“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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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.
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.
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!”
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.