Daniel Donovan (New York)

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Dan Donovan
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Running for U.S. House, New York, District 11
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Richmond County District Attorney
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Daniel M. Donovan, Jr. (born November 3, 1956, in Staten Island, New York) is the District Attorney for Richmond County.

Donovan is also a 2015 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 11th Congressional District of New York.

Donovan was previously a 2010 candidate for New York Attorney General, after the seat was vacated by Democrat Andrew Cuomo, who ran for governor in November.[1] He was defeated in the general election on November 2, 2010.


  • Graduated from Monsignor Farrell High School (1974)
  • Bachelor's degree, St. John's University (1978) in criminal justice
  • Juris Doctorate degree, Fordham University School of Law (1988)

Professional experience

Donovan was named as an assistant to Robert M. Morgenthau, District Attorney of New York County, in 1989. He had been in that position for seven years when he left to become Chief of Staff to Staten Island Borough President Guy V. Molinari. In 2002, Donovan was appointed Deputy Borough President of Staten Island by James Molinaro, who succeeded Guy Molinari as Borough President.


Paladino endorsement

In April 2010, WNYMedia published email messages supposedly forwarded by Carl Paladino, the tea party-backed gubernatorial candidate, to his friends that contained what some internet news outlets, specifically The Huffington Post, labeled as racist and sexist material.[2] The graphic material of these emails "contain images of Africa tribesmen dancing entitled 'Obama Inaugaration Rehearsal' and an email showing chimpanzees doing an Irish dance entitled 'proof the Irish discovered Africa' and another email depicting bestiality."[3] Michael Caputo, Paladino's campaign manager, challenged the authenticity of these messages, arguing that the site that broke the story had been accused of faking emails before; Paladino himself later admitted that some of the emails were indeed authentic, but denied that he originated any of them.[4] The Buffalo Bean, a political news blog, noted the apparent hypocrisy of WNYMedia, "who defended Sam Hoyt when his intern affair scandal broke and bashed Joe Illuzzi for leaking damaging emails."[5]

Several months later, State Senator Eric Schneiderman, the Democratic nominee in the race for State Attorney General, attacked Donovan for failing to condemn both the emails and Paladino himself. The Staten Island District Attorney claimed that he had not seen the emails and therefore could not comment on something he had not viewed. As far as the Republican gubernatorial candidate himself, he "cited the ethical code of the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York in declining to endorse Carl Paladino, his party’s standard bearer for governor."[6] Donovan accused Schneiderman of "pathetic and frankly vile charges of racism" to smear him in what became a surprisingly tight race.[7]

Eric Garner case

Donovan gained national attention in 2014 for his involvement as the district attorney in the Eric Garner case. According to The Huffington Post, "Garner, an unarmed African-American man, died on July 17 in Staten Island after police officer Daniel Pantaleo put him in a chokehold and pushed him to the ground in order to arrest him for selling untaxed cigarettes. Garner repeatedly said 'I can't breathe' before he died."[8] The grand jury chose not to indict Pantaleo, and Donovan received criticism from various groups for not trying harder to secure the indictment.[8] Some civil rights groups planned to hold protests against Donovan's 2015 run for U.S. Congress.[9]

On January 11, 2015, Donovan expressed his hopes that Democrats would not use the Eric Garner case as a talking point in the 2015 special election. He stated, "I would hope that they would respect the fact that there was a man who died, a mother who lost her son and there's a wife who lost her husband and some children who lost their dad."[10]



See also: New York's 11th Congressional District special election, 2015

Donovan is running in the 2015 special election for the U.S. House to represent New York's 11th District. Donovan is seeking the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party nominations.[11]

Race background

On December 30, 2014, Donovan announced his interest in running in the 2015 special election to the U.S. House seat in New York's 11th Congressional District, which became vacant after the resignation of Michael Grimm (R). Donovan stated, "I am deeply flattered by the enthusiastic expressions of support I have received over the last 12 hours, and I am very seriously considering the race."[12]

Donovan officially declared his candidacy on January 9, 2015.[11] He announced, "Please consider this my formal announcement that I will be seeking the endorsements of the Republican, Conservative and Independence parties in the upcoming special election."[13]


Donovan received the following endorsements:

  • John Antoniello, Staten Island GOP chair[14]
  • The Staten Island GOP[15]


