Welcome Letter

Dear Neighbor,

I am grateful and humbled that the residents of Manhattan Valley, Morningside Heights and the Upper West Side have selected me to represent them in the New York State Assembly since 2002.

During my years representing the 69th Assembly District, I have worked hard in Albany and in the community to promote progressive reforms to benefit all New Yorkers. My vision for New York is that it remains welcoming and diverse with room for all types of people -- whether they have been here for generations or they have just arrived. Diversity is what draws people into our great city. We have a lot of work to do to maintain this balance, including defending and advancing affordable housing, living wage jobs, and a culture that welcomes people regardless of race, religion, gender, age, ethnicity or sexual orientation. The future of New York shall be one that does not make it a crime to be who you are, one that maintains our green spaces, and one that protects the unique quality and grandeur of our communities.

I have worked hard in Albany and in the community to make this vision a reality by promoting progressive legislation -- including championing the Marriage Equality Act, creating our state's first anti-bullying law, and lowering speed limits. As Chair of the Assembly Committee on Corrections, I have been proud to sponsor and support legislation to reform our criminal justice and correctional systems – including banning solitary confinement and creating an independent office to oversee the Department of Corrections. With your support and vital input, I remain an advocate for fairness, transparency, and dignity for all.

Please use this site to access information about my work in the 69th Assembly district and in Albany. Here, you can find the legislation I sponsor, the committees I sit on, and recent news. You can also find electronic versions of my Community Newsletters and other important updates.

I hope you will find my website informative and useful. My staff and I are always available to assist you in my Community Office where you can call, write, or visit us, Monday through Friday, from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM. For those with specific housing problems or who need assistance in Spanish, I have a dedicated housing specialist on staff as well as two fluent Spanish-speaking staff available to help every day.

Interested in receiving my monthly updates? E-mail me at odonnelld@nyassembly.gov with the subject “subscribe” to learn about important news, events, and opportunities in our district.

Very truly yours,
Daniel O’Donnell
Assembly Member