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Orange County Legislature

District 21 - James D. O’Donnell




Representing the Towns of Blooming Grove, Goshen, Wawayanda and the Village of Goshen  

Personal: (Pedigree)

  • Married to Margaret, eight children and six grandchildren
  • B.A. Dominican College
  • Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
  • F.B.I. National Academy

Business/Government Experience:

  • Former Deputy County Executive, Orange County
  • Former Director, Orange County Office of Economic Development
  • Former Executive Director, Orange County Industrial Development Agency
  • Former Executive Director, Orange County Funding Corporation
  • Former Director, Orange County Foreign Trade Zone
  • Retired Lieutenant Colonel, New York State Police
  • Former Chief of Police, Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Community Involvement:

  • President-Elect, Goshen Rotary
  • Vice Chairman, Newburgh Armory United Center
  • Board Member, Safe Homes of Orange County
  • Board Member, Kaplan Family Foundation
  • Basketball Coach, St. John C.Y.O.
  • Member, St. John Knights of Columbus
  • Member, Ancient Order of Hibernians

Political Affiliation:

  • Republican
  • Conservative
  • Independence
  • Reform

Important Issues:

  • School Safety
  • Economic Development, Job Creation and Retention
  • Agriculture
  • Care for our Seniors
  • Care for our Veterans

County Roles: (Chairs, Committees, Subcommittees, County Boards, Agencies)

  • Member, Education and Economic Development Committee
  • Member, Health and Mental Health Committee
  • Member, Ways and Means Committee
  • Member, Orange County Economic Development and Gaming Committee
  • Member, Orange County Airport Advisory Committee
  • Former Member, Stewart Airport Committee