The following poll conducted by Global Strategy Group was commissioned by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). The poll asked voters to decide between Donovan and likely Democratic candidate, Michael Cusick. Originally, voters preferred Donovan 48-28 percent. After giving their initial opinions, voters received general profiles about each candidate and were again asked to choose between the two candidates. Cusick's support increased, but Donovan still led 49-33 percent.[16] The poll then presented various statements opposing Donovan, such as, "Dan Donovan has a history of making plea bargains that let violent criminals, drug dealers, and child pornographers off the hook," and, "Dan Donovan was caught accepting $1,500 from a mobconnected waste management company that received millions of dollars in government contracts under his watch."[17] After hearing these statements, Donovan's lead significantly decreased, but voters still supported Donovan over Cusick 42-39 percent.[17]

Daniel Donovan vs. Michael Cusick
Poll Daniel Donovan (R) Michael Cusick (D)Undecided/RefusedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Global Strategy Group
January 16-18, 2015
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See also: New York Attorney General election, 2010

On May 22, 2010, Donovan announced his candidacy for the statewide office of attorney general, the seat vacated by Democrat Andrew Cuomo, who ran for governor in November.[1]

Donovan received the support of the New York State Conservative Party at their annual state convention on May 28, 2010.[18] He later gained the endorsement of the New York Republican Party at their state convention on June 2, 2010.[19] However, he lost in the general election on November 2, 2010, to Democratic State Senator Eric Schneiderman after receiving slightly under 44 percent of the vote.[20]

On November 2, 2010, Eric Schneiderman won election to the office of New York Attorney General. He defeated Dan Donovan (R), Carl Person (L) and Ramon Jimenez (Frdm) in the general election.

New York Attorney General, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEric Schneiderman 55.8% 2,477,438
     Republican Dan Donovan 43% 1,909,525
     Libertarian Carl Person 0.8% 36,488
     FDM Ramon Jimenez 0.4% 18,028
Total Votes 4,441,479
Election Results Via: New York Board of Elections
  • 2010 Race for Attorney General - Republican Primary
  • Dan Donovan ran unopposed in this contest.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Yonkers Tribune, "Assemblyman Richard Brodsky Declares His Candidacy for New York Attorney General," accessed May 22, 2010
  2. WNYMedia, "NY Gubernatorial Candidate Carl Paladino’s Racist and Sexist Email History," accessed April 12, 2010
  3. Buffalo Rising, "Carl Paladino: He Sends Emails," accessed April 12, 2010
  4. Capital Tonight, "Men! If You’ve Opened Graphic E-Mail, Paladino Wants Your Vote! (Updated)," accessed April 12, 2010 (dead link)
  5. The Buffalo Bean, "FWD: HYPOCRISY, DIRTY POLITICS, & THE CARL PALADINO EMAILS," accessed April 13, 2010
  6. Capitol Confidential, "Donovan: Couldn’t denounce email I didn’t see," accessed September 24, 2010
  7. New York Daily News, "Attorney general wannabe Dan Donovan says he's no racist," accessed September 25, 2010
  8. 8.0 8.1 Huffington Post, "Daniel Donovan, Prosecutor Who Failed To Indict Eric Garner's Killer, Running For Congress," accessed January 12, 2015
  9. Business Insider, "The Republican Party's Rebranding Effort Might Be Headed For A Roadblock In New York," accessed January 12, 2015
  10. Associated Press, "Staten Island DA: Garner case shouldn't be a campaign issue," accessed January 13, 2015
  11. 11.0 11.1 New York Daily News, "Republican Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan running to replace disgraced Rep. Michael Grimm," accessed January 12, 2015
  12. New York Daily News, "Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan is likely GOP nominee in race to replace Rep. Michael Grimm," accessed January 6, 2015
  13. Bloomberg Politics, "Prosecutor in Garner Case Seeks Grimm's Former House Seat," accessed January 12, 2015
  14. Capital New York, "Staten Island G.O.P. chair backs Donovan for Congress," accessed January 6, 2015
  15. New York Daily News, "Staten Island GOP backs Daniel Donovan to replace Michael Grimm in Congress," accessed January 12, 2015
  16. Capital New York, "DCCC polls potential Donovan challengers," accessed January 23, 2015
  17. 17.0 17.1 Capital New York, "Global Strategy Group, 7557 NY 11 Viability Survey," accessed January 23, 2015
  18. Urban Elephants, "State Conservative Party Meets: Endorse Townsend, DioGuardi, Donovan, Wilson and (Surprise!) Rick Lazio," accessed May 31, 2010
  19. Republican Party of New York State, "New York State Republicans Nominate Dan Donovan As Their Candidate for Attorney General," accessed June 2, 2010
  20. New York Daily News, "Democrat Eric Schneiderman Topples GOP's Dan Donovan In AG Race," accessed November 3, 2010