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Debate Coverage

June 27, 2024
Our Jack O’Donnell joined WBEN’s special pre-presidential debate coverage. The entire show is here.
Jack was also on the line offering pre-debate analysis with WBEN’s ‘A New Morning’ anchor Susan Rose here.
Jack later joined Dave Greber at News 4 Buffalo for post-debate presidential analysis. Watch the entire segment here.


Congestion Pricing

June 10, 2024

Congestion pricing is not just a downstate problem, says our Jack O’Donnell.

For more on its impact and other issues from the 2024 NYS Legislative Session, listen as Jack joins WBEN’s ‘A New Morning’ team here.

Closing Days…

June 3, 2024

What were the issues on the table, as the NY Legislative Session raced to a close?

Our Jack O’Donnell talked to the WBEN morning team from Albany about the last-minute scramble. Listen here.

The Last Week of the Legislative Session

June 3, 2024
It’s the last week of the legislative session in Albany, and there are still some big items to take care of. Albany insider Jack O’Donnell joins the morning team at WBEN with an update. Listen.

Trump is found guilty on all counts. What is the political fallout?

June 2, 2024

Jack on Trump verdict

How will it affect the presidential race and races down the ballot on Election Day? Our Jack O’Donnell made the media rounds after the verdict was read. Listen to his analysis on:

June 2, WBEN’s Hardline with Joe Beamer-(Part 9)

Guilty on all counts…

May 30, 2024

What’s next after a NYC jury convicts former President Trump of falsifying business records?

What is the political fallout from the verdict?

How will it affect the presidential race and races down the ballot on Election Day? Our Jack O’Donnell joins the team at News 4 Buffalo with political analysis.

Watch here.

Social media crackdown in NY?

May 29, 2024

A New Morning WBEN

What will actually get done in these waning days of the Legislative Session?

Our Jack O’Donnell weighs in with WBEN’s ‘A New Morning’ team. Listen here.

What’s happening in Albany in the final days of the Legislative Session?

May 23, 2024
Just Ask Jack

Our Jack O’Donnell talks to WBEN’s ‘A New Morning’ team about the issues on the table, including an expanded bottle bill.

Listen here.

Michael Cinquanti Named a Trailblazer in Clean Energy

April 2024

2024 Trailblazers in Clean Energy

Michael Cinquanti, OD&A’s Senior VP & Counsel, is honored to be recognized for his work leading the fight against climate change. Cinquanti joins OD&A clients & partners named to City and State NY’s 2024 Trailblazers in Clean Energy list!
City and State NY writes: Michael Cinquanti is not just a lobbyist for the clean energy industry – he is working across multiple sectors advocating for clean energy from an economic, labor, construction, and environmental perspective. In his work with the New York State Building and Construction Trades Council, he assisted workers adapting to the clean energy transition. He has also worked on developing projects in representing RWE Clean Energy and RWE Offshore Wind. As part of the team for Community Offshore Wind, he helped the project win an award to develop 1.3 gigawatts of wind energy.

Jack O’Donnell Moves Up in 2024 Albany Power 100

May 13, 2024

Jack O'Donnell 2024 Albany Power 100

O’Donnell and Associates Managing Partner Jack O’Donnell, named a mover and shaker in Albany for the third year in a row, continues to climb the rankings in the 2024 Albany Power 100 list by City & State New York. The list identifies the key power players in the State Capitol driving the policy agenda in New York.
“A veteran of U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer’s office, Jack O’Donnell enjoys influence not just in his hometown of Buffalo, but all across the State,” writes City & State NY. “The lobbyist has established himself and his firm as a go-to spot for anyone looking to do business in New York.”
“It’s an honor to be recognized among the State’s powerbrokers,” says O’Donnell. “We are zealous advocates for our clients, committed to delivering results that move our State forward during these challenging times.”
OD&A clients mentioned include Siemens Industry, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, Community Housing Improvement Program, Horizon Health Services, Niagara University, the University at Buffalo, and the Elevator Industry Work Preservation Fund.

