From the NY Post:
The long knives are out for City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
Emboldened by the results of this month's Democratic primaries, in which five council incumbents were defeated and a sixth held on by a whisker-thin margin, critics of Quinn (right) are assessing whether there's an opening for a coup.
At least four of the five losers were reliable Quinn allies. Tom White (D-Queens), another ally, squeaked through by five votes.
Sources said Brooklyn Democratic leader Vito Lopez, whose relationship with Quinn is strained, is planning to meet with his Bronx counterpart, Carl Heastie, to determine whether they can round up the 26 votes needed to install their own candidate in the speaker's job.
"If she endorses Bloomberg, she's dead," one council member said.
For the moment, Quinn's ace in the hole is the fact that no obvious natural successor has emerged.
At least two council members who might have filled that role, Bill de Blasio and John Liu, didn't seek re-election this year so they could run for higher office.
"You can't beat somebody with nobody," the source said.
"The key thing is having Queens County. That relationship is not going to be dislodged."