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Barney Frank; Staten Island DA Dan Donovan; the Nursing Life

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Criminal justice reforms and Baltimore's moment; GOP candidate for Congress Dan Donovan; Barney Frank; workplace hostility nurses face; NJ news as Bridgegate indictments loom.

WNYC News

What The Candidates to Replace Grimm Are Not Talking About

Monday, April 27, 2015

WNYC
In a special congressional election in Brooklyn and Staten Island next month, there's one issue neither of the main candidates wants to talk about.

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DA Donovan's Role in the Garner Case

Monday, December 08, 2014

Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan is in the spotlight following a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner.

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AG Schneiderman report calls for Rx drug abuse tracking system

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New York's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released a report today on what he described as a prescription drug abuse epidemic, calling on the legislature to pass his bill that would create a prescription drug tracking system for the state.

“The prescription drug abuse crisis in New York and across the country has reached epidemic proportions. Today’s report illustrates how this growing problem demands a better solution for both our health care providers and law enforcement officials to track the flow of potentially dangerous substances. Inaction is not an option,” Schneiderman said in a statement.

According to the report, the number of prescriptions for all narcotic painkillers has increased from 16.6 million in 2007 to nearly 22.5 million in 2010. A number of locations were highlighted for the growing problem they face, including Nassau County, where overdoses from painkillers more than tripled between 2004 and 2009.

Additionally, in the North Country region, the report says, prescription drug abuse rehab admissions have eclipsed heroine, cocaine and marijuana in some areas. Back here in the city, Staten Island remains the highest prescription-writing borough in the city, as well as the highest overdose borough in the city when it comes to prescription painkillers.

Courtesy of the Attorney General's office

The Attorney General is calling for the passage of his bill, called the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing Act (I-STOP), which would, according to the AG's office:

  • requires the Department of Health to establish and maintain an online, real-time controlled substance reporting system to track the prescription and dispensing of controlled substances;
  • requires practitioners to review a patient's controlled substance prescription history on the system prior to prescribing;
  • requires practitioners or their agents to report a prescription for such controlled substances to the system at the time of issuance;
  • requires pharmacists to review the system to confirm the person presenting such a prescription possesses a legitimate prescription prior to dispensing such substance; and
  • requires pharmacists or their agents to report dispensation of such prescriptions.

“A statewide database that tracks the disbursement of prescription narcotics in real-time...would be a tremendous tool to help those of us in law enforcement and the medical community combat the scourge of prescription drug abuse,” Staten Island's district attorney, Dan Donovan, said in a statement.

The full report's after the jump.

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Election Day 2011 preview

Monday, November 07, 2011

Tomorrow is Election Day in New York and if you're wondering who's running for what in New York City the answer is not a whole lot. Once every four years New Yorkers find themselves in an off-year, where most people have little or--in the case of the Bronx and Manhattan this year--no contested races. Essentially those races have been all but decided in the primaries.

The one high-profile race in the city this year is the Staten Island District Attorney's race. The current District Attorney, Republican Dan Donovan, is being challenged by Michael Ryan, the Democrat, who is also appearing on the Conservative Party line.

Donovan ran for Attorney General last year against then-Assemblyman Eric Schneiderman and lost. This year's race is a rerun of the 2007 contest between these two candidates. Ryan has gone after Donovan over prescription drug abuse and local crime. Governor Andrew Cuomo has backed Ryan's campaign. Donovan has been endorsed by former mayors Ed Koch and Rudy Giuliani.

Gail Robinson of Gotham Gazette had this interesting (sad?) observation about the non-race for the Bronx District Attorney:

Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson has the Republican, Democratic and Conservative party lines in his quest for another term. The Bar Association of the City Of New York lists Johnson as not approved for the post but voters have little choice — but he’s unopposed anyway.

We here at the Empire encourage you to find your polling station and a sample of your local ballot on the Board of Elections website.

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DA Seeks Special Prosecutor for WFP Probe

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Staten Island District Attorney is confirming he's sought a special prosecutor to investigate the Working Families Party and that the year-long request has still not be answered.

In a statement, his spokesman Peter Spencer explains:

“On Feb. 22, 2010, Richmond County District Attorney Daniel M. Donovan Jr. filed an application with New York City Courts’ Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Fern A. Fisher for a special prosecutor to investigate possible violations of the state election law, local campaign finance law and other related criminality on Staten Island. As far as we know, that application is still before the judge and under seal.”

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A Look Back: Snapshots from the Political Insiders' Campaign Roundtable

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

WNYC

Why did the Rick Lazio campaign fall flat on its face? What accounted for Carl Paladino's grassroots appeal? Who took whom seriously? What gave Eric Schneiderman the winning edge? Was Andrew Cuomo really a control freak?