 Jack O’Donnell Joins WBEN’s Special Election Coverage

April 30, 2024
Our Jack O’Donnell joined the team at WBEN for its coverage of the Special Election in NY’s 26th Congressional District.
NY Senator Tim Kennedy’s commanding lead had this race called soon after polls closed. Jack talks about Kennedy’s winning edge here.

Special Election Debrief on News 4 Buffalo

April 30, 2024

A commanding win for NY Senator Tim Kennedy in NY’s 26th Congressional District. Our Jack O’Donnell joins the news team at News 4 Buffalo with insight on the Special Election. Watch here.

Two Viewpoints on the Special Election for NY-26

April 30, 2024

Jack joins Susan Arbetter of Capitol Tonight as the votes were coming in on this Congressional race. Watch here.


Albany Insider Jack O’Donnell on the new state budget – WBEN’s ‘A New Morning’

April 23, 2024
A New Morning WBEN
The new state budget has passed. Jack O’Donnell highlights the key parts of the plan. 
Listen to the full interview here.

NYS Budget Debrief on WKBW-TV

April 22, 2024

Our Jack Donnell joins Channel 7’s Michael Wooten to talk about the key issues in the newly-approved spending plan. Watch Here.

Adjustments in the School Aid Formula

April 16, 2024

With no change in state funding, why are districts cutting? Our Jack O’Donnell talks to WBEN about adjustments in the school aid formula that were dropped from the NY Budget. Give it a listen.

Kara Hughes Recognized as a Top Lobbyist

April 16, 2024

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Kara Hughes, Senior Advisor in NYC for OD&A, has been named ‘Who’s Who in Government Relations’ for the second year in a row by City & State New York, a prominent trade publication covering politics and policy in the Empire State.

The 2024 list recognizes the key people shaping policies that affect New Yorkers in so many ways – from the expansion of health care coverage to the creation of more affordable housing. Hughes also made the list in 2023. Read more

Jack on Presidential Primaries and the NYS Budget

April 3, 2024

A New Morning WBEN

What’s the purpose behind presidential primaries after the nominations have been secured?

And which issues are still simmering in NY budget talks?

Listen to Jack on the line with the morning team at WBEN here.

NY Budget Tests Gov. Hochul & Democrats

March 25, 2024

“(Governor Hochul) is leveraging moving the party a little more to the center…” That’s according to our Jack O’Donnell as he talks to reporter Nick Reisman of POLITICO about the Governor’s budget battle with legislative leaders. Read more

Trump is found guilty on all counts. What is the political fallout?

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How will it affect the presidential race and races down the ballot on Election Day? Our Jack O’Donnell made the media rounds after the verdict was read. Listen to his analysis on: 1010 WINS Radio; Capital Tonight with Susan Arbetter; WBEN’s Hardline with Joe Beamer-(Part 9).

The Last Week of the Legislative Session

June 3, 2024
It’s the last week of the legislative session in Albany, and there are still some big items to take care of. Albany insider Jack O’Donnell joins the morning team at WBEN with an update. Listen here


Jack’s on the line with some good budget news…

March 22, 2024
A New Morning WBEN
Our Jack O’Donnell joined Susan Rose and Brian Mazurowski from WBEN with an update on the budget approval process going on in Albany.
Listen to the full interview here.

Jack’s debrief of President Biden’s SOTU

March 8, 2024

Jack O’Donnell talks to Spectrum News about President Biden’s State of the Union Address.

How did he do, the age issue & down in the polls, what will it take to beat former President Trump? Our Jack O’Donnell joins Susan Arbetter of Capital Tonight. Watch here.

Analysis of Super Tuesday Results

March 5, 2024

Jack O'Donnell on News 4 about Super Tuesday

Our Jack O’Donnell joins Kelsey Anderson and Dave Greber from News 4 Buffalo with a Super Tuesday debrief.

