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Corey Johnson appears to have support to win Council speaker seat


The vote for City Council speaker hasn’t been taken yet, but there may already be a winner.


City Councilman Corey Johnson appears to have secured enough support to win the race, sources said Wednesday.


Democratic county leaders were finalizing a deal to back Johnson, a Manhattan Democrat, for the post — and their support will likely bring the votes of enough Council members to put Johnson over the top.


The speaker choice will not be official until the Council votes in January. But Johnson and county leaders were telling allies Wednesday morning the deal was in place, sources said.

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Johnson is one of eight candidates in the running for the job to replace departing Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who is term-limited.


Queens County party chair Joe Crowley and Bronx chair Marcos Crespo have thrown their support behind Johnson, sources said, carrying a bloc of votes with them. The Manhattan party leader, Keith Wright, also supports Johnson.


Johnson, 35, got a call from Crowley, a Queens congressman, affirming his support while meeting with the Uniformed Firefighters Association on Wednesday, and he told the labor group he had secured the votes to win, sources said. The firefighters union also endorsed him.


The Council’s three Republicans have agreed to support Johnson.


Johnson and his county backers now believe they now have the support of about 34 members on the 51-person Council, sources said.


Brooklyn’s Democratic Party organization, which has been backing Councilman Robert Cornegy, was not a part of the deal.


Council members have traditionally fallen in line with the choices of Democratic bosses for the speaker post, though Mark-Viverito’s win broke that pattern. She won with the support of Mayor de Blasio and the Council’s progressive bloc.


This time around, de Blasio was out of town in Iowa as the deal was finalized.


Johnson was elected in 2013 to the seat representing Chelsea, Midtown, and the Village. He is gay and openly HIV positive, and chairs the Council’s health committee.


He declined to comment Wednesday.

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