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Sources: Murphy has votes to be council president

Sources: Murphy has votes to be council president

By Dave Wedge  |   Wednesday, November 24, 2010  |  |  Local Politics

The City Hall battle to succeed Council President Michael Ross appears resolved as longtime Councilor Steve Murphy has the votes needed to become the board’s next leader, several sources told the Herald this morning.

Murphy had been lobbying for the post for several weeks and nailed down enough votes last night to win the January election, sources said.

Murphy, who declined comment, has been the chair of the council’s Public Safety Committee and most recently lost a bid for state treasurer. A source close to the negotiations said Murphy was able to sway several councilors who had previously been uncommitted.

As part of the leadership change, Councilor Michael Ciommo will become head of the council’s Ways and Means Committee while Councilor John Connolly will take over the top post on the Education Committee.

Ross and several other councilors either did not return calls or declined to comment.

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