Dear Friend:

It is an honor and a privilege to represent the constituents of the 108th Assembly District as a member of the New York State Assembly. My experience as Mayor of Cohoes, as a business owner, a practicing pharmacist, and as a person who works day to day with people of all needs and backgrounds, makes me well-suited to serve and represent the 108th Assembly District. The district has seen growth and success and is ripe for further revitalization as the Capital Region continues to prosper.

I have sponsored and supported legislation that increases funding for education and improves our schools, expands access to health care, reduces health care costs over the long term, provides relief to local governments by reducing unfunded mandates, and promotes a more business-friendly environment across New York State. However, there is still work to be done.

There are a host of challenges that I continue to work to address. There remain a host of challenges, particularly in urban settings, where the state can partner with local communities to revitalize neighborhoods and business districts by attracting and retaining businesses and providing quality housing options. There are also challenges in regard to financial security for our current and future seniors. This is especially true as property taxes continue to swallow up family incomes - threatening the American Dream so many have worked so hard to achieve.

There are challenges in regard to the ability to provide good, sound middle-class jobs to those who desire to be a part of the modern workforce. This applies to the recent graduate or the individual laid off three years ago at age 50 looking to provide for his/her family with a skill set that is not reflective of a modern workforce but that of a bygone era. There are challenges in regard to the ever changing health care environment, one that is fragile at best and in need of good common sense solutions to complex problems.

There are challenges in the form of the continued stream of unfunded mandates which continue to drown local governments and in turn affect taxpayers, residents and their respective workforces. There are challenges posed by senseless rules and regulations that burden businesses with yet another record keeping exercise; at times causing nothing but extra work, extra costs and extra liability. And yes, there are challenges which come from colleagues in elected office who do not demonstrate the level of integrity expected of those entrusted with the duties and responsibilities of public office. We must continue to demand the high standard of integrity exemplified by public servants such as Sam Stratton, Jack McNulty, Michael McNulty and Ron Canestrari, to name just a few.

To be clear, I do not pretend to know all of the answers or have all of the solutions, however, I can state unequivocally that my experience has prepared me to deal with most if not any challenge with a good common sense approach. My solid upbringing by my parents and the support of friends and family continues to inspire me. I look forward to continuing to represent the people and communities of the 108th Assembly District. I promise to continue to give it my all, day in and day out. I will represent and serve with the hard work ethic I have lived by throughout my adult life. I will continue to demonstrate the civility and integrity that this district is accustomed to from those it elects to public office.

I encourage you to visit my assembly page at http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/John-T-McDonald-III/. There you will find additional information about the work I do to pass laws designed to build a stronger, healthier and more vibrant New York.

You can contact me with issues of concern, legislation you support or oppose, or ideas to help make our community stronger, healthier, and safer. Thank you for your support.