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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’s 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.
A NY ban on cigarettes within 10 years?
April 26, 2023
Does this political insider think we’re close to a NYS budget agreement?
April 14, 2023
Sweet Outlook for Jobs in Lackawanna
April 13, 2023
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
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
Breaking down the politics behind the New York budget talks
March 24, 2023
He talks to Capital Tonight reporter Nick Reisman. Watch here.
On the Proposed Natural Gas Ban
February 23, 2023
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
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
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
“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
Inside Planet Albany
March 28, 2022
Insights into Cuomo’s Next Steps, the Bills’ Stadium, and More
March 21, 2022
March 9, 2022
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.
$50 MILLION MODERNIZATION PROJECT FOR THE U.S. PLAZA AT THE LEWISTON-QUEENSTON BRIDGE
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