• Born in County Clare, Ireland
  • Immigrated to New York in 1956
  • Married, six children, fourteen grandchildren
  • Elected to the Rockland County Legislature in 1989
  • First Irish-born person elected to the Rockland County Legislature


  • Initiated Cherry Brook drainage project on Crooked Hill Road in Pearl River
  • Secured funding for other drainage problems in Pearl River and Nanuet
  • Involved in May Place Project, Nanuet
  • Initiated traffic light installation at Schoolhouse Road and Garden State Parkway Exit in Chestnut Ridge
  • Helped stabilize county property tax resulting in no increase in taxes in fourteen years
  • Initiated defibrillators in Rockland County, installing in local police departments
  • Initiated cell phone legislation, afterwards adopted by New York State


  • Former Majority Leader of Legislature under the late Senator Thomas Morahan
  • Former Minority Leader
  • Formerly Served on Budget and Finance and Planning and Public Works Committees
  • Currently 2nd Vice Chairman of Solid Waste Authority
  • Current Member of Planning and Public Works, Government Operations and Multi Services Committees

Community Involvement:

  • Member of the Knights of Columbus, Pearl River Elks
  • Rockland Gaelic Athletic Association, Rockland Irish Cultural Center
  • Ancient Order of Hibernians Division III
  • Past Grand Marshal St. Patrick's Day Parade in 1994
  • Founder of Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Chapter in Rockland County