According to the endlessly gabby Rock Hackshaw (who ran against Mathieu Eugene for City Council last time out), our current State Senator Eric Adams will run to take Marty Markowitz's seat as Borough President in 2013.
That's right. Brooklyn might get its first African-American borough president, and in my opinion, he would be an excellent man to represent an incredibly diverse and getting diverser "city." Adams works well with all sorts of constituencies, and he's an approachable and principled dude. I cannot speak for his personal life (he and I don't take vacations together), but I do like what I've seen so far. His brilliant "Stop the Sag" video explaining why young men need to hike up their pants, has 167,000 views and counting. As a former police officer, he sets a great tone on crime and relations w the NYPD. And he's a civil rights liberal in a borough that, in my opinion, needs to wake from its artisanal-cheese political complacency. There's so much talent and brains in Brooklyn...we could be leading the country on so many progressive fronts, and I'm hopeful we can influence the next mayoral race and national issues in a positive direction. I know that sounds very vague, but I do think a strong borough president leading the charge and representing the "entire" borough is important!
Markowitz will leave an impressive legacy of successes and controversies. Sure, the borough president has limited powers, but they're extremely important powers when it comes to getting things done - appointing board members and setting budget priorities is a lot more leverage than most people probably think. He can't really take on City Hall, but he can line up forces against it. And yes, that arena is as much his as Ratner's.
Anyway, thought you'd like to know that the guy who until very recently kept an office on Flatbush near Patio Gardens might soon be keeping house in Borough Hall.
The Q at Parkside
News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.