Republican Party Candidates
Re-Elect NYS Senator Sue Serino
Senator Sue Serino started working at age 15 and never stopped. She learned early on the value of being able to capitalize on her incredible work ethic and that understanding has served to shape her entire adult life. Sue began as a waitress in a small, local restaurant, quickly working her way up to become a manager. After the birth of her son Anthony, she opened her first successful business as a childcare provider.
Having grown up in Dutchess County, Sue developed an distinct appreciation for the uniqueness of the area and its homes. The daughter of a hardworking immigrant, Sue was taught that homeownership was a critical component of achieving the “American Dream.” Hoping to make that dream a reality for her neighbors in the community, Sue took an interest in the real estate industry. She began working in the industry in 1996 and opened her own office in the City of Poughkeepsie shortly thereafter. In 2003, she moved her office to Hyde Park to accommodate her growing team of 26 sales associates.
As a small business owner, Sue has had to deal with the harsh realities of doing business in New York. Like so many New Yorkers, she was frustrated with high taxes and bureaucratic red tape that always seemed to stand in the way of real progress. It was that frustration that drove her determination to make a difference in her local communities.
Sue was elected to the Hyde Park Town Board in 2010 and then to the Dutchess County Legislature in 2011. As a county legislator, she was a vocal advocate for hardworking taxpayers and consistently resisted efforts to raise taxes and fees at the local level. Sue firmly believes that like so many hardworking families in our communities, our government needs to learn to do more with less and needs to prioritize measures that will directly benefit our local communities.
Having spent her life in Dutchess, Sue cares deeply about ensuring our communities remain places where our young people can afford to start their lives and our seniors can afford to stay and enjoy the lives that they worked so hard to build. Residents of the 41st District should know that Sue will fight tirelessly in Albany to achieve that goal.
James D. O’Donnell for Congress
James D. O’Donnell was born and raised in the Bronx and moved to Orange County in 1975.
He is currently an Orange County Legislator. Elected in 2016 in a Special Election and re-elected in 2017 to a full 4 year term.
He serves on the Ways and Means Committee, the Health and Mental Health Committee and the Education and Economic Development Committee.
- Vice Chair of the Newburgh Armory Unity Center
- President of the Goshen Rotary
- Board member of Safe Homes of Orange County
- Board member of the Kaplan Family Foundation
Mr. O’Donnell had a distinguished law enforcement career beginning in 1974 as a New York State Trooper. He subsequently advanced through the ranks of the New York State Police serving as Captain in charge of the state wide Violent Felony Warrant Squad and Major in charge of all State Police operations in New York City. In 1993, he returned to Orange County as Troop Commander of Troop F in Middletown. In 1995, he was appointed Lieutenant Colonel in charge of all Uniform Trooper patrol operations.
Throughout his career, Mr. O’Donnell has been recognized frequently for his outstanding service. He established the Troop “F” DARE Program and the “Trooper on Patrol” Program.
He also established the annual statewide community day in each Troop. As well as the annual “member” and “civilian of the year” awards programs.
Upon retiring from the New York State Police in 1997 he returned to his roots at Gaelic Park, Bronx, New York where he oversaw major renovations in 1998.
In February of 1999 Governor George Pataki appointed Mr. O’Donnell as Chief of Police of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department. In his role as Chief, Mr. O’Donnell initiated an aggressive reengineering of the former Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad Police Departments into the new MTA Police Department.
To ensure protection of MTA facilities and infrastructure against the threat of terrorism Chief O’Donnell improved planning for emergency preparedness. Chief O’Donnell secured assignment of his Deputy Chief to the International Association of Chief of Police Terrorism Committee and a Detective to the FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorist Task Force. Both of these assignments were proven to be critical after the World Trade Center Bombing on September 11, 2001. Chief O’Donnell oversaw the MTA’s evacuation of New York City on that day and the police response during the months after the attack.
James D. O’Donnell joined Orange County Government in 2004 to serve as the Director of Operations for the County Executive’s Office. In 2005, Orange County Executive Edward Diana nominated Mr. O’Donnell to the position of Deputy County Executive, and was confirmed by the Orange County Legislature. Mr. O’Donnell served the citizens of Orange County as Deputy County Executive until 2013.
Mr. O’Donnell was in charge of Economic Development for Orange County. Mr. O’Donnell served as the Executive Director of the Foreign Trade Zone as well as Executive Director of the Orange County Industrial Development Agency where he created and retained thousands of jobs.
As Deputy County Executive, Mr. O’Donnell instituted a Lean Six Sigma Program saving the County over $2 million to date. He instituted management training for senior management positions in the County. He oversaw the daily operations and activities of 35 County Departments and Divisions. He created the “Team Orange” identity for our 3000 employees who work hard daily for our over 375,000 citizens. He put his law enforcement background to work during the Emergency Operations of Hurricane’s Lee and Irene and Super-Storm Sandy.
Mr. O’Donnell graduated from Tolentine High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dominican College. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and has attended the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government as well as graduate level study at the University of Alabama.
Mr. O’Donnell is a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 1, Orange County and enjoys a proud Irish Heritage. Mr. O’Donnell is the son of John Kerry and Helen O’Donnell. His father served in 1970 as the Grand Marshall to the New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. John Kerry and Helen O’Donnell were the proprietors of Gaelic Park for over 60 years.
Mr. O’Donnell is a member of the Knights of Columbus in St. John’s Church in Goshen. He has been married to his lovely wife Margaret for 44 years. They have eight children: Christy, Joanne, Jamie, Maggie, Michael, Molly, Ellen, and John Kerry. They have seven grandchildren: Hudson, Luke, James, Cailyn, Keira, Maya and Grady.