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City Council Republicans are cartwheeling on a report that a tough-as-nails, independent lawmaker will be tapped to lead a powerful investigative committee whose job will be to scrutinize Mayor Adams.

Council Minority Leader Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) told The Post that the planned appointment of Councilwoman Gale Brewer (D-Manhattan) to the Oversight and Investigation Committee is “great news” for the GOP.

The former borough president has a track record of putting the public good ahead of party politics, which could lead to infighting between progressive and moderate Democratic factions across the city.

“She won’t leave anything to chance, so I’m preparing the popcorn for when the Democrats clash,” Borelli said. “It’s good for the Republican Party, and I think it will have ramifications for us in the statewide election this year.”

Council Minority Leader Joe Borelli said Brewer’s nomination is “great news” for the GOP.
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Borelli is one of five Republicans on the 51-person majority Democratic Council, which won two seats in last year’s general election.

The city first announced Wednesday that Brewer would be named chairman of the committee, which has the power to subpoena, in compensation for supporting Adrienne Adams (D-Queens) in the race for Council speakers.

Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-Bronx) effectively used committee chairmanship as a city councilman to expose the issues of the city’s housing authority and other agencies under former Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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Brewer’s position would include scrutiny of Mayor Eric Adams’ administration.
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Negotiators for Mayor Adams, unrelated to the speaker, pushed for Manhattan City Councilwoman Julie Menin, a moderate Democrat more politically aligned with the new mayor than Brewer, for the job, sources said.

If Brewer wins the nomination, it would be the new mayor’s second unsuccessful attempt to wield power over the Council. Previous efforts by his camp to have Councilman Francisco Moya (D-Queens) named speaker failed before the mayor ultimately endorsed Adams for the job.

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Mayor Eric Adams’ office had been pushing for Councilwoman Julie Menin to get the job instead of Brewer.
Gregory P. Mango for NY Post

The speaker did not return messages, and Brewer and Menin declined to comment.

A spokesperson for the mayor said his office does not comment on internal conversations and “respects the independent direction of the city council.”

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