Ralph J. Marino
|Temporary President and Majority Leader of the New York State Senate|
January 1, 1989 – November 25, 1994
|Preceded by||Warren M. Anderson|
|Succeeded by||Joseph Bruno|
|Member of the New York Senate from the 3rd District|
|Preceded by||Henry M. Curran|
|Succeeded by||Caesar Trunzo|
|Member of the New York Senate from the 5th District|
|Preceded by||John D. Caemmerer|
|Succeeded by||Carl Marcellino|
Ralph John Marino
January 2, 1928
Rochester, New York
|Died||April 6, 2002 (aged 74)|
Rockville Centre, New York
|Residence||Oyster Bay (hamlet), New York|
|Alma mater||Syracuse University|
Fordham University School of Law
Marino was born on January 2, 1928, in Rochester, New York. He served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1947. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1951; and from Fordham University School of Law in 1954. He met his wife Ethel Bernstein while studying at Syracuse. They married in 1954, and settled in her hometown of Oyster Bay on Long Island, and had three children. Marino practiced law in Oyster Bay, and entered politics as a Republican.
Generally considered a Rockefeller Republican, he was first elected to the Senate in 1968 and became known for protecting Long Island's interests in Albany. He succeeded Warren M. Anderson as Temporary President and Majority Leader in 1989.
He was one of the very few downstate politicians to hold the Senate Majority Leader position and the first Long Islander to hold the position. Marino frequently sparred with Governor Mario Cuomo on the budget. The budget grew under his tenure as majority leader by some 50%.
He opposed George Pataki's nomination for governor in 1994. Pataki won the election, and as de facto party leader engineered a caucus room coup against Marino with the aid of much more conservative Republicans from Upstate and Western New York. Despite the fact that Marino's deputy and closest ally, Jess J. Present, was in fact from Western New York, Pataki's opposition and the growth of the budget resulted in his ouster in November 1994. He was succeeded by Joseph Bruno, a conservative from the Capital District.
After sitting in the 178th, 179th, 180th, 181st, 182nd, 183rd, 184th, 185th, 186th, 187th, 188th, 189th, 190th and 191st New York State Legislatures, Marino resigned his Senate seat on February 8, 1995.
|New York State Senate|
Henry M. Curran
| New York State Senate
John D. Caemmerer
| New York State Senate
Warren M. Anderson
| Temporary President of the State Senate