We said all eyes would be on Corey O'Connor today and sure enough they were -- he cast the deciding 5th vote to make (former mayoral rival?) Darlene Harris city council president again. In a 6-3 vote, only Bruce Kraus (whom Bill Peduto nominated to oppose her), voted against Harris along with Peduto and Natalia Rudiak.
That means there could be a veto-proof 6 votes in support of Ravenstahl -- if today's bloc holds, which is a big if -- comprised of Ricky Burgess, Patrick Dowd, Daniel Lavelle, Harris, O'Connor, and Theresa Kail Smith.
UPDATE 11:05 am. O'Connor says he's engaged to be married. Popped question yesterday. Notes his nephew Bobby -- born six days after his father died in 2006 -- is in the crowd.
Screenshot below: From left: O'Connor's fiancee Katie Stohlberg (we'll get her name later); his sister Heidy Garth and her husband Rich; and (foreground) Bill Peduto.
UPDATE 11:54 a.m. From Joe Smydo:
Mrs. Harris named Mr. Peduto chairman of human resources, considered one of the less prestigious posts. She reappointed Mr. Kraus to public works, Ms. Rudiak to performance and asset management, Mr. Dowd to intergovernmental affairs and Ms. Kail-Smith to public safety. She appointed Mr. Lavelle to land use and economic development and Mr. O’Connor to urban recreation.
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