A Wave of Legislative Retirements

March 4, 2024

Just Ask Jack

“I also think some of them frankly, just weren’t having fun anymore,” says our Jack O’Donnell.” Activists on both sides are louder and more willing to target members. I think getting things done has gotten harder.” Jack talks to City & State NY about the wave of retirements in the NYS Legislature here.

Apple of Their Eye: A Trump and Stefanik Ticket has GOP in a New York State of Mind

February 15, 2024
Our Jack O’Donnell talks to reporter Haisten Willis of the Washington Examiner about a potential Trump/Stefanik ticket. Read more.

Our Jack O’Donnell is on the line!

February 13, 2024

A New Morning WBEN

He joins the morning team at WBEN to talk about this year’s busy political calendar, featuring several special elections. Listen here.

Jack on WBEN

January 28, 2024

WBEN Hardline

Our Jack O’Donnell joined WBEN’s Joe Beamer on Hardline to talk about OTB troubles, state education funding, NY Congressional races, and redistricting. Listen in!

Governor’s State of the State Speech

January 9, 2024

Jack O'Donnell on News 4 about the Governor's State of the State speech

Our Jack O’Donnell gives his take on the Governor’s State of the State speech with Dave Greber and Jordan Norkus of News 4 Buffalo. Watch here.

New York State Thruway Tolls

January 2, 2024

Just Ask Jack

What’s behind the toll increase on the New York State Thruway?

Our Jack O’Donnell explains the reasons for the hike to Reporter Brayton Wilson of WBEN. Listen in.

Jack’s Political Predictions for 2024

December 29, 2023

Jack's 2024 Political Predictions

What does the future hold for NY in this hot 2024 political election year? From NY redistricting to Congressional races, our Jack O’Donnell reveals his political predictions for 2024 to City & State NY.

Pending NYS Bills and Redistricting ruling

December 14, 2023

Just Ask Jack

Jack reacts to NYS bills pending and the political quake caused by the Court of Appeals decision calling for a redraw of NY’s Congressional lines. Listen in as he joins the morning team at WBEN.

Emily Essi Wins Race for Onondaga County Clerk

December 5, 2023

Alec Lewis and Emily Essi celebrating her victory

Alec Lewis, VP and Director of Campaigns at OD&A was proud to join our client, Emily Essi, as she celebrated her victory in the race for Onondaga County Clerk. They were also joined by other newly-elected Democrats, including OD&A client Maurice ‘Mo’ Brown who was elected to the Onondaga County Legislature after garnering more than 60% of the vote. Congratulations to all!

“Even if you don’t have to give up your seat, you have to give up your life…”

November 30, 2023

Jack O'Donnell on the phone

That from our Jack O’Donnell who joined WBEN’s ‘A New Morning’ team to talk about the politicians interested in running for the 🔥 NY-26 Congressional District. Listen here.

Who’s In Line for WNY’s Congressional Seat?

November 14, 2023

Who has a leg up in the race to fill WNY’s Congressional seat?

Our Jack O’Donnell is on the line with WBEN-AM News Talk 930 to discuss the politicians lining up to run for the seat held by Congressman Brian Higgins, who announced he is stepping down next year. Listen here.

GOP Debate Debrief and More

November 9, 2023

A New Morning WBENJack joins the morning team at WBEN to size up the GOP presidential contenders after their latest debate and talk about the strong victory in the Erie County Executive race here.

Election Debrief with News 4 Buffalo

November 8, 2023

jack news 4 buffaloIs it too early to declare a winner in the race for Cheektowaga Town Supervisor? Jack talks to reporter Patrick Ryan from News 4 Buffalo. Watch the top video here.

Election Debrief with News 4 Buffalo

November 7, 2023

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Our Jack O’Donnell joined Dave Greber and Kelsey Anderson of News 4 Buffalo for an Election Night debrief on the unprecedented win in the Erie County Executive race and the nail-biter for Cheektowaga Supervisor. Watch here.


