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Roy J. McDonald

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McDonald Announces FREE Community Health & Wellness Expo

Co-Sponsors event with Saratoga Hospital & American Red Cross

Saratoga Springs– Senator Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga) announced today his upcoming community health and wellness expo to be held on Saturday, June 30th from 10AM to 2PM at the Saratoga Springs City Center. Exhibitors at the event will provide information on healthy living for children, families and seniors.

“I’m excited to have this opportunity to partner with Saratoga Hospital and the American Red Cross to share information with the public on the significance of safe and healthy living,” said McDonald. “We’re inviting numerous local organizations to participate and I look forward to learning a thing or two myself.”

June 26, 2012

McDonald Applauds Passage of Legislation to Protect People with Special Needs

Albany – Senator Roy McDonald thanked his colleagues in the legislature for passing legislation to protect people with special needs and disabilities through the creation of a justice center to prevent, investigate and prosecute abuse and neglect of individuals placed in state care. The bill, sponsored by McDonald in the Senate (S.7749), passed both houses of the legislature and awaits the governor’s signature to become law.

June 22, 2012

Commemorating Saratoga Jazz Festival

Senator Roy McDonald sponsored a resoultion commemorating the 35th anniversary of the Saratoga Jazz Festival. Present for the occasion were Marcia White, SPAC’s President & Executive Director, SPAC Board Member Don McCormack, festival producer Danny Melnick, President of Absolutely Live Entertainment and William Smith, Director of Sales for Freihofer’s, the Title Sponsor of the Festival. Majority Leader Dean Skelos presented the resolution, along with Senator McDonald, to the honored guests.

June 18, 2012

McDonald Sponsors Resolution Commemorating Saratoga Jazz Festival

Saratoga Springs, NY – A resolution commemorating the 35th Anniversary of the legendary Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival and proclaiming June as “Jazz Month” was adopted by the New York State Senate today. Senator Roy McDonald (43rd S.D.) who represents Saratoga County, was the lead sponsor of the measure. Present for the occasion were Marcia White, SPAC’s President & Executive Director, SPAC Board Member Don McCormack, festival producer Danny Melnick, President of Absolutely Live Entertainment and William Smith, Director of Sales for Freihofer’s, the Title Sponsor of the Festival.

June 18, 2012


(ALBANY, NY) — State Senators Jack M. Martins (R - Mineola) and Roy J.  McDonald (R - Saratoga) today called on the New York State Racing and Wagering Board to protect the health and well-being of racehorses competing in New York through a renewed commitment to the rules governing the raceday use of Lasix in the state.

June 13, 2012

Sen. McDonald Honors Mary Jean Coleman with Suicide Prevention, Advocacy and Leadership Award

Senator Roy McDonald honors Mary Jean Coleman, M.S.W. as the reipient of the Edgar Francis (Eddie) Reed Suicide Prevention, Advocacy and Leadership Award. Mrs. Coleman is the National Director of Field Programs and the Regional Director for Upstate New York for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, she is a dedicated advocate helping individuals in need along with spreading awareness about suicide prevention.

June 12, 2012

Senator McDonald honors Glen Liebman as the Inaugural Recipient of the Thomas P. Morahan Leadership Award

Senator McDonald discusses a New York State Senate Resolution establishing the Thomas P. Morahan Annual Leadership Award in Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. Glen Liebman was recognized as the inaugural recipient of the award, on Wednesday, May 30, for his dedication to education the public about mental illness and mental health. Mr. Liebman serves as the CEO of the Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS).

June 11, 2012

Statement from Senator McDonald on NYRA Reorganization

“It’s important that the public’s trust is restored in New York racing. It’s especially significant that progress is made so that the upcoming Saratoga race meet is a successful one due to the considerable economic impact six weeks of racing has on Saratoga Springs, Saratoga County, the Capital Region and the North country. We will continue working to ensure the future success of racing in New York because local people, small business owners and horsemen depend on it,” said Senator McDonald.

May 25, 2012

First Sergeant Patrick Abrams Induction into Veterans Hall of Fame

Troy– Senator Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga) recognized First Sergeant (1SG) Patrick Abrams of Brunswick, induction into the State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame at a local ceremony on Saturday, May 12, at the Veterans of Lansingburgh Club.

May 14, 2012

Saratoga WALK MS

Senator McDonald to Rally 100s of Walkers at Saratoga Springs Event 

May 1, 2012

Senator McDonald Discusses the Importance of Protecting Vulnerable People with Developmental Disabilities

Senator Roy McDonald outlined the concerns associated with protecting vulnerable populations from abuse and neglect before a round table discussion he hosted with industry experts, care providers and advocates on April 23, 2012.

April 30, 2012

Senator McDonald Explains PTSD Program Funding in the 2012-2013 State Budget

Senator McDonald explains the PFC Joseph Dwyer Program to help returning combat Veterans cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder by offering a Veteran-to-Veteran peer counseling pilot program.

McDonald joined with Senator Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) in including $800,000 of funding for the program in the Senate's one house budget which eventually became part of the 2012-2012 State Budget.

The program will be implemented in the Counties of: Jefferson, Saratoga, Suffolk and Rensselaer.

April 2, 2012

Senator McDonald Discusses the 2012-2013 New York State Budget

"I think the public has been the driving force, the nineteen and a half million people said no more we're not going back to those old days of August budgets that didn't balance and I'm proud to be apart of this team."

March 28, 2012

McDonald Named 2012 Legislative Champion by National Alliance on Mental Illness-NYS

Albany - Senator Roy McDonald was recognized by the National Alliance on Mental Illness - New York State as the 2012 Legislative Champion for his work as Chairman of the New York State Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee.

"It's an honor to be recognized by such an outstanding organization that works diligently to help individuals with mental illness and their families. Our job as elected officials is to assist these organizations in their efforts and make sure that individuals are able to come their mental health issues. I'm humbled to recieve this award but must also make sure to note that this is a team effort," said Senator McDonald.

March 14, 2012

McDonald Tours BOCES Industry First Program with Congressman Gibson (NY-20)

Satatoga Springs - Senator Roy McDonald joined Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-20), Assemblyman Tony Jordan and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco on a tour of the programs offered in the Industry First Campaign presented by the Washington, Saratoga, Warren Hamilton Essex BOCES.

The Industry First campaign is a collaborative effort of regional business and industry leaders that is supported by members of education, the workforce and economic development. The goal of the campaign is to bring greater focus to what industry partners need as far as skilled labor and call attention to the skills gap and the need to train more individuals in these fields. Industry First will also foster a closer link between students, adult learners and employers. 

January 13, 2012

McDonald Announces Suicide Prevention Awareness Effort

January 5, 2012 - Senator Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga) wants people to know that there are outlets to help them through difficult times and that suicide is preventable. One such outlet is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a toll-free telephone number that connects the caller to a certified crisis center near to where the call is placed.

January 5, 2012

Senator McDonald & Congressman Gibson Host Disabilities Awareness Day at the Wilton Mall

Saratoga Springs, NY — In an effort to highlight groups and organizations that provide services to individuals with disabilities and their families, Senator Roy McDonald and Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-20) were joined by Assemblyman Tony Jordan, Wilton Supervisor Art Johnson and Saratoga Springs Supervisor Matthew Veitch for Disabilities Awareness Day at the Wilton Mall on Saturday December 10th.

December 12, 2011