Williamsburg councilwoman Diana Reyna will be Deep to Eric Adams’ Beep

Reyna’s reign moves Downtown

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A term-limited Williamsburg councilwoman is staying in politics, making the seamless transition into the position of deputy to brand-new Borough President Adams.

Adams announced his choice of 34th District three-termer Diana Reyna on Tuesday, saying that her commitment to social justice issues made her an obvious choice.

“Diana Reyna has spent her entire career focused in the issues that matter the most to everyday New Yorkers,” Adams said, pointing to her record on affordable housing, public schools, and small businesses.

Reyna recently fought to secure 293 units of below-market-rate housing for Bushwick’s Rheingold Brewery development and successfully restored funding to programs at the embattled Swinging Sixties Center in Williamsburg after the city pulled the plug. The career pol said she will bring that same progressive pluck to her new position at Adams’s side.

“I look forward to helping Team Adams achieve its goal of One Brooklyn, a borough that leaves no one behind and works together toward common goals,” she said.

The Borough President’s office does not have much power beyond a podium, the ability to make community board and city agency appointments, and a dwindling pool of discretionary funds, so Reyna will spend most of her time setting up events to connect Brooklynites with services they need, said Adams’ transition spokesman Evan Thies.

“The borough president and deputy president do not need massive resources to put these people in a room and organize around a common goal,” said Thies.

Reyna will replace now-former Beep Marty Markowitz’s low-profile right-hand woman Sandra Chapman. In Williamsburg, her former top aide Antonio Reynoso beat out disgraced former Assemblyman Vito Lopez for her seat.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:16 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Ian from Williamsburg says:
Makes me miss Marty already.
Jan. 1, 2014, 8:42 am
ken from Greenpoint says:
who needs a borough president its about time the city of New York to realize its a waste of tax payers money.........................
Jan. 1, 2014, 10:49 am
Mustache Pete from Fort Greene says:
Look at it this way -- Reyna can utter intelligible sentences, something Eric Adams hasn't mastered.
Jan. 2, 2014, 10:29 am
Mustache Pete from Fort Greene says:
Nothing will make me miss Marty the Troll.
Jan. 2, 2014, 10:29 am
Anywho says:
Jan. 2, 2014, 11:56 pm
Mustache Pete from Fort Greene says:
I don't hate Marty. I was fine w/him as a business cheerleader and even found him amusing and useful to Bklyn up to a point. All I ask is that Marty go away and give others the stage.

My issues with Marty began about 4-5 years ago when he started to act like he could think for himself. He just became more annoying. Worse, Marty both perpetuated and sanctioned the blatant corruption behind land plays and lies about affordable housing that we'll be forced to deal with long after his Borscht Belt tumeler act is forgotten.
Jan. 3, 2014, 1:20 pm

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