Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly is a life-long resident of Deer Park. A 1984 Graduate of Deer Park High School, Legislator Donnelly earned an Associate’s Degree from Suffolk County Community College and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Saint Joseph’s College (Brooklyn).
A former Town of Babylon Planning Board Member and Councilman, Legislator Donnelly was twice elected to the Babylon Town Board, serving from 2011 to 2017, where he chaired the Town of Babylon’s Family Wellness and Public Safety committees. Actively engaged in the Town’s Senior Citizen Centers and Family Wellness programs, Legislator Donnelly was instrumental in helping to provide services to senior citizens and families in need. As Chairman of the Town’s Public Safety committee, he served as the liaison for Volunteer Firefighters to the Town Board while spearheading Babylon’s response to quality of life issues. He also worked with our partners in the Suffolk County Police Department addressing quality of life issues to keep our communities safe.
Legislator Donnelly is a 33-year Decorated Member of the Deer Park Fire Department, serving as Captain of Engine Company 2, as well as a Fire Commissioner for 10 years. In December 2017, he retired as a 30-year veteran with the City of New York, first serving three years as a NYPD officer in the 83rd Precinct in Patrol Borough Brooklyn North before entering the FDNY. Legislator Donnelly was a 27-year Decorated Lieutenant of the New York City Fire Department serving in some of the FDNY’s busiest units. He was a member of the elite Urban Search, Rescue Search and Rescue Task Force with deployments to the World Trade Center attacks in 2001, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Haiti Earthquake in 2010 and other regional deployments to assist in Search and Rescue of Communities impacted by severe weather events.
Tom and his wife Lisa, a registered nurse with NorthWell Health, reside in Deer Park with their three daughters. The entire Donnelly family has been active in sports, community organizations and volunteering in the Deer Park Community for decades.