Long was born in Brooklyn and raised in southern Queens. From 1981 to 1983, he represented Brooklyn in a now-defunct at-large seat, and tried to unseat then-councilman Sal Albanese in Bay Ridge in 1985, but was unsuccessful.
In 1988, he took over as chair of the Conservative Party, advocating for smaller government and socially conservative values, including opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage.
In fact, with the Democrats taking over both branches of the legislature in Albany and their swift passage of both the Reproductive Health Act and the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, which run directly counter to his own views, maybe Long felt it was time retreat from the such a prominent role in the political sphere.
In his letter to party members, Long vowed to stay active in politics, stating that the Conservative Party still serves to hold elected officials accountable. The Conservative Party generally cross-endorses Republicans, but having a dedicated line on the ballot does give the party a degree of political influence.
“Unlike Andrew Cuomo, I think people with conservative values have a place in New York,” Long was quoted recently, adding that he thought the Conservative Party would again play a prominent role in politics as liberal Democrats “overplay their hand.”
And there will still be a Long involved with the party. Long's brother, Tom, is chairman of the Queens County Conservative Party.
Long may you run...viable candidates...Michael Long.
One interesting fact about Michael Long: he was mentioned in the book “Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bronx is Burning,” which tells the story of the 1977 mayoral election. In the first edition, it states that then-mayoral candidate (and eventual governor and father to the current governor) Mario Cuomo “cold-cocked” Long. Long claimed the incident was embellished, and subsequent editions of the book left that tidbit out.