For Immediate Release Statement in Response to 10/25 NYT Investigation of Brooklyn BP Marty Markowitz

Written by 212-691-6421 on October 25, 2011


For Immediate Release:

Contact: Susan Lerner

October 25, 2011

212-691-6421

Statement in Response to 10/25 NYT Investigation of Brooklyn BP Marty Markowitz

New York-In response to an article in today's New York Times about Brooklyn BP Marty Markowitz's fundraising operation, Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause NY issued the following statement:

"This is sheer pay to play and it's dishonest to pretend otherwise. The Borough President has leveraged his position for personal aggrandizement at great expense to the public cause. Democracy demands accountability from our elected officials, anything less undermines us all. We believe that there should be a full investigation by both the Brooklyn District Attorney and the conflict of interest board."

Full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/25/nyregion/for-brooklyn-leader-marty-markowitz-mix-of-business-charity-and-power.html

Office: Common Cause New York

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