Boyle, 56, of Bay Shore, is running on the Independence party line. He is the state senator from the 4th Senate District and chairman of the Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee and a member of the Judiciary Committee. He served in the New York State Assembly, representing the 8th Assembly District from 1994 to 2002 and from 2006 to 2012, when he won a Senate seat. He was a founding partner of Steinberg & Boyle LLC, a general practice law firm in East Islip, working primarily in real estate matters from 1997 to 2012. From 2013 to 2015, he was a lawyer for Cronin, Cronin, Harris & O’Brien, a law firm in Uniondale that focuses on property valuation. He worked in Washington, D.C., for then Reps. Rick Lazio and Frank Horton after law school and graduate school. Boyle received a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a joint 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 of Albany. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1988.