Adrienne Adams elected first-ever Black speaker of New York’s City Council

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New York Daily News

NEW YORK — Adrienne Adams was elected the next speaker of the City Council on Wednesday, becoming the first Black woman to ever take on the powerful post after a contentious back-room race that dealt an early blow to Mayor Eric Adams’ perceived influence over the legislative body. Adams, who represents a section of eastern Queens that includes Jamaica, was picked for the speaker job in an internal vote by the Council’s 51 members during their first meeting of the year. In her first floor remarks as speaker, Adams said she was honored by her colleagues’ trust, but did not linger on the celebrat…

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