Neil D. Breslin
Neil David Breslin, Democrat, is currently serving his seventh term as a New York State Senator. He represents the 46th District, which consists entirely of Albany County. Born as one of six children on June 9, 1942, Neil is a lifelong resident of Albany County. On academic scholarship, Neil attended Fordham College from which he graduated in 1964 with a BS degree in Political science. While in law school at the University of Toledo, he was named the editor-in-chief of the Law Review and was also selected as outstanding student in his class. Prior to his election as a public official, Neil was a community leader for many years. As a State Senator, in recognition of his dedication and commitment to the community, Senator Breslin has received awards from numerous organizations.
How would you tackle the state's deficit?
We need a mix of cuts and revenue raisers to address the State's dire fiscal crisis. Although painful, these cuts have and will be made in education and health care. I also support a new tax restructuring plan requiring that the wealthiest New Yorkers pay their fair share of taxes.
What would you do to provide property tax relief?
I support a tax cap with a circuit breaker to provide much needed property tax relief to working families.
Would you be able to work with any or all of the gubernatorial candidates?
Absolutely. As an elected official my first responsibility is to the People of New York State and especially to my constituents. I will work with whoever out next Governor is on addressing the many important issues facing our State.
What must be done to stem the flow of upstate New Yorkers leaving the state?
It is critical that state legislators consider measures to make New York more business friendly. During the past legislative session I was proud to vote for two programs that will help to save existing jobs and create new jobs in the Capital Region: Excelsior Jobs Program and Power for Jobs.