Margaret Markey

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Margaret Markey
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 30th district
In office
January 3, 1999 – December 31, 2016
Preceded byJoseph Crowley
Succeeded byBrian Barnwell
Personal details
Born (1941-11-04) November 4, 1941 (age 77)[1]
Maspeth, Queens, New York, U.S.[1]
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Charles Markey[2]
ResidenceMaspeth, Queens, New York, U.S.[2]
WebsiteOfficial website

Margaret M. Markey[3] (born November 4, 1941)[1] is an American politician who formerly represented District 30 in the New York State Assembly, which is made up of Maspeth and Woodside, as well as portions of Middle Village, Astoria, Sunnyside and Long Island City. She is a Democrat.


A graduate of Berkeley Business School, Markey began in public service as the assistant director of economic development for former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman, later becoming the borough's director of marketing and tourism.[2] She was first elected to the New York State Assembly in 1998. She is the current chairwoman of the Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development; as well as previously holding the position of president of the Irish American Legislators Society.[citation needed]

In 2009, a controversial bill presented by Markey sought to tackle sex abuse cases in private schools. Critics have argued that the legislation is unfair because it appears to target Catholic schools, while the vast majority of sexual abuse has occurred in public schools under the state's control.[4]

In March 2010, Markey co-sponsored, along with assembly members N. Nick Perry and Félix Ortiz, a bill that would prohibit the use of all forms of salt in the preparation and cooking of all restaurant food.[5]

Markey lost re-election to the Assembly in 2016, defeated in the Democratic primary for District 30 to Woodside attorney Brian Barnwell, aged 30.[6] Markey saw her political fortunes change for the worse when she failed to show up at community events and protests in relation to a proposed homeless shelter in the neighborhood of Maspeth.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Markey resides in Maspeth with her husband, State Supreme Court Judge Charles Markey. They have three children: Charles, John, and Margaret.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Asm. Margaret Markey (D-NY 30th District)". New York Library Association. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Margaret M. Markey: Biography". New York State Assembly. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
  3. ^ "Assembly Member Margaret M. 'Marge' Markey (NY)". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
  4. ^ Burke, Jennifer (March 27, 2009). "Legislators explain positions on proposed bills". Catholic Courier.
  5. ^ New York State Assembly bill A10129; accessed March 5, 2010.
  6. ^ Barca, Christoper (September 14, 2016). "Barnwell banishes Markey in Assembly primary upset". Queens Chronicle. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  7. ^ Pozarycki, Robert (September 13, 2016). "Incumbent Assemblywoman Markey loses Democratic primary in a stunning upset". Queens Courier. Retrieved September 13, 2016.

External links[edit]

New York Assembly
Preceded by
Joseph Crowley
New York State Assembly, 30th District
Succeeded by
Brian Barnwell