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Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray has had 10 weeks to ponder Victor Reinoso‘s fate.

Before the council adjourned for its summer break in July, Gray refused to schedule a vote to confirm Reinoso as deputy mayor for education. At the time, Gray said he’d put the vote on the agenda for the Sept. 18 legislative meeting, citing a need “to feel comfortable” with Reinoso.

Reinoso’s nomination didn’t make it onto the council’s agenda for the season’s first legislative meeting, but Gray has slotted the vote for Oct. 4. So just how is the chairman’s comfort level these days?

Pretty darn good: Citing “several conversations” with Reinoso, Gray says he’s “a lot more confident at this stage” and has put away any concerns about Reinoso’s involvement in the embarrassing plagiarism scandal and the curious $57.6 million no-bid contract for the EdBuild nonprofit.

“I think he wants to move in a different direction,” Gray says. “I think he wants to do a good job and I’m prepared to try to give him a chance to do that.”