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Dan Farfaglia

Dan Farfaglia

Community Leadership Award 2017

Oswego County Legislator Dan Farfaglia grew up in the Fulton/Volney area. He graduated from G. Ray Bodley High School in 1989 and SUNY Morrisville in 1993. A big part of his childhood was focused on scholastic wrestling and he was part of his school’s third State Championship Team during his senior year. As an adult, he is giving back to the Fulton wrestling program by volunteering his time assisting with media relations, fundraising and more.

Dan spent some time away from his home region and resided in the Albany area for more than a decade. During that time, he was a staff member for the New York State Assembly. He came back to Oswego County in 2008 when he began employment with the New York State Senate.  In 2011, he was hired by the New York State Office of People with Developmental Disabilities. That same year, he became the first Democrat to be elected to the 24th District seat in the Oswego County Legislature.  Also in 2011, Legislator Farfaglia completed the Leadership Oswego County Program.

Since returning to his native Oswego County, Dan has been extremely active in the community.

As a Legislator (now serving his sixth year) he advocates for initiatives whose goals are to have long lasting positive impacts. His proudest accomplishment so far, was a tax break for home improvement projects. He is currently working on lowering taxes for people participating in the split payment option and some 911 upgrades. For the 2016 Legislative year, he ascended to the rank of Minority Leader.  

Last year in his capacity as Minority Leader, Dan was a member of the Upstate New York Energy Jobs Coalition. This was a group representing over 130 Community, Education and Labor Leaders throughout Upstate & Central New York whose goal was to keep the Nuclear Facilities open and operational for years to come.  Legislator Farfaglia is an inaugural board member of the Oswego County Land Bank Corporation which was formed in early 2016; this is a not for profit entity whose goal is to facilitate the return of vacant, abandoned and tax delinquent properties back to productive use.  

He is also part of the Oswego County and City of Fulton Democratic Committees, Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club (Dan is currently Vice-President and is scheduled to become its President in June of 2018), Granby’s Lake Neatahwanta Reclamation Committee, and Friends of Fulton History. He was also previously involved with Oswego County Habitat for Humanity for Humanity. A decade ago Dan served on the New York State Board for the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA).

Legislator Farfaglia was also selected as one of the six 24th Congressional District Delegates for Hillary Rodham Clinton during the 2016 Presidential Election.

In 2012, he created and privately funded a public service website called Its main purpose is to make government as accessible as possible. It makes it easier for the people of Oswego County to identity all of their elected officials, along with their contact information and more. It contains some educational information and is used in some classrooms in the local high schools.

Dan resides in Fulton with his son Avery and his fiancée, Angela.