Marty Buys in Brooklyn

By Jennifer Millman
|  Thursday, Dec 17, 2009  |  Updated 7:16 AM EDT
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Marty Buys in Brooklyn

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We're happy for you, Marty.

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Borough President Marty Markowitz has always lived in Brooklyn, but now he's putting down some roots.

The lifelong renter is swapping his rental in Park Slope for some fancy digs in Windsor Terrace – a three bedroom, two bathroom brick home with a porch near Prospect Park that set him and his wife back about $1.45 million, according to a published report.

The Crown Heights-born pol told the Daily News that he plans to move in "sometime in January," and while he wouldn't outline exactly how he got the cash for the down payment, his reps said some of it came from selling an inherited beach house and the rest came from savings and a settlement Markowitz earned in a slip-and-fall case.

"There has to be something in my life that I can have where it's between my wife and I. I'm public enough," Markowitz told the News, initially explaining why he didn't want to describe his finances.

It's exactly that publicity that has neighbors excited for Markowitz to move into town. If the Borough President lives next door, some figure the streets will be cleared early when snow arrives, there won't be any laxity come garbage pick-up time, and things will altogether run more efficiently throughout the neighborhood.

"It means we'll be plowed early and we'll have our garbage picked up," Jenny Vanegas, a 31-year-old teacher who lives across the street, told the News.

While the pending move has most neighbors excited, Markowitz still has some logistics to figure out.

The Democrat ,who was once considered a contender in the 2009 mayoral race, apparently used Carlo Scissura, his chief of staff, as his attorney for the property deal, reports the News. City laws say attorneys who work in a public capacity can't represent their superiors in private matters. When confronted on the issue, Markowitz's reps said Scissura is his chief of staff, not his lawyer, so the rules don't apply. However, Scissura was Markowitz's attorney until he was made chief of staff last year, reports the News.

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