Roy J. McDonald's Press releases

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
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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
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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
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STATE SENATORS ROY MCDONALD AND JACK MARTINS URGE PROTECTION OF RACEHORSES

(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
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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
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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
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Saratoga WALK MS

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

May 1, 2012
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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
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Senator McDonald Votes to Approve DNA Databank Expansion

February 1, 2012 - Key Measure Will Help Solve Crimes and Combat Sexual Predators

Albany - Senator Roy McDonald announced today that the New York State Senate has approved legislation to implement the largest expansion of the state's DNA databank since it was first created in 1994. The expansion will help law enforcement close thousands of unsolved cases, bring justice to crime victims and help prevent dangerous criminals from committing additional crimes.

"Giving law enforcement officials the tools necessary to prevent crime and catch criminals is key to keeping our communities safe," said Senator McDonald.

February 1, 2012
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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
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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
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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
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Statement from Senator McDonald on Capital Region Economic Development Awards

"This is the first phase in an economic development plan attempting to change what had become an anti-business culture in New York State," said Senator Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga).

December 9, 2011
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McDonald Leads Breakout Session at Governor Cuomo’s Economic Development Council

Albany  – Senator Roy McDonald led a breakout session discussion at Governor Cuomo’s economic development council on New York “Success Stories in Technology”, which highlighted New York’s position, economic infrastructure assets, and growth opportunities in emerging technologies.

September 27, 2011
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Senator's McDonald and Gallivan Propose Medicaid Relief Proposal

 

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Erie), Senator Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga) and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Westchester) conducted a press conference Monday in Albany to outline a plan to structurally reform the cost administration of New York State’s Medicaid system by incrementally transferring full responsibility for funding the $44 billion program to the State -- gradually eliminating the local share traditionally paid by county governments. 

September 20, 2011
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