On Monday, May 27, 2013 Senator Bonacic marched in the Memorial Day Parade in Pine Island along with the Polish Legion of American Veterans Post #16 and participated in a cemetery service held at the end of the parade honoring those who have given the ultimate sacrifice defending our nation, our freedom and our way of life.
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.
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.
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.
Senator Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) is pictured with honored guest Mabel Adams of Delhi. Ms. Adams was honored for her outstanding contributions to her community through her volunteer work. A resident of Delhi for almost 50 years, Ms. Adams volunteers for medical transportation services through the Office of the Aging, is a member of the Delaware County Senior Council, a member of the Delhi Senior Social Club, and is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Delhi, among other community involvement.
Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) is pictured with newly appointed New York Court of Appeals Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam. As Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Bonacic moved her nomination to the Senate Floor for confirmation by a unanimous vote.
On Saturday, April 27, 2013, Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt Hope) attended the 50th Anniversary and Grand Reopening of the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center Celebration. Senator Bonacic is pictured above, participating in a ribbon cutting with Chris White, Glen Hoagland, Sam and Joy Grafton, and other dignitaries.
On Saturday, April 27, 2013 Senator John J. Bonacic attended the 7th Annual Greenwood Forest Farms Association, Inc. Spring Luncheon honoring businessman Mr. Leo Kaytes and photographer Mr. John Robinson for their valued community service at the Warwick Valley Country Club in Warwick. Greenwood Forest Farms Association, Inc. is dedicated to gathering and preserving the historical information of New York State's first African American resort community, founded in 1919 in the Town of Warwick, NY.
Pictured with Senator Bonacic are John and Gail Robinson.
On Friday, April 26, 2013 Senator John J. Bonacic, along with other elected officials and department heads, met with representatives from the New York State Department of Transportation in Monticello to discuss the Pond Eddy Bridge.
Senator Bonacic is pictured above with Ross Coleman, President of the New York State Camp Directors Association. Mr. Coleman, of Coleman Country Day Camp, was presented a pen certificate commemorating the passage of Senator Bonacic’s legislation, (S6466B of 2012) that allows all children’s camps to employ licensed health care professionals in order to serve the needs of children during their summer camp experience.
On Saturday, April 20, 2013 Senator Bonacic attended the 3rd Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, held at the grounds of the Sullivan County Government Center and Broadway in Monticello. The event helped raise funds for the RISE (Rape Intervention Services and Education) Program in Sullivan County. This event is always a great time that raises funds and awareness for an important cause.
Pictured with Senator Bonacic are Barbara Sush, Committee Co-Chair and Sarah Dittmar, RISE Program Manager.
On Monday, April 22, 2013, Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt.Hope) met with Mayor Ed Snow of the Village of Walton. Pictured above, left to right, is Mayor Snow, his wife, Mirjana Snow, and Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) is pictured with the New York State Public Affairs Committee of the Junior League and fellow members of the New York State Senate in support of the “Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act” (S2135-A). This legislation improves New York State’s response to human trafficking and increases penalties for buyers and traffickers.