From the Politicker:
One of the city’s leading big business organizations is said to have attempted to recruit Queens Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras to run for City Council speaker, though the group denies any lobbying effort took place.
According to a source familiar with the discussion, the pro-business group Partnership for New York met with three representatives from Ms. Ferreras’s office–a special assistant, a communications director and a scheduler–on September 20.
While hashing out general business priorities for the district, the source said Partnership representatives also inquired about the status of the speaker’s race, floating the idea of Ms. Ferreras jumping into the backroom contest that will be decided by the council’s 51 members.
“Representatives from the Partnership for New York like Julissa and openly suggested that she, as a more pro-business councilwoman, enter the speaker’s race,” the source said. “She was flattered by the suggestion.”