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Possibly confirming rumors that Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz is thinking about challenging Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Crain’s Insider reported today, ”Sources close to Borough President Marty Markowitz confirm he’s mulling a run for Congress,” against her.
Update: City & State reports although sources close to Mr. Markowitz admit he had “strongly considered” the race, he will not ultimately be taking the plunge.
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg had a cute exchange with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz as they trumpeted the success of new job centers yesterday afternoon.
“Marty and I will be losing our jobs in 679 days,” Mr. Bloomberg pointed out, joking that one of them might some career advice. Both officials are term-limited out in 2013.
“I have a hunch that one of us will actually be looking for a job in those six hundred and something days,” Mr. Markowitz responded when he took the podium.
Mr. Bloomberg proceeded to insist he doesn’t have a retirement plan, prompting Mr. Markowitz to sarcastically quip, “Oh, sure.”
Despite his strong poll numbers, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz says he’s not running for mayor next year because he doesn’t want to deal with “the abuse” heaped upon occupants of Gracie Mansion.
“To be mayor you’ve got to have heat, you need fire in your belly to take the abuse they’re going to put you through,” he told The Politicker as he headed into Comptroller John Liu’s State of the City address at City College in Harlem this morning.
State Senator Eric Adams put an end to speculation about which office he would seek, announcing in an email to supporters this afternoon, “At the behest of many of you, Eric has decided to pursue his dream to run for the office of Brooklyn Borough President in 2013. “
Mr. Adams had been rumored to either be a BP candidate in 2013 or make a run for Public Advocate, but the email today–sent by his chief of staff, Ingrid Lewis-Martin–makes plain that he has decided to go with the former.
“The road to Borough Hall is long and can be rocky, but with your continued support we can pave the way and set a smooth course,” the email reads. “I will send you periodic emails and news updates to keep you informed and abreast of all of the ways in which you can be a part of our journey to Brooklyn Borough Hall.”
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At last night’s State of the Borough address, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz took some time to reiterate his call for a new casino in the Coney Island neighborhood.
“I’m not talking about turning Coney Island into Atlantic City, that’s not what I’m not suggesting,” he said, before pivoting into one of his many jokes of the evening. “Although I look forward to setting my DVR to recording the smash HBO drama Coney Island Boardwalk Empire.”
Carlo Scissura, an aide to Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, happily announced this morning that he’s raised a solid $126,765 so far in his quest to replace his boss, who’s term-limited out in 2013. The numbers were first reported by City & State. “I am humbled by the extensive support my campaign has received from people across our borough” Mr. Scissura said in a release.
State Senator Diane Savino is not pleased with GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. After watching Mr. Romney’s New Hampshire victory speech, Senator Savino wrote a Facebook post saying, “I sometimes hate this frigging business.” The Politicker talked to Senator Savino this morning to find out why she found Mr. Romney’s speech “offensive” and to get her thoughts on the prospect of a casino in Coney Island, which is part of her seat in the 23rd District.
Senator Savino described Mr. Romney’s speech as “the worst kind of gutter politics.”
“He made direct statements accusing the President of exploiting the politics of envy, the statement that President Obama does not care about America, that President Obama is a socialist. It was really the worst kind of gutter politics,” Senator Savino said. “You want to disagree with President Obama? Fine, but stop trying to insinuate or overtly state that he’s un-American. That’s what I took offense to.”
For the last several weeks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been pushing the idea of bringing casino gambling to New York State. In his annual State of the State address yesterday, the governor suggested that New York could see $1 billion in revenue.
In an interview with The Daily News last month, Mr. Cuomo laid out the possibilities of where the casino would be located.
“New York City is a real location,” he said. “Albany is a real location. Buffalo is a real location.”
New Quinnipiac poll numbers show NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly at the top of the heap of potential mayoral candidates with 24% of voters saying they’d support his City Hall bid. However, a Kelly candidacy seems increasingly unlikely. Earlier this week, former Mayor Ed Koch told Politicker Mr. Kelly has assured him he’s not going to make a run for mayor.
State Senator Kevin Parker is quietly laying the groundwork for a run for Brooklyn borough president, according to a source close to the lawmaker.