Phil Boyle: Republican, incumbent
Phil Boyle was first elected to New York State’s 4th Senate District in 2012. He has called himself a leader in Long Island’s fight against opioids.
Earlier this year, Boyle released a Senate blueprint that includes record funding to combat heroin and opioid addiction. The plan would increase the state’s support of opioid-use disorder services to an all-time high of $265 million, going beyond the 2018-2019 Executive Budget proposal of $228 million.
The plan also includes measures to screen expectant mothers to prevent and treat addiction in infants, better define controlled substances to include drugs like fentanyl, limit and provide alternatives to opioid use, better ensure successful recovery for those struggling with addiction, provide law enforcement with tools to help crack down on drug dealers, and reduce exposure to opioids for children and adults.
The senator opposes legalizing marijuana.
Last year, Boyle also sponsored legislation that was passed by the New York State Senate to authorize the use of familial DNA searching, allowing police to search the DNA database to find a genetic match of close relatives of an offender in an effort to solve a violent crime. New York, at the time, became the 11th state to use this technology.
Boyle recently ran for Suffolk County sheriff while serving in his current post, but lost to Larry Zacarese in the GOP primary. Zacarese ultimately lost to the current sheriff, Errol Toulon, last year.
Boyle isn’t very enthused that under the GOP tax plan, which was passed earlier this year, there is a $10,000 tax cap on state and local tax deductions. “I think we should be able to deduct all of it,” he said.
The senator does, however, support New York State’s recent 2 percent school tax cap. He hopes it will become permanent, but is concerned that the state Senate’s majority caucus will flip to New York City Democrats who, he says, could raise school taxes even more.
Boyle earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then received his law degree from Albany Law School, along with a master’s degree in public administration from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University of Albany.
The senator is opposed to Common Core. “It’s unfair to students, teachers and parents,” he said, adding that more than half of students on Long Island have chosen to opt out of standardized testing.
Earlier in his legal career, Boyle was a founding partner in the law firm of Steinberg & Boyle, LLP, located in East Islip. He currently serves on numerous committees, including NYS Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business, which he chairs.
In regards to water sanitation, the senator says he has called for expanding sewers throughout his district, along with installations in the eastern portion of Islip Town. He also recalled working with fellow Sen. Tom Croci and other local Republican representatives to secure funding for grants to help homeowners install septic tanks. Boyle says the new technology tanks “aren’t cheap” and that government should help residents update their septic systems.
Boyle and his wife, Victoria Ryan, live in Bay Shore. He is the proud stepfather to Patrick and Sarah. He is a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Sierra Club. He also previously served for 20 years as an EMT with the Great River Fire Department.
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