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Borough President Markowitz says the city is lying to protect its most controversial bike lane.

The Beep — famous for his opposition to the Prospect Park West bike path — said in a sworn court statement this week that Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan told him that the lane was simply a “trial” project, not permanent one, as the city has claimed in court.

Markowitz’s bombshell testimony bolsters a lawsuit against the city, which cannot move forward if a judge rules that the bike lane was indeed installed as a permanent addition to Prospect Park West.

In the three-page document, Markowitz says he met with Sadik-Khan more than a year ago to tell her he believed the lane would clog traffic on the busy street.

“In response to my concerns, Commissioner Sadik-Khan told me the bike lane would be implemented on a trial basis [and] that if the study proved her wrong, the Department of Transportation would modify it or even take it out.”

The debate as to whether the path was intended to be permanent or experimental is important for one reason: The deadline has passed to sue the city over a permanent fixture — a legal argument the city has made in its defense.

The lawsuit was filed in March by Neighbors for Better Bike Lanes, which claimed that the city manipulated data to show the traffic-calming project was more successful than it really was.

Markowitz has been against the path since its creation, saying it would reduce parking options and cause traffic jams. In April, one month after his meeting with Sadik-Khan, he slammed her as an anti-car zealot on WNYC radio, saying, “I’m acutely aware that she wants to make it hard for those who choose to own automobiles.”

That’s part of why bike advocates say his past agenda taints his testimony in the case.

“He’s been so rabidly anti-bike lane, I question anything he says about it,” said Charlie McCorkell, a former Transportation Alternatives director and owner of Bicycle Habitat in Park Slope, explaining the beep can chose to omit whatever he wants in such a statement. “If there’s something in writing, sure, let’s see it — but this is based on his memory.”

A spokesman for Markowitz responded only that “the affidavit speaks for itself.”

City attorney Mark Muschenheim doesn’t think it says much.

“Simply put, we vigorously dispute it,” he said.

Updated 5:25 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

mike from GP says:
Can't until Marty perjures himself on the stand.
July 20, 2011, 1 am
Dave from Park Slope says:
The only people lying about the bike lane are those who oppose it -- like Markowitz.
July 20, 2011, 4:09 am
Other Michael from Park Slope says:
If something the size of the Bike lane on Prospect Park West were a trail would there be some paperwork on that.

A document that describes its criteria for removal? Something??

What does it matter what Marty says?

Forgettaboutit.
July 20, 2011, 6:17 am
Zabs from Greenpoint says:
More crapola from the worthless Brooklyn Paper - who's lying? Why not do some actual work for a change? Why don't you simply print Marty's press releases?
July 20, 2011, 7:04 am
Norman Oder says:
Markowitz's credibility, at least regarding Atlantic Yards, is suspect, since he made a video, aimed to help Forest City Ratner recruit Chinese investors (and save big bucks), claiming "Brooklyn is 1000 percent behind Atlantic Yards."

Has the Brooklyn Paper reported that?

No.

Here it is:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/norman-oder/markowitz-atlantic-yards_b_832042.html
July 20, 2011, 7:07 am
Thecandidate from Williamsburg says:
Hey Marty; what you should look for is, the lies and fabrications of studies and findings produced by Transportation Alternative of how many bikers use and used bike lanes in Greenpoint/Williamsburg as well.

TA then went ahead and testified and Community Board meetings, City Council and to the media, TA could not backup a single finding when, where and how these studies were taken, TA forwarded all the info to DOT,DOT also has a guy by the name of MR. Benson a real BAFON, get him on the stand.

I'm sure they did this same bull crap on all bike lanes all over the City with the same phony findings.

OH, then TA and DOT were asking for Federal dollars, I think it was 11 million check with Rep. (D) Nydia Velezquez
July 20, 2011, 7:08 am
Thecandidate from Williamsburg says:
Hey Marty; what you should look for is, the lies and fabrications of studies and findings produced by Transportation Alternative of how many bikers use and used bike lanes in Greenpoint/Williamsburg as well.

TA then went ahead and testified and Community Board meetings, City Council and to the media, TA could not backup a single finding when, where and how these studies were taken, TA forwarded all the info to DOT,DOT also has a guy by the name of MR. Benson a real BAFON, get him on the stand.

I'm sure they did this same bull crap on all bike lanes all over the City with the same phony findings.

OH, then TA and DOT were asking for Federal dollars, I think it was 11 million check with Rep. (D) Nydia Velezquez
July 20, 2011, 7:08 am
jerry from brighton beach says:
Att: Mr. Marty Markowitz : Why are you so surprised ? You're a MASTER at lying about all sorts of things. Atlantic Yards, Brooklyn Red Hook Cruise Terminal, Asser Levy Park. etc. etc. etc.
You spin your BS all the time.
What goes around comes around. MOVE ON !
July 20, 2011, 7:32 am
Steve from Park Slope says:
Luke DePalma, if you read this garbage and still support lying to protect your corrupt boss, shame on you. Grow a conscience and resign. Do Marty's staffers want to go down as perjurers, too?
July 20, 2011, 7:49 am
Resident from PPW says:
Marty,

Just to let you know that you do have supporters who read the Brooklyn Paper.

