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Should Marty Markowitz become the city’s envoy to the world?

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Could “Mr. Brooklyn” become “Mr. New York?”

Two Brooklyn pols are calling on Mayor-elect Bill DeBlasio to appoint outgoing Borough President Markowitz as the ambassador for all of New York City.

“There are few more dedicated public officials than Mr. Markowitz, and it would be fitting for him to represent the City of New York as Ambassador,” said Public Advocate-elect Letitia James.

But the position of “Ambassador of NYC” doesn’t technically exist — at least, not in name.

The job would actually take on the responsibilities, if not the title, of the commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, and office originally created by Mayor Robert Wagner in 1962, when it was called the NYC Commissioner for the United Nations.

The commissioner — or ambassador — serves as a liaison between the diplomatic community and local residents, businesses and government. But Markowitz’s role as “Ambassador of NYC” would presumably be broader, promoting the New York brand globally, and he has done so successfully for Brooklyn.

Markowitz has already demonstrated his diplomatic chops as borough president when he journeyed to London in 2006 to represent Brooklyn at the World Travel Market trade show. A mere two months later, the world’s largest publisher of travel guides, Lonely Planet, featured Brooklyn on its list of 30 “must see” world destinations.

Councilman David Greenfield said that Markowitz would be ideally suited to represent our city to the world.

“I can think of no better person to serve as Ambassador for New York City,” said Greenfield.

Markowitz, for his part, is grateful for the support of his colleagues, but appeared to be keeping his options open as he heads into the final weeks as borough president.

“It is flattering that two of my colleagues in government would think of me in such esteem,” said the outgoing Beep. “I look forward to whatever role I may take in continuing to serve my borough and my city in the next chapter of my life.”

A spokesman for mayor-elect Bill DeBlasio did not return calls for comment.

Reader poll

Marty Markowitz is on his way out of Borough Hall after 12 years as Brooklyn's borough president. He has made a name for himself through zany photo-ops and relentless cheerleading for the borough as a brand. Letitia James and David Greenfield think that qualifies him to be New York's public face abroad. But what do you think? Should Marty Markwoitz be the city's cultural envoy? Take our poll and cast your informal-but-public vote.

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Reasonable discourse

Jay from Park Slope says:
Send in the Clowns
Nov. 20, 2013, 3:44 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Every kingdom needs a jester!
Nov. 20, 2013, 8:46 am
InTheSlope from Park Slope says:
you got to be F-ING KIDDING!!!!!
Nov. 20, 2013, 10:24 am
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
Oh no. Nononono.
Nov. 20, 2013, 10:40 am
Ben from Greenpoint says:
I guess we need Marty for ribbon-cutting ..........
Nov. 20, 2013, 11:44 am
Resident from Brooklyn says:
Marty is an embarrassment. Please let 2013 be the last we see of him in any official capacity.
Nov. 20, 2013, 11:45 am
Pietro from Park Slope says:

Marty is a mixed bag. He's been great in some respects, and I despised Bloombergs picking on
him about travel expenses for Mrs. Markowitz.
But he's had 12 years, so time for the next one.
seriously, the dude's gotta be tired from all theat ribbon cutting!
Nov. 20, 2013, 1:11 pm
Tabitha from Youdon'twannaknow says:
I'd say "Keep him away from any cash" but it's just as useless with him as with any other politician...
Nov. 20, 2013, 2:48 pm
joe from bay ridge says:
Pietro, why would you think it was wrong for the Mayor to comment on the taxpayers paying for the BP's wife's travel? Who elected her?
Nov. 20, 2013, 4:44 pm
Marsha Rimler says:
NO..NO.. He is a bad joke
Nov. 20, 2013, 6:07 pm
JAY from NYC says:
This is another do nothing job that costs taxpayer money and does not generate a return.
Nov. 20, 2013, 6:58 pm
Rob from Greenpoint says:
No, never.
Nov. 20, 2013, 8:03 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Marty can always be known as the village idiot, which probably suits him very well.
Nov. 20, 2013, 9:33 pm
Homey from Crooklyn says:
An empty job for an empty suit.
Nov. 21, 2013, 9:06 am
Everyone from New York City says:
God, no.
Nov. 21, 2013, 11:05 am
ty from pps says:
Seriously, Tal Barzilai is calling someone else the "village idiot"?! That is rich.
Nov. 21, 2013, 11:27 am
Other Michael from Park Slope says:
Marty can go to Sunrise Village. That where all his constituents are.
Nov. 21, 2013, 12:51 pm
K. from ArKady says:
God, yes. Who better exemplifies the borough?
Nov. 21, 2013, 1:38 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I think that ty and Marty go together very well, so they should both be the village idiots.
Nov. 21, 2013, 3:12 pm
Mustache Pete from Fort Greene says:
Tal and Ty, lay off! It's the holidays. I'm guessing you both think Marty's a joke and a gonif. Can't you just give it a rest and leave personal animus out of this?

It should be Bruce Ratner paying for Marty to keep going back to the trough for seconds, thirds and more -- not the taxpayers.
Nov. 21, 2013, 3:47 pm
Jay from Bensonhurst says:
I cant fathom that this stupidity is even being entertained for a second. MM is a total joke; clueless, useless and a complete embarrassment for all. Both he and his loud mouth wife should disappear. The only thing The Greedy Markowitzs want is a FREE RIDE for another 12 years! Not to mention $25million budget for BP Offices. Please someone tell me why this insanity is being allowed to continue??? How many schools can be funded with that money? I pray Mayor Elect DeBlasio doesnt give this clown a job!
Nov. 25, 2013, 7:57 pm
Bengee from Coney Island says:
The best thing that loud mouth came do for us is keep his trap shut.
Dec. 25, 2014, 10:42 am

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