October 21, 2010 / Brooklyn news / The Greatest Story Ever

Oy vey! Marty is on mute after throat procedure!

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Brooklyn has lost its voice.

Borough President Markowitz underwent a procedure on his throat last Tuesday that has forced him to temporarily muzzle one of his most powerful weapons: his mouth.

“I’m not sure who’s happier about it, my staff or my wife,” joked Markowitz days before the procedure, which left him unable to join fellow opponents of the Prospect Park West bike lane during a rally last Thursday, though the Beep made sure to voice his strong opposition to it earlier in the week.

Still, the borough just won’t be the same without the cheerleader-in-chief bellowing the Kings English.

“He’ll be silent for the remainder of this week and back in action on Monday,” said Markowitz’s spokesman Mark Zustovich, who would only describe the treatment as a “minor throat procedure,” and “nothing serious.”

He added, “He was home within a matter of hours. But as with anything involving your throat, the doctors order you to rest your voice for a few days.”

Anyone desperate for a daily Marty fix can check out his Web site, where he enthusiastically touts the wonders of Kings County in front of the iconic “Welcome to Brooklyn” sign.

Or you could watch Markowitz’s hilarious — in a good way and in the train wreck sense — plea for Apple to open a store in Brooklyn while he tinkers with an iPad.

And if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you could even watch his speech where he strips down to his swimsuit in a stunt meant to draw attention to the temporary closing of the Double-D Pool in Gowanus. (Of course, Brooklyn Paper Editor Gersh Kuntzman took the nudity one step further.)

But until Monday, the Beep will be holed up in Markowitz manor in Windsor Terrace.

“He’s recuperating at home and doing well,” said Zustovich. “He looks forward to speaking to Brooklynites again.”

Updated 7:45 pm, October 26, 2010
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Reasonable discourse

Dave from Park Slope says:
I'm pretty sure supporters of the new, traffic-calmed Prospect Park West are happiest of all.
Oct. 21, 2010, 2:51 pm
Alex from Prospect Heights says:
Thess may be the greatest four days in the history of Brooklyn.
Oct. 21, 2010, 2:53 pm
J from Crown Heights says:
I'd say the constituents are the happiest of all. That corrupt old windbag has said some of the stupidest things of any politician I know, typically without any sort of facts to back himself up. Who knew you could get elected to office with a 4th grade education?
Oct. 21, 2010, 8:19 pm
Alex from Prospect Heights says:
J, I think you owe a whole lot of fourth-graders an apology!
Oct. 21, 2010, 9:55 pm
Steven Rosenberg from Park Slope says:
Why are we paying for a clown with tax money?
Oct. 22, 2010, 11:13 am

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