On Wednesday, February 1st, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz was joined by Deputy Borough President Sandra Chapman, Senior Advisor Carlo Scissura, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, other elected officials and more than a thousand guests and honorees for the 2012 State of the Borough Address at Walt Whitman Hall at Brooklyn College, Markowitz’ alma mater. Scissura doubled as emcee for the BP’s penultimate address, which featured a performance by X Factor finalist Brian “Astro” Bradley.
The local highlight of the speech was the naming of 3rd Ward as the operator of a Central Brooklyn food small business incubator. Markowitz announced that that the multi-disciplinary workspace and education center has been designated as much by the New York City Economic Development Corporation.
Councilmember Diana Reyna, who represents the neighborhood where 3rd Ward is located, was grateful to those responsible for “developing a much needed business incubator program and for prioritizing economic development in North and Central Brooklyn.” She also offered her congratulations to 3rd Ward for their successful bid. The center now has six-months to find a site for the incubator. “I urge them to focus on the areas in Brooklyn that desperately need this sort of economic stimulus,” said Reyna. “They need to identify a neighborhood that would benefit most from capacity-building for local businesses, greater access to locally produced food, and an increase in affordable space.”
Throughout the address, Markowitz stressed the theme of “One Brooklyn” and Brooklyn’s increasing diversity. “For those of us ‘old school’ Brooklynites who never gave up on Brooklyn, it has been an incredible experience to see the world catch up with what we’ve always known,” said Markowitz. “And for all the ways that Brooklyn has changed, our diversity and status as proud home to everyone from everywhere is, and always will be, our strength. No matter where we come from originally, together we form ‘One Brooklyn.’”
Councilmember Steve Levin, who has worked closely with the BP on several initiatives said in a statement: “Working with the Borough President and his staff is always a treat because nobody is a bigger cheerleader for Brooklyn than Marty Markowitz.”