Marge Markey's Greatest Hits (on us) - JuniperCivic.com
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Originally published in the September 2010 Juniper Berry Magazine

Marge Markey's Greatest Hits (on us)

Assemblywoman Margaret Markey

• On May 17, 1999 the Commuter Tax was repealed due to an upstate political backroom deal. Marge Markey sold NYC out and voted for the repeal. That vote has now cost NYC over $5 billion since the repeal, and will continue to cost $500 million each year. Right now, the city is facing financial trouble. Would that revenue have helped? NYC residents never had to pay this tax, it was for out-of-towners who benefited (and continue to benefit) from a variety of city services without paying. Think of what schools could have done with that money over the years.

• In 2000 Marge Markey successfully lobbied the Queens Democratic Party Machine to appoint her husband, Charles, as a NYC Criminal Court judge. Her husband's experience? He was Counsel for the Board of Education Retirement System for five years and worked for NY Telephone Co./NYNEX for 25 years.

• In 2009, a controversial bill presented by Marge Markey sought to tackle sex abuse cases in private schools. Critics argued that the legislation is unfair because it targets Catholic schools, while the vast majority of sexual abuse has occurred in public schools under the state's control. The Catholic League said: Markey is nothing if not dishonest. All along she insisted that her initial bill applied equally to private and public institutions. But if this were true, then there would have been no need to amend it. The truth is the Markey bill did nothing to protect children today from abuse. Nor did it help victims of past abuse. Principal beneficiaries would be trial lawyers.

Note: During the past 5 years Marge Markey has received over $9,000 in campaign contributions from trial lawyers and their associates.

• In March 2010, Margaret Markey co-sponsored a bill that would prohibit the use of all forms of salt in the preparation and cooking of all restaurant food. If Markey has her way, restaurant chefs who use salt in their recipes could be fined $1,000!