NEW YORK - City Councilman Corey Johnson has secured the votes necessary to become the next City Council Speaker, according to sources. 

That means Johnson, one of eight candidates, has the backing of the majority of the 51 member City Council. 

While Council members are the only ones who actually vote, the election is influenced by outside players like labor unions, political leaders and the mayor. 

Sources say the Manhattan rep is supported by Congressman Joe Crowley, who is the Queens Democratic Party chairman.

He also has the support of State Assemblyman Marcos Crespo of the Bronx.

Johnson has long been considered one of the leading candidates for the leader position. 

He will be replacing Melissa Mark-Viverito, whose term is ending. 

The speaker is considered the second most powerful political leader in the city and leads the Council in setting priorities and passing laws.

The official vote will take place in January.