Jack on WIVB-TV Erie County Executive Debate

October 24, 2023

Who won the Erie County Executive debate hosted by WIVB-TV? Jack gives his take and breaks down the hot issues between Republican challenger Chrissy Casilio and Democratic incumbent Mark Poloncarz, as he sits down with Dave Greber and Kelsey Anderson of News 4 Buffalo. Click here and check out the top video to watch Jack’s interview.

Possible Government Shutdown & Presidential Impeachment?

September 22, 2023
No deal in sight for funding the federal government… and what’s the impact of an impeachment inquiry into President Biden? Jack joins Susan Arbetter on Capital Tonight. Watch here.


Our Monday Morning Memo Wins Award

September 21, 2023


OD&A is proud to announce its weekly newsletter, Monday Morning Memo, is the recipient of a Silver Excalibur Award by the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). The award celebrates the best work in communications from Western New York’s top professionals and companies.

The Monday Morning Memo represents the efforts of the entire OD&A team, led by Managing Partner Jack O’Donnell, creator of the newsletter, with exceptional dedication from Vice-President and Policy Director Jim Moore, Associate Michael Greco, and Director of Communications Joanna Pasceri.

While we are honored to receive this recognition, the credit belongs to all of you, our faithful readers, who believe in our mission and have helped us grow tremendously over the years. Thank you for being a friend and supporter of OD&A!


Kara Hughes Identified as a Top Socially Responsible Leader in New York 

December 11, 2023

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Each year City & State NY identifies 100 leaders whose efforts exemplify what it means to be socially responsible. We’re thrilled to announce that our Kara Hughes, Senior Adviser and Head of NYC Practice at OD&A, was selected for her hard work creating meaningful partnerships between government and the private sector to make life better for all New Yorkers! Read her submission below:

Job description

I love working in the space between government and the private sector to create bespoke solutions to the challenges New Yorkers face every day.

Defining social responsibility

Ensuring that the work we do to create partnerships between government and the private sector benefits New Yorkers – especially the most vulnerable New Yorkers.

Best advice

The only way through is through. To me this means you must face things and walk through them in order to achieve your goals and get to the other side.


OD&A Moves Up Top Lobbyist List

December 4, 2023

We’re on the move! o'donnell and associates team

Our lobbying team, led by Managing Partner Jack O’Donnell, is climbing the power list of New York State’s Top 50 Lobbyists in 2023. The firm is now #24 in the City & State NY annual rankings of government relations pros guiding the Empire State.

Biggest achievements:

OD&A is proud of helping our clients make change all over New York, from the new 340B reinvestment fund, major investments in upstate transit, a flagship designation and over $110 million in investment for the University at Buffalo, worker protections and prevailing wages on green energy investments, billions in procurement wins for New York companies, and leading New York City to establish a groundbreaking drone policy including a public-private partnership between the Mayor’s Office and Pixis Drones to celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop!

Key industries: Economic development, labor, energy, health care, transportation

Notable clients: North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, New York State Building Trades, AIDS Health Foundation, Trillium Health, Regional Transit System

Our Jack O’Donnell also collaborated with fellow D.C. lobbyist Winning Strategies Washington, which was named a top ‘Hired Gun’ on The Hill’s list of Top Lobbyists 2023.


Jack O’Donnell Recognized as Gen X Power Leader

November 20, 2023

The #MTV generation is keeping NYS rocking! jack o'donnell above and beyond gen x

Congratulations to our Jack O’Donnell for being named to the first-ever City & State NY’s Above & Beyond: Gen X power list of leaders getting stuff done & making their mark on NY.

City and State NY writes: It was summer 1996, and Jack O’Donnell was waiting for his post-college job to start at a government agency. Meanwhile, he impulsively hitched a ride to the Democratic National Convention – and ended up working on the Clinton-Gore campaign.

