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BREAKING: Marty — a loyal Dem — backs Bloomy for mayor!

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Borough President Markowitz — a Democrat — endorsed Mayor Bloomberg over Democratic rival (and Brooklynite!) Bill Thompson near Borough Hall today, calling the would-be third-term mayor “one of the greats.”

“I’m a proud lifelong Democrat,” Markowitz said at the mayor’s side. “I have nothing but respect for Bill Thompson. … [But] we basically need the mayoral equivalent of Capt. Sully Sullenberger.”

And Bloomberg, Markowitz implied, was akin to fabled USAir pilot Chesley Sullenberger who saved his passengers — and became a national symbol of grace under fire — in January when he ditched his plane into the Hudson River, a body of water near New Jersey.

Despite his party affiliation, Markowitz has long championed Bloomberg. Earlier this year, he supported the mayor’s controversial rezoning of Coney Island, the mayor’s bid to overturn term limits, and the Atlantic Yards mega-project, though he did slam Bloomberg last year for cutting the budget of the office of the borough president.

“Do we agree on everything? No,” Markowitz admitted today. “But I know we agree that Brooklyn is where New York City begins.”

Markowitz specifically cited the duo’s shared support for the Brooklyn Bridge Park development plan, Atlantic Yards, the CityPoint tower in Downtown Brooklyn, and a plan to revitalize the Sunset Park waterfront.

It’s not the first time Markowitz endorsed Bloomberg for re-election. Four years ago, Markowitz, who was a Democrat then, too, backed the mayor over Fernando Ferrer.

For his part, Bloomberg has always praised Markowitz, albeit always with a wink and a nod to the Beep’s legendary comic gifts. And during a wave of anti-borough president sentiment last year, said only that Markowitz and his four counterparts were “probably worth the money” for the city.

Today, Bloomberg hailed Markowitz for his own Sully-like heroism.

“Marty’s decision to join our campaign shows what Brooklynites already know: Marty has the courage of his convictions,” Bloomberg said.

Markowitz’s endorsement comes one day after the Community Newspaper Group, of which The Brooklyn Paper is a part, urged voters to re-elect Bloomberg in an editorial that was published in all of the company’s 30 newspapers and Web sites in The Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.

Updated 5:11 pm, October 1, 2009: Story was updated to include live quotes from the main guys.
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al pankin from downtown says:
Mayor Bloomberg is the only logical choice for mayor. when Bill Thompson was the president of the board of ed. it was a disaster. who wants to go backwards?
Oct. 1, 2009, 10:59 am
mike from boro park says:
Im so happy mr. smith is still in the race holding the Conservative party vote, I endorse him.. and guess what I have heard from my people that the Smith campaign is having secret meetings with the mayors campaign.. do I hear soon to be endorsement from the mayor of new york, finally someone sees the true work Mr. Smith has done for ny not just Brooklyn..
Oct. 1, 2009, 11:27 am
ELLYN from GRETTISEN BEACH says:
Not only will I NEVER vote for Bloomberg, now I will never vote for Markowitz again. Shame on him
Oct. 1, 2009, 1:29 pm
sam from downtown says:
And we have the Beepal equivalent of Bozo (apologies to Bozo).
Oct. 1, 2009, 2:05 pm
Pacholo from Red Hook says:
Marty is a sellout like my man Willie Colon! They forgot where they come from.
Oct. 1, 2009, 4:53 pm
משה אה^ from Williamsburg ODA says:
The village idiot has now become a new and improved version of himself. Yes, I am talking about MARTY AND MAYOR LOONYBERG
Oct. 1, 2009, 7:09 pm
מעסטענ from Williamsburg ODA says:
The village idiot has now become a new and improved version of himself. Yes, I am talking about MARTY AND MAYOR LOONYBERG
Oct. 1, 2009, 7:10 pm
joe from brighton beach says:
"Party Hearty" Marty Markowitz is a sell out to all of Brooklyn, not only to the African-Ameircan communities but to all of the people & Democrats in Brooklyn. Who else could be more Brooklyn than Mr. Thompson : born & raised in Brooklyn USA. A former Deputy Brooklyn Borough President. SHAME, SHAME ON YOU MARTY ! This is a very sad day for all Brooklynites.
Oct. 2, 2009, 12:01 pm
Fourth Estate from DUMBO says:
Brooklyn paper, you know your print edition makes excellent filler for a hamster cage.

Having said that, your 'endorsement' (political brown nosing) MEANS NOTHING TO ME. In the voting booth, not only will I not vote for cheescake man, I won't vote for King Bloomberg either.

Al Gore endorses Bloomberg on the environment, sorry Al but your political credintials went to zero during the 2000 election when you backed down for "the good of the nation"

Al, perhaps you need to ask those who live in the lavender lake, aka Gowanus Canal about Bloomy's record on the environment.

At least I will know my vote meant something other than 'getting with the program'
Oct. 3, 2009, 9:11 pm
Charles from Bklyn says:
Meaningless? Meaningless.

Notwithstanding, Bloomberg still wins big.
Oct. 5, 2009, 6:33 pm

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