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In 1924, he became Chairman of the Oneida County Democratic Committee, and was Chairman of the New York State Democratic Committee from 1928 to 1930. He was a delegate to the 1928, 1932, 1940 and 1948 Democratic National Conventions.
In 1932, Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt, former Governor Al Smith and Party State Chairman James A. Farley forced the nomination of Herbert H. Lehman for governor, over the opposition of Tammany Hall and its allies. As a peace offering, Farley permitted Tammany to choose the candidate for lieutenant governor, and Bray was nominated. Lehman and Bray were renominated and reelected in 1934 and in 1936. In 1938, Bray was dumped from the ticket in favor of Lehman's counsel Charles Poletti.
Before Governor Lehman left office in 1942, he appointed Bray to the New York Public Service Commission. In later years, Bray served as a Referee in Bankruptcy and, in 1950, as President of the New York State Bar Association.
|Party political offices|
|New York State Democratic Committee Chairman|
August 1928 – 1930
James A. Farley
Herbert H. Lehman
|Lieutenant Governor of New York|
1933 - 1938