A resolution confirming new committee memberships for aldermen was introduced and immediately adopted at City Council yesterday, codifying shifts and new chairmanships that had been in effect for a few weeks. The reassignments reflect the hole left by Ald. Will Burns’ (4) exit to lobby for Airbnb. Some of his committee positions were simply filled by his replacement, Ald. Sophia King (4), including on Housing and Real Estate, Workforce Development and Audit, Pedestrian and Traffic Safety, and Transportation and Public Way.
King will also serve on Health and Environmental Protection, but won’t take Burns’ seat on Finance Committee. That position will go to Ald. Derrick Curtis (18), a self admitted “ward guy” who isn’t often spotted around City Hall. Ald. John Arena (45) will take fellow Progressive Caucus member Nick Sposato’s (38) seat on Education and Child Development Committee, now chaired by Ald. Howard Brookins (21). Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) is now a voting member of the Zoning Committee.
Lopez will also serve on Budget and Government Operations, alongside new members Gregory Mitchell (7), and Nicholas Sposato (38). Both Deb Mell (33) and Harry Osterman (48) are now off that committee. Sposato has been named new vice chair of the Aviation Committee, taking Ald. Ameya Pawar’s (47) spot.
Gregory Mitchell (7) is now vice chair of Housing and Real Estate, making him the only freshman alderman with a vice chairmanship.