He never did take that government job. “Once you’ve been on a campaign, it’s hard to go back,” says O’Donnell, now a managing partner at his government relations and public affairs firm.

In the quarter-century since, O’Donnell has worked on countless campaigns. Most memorably, he worked to elect U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer in 1998 “when he was 50 points behind in the primary,” O’Donnell says. “My mother told me I should get a real job.”

O’Donnell not only helped convince Upstaters to elect the Brooklyn candidate, he ultimately went on to work for the senator. Last month, Schumer was back in Buffalo to announce a regional tech hub. “He’s really kept that promise to upstate New York, and I’m happy to have been part of it,” O’Donnell says.

Indeed, while most of his ambitious peers have left Buffalo, O’Donnell is devoted to fortifying his home region. He recently helped secure funding for the Strong National Museum of Play’s $120 million expansion, and for the University at Buffalo’s new engineering building.

But O’Donnell’s most meaningful campaigns have been the ones he ran for his mother, an attorney general candidate, and his father, a state Supreme Court judge. “Getting to do that for your parents, after all they’ve done, was a highlight,” he says.”

More information on the recognition here.


OD&A Recognized as a Top Political Consultant

October 10, 2023

We’re on the move! OD&A Recognized as Top 100 Political Consultant

Thank you to City & State NY for recognizing us as one of NY’s most effective campaign advisers in its Political Consultants Power 100!

O’Donnell & Associates has built an accomplished campaign management team to complement its burgeoning political services sector.

Led by Managing Partner Jack O’Donnell, a veteran political strategist, and OD&A VP and Director of Campaigns Alec Lewis, our team also includes media and government experts and highly-driven boots-on-the-ground support staff.
Find out more on how we are helping our clients win here.


Jack O’Donnell #24 on Upstate Power 100

September 18, 2023

OD&A works hard every day for our clients to fuel growth in Upstate NY and across the state, and we thank City & State NY for recognizing our efforts by ranking Managing Partner Jack O’Donnell #24 on its Upstate Power 100, a list featuring leaders who have the region on the up and up.

Jack is proud to be honored with NY’s top officials, including Governor Hochul, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes and prominent State lawmakers and labor leaders. We also congratulate our clients who join us on the list, including UB President Satish Tripathi #19, Delaware North Chair Jeremy Jacobs #22, and Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation Chair Mary Wilson #32.

City & State NY writes: Jack O’Donnell is a top lobbyist who knows how to get stuff done in Albany and has a reach across the state. His clients include Alstom Transportation, Rise Light & Power, the New York State Building & Construction Trades Council, Delaware North and such venerable Western New York institutions as the University at Buffalo, Niagara University and the Buffalo AKG Art Museum, formerly known as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. O’Donnell is the author of “Bitten by the Tiger,” a book about former Gov. William Sulzer, the only New York governor to be impeached.

Congratulations Jack!


Even-Year Elections?

August 9, 2023
Jack O'Donnell on the phone
Our Jack O’Donnell joins WBEN’s “A New Morning” team to explain a bill proposing even-year elections for NY. Listen here.


How Another Indictment Affects Trump

June 13, 2023

Just Ask Jack

Now that Donald Trump faces a second indictment while running for President, what happens next?

Jack provides analysis with Kelsey Anderson and Dave Greber from News 4 Buffalo here.

Kara Hughes Recognized as a Top NY Lobbyist

July 26, 2023
Congratulations Kara Hughes Who's Who in Government Relations

Congratulations to OD&A’s Kara Hughes, Senior Adviser and Head of NYC Practice who has been named Who’s Who in Government Relations by City and State NY.

She was chosen among high-ranking executives from NY’s Top Lobbyists list.

Hughes’ recent accomplishments include assisting our client, Pixis Drones, land a major role in NYC’s 50th celebration of hip hop, and she was instrumental in the reauthorization and expansion of the New York City school speed camera legislation home rule.

