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By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

State Sen. Neil Breslin (D)

ALBANY — Longtime state Sen. Neil Breslin, D-46, announced his retirement last week after more than 25 years of service.

The 46th state Senate District includes Coeymans and Ravena, and other parts of Albany County and Schenectady counties, as well as all of Montgomery County. 

Breslin, 81, was last re-elected to the seat in 2022 when he defeated Republican challenger Richard Amedure Jr. He will not seek re-election in November after 28 years in office.

He is chairman of the state Senate’s committee on Ethics and Internal Governance and the Insurance Committee, and serves on the Finance, Higher Education, Judiciary and Rules committees. He is also co-chair of the Legislative Ethics Commission and a member of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources.

Breslin is a Democrat and also runs on the Working Families Party line. He is the longest serving official in the New York State Senate.

In addition to his service in state government, Breslin practices law with the firm Barclay Damon LLP.

During his last re-election campaign Breslin sat down for a video interview with the Ravena News-Herald and said he did not originally intend to go into politics.

“I swore I would never be an elected official or be in any political jobs,” Breslin said at the time. “I come from a middle-class family in Albany that turned out three lawyers, an engineer, a schoolteacher and a nurse, so a traditional family.”

 He opened a law practice with his two brothers more than 40 years ago. When he was asked to run for state Senate over two decades ago, he said it wasn’t an easy decision.

“I labored over it and finally decided that if I could make a difference in people’s lives, it would be worthwhile,” Breslin said at the time. “It was the first public job I ever had or ever sought.”

Breslin has been serving in the state Senate ever since.

Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy said Breslin’s state service will be missed after his retirement.

“For over 25 years, New York State Senator Neil Breslin has been a strong advocate for Albany County and the Capital Region as a whole and a pillar of our community,” McCoy said in a statement. “First elected in 1996, Sen. Breslin is the most tenured member of the state Senate, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to the chamber. As he embarks on a well-earned retirement, we celebrate his commitment to public service. His contributions have made a lasting impact, and his daily advocacy will be greatly missed.”

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