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October 15, 2008

Bloomy: Marty is ‘probably’ good

The Brooklyn Paper
by Mike McLaughlin

Mayor Bloomberg offered only lukewarm support on Tuesday for his embattled ally Borough President Markowitz, who’s come under intense ethical scrutiny since The Brooklyn Paper reported last month that his private charity has received hundreds of thousands in dollars from Bruce Ratner, the Atlantic Yards developer who has enjoyed strong support from Markowitz.

Government watchdogs called the charitable donations a “payback” for Markowitz’s cheerleading of the $4-billion project, and the city comptroller howled after some of the money was doled out in no-bid contracts.

This week, it got worse for Markowitz, with the New York Post reporting that Bloomberg himself also gave millions to Markowitz’s charity. The newspaper called Markowitz “reprehensible,” and demanded the elimination of the largely ceremonial borough presidents.

But Bloomberg, making a stop in Downtown Brooklyn on Tuesday, defended Markowitz and his fellow borough leaders — well, sort of.

“They [Markowitz and the four other borough presidents] are probably worth the money,” Hizzoner said.


Posted by eric at October 15, 2008 8:28 AM