Neil Breslin

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Neil Breslin
Member of the New York State Senate from the 44th District
Assumed office
January 1, 2013
Preceded by Hugh Farley
Member of the New York State Senate from the 46th District
In office
January 1, 2003 – December 31, 2012
Preceded by James W. Wright
Succeeded by Cecilia Tkaczyk
Member of the New York State Senate from the 42nd District
In office
January 1, 1997 – December 31, 2002
Preceded by Michael J. Hoblock, Jr.
Succeeded by John Bonacic
Personal details
Born (1942-06-09) June 9, 1942 (age 74)
Albany, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Ellen
Residence Delmar, New York
Alma mater Fordham College
Religion Roman Catholic
Website Official site

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.

Biography[edit]

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.

New York Senate[edit]

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 and family connections (one brother a county executive, the other a judge) as possible conflicts of interest.[1] He won the primary in September 2008 with more than 50% of the vote. He was re-elected on November 4, 2008.[2]

Breslin voted in favor of same-sex marriage legislation on December 2, 2009; the bill was defeated.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Challenge for Incumbent
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Jordan Carleo-Evangelist, "Nothing like a resignation to fuel rumors," Times Union, found at [2]. Retrieved May 5, 2010.
  5. ^ 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.

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New York State Senate
Preceded by
Michael J. Hoblock, Jr.
New York State Senate, 42nd District
1997–2002
Succeeded by
John Bonacic
Preceded by
James W. Wright
New York State Senate, 46th District
2003–2012
Succeeded by
Cecilia Tkaczyk
Preceded by
Hugh Farley
New York State Senate, 44th District
2013–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
James Seward
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Insurance
2009–2010
Succeeded by
James Seward
Preceded by
Thomas W. Libous
Deputy Minority Leader of the New York State Senate
2011–2012
Succeeded by
Michael Gianaris