District 21

James D. O'Donnell

James D. O’Donnell

District 21

Phone: 845-699-4882

Email James O’Donnell

Representing the Towns of Blooming Grove, Goshen, Wawayanda, the City of Middletown and the Village of Goshen.

Personal (Pedigree)

  • Married to Margaret, eight children and seven grandchildren
  • Bachelor of Arts - 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

  • Vice Chairman, Newburgh Armory United Center
  • Member, Goshen Rotary
  • Board Member, Kaplan Family Foundation
  • Board Member, Mid Hudson Civic Center
  • Member, St. John Knights of Columbus
  • Member, Ancient Order of Hibernians

Political Affiliation

  • Conservative

Important Issues

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

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

  • Ways and Means Committee, 2017-2018, 2022 to present
  • Personnel and Compensation Committee, 2022 to present
  • Education and Economic Development Committee, 2017 to present
  • Human Services Committee, 2019-2021
  • Health and Mental Health Committee, Chairperson 2019-2021, Member 2017-2018

Special Committees:

  • Member, Orange County Economic Development and Gaming Committee
  • Member, Orange County Airport Advisory Committee
  • Former Member, Valley View Advisory Committee
  • Former Member, Stewart Airport Committee