2016-07-06 / Political Page

Markey Kicks Off Reelection Drive


Launching her reelection campaign, Assemblywoman Margaret Markey was joined by Denise Sheehan, Chair of Community Board Two; Congressman Joseph Crowley; Jim Robson, Political Director of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local, and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley. Launching her reelection campaign, Assemblywoman Margaret Markey was joined by Denise Sheehan, Chair of Community Board Two; Congressman Joseph Crowley; Jim Robson, Political Director of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local, and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley. Assemblywoman Margaret Markey, who represents the 30th Assembly District (Maspeth, Middle Village, Woodside, Sunnyside, Dutch Kills, Astoria, LIC) kicked off her reelection campaign at a gala event at Dazies Restaurant on Queens Boulevard on June 27th. Hosted by IBEW Local 3’s Christopher Erikson, a member of the Executive Board of the NYC Central Labor Council, the event was emceed by Congressman Joseph Crowley, Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus. Among colleagues stopping by to show support were Assemblymembers Cathy Nolan and Mike Miller, state Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr., and City Councilmemers Elizabeth Crowley, Jimmy Van Bramer, Vanessa Gibson and Rory Lancman.

Assemblywoman Markey is a senior member of the Assembly leadership and serves on the influential Rules, Ways and Means, and Labor Committees. She also chairs the Assembly Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development and is a member of the Racing and Wagering Committee. This is Markey’s ninth reelection bid. She defeated Republican opponent Anthony Nunziato in general elections three times since 2008. In 2014, she bested a Democratic primary challenger, Dmytro Fedkowskyj with more than 75% of the vote; there was no Republican opponent.

Markey said, “It has been a great honor to serve in the New York State Assembly and I am standing for reelection on my record of accomplishment in our communities and for the people of New York State. It has been my privilege to provide support for neighborhood improvements at libraries, parks, schools and cultural organizations. I have also been privileged to provide funding for non-profit community organizations that provide services to youth, families, seniors, veterans and people in need.

“Working in Albany, I am proud that taxes for middle income families continue to be at their lowest level in 60 years, that we have significantly raised the minimum wage, and have also delivered increased state funding and benefits for seniors, social and family services and schools. Legislation to support worker safety and prevailing wage protections have also been important achievements to make it possible for working New Yorkers and their families to improve their quality of life. As Chair of the Tourism Committee, I have also made it a priority to see that state support for this important sector of the New York economy continues to grow and provide new jobs and economic development in Queens, New York City, and throughout the state.”

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