Eventually the executive committee would endorse Breslin. "First of all he is a seven term incumbent," said McCoy, adding that Breslin's time in the Senate has allowed him to develop relationships with constituents and become a leader in the legislature's upper house, a factor that is more important considering the Senate's 2009 switch to democratic control.
"Neil has been a champion for Albany," he said.
"I was very comfortable that I would get the nomination," said Breslin. "I have been on of the strongest reformers in what was determined as a Senate that was dysfunctional," he said.
Martland said he felt each candidate was treated equally when interviewing with the candidate review committee. "I thought it was a very fair process," he said.
After the review committee's decision not to recommend a candidate, Martland called on the executive committee to follow suit. "I was disappointed with the results, but that part is over, that was chapter one and now we are on to chapter two," he said. He plans to continue his efforts to gain the democratic nomination from democratic voters in September.
"I expect a spirited primary, it's a democracy," said Breslin.