News NYC Council leader Mark-Viverito endorses Hillary Clinton City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito speaks to reporters during a press conference at City Hall on Monday, Aug. 10 2015. Photo Credit: Agaton Strom By MATTHEW CHAYES firstname.lastname@example.org September 2, 2015 10:33 AM Print Share Share Tweet Share Email The leader of the New York City Council has endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for president. Writing in the largest daily newspaper of her native Puerto Rico, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said fellow Democrat Clinton is a "fighter" for Latino families. "For Puerto Ricans -- both on the island and throughout the diaspora -- this election is the most important in our lifetime," Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan), wrote Wednesday in El Nuevo Dia, according to a translation provided by the speaker's office. "Hillary's plan has shown she is not just a friend to the island; she will stand up for it," she wrote. The speaker, who lives in East Harlem and owns property in Puerto Rico, said Clinton supports the island nation's efforts to solve a fiscal crisis. Clinton's media office announced that the former secretary of state will be traveling to San Juan for a roundtable discussion Friday on the island's health care problems. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he's withholding an endorsement in the presidential race until he hears the candidates' full plans for addressing economic inequality. By MATTHEW CHAYES email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.