Mark-Viverito City Council speaker

After months of political jockeying, Manhattan Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito was elected unanimously as the next City Council speaker Wednesday, becoming the first Hispanic official to hold the city’s second-most-powerful political post.

Ask The Next Mayor?

Hizzoner will face a raft of opportunities and challenges when he takes office in 2014. A budget that’s balanced in name only. Frayed relationships between the police and the communities they serve, especially in the wake of the city’s stop-and-frisk policies.