"I am grateful to the people of Colonie for the opportunity to serve as a member of the town board. I look forward to using my knowledge of government and my experience as a policy analyst to make positive, well-informed decisions to address the challenges the town faces. It is my goal to be responsive to your needs and leave the town a better place than when I took office."
Daniel A. Hornick (D, I) was raised in Clarksville, New York . He attended Siena College in Loudonville, where he earned a degree in Political Science with a focus on public policy, state and local government. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in May of 1996. During his junior year at Siena, Dan Hornick was appointed to the Town of New Scotland Zoning Board of Appeals. During his short tenure on the board, he developed a strong understanding of board interactions and local zoning and planning.
In May of 1996, Dan resigned his appointment from the ZBA to prevent any conflicts of interest from occurring when he started his full-time job working as a policy analyst for Albany County Executive Michael Breslin. Dan spent the first part of his tenure at the County working on community relations matters. He was later promoted to a policy position. In his policy capacity, Dan spent time working with county departments on matters of planning, highway, general services, purchasing, recreation, and facilities. He was also the day-to-day liaison with the County Veterans ' Department. Dan closely associated with budget and human resources staffs on matters pertaining to County government administration.
While working for the County, Dan was asked by a friend to mentor a middle school student. During that process, he discovered a passion for teaching. Making a very difficult decision, he left county service to return to school to earn his Masters Degree and teaching certification from the University at Albany . Following his December graduation, Dan was hired by the South Colonie School District to fill a maternity leave for the remainder of the 2003 school year, teaching United States History and Government. Prior to the completion of the school year, he was hired by the Ballston Spa Central School District by whom he is currently employed. Dan Hornick is one of the district's senior level government teachers, teaching both the high school level and Advanced Placement government classes at Ballston Spa. He is able to combine his knowledge and experience in government with his enjoyment of teaching. Dan has spent the past five years as volunteer baseball coach at the Varsity level.