By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Downtown — Calling it “a great opportunity,” Carlo Scissura, senior advisor to Borough President Marty Markowitz, said he jumped at the chance to become the new president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.
“I met with the Chamber’s leadership and they made me an incredible offer. I guess they liked what I had to say about growing business opportunities in Brooklyn,” Scissura told the Eagle. “It’s one of the best jobs in New York City.”
Scissura has worked for Markowitz for four years, first as his chief of staff, and more recently as the borough president’s senior advisor.
Leaving Borough Hall also means that Scissura is leaving behind his aspirations of succeeding Markowitz as borough president.
“For now, I’m giving up running for borough president. I want to concentrate on the Chamber and what the Chamber can do for businesses in Brooklyn,” he said.
Scissura said he is looking forward to stepping out from behind the borough president’s shadow. “I’m going to be the captain of my own ship. It feels good,” he said.
His goal, he said, is to help the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce “to become a major force in the business world of New York City.”
The announcement that Scissura had been tapped to head the Chamber came as a surprise to many who had assumed he had his heart set on running for borough president.
“Taking the job just made sense to me,” he said.