Daniel O’Donnell announces he will not seek re-election

Out gay Manhattan Assemblymember Daniel O’Donnell on Nov. 17 announced he will not run for re-election next year, concluding more than two decades of public service in Albany on issues ranging from marriage equality to gender-neutral bathrooms.

O’Donnell, who represents upper Manhattan, did not disclose a specific reason for his forthcoming departure, but he nodded to the next generation and suggested he would remain involved in helping others. The assemblymember made the announcement on his 63rd birthday.