L. Dean Murray

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Dean Murray
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 3rd district
Assumed office
Preceded by Edward J. Hennessey
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 3rd district
In office
February 9, 2010 – January 1, 2013
Preceded by Patricia Eddington
Succeeded by Edward J. Hennessey
Personal details
Born (1964-07-22) July 22, 1964 (age 50)[1][2]
Washington, D.C.[1]
Political party Republican
Residence East Patchogue, New York
Alma mater Broadcasting Institute of Maryland

L. Dean Murray (born July 22, 1964)[1][2] is an American politician. He is a Republican member of the New York State Assembly representing the assembly's third district.

Education and career[edit]

Murray is a Maryland native[2] who graduated from the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland[citation needed] . He started his career by spending ten years in the radio and television news industry, during which he covered the Pennsylvania State Capitol and served on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Associated Press[citation needed]. He was later a regional sales manager and advertising sales representative for TCI Cable[citation needed]. Murray has the been the owner of Suffolk County-based D & S Advertising Inc. since 1997[citation needed]. In 2009, he sought office in Suffolk County's 7th Legislative District, running against incumbent Jack Eddington,[2] But was defeated by Eddington.[3]

On February 9, 2010, he won a special election to capture the seat previously held by Assemblywoman Patricia Eddington. Murray defeated Lauren Thoden by 160 votes.[4] Murray was re-elected in 2010 .[5] After serving 1 full term, he was defeated by Edward J Hennessey a Democrat, by 226 votes in the General Election on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

In a re-match in 2014, It was revealed during the campaign that Dean Murray's campaign committee[8] surreptitiously planted a GPS device[9] on New York State Assemblyman Edward Hennessey’s car and secretly tracked him for two months. A witness also testified that he personally performed surveillance on Hennessey's home and family, tracking cars and their movements[10] in an effort to continuously ascertain Hennessey's whereabouts. Dean Murray used this information to file a petition to disprove Assemblyman Hennessey's residency and knock him off the ballot. The petition was dismissed by State Supreme Court Justice Arthur Pitt[11] In a tight race, Murray defeated Hennessey by 526 votes.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Murray resides in East Patchogue, New York; he previously lived in Coram, New York for 15 years. He is divorced and has one son, Anthony.[2]

Election results[edit]

Edward J. Hennessey (DEM) ... 19,379
Dean Murray (REP - CON - IND ]) ... 19,117
Dean Murray (REP - CON - STR) ... 16,521
Robert T. Calarco (DEM - IND - WOR) ... 14,493
L. Dean Murray (REP - CON - STR) ... 4,396
Lauren E. Thoden (DEM - IND - WOR) ... 4,236


  1. ^ a b c "State Assembly: Dean Murray (R-C), District 3". Capitol Info. Archived from the original on March 18, 2011. Retrieved March 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Whittle, Patrick (October 5, 2009). "Suffolk 7th District: Jack Eddington, L. Dean Murray". Newsday. Retrieved March 4, 2011. Murray, 45, a Maryland native who recently moved to East Patchogue after living in Coram for about 15 years... 
  3. ^ "Final Results of General Election on Tuesday, November 3, 2009". Suffolk County Board of Elections. November 3, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Murray Wins Suffolk Assembly Election". Long Island Press (AP). 17 February 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Statement of Canvas: 3rd Assembly District" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. February 9, 2010. Retrieved March 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ Brand, Rick. "Hennessey unseats Assemb. Murray in 3rd District". Newsday. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "General Election Results, State Assembly: November 6, 2012" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. April 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ Weaver, Teri (09/08/2014). "Barclay: Bugging NY Democratic lawmaker's car was 'opposition research,' no reason to apologize". syracuse.com. Retrieved 19 September 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  9. ^ Editorials (2014-09-13). "Stop slimy spying: Secret GPS tracking, banned for law enforcement, should be off-limits for civilians too". Daily News. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  10. ^ Brand, Rick (09/06/2014). "GOP uses tracking device to probe Assemb. Edward Hennessey's 3rd District residency". Newsday. Retrieved 19 September 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  11. ^ "Sepreme Court Testimony August 1, 2014 Murray v. Hennessey". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  12. ^ Schwartz, David M. (13 November 2014). "Dean Murray declared winner in 3rd Assembly District". Newsday. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "General Election Results, State Assembly: November 6, 2012" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. April 9, 2013. 
  14. ^ "General Election Results, State Assembly: November 2, 2010" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. December 13, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Special Election Results, 3rd Assembly District: February 9, 2010" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. March 23, 2010. 

External links[edit]

New York Assembly
Preceded by
Patricia Eddington
New York State Assembly, 3rd District
2010 – 2012