McGarry announces candidacy for 7th Legislative District


In an email to potential supporters, Ryan McGarry, a resident of Patchogue Village, declared his candidacy for Suffolk County Legislature last week. 

McGarry, who will be running as a Democrat, is the current chief of staff for one of the state’s largest independent labor unions, Suffolk AME. A graduate of Cornell University’s prestigious Labor Relations program, McGarry has dedicated himself to advocating on behalf of working people, having previously worked for the Transport Workers Union, Local 100 in addition to his current role with Suffolk AME.

Beyond his work in the labor movement, McGarry brings more than 10 years of government experience to the table, having previously worked for three elected officials, Republicans and Democrats alike. He said he has a proven track record of public leadership and service, as he previously served as the former deputy chief of staff for the Bellone Administration, where he helped oversee county operations. Most notably, he was tasked by the county executive with organizing the first three Suffolk County Marathons for Veterans, an event which, to date, has raised more than $800,000 for local veterans.

“The people of this community are tired of divisive partisan extremism; they deserve an experienced leader with a proven track record of prioritizing service over rhetoric. The people of LD 7 deserve a candidate who is focused on our quality-of-life issues, not political theater,” McGarry said.

McGarry is a Class A firefighter in the Patchogue Fire Department and a member of the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce’s Civic Association. He currently serves on the Patchogue Village Zoning Board of Appeals after having served a term on the Village’s Community Development Agency, where he chaired the Governance Committee. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, McGarry served as the volunteer coordinator for the Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) initiative, securing hundreds of home-delivered meals for our neighbors in need.

McGarry will run a long, 18-month campaign focusing on his commitment to infrastructure, fighting to protect our drinking water, local waterways, and our heritage industries, investing in our local economy, advocating for our veterans, and keeping the communities safe through his continued support of law enforcement and all first responders.

McGarry is proud to have the support of both Suffolk AME and the Suffolk County Democratic Committee leading into the Nov. 7, 2023 race.

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