Michael F. Donnelly, a local attorney, declared his candidacy today as the Green Party candidate for Assembly Member from the 119th District. Donnelly's candidacy will assure that there will be a competitive general election for the seat for which the Republicans have no declared candidate and three Democrats are competing for the nomination in a primary. The 119th Assembly District includes much of the south and east sides of Syracuse and the towns of Dewitt, Onondaga, and Salina and the Onondaga Nation Territory.
Donnelly said, "We must always remember that in a democracy the government is not a thing apart from the people, it is of the people, by the people, and for the people. The Republicans and Democrats in Albany have forgotten their duty to the people of New York, with their petty squabbles over legislators' personal privileges and which Party gets to bang the gavel they have turned New York government into a bad joke. The time has come to remind the corporate parties' leadership that the people choose their representatives. There can be no more effective message than electing an independent."
"The people of Syracuse have grown accustomed to Greens running just to raise issues and effect the debate. That time is over. In this year in this county I believe a Green can be elected. We can win, we intend to win, and we will win, but we need your help."
Mike Donnelly is a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy, received a dual major Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and English from Le Moyne College and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University - Bloomington School of Law. He is admitted to practice in New York State and Federal District Court. He works as Assigned Counsel for the poor.
Before law school Mike Donnelly worked as a baker and delivery driver for The Dewitt Bagelry and in community and professional theatre, including seven years as the technical advisor for the Syracuse Hebrew Day School spring musical.