Terrence Murphy (New York politician)

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Terrence P. Murphy
New York State Senator Terrence P. Murphy.jpg
Member of the New York Senate
from the 40th district
In office
January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2018
Preceded byGreg Ball
Succeeded byPeter Harckham
Personal details
Born (1966-07-05) July 5, 1966 (age 53)
Bronxville, New York
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceJefferson Valley, New York
Alma materLife Chiropractic College (B.S.)
Life Chiropractic College (D.C.)
OccupationChiropractor, Politician
Official Biography

Terrence P. Murphy (born July 5, 1966) is an American politician, chiropractor, and business owner from Jefferson Valley, New York. Murphy represented the 40th Senate District (which includes parts of Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester Counties) in the New York State Senate from 2015 to 2018.

Early life[edit]

Murphy was born in Bronxville, New York and grew up in Yorktown Heights, New York, the youngest of six children.[1][2] His father was a union leader with UWUA 1-2 who worked for Con Edison.[3] Murphy decided to study chiropractic following his graduation from high school, and received a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and a Doctor of Chiropractic from what was then Life Chiropractic College.[4]

In 1999, he opened his own medical practice, Yorktown Health and Wellness Center, in his hometown of Yorktown.[5] In addition to his chiropractor's office, for the next fifteen years, he served as an on-field volunteer medical advisor for local high school athletes.[6] In 2006, along with his siblings, he opened a family restaurant, Murphy's Irish Restaurant and Bar, named in honor of his father.[7]

He is married, with three children.[2] His wife is a nurse.[8] Together they founded a watchdog organization, Keeping Westchester Safe, which advocated for "Child Safety Zone" legislation, residency requirements for sex offenders that would prohibit them from residing within a certain distance of schools, playgrounds and other areas where children congregate.[9]

Political career[edit]

In 2009, Murphy ran for and was elected to the Yorktown Town Board and was re-elected for a second term in 2013.[6] He had a run close race for the Westchester County Board of Legislators in 2011, which he lost following a recount.[10] Murphy and his fellow council members were credited with approving more than $300 million in long-awaited economic development projects within the town, many of which had stalled for years under previous administrations, including a $60 million overhaul of the Jefferson Valley Mall and the redevelopment and widening of the Route 202 corridor.[11][12][13][14]

During his local races, Murphy was the top vote-getter in the town of Yorktown and received the highest ever number of votes cast for a Town Board member in 2013.[15] As a Town Board member, he was invited to serve on both the New York State Assembly Task Force on Crime on Our Communities, also known as the Sex Offender Watch Task Force, as well as the Senate Task Force of Heroin and Opioid Addiction.[9][16][17]

In 2014, Murphy was tapped to succeed Senator Greg Ball, who had decided not to run for re-election.[18][19] The suburban seat was targeted by New York City Democrats including Mayor Bill de Blasio, who funneled over $500,000 to Murphy's opponent through the use of straw donor committees using a loophole in New York State campaign finance law.[20][21] The move allowed a few donors to give contributions far in excess of the legal limit to evade the cap that would have otherwise applied.[22] It was also alleged that de Blasio pressured donors with business before the City to make the donations to Murphy's opponent on his behalf, which made one donor feel "uncomfortable."[23][24] The Mayor also sent staff to work on the campaign of Murphy's opponent.[25] In turn, the election was cast by Murphy as a battle of New York City interests against those of Hudson Valley, with de Blasio portrayed as something of a "bogeyman" according to the Journal News.[26][27]

Although the 2014 State Senate race was expected to be one of the closest in the State, Murphy defeated his opponent by over ten points.[28][29][30] Upon taking office in January 2015, Murphy was named the chair of the Administrative Regulations Review Commission, an entity charged with reviewing proposed rules and regulations by State agencies and public authorities to examine their compliance with legislative intent and their potential impact on businesses and local governments.[31][32] The Senator was also named to the Banks, Ethics, Labor, Local Government, Health, Investigations and Government Operations, and Mental Health committees.[33] Murphy named combating heroin addiction and prescription drug abuse as a top priority for his first Senate term.[16][34]

After being re-elected in 2016,[35] Murphy was defeated by Democrat Peter Harckham in his 2018 re-election bid.[36][37]


