Could outgoing Borough President Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn’s de facto ambassador to the outside world, become the official ambassador for the city writ-large?
Public Advocate-elect Tish James and Councilman David Greenfield hope so.
The two Brooklyn pols today released a statement calling on Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio–who also hails from Brooklyn–to appoint the term-limited Mr. Markowitz as commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, and to rename the position “Ambassador for NYC.”
“There is no question that we are losing an invaluable asset who possesses institutional knowledge about municipal and civic matters when Mr. Markowitz leaves office at the end of the year. With that in mind, I can think of no better person to serve as Ambassador for New York City,” Mr. Greenfield said in a statement.
“It would be a great loss to the City of New York—specifically the borough of Brooklyn which loves Marty Markowitz—to lose his influence and expertise in the city sector. There are few more dedicated public officials than Mr. Markowitz, and it would be fitting for him to represent the City of New York as Ambassador,” added Ms. James.
Reached for comment, Mr. Markowitz didn’t rule out the idea, and said he hoped to serve some sort of public role in the coming years.
“It is flattering that two of my colleagues in government would think of me in such esteem,” the borough president told Politicker in a statement. “I look forward to whatever role I may take in continuing to serve to my borough and my city in the next chapter of my life.”
The de Blasio transition team declined to comment on the suggestion.
Mr. Markowitz’s name has also been floated as a potential contender for parks commissioner, according to Fox 5.