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Sources: de Blasio Calling Council Members to Express Support of Mark-Viverito As Speaker

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Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is getting involved in the race for City Council speaker.

Sources tell NY1 that de Blasio and his top political aide are calling City Council members to express their support for one of the candidates: Melissa Mark-Viverito.

She was the first member of the Council to endorse de Blasio's bid for mayor.

She has been a front-runner in the speaker's race but many observers believed she would only be able to pull off a win with de Blasio's backing.

The Council will elect its new speaker in January.

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