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Markowitz celebrates borough president re-election

He isn’t often referred to as “Party Marty” for nothing.

Borough President Marty Markowitz celebrated his re-election for a third term in Brooklyn before a crowd of several hundred supporters and enough food and drink for an army at Junior’s Restaurant in Downtown Brooklyn on election night.

Markowitz won his third term easily garnering 224,771 votes, or about 85 percent of the electorate, to Republican challenger Marc L. D’Ottavio’s 35,062 votes, or 13 percent.

In his victory speech, Markowitz thanked Mayor Michael Bloomberg for overturning the term limit law allowing him to run for a third term.

Markowitz noted that until the law was overturned he was polled as the top Democratic candidate to replace Bloomberg, and that he toyed with the idea of running or perhaps retiring from public service.

Looking ahead to his third term, Markowitz said he can’t wait to get the shovel in the ground for the $4 billion-plus Atlantic Yards project that will see the NBA’s Nets move to Brooklyn into a newly built arena at the Flatbush/Atlantic avenues intersection.

The 22-acre project, upon completion, is also expected to bring thousands of market rate and affordable units of housing.

“My third term will probably bring greater challenges than my first two terms in terms of unemployment and homeforeclosures, so there’s a lot of work to do,” said Markowitz.

When asked about his legacy, Markowitz turned reflective, saying there is no legacy and he has no children.

“When the lord calls me, that group of Markowitzs’ are gone, so there’s no legacy other than I did my job, and if I made you proud of being a Brooklynite, if I made your life a little better, and if I put a smile on your face, then I’ve done what I wanted to do,” he said.

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