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Donovan vows to have a diverse staff

May 28, 2015 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan says he will honor diversity when it comes to hiring a congressional staff. Eagle file photo by Paula Katinas
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U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan, who is busy settling into his brand new job as a congressman, is looking for help.

Donovan is hiring staff members to work in his two district offices – in Brooklyn and Staten Island – and is inviting what he termed the “best and brightest” New Yorkers to submit resumes.

Donovan pledged to have diversity on his staff. As the Staten Island district attorney, Donovan received a “Diversity Champion Award” from the New York City Bar Association in 2006 for increasing diversity among the office’s staff. He said he is taking that same mantra to the congressional office, where he is inviting all qualified residents to apply for constituent service positions.

“I want every resident of the 11th Congressional District to know that my office has an open door policy, and we are here to help,” Donovan (R-C-Southwest Brooklyn-Staten Island) said in a statement. “Cutting through bureaucratic red tape and assisting constituents with their needs will be a top focus, but to achieve that we need the best and brightest people on our team. I invite all qualified residents who have a passion for service to submit their resumes.”

Donovan, who served as Staten Island district attorney for 10 years before deciding to run for congress, won a special election on May 5 to fill the seat in the 11th Congressional District that was left vacant by former congressman Michael Grimm. Grimm resigned from office on Jan. 5 after pleading guilty to tax fraud in Brooklyn Federal Court. Donovan defeated Democratic City Councilman Vincent Gentile and Green party candidate James Lane to win the race.

Earlier this month, Donovan told the Brooklyn Eagle that if he won the special election he would open an office in the Brooklyn end of the congressional district.

“We’re going to have a real presence here,” he said.

Anyone interested in applying for a job in Donovan’s office can submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected].

 


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