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Recognizing Three Year Anniversary of Hurricane Irene

Senator Bonacic provided remarks at a Middletown press conference today, August 28, 2014, held by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney to mark the three year anniversary of Hurricane Irene.  This event also recognized the millions of FEMA-aid dollars that have come in to help communities rebuild from this storm, as well as Hurricane Sandy and Tropical Storm Lee.  The Senator thanked all of our Federal representatives, past and present, for providing the critical assistance to our disaster victims.

August 28, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Releases Statement re: the report of the Inspector General Investigation into Improper Takeout Rate Charged by NYRA

Statement by Senator John J. Bonacic, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering, regarding the report of the Inspector General Investigation into the Improper Takeout Rate Charged by the New York Racing Association, Inc.:

August 26, 2014
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Senator Bonacic At the Sullivan Renaissance Pre-Awards Ceremony

The Sullivan Renaissance Pre-Awards Ceremony Cocktail Party reception was held at the Market Shed at Bethel Woods Center last night.  These awards are funded by the Gerry Foundation, and provides communities in Sullivan County  with seed money for beautification projects.  The top winners were the  Phillipsport Community Center ($25,000 grant); the Village of Jeffersonville ($10,000 grant); and the Rock Hill Fire Department and the Rock Hill Business and Community Association ($5,000).  With Alan and Sandra Gerry.

August 12, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Attends Ribbon-Cutting for Orange County's New "Burn Building"

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for Orange County's new firefighter training facility, the "burn building," was held today, August 11.  The building features three stories, includes 13 burn rooms and can simulate a variety of fires, including attic and basement fires.  Located at the Fire Training Center in New Hampton, it has a 30 year life span, and it's estimated that two-thousand firefighters will learn from it.  The Senator joined with other Orange County officials, including Senator Bill Larkin; Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus; Assemblyman James Skoufis; and former Orange County Eddie Diana to officially open the facility.   

August 11, 2014
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Senator Bonacic At Ellenville's Shawangunk Mountain Wild Blueberry Festival

Senator Bonacic visited the annual Shawangunk Mountain Wild Blueberry Festival in Ellenville on August 9, 2014 which celebrates good music, great people and, of course, terrific blueberries.  Here is the Senator with Tammy Boylan, owner of Gardiner's Wrights Farm.

 

August 11, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Takes Part in 5K Run/Walk to Benefit Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties

Senator Bonacic and Pat Bonacic took part in the 5K run/walk to benefit Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties on August 9, 2014.  Here is the Senator with his wife, Pat and (l) Anthony Kane, Chairman of Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties; and (r) Dan O'Grady, President and CEO. 

August 11, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Attends Citizen Preparedness Training, Middletown

Senator Bonacic attended the Civilian Emergency Preparedness Corps Training event held in Middletown.  Here is the Senator with (l) Capt. Castillo and Master Sgt. Rowse (r) who ran the event.

August 8, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Provides Comments for a Fox 5 News program regarding Online Gambling (Click on story to get link to the video)

Senator Bonacic provided comments for an informative Fox 5 News program that aired on August 4, 2014. The program was about online gambling, and Senator Bonacic discussed the potential for online gambling legislation for New York.  

August 5, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Announces The Passage of Senate Bill 1885C Into Law - Calls for volunteer firefighter applicants to have background checks

Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I – Mount Hope) announces that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed Senate Bill 1885-C sponsored by Senator Bonacic, which would require prospective volunteer firefighters to authorize a background check for sex offense convictions upon the submission of their application, into law.  

August 4, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Visits with the Callicoon Center Fire Department at Pancake Breakfast

Senator Bonacic visits with the volunteer firefighters from the Callicoon Center Fire Department at their pancake breakfast on Sunday, August 3, 2014.   

August 4, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Invites Residents and Families to Citizen Preparedness Training in Middletown

Senator Bonacic (R/C/I – Mount Hope) invites residents and families to learn preparedness training in the event of a natural or man-made disaster at the Citizen Preparedness Training Program to be held on Thursday, August 7, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Mulberry House Senior Center, 62-70 West Main Street, Middletown, NY. 

August 4, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Advocates for Governor Cuomo to Sign S1885-C Into Law: Volunteer Firefighter Applicants Would Be Checked for Prior Sex Offenses

Senator Bonacic spoke at a press conference today at the Rock Hill Volunteer Fire Company advocating for the Governor to sign Senate Bill 1885-C into law.  This Bill would allow the fire chief to authorize a  background check on an applicant who wants to be a volunteer firefighter to see if there are any sex offense convictions.  The fire chief would have the authority to deny the submission should the applicant have prior sex offense convictions. 

July 23, 2014
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Senator Bonacic attends the Sullivan County United Mixer

Senator Bonacic recently attended the Sullivan County United Mixer, which was held at the Monticello Motor Club. "What a great turnout by the business community who came out to support each other," he said.

July 17, 2014
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SENATE REPUBLICANS LAUNCH BOLD PLAN TO INVEST OVER $3 BILLION BNP BANK SETTLEMENT TO KEEP STATE MOVING FORWARD

Senate Republicans launched a bold and far-reaching plan to invest over $3 billion from the BNP Paribas bank settlement, return money to hardworking taxpayers and keep New York State moving forward.  This comprehensive and fiscally responsible budgeting approach will accelerate planned tax cuts to give New Yorkers the relief they need and deserve as soon as possible, make key infrastructure investments to create new jobs across the state and provide historic assistance to local schools and property taxpayers.

July 10, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Greets Members of the New York Rangers

Senator Bonacic with members of the New York Rangers on their visit to Albany.  "They had a great season, and I was happy to congratulate the players for the excitement they brought to their fans and coming so close to winning the Stanley Cup," said the Senator. From left to right: Dominic Moore, Martin St. Louis, Derek Stepan, GM Glen Sather, and Assistant GM Jim Schoenfeld.

 

June 19, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Receives the Legislative Leadership Award from the New York State Police Investigators Association

Senator Bonacic receives the Legislative Leadership award from the New York State Police Investigators Association in Albany on his advocacy for the department.  On the left is NYSPIA President, Jeffrey Kayser, and on the right is Artie Wilcox, Union Representative.  Said the Senator, “I am honored to be the recipient of their award, and thank them for all the work they do to keep our community safe.”

June 18, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Announces Bill Allowing Volunteer Fire Departments to Screen Potential Members for Past Sex Offenses Passes in the Senate

Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C – Mount Hope) announces that the NYS Senate today passed  Senate Bill 1885-C which would require prospective volunteer firefighters to authorize a background check for sex offense convictions upon the submission of their application. 

June 17, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Announces Bill to Set School Proposition Votes on Certain Dates Passes in the Senate

Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C – Mount Hope) announces that the NYS Senate today passed  Senate Bill 2015-A which states that school district proposition votes shall be held only on the third Tuesday of May (or second Tuesday if the third Tuesday conflicts with religious observances), or on one or both of two dates set by the Commissioner of Education. 

June 17, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Visits With John S. Burke High School Students, Sees Up Close How iPads Will Be Used in the Classroom

Senator Bonacic visited with students at John S. Burke Catholic High School in Goshen to see how the iPad will be used in the classroom.  

June 13, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Announces Passage of Senate Bill Allowing County Jails to Share Financing and Facilities

Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C – Mount Hope) announces that the NYS Senate today passed  Senate Bill 1876A which will allow counties to share a jail instead of having separate jails in each county.  

June 11, 2014
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