by Rick Pezzullo
“We need a real overhaul of the
structure of the government and
“I believe I have represented the
district well. It has been an absolute honor and privilege.
State Senator Terrence Murphy is looking to fend off the challenge of Democrat Alison Boak to earn a second term serving the 40th District on November 8.
The 40th District, which hasn’t had a Democratic representative since 1914, covers approximately 325,000 residents in several municipalities in Putnam, Dutchess and Westchester counties, including the Village of Sleepy Hollow and Town of Mount Pleasant.
Murphy, 50, a Republican from Yorktown, served as a town councilman in Yorktown before being elected in 2014 after former Senator Greg Ball opted not to seek reelection.
“I believe I have represented the district well,” Murphy said. “It has been an absolute honor and privilege. It’s awesome. In two years I think we have done an excellent job.”
Boak, 46, served as a councilwoman in the Town of Pound Ridge for four years. She is co-founder and executive director of the International Organization for Adolescents, which works to eliminate human trafficking. She also teaches at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at City College.
In her younger days, Boak did an internship in the state Assembly and has been following politics ever since. She said she was motivated to run this year by the many ethics issues plaguing Albany lawmakers.
“I wouldn’t go to someone for help who wasn’t a role model for me,” she said. “We need a real overhaul of the structure of the government and the system.”
Murphy agreed there are many ethics issues that need to be addressed, which he witnessed first-hand as a freshman senator.
“It was an eye-opening experience in Albany. In Albany you have professional politicians. That is a big part of the problem,” he said. “You have politicians who have never worked a day in their life setting the table.”
During his first term, Murphy, who noted he has received more than 100 union endorsements, said he was proud of the work he has done for veterans and in tackling the heroin and opioid epidemic, particularly his four-prong approach that includes prevention, treatment, recovery and enforcement.
“We’ve done some good stuff. It’s a moving target all the time,” said Murphy, who is a chiropractor. “We crafted the most comprehensive legislation in the United States. It’s an enormous step forward for New York State and the nation.”
Boak accused Murphy of “trying to come across that he’s a real moderate, but you have to really look underneath at how he’s voting. His conservative voting doesn’t match this district.”