Daniel J. O'Donnell

Story By James Edstrom -- I received this yesterday. Let me tell you about Daniel J. O'Donnell. I have lived in New York my whole life. I know real New Yorker's. I know good politicians as I know many of them personally. Danny is one of the great ones. He has done so much for New York and when I heard he wanted to run for Public Advocate to replace Tish James, I knew this was the perfect job for him. He helped make New York the center for gay rights. His Marriage Equality Act changed everything for LGBTQ and his anti bullying legislation that makes schools responsible for fighting harassment.

All New Yorker's need to support Daniel J. O'Donnell for Public Advocate. This is the right man for the job. Please join the fight to get Danny elected. If you can, make a DONATION HERE.


It's right there in the title: Public Advocate. Not special interest advocate, corporate advocate, or even the mayor's advocate. This position belongs to the people of New York and so does this campaign.

I wouldn't be where I am today without you -- and I wouldn't have it any other way. As we get closer to Election Day, I'll need your help more than ever. We still need 20 more grassroots donors to help us reach our fundraising goal. Are you one of those donors?

In the Assembly, I fought against corruption and corporate influence in Albany. I worked to limit Assembly Members outside incomes. I spoke out against Amazon when no one would. Because at the end of the day, I'm beholden to the will of the voters, and no one else. And I intend to keep it that way by only accepting small dollar, grassroots contributions in my race for Public Advocate.

Grassroots donations will make or break our campaign and we're still short of our goal. Make a 8-to-1 matchable $25, $15, or $10 donation today.

P.S. Under the city’s new rules, your donation up to $250 will be matched 8-to-1, meaning your donation of $250 is worth $2,250 to our campaign, $100 is worth $900, and $50 is worth $450!

Biography Of Assembly Member Daniel J. O'Donnell

Daniel O’Donnell, the first openly gay man elected to the New York State Assembly, has been a progressive voice advocating fair and sensible legislation since he was elected to represent the 69th District in 2002. His district includes Manhattan Valley, Morningside Heights, and the Upper West Side.

Born in Queens and raised with his four siblings in Commack, Long Island, O’Donnell put himself through college and law school, earning a B.A. in public affairs from George Washington University and a law degree from CUNY Law School. After seven years as a public defender at the Legal Aid Society, he opened his own public interest law firm on the Upper West Side. His community practice helped clients with tenant representation, as well as civil rights litigation ranging from employee discrimination to First Amendment rights.

During his tenure in the Assembly he has been the prime sponsor of several trailblazing bills, most notably the Marriage Equality Act, a bill O’Donnell led to passage in the Assembly five times before it was finally signed into law in June 2011. He was also the prime sponsor of New York’s anti-bullying legislation, the Dignity for All Students Act, which requires public schools in New York to combat bias-based bullying and harassment.

He currently serves as the Chair of the Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development Committee and the Chair of the Codes Subcommittee on Criminal Procedure. His other Standing Committee Assignments include: Codes; Education; Environmental Conservation; and Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force.

He and his husband, John Banta, live in Morningside Heights.

Photo By James Edstrom