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|3rd Executive of Onondaga County, New York|
January 1, 2008
|Preceded by||Nicholas J. Pirro|
|Alma mater||Syracuse University|
Mahoney attended Shea Middle School and Corcoran High School in Syracuse, then received her undergraduate degree from the Management School at Syracuse University. Upon completing her undergraduate degree, Mahoney received her law degree from the Syracuse University College of Law.
She is married to Marc Overdyk and has four children.
Career and political experience
An attorney by trade, Mahoney previously served as Criminal Prosecutor in the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office. She left work in 1997 to become a full-time stay-at-home mother, but decided to run to serve part time on the Syracuse Common Council . She won election to the Syracuse Common Council in November 1999 and served from 2000 until 2002 .
She decided against running for re-election, choosing to spend more time with her children and focus on her newborn son. In 2005, she announced she would seek the office of Mayor of Syracuse, challenging incumbent Matthew Driscoll, a Democrat. She ultimately lost to Driscoll 49% to 46%, with Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins receiving 5% of the vote . It was the closest mayoral race in over 80 years for Syracuse .
After Mahoney's victory in the 2007 County Executive race, she was inaugurated on January 1, 2008.
County Executive election, 2007
In February 2007, long-time incumbent County Executive Nicholas J. Pirro announced his retirement. Mahoney decided to run, but failed to win the endorsement of the Onondaga County Republican Party, which endorsed Dale Sweetland, Chairman of the County Legislature .
Mahoney then decided to seek the Republican nomination in a party primary held on September 18, 2007. In the primary, she edged out Sweetland by only 21 votes . However, Sweetland's name would remain on the ballot on the Conservative Party and Independence Party lines.
During the general election, Mahoney was pitted against New York State Assemblyman, William "Bill" Magnarelli. Mahoney campaigned on bringing a "fresh start" to the County, while Magnarelli campaigned on the grounds that he was more experienced than Mahoney. She also argued that Magnarelli was too tied to Albany to understand how Onondaga County worked – something the voters should not tolerate .
In the course of the race, Mahoney picked-up some key endorsements. She was endorsed by Syracuse Tomorrow, the political action committee of the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce ; The Post-Standard, the local newspaper in Syracuse ; and Republican presidential-hopeful Rudy Giuliani, who is very popular in upstate New York .
Ultimately, Mahoney won the election in a landslide victory, earning 58% of the vote to Magnarelli's 36% .
On November 19, 2007, Mahoney announced the names of her transition team that would ease the switch from Pirro's administration to hers. As she had promised on the campaign trail, it was a bipartisan team of Republicans and Democrats. The honorary co-chairs of her transition team were Republican County Executive Nick Pirro and former Syracuse Mayor Thomas Ganley Young, a Democrat .
|Onondaga County Executive Election, 2007|
|Working Families||William Magnarelli||42,144||35.9||N/A|
- Mahoney ran as a Republican and under the Fresh Start Party line
- William Magnarelli ran as a Democrat and under the Working Families Party line
- Dale Sweetland ran under the Conservative and Independence Parties of New York
- Ed Ryan ran under the It's Your County Party line
|Onondaga County Executive Republican Primary, 2007|
|Syracuse, NY Mayoral Election, 2005|
|Democratic||Matthew Driscoll (Incumbent)||16,470||49.7||N/A|
|Working Families||Matthew Driscoll (Incumbent)||16,470||49.7||N/A|
Nicholas J. Pirro
|Onondaga County, New York Executive
January 1, 2008–present