Category Archives: David McDonough

Long Island Cares Recognizes Dave McDonough’s Efforts to Spearhead Puerto Rico Relief Drive

Puerto Rico Relief Drive

Assemblyman Dave McDonough (center) is awarded a plaque by Long Island Cares, Inc. CEO Paule T. Pachter (right) and Chief Governmental Affairs Officer Michael W. Haynes (left) for his efforts to collect food and supplies for victims of Puerto Rico’s hurricanes.

As a result of his efforts to spearhead a humanitarian relief drive for victims of Hurricane Maria living in Puerto Rico, Assemblyman Dave McDonough was awarded a special plaque of recognition by Long Island Cares, Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer Paule T. Pachter and Chief Governmental Affairs Officer Michael W. Haynes.


“I would like to thank Paule Pachter and Michael Haynes for this honor and all the great people at Long Island Cares who bolstered my efforts to bring relief and aid to the victims of Hurricane Maria,” McDonough said. “When I heard about the terrible conditions that had befallen our fellow American citizens in Puerto Rico I knew our community would not hesitate to step up and take action. Although full recovery efforts are expected to take several years, things as simple as bottled water, baby formula and first aid supplies have made an amazing difference to the citizens struggling to rebuild and survive with their families on Puerto Rico.”


McDonough was one of the first elected officials on Long Island to take action following Hurricane Maria, and his efforts led to the participation of several other community leaders, politicians and activists.


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McDonough Announces Record Amount of Donations to 2018 Pet Food Drive

2018 Pet Food Drive

Assemblyman Dave McDonough [center back] joins members of Division Avenue High School’s Key Club, Club Advisor Joann Medina, Principal John Coscia and William Gonyou of Long Island Cares Inc. and the Harry Chapin Food Bank to collect food for needy local pets.


Assemblyman Dave McDonough recently announced a record number of donations to his annual community pet food drive. The drive is in cooperation with Long Island Cares and the Key Club of Division High School, who collected thousands of pounds of food themselves.


“I want to thank Division High School’s Key Club for their tremendous donation to our community and our needy pets,” McDonough said. “The outpouring of community response and engagement for this drive demonstrates the altruism and compassion of our neighbors, school groups, local families and small businesses, and I couldn’t be prouder of this year’s success. Pets bring so much joy and comfort to thousands of families on Long Island and seeing that they are fed and well taken care of is near and dear to my heart.”


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McDonough Announces Success of Men’s Health Clinic in Merrick

Several dozen constituents joined Assemblyman Dave McDonough at the Merrick Library recently for his annual prostate cancer screening event held in conjunction with Integrated Medical Foundation. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men, with an estimated 164,690 new cases that will be diagnosed in 2018. The event is part of McDonough’s yearly series of free health seminars that include a memory screening and blood drive.


“I was pleased at the high attendance and the willingness of so many individuals to come out and get screened to protect themselves and their loved ones’ future,” McDonough said. “Prostate cancer is quite common among men but early detection is the key to surviving this disease. I look forward to holding more health seminars like this, and I am encouraged that so many of our neighbors will do what is necessary to live long and healthy lives.”


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McDonough Recognizes 20th Anniversary of North Merrick Theatre Arts Program

North Merrick Theatre Arts Program

Joyce Kelley, Gail Appel, Assemblyman Dave McDonough and North Merrick School Superintendent Cynthia Seniuk

Assemblyman Dave McDonough recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the North Merrick Theatre Arts Program by awarding each director, Mrs. Joyce Kelley and Ms. Gail Appel, along with the North Merrick School Superintendent Cynthia Seniuk, with official Assembly Citations. McDonough is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.


“Support for the arts is such an important issue across the country, and right here on Long Island we have so many talented actors, actresses, directors and producers,” McDonough said. “Their rendition of Peter Pan was one of the best that I’ve seen, and anyone can tell from the high attendance that this program has a valuable reputation and excellent pedigree. It is crucial that we continue to support local theatre and arts as many of the individuals involved are dedicated volunteers who play an integral role in its tradition.”


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McDonough Thanks Forest Lake Elementary Students for Donating to Needy Local Pets

Forest Lake Elementary

Forest Lake Elementary’s Student Council was a major donor to McDonough’s 2018 Pet Food Drive. Principal Anthony Ciuffo joined them [far right].


Student Council members of Forest Lake Elementary School received an official Assembly Citation from Assemblyman Dave McDonough (R,C,I-Merrick) for participating in his 2018 Annual Pet Food Drive held in conjunction with Baxter’s Pet Pantry and Long Island Cares. Donations can be dropped off at McDonough’s district office located at 404 Bedford Avenue in Bellmore from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.


“I was very pleased to receive donations from these bright students of Forest Lake Elementary, and I know their donations will go a long way to help feed needy pets in our community,” McDonough said. “I am always inspired by future leaders like these students who show a willingness to improve our community, and I wish them, their teachers and administrators the best going forward.”


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McDonough Announces Return of Baxter’s Pet Pantry Pet Food Drive

Assemblyman Dave McDonough announced that he is once again participating in the 7th Annual Legislative Pet Food Drive Challenge to be held from February 12th through April 30th. McDonough said he is honored to host this event once again as animals bring a lot of joy and companionship to people’s lives.


“I have enjoyed hosting this event in collaboration with Long Island Cares and Baxter’s Pet Pantry in the past, and now I look forward to our efforts this year,” McDonough said. “Pets bring a tremendous amount of companionship and comfort to the elderly and those who live alone and they can also serve as friends for young children. I encourage members of the community to stop by and make a donation this winter. Even a small donation can mean the difference between a pet going hungry or possibly going to a shelter.”


