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Neil Breslin
Neil Breslin.jpg
New York Senate District 44
In office
1997 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 18
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$171/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sFordham College
J.D.University of Toledo
Date of birthJune 9, 1942
Place of birthAlbany, NY
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Neil Breslin (b. June 9, 1942) is a Democratic member of the New York State Senate, representing District 44 since 2013. He previously represented District 46 from 1997 to 2013. Breslin was a committee member for the Town of Bethlehem.

Breslin was an associate for Garry, Cahill, and Edmunds from 1971 to 1973. He was then Partner for the following firms: Garry, Cahill, Edmunds, and Breslin from 1973 to 1980, Breslin, Breslin, and Breslin from 1980 to 1990, and Breslin and Breslin from 1990 to 1995. He has worked at The Breslin Firm since 1995. He is currently Counsel for Girvin and Ferlazzo as well as for Hiscock and Barclay.

Breslin attended Vincentian Institute. He then earned his BS in Political Science from Fordham College in 1964. He went on to receive his JD from the University of Toledo in 1971.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Breslin served on the following committees:

New York Committee Assignments, 2013


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Breslin served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Breslin served on these committees:



See also: New York State Senate elections, 2012

Breslin ran in the 2012 election for New York State Senate District 44. He defeated Shawn M. Morse in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012; he also ran on the Working Families Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. Breslin defeated Peter A. LaVenia, Jr. (G) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[1]

New York State Senate, District 44, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNeil Breslin Incumbent 90.7% 85,656
     Green Peter A. LaVenia, Jr. 9.3% 8,796
Total Votes 94,452
New York State Senate, District 44 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNeil Breslin Incumbent 70.9% 16,795
Shawn Morse 29.1% 6,905
Total Votes 23,700


Breslin defeated Luke Martland in the September 14 Democratic primary. Breslin defeated Robert Domenici (R) and Michael Carey (I) in the general election on November 2.[2]

New York State Senate, General Election Results, District 46 (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Neil Breslin (D) 53,724
Robert Domenici (R) 40,408
Michael Carey (I) 5,980


On November 4, 2008 Neil Breslin won the election for New York State Senate, District 46 with 101,794 votes.

Breslin raised $204,634 for his campaign.[3]

New York State Senate, District 46 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Neil Breslin (D) 101,794
Charlie Voelker (CON) 11,497

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


Listed below are the largest contributors to Breslin's 2010 campaign.[4]

New York State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Neil Breslin's campaign in 2010
New York State Trial Lawyers$15,500
New York State United Teachers$15,000
Life Insurance Council Of New York$11,650
1199 Seiu United Healthcare Workers East$11,000
Hartford Financial Services$8,700
Total Raised in 2010 $574,868


Listed below are the five largest contributors to Neil Breslin's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
New York State United Teachers $9,050
Life Insurance Council of New York $6,650
Association of Financial Guaranty Insurors $5,000
New Yorkers for Klein $3,000
New York State AFL-CIO $2,900


Breslin and his wife, Ellen, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Hugh Farley (R)
New York State Senate District 44
Succeeded by
Preceded by
New York State Senate District 46
Succeeded by
Cecilia F. Tkaczyk (D)