|Member of the New York State Senate from the 44th District|
|Preceded by||Hugh Farley|
|Member of the New York State Senate from the 46th District|
|Preceded by||Michael Hoblock|
|Succeeded by||Cecilia Tkaczyk|
|Committee Member, Town of Bethlehem|
|Born||June 9, 1942
Albany, New York
|Residence||Delmar, New York|
|Alma mater||Fordham College|
Neil Breslin (born June 9, 1942) is a member of the New York State Senate. A Democrat, he represents parts of Albany and Rensselaer Counties. As previously configured, his district followed the Albany County boundaries exactly.
Breslin graduated from Fordham University in 1964, and received his law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. In law school he was editor-in-chief of the Law Review and selected as the outstanding student in his class.
After admission to the bar Breslin practiced in Albany as an associate in the firm of Garry Cahill & Edmunds, and then a partner in the reorganized Garry, Cahill, Edmunds & Breslin. In 1981, he began to practice in partnership with his brothers, Michael and Thomas. He later practiced as an "of counsel" attorney with the firm of Hiscock & Barclay.
Breslin was first elected to the State Senate in 1996, defeating incumbent Michael Hoblock. Hoblock had previously served as Albany County Executive, and was succeeded by Neil Breslin's brother Michael after Hoblock won the State Senate seat in 1994.
Breslin had two challengers in the 2008 Democratic Primary, who cited Breslin's continued service in a law firm as and family connections (one brother a county executive, the other a judge) possible conflicts of interest. He won the primary in September 2008 with more than 50% of the vote. He was re-elected on November 4, 2008.
Breslin voted in favor of same-sex marriage legislation on December 2, 2009; the bill was defeated.
Breslin's 2010 bid for re-election got off to a rocky start, as the Candidate Review Committee of the Albany County Democratic Party voted to recommend no endorsement in his Senate race.
Breslin was criticized during his 2010 primary campaign against Luke Martland in failing to answer questions about the content of multiple pieces of legislation he himself had sponsored as the chair of the Insurance Committee.
- Challenge for Incumbent
- Kenneth C. Crowe II, "McDonald tops Russo in 43rd Senate race: Incumbents Farley, Seward, Breslin also lead in their Senate races," Times Union, found at TimesUnion website. Retrieved November 6, 2008.
- Jordan Carleo-Evangelist, "Nothing like a resignation to fuel rumors," Times Union, found at . Retrieved May 5, 2010.
- Jerry Gretzinger, "Capital Region outcry grows over lawmaker's misinformation," Channel 6 News, found at http://www.cbs6albany.com/news/senator-1277497-leaders-breslin.html. Retrieved August 19, 2010.
|New York State Senate|
Michael J. Hoblock, Jr.
|New York State Senate, 42nd District
James W. Wright
|New York State Senate, 46th District
|New York State Senate, 44th District
|Chairman of the Senate Committee on Insurance
Thomas W. Libous
|Deputy Minority Leader of the New York State Senate