Assemblyman Jim Conte Dies

Republican from Huntington Station loses battle with cancer.

Three months after announcing he would not seek re-election to battle cancer, longtime Assemb. James Conte had died.

“These last few months have been a very difficult time for my family and me,” Conte said in July. “A diagnosis of cancer places tremendous strains on one’s family and I truly appreciate everyone’s support and well wishes.”

State Sen. Carl Marcellino, on his Facebook page, said of Conte’s passing; “It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of my friend and colleague Assemblyman James Conte after a long battle with cancer. Jim dedicated his career to helping the residents of Huntington and New York State and he did so with integrity and honor.”

Jim Polansky, superintendent with the Huntington School District, said, “Jim was a big supporter of the kids and schools in both Huntington and South Huntington. I can't remember an Eagle Scout ceremony without his presence and his traditional presentation of a New York State Assembly hat.”

Suffolk County Legis. Lou D’Amaro, D-Huntington Station, said, “Jim Conte was a dedicated public official who served our community with distinction. I would like to express my sincere condolences to the entire Conte family. Jim will surely be missed.”

Conte, a Republican who resided in Huntington Station, spent 24 years in public service representing local residents in the 10th Assembly District. He was first elected to the Assembly in March 1988 during a special election. Since 2010, Conte served as the Assembly Republican Conference’s Floor Leader.

A two-time kidney transplant recipient, he was one of the Legislature’s leading advocates in promoting organ and tissue donation and authored several laws to increase organ donation in the state and helped create a Gift of Life Trust Fund and a statewide organ donor registry.

Jim is survived by his wife Debra and their three children: Sarah Ashley, Jeffrey James and Samantha Irene.

 Memorial services are scheduled as follows:

 Wake Services:

Thursday and Friday 2- 4 p.m.

M.A. Connell Funeral Home

934 New York Avenue

Huntington Station, New York 11746


Funeral Mass:

Saturday 9:30 a.m.

St Hugh's Church

21 East 9th St.

Huntington Station


Rich H October 16, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Jim was a true representative of the citizens of Huntington Station. It is true he rarely, if ever, missed an oportunity to commend our Eagle Scouts with his official NYS Assembly Eagle Scout cap. He will be truly missed & may his presence with his Creator in Heaven be a comfort & blessing to his family.
Chris F October 16, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Jim and his family are in our thoughts and prayers. We lost a good one.
Robin O'Leary October 16, 2012 at 08:04 PM
He was the ultimate supporter of the Huntington High School Blue Devil Marching Band having given $10,000 to help replace the wonderful percussion and drumline several years ago. He was a great friend and will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched. My prayers go out to his family...Robin O'Leary
Elise Pearlman October 16, 2012 at 08:11 PM
I am deeply saddened to hear this news. I met Jim Conte for the first time at the race sponsored by the Marcie Mazzola Foundation where they always have a booth about organ donation. He was a wonderful man who cared deeply about his family, friends and community. He served his community with his heart. It was an honor to have known him.
Susan Terry-Bazer October 16, 2012 at 09:43 PM
JIm was a great supporter of our school, students and teachers too. When I was teaching at Jefferson Primary he would come around and offer encouragement and support in a positive way. He will be greatly missed.
Donna Bemiss October 16, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Jim was a man dedicated to his family, to his local community and to his district. I enjoyed his humor and love of gardening when he'd visit our nursery. Thank you Jim for your hard working years in all our behalf. You will be missed. Donna Bemiss and all at Oakwood Road Nursery
A Taxpayer October 16, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Unlike most politicians, Jim Conte always remained a regular guy. He never forgot where he came from and never tried to run from his heritage. He was polite, honest an an all-around wonderful man. He had a great sense of humor and it was always pleasant to speak with him. He was an incredible friend to the Huntington School District.
martha grill October 17, 2012 at 01:06 AM
A wonderful man... RIP Jim Conte
Damon October 17, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Check the box on your drivers license to donate your organs. How better to honor him.
MJ Pulling-Fitzgerald October 17, 2012 at 03:41 AM
We did indeed lose A Good One. Jimmy was an amazing man. He lived and loved Huntington Station. He dedicated his life to his family, then to his friends and constituents equally. His friends will miss his music but it will play on, and we'll miss his spirit. We will remember and we will be there ....
Kyle October 17, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Jim Conte was a good man with integrity and character who was always respectful and open-minded, whether you agreed with his political policies or not. Condolences to his family. He will be missed.
Marita Eybergen October 17, 2012 at 04:32 PM
I still remember the thought of him behind the counter of Burger Haven. Always a pleasure to talk with. He will be missed in the Huntington Station community. Our sympathy goes out to his family and friends.
HHS STUDENT October 17, 2012 at 06:01 PM
My Eagle Scout hat that he gave me means so much more to me now. RIP Mr Conte, you left an incredible mark on this community and our state
d arnone October 18, 2012 at 04:05 PM
The best politician in our community for many many years. A person of great integrity. Rest in peace.
Linda k November 06, 2012 at 03:44 AM
I am deeply saddened to hear about Jim's death. We were friends during our high school years, and back than had a goal to be a politition. Jim was honest, dedicated, and a truly wonderful person. He will surely be missed.
Mike Sosna March 14, 2013 at 08:22 PM
We sorely miss Jim Conte. We continue to send our very best to Debra and all of the family. I'm was a caring and special friend. Mike Sosna and your friends at Long Island TRIO


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