Lord Markowitz Uses Rikers Island Chain Gang to Set Up His Concerts

08/16/2010 12:23 PM |

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Oh that Marty Markowitz, always full of ideas! Now our beloved Borough President is using prison labor for the set-up and tear-down of his assorted Brooklyn concerts—specifically, the ones at Asser Levy Park and Wingate Fields.

The low-security inmates show up in the morning in their cartoonishly bright red and white striped coveralls and set up the 2,000-odd concert chairs; the morning after, they take em down. And while the obvious neighborhood concerns about terrifyingly dangerous criminal monsters lurking around have been uttered, the main complaint I can get behind is frustration at not giving the jobs to the local community—I’d rather my tax dollars go to a make-work program in the middle of a recession than to the extra security costs entailed in the transport and monitoring of a chain gang.