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October 13, 2008

Marty "bought and paid for"? Following up on the Post's scoop

Atlantic Yards Report

Many Atlantic Yards critics have long thought that there had to be some finacial incentive for Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz's illogical and unflagging support for Bruce Ratner's controversial Atlantic Yards arena and highrise megaproject.

Watchdog Norman Oder thinks that the issue of quid pro quo isn't that clear cut, though that's no reason for other local papers to ignore last week's revelations in the NY Post:

It's surprising that no other daily newspaper has followed up yet on the New York Post's scoop Friday that developer Forest City Ratner, as well as allied contractors, "have quietly funneled at least $680,000 to three nonprofits set up by Markowitz," promoting his charitable endeavors and concert series, and that Dick Dadey of the Citizens Union said, "Affiliated nonprofits should not be used as pseudo campaign accounts."

Just because another newspaper got there first, that doesn't mean that competitors should deny their readers important information.
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It's impossible to prove that the issue is Ratner's largesse--it could simply be "in for a dime, in for a dollar" (or, in this case, a several hundred million in public funds). Markowitz has staked his reputation on this project, so maybe he'll going to continue to double down, to support the project no matter what.

On the other hand, Oder recalls a telling scene from a New Yorker profile, where Markowitz takes a call from "Bruce."

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Posted by lumi at October 13, 2008 5:55 AM