David McDonough of Merrick was first elected to the New York State Assembly in a special election held Tuesday, February 12, 2002. Assemblyman McDonough is the Chairman of the Assembly Minority Task Force on Public Safety and, as such, works with various prominent agencies including the United States Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Secret Service, law enforcement and the courts, volunteer firefighters and emergency services, veterans and military personnel, sex offender watch, and workforce issues in the correctional services. He is an Associate Board Member of the New York State chapter of InfraGard, an FBI public-private partnership. Assemblyman McDonough is the Ranking Minority Member on the Assembly Transportation Committee, and, in addition, serves on the Health, Education, Veteransí Affairs and Consumer Affairs committees. He is also a member of the Nassau County Task Force on Family Violence. Active in local civic affairs, Assemblyman McDonough is a Past President of the Nassau County Council of Chambers of Commerce, representing 50 chambers and over 6,000 small businesses. Prior to that, from 1994 to 1998, Dave served four terms as President of the Merrick Chamber of Commerce. As President, he was responsible for a 35 percent growth in membership and the development of several business community projects, including annual street festivals and the addition of holiday lighting in the business community. Assemblyman McDonough was an original member of the Development Committee for the Merrick Downtown Revitalization Project serving as coordinator of that program to enhance the downtown business area of Merrick and was at the forefront in the design and implementation of the programís various components. In addition, he was responsible for developing a four-screen movie theater in the downtown Merrick area. He was a founding member of the Bellmore-Merrick Community Wellness Council, an organization working with various community, business and religious organizations to help prevent substance abuse and improve the quality of life for families and individuals. Assemblyman McDonough has been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Merrick for over 30 years, and served as its Distinguished President in 1989. He also served as the Divisional Educational Chairman as well as Chairman of the New York District Kiwanis Club Officer Training Program. The Assemblyman served in the United States Coast Guard and the United States Air Force. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Columbia University, along with graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He and his wife, Carolyn, live in Merrick and have three children, David Jr., Susan and Scott, along with four grandchildren.