All these questions were answered, analyzed and fought over by the political consultants and insiders that made the 2010 election campaigns tick. Here are the best quotes from a political roundtable hosted by The New School's Center for New York City Affairs.

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Schneiderman Wins New York Attorney General Race

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Democrat Eric Schneiderman won the New York Attorney General's race Tuesday over Republican candidate Dan Donovan with 55 percent of the vote. Schneiderman said his first priority was to restore the public's trust in New York government.

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All Hands on Deck for Dan: Christie, Pataki, Bloomberg and Koch

Monday, October 25, 2010

Down to his last $300,000, Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan's campaign for Attorney General said it got a major life line Monday in the form of a $1 million fundraiser in midtown Manhattan attended by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former New York Governor George Pataki, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former New York Mayor Ed Koch.

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Donovan reaches for Cuomo's coattails

Friday, October 22, 2010

Which is reasonable, considering the problems with the guy at the top of his ticket. In an interview with Adam Dickter, Donovan's reach across the aisle is pretty direct:

"When you look at people who have endorsed Attorney General Cuomo, such as Mayor Bloomberg and Mayor Koch, and they've both endorsed me. I think they're showing voters you can vote and split your ticket and end up with good government."

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NARAL hits Donovan for funding misleading pregnancy center

Thursday, October 14, 2010

NARAL's Kelli Conlin said Dan Donovan helped fund an organization whose "purpose is to mislead" pregnant women about abortions and access to reproductive care.

Conlin cited a Staten Island Advance article which said Donovan, now the Republican attorney general candidate, received an award from the Crisis Pregnancy Center of New York for securing grants for them. Conlin said she was not sure how much money Donovan helped them get or where the grants originated.

Conlin said Donovan's support for the group runs counter to his claims now of upholding the state's law currently allowing abortion and guaranteeing safe access to abortion providers.

In response, Donovan's campaign said the father of his Democratic rival is a major contributor to abortion groups, and specifically NARAL.

"Irwin Schneiderman, the candidate's wealthy father…has been the single largest donor to [NARAL's] political action committee, giving at least $75,000 in the last six years," said Donovan spokeswoman Virginia Lam.

Conlin said abortion was an important issue in the attorney general's race because "the rest of the nation depends on New York State to lead the way" on filing legal briefs in federal cases.

[Disclosure: Irwin Schneiderman serves on WNYC's Board of Trustees.]

UPDATE: Schneiderman's campaign emails to ask, "Did Mr. Donovan secure grants for an anti-choice activist group [and] why did the group award him for this anti-choice activism?"

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Democrats lead in Senate race; Schneiderman has NYC vote

Friday, October 08, 2010

Democrats have commanding leads in two US Senate races in New York, but the race for attorney general is closer, according to a Quinnipiac poll of likely voters.

Kirsten Gillibrand leads former GOP congressman Joe DioGuardi, 55-34 percent. That's up from the 48-42 percent race that Quinnipiac had in their poll two weeks ago.

Chuck Schumer leads Republican Jay Townsend 63-32 percent, with 65 percent of respondents saying they don't know enough about Townsend to have an opinion.

In the attorney general's race, Democratic State Senator Eric Schneiderman leads Republican District Attorney Dan Donovan 43-32 percent. Another 24 percent of voters remain undecided.

Donovan leads Schneiderman among independent voters, 36-30 percent. Schneiderman narrowly leads Donovan among upstate voters, 37-35 percent, (which is within the poll's 2.9 percent margin of error), and nearly splits the suburban vote, 40-39 percent.

Schneiderman's biggest leads is among New York City voters, where he leads Donovan 54-24.

In the state comptroller's race, incumbent Tom DiNapoli (who was appointed to the position and has not run statewide before) leads his Republican rival, Wall Street financier Harry Wilson 49-31 percent.

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Donovan: 'Schneiderman grew up rich' and dad is 'bankrolling his political life'

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

In response to the ad earlier today, a spokesperson for Republican Dan Donovan hits the Democratic AG candidate, saying he "deliberately and cavalierly tries to stigmatize an entire industry -- just because some pollster tells him to."

The statement also goes on to say, "Schneiderman grew up rich and still has his Wall Street lawyer father bankrolling his political life.”

(FYI - Schneiderman's dad is on WNYC's board of trustees.)

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Hitting Donovan

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

The NYS Democratic Party is out with an ad hitting Republican AG candidate Dan Donovan for not denouncing Carl Paladino's offensive emails. Donovan says that as sitting district attorney of Staten Island, he's prohibited from commenting on much political activity (which did not prevent him from delivering a blistering critique of Albany when he launched his campaign).

The campaign for the Democratic AG candidate, Eric Schneiderman, is also pointing out that Donovan had once said he would participate in debates "on any issues." So far, there have not been any debates.

