Michael R. Long
Michael R. Long is a small businessman in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and is currently Chairman of the New York State Conservative Party. He began his political career as a volunteer for United States Senator Barry Goldwater’s 1964 campaign for President. In 1968, Mr. Long was elected as a District Leader of the Conservative Party and went on to be elected Chairman of the Kings County Conservative Party in 1972 and Vice Chairman of the State Conservative Party in 1974. Mr. Long continued his leadership in the Conservative Party, being elected Executive Vice Chairman in 1985 and ultimately State Chairman in 1989. In 1994, under the leadership of Chairman Long the Conservative Party succeeded in providing the margin of victory for the historic election of Republican/Conservative Governor George Pataki and Attorney General Dennis Vacco.
Mr. Long is active in numerous civic and charitable organizations including serving as Vice Chairman of the 5 Avenue BID (Business Improvement District) and Vice Chairman of the Friends of Fort Hamilton Army Base, the Dyker Heights Civic Association, the American Legion, the Guild for Exceptional Children and a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 22. Mr. Long is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Cathedral Club of Brooklyn. Long has also received several awards for his service to the community, including the Knights of Columbus Pro Patria Award, the Bishop Mugavero CYO Award, the Kiwanis Club Man of the Year Award and Grand Marshal of the Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade. At the 2010 CPAC in Washington, DC, The American Conservative Union Foundation presented Mr. Long with “The Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award.” Mr. Long has appeared on both national news programs including Crossfire and Hardball.
Mr. Long served his country in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1961. 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.