Kara is a government relations veteran with more than 20 years experience, including as an acting director of city legislative affairs for Mayor Bill de Blasio, director of economic development for U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton and executive director of New Jobs for New York. Read more about Kara here.



What’s Next After Legislative Session

June 12, 2023

Jack O'Donnell on Zoom

What happens next after Governor Hochul’s mixed legislative session?

Our Jack O’Donnell talks to Nick Reisman of Capital Tonight. Watch here.

Issues Roundup

June 11, 2023

Jack O'Donnell on News 4

Election changes pass; a compact with the @TheSenecaNation stalls… Watch here as Jack weighs in on the recently adjourned NY legislative session with @MarleeTuskesTV of @news4buffalo.

Trump’s Indictments and His Campaign

June 10, 2023
What’s the impact of a Trump indictment on his campaign for President? Our Jack O’Donnell weighs in with Tara S. Lynch from WIVB/WNLO-TV (Nexstar Media Group). Watch his interview here


Sucro’s Progress

June 4,2023

SucroSucro Sourcing took on a daunting “before and after” challenge at the former Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna. The “before” consisted of three run-down industrial buildings, remnants of the city’s steelmaking past. The “after” is the sugar refinery and related operations Sucro created inside those buildings, bringing them back to life after decades of dormancy. Read the full story.

Is Chris Christie Running in 2024?

May 31, 2023
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Is former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie running in 2024? Our Jack O’Donnell weighs in with Brigitte Quinn on WCBS. Listen here.


Jack Recognized as Most Influential in NYS Politics

May 30, 2023

Congratulations Jack O'Donnell

Our Jack O’Donnell is honored to be recognized for his work shaping New York State’s future.

Thank you to City & State NY for featuring Jack in its 2023 Albany Power 100, a list of key power players in the state Capitol.

We are proud to be included with many of our partners, clients, and elected officials who are dedicated to creating a better New York.

City and State NY writes, “Jack O’Donnell, a former aide to U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, is a top consultant in Western New York and in Albany. His firm, which represents corporations, nonprofits, biotech startups and unions, hired Kasirer alum Kara Hughes last year and counts labor expert Michael Cinquanti, former state Senate aide Alec Lewis and Schumer veteran Jim Moore among its staffers. O’Donnell is an expert on impeachment – his book “Bitten By The Tiger” is about William Sulzer, the only New York governor to be impeached – making him a go-to expert when then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo faced the prospect of impeachment.”


Albany Insight into Simmering Migrant Issue

May 23, 2023
Just Ask Jack
How is Albany responding to the migrant issue? Why are some legislators publicly mum on the issue? Jack weighs in with the team at WBEN’s ‘A New Morning.’ Listen here.


The Path Forward on Asylum Seekers

May 23, 2023

Jack O'Donnell headshot“[The migrant issue] has become a such a political hot button issue where people just have to be or feel the need to be strongly on one side or the other rather than finding solutions in the middle.” Our Jack O’Donnell on the highly-politicized influx of asylum seekers in New York state.

He discusses some potential paths forward in this interview with Max Faery of WBEN.

A NY ban on cigarettes within 10 years?

April 26, 2023
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The state is testing the idea, but after legalizing recreational pot, our Jack O’Donnell says it likely goes too far: “There’s certainly an optics problem, if not a hypocrisy problem.” Read more in this in-depth report from WBEN’s Tom Puckett here.


OD&A’s Alec Lewis Named to City & State NY’s 2023 Albany 40 Under 40

April 24, 2023

Congratulations to our own Alec Lewis for being recognized as a rising star in state politics in City and State NY’2023 Albany 40 Under 40.

As our VP and Director of Campaigns, Alec is focused on building out our campaign services and is working with a number of clients in this election cycle.

City & State NY writes, “Like a meteorologist forecasting the weather, (Alec) starts out predicting who is likely to vote during a particular election. He studies the patterns, builds a budget, and hones the messaging.” Read more.

Does this political insider think we’re close to a NYS budget agreement?

