Marty’s Defense

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz won't say whether Community Board 6's votes on Atlantic Yards led to the downfall of nine of its members, but you are welcome to read between the lines. Here is his e-mailed statement, which came out this morning:

The issues taken up by community boards are as diverse as Brooklynites themselves, and in making appointments the Council members and I must consider the benefits of continuity over time and the need for fresh perspectives to be heard. Brooklyn is extremely lucky to have many interested in serving, and we want to give as many as possible the chance to do so. Regarding my appointments, I use my best judgment in appointing those I feel would make the best contribution to each district and to Brooklyn as a whole.

 

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