Mark-Viverito announces transition team

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Melissa Mark-Viverito. (William Alatriste/NY City Council)
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Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced a 33-member transition team this morning.

The group will be co-chaired by Dr. Una Clarke, a former councilwoman from Brooklyn and a longtime supporter of Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Rossana Rosado, the former editor of El Diaro.

The group also includes influential players from the city's unions. Among them, Kevin Finnegan, political director at 1199 SEIU, the powerful health care union where Mark-Viverito previously worked. The union played an instrumental role in pushing Mark-Viverito's bid for speaker and they were also early influential backers of de Blasio during the primary.

Natalia Salgado, the deputy political director at 32BJ SEIU, is also part of the transition team, along with representatives from both the public and private sectors, and community advocacy groups.

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In a statement, Mark-Viverito said the committee’s goal would be simple: “To help build a professional and experienced team that will reflect New York City and its values. It is an honor to have such a broad and diverse group of New Yorkers come together and I am looking forward to working with them in the weeks ahead.”

See the full list below:

Co-Chairs:

Dr. Una Clarke, Co-Chair - Former NYC Council Member, 40th District, Brooklyn

Rossana Rosado, Co-Chair - Former Editor, El Diario

Committee Members:

Noilyn Abesamis-Mendoza – Dir., Health Programs, Coalition for Asian American Children & Families

Cira Angeles - President, LA Riverside Brokerage, Inc.

Ana Maria Archila – Co-Executive Director, Center for Popular Democracy

Don Mario Bosco - Counsel, Bosco, Ward & Nopar

Jose Calderon - President, Hispanic Federation

John Calvelli - Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, Bronx Zoo

Frank Carone - Partner, Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara & Wolf, LLP

Daniel Cassella - President, ATU Local 726

Humberto Cruz - Former Director, AIDS Institute of the New York State Department of Health

Francisco Diaz, Jr. – President, Los Higos Del Barrio HDFC

Soraya Elcock - Former Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Harlem United

C. Virginia Fields - President & CEO, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS

Kevin Finnegan - Political Director, SEIU 1199

Jennifer Hensley – Executive Director, Association for a Better New York

Jacqueline Huey – Former. Sr. Director of Revenue and Management, NYC HHC

Virginia Kee – Founding member, Chinese American Planning Council

Victor Kovner, Esq. - Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer - Executive Director, Queens Council of the Arts

Jenny Low - District Leader, 65th Assembly District

Marty Markowitz - Former Brooklyn Borough President

Devin Maroney – Deputy Political Director, New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council

Helen Marshall - Former Queens Borough President

Shahana Masum - Director, Bangladeshi American Advocacy Group

Brette McSweeney - Executive Director, Eleanor's Legacy

Suki Terada Ports - Former Executive Director, Family Health Project

Félix V. Matos Rodriguez - President, Hostos Community College

Allen Roskoff – LGBT Community Activist

Natalia Salgado – Deputy Political Director, 32BJ SEIU

Melissa Sklarz – Director, New York Trans Rights Coalition

Udai Tambar - Director, South Asian Youth Action

Javier Valdes - Co-Executive Director, Make the Road, NY

CORRECTION: This story initially stated there were 32 members of the transition team. There are 33.