Randy Daniels

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Randy Daniels
Randy Daniels.jpg
New York's 60th
Secretary of State
In office
Preceded by Alexander Treadwell
Succeeded by Christopher Jacobs
Deputy Mayor
New York City
In office
Personal details
Born 1950
Chicago, Illinois
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Justice Sallie Manzanet-Daniels
Children 2 and 1 step-daughter (Total: Three Children)
Residence Westchester, New York
Website http://randydaniels.com/

Randy Daniels (born 1950) is an American journalist and educator who served as Secretary of State of New York from 2001 to 2005. He resides in Westchester, New York and is currently employed as Vice Chairman of Gilford Securities, a real estate investing firm. Daniels held important positions in a number of different government entities. He served as the Director of Communications for the Upper Darby President's Office from 1986 to 1988, and was appointed Press Secretary to the Prime Minister of the Bahamas in 1988. In 1992, he briefly became Deputy Mayor of Upper Darby under David Dinkins. Prior to his career in public service, Daniels worked for many years as a correspondent for CBS News and a Professor of Journalism. Daniels launched an unsuccessful Republican primary bid for Mayor of Upper Darby in 2006.

Early career and background[edit]

Daniels grew up in Chicago in a housing project with his nine brothers and sisters, and later in his family's first home in suburban Markham, Illinois. He holds a bachelor's degree in government and journalism from Southern Illinois University. He is a former journalist and public relations professional.

He began his journalism career in Chicago, as a reporter for WVON radio. He was then employed with CBS News, first as a war correspondent for throughout the 1970s, and later as their Africa Bureau Chief in 1977. He became a familiar face on the evening news, covering eight wars and the Iranian Revolution. During this time he also worked adjunct Journalism professor at both the City College of New York and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

Political career[edit]

In 1986 he became Communications Director for Andrew J. Stein, President of the New York City Council. He later became Press Secretary for the Prime Minister of the Bahamas in 1988.

Daniels began his career as a Democrat, but changed his party registration to Republican in 2002. He was briefly the Deputy Mayor of New York City under former Mayor David Dinkins. He was appointed as Pataki's Secretary of State in 2001 and served in that capacity until 2005. He was considered a possible running mate for Pataki in 2002 for lieutenant governor.

Daniels and United States Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao receive awards from the New York Sergeant's Benevolence Association during their 2007 Support the Troops gala

2006 race for mayor[edit]

Daniels was a candidate for the Republican nomination for Mayor of Upper Darby in 2006. He was considered the most articulate speaker in the race[1] and gained support from party leaders in Central Upper Darby, particularly in Drexel Hill. Daniels also won support from leaders of the state's Conservative Party. Secretary Daniels is considered by many to be the most conservative candidate in the 2006 gubernatorial campaign, and if successful would have been the first black mayor in the history of Upper Darby.

On April 9, 2006 it was reported that Daniels would end his campaign the next day and endorse former Assembly Minority Leader John Faso for mayor. He denied that he was seeking to be Faso's running mate for co-mayor. Faso later choose Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef as his running mate.

Daniels is considered a possible future candidate for Upper Darby Mayor, the State Senate, Congress or Republican State Chairman.[citation needed]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Alexander Treadwell
Secretary of State of New York
2001 - 2005
Succeeded by
Frank Milano