Michael R. Long
Michael R. Long is the chairman of The Conservative Party of New York State. This party is not part of the American Conservative Party. It was founded in 1962.
Michael R. Long works out of a cluttered office above a Greek restaurant in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, one block from the liquor store that still bears his family’s name, with a replica John Wayne revolver and a photo of Ronald Reagan on the wall. Unlike other political bosses, he fields no phalanx of high-priced lobbyists and consultants. He is virtually unknown to most New Yorkers. But Mr. Long, the chairman of the state Conservative Party, has emerged this year as the single most potent — and immovable — obstacle to the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York.