The New York Post‘s Chuck Bennett and Rick Calder report today that Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner and other project backers have "funneled" at least $680,000 to nonprofits set up and championed by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. Mr. Markowitz, of course, remains one of the downtown Brooklyn project’s biggest cheerleaders. (He last year purged a community board opposed to Atlantic Yards.)
Mr. Markowitz, who either wants to be borough president for another four years (should term limist be repealed) or mayor, told the Post he was "absolutely proud of everything" his nonprofits had done for Brooklyn. Two of the nonprofits organize concert series, and the other promotes tourism and cultural events.