DA Candidate Dan Donovan Backed by FDNY Unions

SI Advance - October 26, 2011

by Tom Wrobleski

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - GOP District Attorney Daniel Donovan yesterday received endorsements from unions representing members of the FDNY.

The Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) and the Uniformed Fire Officers Association (UFOA) announced they are backing Donovan's bid for a third term.

Both unions, which have supported Donovan in past elections, cited Donovan's conviction record and his "no plea" stance on defendants charged with assaulting a firefighter or EMT.

"Public safety is important to us not only because we work here to protect Staten Islanders, but because many of us also live here," UFA borough trustee Donald Ruland said at Engine Co. 157/Ladder Co. 80 in Port Richmond.

Capt. John Dunne, the UFOA's state legislative director, said the FDNY and Donovan work toward a "mutual goal: The safety of our communities."

"And no one has done a better job in that respect than Dan Donovan," Dunne said.

The New York City Fire Marshals Benevolent Association also backed Donovan in a separate endorsement.

"Dan Donovan's pro-active, straightforward approach to his work has not only kept the high standards in law and order, but has set them," said group president William Kregler.

"There is no relationship more important to me than my relationship with the public-safety community," said Donovan, who has also been backed by the Independence Party. "I am glad that I have earned their trust and respect, and that feeling is certainly mutual."

Donovan's opponent, attorney Michael Ryan, has been backed by the Democratic and Conservative parties.