Do the right thing and stand up to Commissioner Sadik-Khan!
July 20, 2011, 8:39 am
pete from Windsor trerrace says:

I'm for the Bike lane(s).
I've lived
in Windsor Terrace many years, and
Prospect Park West was underused,
and those empty lanes made people speed with bad results over the years.
Marty, we've got to change with regard to the oil thing, and yes, we have to encourage people to change, including you.
Nobody is taking your big car away-so why are you so selfish with the road?
July 20, 2011, 8:53 am
J from BK says:
Only in some twisted dream is replacing a speeding lane of traffic between a residential neighborhood and a park with a bike lane controversial... No matter how many times this story is beaten to death, it still boggles my mind. I'm almost disgusted to the point where I'd encourage the DOT to rip out the damn bike lane and turn PPW into a dedicated truck route, ending with a brand spanking new new weigh station (like those things you see on I-80 in PA) right in front of Markowitz's place in Windsor Terrace. You like traffic, Iris? Live with THAT. Morons!
July 20, 2011, 9:06 am
jerry from brighton beach says:
@pete from Windsor :
I have to correct you : BP Marty has 3 drivers & 3 cars.
He's probably late for ribbon cutting cermonies.
July 20, 2011, 9:46 am
mike from GP says:
@Thecandidate, or should I say, Isaac Abraham,

Wow, those are some crazy allegations there. But unfortunately for you none of them are actually true.

Sad.
July 20, 2011, 10:10 am
Steve from Park Slope is my neighbor from In Park Slope, right nextdoor to Steve says:
Hey "Steve from Park Slope" who wrote:

"Luke DePalma, if you read this garbage and still support lying to protect your corrupt boss, shame on you. Grow a conscience and resign. Do Marty's staffers want to go down as perjurers, too?"

Pretty tough and utterly ignorant words from an anonymous commenter. Do they teach free classes in faux-moral superority in Park Slope. Do you know the definition of perjury? Rest assured, Luke DePalma will resign from his job just as soon as you resign from being a fulltime phoney pretentious liar. You're in a glass house, buddy.
July 20, 2011, 10:35 am
Steve from Park Slope says:
I may be a fulltime phoney pretentious liar, but I didn't sign a legal affidavit, as Marty did.
July 20, 2011, 11:02 am
Other Michael from Park Slope says:
yea, I think that is what perjury is.
July 20, 2011, 3:10 pm
Peter Engel from Manhattan says:
Memo to Marty:

OK, we know you're not paid to think. But face facts: borough presidents are very expendable when it hits the fan. And this story eventually will. Especially when it becomes evident that the former DOT head/wife of a U.S. Senator is pulling the strings to eliminate something for the public good, and doing so while working at a CUNY job.

This is not the time to start considering yourself invincible. Do you really want to risk a perjury rap? 66 is a little old for the big house. Hey, I'm only offering some friendly advice.

http://www.streetsblog.org​/2011/07/19/marty-markowit​z-chooses-the-perfect-mome​nt-to-jump-into-ppw-lawsui​t/#disqus_thread
July 20, 2011, 3:28 pm
Still Steve's Nextdoor Neighbor from The same nabe as "other Michael" says:
Hey Steve and Other-Mike, signing an affidavit is not the definition of perjury. If you tell the truth in an affirmation it's not perjury. And I'm sorry, were both of you at any of these meetings? How could you possibly know for certain what you're talking about? Well, answer is - you don't. Just cause it's on Streetsblog doesn't make it true. Look to yourselves before you call for people's heads. Disgusting lynch mob.
July 20, 2011, 5:04 pm
Chuck Otey from Bay Ridge says:

The Lander 'survey' was suspect from the beginning. I like bike lanes but they cause more confusion than they're worth. T.A. should get back to pushing the "Verrazano Lifeway" linking Brooklyn to Staten Island. Our Lifeway Campaign has 10,000 signatures, the backing of Chuck Schumer, Mike Bloomberg,Marty Golden, Vinnie Gentile and other electeds. Show your unrequieted love for The Ridge, Gersh!!!Back the Lifeway(c)--chuck otey)
July 20, 2011, 6:16 pm
mike from GP says:
Chuck Otey -- not sure why you think the Lander survey was "suspect". Lander's office released the methodology publicly. Have you reviewed it?

I don't really think you actually like bike lanes, as you claim, since 1) they're not actually confusing, and 2) they save lives, so yes, they are worth it.

You would be interested to know that T.A. is in fact working hard on opening the Verrazano to pedestrians and bicyclists.
July 20, 2011, 8:15 pm
Other Michael from Park Slope says:
Resident

I got my information about Marty from the article up on top of this box.

and I Googled "is lying in in a affidavit perjury" I am not a lawyer but I think that it is perjury.
July 20, 2011, 8:46 pm
LF from PH says:
"sworn court statement" is what the article says. Perjury is the willful act of swearing a false oath or affirmation to tell the truth, whether spoken or in writing, concerning matters material to a judicial proceeding. So yes, I think Other Michael is correct. It's perjury.
July 20, 2011, 9:57 pm
Robert from Park Slope says:
First, Bloomberg tries to impose congestive pricing. This is basically a tax on those contributing or causing congestion on city streets. Then when these bikes lanes cause congestion, DOT and the Mayor applaud the too slow traffic as a desired effect. Talk about having it both ways.
July 27, 2011, 12:01 pm
mike from GP says:
Congestion pricing would be fantastic for Brooklyn.

Bike lanes do not cause congestion.

Calmed traffic due to bike lanes and other proven measures is not the same as congestion.
July 27, 2011, 12:12 pm
Robert from Park Slope says:
during the day, it now takes 15 to 20 min to drive less than 20 blocks from GAP to 15th Street. If that ain't congestion I don't know what is? "Calmed traffic"? No one sitting in the traffic is calmed by it.
July 27, 2011, 12:51 pm
Other Michael from Park Slope says:
Robert

Are you just making this up? What avenue are you talking about?
July 30, 2011, 7:27 pm
doug from park slope says:
Has Marty ever been on bike let alone seen the bike lane? This is an absolute necessity and way of life for people. I ride my bike to work everyday and the city/Marty should be encouraging this, making more lanes and existing lanes better for bikers. This is backwards thinking and Marty loves to hear himself.
Aug. 3, 2011, 5:32 am

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