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James Dolan

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James L. Dolan CEO Of Cablevision

James Loraine Dolan (born 1956) serves as Chairman of Cablevision Systems Corporation and Chairman of Madison Square Garden, Inc. Dolan is married and resides on Long Island with his wife Kristin. He is the son of Cablevision founder Charles Dolan and nephew of Cleveland Indians owner Larry Dolan. Dolan's two brothers, Patrick and Thomas, serve on Cablevision's Board of Directors. After originally pursuing a career in music, Dolan eventually switched to a major in communications at SUNY New Paltz and began working for Cablevision in various capacities including sales before eventually being dispatched to Cleveland by his father to manage the launching of a sports radio station. In 1995 he was made CEO of Cablevision. Throughout his early adult life Dolan battled drug and alcohol problems and was reportedly known for having a volatile temper. In 1993 he was sent to drug rehabilitation at the Hazel den clinic in Center City, Minnesota. Dolan performs blues-inspired rock as the singer for JD & the Straight Shot and is also an avid sailor.

Dolan contributes money to charitable causes. Among some of his charitable ventures, he founded The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research in 1998 and remains active in it as a member of its board of directors. He was also a key organizer of the 2001 Concert for New York City benefit concert after the terrorist attacks of September 11 of that year. Additionally, he has made significant donations to Dikembe Mutombo's charity projects which include a hospital in Kinshasa in Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2005 Dolan helped to organize “From the Big Apple to The Big Easy" benefits concerts for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Dolan was an ardent opponent of his father's proposed Voom satellite service, which became a polarizing controversy among Cablevision's Board of Directors. While supporters argued Voom could propel Cablevision into the future emerging satellite market and a...
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