This Memorial Day, we remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice defending our nation, our freedom and our way of life. Every one of these brave men and women deserve our respect, gratitude, and appreciation. As we gather this weekend with family and friends for barbeques, parades and parties, please take time to remember and pay tribute to those who have made sacrifices to protect our freedoms. We must never forget our veterans, and I thank all our veterans and their families.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (Orange County), has introduced legislation, S.5586, which would provide for a process to authorize up to seven licenses for casino gaming if a referendum on the Constitutional amendment to allow casino gaming this November is successful.
On Tuesday, May 21, 2013, Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) attended the New York State Emergency Medical Services Memorial Dedication Ceremony. The memorial honors emergency medical workers who have died in the line of duty. This year Eric Monty of Champlain EMS and David G. Restuccio of Staten Island University Hospital were honored. Since Senator Bonacic helped start the memorial in 2004, forty-four emergency medical workers have been memorialized. Senator Bonacic is pictured above with Warwick emergency medical workers, Frank Cassanite and Jo Ann Cheney, in front of the Tree of Life dedicated to fallen EMS workers.
On Tuesday, May 21, 2013, Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) honored the induction of Richard Keiser to the New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame. Mr. Keiser served with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam, and acheived the rank of Sergeant. He was wounded at the Battle of Hamburger Hill in May 1969. Professionally, he served as an Orangetown Police Detective for 33 years and is a member of various veterans' and community organizations. We are grateful for Mr. Keiser's service to his community and country.
Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I- Mt. Hope) announced that the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to strengthen New York State’s ban on dangerous drop-side cribs. If passed by the Assembly, the legislation would expand the state’s existing drop-side crib ban to prohibit them from being used at child-care facilities and other places of public accommodation.
On Saturday, May 18, 2013, Senator John J. Bonacic attended the United Way of Sullivan County's 30th Anniversary Celebration held at Bernie's Holiday Restaurant in Rock Hill, N.Y. Senator Bonacic presented honoree, Eileen Ernst, with a New York State Senate Resolution upon her recognition as the Volunteer Extraordinaire by the United Way of Sullivan County.
Pictured with Senator Bonacic is the honoree, Eileen Ernst, and members of the Board of Directors.
“The Governor should be commended for ending a long standing dispute with the Oneida Nation. I wish him continued success in resolving remaining disputes with other Native American tribes and nations. The Governor’s actions will help bring greater clarity to where private sector casino gaming can go. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in the Senate and Assembly, and the Governor to bring casino gaming to fruition this year.”
This week the Governor asked me to hold off on introducing legislation because he wanted to lay out his plan first. Accordingly, I waited. I appreciate the fact that he has now done so. I am pleased he is actively engaged on the issue of gaming.
Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) is proud to recognize a truly distinguished woman and leader in our district, Orange County Clerk Donna Benson. On May 7, 2013, Ms. Benson was honored in the Capitol as one of the 2013 New York State Women of Distinction. Ms. Benson's devotion to Orange County throughout her life and her career is impressive. She has made an impact on the lives of so many through her community involvement, particularly through her leadership in so many community organizations. Ms. Benson's commitment to Orange County is also demonstrated through her career in public service. Ms. Benson has been the Orange County Clerk since 1998.
On Tuesday, May 7, 2013, Senator Bonacic met with members of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation (NYAPT) from the district to discuss bus safety issues. The group was in Albany promoting "stop arm cameras" which are used to catch drivers illegally passing school buses. Senator Bonacic is pictured above, left to right, with John Higbie, Louise Stewart, and Pam Reyer.
Senator Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) is pictured with honored guest Marion Dumond of Ellenville. Ms. Dumond was honored for her outstanding contributions to her community through her volunteer work. Born and raised in Sullivan County, Ms. Dumond has lived in Ellenvile for the past 48 years. She is a career librarian who has devoted her time to serving as Chair of the Ellenville Library Museum Advisory Board, where she was intrumental in opening the current modern library facility, art gallery, and local art museum.
Senator Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) is pictured with honored guest Glenice Foglia of Middletown. Ms. Foglia was honored for her outstanding contributions to her community through her volunteer work. Working as a secretary in the Nursing Department at Orange County Community College for 27 years, Ms. Foglia volunteers with the Jewish Family Services's Visitor Program, and is a very active member of the Middletown Lion's Club.