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Roy J. McDonald

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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

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

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

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