MichaelLongInterview Highlights

– “He (Sheldon Silver) was greedy. He was a thief…He’s really done very serious damage to the citizens of the state of New York, and he deserves the punishment he is getting. He deserves to be punished severely. He can go through the legal process of trying to appeal and overturn the outcome of the trial. I don’t think he’s going to be successful.”
– Albany legislators are “there to serve the public. They’re not there to serve themselves. What we need to clean up Albany is to implement term limits, and I think that would make a big change in the system.”
– “I would give Mayor deBlasio an F on his report card. He has done more harm to the city.” We have seen an increase in homelessness, a morale problem with the NYPD, and he is spending “like a drunken sailor.”
– On the Governor’s proposed $15 an hour minimum wage: “We would lose 200,000-300,000 jobs in the city and state of New York. It would be a disaster driving people out of work not putting people to work.”

About Michael Long

Michael Long is the chairman of the Conservative Party of New York State. Long represented the Borough of Brooklyn, at-large in the New York City Council from 1981 to 1983. In 1959 Long joined the United States Marine Corps when he was 17 years old, he served until being honorably discharged in 1961. Long began working in politics as a volunteer for Barry Goldwater’s 1964 presidential campaign. He has been the Conservative Party’s chairman and primary spokesman since the 1980s, advocating for smaller government, lower taxes, and the defense of socially conservative values. Long holds significant sway over the direction of the party and holds near-total control over the party’s political endorsements in any legislative race that crosses a county border. He and his wife have nine children, fifteen grandchildren and one great-grandaughter. They reside in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and are members of Our Lady of Angels Roman Catholic Church. Long feels Presidential candidate Donald Trump has crossed the line with his anti-Muslim comments.

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