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Baruch College Alumni
Heastie and Mark-Viverito Make History
as Speakers of the New York State Assembly
and New York City Council

   CarlHeastie         MelissaMarkViverito

           Hon. Carl E. Heastie ('07)                        Hon. Melissa Mark-Viverito ('96)      


NEW YORK, NY-February 20, 2015 - The Honorable Carl E. Heastie was elected Speaker of the New York State Assembly on February 10, 2015. On that day he made history becoming the first African-American to lead the lower house of the state legislature in the State’s history. Speaker Heastie is a proud alumnus of Baruch College with a Master’s in Business Administration in Finance that he earned in 2007.

On that day, Speaker Heastie also made history for Baruch College by becoming the second alumnus to become a speaker of a legislative body. In January 2014, the Honorable Melissa Mark-Viverito became the Speaker of the New York City Council. Speaker Mark-Viverito, class of 1996, is a proud graduate of the College’s Masters in Public Administration Program through our academic collaboration with the National Urban Fellows.

Both alumni also have the distinction of being named a Baruch College “Distinguished Alumnus” by Baruch College President Mitchel B. Wallerstein. In December 2014, the award was bestowed upon then-Assemblyman Heastie; and in December 2013, the award was bestowed upon then-City Council Member Mark-Viverito. The award is given to alumni who have demonstrated great leadership, have distinguished themselves in public service, and are making strides that benefit the city and state.

The success of these Distinguished Alumni is timely support of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s characterization of Baruch College, in his recent State of the City remarks, as:

the College that epitomizes opportunity and possibility for all New Yorkers.


Comments that echo Speaker Heastie’s remarks as he received his award from Baruch in December:

I am honored fairly often, but some honors mean a lot to me, especially this honor from Baruch College. Baruch taught me how to be a functioning human being in society and how to get things done.


For decades, Baruch College has been known to provide a quality education and for being a catalyst of opportunity. Speaker Heastie and Speaker Mark-Viverito are both strong examples of what a Baruch graduate can do!


About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to


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