Monday, September 10, 2012

Former Markowitz deputy Scissura: arena can be convention center and Marty can "do whatever he wants to do" after he leaves office

From City & State, An Interview with Carlo Scissura, the Brooklyn Chamber’s New Leader (and former Chief of Staff to Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz):
Q. Are you going to work with the Brooklyn Nets?

A. It’s the greatest thing happening in Brooklyn right now. In less than two months, the Nets will be playing in Brooklyn. We’re thinking about partnerships with the Nets and the Barclays Arena. One of the first things out of my mouth when I travel to tourism trade shows is we have the Nets and we have the Barclays Arena. Let’s do some conventions there. It’s time Brooklyn become convention central for smaller conventions. The Barclays Arena should become a beacon for conventions across America.
That's interesting--the arena has never been promoted as a convention center, nor are arenas generally that flexible. It would help to have more delivery space and parking, and a connected hotel or two.

Replacing Markowitz

From the Q&A:
Q. How do you replace Marty Markowitz when he leaves office?

A. There is only one Marty Markowitz in the world. He currently is the best borough president Brooklyn has ever had. It will take 20 of us to replace him. He will always be the borough president.

Q. What’s he going to do next?

A. He can do whatever he wants to do. Any organization in the city would be lucky to have him.
Well, now. Markowitz's power derives precisely from his position, Borough President, with a staff of proclamation writers and drivers helping him maintain his bully pulpit.

The magic likely will decline precipitously when Markowitz joins the private sector.

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