Dr. Terrence Murphy is a small business owner and lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley with a deep-rooted commitment to public service. His family originally moved to Yorktown in 1962 when Yorktown’s mascot, the Cornhusker, was still a common and public sight.
Growing up next to Wilkens Fruit Farm, he enjoyed an incredible childhood which included apple picking and skating on Mill Pond. As the youngest of six children, his father Jack, a blue-collar, Navy vet of the Korean War, union man and labor advocate who worked for Con Edison for over fifty years, taught him the importance of hard work, dedication, and commitment to community.
Remembering his father’s teachings of the importance of community Dr. Murphy was always willing to help others in need. It was little surprise to his family when Dr. Murphy decided to study nutrition following his graduation from Yorktown High School. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Life University College of Chiropractic.
In 1999, he made his first official mark on the Hudson Valley by opening the Yorktown Health and Wellness Center on Commerce Street in Yorktown Heights. Today, Dr. Murphy continues to manage his chiropractic practice. Always keeping family first, Dr. Murphy’s favorite time is spent with his wife Caroline, and children McKayla, Jack, and Kian.
He was elected to the Yorktown Town Board in 2009 and re-elected in 2013, where he delivered the first back-to-back tax cuts in a generation and ushering in $250 million in economic development projects. In both instances, it was the highest number of votes ever received by a candidate for any local office in Yorktown.
In 2014, he was elected to the New York State Senate with 55.3% of the vote, representing the 40th District, which includes portions of Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties. He was re-elected in 2016 with almost 60% of the vote.
Dr. Murphy serves as chair of the Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations. He is also a member the Senate Banks Committee, Health Committee, Insurance Committee, Labor Committee, Local Government Committee and Mental Health Committee.
During his first legislative term, fourteen pieces of his legislation were chaptered in law in 2014, and fifteen pieces of his legislation were chaptered into law in 2015, making him the most effective member of the freshman class in the Senate and one of the most effective lawmakers overall in Albany. His signature achievement was landmark legislation to combat the heroin crisis, which is now being implemented nationwide. He also passed several laws to ease the regulatory burden on small businesses, protect veteran’s benefits, and Clean Water Acts for Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties to revitalize impaired waterways and combat flooding.