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 B. Healey|
|Succeeded by||Robert K. Sweeney|
|Member of the New York State Assembly, from the 9th district|
|Preceded by||Louis T. Howard|
|Succeeded by||John Flanagan, Sr.|
|Member of the Suffolk County Legislature|
Patrick Goodchild Halpin
|Children||two: Christina, Sarah|
|Residence||Oak Beach, NY|
|Alma mater||Old Dominion University|
|Occupation||Managing Director at Mercury|
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. 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. 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, 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 1991, when he was defeated by Robert J. Gaffney.
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.
- "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.
- DEMOCRATS WIN 3 RACES IN LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS by Frank Lynn, in the New York Times on April 21, 1982
- 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|
Louis T Howard
|New York State Assembly
John J. Flanagan, Sr.
Philip B. Healey
|New York State Assembly
Robert K. Sweeney
Michael A. LoGrande
|Suffolk County Executive
Robert J. Gaffney