  1. ^ Taliaferro, Lanning. "Murphy Sworn in as State Senator." Yorktown Patch. January 3, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Hupfl, Ashley, Lentz, Jon Lentz, Johnson, Michael Gareth and Ponce de León, Gabe. "Meet the Class of 2015." City & State. January 6, 2015.
  3. ^ Pesheva, Plamena. "Fundraiser in Memory of Two Yorktown Residents to Benefit Lustgarten Foundation." Yorktown Patch. September 21, 2011.
  4. ^ "New Members of the New York State Legislature Archived 2015-01-05 at the Wayback Machine." Marathon Strategies. December 2014.
  5. ^ Valenti, Ken. "Peekskill entrepreneurs divide, conquer by opening 2nd businesses." Journal News. August 26, 2013.
  6. ^ a b Pezzullo, Rick. "40th State Senate District: Terrence Murphy." The Examiner. October 28, 2014.
  7. ^ Pezzullo, Rick. "Murphy Sworn in as State Senator in Yorktown Ceremony." The Examiner. January 2, 2015.
  8. ^ Propper, Dave. "Murphy Touts Fiscal, Conservative Issues in State Senate Run." The Examiner. September 2, 2014.
  9. ^ a b Howard, Brian. "Murphy, state lawmakers call for child safety zone law in Westchester." Journal News. November 1, 2011.
  10. ^ Swift, Jennifer. "Legislator Kaplowitz Outlasts Murphy in District 4." Yorktown Daily Voice. November 11, 2011.
  11. ^ Barron, Sam. "Yorktown open for business." Westchester County Business Journal Archived 2009-05-01 at the Wayback Machine. January 31, 2013.
  12. ^ Pesheva, Plamena. "Photos of Jefferson Valley Mall Expansion and Renovation Plan." Yorktown Patch. November 6, 2013.
  13. ^ Marschhauser, Brian. "Gas stations approved for Costco, BJ's." Yorktown News. December 22, 2014.
  14. ^ Howard, Brian. "Yorktown politics: Debates this week, teachers endorse, Murphy touts projects." Journal News. October 24, 2011.
  15. ^ Marschhauser, Brian. "Murphy exploring run for Assembly." Yorktown News. January 23, 2014.
  16. ^ a b Coyne, Matt. "State senator plans heroin forums, pitches drug plan." Journal News. January 28, 2015.
  17. ^ Bruttell, Nathan. "Yorktown Budget Calls For Local Narcotics Unit." Yorktown Daily Voice. April 30, 2014.
  18. ^ Barron, Sam. "Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy Running For Ball's State Senate Seat." Yorktown Daily Voice. May 19, 2014.
  19. ^ Reisman, Nick. "With Ball Leaving, Murphy Formalizes Run For Senate." Capital Tonight. May 16, 2014.
  20. ^ Lovett, Ken. "County Democratic committees use even more NYC money to help fund unsuccessful upstate Senate Dem races." New York Daily News. December 1, 2014.
  21. ^ Lovett, Ken. "Putnam County Republican chairman files formal complaint over Democratic donations." New York Daily News. October 30, 2014.
  22. ^ Kramer, Marcia. "De Blasio's Fundraising Tactics In NY Senate Race Called Into Question." CBS 2. October 30, 2014.
  23. ^ Lovett, Ken. "Bill de Blasio fund-raiser asking for $50G to help Democrats capture state Senate made developer feel 'uncomfortable'." New York Daily News. October 29, 2014.
  24. ^ Lovett, Ken. "Using campaign finance loophole, Mayor de Blasio steers huge amounts of money into Democratic battle for state Senate." New York Daily News. October 29, 2014.
  25. ^ Barkan, Ross. "Top Bill de Blasio Staffers Take Leave for the Campaign Trail." New York Observer. October 23, 2014.
  26. ^ Reisman, Phil. "Bill de Blasio haunts the burbs." Journal News. October 25, 2014.
  27. ^ Bredderman, Will. "De Blasio Denies Dem Defeats in New York About Him." New York Observer. November 5, 2015.
  28. ^ Ganga, Lisa. "State Senate: Murphy beats Wagner in 40th District." Journal News. November 5, 2014.
  29. ^ Redwood, Femi. "Hundreds pack Yorktown Heights inauguration ceremony for new state lawmaker." FiOS1. January 1, 2015.
  30. ^ Goff, John. "Murphy sworn in as state senator for 40th District." News 12 Westchester. January 1, 2015.
  31. ^ "Rule Making Process." New York State Department of State Division of Administrative Rules. Retrieved January, 2015.
  32. ^ Campbell, Jon. "Senate IDC hangs on to committee chairs." Journal News. January 22, 2015.
  33. ^ Taliaferro, Lanning. "Murphy to Head State Senate Administrative Regulations Review Commission." Pleasantville-Briarcliff Patch. January 23, 2015.
  34. ^ "Yorktown's Murphy Unveils Seven Point Plan To Fight Heroin." D.A.R.E.. October 16, 2014.
  35. ^ https://dailyvoice.com/new-york/putnam/politics/terrence-murphy-defeats-ali-boak-in-40th-senate-district-race/688258/
  36. ^ "NYS Senate election: How Pete Harckham beat Terrence Murphy". Rockland/Westchester Journal News. December 19, 2018. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  37. ^ "Certified Results from the November 6, 2018 General Election for NYS Senate". New York Board of Elections. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 December 2018. Retrieved 20 December 2018.

External links[edit]

New York State Senate
Preceded by
Greg Ball
New York State Senate, 40th District
Succeeded by
Peter Harckham