April 14, 2023
Jack Odonnell with the Buffalo News 4 team
Watch here as Jack joins Dave Greber and ⁦Kelsey Anderson on News 4 Buffalo⁩ to talk about the ripple effect of a late NYS budget. ⁦

Sweet Outlook for Jobs in Lackawanna

April 13, 2023
Our client SucroCan Sourcing LLC is seeing the potential for rapid growth at its new sugar refinery in Lackawanna, NY. Read more on that and the tremendous progress already made at its other refinery in Canada in this report from Buffalo Business First.

Do labor unions have the power to sway the budget process in NY?

April 5, 2023

Our Jack O’Donnell talks about the impact of their support in this report from City & State NY.

Is Governor Hochul’s holdout on bail reform working?

March 30, 2023

Just Ask Jack

Our Jack O’Donnell gives his take in this report from City and State NY.

The Natural Gas Debate and the Messy NYS Budget

March 29, 2023

Where does the natural gas ban stand as budget talks amp up? Jack tells WBEN’s Tom Puckett this will pass, but with some changes. Listen here.

Status of the State Budget

March 30, 2023
Just Ask Jack
Jack is the throes of Budget mania in Albany… From gas ban compromises to issues still stuck… listen to our talk this morning with the WBEN ‘A New Morning’ team… Listen here.

Breaking down the politics behind the New York budget talks

March 24, 2023

breaking down the budget talks

Is NY’s Democratic Party a center-left or far-left party? Our Jack O’Donnell says that’s the politics at play as lawmakers hammer out a final budget.

He talks to Capital Tonight reporter Nick Reisman. Watch here.

On the Proposed Natural Gas Ban

February 23, 2023

Just Ask Jack

Will the growing opposition to the natural gas ban have any impact in Albany? Where does the Governor’s plan stand in the Legislature?

Our Jack O’Donnell joins WBEN’s ‘A New Morning’ team with the inside track.

Lawyers Urgently Calling for Grieving Families Act Passage

February 17, 2023

Tops supermarket grieving families.

Attorneys for families of the Tops shooting victims in Buffalo are calling on Governor Hochul to reverse course and sign the Grieving Families Act, which would expand the scope of damages in the case of a wrongful death. “…Expect [the Act] to be reintroduced by the sponsors, but it’s a ways away from becoming law,” says our Jack O’Donnell. More from WBEN’s Tom Puckett.

Power Player in Corporate Social Responsibility

February 6, 2023

Jack O'Donnell Power Player in Corporate Social Responsibility

Congratulations to our Jack O’Donnell, recognized by PoliticsNY and amNY Metro as a Power Player in Corporate Social Responsibility. Read more here.

Legislative Pushback on the Budget

February 2, 2023

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“I think we’re set up for a couple of real fights here between the governor and the legislature,” says our Jack O’Donnell. Listen here as Jack highlights some of the Executive Budget proposals facing legislative pushback in this report from WBEN.

Reaction to the State of the State Address

January 16, 2023

Governor Hochul delivered her State of the State address. Will the spirit of cooperation continue as Hochul moves forward on the ideas she laid out in her speech? Our Jack O’Donnell reacts from Albany with Jordan Norkus and Dave Greber of WIVB. Watch here.

O’Donnell on the Upstate Power List Again

December 2, 2023

Congratulations to our Managing Partner Jack O’Donnell on being named to the City & State New York Upstate Power 100 list (#30) which “features high-ranking elected officials, as well as local politicians, business executives, university presidents, heads of advocacy organizations, labor leaders and nonprofit heads who are key players outside of the downstate region.”

“I’m honored to be included on City & State’s Upstate Power list again this year, a recognition that reflects the work of our entire team at OD&A. While my name is on the door, our wins—passing legislation, helping our clients secure resources, delivering results—are a collective effort. If you are not already familiar with our stellar team, click here to learn more about the people behind the success of OD&A,” says O’Donnell.

