New York State Senate District 4, which accounts for a large portion of southwestern Suffolk County on Long Island, is currently represented by Senator Phil Boyle.
Sen. Boyle is now up for his fifth term since first being elected in 2012, representing the Republican, Conservative, and Independent parties.
He will be running against Democratic and Working Families parties’ candidate Christine Pellegrino. Due to this year’s COVID-19 restrictions, both the Republican and Democratic primaries were cancelled, and each candidate automatically advanced from their respective parties.
Since his initial election in 2012, Boyle has served four straight terms as New York’s fourth Senate District’s representative. Prior to his position as a senator, Boyle served as a senior congressional aide for five years and a New York State Assemblymember for 16 years. In light of Boyle’s current reelection campaign, he has been endorsed by three key organizations, all of whom hold great importance to many citizens of the district: the Business Council of New York State, Inc., the League of Humane Voters of New York, and the New York State Public Employees Federation.
Prior to running for the fourth Senate District representative position, Pellegrino was an Assemblymember for NYS Assembly District 9. She also served as the Political Action Chair for the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), which stems from her position as an elementary reading teacher over the last twenty-five years. Holding this position means that Pellegrino attends annual Lobby Days sponsored by the NYSUT, which is why she is being endorsed by the union in her election campaign to represent the fourth senate district.
As of Feb. 2020, the Fourth Senate District includes 72,002 registered Democrats and 61,364 registered Republicans, and 52,898 independent voters among the nearly 200,000 active registered voters in the district.
See more information on New York’s Fourth Senate District race here.