From the Daily News:
Heading into her second term as speaker of the 51-member City Council, Christine Quinn is weighing whether to - Gasp! - eliminate some of its multitude of committees and subcommittees.
...she recently told the Daily News, "The whole committee structure is something we're looking at, and I haven't made any decision on it yet."
In deciding, Quinn has had to weigh both internal Council politics and the county Democratic leaders, as well as lobbying from pressure groups, ranging from Mayor Bloomberg to unions, tenant groups, gay-rights activists and big donors. Most returning incumbents will keep their chairs, or get to head even better committees. But there are a dozen vacant committee chairs because 13 incumbents are not returning.
The two most-coveted vacant committee chairs are for the Finance and Land Use Committees, which each carry a $18,000 lulu, plus clout over budget and zoning matters. The posts were vacated by David Weprin and Melinda Katz, both Queens Democrats who lost bids for controller.
Council sources said the Land Use chair will likely go to Leroy Comrie of Queens - a bow to the clout of the Queens Democratic organization and the fact that white Council members are now in the minority. Comrie is African-American. The Finance chair will likely shift to either Lew Fidler, Domenic Recchia or Simcha Felder, all from Brooklyn, to help Quinn make peace with Brooklyn Democratic leader Vito Lopez.