Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Marty for Mayor?

The Brownstoner comments today on the News' article handicapping Borough President Marty Markowitz's chances were he to make a run for Mayor. The Brownstoner reports that some critics of "Brooklyn's cheerleader" think that Markowitz won't be taken seriously in a Citywide race.

The Optimist also questions if Marty is ready for a position of real significance. Although Borough President is an impressive sounding title, since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Board of Estimate in 1989, the position has been neutered to a largely symbolic (and, some say, irrelevant) one.

It's one thing to run feel-good, photo-op initiatives. It's quite another to govern America's largest and most important city.

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