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Patrick McCarthy

Patrick McCarthy

Managing Director

Patrick leads the Albany office and guides his lobbying clients throught the sometimes complex world of New York State politics and goverment. McCarthy brings his many years of experience dealing with the media to develop sound crisis management strategies. 

Producer, NYS Senate Media Services

Deputy Press Secretary, Governor George E. Pataki

Deputy Secretary Governors Office of Legislative Affairs

Executive Director, NY Republican State Committee

Partner, Patricia Lynch Associates

Recognized as a “Cannabis Power Player” by PoliticsNY  for work in legalizing adult and medical cannabis use.

Led successful Independent Expenditure (IE) group focusing on multiple local elections over several cycles. From paid GOTV, polling, digital and mail.

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Patrick McCarthy is a Managing Director in the Albany office. During his more than 10 years at Mercury he’s worked on dozens of diverse client issues, from legalizing medical and adult-use marijuana, gaming, assisting not-for-profits, energy and technology, local government, procurement, economic development and media relations.

McCarthy has done extensive work in cannabis in New York, beginning his involvement more than 10 years ago at the earliest stages of the fight to legalize medical marijuana. He was recently recognized as a “Cannabis Power Player” by PoliticsNY.

Prior to joining the industry, Patrick worked in New York State government in the Legislature and the Executive, and worked on and advised political campaigns at every level, from County Executive to Governor.

McCarthy was a member of Governor George Pataki’s Senior Staff where he served Deputy Secretary for Appointments and Government Affairs. In this position, he advised the governor on all appointments to state agencies, commissions, committees, task forces and boards. This experience brings a unique perspective to the inner working of state government. Patrick was the Executive Director of the New York Republican State Committee.

Patrick served as Deputy Press Secretary to Governor Pataki. In that role, more than 20 state agency communications offices reported directly to him on messaging, event coordination and external communications. Patrick also served as Traveling Press Secretary, working directly with media outlets and local elected officials in every part of the state.

McCarthy is able to deliver effective traditional lobbying at the State Capitol and simultaneously help shape craft a media plan to reinforce the message of the clients goal. In Albany’s increasingly competitive world, earned media is essential to achieving success.

Having begun his career in the Senate Office of Media Services, The skills he has honed in public service, along with the personal relationships he has built with key political media, and policy makers are all evident in the results achieved for his clients.

Patrick lives in Rensselaer, NY with his wife Erin. He has three children.