|Mark-Viverito in 2012|
|Speaker of the New York City Council|
January 8, 2014
|Preceded by||Christine Quinn|
|Member of the New York City Council from the 8th District|
January 1, 2006
|Preceded by||Phil Reed|
|Constituency||Manhattan: East Harlem
Bronx: Port Morris
Mott Haven (part)
April 1, 1969 |
San Juan, Puerto Rico
|Residence||East Harlem, New York City, USA|
|Alma mater||Columbia College (B.A.)
Baruch College (M.P.A.)
|Profession||union and community organizer|
|Website||NYC Council: District 8|
Melissa Mark-Viverito (born April 1, 1969) is the Speaker of the New York City Council. She is the member from the Council's 8th District, which includes the northernmost part of the Upper East Side, Spanish Harlem / El Barrio / East Harlem, Manhattan Valley and part of the Upper West Side as well as part of Mott Haven in the Bronx. Her district also includes Randalls and Wards Islands and Central Park. She was elected as Speaker January 8, 2014 and succeeds Christine Quinn.
Early life and background
Mark-Viverito was born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, she came to New York at 18 to attend college, earning a BA from Columbia and a master's from Baruch College. She is not married. Her hyphenated last name comes from her late father, Anthony Mark, and the maiden name of her mother, Elizabeth Viverito. Her father was a doctor and a founder of San Pablo Hospital in Bayamón, where her mother still lives.
She is a former member of Community Board 11, coordinator of the movement Todo Nueva York con Vieques and president of Mujeres del Barrio. Mark-Viverito ran unsuccessfully against Philip Reed for City Council in district 8 in 2003.
Mark-Viverito was elected to her first term in the City Council in 2005. During her first four years in office, she sponsored and passed several pieces of legislation, regarding tenant harassment, building safety, green buildings and park conservancies.
Mark-Viverito is currently in her third term and serves as Chair of the Council's Parks & Recreation Committee. In March 2010, Mark-Viverito and 11 other Council Members announced the formation of the City Council's Progressive Caucus. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Caucus along with Brooklyn Council Member Brad Lander.
According to Politicker, a grassroots effort to boost the Speaker candidacy of Mark-Viverito – including social media, fliers, phone banking, and volunteer recruitment – was involved in the effort. Mark-Viverito was elected City Council Speaker on January 9, 2014 at age 44.
- Taylor, Kate (8 January 2014). "Mark-Viverito Is Elected City Council Speaker". New York Times. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
- New York Boricua website
- VVAw.org site
- 2013 Statement to NYC Campaign Finance Board http://www.nyccfb.info/public/voter-guide/primary_2013/cd_profile/CD08_Mark-Viverito_743.aspx
- About Melissa - News from Melissa Mark-Viverito
- New York Times article re Mark-Viverito's criticisms of Gillibrand
- Melissa is Named Chair of Parks & Recreation Committee
- NY Times: Dozen Council Members Form a Bloc for Liberals
-  Melissa Mark-Viverito leads tough fight for NYC Council Speaker; New York Daily News; November 8, 2013.
-  Meet Melissa Mark-Viverito’s Biggest Fan; Politicker; Nov. 8, 2013; Retrieved Nov. 11, 2013.
- Official NYC Council Website about Melissa Mark-Viverito
- News from Melissa - Official Blog about the Council Member
- NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito and the Future of Latino Politics
|New York City Council, 8th District
|Speaker of the New York City Council