David B. Donaldson

2016-2017, Deputy Chairman, Laws and Rules, Governmental Services Committee

2010 - 2013, 2016-2017, Deputy Chairman, Legislative Programs, Education and Community Services Committee

2014 - 2015, Vice Chair, Ulster County Legislature

2014 - 2015, Chairman, Legislative Programs, Education and Community Services Committee

2012 - 2013, 2004-2005, Minority Leader

2006 - 2009, Chairman, Ulster County Legislature

2008, Co-Chairman, Labor Relations and Negotiations Committee

2000 - 2001, Deputy Chairman, General Services Committee

Legislator,
District No. 6 - City of Kingston

Contact Information

Where: 
148 Henry Street,
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: 
(845) 399-8709
Home Phone: 
(845) 331-8985

Legislative Information

Party Affiliation: 
Democrat
Working Families

Background -+

Government

Vice Chairman David Donaldson is serving his eleventh term on the Ulster County Legislature. He served four years as Chairman of the Legislature and was elected Minority Leader twice. He also serves as the Legislative representative to the Ulster County Jury Board. Vice Chairman Donaldson's goal has been “to make a difference where a difference is needed.” His character trademark of tenacity makes him an outspoken leader representing the constituents City of Kingston’s Wards 2, 5, and 9.

He has been recognized by numerous non-partisan organizations for his tireless work to help others as well as his constant push for good government initiatives (See Memberships & Awards). Dave has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to work with anyone willing to be part of a progressive agenda of government reform, the right economic growth, protection of our beautiful area, effective programs for youth and the elderly, along with enhanced collaboration with the City of Kingston and Ulster County.

Dave works toward a “better government at a better price” by initiating, sponsoring and ensuring reformed fiscal management of County government, sustaining budgets below inflationary rates, maintaining and improving transparency and improved services through consolidations and efficiencies.

Dave served as an Alderman in the City of Kingston prior to joining the County Legislature. As an alderman he initiated a City Charter change as well as creating policies that and helped bring about the Revitalization of the Rondout Area of Kingston. He continues to work with City Leaders, regardless of party or other affiliations, for the betterment of the City of Kingston.

Dave taught Government and Economics at FDR High School in Hyde Park for 20 years before retiring. Prior to teaching, Dave was a Foreman and Inspector for Conrail Railroad.

He began his college education at SUNY Ulster and went on to receive his Bachelors in Political Science and Master in History/Education from SUNY New Paltz.

Currently, Dave serves on the SUNY Ulster Presidential Search Process and Search Committee and represents the Ulster County Legislature on the Ulster County Jury Board.

Memberships & Awards

  • SUNY ULSTER 2008 Alumni of the Year Award.*
  • Southern Poverty Law Center – Teaching Tolerance Award
  • Times Herald Record Cheers Award for Good Gov't Resolutions
  • ASK Award for Promoting Diversity in the Arts & Humanities
  • Member of The Ancient Order of Hibernians
  • Member of Sons of the American Legion
  • Elks Club Member
  • League of Women Voters

Terms Served

2014-2015, 2016-2017

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2016-2017 Attendance

Attended

Meeting of the
Wed, Dec 6, 2017
Meeting of the
Tue, Nov 14, 2017
Mon, Nov 13, 2017
Meeting of the
Tue, Oct 17, 2017
Mon, Oct 16, 2017
Meeting of the
Tue, Sep 19, 2017
Mon, Sep 18, 2017
Meeting of the
Wed, Sep 13, 2017
Meeting of the
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

Absent

Wed, Feb 15, 2017
Meeting of the
Tue, Jul 11, 2017
Meeting of the
Mon, Oct 23, 2017
Meeting of the
Tue, Dec 12, 2017

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Attendance from previous terms

Attended

2014-2015

Meeting of the
Tue, Dec 15, 2015
Mon, Dec 14, 2015
Meeting of the
Wed, Dec 9, 2015
Meeting of the
Tue, Nov 17, 2015
Mon, Nov 16, 2015
Meeting of the
Tue, Nov 10, 2015
Meeting of the
Mon, Nov 9, 2015
Meeting of the
Tue, Oct 20, 2015

Absent

2014-2015

Tue, Feb 18, 2014
Meeting of the
Tue, Feb 18, 2014
Meeting of the
Wed, Nov 5, 2014
Meeting of the
Thu, Jan 22, 2015
Meeting of the
Wed, Feb 11, 2015
Tue, Apr 28, 2015
Thu, May 14, 2015
Thu, Oct 22, 2015
Meeting of the
Thu, Nov 12, 2015

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2017 Votes

Yes Votes

Tue, Nov 14, 2017 Vote to Amend Resolution No. 421
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 Vote to Amend Resolution No. 422
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 Vote to Amend Resolution No. 424
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 Vote to Amend Resolution No. 423
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 402
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 403
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 404
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 405
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 406
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 415

Abstained

No votes recorded

Sponsored legislation from previous terms

  • Confirming Appointment Of A Member To The Ulster County Youth Board
  • Calling Organizational Meeting Of 2015
  • LATE - Authorizing The Chairman Of The Ulster County Legislature To Execute A Memorandum Of Agreement With The Social Security Administration For Participation In The Video Service Delivery Project – Office For The Aging
  • Confirming Reappointment Of Member To The Ulster County Board Of Ethics
  • Authorizing the Chairman of the Ulster County Legislature To Execute A Grant Application With Required Assurances For The NY Connects Program With The New York State Office For The Aging
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract In Excess Of $50,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Gateway Community Industries – Office For The Aging
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract In Excess Of $50,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Dittus, Kathleen H. – Office For The Aging
  • Approving The Collective Bargaining Agreement Between The County Of Ulster And The UCCC Faculty Association
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract Amendment Causing The Aggregate Amendment Amount To Be In Excess Of $50,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Dan’s Hauling & Demo, Inc. – County Attorney
  • Confirming The Appointment Of Shelley J. Wagar As Director Of The Office For The Aging

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Votes from previous terms