Dan’s family came to the Syracuse area four generations ago when his great grandfather, Carmine Maffei, moved from Italy. Carmine later earned his American citizenship fighting for the United States in World War I. Since then Maffeis have worked in factories, owned small businesses and been educators and social workers.
Dan grew up on Allen Street and Scottholm Terrace in Syracuse’s 17th Ward, and is a proud graduate of Nottingham High School. During college Dan worked at his grandfather’s electroplating business on Burnet Avenue in Syracuse, where he saw firsthand the struggles to start a business, make payroll, and expand.
Since graduating, he has been a reporter for Channel 9 (now WSYR-TV) here in Syracuse, as well as a communications and policy advisor for Senators Bill Bradley and Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Immediately before being elected to Congress in 2008, he worked as Senior Vice President of Pinnacle Capital Management, LLC, a Syracuse area investment firm.
Dan understands from growing up in Syracuse that Central New York is the best place in the country to live, work, and raise a family. He wants to keep it that way by working to create jobs and strengthen the middle class through smart investments in infrastructure and education, creating an environment that makes it easier for small businesses to grow and thrive, and expanding access to quality affordable health care.
In 2011 and 2012 he taught at the SUNY School of Environmental Science and Forestry.