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Van Bramer snags No. 2 spot in city council

d26vanbramerJan. 22, 2014 By Christian Murray

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer was appointed the majority leader of the City Council today.

Van Bramer, who represents Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City, was elected to the position—the second most important council spot — by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and his fellow council members today.

Van Bramer will continue his role as Chair of the Committee on Cultural Affairs and Libraries, and has been appointed Co-Chair of the Council’s Budget Negotiating Team.

“The council’s budget negotiating team is instrumental during the budget process in May in June,” Van Bramer said today, since “it goes through the budget line by line and sets priorities.”

As majority leader, Van Bramer will serve as an adviser to the speaker and a bridge between the speaker and members. As Majority leader, he will be an ex officio member on all committees.

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“…Van Bramer will serve as an adviser to the speaker and a bridge between the speaker and members.”

Why can’t the Speaker speak to the other members herself? Uhm, speaking, it’s kinda like the job title. Why does she need a “bridge?”


His first job should be to get the Hunters Point Library built since he has history with the Queens library system.

And if he can’t do that quickly, he should be out on the street like so many working class NY’ers.


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