John T. McDonald III was first elected Member of Assembly for the 108th Assembly District on November 6, 2012. John is a life-long resident of Cohoes, who is a husband, father, small businessman, pharmacist, and public servant deeply rooted in his community. His district includes parts of Albany, Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties. It includes Cohoes, his hometown where he previously served as Mayor for 13 years, sections of Albany, Troy and the communities of Green Island, North Greenbush, Rensselaer, Waterford and Watervliet.
John is an alumnus of Keveny Memorial Academy and the Albany College of Pharmacy where he received a BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1985 and was later awarded a Doctorate of Humanity. As President of Marra’s Pharmacy, his family-owned business based in Cohoes, McDonald has practiced his profession and has adopted business practices and responsibilities that have led the business to become one of the largest independent pharmacy operations in the Capital Region.
Prior to being elected to the New York State Assembly in November 2012, John served as Mayor of Cohoes for 13 years. As a state legislator, he continues to focus on expanding economic opportunity, addressing the statewide imbalance in education funding, advocating for financial security for seniors, creating secure and sustainable middle class jobs, providing quality housing opportunities, stopping unfunded mandates that continue to drown local governments and negatively impact taxpayers, and reducing the senseless rules and regulations that burden businesses. In June 2013, Assemblymember McDonald was appointed to the Albany Convention Center Authority board which is charged with instituting a comprehensive, coordinated program of convention activities in the city of Albany and undertaking economic development projects in the historic downtown area to optimize the economic and social activities of city.
During his tenure as Mayor, John was an active member of the New York State Conference of Mayors having served as president of the statewide organization. He chaired the Capital District Transportation Committee, RiverSpark, the Cohoes Industrial Development Agency and the Cohoes Local Development Corporation. In addition, he has served on the boards of the Lakes to Locks Passage, New York State Heritage Areas Advisory Board, New York State Workforce Investment Board, State Comptroller’s Local Advisory Team, the NYS Local Government Records Management Council and the Board of Governors for the New York State Municipal Insurance Reciprocal as well as many other regional councils and commissions.
Assemblymember McDonald has a unique perspective on the healthcare industry in upstate New York as a pharmacist and the only practicing medical professional in the New York State Legislature, as a business owner, a former Mayor, and now as a state legislator. He enjoys running and golfing, however his most prominent activity is spending time with his wife Renee, and his children Emma Rose, Liam John and Sophia Mary.