Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 43rd Senatorial District.
Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.
I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2012 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:
"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."
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.
Please submit your written testimony for Senator Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga) and Lee Zeldin's (R-Shirley) public hearing on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in combat Veterans. Your input will help us to gain information on PTSD in order to improve early diagnoses, increase access to treatment, and provide crisis and support services.What is PTSD? Why does it occur? When does it occur? What are the symptoms? What is the Screening Process? What steps are there for early intervention? What is course of treatment? What is the prevalence of PTSD in New York State Veterans?
Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Chair: Senator Roy J. McDonald Sponsors: Senator Roy J. McDonald and Senator Lee M. Zeldin Public Hearing: To solicit information on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in veterans returning from combat Place: Hamilton Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York Time: 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Contact: Sharon Carpinello (518) 455-2381 Media Contact: Mike Veitch (518) 455-2381 ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
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.
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 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.