Dan, one of Staten Island’s most popular elected officials, was raised in the Tompkinsville area by his father, Daniel M. Donovan, Sr. and his mother, Katherine Bolewicz Donovan.
Following his graduation from Farrell, Dan earned a bachelor’s of science degree in criminal justice from St. John’s University, Staten Island. In 1998, Dan graduated cum laude from Fordham University’s School of Law where he was a member of the Fordham Law Review.
During his nearly eight years in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, Dan prosecuted major narcotics cases throughout the City, and served as senior trial counsel. He also served as Deputy Bureau Chief to the Special Narcotics Prosecutor in the New York County District Attorney’s Office
Following his tenure as Assistant District Attorney, Dan served as Chief of Staff to Borough President Guy V. Molinari for six years, and in 2002 was appointed Deputy Borough President of Staten Island under Borough President James Molinaro.
He was elected Richmond County District Attorney in November 2003 and took office on January 1, 2004. One of the key parts of his platform was to start the county’s first witness protection program, and his office led the city’s prosecutors with the highest felony conviction rate in many of the years since he took office. In November of 2007 he was reelected to office for his second term with more than 68% of the vote.
Dan’s tenure as DA has seen several high profile cases including the second conviction of Andre Rand, long suspected in a string of kidnappings on Staten Island. In 2010, famed rapper Method Man pled guilty to attempted tax evasion and was forced to pay about $106,000 in restitution and penalties.