David Donaldson is serving his thirteenth term on the Ulster County Legislature. He served four years as Chairman of the Legislature and was elected Minority Leader twice. David 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 3, 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. 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 started an initiative of “Better government at a better price” by 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 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 recently 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
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Kingston, NY 12401
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