Regrettably, SNAP funding does not include the purchase of pet food, which makes it one of the greatest demands, besides food, at local food pantries.


The best sizes of pet food to donate are five or 10 pound bags of dog or cat food. Canned food, kitty litter and new pet toys are also in demand. Donations will be accepted at McDonough’s district office at 404 Bedford Avenue in Bellmore from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More information can be found at their Web site.


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McDonough Hosts Women Of Distinction Ceremony In Merrick

Women of DistinctionAssemblyman Dave McDonough hosted an event to honor local women who have made tremendous contributions to their community in the fields of volunteerism, education, military service, community and civic affairs, government, healthcare, business and humanitarian efforts. The 2017 Women of Distinction ceremony took place at the Merrick Library in Merrick with McDonough awarding an official Assembly Citation to each woman who was selected.


“This is a wonderful event that allows me to give back to those women who have dedicated their lives to making our community a better place to live, work and raise a family,” McDonough said. “I hear so many tremendous and heartwarming stories year after year through this event that allow me to appreciate the selfless and dedicated individuals we have here on Long Island. It was my pleasure to honor these 13 women and I am pleased to know our community is filled with such great people.”


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McDonough Partners With Harry Chapin Food Bank, Long Island Cares to Collect Supplies for Puerto Rico Relief

Assemblyman Dave McDonough announced today that he has partnered with Long Island Cares, Inc. and the Harry Chapin Regional Food Bank to collect emergency supplies for those struggling to survive in Puerto Rico. Those willing to provide a donation can drop off supplies at Assemblyman McDonough’s District Office at 404 Bedford Ave. in Bellmore between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Unlike areas in Houston and Florida which are less isolated and backed up by federal and state government emergency response agencies like FEMA and others, two successive hurricane both dealt the most devastating impact in Puerto Rico and recovery efforts will be ongoing for years. Over 90 percent of the country is without power, infrastructure and many homes have been widely leveled and many residents are without clean clothes or water. Some experts are predicting it will be a decade before the territory fully recovers.


“The situation in Puerto Rico is heartbreaking,” McDonough said. “Many of us cannot imagine the conditions our fellow citizens are experiencing; not knowing where their next clean glass of water is coming from or where is a safe place to spend the night. Unlike Florida and Texas which were also hard hit but have better access to government agencies and funding to help them recover, Puerto Rico’s unstable economy means these devastating conditions may persist for several years. I know my fellow Long Islanders are compassionate and helpful people and I urge everyone who has the means to consider joining me in donating to help our fellow American citizens.”


MOST NEEDED ITEMS: bottled water, baby formula/wipes, non-perishable food, aspirin, batteries, flashlights, lanterns, can openers, soap, feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, bug spray, pet food, first aid supplies, diapers, ect. (Monetary donations can be made payable to the American Red Cross.)


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McDonough Stresses Traffic Safety As School Year Begins

Assemblyman Dave McDonough (R,C,I-Merrick) is raising awareness of the startling amount of dangerous driving in school zones and around school buses. According to one study conducted by the New York Association for Pupil Transportation this past spring, there are an estimated 55,000 illegal passing of school buses per month statewide, which is more than a 48 percent increase in a five month period.


The DMV reports that there were over 47,000 tickets issued for speeding in a school zone and a fatality occurred right here in Nassau County from reckless driving. With over 90 other accidents involving injuries within a school zone, it is past time for stricter measures to be taken to protect our children.


“Too many drivers have a passive attitude when it comes to stopping for school buses and slowing down in school zones which can produce deadly consequences,” McDonough said, “Obeying traffic laws and remembering to be careful around schools and school buses is very important and I am calling on all my neighbors to be more aware of their surroundings and obey these important traffic laws that keep our children safe. The safety of our school zones and buses is all of our responsibility and I for one will do everything in my power to make sure they’re safe this school year.”


As the Chairman of the Assembly Minority Task Force on Public Safety and Ranking Minority Member of the Assembly Transportation Committee, McDonough has spearheaded such initiatives as traffic cameras and stricter reporting requirements for abuse in schools.


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McDonough Helps Collect Over 1,500 Pounds of Food for Long Island Families

Assemblyman Dave McDonough (R,C,I-Merrick) pictured outside King Kullen grocery store Saturday where he and volunteers collected over 1,555 pounds of food for local families.

Assemblyman Dave McDonough (R, C, I-Merrick) is pleased to announce the success of his food drive this past weekend which collected over 1,555 pounds of food. The drive was held at the King Kullen in Bellmore on Aug. 5 and was sponsored by Long Island Cares.


“No one should have to worry about where their family’s next meal will come from,” said McDonough. “It is important that we pay it forward and help out those who are less fortunate. Not only is this helping out families in need on Long Island, but this is also a great opportunity to teach younger generations what is means to help out your neighbor. I look forward to working with Long Island Cares again in the future to raise even more food to help out even more families.”


“During a time when food drive donations are historically low, The Summer Food Drive to End Hunger serves as a significant tool in meeting our vision of a hunger-free Long Island. This series of food drives helps us to put more food on the tables of our friends and neighbors facing food insecurity. The food drive sponsored by Assemblyman McDonough on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017 resulted in an unprecedented 1,555 pounds of food for the needy. We are very grateful to Assemblyman McDonough for his participation and recognizing the truth of hunger on Long Island, and for his decision to stand and act on behalf of those in need,” said William Gonyou, Community Events and Food Drive Manager of Long Island Cares.


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