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October 20, 2008


NY Post Editorial

Given the Post's normal predilections — like its largely unfettered support for Atlantic Yards — we can only imagine that Brooklyn Chief Executive Marty Markowitz never expected to become the tabloid's favorite whipping boy.

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz is nothing if not creative.

Just as money managers urge their clients to diversify their portfolios, Markowitz makes sure that his preferred non-profit groups have (other people's) cash flowing in from lots of different sources.

Given the tawdriness exposed in the City Council "member item" scandal, a third party needs to look at the books of Marty Markowitz and his nonprofits.

Considering that the Department of Investigations is a city agency - and reports to the mayor - that creates a conflict of interest.

Thus the logical person to take up the task would be Brooklyn DA Joel Hynes.

The sooner, the better.


NoLandGrab: The Post misidentifies Brooklyn's District Attorney, who is Charles "Joe" (not "Joel") Hynes.

Atlantic Yards Report thinks it's possible that the Post is overstating its case:

It may look like Markowitz is fostering his reelection effort through contributions outside the campaign system. While that may not seem ethical, as watchdogs like Citizens Union head Dick Dadey have commented, it may not be a violation.

Posted by eric at October 20, 2008 9:59 AM