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Seattle is grappling with its own arena controversy so their NBC news affiliate KING TV ran a short piece looking at the Barclays Center controversy as a "lesson" for Seattleites. The story ended with this:
Marty Markowitz, the Brooklyn Borough president, conceded that Barclays Center was a controversial project.
"It certainly will be written in the days to come as the most contentious developments in America's history, not just New York history.
(emphasis added, and corrected for imprecise video transcription)
Isn't this the same Markowitz who pitched potential Chinese lenders/green card seekers by saying:
"Brooklyn is 1000 percent, 1000 percent behind Atlantic Yards."
Indeed, it is the same Markowitz. Only the BEEP knows why he'd lie to China but come clean to Seattle.
Update: Norman Oder has added a little more context and this video mashing Markowitz's two statements together: