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Women's Political Group Rallies In Support Of Mark-Viverito's Speaker Candidacy

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A pro-choice women's political organization says it wants Melissa Mark-Viverito to be City Council speaker.

Eleanor's Legacy, named for Eleanor Roosevelt, held a rally Monday in support of Mark-Viverito's candidacy.

She even received the endorsement of longtime women's right advocate Gloria Steinem, who said that Mark-Viverito will be an outspoken ally for women in New York.

"Melissa truly is the best qualified candidate, the person who is most able to bring our city together as a community," Steinem said.

Mark-Viverito has already declared victory, releasing a list of supporters on the council to win her the speakership, but the official vote doesn't happen until January 8.

Council member Dan Garodnick is still in the race, and he issued a response to the rally Monday, co-signed by four female council members.

It said, "The New York City Council must chart its own course to address the issues of women's health, poverty rates among single mothers and senior women, and efforts to end discrimination and the continuing wage gap. A Speaker who is hand picked by the Mayor in a backroom deal will not be able to do that." ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP