Goshen, NY (Sept. 10th) -- Former congresswoman Sue W. Kelly today strongly endorsed James O’Donnell for congress in her former congressional district, citing Mr. O’Donnell’s lifelong commitment to public safety, law enforcement, and community service.
“To voters seeking an honest, hardworking public servant who is devoting his life to public service and security, this is an easy call: Jimmy O’Donnell’s the one,” Ms. Kelly said. “It’s time that families in northern Westchester, Orange, Putnam, and Dutchess counties had a real congressman again, instead of a man using the seat as a temporary political stepping stone. Jimmy O’Donnell understands the issues facing the 18th district, because he’s from here; he’s one of us. He has my wholehearted endorsement, and I urge voters of all political persuasions to give him your vote in November. Mark my words: Jimmy O’Donnell will make a terrific congressman.”
Mr. O’Donnell, an elected member of the Orange County Legislature, has served as a captain, major, and lieutenant colonel in the New York State Police, and Governor George Pataki appointed him Chief of Police of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department in 1999. Chief O’Donnell oversaw the MTA’s evacuation of New York City during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as well as the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign.
“It is a tremendous honor to win the endorsement and confidence of Congresswoman Kelly, and I look forward to campaigning with her by my side,” Mr. O’Donnell said. “Congresswoman Kelly served the people of this district with dignity and without partisanship, and as far as I’m concerned, that’s the only way to do the job. This race isn’t about me, it’s about the families of the Hudson Valley who have been woefully underrepresented in Washington by their current congressman, and who deserve to have their voices heard in Congress. I will give them that voice.”
Ms. Kelly served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995-2007.