By Jill Terreri
A crowd of about 300 people is expected in Council Chambers today at 2 p.m., when Ellicott Council Member Darius Pridgen is elected Council president by his fellow city lawmakers.
Pridgen, who surprised some in City Hall by his effort to quickly line up the support of all of his colleagues, is so confident that he will be elected Council president that his staff has already moved into the president's office on the 13th floor, and Lovejoy Council Member Rich Fontana has moved out.
Pridgen's large base of support comes in part from True Bethel Baptist Church on E. Ferry Street, where he is pastor, and many church members are expected in Council chambers today.
In addition to Pridgen's election, Niagara Council Member Dave Rivera is expected to be elected president pro tempore. Rivera's duties will include presiding over Council meetings when Pridgen is away.
Masten Council Member Demone Smith is expected to retain his role as majority leader.
The reorganizational meeting today will also involve the announcement of committee assignments, which could involve new winners and losers. Some Council members may lose key committee assignments, while others will gain them. North Council Member Joe Golombek said he expects to keep the chairmanship of the Community Development Committee, but other committees could change hands.
One committee chairmanship that will definitely move to someone else is Civil Service, which had been led by outgoing Council Member Bonnie Russell.
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