Ralph J. Marino

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Ralph J. Marino
Temporary President and Majority Leader of the New York State Senate
In office
January 1, 1989 – November 25, 1994
Preceded by Warren M. Anderson
Succeeded by Joseph Bruno
Member of the New York Senate from the 3rd District
In office
1969–1972
Preceded by Henry M. Curran
Succeeded by Caesar Trunzo
Member of the New York Senate from the 5th District
In office
1973–1995
Preceded by John D. Caemmerer
Succeeded by Carl Marcellino
Personal details
Born
Ralph John Marino

(1928-01-02)January 2, 1928
Rochester, New York
Died April 6, 2002(2002-04-06) (aged 74)
Rockville Centre, New York
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ethel Bernstein
Children 3
Residence Oyster Bay (hamlet), New York
Alma mater Syracuse University
Fordham University School of Law

Ralph John Marino (January 2, 1928 – April 6, 2002) was an American lawyer and politician from New York. He was Temporary President of the New York State Senate from 1989 to 1994.

Life

Marino was born on January 2, 1928, in Rochester, New York. He served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1947. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1951; and from Fordham University School of Law in 1954. He met his wife Ethel Bernstein while studying at Syracuse. They married in 1954, and settled in her hometown of Oyster Bay on Long Island, and had three children. Marino practiced law in Oyster Bay, and entered politics as a Republican.

Generally considered a Rockefeller Republican, he was first elected to the Senate in 1968 and became known for protecting Long Island's interests in Albany. He succeeded Warren M. Anderson as Temporary President and Majority Leader in 1989.

He was one of the very few downstate politicians to hold the Senate Majority Leader position and the first Long Islander to hold the position. Marino frequently sparred with Governor Mario Cuomo on the budget. The budget grew under his tenure as majority leader by some 50%.

He opposed George Pataki's nomination for governor in 1994. Pataki won the election, and as de facto party leader engineered a caucus room coup against Marino with the aid of much more conservative Republicans from Upstate and Western New York. Despite the fact that Marino's deputy and closest ally, Jess J. Present, was in fact from Western New York, Pataki's opposition and the growth of the budget resulted in his ouster in November 1994. He was succeeded by Joseph Bruno, a conservative from the Capital District.

After sitting in the 178th, 179th, 180th, 181st, 182nd, 183rd, 184th, 185th, 186th, 187th, 188th, 189th, 190th and 191st New York State Legislatures, Marino resigned his Senate seat on February 8, 1995.[1]

He died on April 6, 2002, in Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, New York, of tongue cancer.[2] His wife Ethel died May 10, 2004.[3]

Sources

  1. ^ Ex-Majority Chief Resigns From State Senate in the New York Times on February 9, 1995
  2. ^ Ralph J. Marino, Former State Senate Leader, Dies at 74 in the New York Times on April 7, 2002
  3. ^ Deaths; MARINO, ETHEL (NEE BERNSTEIN) in the New York Times on May 12, 2004
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Henry M. Curran
New York State Senate
3rd District

1969–1972
Succeeded by
Caesar Trunzo
Preceded by
John D. Caemmerer
New York State Senate
5th District

1973–1995
Succeeded by
Carl Marcellino
Political offices
Preceded by
Warren M. Anderson
Temporary President of the State Senate
1989–1994
Succeeded by
Joseph Bruno
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