Patrick G. Halpin
|Patrick G. Halpin|
|5th County Executive of Suffolk County, New York|
|Preceded by||Michael A. LoGrande|
|Succeeded by||Robert J. Gaffney|
|Member of the New York State Assembly, from the 11th district|
|Preceded by||Philip Healey|
|Succeeded by||Robert K. Sweeney|
|Member of the New York State Assembly, from the 9th district|
|Preceded by||Louis Howard|
|Succeeded by||John Flanagan, Sr.|
|Member of the Suffolk County Legislature|
|Born||Jan. 18, 1953(age 61)|
|Children||two: Christina, Sarah|
|Alma mater||Old Dominion University|
|Occupation||Managing Director at Mercury|
Patrick Goodchild Halpin (born January 18, 1953) was the fifth County Executive of Suffolk County, New York, elected in 1987. He served one term from 1988 through 1991, when he was defeated by Robert J. Gaffney.
Education and career
Halpin grew up on Long Island and attended St. Joseph's School in Babylon. He attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where he earned a B.A. degree in political science and economics. After college he was a political campaign volunteer and became a campaign staffer for Tom Downey, who was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1974. He later became a congressional aide for Downey.
Halpin's own political career began at age 26 in 1979, when he was elected to represent the 13th District of the Suffolk County Legislature. In 1982, Halpin won the New York State Assembly seat for the 9th District, becoming the first Democrat in 116 years to be elected to the Assembly from that area. During his three terms in office, he chaired the Standing Committee on Ethics and the Long Island Marine Resources subcommittee.
In 1987 at the age of 34, Halpin was elected Suffolk County Executive, the youngest in the county's history. His achievements include instituting the drug education program DARE; an anti-domestic violence program; a homeless housing initiative; and a nationally-recognized open space and environmental program.
Halpin is currently an Executive Vice President at the Institute for Student Achievement, located in Lake Success on Long Island. The Institute works in partnership with schools to help low-performing students stay in school, graduate and go on to college, work, other post-secondary education or job training. He has been with the organization since 1994.
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- "Spin Cycle: Ex-Suffolk exec Halpin's fountain of youth". Newsday.com. July 22, 2009. Retrieved March 5, 2011. "Suffolk Board of Elections records show that Halpin was born Jan. 18, 1953."
- Traxler, Maureen (2008). "David Award Honoree: Patrick G. Halpin". Networking Magazine. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
- Lynn, Frank (November 8, 1987). "Halpin, Gulotta: The Torch Passes". The New York Times. Retrieved March 5, 2011. "34-year-old Mr. Halpin"
- Barbanel, Josh (November 6, 1991). "Democrat Halpin Is Defeated in Suffolk". The New York Times. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
- "ISA Executive Bios: Patrick Halpin, Executive Vice President for External Affairs". Institute for Student Achievement. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
- "NYC Lobbyist Search: Patrick Halpin". NYC.gov. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
|New York Assembly|
|New York State Assembly, 9th District
John Flanagan, Sr.
|New York State Assembly, 11th District
Robert K. Sweeney
Michael A. LoGrande
|County Executive of Suffolk County, New York
Robert J. Gaffney