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Inauguration Ceremony Held for New City Council Speaker

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Melissa Mark-Viverito was elected earlier this month as the first Latina City Council speaker, and on Wednesday, she threw an inauguration ceremony in the Bronx to mark the occasion.

She said she would work to increase affordable housing and push for the mayor's proposal to tax more affluent New Yorkers to pay for universal pre-k.

"I believe that the Council and our city government as a whole can do more to improve the lives of New Yorkers, everyday New Yorkers, who are increasingly feeling the great inequality crisis," Mark-Viverito said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio himself also spoke, praising his new partner in government.

"Some people ask what it's going to be like to have the mayor and the speaker working so closely together, and I say it's going to mean a lot of progressive change," de Blasio said.

Mark-Viverito said that the inauguration ceremony, which was never done by her immediate predecessor, was a celebration for her community.

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