Jumaane Williams announces City Council speaker run

Jumaane Williams announces City Council speaker run

“I think I have the ability to lead this institution during a difficult time,” City Councilman Jumaane Williams said in an interview.

City Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn), seen at City Hall in 2015, announced he's running to be the next City Council speaker. At right is Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who will be term limited out of office.
City Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn), seen at City Hall in 2015, announced he’s running to be the next City Council speaker. At right is Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who will be term limited out of office. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Andrew Burton

City Councilman Jumaane Williams announced Thursday he’s running to be the next City Council speaker.

Williams, 40, of Brooklyn, said he has been mulling a bid for a while and touted his long track record of public service.

“I think I have the ability to lead this institution during a difficult time,” he said in an interview with amNewYork.

Williams is up for his third term this November while current Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will be term limited out of office. No other council members have officially expressed interest in the seat.

The New York Observer first reported Williams’s announcement early Thursday morning.

Ivan Pereira