Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Marty moves in and the sewers get cleaned
From the Brooklyn Paper:
It all started on an icy day in 2001, when Markowitz took a spill in an Econo Lodge parking lot in Albany. The vicious fall resulted in surgery involving “total left ankle reconstruction” and the insertion of a metal plate and screws that left Markowitz seriously disabled for roughly four weeks.
Two years later, Markowitz and his lawyer, Jonny Kool (seriously), sought a whopping $6 million in damages from the owners of the motel. Six million smackers? Before you guffaw, this was one serious injury, as the court papers show:
“Jamie Markowitz has been deprived of the value of the full services, society, support, assistance, companionship, consortium, duties, obligations and the affection of her husband,” the document states. “[The injuries] will result in her future loss of enjoyment of life and marital services.”
Markowitz ended up hobbling away with a settlement of $350,000, of which the Beep pocketed $255,000 — money that resurfaced last month when Markowitz and his wife put down roughly $1 million of the $1.45-million asking price for his Terrace Place crib.
The rest of the money for the big down payment came from the sale of a $750,000 Manhattan Beach home inherited by Jamie Markowitz.
One neighbor on Markowitz’s block did foresee certain benefits of the borough president’s arrival. Just recently, the sewer drains were cleared out on the block, something the neighbor — who did want to give her name — saw as a direct result of Markowitz’s influence.
“He had five trucks out here cleaning the sewers. I’ve been waiting 15 years for my sewer drains to get cleaned,” the neighbor said. “At least now it’ll happen every six months, since it affects him.”