Clinton Democratic Town Committee

Dara Onofrio – Town Council

My inspiration and motivation to get involved in politics is summed by two quotes on my desk. Gandhi said “You must be the change you wish to see for the World.” And President Barack Obama said “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

My father was Superintendent of Schools in West Haven and instilled in me that education was a necessity to succeed in life. One of six siblings, I was lucky enough to have parents teach me the importance of practicing kindness and compassion. They also taught me the value in listening to conflicting and differing opinions in order to make well-rounded and informed decisions.

I was born in New Haven, CT and grew up in West Haven, CT. I’m a second generation Italian-American. My maternal grandfather came to America from Italy at the turn of the Century to find a better life.

After graduating from West Haven High School, I attended Southern Connecticut State University. As an undergraduate, I completed special science studies at Yale University. I graduated cum laude with a B.S. degree in Chemistry from S.C.S.U. Following college, I received a scholarship to study art and art history at Urbino University in Urbino, Italy, the birthplace of the Renaissance. The experience of living outside of United States at an early age changed my life. I realized that as human beings we are all the same and the freedoms we have here in this country are not like any other country and should not be taken for granted.

When I returned from my studies, I moved to New York City and began working as a research scientist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. In my time there, I worked in both the Developmental Genetics and Somatic Cell Genetics Departments. I also worked at Bloomingdale’s flagship store in NYC as a Division Supervisor of the Domestics Department where I managed over 150 sales and stock people.

I obtained my law degree from Cardozo School of Law (Yeshiva University) in New York City and began practicing law as an intellectual property attorney immediately. I rose to partner in a prominent New York City firm before starting my own firm in 2000 that specializes in patent, trademark, and copyright matters.

Following the tragic events of 9/11, I moved my home to Rockland County New York. Shortly after settling in, I joined the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, becoming a founding member of Homeland Security. I served as flotilla finance officer and staff finance officer of Division 10 and currently am a member of Flotilla 24-08 in Clinton.

While in Rockland County, I was elected and served as the Village Justice for Grandview-on-Hudson for more than nine years. I also served as the president of the Rockland Business Women’s Network, which is an organization whose mission is to provide women with opportunities for professional business and growth through leadership, education and networking.

I arrived in Clinton, CT four years ago after Superstorm Sandy destroyed my home in Rockland County. After surviving an event like Hurricane Sandy, I realized that I wanted to come back home. I chose Clinton because of its diversity and proximity to the water and NYC, and more importantly, to be closer to family and friends.

My neighbor, Sandy Allen, encouraged me to join the Clinton Design Review Board, and then I served on the Board of Finance. Now I’m running for Town Council, and I hope you will support me so I can keep working hard for our town.

I love living in Clinton with my two Labrador retrievers Jessie and Maggie as well as my Burmese cat Phoebe. I enjoy gardening, painting, and practicing Tai Chi.

Letters of Support:

  • Dignity, Respect, and Fairness
    I am running for Town Council and would appreciate your readers’ votes on Nov. 5. My interest in running for Town Council stems from my desire to do good and use my professional skills to make our community a better place to live. I believe that we all want the same things for Clinton, including ...
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  • Finish the Job
    Two years ago, I had the privilege to run and win with a slate of honest, hardworking individuals who pledged to turn the Town of Clinton around. Four of these same people I served with want to finish the job we started. They are now asking for your readers’ votes during the townwide election Nov. ...
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  • Dignified, Independent, and Effective
    I would like to say a few words about Dara Onofrio, a name your readers might not have heard before but should remember. Thinking of when the charter committee worked to reframe our town’s government from a format that resembled a club-like political social party, and planned to create a more objective, professionally managed, reasoned, evidentiary ...
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  • Promises Made and Kept
    In the last 21 months, the Town of Clinton has seen remarkable progress! New development of the old high school property has been initiated and is underway and a new train station begun; Unilever has been sold with an application already started; an Arts District and a Greenway/Blueway has been created; $700,000 has been saved ...
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  • Committed to Future Prosperity
    The Town of Clinton is moving in the right direction. On Nov. 5, our five-person Board of Selectmen and seven-member Board of Finance will be replaced by a seven-member Town Council. These are exciting times as we transition into a town manager form of government. Let’s keep the team that has been driving the bus for ...
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