Press Releases

McDonald Stormwater Grant Program Included in State Budget

Assemblymember McDonald today announced that a new stormwater grant program to help municipalities fund expensive stormwater projects has been included in the adopted the state budget. The stormwater grant program was proposed by McDonald and Assemblyman...

Senator Neil Breslin and Assemblymember John McDonald Highlight Legislation to Prohibit the Incineration of Firefighting Foam to Protect Public Health and Safety

Albany, NY – Senator Neil Breslin and Assemblymember John T. McDonald III have introduced legislation (A.9952/S.7880) to prohibit the incineration of firefighting foam containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Despite the fact that the...

Memorial Day: Honoring the Lives Lost Defending Our Country

During the first national celebration of Memorial Day on May 30, 1868, at Arlington National Cemetery, then-Congressman and future president James A. Garfield spoke poignant words: “If silence is ever golden, it must be here beside the graves of...

News from John McDonald — May 27, 2019

News from John McDonald — April 19, 2019

New York Enacts the Child Victims Act into Law

Honoring the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In 1983, legislation was signed into law establishing a federal holiday on the third Monday in January to celebrate one of the most influential leaders in American history, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A vibrant visionary and global icon of activism,...

News from John McDonald — January 19, 2019

WHAT'S INSIDE:Voting Reform Legislation State Agencies to Help Those Affected by the Government Shutdown National Grid Winter Storm WarningTimes Union Job FairAmerican Red Cross Blood Drive2020 Census JobsNENYCOSH and Capital Region BOCES Work Safety...

Colonie Chamber to honor McDonald

Governor signs McDonald’s, Marchione’s Gold Star Parents Legislation

Governor Cuomo recently signed legislation sponsored by myself and Senator Marchione to provide an annual increase in the rate of compensation for Gold Star Parents who have lost a child in the armed services during a time of war. Under current law, Gold...

News from John McDonald, June 23, 2018

Call back the Legislators for Speed Cameras

Much has been said about the end of the legislative session that concluded Wednesday of this past week. As I noted earlier in the week, this was truly one of the oddest end of sessions as there was no sign of an agreement on some issues that are important...

Restore New York Program - A benefit to our cities

Scaffold Law bad for New York business

News from John McDonald, February 17, 2018

WHAT'S INSIDE:Budget Hearings UpdateNational African American History MonthHow to Order a Mental Health Public Awareness License PlateSiena College Celebration of SurvivorshipLEGISLATIVE UPDATEBudget Hearings UpdateBudget hearings continued this week...

News from John McDonald, Dec. 23, 2017

News From Assemblymember John McDonald

Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Project Grants

Governor Cuomo recently announced nearly $44 million in grants to support essential drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects in the Capital Region. These grants are part of a $255 million statewide investment, funded through New York's...

Assemblymember McDonald to Tour Local Libraries

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