District 69


(Above: Assembly District 69 Polling Stations)

The Race for Assembly District 69

District 69 Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell, 55, will face competition in the Democratic primary from a political newcomer.

Longtime Upper West Side resident Steven Appel, 31, is running for the first time.

As the first openly gay man elected to the New York State Assembly, O’Donnell voted for the Marriage Equality Act for five times before it was signed into law in 2011. The act gives same-sex couples the same rights as opposite-sex couples. He also founded the Morningside Heights Historic District Committee 20 years ago and has advocated for the protection of the historical landscape of Morningside Heights.

Appel will face an uphill battle against the seasoned veteran, who said he is not interested in debating due to the lack of time before the vote. Appel says he will make real ethics reforms in government, provide more funding for a high quality education in public schools and improve environmental sustainability.

District 69 encompasses the Upper West Side and Morningside Heights, including Columbia University. 55.5 percent of the population is white.


Daniel O’Donnell

Meet Daniel O’Donnell. Credit: Jessie Shi/The North Polls

Steven Appel

Meet Steven Appel. Credit: Steven Appel

Republican: Stephen Garrin