2012 Legislative Session Survey

Dear Friend,

The 2012 New York State Legislative Session is fast approaching. Job creation and strengthening our economy remain my top priorities and there is no doubt that this will be a major focus of  our discussions and planning in Albany.

 Last year, The Senate Majority  closed a $10 billion budget deficit without raising taxes or fees and worked closely with Governor Andrew Cuomo to enact a two percent property tax cap and other economy strengthening building blocks. We need to do more in 2012.

December 14, 2011

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

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

Less Mandates - Lower Taxes

Overburdened taxpayers in the Capital Region and across the state are desperate for relief. The Tax Cap was a great first step but to actually cut property taxes, county governments need relief from unfunded mandates handed down by the State. Medicaid is largest mandated budget item for every county in New York State and is the primary reason that New Yorkers pay the highest property taxes in the nation. I have authored legislation that will remove the Medicaid burden from county government, allowing local government to reduce local taxes, not just slow their growth.Over 100 state and local officials from around the state have signaled their support for this bipartisan legislation, and you can too.Sign the petition below to show your support.

October 21, 2011

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

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
September 14, 2011

Sen. McDonald surveys hurricane Irene's damage with Troy Mayor Harry Tutunjian

The City of Troy was impacted by significant flooding following hurricane Irene.

Senator Roy McDonald met with Troy Mayor Harry Tutunjian to survey the damage caused by the storm, and to see how New York State could help local communities.

August 31, 2011

Grand Opening of the Wilton Food Pantry

From Erica Miller at the Saratogian...


Wilton Food Pantry President Jared Dinsmore and local officials applauded the site’s grand opening Tuesday at Trinity United Methodist Church on Ballard Road.

To see more visit The Saratogian's website.

August 17, 2011

Naturalization Ceremony

Senator McDonald Welcoming twenty new American and New York State citizens at the Saratoga Battlefield in the Town of Saratoga.

August 17, 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

Clarence Dart

As a member of the famed World War II Tuskegee Airmen, Clarence Dart not only fought valiantly for his country oversees, he fought racism at home. Named after their training site in Alabama, the Tuskegee Airmen were the first African –Americans to fly as fighter-pilots in the United States military.  As Dart recalls, “Someone in the War Department believed that the cranial capacity of blacks wouldn’t let them fly. We proved them wrong!”  Indeed, they did:  the Tuskegee  Airmen did not lose a single escorted bomber to the Germans.  Their heroism  during World War II was a key reason why President Truman desegregated the armed forces soon after the end of the war.

June 9, 2011

Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator Roy McDonald, Chair 11:00 AM, Monday, June 6, 2011 Room 124 CAP

June 6, 11:00 AM - 11:03 AM