Marty Markowitz lands at NYC & Co.; evidence suggests de Blasio deal over support for Council Speaker
The Daily News reported:
“No promises were made. I can tell you that very, very clearly,” de Blasio said at the time.
....Markowitz, who is close with Seddio, has been increasingly concerned about his future after 12 years as borough president, often becoming testy when asked what he plans to do next, Brooklyn insiders said.
"We hired Marty because NYC & Co. is focused on growing our tourism in the boroughs beyond Manhattan," NYC & Co.'s Kimberly Spell stated. "Look at Marty's record: Brooklyn tourism is thriving."
He will also be expected to increase NYC & Company's membership outside of Manhattan, which accounts for the vast majority of the bureau's nearly 2,000 members, ranging from small businesses to large hotel chains.
A spokeswoman for the bureau said it hoped to attract more restaurants, nightclubs and tour operators from outside of Manhattan. Mr. Markowitz will organize borough tourism roundtables and expand the visitor kiosk locations among other initiatives, the bureau said.
...Unlike other city agencies, NYC & Company is a nonprofit commercially-oriented 501(c)(6) corporation with a board of directors. About 40% of its budget—or about $12 million—comes from the city with the rest coming from the organization's members and from advertising and sponsorship. In 2012, it had $34.6 million in gross receipts.
Well, there may be more flex in the NYC & Co. budget. And, who knows, maybe de Blasio, who certainly maintains communication with Forest City, knows the appointment could be a win-win-win.
A statement from Borough President Eric Adams:
“I congratulate my friend and predecessor, former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, on his new role as Vice President of Borough Promotion and Engagement for NYC & Company. There have been few who have connected with the spirit of this borough and this city like Marty. Now every neighborhood from the North Shore to the South Bronx, from East Elmhurst to the Upper West Side, will benefit from this energetic ambassador. Of course, I fully expect that his greatest contribution will be to his beloved borough of Brooklyn.
“Marty will add to the dynamism of NYC & Company, under the leadership of President and CEO Fred Dixon. Our offices have already begun a foundation for close collaboration. Borough Hall is keenly focused on growing the popularity of the Brooklyn brand, deepening our outreach to international audiences and promoting neighborhoods yet to be explored by the masses. I look forward to exciting announcements in the future on how we will further expand the Brooklyn tourism boom.”