Roy J. McDonald's Press releases

September 14, 2011

Statement from Senator McDonald on Autism Insurance Legislation Passing the NY Senate

“Families that need help paying medical bills for their loved ones can finally get the coverage they deserve,” Chairman of the Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee Senator Roy McDonald (R, Saratoga) said. “Enactment of this bill will make New York a leader in providing services and ensuring protections for those with autism. I want to thank my colleagues in the Senate for passing this bill, and look forward to doing more to help those with autism and similar developmental disabilities.”

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June 17, 2011

Sen. McDonald Honors Karen Gordon as 2010 Woman of Distinction

Albany  – Karen Gordon, the Executive Director of the Commission on Economic Opportunity, was honored by the New York State Senate as a 2010 Woman of Distinction at a ceremony at the Capital on Tuesday, May 24. Senator Roy McDonald selected Gordon as his nominee for the prestigious honor.

May 25, 2011

McDonald Recognizes Verdile’s Restaurant with Small Business in Excellence Award

Lansingburgh, Troy  May 13, 2011 – Senator Roy McDonald honored Verdile’s Restaurant with a Small Business in Excellence Award on Friday, May 13. Verdile’s is a third generation family-owned and operated Italian restaurant in Lansingburgh, the award presentation occured  at the restaurant, 562 Second Avenue at 115th Street in Lansingburgh.

May 16, 2011

SUNY Empire State College Opens Troy Location

(TROY, N.Y. – May 11, 2011) - SUNY Empire State College today held an open house to recognize the college’s brand new 35th location: 216 River St., Troy, N.Y. 

Click here to learn more about the opening of the new Empire State College location in Troy.

May 13, 2011

Senator McDonald's Earth Day Poster Contest

I would like to thank the  students in Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties for participating in our Earth Day Poster Competition. In keeping with the theme of our Earth Day Celebration of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”We will celebrate and honor Earth Day this year  by displaying your work on my website. Also, each participant will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in the competition. Thank you and don’t forget to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!”

Please click the participating school to view contest submissions:

Gowana Middle School

May 6, 2011

Capital Region Energy Costs Highest in the State State Senator Roy McDonald is Looking for Solutions


Albany  –  April 15, 2011 - Senator Roy McDonald was joined by Assemblyman Tony Jordan, NYS Association of Counties Executive Director Stephen Acquario and energy consultant Gordon Boyd to find solutions on why Capital Region energy costs are the higher than any other region in New York State.

April 18, 2011

Mental Health Committee Nominates OPWDD Commissioner and Chairman of the Commission on Qaulity of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilites

Albany  – Senator Roy McDonald announced that the Senate Mental Health Committee approved two nominations, one for the Commissioner of the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and for the Chairman on the Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, on Monday April 11, 2011.

April 12, 2011

McDonald Announces Racing Advisory Panel

Saratoga Springs – Senator Roy McDonald announced today the formation of a 43rd Senate District Racing Advisory Panel consisting of local breeders, concerned citizens, business leaders, racing and gaming experts to provide input on New York racing industry issues.

April 8, 2011

McDonald Hosts Saratoga County Budget Public Hearing

Halfmoon March 25 -  Senator Roy McDonald will host a budget public hearing on the New York State budget for Saratoga County residents this Saturday, March 26th beginning at 10A.M. The event will be at the Halfmoon Senior Center in the Town of Halfmoon.

March 25, 2011

McDonald & Farley Work to Restore VLT Aid to Saratoga Springs & Saratoga County

Albany – March 22, 2011 -Senator Hugh Farley (R- Schenectady) and Senator Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga) announced today that Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County would receive a portion of VLT aid, according to a three way agreement between the Assembly, Senate and Executive Chamber, the measure requires final approval in the budget by the legislature.

March 23, 2011

McDonald Looking for More Information on Reported OPWDD Group Home Abuse

Albany – March 15 -  In light of a recent New York Times article that outlined patient abuse, taunting and sexual assault at group homes, Mental Health Committee Chairman Senator Roy McDonald was joined by Senator Kemp Hannon, Chairman of the Assembly Mental Health Committee Felix Ortiz, and members of the Assembly Mental Health Committee today at the Capitol.

March 15, 2011

On the Road with Roy

McDonald to Hold Business Tour Across Saratoga CountySaratoga – Senator Roy McDonald will be joined by Saratoga Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) President Dennis Brobston to tour businesses across Saratoga County on Thursday, February 17 starting at 11 A.M.

February 15, 2011

Senate Committee Holds Public Hearing on the Future of Racing

McDonald: “Saratoga Racetrack Will Be Open for Business This Year.”

February 7, 2011

STAR Property Tax Exemption Information

STAR is a tax relief program that lowers property taxes for owner-occupied primary residences.  There are two levels of STAR benefits: Basic STAR and Enhanced STAR.Basic STAR is available to residents who own and live in their own 1- ,2- , or 3-family house, condominium, or cooperative apartment and earn less than $500,000 a year.  There is no age limit for Basic STAR.  For qualifying homeowners, Basic STAR exempts the first $30,000 of the full value of a home from school taxes.

January 31, 2011

McDonald Supports Job Creation Proposal & Taxpayer Protection Act

Albany – January 19, 2011 - Senator Roy McDonald today voted in favor of a proposal aimed to encourage the creation of new private sector jobs and ensure fiscal responsibility in New York government. Of particular importance, is the enactment of a two percent state spending cap and requiring a two-thirds “super majority” vote to increase taxes.

January 19, 2011

McDonald Announces Mental Health Committee Chairmanship & Committee Assignments

Albany - January 11, 2011 –  Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos announced his appointments to the legislative committees of the New York State Senate and selected Senator McDonald to chair the Mental Health Committee along with placing McDonald on nine additional key committees.

January 11, 2011
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