By Mary Frost
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced a transition committee on Tuesday filled with notable names, including former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and former Council Member Una Clarke, mother of Congresswoman Yvette Clarke.
Besides Markowitz, two other former borough presidents have joined Mark-Viverito’s team: Queens BP Helen Marshall and Manhattan BP C. Virginia Fields.
Ms. Clarke and Rossana Rosado, former editor of El Diario, will co-chair the committee.
The volunteer committee will help Mark-Viverito put together “an experienced and progressive team as she begins her term as Speaker,” she said in a press release. The 33 transition team members “hail from all over New York City, come from a diverse array of fields and will seek out resumes of qualified individuals from a wide range of communities and sectors.”
The committee also includes Jose Calderon, president of the Hispanic Federation; Kevin Finnegan, political director of the SEIU 1199 healthcare workers union; and gay rights activist Allen Roskoff, a harsh critic of former Speaker Christine Quinn.
Speaker Mark-Viverito’s transition team:
Dr. Una Clarke, Co-Chair - Former NYC Council Member, 40th District, Brooklyn
Rossana Rosado, Co-Chair - Former Editor, El Diario
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