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  • About Chris


    Hard work, determination and perseverance define Chris McGrath. Chris is not a politician and has never before run for elected office. He is a fresh face with a passion to serve his community.

    Chris McGrath has dedicated his life to helping his community. Born and raised in Inwood and now residing in Hewlett, Chris has been a lifelong resident of the Senate District. Having lost his father when he was just 18 months old, Chris and his three siblings were raised by his Mother, a medical records clerk for a hospital in Far Rockaway. Chris is married to his high-school sweetheart, Monica, and they have three beautiful daughters, Kristin, Kelli and Katie.

    From a young age, Chris developed an incredible work ethic. While a student in high school, college and law school, Chris worked at Morton's Army & Navy Store in Cedarhurst New York and also at the Atlantic Beach Club during the summers. He attended college at St. John's University and law school at the University of Dayton School of Law.

    Since graduating law school, Chris has continued to work at the very same law firm, now known as Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C., where he started as an Associate in 1983. Chris rose through the ranks of this prestigious firm and has been a partner since 1989

    Chris has spent the majority of his career and personal life giving back to people in need. Following the devastating attacks of 9/11, Chris's firm represented, pro-bono, the brave men and women who were first responders who helped in the search and recovering efforts at Ground Zero. He is involved in many civic and charitable organizations. He is a distinguished two-time past president of Peninsula Kiwanis, creating the organization's foundation for underprivileged and handicapped children and is involved with the Christmas Dream program. He is also a former coach of the Inwood Buccaneers basketball team and was a long time coach for the Hewlett-Lawrence Soccer Club.

    Chris McGrath is also well recognized as a lecturer in the continuing legal education programs for bar associations and law schools. He is also an adjunct Professor of Law at Hofstra University School of Law and he was President of the Nassau County Bar Association for the 2005-2006 term and President of the Nassau County Bar Fund in 2006-2007.

    Chris has a lengthy and successful track record as an Attorney, winning numerous awards including being recognized as one of the top lawyers in New York and in America. In 2012, he was the recipient of one of the most prestigious honors - New York State Bar Association Attorney Professionalism Award. In the same year, the Catholic Lawyers Guild awarded him the St. Thomas More Award.

    Chris is a great example of someone who is fully committed to serving his community-- that is who he has been his entire life.

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    Cites his “commitment to addressing the issues affecting New York City Police Officers” Chris McGrath, Republican candidate for the state Senate’s 9th District, today proudly accepted the endorsement of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association of the City of New York. As our next Senator, McGrath looks forward to working with the PBA to ensure law enforcement receives the resources they need to protect our critical infrastructure, ensure we are preserving our quality of life, and keep our communities safe. “I’m so honored to have received the endorsement of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association of the City of New York,” said McGrath. “The men and women in our law enforcement community put their lives on the line on a daily basis and do a tremendous job to keep our residents safe, and protect our quality of life. I’m proud of everything they do, and I look forward to working closely with them to ensure they have the resources they need to keep our communities safe from the threat of gang violence, terrorism and every day crime. As our next Senator I promise to always make the safety of our area my top priority.” In an endorsement letter, PBA President Patrick J. Lynch wrote, “Your commitment to addressing the issues affecting New York City Police Officers is well recognized, and it will be an honor to have you representing our members in the Senate. We look forward to working with you toward our shared goal of a stronger, safer New York.” ###
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    Senate Democrats likely to kowtow to NYC political bosses, reinstate NYC commuter tax Chris McGrath, candidate for the state’s 9th Senate District, warned of the New York City-dominated Senate Democrats’ plan to reinstate the commuter tax at the request of the New York City Council. Originally eliminated in 1999 because of the unfair burden it placed on suburban commuters, its return would cost LIRR riders an additional $728 each year. While McGrath and his Republican colleagues in the Senate Majority would block this fee, it would be sure to return under control of the Democrats, who instituted $14 billion in new taxes and fees, and the MTA payroll tax during their corrupt, tax-and-spend stint in the majority. "When the City Council and Senate Democrats look at Long Islanders, they don’t see hardworking men and women; they see dollar signs,” McGrath said. “Time and again, they fill their coffers at our expense, fulfilling their own costly agenda and making it tougher for our middle-class to get by." “My opponent is aligned with New York City interests that can’t pay for things on their own, so they’ll use the Senate Majority to tax it out of Long Islanders. They did it before, with the MTA payroll tax and $14 billion in tax hikes. As our next Senator, that will not happen again,” he concluded.
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