Marty Markowitz Has a Christmas Song

Borough President Marty Markowitz speaking in front of Brooklyn Borough Hall's Christmas tree.
Borough President Marty Markowitz speaking in front of Brooklyn Borough Hall’s Christmas tree.

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.)

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Marty Markowitz Looks Back

Marty Markowitz attends the announcement of Paul McCartney's return to New York at Barclays Center. (Photo: Mike Pont/Getty)
Marty Markowitz attends the announcement of Paul McCartney’s return to New York at Barclays Center. (Photo: Mike Pont/Getty)

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. Continue reading “Marty Markowitz Looks Back”

Brooklyn Pols Push de Blasio to Name Markowitz ‘Ambassador for NYC’

Marty Markowitz at the end of last month. (Photo: Laura Cavanaugh/Getty)
Marty Markowitz at the October 31 New Year’s Eve concert announcement at Barclays Center. (Photo: Laura Cavanaugh/Getty)

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. Continue reading “Brooklyn Pols Push de Blasio to Name Markowitz ‘Ambassador for NYC’”

De Blasio Makes Final Campaign Stop in Crown Heights

Bill de Blasio in Crown Heights today.
Bill de Blasio in Crown Heights today.

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. Continue reading “De Blasio Makes Final Campaign Stop in Crown Heights”

Marty Markowitz Reacts to Brooklyn News With Puns

Janet Yellen. (Federal Reserve official portrait)
Janet Yellen. (Federal Reserve official portrait)

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. Continue reading “Marty Markowitz Reacts to Brooklyn News With Puns”

Marty Markowitz Gives Daniel Squadron a Brooklyn Boost

Markowitz giving Squadron the Brooklyn bump.
Marty Markowitz endorsing Daniel Squadron.

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.

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