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February 15, 2009

Marty's "Best of Brooklyn" fig leaf

Atlantic Yards Report

Here is a quick look at Best of Brooklyn, Marty Markowitz's non-profit partnership that manages to both do good works and help provides a "fig leaf" to cover Marty's support from corporations like Atlantic Yards developer Forest City Ratner.

Here's how it was described on the ticket (above) for Markowitz's annual Chinese New Year Banquet; Best of Brooklyn, Inc., is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization for which Borough President Markowitz serves as honorary chair. Its mission is to enhance and enrich the lives of all Brooklynites, in particular our children.

The partnership is pretty tight. Best of Brooklyn does some excellent things. At the same time, it also serves as a vehicle for Markowitz to draw support from corporate donors (like Forest City Ratner) far beyond that which they could give to his campaigns.

In the course of the annual banquet Markowitz misstates some jobs recently moved to Metrotech (a Forest City Ratner development):

Another part of Markowitz's speech last Thursday deserved an asterix. He stated: We know Morton's is getting business from our legal community-- And with one of the world's largest law firms -- Weil, Gotshal -- now at MetroTech -- Brooklyn is closer to another dream of mine -- "branding" Downtown Brooklyn as a "law center"

Well, maybe a back-office law center, as the text further indicated.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges didn't move its lawyers to Brooklyn, just staff groups like Information Systems, Finance and Operations.

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Posted by steve at February 15, 2009 10:46 AM