The Honorable John Dunne served 11 terms as a New York State Senator, representing the 6th District of Nassau, Long Island. While in the Senate, Mr. Dunne was Chairman of the Senate Corrections Committee where he became well known as a civil rights advocate. In 1971, he was among only three people called to Attica by the rebelling prison population to help negotiate an end to the riots. When Governor Rockefeller ignored Senator Dunne's objections to the use of force to retake Attica, Dunne publicly criticized the decision and still maintains that bloodshed could have been prevented by continuing to dialogue with the inmates.
Mr. Dunne served as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the George H. W. Bush administration. His nomination was supported by members of both parties, including Representative Charles Rangel and Governor Mario Cuomo.
Currently, Mr. Dunne is a senior partner with the Albany law firm Whiteman Osterman & Hanna and serves on the Board of Directors of the Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York and the Committee for Modern Courts.