Upon the election of Melissa Mark-Viverito as Speaker of the New York City Council, Agudath Israel of America issued the following statement:


Councilwoman Mark-Viverito’s election as Speaker is testament to her skills, her intelligence and her appreciation of the great diversity of humanity that makes up New York City. We at Agudath Israel have worked with her in the past, and look forward to developing an even closer working relationship with her as she assumes her new post. While we may not always agree on every single issue, Speaker Mark-Viverito understands the important role the Orthodox Jewish community plays in the viability and vitality of the city, and we are confident we will always find an open door and a sympathetic ear when we reach out to her on behalf of the community. We offer her our hearty congratulations, and our very best wishes for great success.