTH SERVICES: Mealy, Greenfield, Cumbo
LANDMARKS, PUBLIC SITING & MARITIME USES: Levin, Barron
PLANNING, DISPOSITIONS & CONCESSIONS: Mealy, Treyger
ZONING & FRANCHISES: Williams, Reynoso