Robert J. Gaffney

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Robert J. Gaffney
6th County Executive of Suffolk County, New York
In office
Preceded by Patrick G. Halpin
Succeeded by Steve Levy
Member of the New York State Assembly, from the 4th district
In office
Preceded by George J. Hochbrueckner
Succeeded by Steven Englebright
Personal details
Born 1944/1945 (age 69–70)[1]
New York City
Political party Republican
Alma mater Fordham University
Fordham University School of Law
Occupation President of Dowling College (2006-2010)

Robert J. Gaffney (born 1944/1945[1]) was the sixth County Executive of Suffolk County, New York. First elected in 1991, he served through 2003. He was president of Dowling College 2006 - 2010.

Born and educated in New York City, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Fordham University School of Business in 1965 and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1969. After working as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Gaffney moved to Suffolk County in 1973. There he practiced law, concentrating in the areas of real property, litigation, corporate and commercial law.

In 1984, Gaffney was elected to the New York State Assembly, representing the Fourth Assembly District. He served as the ranking Republican member of the Real Property Tax Committee and the Committee on Corrections, as well as the Assembly Standing Committees on Codes, Higher Education, Environmental Conservation and the Judiciary. He also co-chaired the Assembly Republican Task Force on Crime Victims' Rights.

During his three terms as Suffolk County Executive, Gaffney was President of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) from 1994–1995 and President of the New York State County Executives Association from 1995-1996. He served on the New York Metropolitan Transportation Coordinating Committee from 1992-2003. As an adjunct professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, he taught Public Policy and Administration in the Graduate School of Political Science from 2000-2003.

In 2004 he was elected a Trustee of Dowling College. He became its fourth president on October 1, 2006.[2] He has also served on the boards or committees of Central Suffolk Hospital and the Long Island Housing Partnership. In 2005, Gaffney was appointed by Governor George Pataki to the New York State.[3]


  1. ^ a b Gootman, Elissa; Lambert, Bruce (January 14, 2003). "Two Top Republicans on L.I. Say They Will Leave Office". The New York Times. Retrieved March 4, 2011. "Mr. Gaffney, 58..." 
  2. ^ "Robert J. Gaffney, President". Dowling College. Archived from the original on October 13, 2007. 
  3. ^ Commission on Healthcare Facilities in the 21st Century
New York Assembly
Preceded by
George J. Hochbrueckner
New York State Assembly, 4th District
Succeeded by
Steven Englebright
Political offices
Preceded by
Patrick G. Halpin
County Executive of Suffolk County, New York
Succeeded by
Steve Levy