Not So Itty Beadie

Beadie Markowitz, undoubtedly of Eastern European stock, became a large force on the Kings County Executive Committee. In the early 1960s, she held court at her club headquarters, and was heard loudly, repeatedly and insistently from her sound truck as she drove night and day through the streets of Brooklyn excoriating the "regulars," Mayor Wagner included. She represented "the little people" and was unafraid to let her voice and views be known. Her spirit hovers over the political scene even today, working still to bring openness and vitality to the Democratic Party and the democratic process.