Marty Markowitz has served as Brooklyn Borough President since January 1, 2002. Born and raised in Crown Heights, Marty graduated from Wingate High School in 1962. He received his B.A. in Political Science after attending evening sessions at Brooklyn College from 1962 to 1970.
Marty began his career in public service in 1971, at the age of 26, by organizing the Flatbush Tenants Council, which grew into Brooklyn Housing and Family Services, the largest tenants’ advocacy organization in New York State. In 1973, he founded the Senior Citizens League of Flatbush, an organization that is still going strong — in fact Marty proudly joined the League in 2006 at the youthful age of 60. Elected to the New York State Senate in 1978, Marty represented Central Brooklyn for 23 years. In 2001, he became the first borough president elected in the new millennium; he was honored to be re-elected to his third term in 2009.
Marty married his wife, Jamie, in 1999, and they recently celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary. They are the proud parents of Beep, a nine-year-old African Grey Parrot.