Markey visits Queens Ledger office after being booed at shelter hearing

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Assemblywoman Marge Markey was booed by activists at the Maspeth shelter public hearing last night at the Knockdown Center. She immediately left the venue with these parting words: “Goodbye and take care.”

She stopped by the Queens Ledger office this morning to discuss what happened at the meeting where she told activists to stop bullying her.

“I think my opposition stirred them up,” she said. She was referring to┬áher Assembly seat challengers and others who held up signs calling for her defeat.

Though she didn’t get a chance to deliver her statement at the hearing, she delivered a copy to the Queens Ledger. In the statement, Markey blames Mayor de Blasio for ignoring elected officials’ requests for a face-t0-face meeting and the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) for not giving more details about the proposed shelter, including the financial arrangements between the city, the shelter operator Acacia and the hotel owner.

To read more about Markey’s comments and her statement, read the Queens Ledger story here.