Patrick G. Halpin

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Patrick G. Halpin
5th County Executive of Suffolk County, New York
In office
Preceded byMichael A. LoGrande
Succeeded byRobert J. Gaffney
Member of the New York State Assembly, from the 11th district
In office
Preceded byPhilip B. Healey
Succeeded byRobert K. Sweeney
Member of the New York State Assembly, from the 9th district
Assumed office
Preceded byLouis T. Howard
Succeeded byJohn Flanagan, Sr.
Member of the Suffolk County Legislature
In office
Personal details
BornPatrick Goodchild Halpin
Jan. 18, 1953 (1953-01-18) (age 65)[1]
Political partyDemocratic
Childrentwo: Christina, Sarah[2]
ResidenceOak Beach, NY
Alma materOld Dominion University
OccupationManaging Director at Mercury

Patrick Goodchild Halpin (born January 18, 1953) was the fifth County Executive of Suffolk County, New York, in office from 1988 to 1991.

Education and career[edit]

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.[2]

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. On April 20, 1982, he was elected to the New York State Assembly, to fill the vacancy caused by the election of Louis T. Howard to the Suffolk County Legislature.[3] Halpin was the first Democrat in 116 years to be elected to the Assembly from that area. He was re-elected three times and remained in the Assembly until 1987, sitting in the 184th, 185th, 186th and 187th New York State Legislatures. He chaired the Committee on Ethics, and the Subcommittee on the Long Island Marine Resources.

In 1987,[4] Halpin was elected Suffolk County Executive, at age 34 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. He served one term from 1988 to 1992, when he was defeated by Robert J. Gaffney.[5]

in 1994 Halpin became Executive Vice President at the Institute for Student Achievement,[6] 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.

Halpin is currently the managing director of Mercury Public Affairs llc.[7]


  1. ^ "Spin Cycle: Ex-Suffolk exec Halpin's fountain of youth". July 22, 2009. Retrieved March 5, 2011. Suffolk Board of Elections records show that Halpin was born Jan. 18, 1953.
  2. ^ a b Traxler, Maureen (2008). "David Award Honoree: Patrick G. Halpin". Networking Magazine. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
  3. ^ DEMOCRATS WIN 3 RACES IN LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS by Frank Lynn, in the New York Times on April 21, 1982
  4. ^ Lynn, Frank (November 8, 1987). "Halpin, Gulotta: The Torch Passes". The New York Times. Retrieved March 5, 2011. 34-year-old Mr. Halpin
  5. ^ Barbanel, Josh (November 6, 1991). "Democrat Halpin Is Defeated in Suffolk". The New York Times. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
  6. ^ "ISA Executive Bios: Patrick Halpin, Executive Vice President for External Affairs". Institute for Student Achievement. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
  7. ^ "Patrick Halpin biography". Mercury LLC. Retrieved 25 July 2018.

External links[edit]

New York Assembly
Preceded by
Louis T Howard
New York State Assembly
9th District

Succeeded by
John J. Flanagan, Sr.
Preceded by
Philip B. Healey
New York State Assembly
11th District

Succeeded by
Robert K. Sweeney
Political offices
Preceded by
Michael A. LoGrande
Suffolk County Executive
Succeeded by
Robert J. Gaffney