City Council gains ground in expanding authority over Mayoral appointments as Mayor Adams declines veto

City Council legislation that would significantly expand the body’s say over mayoral appointments to top commissioner posts advanced one step closer to becoming law Tuesday morning with Mayor Eric Adams declining to veto the measure by a July 8 deadline.

The measure, which passed the council by an overwhelming 46 to 4 vote margin last month, would give the chamber the power to approve or deny more of the mayor’s appointments to lead city agencies — like the Departments of Social Services and Buildings. Currently, the council only has the authority — known as “advice and consent” — over the approval of two agency leadership posts; the legislation would expand it to an additional 20.