The Unofficial Word: Vacca to Head Transportation Committee

Politicker’s Azi Paybarah has the scoop on which City Council members Speaker Christine Quinn will likely choose for the most high-profile committee chairmanships. The assignments have yet to be made official, but it looks like the transportation committee, as rumored, will go to Jimmy Vacca, who represents the most suburban part of the Bronx.

A few other committee assignments of note: Eastern Queens rep Leroy Comrie will get the plum position of Land Use chair; Peter Vallone keeps his slot as head of the Public Safety Committee; and James Gennaro stays atop the Committee on Environmental Protection.

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