ENDORSEMENT: We back Markey for the Assembly
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Assemblywoman Marge Markey with publisher Walter Sanchez.
Assemblywoman Marge Markey with publisher Walter Sanchez.
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Democrat Dmytro Fedkowskyj got a taste of what it takes to be a public servant, and he likes how it feels. That’s why the former Queens representative on the Panel for Education Policy wants to unseat seat Assemblywoman Marge Markey, a 16-year incumbent.

Fedkowskyj has a keen understanding of how the education system works, and during his five-year tenure with PEP was well respected by parents and fellow board members.

Fedkowskyj says Markey is “out of touch” with her district, and that out of 11,000 doors his campaigners knocked on, only 50 people identified with the incumbent - fewer than the number of Townsend Harris students who volunteered on his campaign.

Fedkowskyj also believes Markey shies away from controversial issues, and this tendency is hurting the district.

But Markey answers Fedkowskyj's vigor with a quiet pragmatism. She says she secured $210,000 last year alone for senior and after-school programs; $4 million in the last five years for capital projects; and another $1.2 million lined up for a program she plans to unveil quite soon.

Markey is thoughtful, slow to speak, and realistic about the situation in Albany. “It takes a few years to work your way up in Albany,” she says.

While we don't believe this is an appropriate reason to vote for someone, Markey is realistically in the twilight of her political career and we believe the next person to serve the 30th District needs to have more experience in the political arena to produce results.

Markey has quite an expansive resume of public service and results. She started small, working on getting traffic lights for Grand Avenue, and thought big, revitalizing Maspeth Town Hall.

The facility nearly died a slow death until Markey made sure there was enough funding to keep it going in the 1980s. It has now become one of the largest service programs in western Queens.

One of Markey’s most endearing traits is that she believes flourishing business districts make for a better neighborhood. Before she was in office, the Grand Avenue Business strip got little, if any, attention. We love that she had the foresight to put some capital money towards beautification of the business district. More recently, she has funded the Doe Fund, which is helping keep Grand Avenue clean.

The truth is, Fedkowskyj isn't entirely wrong. Markey's acceptance of the problems in Albany isn't the answer the voters are looking for, nor is it the answer we're looking for. But we're not convinced that at this time he is the right person to take her place upstate.

Fedkowskyj is locally minded and might be better suited for a City Council post, but we feel our state representatives need to have a little more seasoning before throwing them into the fire. Therefore, we endorse Marge Markey for the 30th Assembly district in the Democratic Primary on September 9.

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