Literally a life-long resident of New York's Fourth State Senate District, Phil Boyle was born in Southside Hospital and grew up in East Islip. He and his wife, Victoria Ryan, reside in Bay Shore with their toy fox terrier, Livvy. Phil is the proud stepfather to Patrick and Sarah Ryan.
Phil received a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, after previously attending the State University of New York at Geneseo. He continued his education by earning a law degree from Albany Law School and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany.
After graduate school, Phil served several years on Capitol Hill as a senior congressional aide. He served four years as Legislative Director to the late Congressman Frank Horton (R-Rochester), then later as campaign manager and Chief of Staff to former Congressman Rick Lazio (R-Brightwaters).
Subsequent to his time working in Washington, Phil was elected to the New York State Assembly in a Special Election in 1994. He represented the 8th Assembly District, which encompassed portions of the Suffolk County Towns of Islip and Babylon. During his tenure in the New York State Assembly, Phil was considered one of the most fiscally conservative members of that body while also consistently maintaining one of the Assembly's highest pro-environment voting records.
Phil was elected to the New York State Senate in November of 2012. During his first term in the state senate, Phil was named Chairman of the NYS Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, a bipartisan committee charged with gathering information on a devastating heroin epidemic wreaking havoc across the State. The Task Force held 18 forums throughout New York, bringing unprecedented attention to the opioid crisis, and proposed a package of bills that targeted prevention, treatment, and law enforcement issues raised during extensive testimony. Eleven of these anti-heroin measures were passed by the Legislature with broad bipartisan support and signed into law by the Governor.
After being reelected to the senate, Phil was named Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development & Small Business. As Chair, Phil works to promote an open dialogue between State agencies and the business community to ensure that the State promotes and encourages business and job growth while not hampering its progress with red tape.
Phil serves as a member of the Senate Standing Committees on Housing, Construction and Community Development; Codes; Local Government; and Racing, Gaming and Wagering. He is the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Legislative Commissioner for New York State where he is committed to ensuring the sustainability of Atlantic coast fishery resources. Phil also serves as Senate Chair of the Legislative Aviation Caucus which promotes pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda centered on New York State’s aviation industry. Phil is proud to be the leading State Senator on issues involving animal welfare and co-hosts the very popular annual “Animal Advocacy Day” in Albany.
Earlier in his legal career, Phil was a founding partner in the law firm of Steinberg & Boyle, LLP. He is now an attorney with the leading tax certiorari law firm of Cronin, Cronin, Harris and O'Brien, P.C., headquartered in Uniondale, New York.
Actively involved in his community, Phil serves as a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Sierra Club, as well as an being active volunteer firefighter and former Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with the Great River Fire Department.