For Immediate Release:
Contact: Susan Lerner
October 25, 2011
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
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