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Some of the outgoing Borough President’s dreams are left to Eric Adams, Bill DeBlasio, and the new Council

Markowitz leaves Borough Hall with business unfinished

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Oh, what Marty could have done with another year.

During his tenure, Borough President Markowitz has achieved many of his visions for the Borough of Kings — not least bringing the Nets, Ikea, and a succession of cruise ships to Brooklyn. But the Beep’s ambitions for the borough were as big as his personality, so inevitably some dreams must be deferred.

Many of the projects he championed have been completed during his term, but others — such as the Loews Kings Theater renovation that got under way this year — will not be finished until Markowitz’s successor has taken the throne.

“While I am proud of what I have accomplished as Borough President, there are several projects that I will not get to see completed under my tenure,” said Markowitz. “I will be the Borough President Emeritus when this ‘wonder theater’ reopens its doors for the first time in this millennia.”

His vision for a Coney Island amphitheater in the Childs building is also on its way with the near-unanimous blessing of the Council in its last vote of the year. The initiative made its first concrete progress early on Saturday morning, when backhoes cleared out a community garden in the venue’s footprint.

Other pet projects remain on the drawing board, but Markowitz remains optimistic that he will one day see their completion. But for all his tireless cheerleading, Markowitz will admit that even his best efforts could not always yield the desired results.

“There are several projects that were simply beyond my control,” he said.

Markowitz has long dreamed of returning Brooklyn to its industrial roots, and hoped to lure high-tech electronic manufacturers to the working-class neighborhoods of Brownsville and East New York. But alas, that task will be left to his successors.

“We cannot give up on bringing manufacturing back,” said Markowitz. “Our communities want to work, and we must provide them with good-paying jobs. I am disappointed that I was unable to accomplish this, but I have high hopes that the next administration will.”

Markowitz’s other dreams include a casino in Coney Island and bringing the world’s sport — professional soccer — to the borough that is a crossroads of the world.

“What better place than Brooklyn for a soccer stadium and a team to call it home?” Markowitz said.

Ultimately, the outgoing Beep is certain that no matter what he has achieved, Brooklyn is the greatest city in the world, and if its citizens were smart enough to elect him three times in a row, he says, they are smart enough to achieve anything.

“The future of Brooklyn is boundless potential. We have the greatest dreamers anywhere, and I’m sure there is plenty of excitement to come,” he said.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4514.
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Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Now our village is missing its idiot
Dec. 30, 2013, 8:58 am
Ken from Greenpoint says:
we need some ribbon cutting can you still do it unofficial?.....................
Dec. 30, 2013, 11:39 am
judah spechal from bedstuy says:
give Marty 12 more yrs.

How many 24/7 happy people you know?

We all need to know more.
Marty seems like a 24/7 happy person
Dec. 30, 2013, 1:06 pm
Brooklynite from Brooklyn says:
Thank god this putz is out of office in a few days. What a maroon.

Bye, Marty. You won't be missed.
Dec. 30, 2013, 3:20 pm
Steven Hart from Boerum Hill says:
Marty was court jester to Ratner and Bloomberg, not to mention a wide array of shady developers. Let's hope the next person has some interest in the people of Brooklyn and not just its potential as an expendable asset.
Dec. 31, 2013, 10:24 am
Brooklyn Lover from Crown Heights says:
I have lived in Brooklyn for almost 35 years. When I first moved here and for decades thereafter, the borough was a mess, including the entire waterfront. While a lot still needs to be done to make sure everyone is included in Brooklyn's rebirth, it is impossible to deny that Marty has brought Brooklyn back and it is again a place we can all be proud of. Thank you Marty and best of luck to your successor.
Dec. 31, 2013, 10:38 am
TOM from Sunset Park says:
Marty always reminded me of Teddy Kollek who I met. 'Nough said.
Dec. 31, 2013, 1:12 pm
Glad to see you go Marty! from Brooklyn is my neighborhood says:
And not a moment too soon. Your destruction of Brooklyn working class neighborhoods to make way for the "corporate dollar" reign is over. The Atlantic Yards monstrosity, Barclay Center, says it all. Brooklynites cannot afford tickets to the place. Is that your legacy?????? Shame on you!
Jan. 1, 2014, 10:52 am
ch from bh says:
I look forward to never hearing or mentioning this putz' name again. An A--hole through and through who believed his own press, built over honest Brooklyn with developer's bribe money and flew around the world on the taxpayer's dime. BP Eric Adams, on the other hand, is an actual leader who's accomplished something before arriving in office. Here's to real leadership in Borough Hall in 2014!
Jan. 2, 2014, 12:06 pm

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