Friday, July 20, 2007

Marty's base includes Brooklyn developers (but not Ratner*)

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, contemplating a run for mayor but not yet declaring for the race, has raised a respectable sum of money but remains well behind several rivals, as the Brooklyn Paper reports this week.

Among the donors of the maximum $4950, as the Brooklyn Paper notes, are developers Joe Sitt, Shaya Boymelgreen, Joshua Muss, and Dolly Williams, who just happens to be Markowitz's appointee to the City Planning Commission. (As an investor in the Nets, Williams recused herself from the Atlantic Yards discussion.)

New York City Campaign Finance Board data show that other members of the Sitt and Boymelgreen families also contributed to Markowitz, as did developer Gregory O'Connell, who has several projects in Red Hook.

One Atlantic Yards connection

And where's the heavyweight, Forest City Ratner? We know that Bruce Ratner stopped giving campaign contributions but his brother Michael Ratner and sister-in-law Karen Ranucci, both Manhattan residents, have dutifully given to Brooklyn politicians. They haven't donated to Markowitz (yet).

But there is a $1000 contribution from Cheryl McKissack Felder, president/CEO of The McKissack Group, Inc. (Her name is misspelled "McKissick.") McKissack & McKissack, the nation’s oldest minority-owned professional design and construction firm, is the construction manager for the $182 million project to relocate the Vanderbilt Yard.

The signing of McKissack & McKissack was announced 10/24/05. Felder gave her contribution on 2/24/06. Let's assume she ran into Markowitz along the way.

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