- DISTRICT: 69
- REGION: New York City
- GOVERNMENT BODY: State Assembly
- YEAR: 2018
- CONTACT: Campaign Website
Daniel J. O’Donnell
Daniel J. O’Donnell was elected to the State Assembly in 2002 and has since been a diligent proponent of constituent safety and resource protection throughout New York State. As a member of the Committee on Environmental Conservation, he has been in vocal opposition to hydrofracking expansion and worked to ban the transport of waste or byproduct from such operations.
Another priority for O’Donnell has been insulating communities from contaminants and chemical exposure and he has sponsored multitudes of legislation to provide radon testing in public and private schools, to prohibit the use of axodicarbonamide (a potential cause of respiratory issues) in foods, and to remediate lead contamination in soil. As Chair of the Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development, he has emphasized safeguarding natural resources, such the state’s waterways and parkland. He carried A09661, which forbids littering on state park lands as well as A03386, which allows a person to institute a violation of the provisions of the environmental quality review even if the injury does not affect the public at large. O’Donnell is a staunch advocate for food security; he was proud of the success of an organics pilot program in a coop in Morningside Gardens, which has now expanded, and voted for increased funding to the Farm to School Program, ensuring access to local and minimally processed foods, in addition to securing capital for the West Side Campaign Against Hunger, a food pantry in his district. In 2017, he was one of only 13 Assemblymembers who received a perfect score of 100% on the NYLC Environmental Scorecard.
Moving forward, O’Donnell will remain focused on promoting renewable energy usage, coastal resiliency and infrastructure improvements that allow New York residents to appreciate nature will conserving it as well.