The Nation: A New Cinderella for Gotham

Carol Bellamy? Less than a year ago, most New Yorkers would have been hard-pressed to identify her correctly as a state senator. Now that she has toppled incumbent City Council President Paul O'Dwyer—one of the most respected figures in local politics—the fresh-faced, strong-voiced Brooklynite has become the city's newest Cinderella.

In New York's political crowd, she stands out like Diane Keaton at a fat farm. Frank, enthusiastic and relentlessly energetic, she promised to bring new clout to the post of city council president.

Bellamy served in the Peace Corps in Guatemala and after getting her law degree from N.Y.U., joined the Wall Street...

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