Marty says it’s time to put a woman in charge - Brooklyn Paper

Marty says it’s time to put a woman in charge

Girl power: Beep Marty gave his backing to Speaker Christine Quinn on April 18, while extolling the virtues of the fairer sex.
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Council Speaker Christine Quinn has won Borough President Markowitz’s support with her experience, her assistance during Sandy — and her womanly charms.

“It’s about time we had a woman for mayor!” the term-limited Markowitz said, standing beside Quinn on the steps of Borough Hall on April 18.

Markowitz also praised the speaker — currently the front-runner in the crop of Democratic contenders — for her years of experience in city government and her assistance to Brooklyn in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

“Even though you were born in Long Island and you sleep in Manhattan, it’s clear you have the true Brooklyn attitude,” said Markowitz. “It’s Quinn it to win it!”

But when pressed, Markowitz admitted he thought Gracie Mansion could use a woman’s touch.

“Women bring a certain sensitivity to politics, especially where families are concerned,” the Beep said, noting that he represents many members of the fairer sex. “Over half of Brooklyn is women, so why not?”

But Marty did have one misgiving: his own impending departure from office.

“My only regret is that when you’re mayor, I won’t be borough president,” said Markowitz, who was able to run for a third term because of a controversial bill Quinn and Mayor Bloomberg pushed through City Hall.

Quinn, for her part, hinted there might be a place for Marty in her administration.

“Don’t think you’re going to have much time in retirement, because the mayor is going to need a Brooklyn volunteer,” said Quinn.

The candidate also promised to pay close attention to the borough’s issues once elected — especially the revitalization of the Sunset Park dockyards and the potential medical crisis that could follow the closure of Long Island College Hospital.

“Whether we can save that hospital or not, we need a plan for how to provide healthcare to Brooklyn,” the speaker said.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at wbredderman@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at twitter.com/WillBredderman.

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