Senator Bonacic attended and delivered remarks at the annual Emergency Medical Services Memorial Dedication Ceremony in Albany today. Bonacic was joined by members of the legislature, honored guests, and EMS professionals from around the state to pay respect to the men and women who keep us safe in our communities. This year, the names of Ross E. Huffer of the Nesconsent Fire Department and Andre M. Maurice of the Richmondville EMS were added to the memorial wall. Both paramedics were killed in the line of duty in 2014.
This past Friday, Senator Bonacic attended the Catskill Regional Medical Center’s 3rd Annual County-Wide Celebration and Awards Dinner. The dinner is a celebration of those who have dedicated their lives to the safety, protection and health of the residents of Sullivan County, and Senator Bonacic was pleased to thank the men and women for their service to the community.
Senator Bonacic is pictured with first responders, and award recipients at the Awards Dinner.
Senator Bonacic was pleased to attend an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for six Boy Scouts from Troop 63 in Goshen yesterday, and present the new Eagle Scouts with Senate resolutions. Only 5% of all Boy Scouts will attain the rank of Eagle Scout. These six young men have shown that they have the qualities to be leaders in whatever endeavor they choose.
From L-R, Dustan Winship, John Lunden, Madison Olivero, Eric Hawkins, Advaita Rao-Sharma, and Colin Henkler. Seated behind the Scouts are the Scoutmaster’s from Troop 63.
Senator Bonacic joined friends, neighbors and local community leaders at the farewell celebration of Rabbi Joel Schwab of Temple Sinai in Middletown, NY, this past Sunday. Rabbi Schwab has served as the spiritual leader of the Temple for 33 years. He now takes on an even more important role, full time grandfather to his grandchildren.
A represenatative from my office stopped by Middletown High School's STEM night, on Thursday May 15th. The event was a showcase of Middletown's STEM students and their success not only this academic, but also throughout their educational career.
Here is picture of two small robots that were built by Middletown STEM students
Senator Bonacic joined local elected officials, law enforcement personnel, and other dignitaries to honor fallen police officers and their families at the annual Orange County Law Enforcement Memorial Service this past Friday in Goshen. The ceremony is held every year to memorialize Orange County police officers who have heroically given their lives in the line of duty. This year, the name of NY State Trooper Winston Martindale was added to the memorial wall. Martindale passed away in July of 2013 after succumbing to injuries he sustained responding to a plane crash in the Town of Wawayanda in 2011.
Senator Bonacic was pleased to welcome Cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point to Albany as part of the NY Senate’s 2015 West Point Day. Bonacic had the opportunity to speak with Cadet Christopher Whipple about his time at the Academy. Cadet Whipple resides in Neversink, NY and is set to graduate in 2015. Senior Academy personnel were also on hand, including the Superintendent of the United States Military Academy, Lieutenant General Robert Caslen. These Cadets are some of the best and brightest that this country has to offer, and West Point Day offers the State Legislature a chance to recognize them.
Senator Bonacic joined members of the law enforcement community and other government officials today, to pay respect to New York police officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2014, at the Annual Police Officers Remembrance Ceremony in Albany. Last year alone, 16 New York police officers paid the ultimate sacrifice. Their names were among 27 inscribed on the Police Officers Memorial at today’s ceremony.
Senator Bonacic attended a solemn ceremony on Sunday remembering Sullivan County Firefighters who passed away in 2014. The 56th Annual Firefighters Memorial Ceremony is a heartfelt occasion that allows members of the community to recognize those firefighters who have answered the long last alarm during the preceding year.
The best of Sullivan County was on display this past Sunday as the Chamber of Commerce hosted the twenty-fourth annual Pride of Sullivan County Awards. Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) was pleased to attend and congratulate the award recipients on their contributions to the economic vitality to the County.
Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) was pleased to join friends and neighbors this past Saturday at the Greenville Fire Department’s Annual Inspection Dinner. Bonacic presented certificates to members of the fire company and thanked them for their commitment to protecting and serving the community.
Senator Bonacic shared a delicious pancake breakfast with members of the community this past Sunday at the Forestburgh Fire Company’s Pancake Breakfast. Normally, the men and women of the fire company wear fire gear, but on Sunday they traded in their fire equipment for aprons and spatulas and cooked up a tasty pancake breakfast for everyone in attendance. Senator Bonacic is pictured with members of the Forestburgh Fire Company at their Pancake Breakfast on Sunday.
Senator Bonacic met with representatives from Safe Homes of Orange County today in his Albany office. They were in Albany to discuss issues and legislation that concerns individuals and families affected by domestic violence.
Pictured L-R are, Saishree Rao, Kellyann Kostyal-Larrier, Executive Director of Safe Homes of Orange County and Cynthia Hernandez.
Senator Bonacic met with New York City Firefighters, all of whom are residents of Orange County, in his Albany office today. These brave first responders were in Albany to discuss legislation that affects their profession, as well as other issues of concern.
Pictured with Senator Bonacic are (L-R), Thomas Dempsey Jr., Travis Rudnick and Kevin Bohan. All men are Orange County residents and members of the FDNY.
Senator Bonacic was pleased to meet and speak with medical students from Touro College’s Middletown Campus today in Albany. The students were in Albany as part of the New York State Osteopathic Medical Society’s lobby day. The Middletown campus opened its doors to students in August of 2014 and trains those students in a holistic approach to the practice of medicine. With several major hospitals surrounding the college, Touro students are well positioned to continue their work serving the residents on the Hudson Valley after they graduate.
Senator Bonacic met with members of the New York State Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NYSRECA) today in Albany, as part of NYSRECA’s lobby day. Among those in attendance at the meeting were representatives from the Delaware County Electric Co-op. An electric co-op provides essential services to rural communities, like those in Delaware County, and supply low cost reliable energy to their customers.
Senator Bonacic was pleased to join local volunteer firefighters, and celebrate their service to the community at a dinner this past Saturday. Bonacic attended the Bloomingburg Fire Company’s Annual Installation and 80th Anniversary Dinner Dance, and presented certificates to members of the company to honor their service. The function served as a thank you to the firefighters, and a reminder of the critical role that volunteer fire companies have in our community.
Senator Bonacic was pleased to join local volunteer firefighters, and celebrate their service to the community at a dinner this past Saturday. Bonacic attended the Huguenot Fire Company’s Annual Dinner Dance and presented certificates to members of the company to honor their service. The function served as a thank you to the firefighters, and a reminder of the critical role that volunteer fire companies have in our community.
Senator Bonacic met with representatives from the NYS Volunteer Ambulance and Rescue Association in his Albany office. The focus of the meeting centered on the issues that these first responders face on a daily basis, as well as legislation affecting the Association.
Pictured with Senator Bonacic are (L-R), Aidon O’Connor Jr. and Edward Hillenbrand, both from the NYS Volunteer Ambulance and Rescue Association.