By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Borough President Marty Markowitz found the perfect wedding gift to celebrate the recent nuptials of a former aide and his new wife. So what did he give the happy couple? China? Flatware? A bedroom set?
Markowitz issued a borough proclamation!
The borough president proclaimed Oct. 5 “Bob Capano and Michele Vigeant Wedding Celebration Day” in honor of Capano, who served as one of his top lieutenants at Borough Hall from 2001 to 2005, and his bride, a partner at HealthWorks NYC. The couple was married in Cold Spring in Putnam County on Oct. 5.
Russell Gallo, secretary of the Brooklyn Republican Party, presented the bride and groom with the proclamation on Markowitz’s behalf.
Capano, a native of Bay Ridge, served as the borough president’s senior advisor for community relations and legislative affairs during his first term.
Capano, a Republican, ran twice for City Council in Bay Ridge, served as former congressman Vito Fossella’s Brooklyn director, and most recently worked on John Catsimatidis’s mayoral campaign. He is also the former president of the 68th Precinct Youth Council.
He met his wife at O’Sullivan’s, a restaurant-bar on Third Avenue in Bay Ridge, in 2005. Like her husband, Vigeant has been active in civic affairs in Brooklyn for many years. She worked for over 15 years at Safe Horizon, serving as vice president of community and criminal justice programs.
In his proclamation, Markowitz, a Democrat, called Capano “my favorite Republican,” but also stated that he’s hoping his former aide’s children turn out to be Democrats.
“For the record, Markowitz is my favorite Democrat!" Capano told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
Capano and Vigeant have both worked to make Brooklyn a better place, Markowitz stated.
“On behalf of myself and my wife, Jaime, we wish you as many years of health, happiness and blessings in your marriage as we have had in ours and much more; and on behalf of all 2.6 million Brooklynites, I applaud this native son of Brooklyn, for whom Bay Ridge is the apple of his eye, and Michele on their blessed union and I join with family members, friends, and loved ones in wishing them a long, loving, and fruitful marriage," Markowitz wrote in the proclamation.