Statement from Roy McDonald
Will Not Actively Campaign on Independence Party Line
discussing the issue with family, friends, campaign staff and trusted
advisors, I’ve decided that I will not actively campaign in the
General Election on the Independence Party line.
want to thank all my supporters that have stood by me over the years,
and everyone that voted in the Primary. Thank you to Senator Skelos
for his leadership in the Republican Conference and for his faith in me
through an appointment as the Chairman of the Mental Health and
Developmental Disabilities Committee. I also want to send a special
thank you to the Independence Party leadership for their
help and support.
you to Governor Cuomo for his outstanding support, and for the great
job he’s done for the citizens of New York State. He has my respect
forward, I will be supporting all Republican candidates – including
Kathy Marchione – in the General Election, because I believe maintaining
the Republican Majority in the New York State Senate will continue to
positively change state government. It is important to recognize the
need for checks and balances in our democracy, which can only be assured
by a multi-party system.
decision was made through significant reflection. I am very proud of my
time in public service. Standing up for the communities I represented
was always my first priority. I have been a Senator for all people.
Wilton Town Supervisor, I had the opportunity to eliminate taxes and
establish real economic development to help local families. Serving
as a Saratoga County Supervisor, I authored the first county budget that
cut taxes by twenty-five percent and made Saratoga the lowest taxed
county in New York State.
was humbling to be elected to serve our local communities in the state
legislature as a member of the Assembly and Senate. I worked to extend
our local success in Wilton and Saratoga County through bi-partisan
partnerships and creative problem solving.
my proudest accomplishments were helping to pass legislation that
directly benefitted people. Patriot Plans I, II and III helped New York
National Guard and Reserve veterans obtain the benefits they earned
serving our country. We also started a pilot program to help returning
combat veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) get
the peer-to-peer counseling they need.
Saratoga-Washington on the Hudson Partnership was established to
promote the historic significance and agricultural importance of this
I was also honored to sponsor legislation that brought GLOBALFOUNDRIES
to Saratoga County; this project is creating thousands of jobs along
with numerous spin-off opportunities for new businesses.
hallmark of a great society is protecting those who cannot protect
themselves, and the Senate Republican Majority over the past two years
allowed me to focus on an issue that has real significance in my life
and increasing importance to families in New York State. As Chairman of
the Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee,
helping individuals with disabilities and standing
up for their rights came to the forefront.
we passed autism insurance legislation that required health insurance
providers to ensure diagnosis and treatment coverage for families
that have a loved one persevering with autism. Before this legislation
became law, coverage was routinely denied for autism. Next, after an
investigative report outlined unacceptable abuse taking place in
developmental disabilities group homes, I sponsored
legislation and partnered with Governor Cuomo to pass the Protection of
People with Special Needs Act. This legislation created a process for
abuse to be reported and investigated so that people are protected and
criminals are adequately prosecuted.
had the wonderful opportunity to gain a new perspective on life, thanks
to my two grandsons David and Jacob. Their achievements in overcoming
a diagnosis on the autistic spectrum are truly inspiring. Regardless of
where I am in life, I will continue advocating for people with special
disabilities and working to help individuals and their families facing
what always appear to be insurmountable circumstances
– but with help and working together, I have learned they are not.
by Senator Skelos, the Senate Republicans accomplished much in the past
two years. Late budgets were once a sign of Albany dysfunction,
but two on-time budgets that closed multi-billion dollar budget gaps
without raising taxes or fees demonstrated a desire to turn things
around. In addition, we cut taxes for middle class families to their
lowest levels in 58 years.
want to thank my family for their love, support and for allowing me to
share my time with the public while in office. My accomplishments are
theirs because nothing would have been possible without their
understanding of missed dance recitals due to board meetings, my absence
at the dinner table because of late night budget negotiations and much
more. Thank you to my wonderful wife Angela, and great
daughters Stephanie, Jessica and Julie, my fantastic sons-in-law
Matthew, Jeff and Charles, along with my wonderful grandsons Jacob and
STATEMENT FROM KATHY MARCHIONE
congratulate Roy McDonald on a hard-fought race and I appreciate his
support. He’s a good
man who works tirelessly for our community. Roy and I have been friends
for more than 20 years. The primary, and everything that came with it,
is behind us, and I still count him as a friend.
entered this race because New York faces serious problems, and this
campaign is about fixing them. The corruption in Albany needs to be
stopped. Our state government taxes
too much, spends too much, regulates too much and borrows too much. I’m
looking forward to spending the next six weeks meeting voters and
sharing our ideas to lower spending, clean up Albany and get New York
STATEMENT FROM SENATE MAJORITY LEADER DEAN SKELOS
Senator Roy McDonald informed me of his decision to step aside rather
than run an active third-party campaign for the 43rd Senate District
decision was a difficult one, but ultimately it was the right choice
for his party and for this Senate district. The last thing he or anyone
wanted to do was to turn
this upstate seat over to the New York City-dominated Senate Democrats,
who raised taxes by $14 billion and shifted resources out of the Capital
District when they were in the majority.
"Roy McDonald has had a long and storied career in service to his community, state and nation. He
a year-long tour in Vietnam, transformed the Town of Wilton as
Supervisor, and served admirably in both the Assembly and Senate.
it all, he was a staunch advocate for vulnerable people and those with
special needs, including his own grandchildren.
McDonald has also been a valuable part of the work we've done over the
last two years to control spending and taxes, help the private sector
create new jobs and bring
New York back. I consider him a friend and wish him well in the future.
Libous and I look forward to working with Roy and all of our members to
assist the Republican nominee, Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione,
in her efforts to get
elected to the State Senate so we can keep moving this state forward."
Statement from Robin Andrews,
Democratic Candidate, 43rd Senate District
“Whenever a public servant decides to step away to from public life, one has to respect the years of service he and his family have given and I certainly feel that way about Senator McDonald.”
“Today’s news gives the voters of the 43rd Senate District a very clear choice. Political affiliation aside, people do not want a representative who continues to look to the past, they want someone focused on looking to the future and working with Governor Cuomo to continue building the new New York. My 20+ years in the private sector working as a budget and planning consultant have given me the tools needed to find creative ways to ensure that
government is taking steps to encourage growth and job creation, not smother it. I think people understand that problems cannot be solved by continuing to throw money at them or by slashing their budgets. We need sound decision making by people qualified to make those decisions and I am confident that I am that person for the 43rd Senate District.”