From the Daily News:
The City Council is about to take a sharp left turn.
Twenty-one new Council members are about to take office, and many of them are more liberal than the lawmakers they will replace — creating a tipping point, analysts say, in favor of a “progressive” agenda that has been bottled up for decades.
New Yorkers can expect everything from the expansion of workers’ rights to the imposition of new burdens on businesses.
“You have a wealth of young progressives who are going to be more aggressive than their predecessors,” said Councilman-elect Ritchie Torres (D-Bronx).
“And then you have a mayor who’s willing to partner with the City Council to advance progressive legislation.”
“All the stars are aligning in a progressive direction,” Torres said.
Some civic and political leaders are sounding the alarm.
“What concerns me is they’re certainly going to have agreement on the broader strokes, and I think they’re going to advance that agenda,” said outgoing Council Minority Leader James Oddo (R-Staten Island). “What’s to stop it?”