Just two and a half years ago, half a dozen candidates slugged it out to become the next speaker of the city council.
It was a hard-fought race that captivated City Hall in late 2013, but Melissa Mark Viverito emerged as the victor.
Now, a year and a half before the 51 members vote on her successor, the race to replace her is underway behind the scenes.
"Anybody who tells you that they aren't interested in speaker in this very aggressive, passionate council is being disingenuous," Brooklyn City Councilor Robert Cornegy said outside City Hall.
At least eight council members have emerged as possible speaker candidates: Jimmy Van Bramer and Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, both Queens city councilors; Manhattan Councilors Ydanis Rodriguez, Mark Levine, and Corey Johnson; Vanessa Gibson of The Bronx; and Brooklyn Councilors Cornegy and Jumaane Williams.
But none of them has declared that he or she is officially seeking the spot.