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Michael Long, Conservative Party Chairman of NY Passes Away at 82

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By: Don Driggers

New York has lost a political leader that always went above and beyond to help his state and country.

Michael Long, the chairman of the Conservative passed away on Sunday after battling a lengthy illness. Long died at age 82 after a lifetime of helping those in need.

Long was born in Brooklyn, NY and served in the Marines from 1959 until 1971. According to his Wikipedia page, Long represented the Borough of Brooklyn at-large on the New York City Council from 1981 to 1983. Long unsuccessfully challenged sitting New York City Councilman Sal Albanese in 1985 in the 31st District (Bay Ridge); the seat was previously held by Republican Angelo J. Arculeo. Long became Chairman of the Conservative Party of New York State in 1988.

In 1963, Long married the former Eileen Dougherty, and they had nine children. Long was a Roman Catholic. Long’s house in Breezy Point, Queens, burned down during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.

Long was a champion of businesses as he owned several over the years, starting with an ice-cream parlor and, most recently, a wine shop with his brother Tom, who is the leader of the Conservative Party leader for Queens County.

Former Governor of New York George Pataki issued a statement to The New York Post saying, ““Mike Long was one of the finest human beings I ever met. Mike’s commitment to his faith, his family, and his belief in America and freedom are things that were inspirational to me throughout our time together. Quite simply, without his support I would have never been elected governor. In my first race for governor, the Conservative line was the difference between winning and losing and without Mike Long, I would have never had that line. I am forever grateful for his friendship, his leadership and most of all his strength and courage. He will be missed. Libby and I extend our thoughts and prayers to Eileen and the entire incredible Long family.”

WABC 770AM late night talk show host Frank Morano, on Sunday night, honored Long over the air, and told stories about the man and his dedication to conservativism and NY

The Conservative Party of New York State is a political party founded in 1962. The party was founded due to conservative dissatisfaction with the Republican Party in New York. Running on the Conservative Party line, James L. Buckley won election to the U.S. Senate in 1970 and served for one term. The party is known for its strategy of attempting to influence the Republican Party in a more conservative direction.

The Conservative Party of New York State was founded in 1962 by a group including J. Daniel Mahoney, Kieran O’Doherty, Charles E. Rice, Raymond R. Walker and Charles Edison, out of frustration with the perceived liberalism of the state’s Republican Party. A key consideration was New York’s fusion voting, unusual among U.S. states, which allows individual candidates to appear on multiple party lines in the same election.

The party declined to endorse Republican Rudy Giuliani for Mayor of New York City in his successful 1993 and 1997 campaigns. In each of those elections, Giuliani accepted the endorsement of the Liberal Party. This was mainly due to Giuliani’s pro-choice positions.

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