Ray Markey is a long time political and movement activist. Born and raised in New York City he was a participant in the anti-Vietnam war struggles, the movement for civil rights in Ireland, and the fight for democratic rights in the labor movement. He ran for many political offices as a member of the Socialist Workers Party. He was an active member of the National Association for Irish Justice which was a support group for the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association.
He helped found The New York Public Library Guild, Local 1930, DC37, AFSCME in 1968 and was a rank and file member who served in many elected positions and was President when he retired. During his time as President he was a leader in many of the labor struggles that took place In New York City during the 1990's and later.