11:07 am Feb. 13, 20124
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has left for a trip to Israel with ten Council members.
The trip is being paid for the by Jewish Community Relations Council and does not include taxpayer funds, according to the speaker's office.
Quinn, who is planning to run for mayor in 2013, has taken trips to Israel before. In 2010, she traveled there with 14 colleagues and back in 2007, "A delegation of New York City Council members experienced a rocket attack."
The Council members traveling with Quinn on the current trip are:
Peter Koo, a freshman from Flushing who switched parties to become a Democrat.
Annabel Palma, a Bronx Democrat who chairs the General welfare committee.
Erik Dilan, a term-limited Democrat from Brooklyn who is eying a run for congress against Democratic congresswoman Nydia Velazquez.
Domenic Recchia, a Democrat from Brooklyn who chairs the finance committee and is considering a race for city comptroller
Brooklyn borough president.
Karen Koslowitz, a longtime Democratic council member from Queens who recently returned to office, after a term-limits related hiatus.
Melissa Mark-Viverito, a progressive Democrat from upper Manhattan with strong labor ties who is considered a candidate for speaker when Quinn leaves that position after 2013.
David Greenfield, a freshman Democrat whose central Brooklyn district includes many Orthodox Jewish voters.
Robert Jackson, a term-limited Democrat from upper Manhattan who chairs the Education Committee and is running for Manhattan borough president.
Mark Weprin, a Democrat from Queens who served more than a decade in the Assembly and is considered a candidate for speaker once Quinn leaves.
Elizabeth Crowley, a Democrat from Queens who chairs the fire and criminal justice committees, and is the cousin of the Queens County Democratic leader, Rep. Joseph Crowley.
Correction: After publishing, a Council spokesman said Dilan is not on the trip. An earlier message from this spokesman said Dilan was.