From the 1920's on, the Markey family has been an active presence in St. Mary Winfield parish, and Markey himself met his wife Marge at Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, where on Friday nights they perfected their Lindy skills.
After graduation from Manhattan College in 1964, Charlie was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force. He married Marge at St. Stanislaus Church and reported for active duty. He served as a weapons controller in the Tactical Air Command and the Alaskan Air Command, possessing Top Secret/Crypto and Nuclear Deployment clearances. He separated from active duty in 1968, and served in the Air National Guard and active reserve before electing assignment as a captain in the retired reserve.
Upon separation, Charlie began working with New York Telephone Company as a special rep/communications consultant. Thanks to company tuition assistance and the GI Bill, Charlie earned his Juris Doctor degree by attending St. John's Law School in the evenings. He conducted a limited practice of law while continuing to work for the company from which he retired in 1994 as associate director of Rates & Regulatory Matters. He was then employed as counsel to the Board of Education Retirement System.
In 2000, Charlie was elected judge of the New York City Civil Court and served in both Criminal Court and Civil Court in Queens County. In 2005, he was elected justice of the Supreme Court, and continues to serve in that capacity in Civil Term in Queens County.
Charlie was formerly a member of the Board of Directors of POMOC; he is a Past Grand Knight of Spellman Council, Knights of Columbus; and a member of the Kowalinski Post - Polish Legion of American Veterans, the Queens Memorial Chapter - Disabled American Veterans, the New York State and Queens County Bar Associations, the United Nations Association, and Veterans for Peace.
Charlie and his wife, Assemblywoman Marge Markey, are the parents of three adult children: Charles, who is retired from the FDNY for 9/11-related health problems; Margaret, an early-childhood educator; and John, an NYPD officer.