Brian X. Foley
|Brian X. Foley|
|Member of the New York Senate
from the 3rd district
January 1, 2009 – January 4, 2011
|Preceded by||Caesar Trunzo|
|Succeeded by||Lee Zeldin|
|Born||December 3, 1957|
|Residence||Blue Point, New York|
Brian X. Foley (born December 3, 1957) was a State Senator representing the 3rd District of the New York State Senate. He was elected to his first political office in 1993, representing the Seventh District in the Suffolk County Legislature. He was re-elected five times to the seat once held by his father, John Foley. In 2005, he was elected Supervisor for the Town of Brookhaven, New York. In 2008 he was elected to the State Senate, after defeating 36-year (18 term) incumbent Republican, Caesar Trunzo. He was the first Democrat elected to the State Senate from Suffolk County since 1902.
Foley resides in his native Blue Point, New York with his wife and their two children. A graduate of St. Anthony's High School, Foley continued his education at Saint Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies.
He has served on the Brookhaven Roe YMCA Board of Directors, Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Advisory Board, Patchogue Chamber of Commerce, Suffolk County Community Mediation Center, Sunrise District Boy Scouts of America and the Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In 2004, the Bayport Blue Point Chamber of Commerce presented Foley with its Dedicated Public Service Award. He has been recognized as Person of the Year by the Medford Youth Athletic Association Award in 2000 and the Farmingville Historical Society in 1999.
Marriage Equality Debate 2009
Brian X. Foley was seen as a key swing senate vote in the 2009 Marriage Equality debate in New York State. In April 2009, Gov. David Paterson announced that he would introduce a Marriage Equality bill in the New York State Legislature. Foley voted in favor of Marriage Equality legislation on December 2, 2009, but the bill was defeated.
MTA Bailout proposal
Foley supported an MTA bailout that included a controversial payroll tax on employers. Foley, had balked at the payroll tax because it affected school districts and would likely raise property taxes.
Foley eventually agreed to support the MTA bailout;
Senator-Elect Zeldin received 57% of votes cast, defeating Brian Foley by 14 points.
- "Biography from official Brian X. Foley website". Retrieved 2009-04-12.
- Hakim, Danny (October 31, 2010). "G.O.P. May Regain New York Senate Majority". The New York Times.
- New York Newsday coverage of Marriage Equality Debate
- The Observer report on Foley re Marriage Equality Debate (2009)[permanent dead link]
- New York Newsday on Foley's support for MTA bailout
- New York Times review of New York State Senate 2010 election results
- Suffolk County Board of Elections Election Night Tally Archived November 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
|New York State Senate|
|New York State Senate, 3rd District
||Suffolk County Legislature, 7th District
John Jay LaValle
|Town of Brookhaven, Supervisor
|Chair Person of the Senate Committee on Banks