Dan’s family came to Central New York four generations ago when his great grandfather, Carmine Maffei moved to the United States from Italy. Carmine later earned his American citizenship fighting for the United States in World War I. Since the early 1900s, the Maffei family has worked in factories, owned small businesses, served the community as educators, and worked in the area as 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. Since graduating, he worked as a reporter for Channel 9 (now WSYR-TV) in Syracuse, as well as a communications and policy advisor for Senator Bill Bradley and the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Immediately before being elected to Congress in 2008, Maffei worked as Senior Vice President at Pinnacle Capital Management, LLC, a Syracuse area investment firm. Most recently, Dan taught at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Dan has always fought tirelessly to improve the lives of Central New Yorkers by focusing on growing the middle class and bringing good-paying jobs to the area through smart investment in infrastructure and expanding educational opportunities.
Dan is married to Abby Davidson Maffei, a manager at the international humanitarian organization CARE.