Electoral opponents Republican Dan Donovan and Democrat Vincent Gentile are elected officials who serve neighboring districts, Donovan as Staten Island district attorney and Gentile as a council member who’s district includes the Brooklyn side of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. As a state senator Gentile represented part of Staten Island, albeit before Donovan was elected to office.
What’s the nature of their pre-campaign relationship? Here’s what Donovan had to say. We spoke at a press conference today where Donovan received the endorsement of the MTA Bridge and Tunnel Officers Benevolent Association.