Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz is just a week away from his departure, but he has one last Christmas message for the Borough of Kings.
Here, in full, is Mr. Markowitz’s new Christmas song, a Brooklyn-themed version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” (We’re told Mr. Markowitz’s communications director, Stefan Ringel, crafted this gem.)
Marty Markowitz first knew he wanted to become Brooklyn’s borough president when he was in his teens. But if it hadn’t been for an event that threatened to kill his political career long before he ran, he may have never have achieved that dream.
The year was 1982. Mr. Markowitz, a former tenants’ organizer, had spent four years representing a slice of Brooklyn in the New York State Senate only to see his former district diced up during a round of redistricting. To stay on the job, he needed to win re-election in a new, overwhelmingly African-American and Caribbean seat.
“I must tell you that when I was reapportioned, for a few minutes, I was not a happy camper … I was like shell-shocked,” Mr. Markowitz recalled, speaking to Politicker earlier this month at his office in Brooklyn Borough Hall.
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.
An Ongoing Series
Bill de Blasio appeared for the final time on the campaign trail today, choosing Crown Heights–the neighborhood at the center of the 20-year-old race riots that his rival, Joe Lhota, attempted to blame him for–to triumphantly greet a slew of ecstatic voters hours before the polls close.
Later this afternoon, President Barack Obama will nominate Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve, one of the world’s most powerful economic policy-making jobs.
And because Ms. Yellen hails from Brooklyn, Borough President Marty Markowitz naturally has a pun-filled opinion on the development.
Outside Borough Hall, not far from a stickball game between the candidates for mayor and public advocate, State Senator Daniel Squadron received a pitch of a different kind.
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn’s outgoing cheerleader-in-chief, ecstatically endorsed the public advocate candidate, touting his record as state senator as well as his endorsement from Senator Chuck Schumer.
Lewis Santoni, an investigator with the city’s Department of Investigation, is mulling an eleventh-hour run for Brooklyn borough president.
The 55-year-old Park Slope resident said he was “unimpressed” with the current crop of candidates and is seriously thinking about launching his own long-shot bid.
Brooklyn In The House
Last night, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz gave the last “State of the Borough” speech of his 12-year career in the office, and he made sure it was a colorful one, complete with exploding fireworks and a rapping Tony Danza. For his part, Mr. Markowitz himself took on the roles of a talk-show host, comedian and actor–the last featuring a “demo reel” where, among other things, he dons a hoodie for a scene in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing and dresses up as Captain America.
“With only a few months left in my term, I have to start thinking about a career after the Borough Presidency,” Mr. Markowitz explains. “So, I put together my personal demo reel of auditions for major motion pictures filmed right here in Brooklyn. So, lights, camera, action!!”
State Sen. Eric Adams launched his campaign for the Brooklyn borough presidency yesterday morning with almost the entirety of Brooklyn’s Democratic establishment at his back.
“Brooklyn is the greatest place on Earth because of the strength and love that its people are willing to pour into it,” said Mr. Adams as he stood on the steps of Brooklyn borough Hall. “It’s no wonder, when you ask a person that is from Brooklyn and you say, ‘Where you from?’ They don’t say New York City, they say, ‘We’re from Brooklyn, baby.’”
Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams is one of the biggest Knicks fans in City government and, though he said he had a personal “struggle” over whether to back the newly-arrived Brooklyn Nets, he’s sticking with his team. Mr. Williams revealed his decision to Politicker when we asked him about Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz’s statement earlier today that Brooklynites who “support, cheer or root for the Manhattan Knicks” are “treasonous.”
“It’s something I’ve grappled with….It’s very, very tough, but I think I’m Brooklyn enough. Nobody can question my Brooklyn-ness, not even Marty Markowitz,” Mr. Williams said. “I’ve decided this fall to take my talents back to the Garden.”