About Dean Murray
E. Patchogue, N.Y. 11772
Dean Murray was born just outside of Washington D.C. and currently lives in East Patchogue with his wife, Amy and their two dogs, Pete and Lola.
In 1985, Dean graduated, with honors, from the Broadcast Institute of Maryland and for the next 10 years, he was involved in all aspects of radio and television news throughout Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York. During that period, Dean covered the Pennsylvania State Capital for over 100 radio stations and spent 5 years on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Associated Press. While living in Pennsylvania, Dean played 5 seasons of semi-pro football with the Chambersburg Cardinals and York Lions.
Seeking other opportunities, in 1994, Dean came to Long Island as an Advertising Sales Rep for TCI Cable. In just over a year, Dean was promoted to Regional Sales Manager serving the Tri-State area. Not being able to completely let go of his love for broadcasting, Dean periodically filled in doing morning news at WBLI Radio.
In 1997, Dean took the entrepreneurial leap and started his own Advertising Agency – D & S Advertising, Inc. The company publishes the “Long Island Job Finder” employment newspaper and website, the “Long Island Pet Lover” newspaper and website, the “Long Island Fugitive Finder” magazine and website and the “Long Island Apartment Finder” website. Through these publications, Dean not only is able to build a successful business that employs quite a few people, but also has the satisfaction of knowing that he is helping people. These publications have helped people find employment, find places to live and even helped to keep our communities safe by getting criminals off the streets.
Dean was first elected to serve in the NYS Assembly in a special election in February of 2010 and was re-elected by a comfortable margin in November of 2010. Following a brief 2 year break, the voters returned Dean to the NYS Assembly in 2015, where he continues to serve today. While in the Assembly, Dean led the fight to repeal the MTA payroll tax, eliminate the salt-water fishing license fee, pass the largest middle class tax cut in decades and adopt the I-STOP program to help fight the serious problem of prescription drug abuse.
Dean has a commitment to his community in various ways. For several years, Dean did the play-by-play broadcasts for High School Football on WALK-AM. He’s an active member of several Chamber of Commerce chapters throughout Suffolk County, served as a board member with the Patchogue Medford Youth & Community Services, the Focus East Patchogue Civic Organization, was a member of the Suffolk County Police Reserves, and also served on the Suffolk County Workforce Investment Board.
Dean isn’t the only one in his family that has made a commitment to community and country. He is extremely proud of his son, Anthony Dean Murray, who served 6 years in the Maryland Air National Guard, completing tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.