From Capital New York:
Christine Quinn's political battle with Bill de Blasio has continued into the speaker's race.
The outgoing City Council speaker has quietly pushed the candidacy of several potential successors, in an effort to block Melissa Mark-Viverito from succeeding her, three sources close to the process told Capital.
Mark-Viverito claimed victory in the race earlier this month, when she unveiled the backing of 30 members, more than the 26 needed to win the race, after de Blasio reportedly intervened to sway some members to her side.
Quinn and her allies, who are also close to the Queens Democratic organization that opposes Mark-Viverito, have been pushing members to instead back the candidacy of Manhattan Democrat Dan Garodnick, sources said.
"I had a conversation with her where she was absolutely discouraging Melissa," said one member, who requested anonymity.
The member added that Quinn's closest advisors "were explicit in trashing me, and telling me by supporting [Mark-Viverito] I was not in a good place, I would not be in a good place."
The interactions took place as recently as the last Council meeting on Dec. 19.
"The Queens-Quinn machine is losing and is losing badly, and they definitely sort of let it be known that you were not on the team if you were for Melissa and those of us who indicated support for Melissa heard about it in various ways, some subtle, some not," the member added. "I think (Quinn) would've preferred anybody but Melissa."