The Mayor’s Office today announced appointments to the governing board of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, a new entity established to plan for the future of the Park and to oversee construction and maintenance. Regina Myer, President of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation, will serve as president of BBPC. The BBPC’s board consists of seventeen members, nine named by the Mayor, four by the Governor, and one each by the Speaker of the City Council (presently Christine Quinn), the 52nd District State Assembly Member (presently Joan Millman), the 25th District State Senator (presently Daniel Squadron), and the Brooklyn Borough President (presently Marty Markowitz). The Borough President made as his choice former State Senator Martin Connor, whose lengthy incumbency ended two years ago after he was defeated in the Democratic primary by now Senator Squadron.
Other appointees to the BBPC Board are:
By the Mayor: Robert Steel (Chair), Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and former CEO of Wachovia Bank; Peter Aschkenasy, civic activist, former restaurateur, and current BBPDC Board member; Adrian Benepe, City Parks and Recreation Commissioner; Anita Contini, Senior Vice President of CIT and current BBPDC Board member; David G. Offensend, Chief Operating Officer of the New York Public Library, past president of the Brooklyn Heights Association, and current BBPDC Board member; Seth W. Pinsky, President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation; Nanette Smith, Special Assistant to the Mayor and current BBPDC Board member; Matthew Wambua, Executive Vice President of Real Estate and External Relations for the New York City Housing Development Corporation; and Joanne Witty, lawyer, community activist, Brooklyn Heights resident and current BBPDC Board member.
By the Governor: Peter Davidson, Executive Director of the Empire State Development Corporation and Chairman of the BBPDC; Henry B. Gutman, lawyer and partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, Brooklyn Heights resident and current BBPDC Board member; and Daniel E. Simmons, Jr., Vice-Chairman and Co-Founder of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, President of Rush Arts Gallery, painter, and current BBPDC Board member.
By Assembly Member Millman: Paul Nelson, her Chief of Staff.
By Senator Squadron: John Raskin, his Chief of Staff, and former Director of Organizing at Housing Conservation Coordinators.
City Council Speaker Quinn’s appointment is pending.
Update: The New York Post weighs in, noting that Squadron’s defeat of Connor was attributed largely to Squadron’s opposition to, and Connor’s support of, housing in the Park as a funding source. The Post then quotes Markowitz:
Markowitz defended his appoitment of Connor saying “Connor has been an essential force and architect of this plan from day one—making sure we turn this ‘urban emerald’ into a reality. Not only does Sen. Connor have a distinguished record of public service, but he has intimate knowledge of Brooklyn Bridge Park and is committed to realizing the vision of what will certainly become an icon for the 21st century and beyond. This will be a rigorous process, and it is a great way for Brooklyn to continue to benefit from Senator Connor’s passion and expertise.”