This article is wrong in its entirety. A forum was held in Queens Nov. 14. That event was announced by someone other than Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez and was not referenced in his Nov. 18 announcement because it had already happened. We regret the error.
Queens is getting the outer-borough treatment when it comes to public participation in the choice of the next City Council speaker.
A series of public forums on filling the position will be held this week "across the city," in the words of Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan), who announced the events Nov. 18.
Well, not quite across the city. Queens and Staten Island have been left out.
That's despite the fact that one of the leading contenders for speaker, according to the conventional wisdom, hails from this borough. That's Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens). The other three mentioned as leading the pack to replace outgoing Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) as head of the 51-member body are members Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan), Dan Garodnick (D-Manhattan) and James Vacca (D-Bronx).
Rodriguez said in his announcement of the meetings that they will provide citizens the chance to "get involved" as the Council prepares to choose its next speaker, though he did not say exactly who will be attending the events.
"As the City Council moves closer to choosing the second most powerful position in New York City government, there are several opportunities for you to get involved," the announcement says. "This week, a series of City Council speaker forums will be held across the city, allowing everyone to get involved by asking questions and addressing what the priorities of the City Council should be over the next four years. This is a great opportunity for you to find out more about each candidate and where they are looking to guide the city via their legislative agendas in the coming term."
The forums, which begin tonight, Nov. 18, will be held on:
• Monday, Nov. 18, 6 to 8 p.m., New Settlement Community Campus, 1501 Jerome Ave., Bronx;
• Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6 to 8 p.m., Brooklyn Borough Hall Citywide Forum, Brooklyn;
• Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6 to 8 p.m., 55 Lexington Ave., Manhattan; and
• Thursday, Nov. 21, 6 to 8 p.m., Talking Transition Tent, Duarte Square, Sixth Avenue and Canal Street, Manhattan.
"Hope you can make it out!" Rodriguez said.
"Hope you can make it out here sometime!" the people of Queens might have answered.