Buffalo Bills Stadium Deal and the election

October 20, 2022

How is New York state’s stadium deal with the Buffalo Bills affected if there’s a new governor? Jack talks here to Political Reporter Ryan Whalen of Spectrum News 1.

Inside Planet Albany

March 28, 2022
Jack O’Donnell gives insight into the process of getting a sports stadium deal done in New York State. Listen to the WBEN broadcast here.

Insights into Cuomo’s Next Steps, the Bills’ Stadium, and More

March 21, 2022
Is Andrew Cuomo really planning to run again? What is the latest on state funding for a new Buffalo Bills stadium? Jack tackles these subjects and more with the morning crew at Wben-Am News Talk 930. Listen here.
Health Equity in New York State
March 9, 2022
Governor Cuomo’s Fee for Service carve out set to go into effect in 2023 is expected to impact the healthcare of our state’s most disadvantaged residents. Missed our webinar on Health Equity in New York State? Watch it here.

Buffalo Company Partners with Bobcat, Case on 100% Electric Construction Equipment

November 20, 2020

Today, Viridi Parente’s revolutionary Green Machine technology is being used in 100% electric construction vehicles for two of the giants in the industry: Bobcat and Case Construction. More

The Working Families Party’s Fuzzy Future

October 13, 2020

““The new, higher standard is a big test for the Working Families Party; especially ironic at a time when the WFP is fielding more candidates, forcing primaries, and winning more races,” political analyst Jack O’Donnell of O’Donnell & Associates told Spectrum News. More

Trump Taking a Special Interest in NY-27

June 16, 2020

“That’s their line of attack, that he’s not a true conservative,” O’Donnell said. “So we’ll see if voters buy that or if they believe Chris Jacobs and they believe Donald Trump and the host of officials that you mentioned, but I don’t think it goes away until the votes are counted.” More

Cuomo Hopes $18M bridge, Lagoon will Turn LaSalle Park into Next Canalside

October 20, 2019

“Rediscovery and redevelopment of Buffalo’s waterfront have been key to Buffalo’s turnaround, and the new bridge will give the West Side better access to Lake Erie, helping spread the renaissance to other parts of Buffalo.”  More

Jack O’Donnell named in 2019 Political Consultants Power 50

July 28, 2019

Jack O’Donnell is one of Western New York’s go-to consultants – just ask Letitia James. The founder of his own consulting firm has had the ear of Hillary Clinton and worked for Charles Schumer and Thomas DiNapoli.  More

$20M of “play” money

July 12, 2018

Governor Cuomo Announces $20M to Support Expansion of Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester. The funding, provided through a Finger Lakes Forward Upstate Revitalization Initiative Grant, will help to attract new and returning visitors to one of the Finger Lakes’ top tourist attractions.  More

Alstom Transport in Hornell Awarded $30 Million in Empire State Development Funds

November 30, 2016

Jack O’Donnell is one of Western New The expansion will retain more than 1,000 existing positions in Hornell and at Alstom’s operations in West Henrietta. More

Breaking Down the First Presidential Debate

September 27, 2016

Jack O’Donnell joins a panel to discuss the first Presidential debate with Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton. 

The Political Fallout of the Orlando Shooting

June  13, 2016

Jack O’Donnell joins a panel to discuss the Orlando shooting. 


January 19, 2016

Schumer said that this expansion will not only cut down on the egregious wait times that make it difficult for visitors to cross the border, but the expansion will also create over 1,200 local jobs.  More

Former Water Authority Insider Speaks About Politics

February 14, 2014

Jack O’Donnell, a former Erie County Water Authority Commissioner, discusses his efforts to bring reform and why they were needed. More

Letter: O’Donnell has earned Water Authority post

February 20, 2013

Jack, “has addressed the ‘too many chiefs’ issue by streamlining management positions and restructuring management duties. Under his watch, we have expanded our service area and continue to do so. Employee morale has improved, and labor and management relationships continue to grow.” More