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Marty enters Bermuda ‘Triangle’ by endorsing Levin — and the rezoning

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Borough President Markowitz endorsed two of Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s pet projects this week, giving his blessing to a controversial rezoning and the powerful Democratic Party boss’s Council candidate.

Markowitz came out in favor of a Lopez-supported plan to allow residential development of 1,851 units — 905 of which would charge below-market rate rents — in a largely industrial area of Williamsburg called the Broadway Triangle. Days later, Markowitz recommended that voters support Steve Levin, a former Lopez chief of staff, in his race to represent the 33rd Council district, which includes Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill and parts of Park Slope.

Markowitz made it clear that he endorsed Levin even as opponents say his Triangle plan is flawed because the city gave a no-bid contract to two Lopez-linked non-profits.

“I know Steve’s opponents think process is more important than results … but he understands that results are the most important thing,” said Markowitz.

After holding a public meeting earlier this month where Broadway Triangle opponents — who favor taller buildings on a larger site with more units of affordable housing — outnumbered supporters five-to-one, Markowitz’s recommendation includes a few suggested alterations to the project, including:

• Encouraging the development of another 150 units of affordable housing by tweaking zoning regulations and floor-area-ration requirements.

• Ensuring that the affordable housing remain “affordable forever.”

• Offering displaced businesses a promise that they will not be relocated until alternate locations have been secured, and that they receive “sufficient funding and resources.”

Levin told The Brooklyn Paper he was thrilled by the Beep’s endorsement.

“It means so much, [he’s] one of the most popular public figures in New York City,” said Levin, a former community organizer who is one of the front-runners in the seven candidate race to succeed Councilman David Yassky (D-Brooklyn Heights).

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Tommygunz from The Universe. says:
“I know Steve’s opponents think process is more important than results … but he understands that results are the most important thing,” said Markowitz.

That is fascist!
Aug. 27, 2009, 9:05 am
Paul from Park Slope says:
Did Mussolini like cheesecake as much as Marty does? Really sad that he's kissing Vito's ring when he doesn't have to, since he's running unopposed. but, hey, it's the machine candidate and Marty is Mr. Roboto...
Aug. 27, 2009, 2:18 pm
Dav from Bushwick says:
Loser loser = losers… anyway not a chance!!
Aug. 27, 2009, 2:43 pm
Sloper from Park Slope says:
Markowitz made the right decision, twice. Stephen Levin is the best candidate in this race, having worked to help tenants and homeowners at a not for profit, and having worked on some of the most progressive affordable housing legislation as Assemblyman Lopez' Chief of Staff. No other candidate can say this.

As for the Broadway Triangle project, after nearly thirty years with this area sitting idle and abandonded, there will now be a great deal of affordable housing on this site. Given that the funding is already approved, development of the contextual project (ten to twelve stories rather than the opponents wish of twenty five!) will begin almost immediately.
Aug. 27, 2009, 9:18 pm
Paul from Park Slope says:
Hey, "Sloper"--what PR firm do you work for and how much are you charging?
Aug. 28, 2009, 9:45 am
Sloper from Park Slope says:
I don't work for a PR firm, just a friend of Levin's who thinks he should win, and think's that he'd really make the best councilperson.
Aug. 29, 2009, 7:45 am
Anon from 33rd D says:
Hey Sloper:

Vomit....
Aug. 30, 2009, 5:57 pm
jj putz from the mets says:
Vito Stevie = 2 scumbags
Aug. 31, 2009, 11:41 pm

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