|Viverito in 2012|
|Member of the New York City Council from the 8th District|
January 1, 2006
|Preceded by||Phil Reed|
Mott Haven (part)
|Residence||Manhattan, New York City, USA|
|Alma mater||Columbia College B.A.
Baruch College MPA
|Website||NYC Council: District 8|
Melissa Mark-Viverito is the New York City Council member for Council District 8, 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.
Early life and background
Viverito was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She graduated from Columbia University in 1991 and earned her Master of Public Administration degree from Baruch College, City University of New York in 1995.
She is a former member of Community Board 11, coordinator of the movement Todo Nueva York con Vieques and president of Mujeres del Barrio. Viverito ran unsuccessfully against Philip Reed for City Council in district 8 in 2003.
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.
Viverito is currently in her second term and serves as Chair of the Council's Parks & Recreation Committee. In March 2010, 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.
- New York Boricua website
- VVAw.org site
- About Melissa - News from Melissa Mark-Viverito
- New York Times article re 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
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