Assemb. Dean Murray (R-East Patchogue) has been unseated by Democrat Ed Hennessey, an attorney from Shirley.
A Suffolk County elections official said ballots are still being counted in the race for the 3rd Assembly District, but Murray has conceded and Hennessey declared victory Friday.
“It has truly been an honor and a privilege to serve the residents of the 3rd Assembly District over the past 3 years, but it appears that it wasn’t in the cards for me to continue doing so,” Murray wrote on his Facebook page.
Murray won his seat as a Tea Party candidate in a February 2010 special election. He owns D&S Advertising, one of several companies that deliver the Press.
“I’m humbled that the residents of the 3rd Assembly District have chosen me to represent them,” said Hennessey, a former Brookhaven town councilman and Suffolk prosecutor.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) said Hennessey will become the 107th member of the Democratic majority.
“Ed is an outstanding member of his community and deeply concerned about the challenges facing New York and the residents,” Silver said.
“His local government experience and dedication to public service will be a great addition to our conference and will help build on our efforts to fight for the middle class and make New York’s economy strong,” he said.