Disgraced Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s protégé, Brooklyn Democratic party boss Frank Seddio, is becoming a force at City Hall.
Following Bill de Blasio’s mayoral election victory, the New York Post reports that Seddio brokered a deal with the new mayor to crown the next City Council speaker. Vosizneias.com reports that According to sources, Seddio has reportedly secured enough votes to push Mark-Viverito through in the upcoming January 8 election.
According to the Post that Seddio was definitely granted a deal that, while he is unelected, he will play a powerful role in the new administration and was promised coveted committee chairmanships for Brooklyn politicians as part of the deal to give Mark-Viverito the votes, sources have told The Post.
Sources also said Seddio was promised committee chairmanships for fellow Brooklyn pols for securing Mark-Viverito the speakership, according to Vosizneias.com.
Similar to his predecessor Lopez, Seddio is quite familiar with controversy. In 2006, he was given a plum patronage gig as a Surrogate’s Court judge, the Post reported.
Additionally, the state Commission on Judicial Conduct investigated Seddio’s giving over $31,000 in campaign funds to political pals at the Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club, the group that awarded him the post. According to the Post, Seddio stepped down “within months, claiming boredom.”
“Frank left the job because the bench was less-than-scintillating,” Seddio spokesman George Artz told the Post. “Frank is a people person, and he found the post wasn’t for him.”
Because the commission makes decisions public only when disciplinary action is taken, his resignation kept the investigation from being released.
Seddio, a real-estate lawyer and former assemblyman, took over the party reins last year after Lopez was pushed out over accusations that he sexually harassed staff members.
Last week, de Blasio got Seddio to bring all 16 Brooklyn council members in line with the council’s growing Progressive Caucus — effectively securing enough votes for Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito to become speaker.