For Democrats, hitting an opponent for not debating could lead to some collateral damage.

UPDATE: An interested reader notes the issue Schneiderman's campaign is pushing is Donovan's refusal to have a debate specifically dedicated to Wall Street issues. More generally-themed debates "will happen," I'm told.

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Dodger Donovan

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Democratic AG candidate Eric Schneiderman spoofs his rival. (Eric Schneiderman's campaign)

Down-ballot candidates seeking media attention have their work cut out for themselves, thanks to the high-minded discourse at the top of the ticket.

But Democratic attorney general candidate Eric Schneiderman is making a valiant effort. He posted an image of his Republican opponent, on hisFaceBook page, calling him "Dodger Dan Donovan."

Schneiderman claims Donovan is evading important issues, such as denouncing the controversial emails sent by his fellow Republican, Carl Paladino, and declining to say whether he thinks Paladino's opposition to abortion for rape or incest victims is "extreme," as critics have said.

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Corruption cases

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Attorney general candidate Eric Schneiderman's campaign scores a coup today. The Village Voice reports that his Republican rival, a sitting district attorney, has not tried a public corruption case since taking office on Staten Island.

Tom Robbins writes:

[A]sk Donovan's team about his experience at tackling wayward politicians or their cronies since he became D.A. in 2004 and there's a pause. 'You have to understand, we operate on a much smaller playing field," said Bill Smith, spokesman for the District Attorney. "We have three and a half Assembly members, three Council members, one and a half state senators, and one congressman. So if you're asking in terms of specific elected officials, we haven't had any of these.'

Schneiderman, for his part, led a committee in the state senate which eventually led to the expulsion of a fellow Democrat, Hiram Monserrate.

The article goes on to detail a number of possible leads for corruption probes, which the Schneiderman team want to know more about.

Donovan's campaign notes "All of the allegations in the article in question actually occurred under the watch of Dan's predecessor as district attorney, who ironically was of the same political party as State Senator Schneiderman."

Here are the questions Schneiderman's camp released in a public statement:

1) Will Donovan return $5,000 from "Cubby" Calcagno, a co-conspirator in a mob case?

2) What did Donovan know about his Staten Island Borough President Office colleague's scheme to help the Genovese crime family shake down vendors at Little Italy's San Gennaro street fair?

3) Did Donovan ever consider alerting authorities to Leonard Cerami's job as an all-around political go-fer for Staten Island Borough President Guy Molinari?

4) What did Donovan know about city employee Daniel Carrique's December 2000 stint in Florida on city time organizing political protests against the presidential recount for George W. Bush?

5) Did Donovan ever raise an objection to the wasted $126 million that was paid to his mentor Guy Molinari's developer pal to build housing for the Navy near the planned Homeport, that was ultimately never built?

6) Did Donovan ever feel at all uneasy about Molinari making a $100,000 profit by selling his own parcel to the builder, Robert Mazzuoccola, whose partners in other projects included a pair of Colombo crime family captains?

7) "How will Donovan take on public-corruption when by his own spokesman's admission, "we haven't had any of these" cases during Donovan's tenure as Staten Island District Attorney?

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Voter Guide: New York Attorney General Race

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Eric Schneiderman (D) vs. Dan Donovan (R)

The race to become New York's next Attorney General is a contest between Democrat Eric Schneiderman, a current State Senator, and Republican Dan Donovan, current Staten Island District Attorney 

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WNYC Coverage of Eric Schneiderman

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Staten Island DA Asks Voters for Big Promotion

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Dan Donovan is asking voters for a major promotion. The Staten Island native and social conservative wants to be the state's top law enforcement officer. He's the GOP nominee for Attorney General and he's running on his record as District Attorney.

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General Campaign Season Kick Off: What's Ahead

Monday, September 20, 2010

With the party primaries receding in the rearview mirror, political candidates have their eyes fixed on the six week road to November. As the first full week of general election campaigning gets underway here's a look at what lies ahead for the gubernatorial and AG candidates.

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Daylight Between GOP Donovan and GOP Paladino

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

  (Donovan's FaceBook page)

The big question facing Republicans today is whether they'll rally around their party’s unexpected gubernatorial nominee - the brash, foul-mouthed businessman Carl Paladino.

It's a tricky choice, balancing party loyalty with general electoral viabilty.

Here's one interesting answer I heard.

“Being a sitting district attorney, Azi, I’m prohibited from endorsing anyone,” Republican state attorney general candidate Dan Donovan told me. “I’m prohibited by the ethics codes of the District Attorney’s association...I’m unable to support anybody in any of the races.”

When I pressed Donovan on whether he had any concerns about Paladino’s character, or those obscene emails he forwarded, Donovan said, “I’m running an independent race, which we’re not dependent on any other candidates.”

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