NYC Council selects Adrienne Adams to be 1st Black speaker

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The incoming New York City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams speaks to the PIX11 Morning News on Dec. 28, 2021. (PIX11 News)

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Council will have its first Black leader after Adrienne Adams was chosen as the council’s speaker on Wednesday.

Adams, a Democrat from Queens, was chosen to serve as speaker on a 49-2 vote by council members.

The 61-year-old is a lifelong resident of Queens and was a Bayside High School classmate of New York City’s new Mayor Eric Adams. The two are unrelated.

Adrienne Adams takes over the role from Corey Johnson, who was term-limited.

Adams will preside over the city’s first-ever majority female council, with women making up 31 of the 51 members of the council sworn in Wednesday.

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