Senator Bonacic congratulates Walter Kittle on his induction into the NYS Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame at a ceremony recently held in Albany. Kittle served in the Navy, Army National Guard and Air National Guard and volunteered for tours in Iraq and Afghanistan before retiring in 2013 from 30 plus years in military service. Here, Kittle is being awarded a NYS Certificate of Recognition by the Senator.
Senator Bonacic attended a ceremony in his honor at the O'Connor Hospital in Delhi on May 21, 2014 to dedicate the new atrium entrance at the facility which is named for him. Here is the Senator with Dan Ayres, CEO of O'Connor Hospital.
"It was a wonderful event, said Pete Hamilton, Chairman of the O'Connor Hospital's Board of Trustrees, "We are so appreciative of the support from Senator Bonacic over the years, and we believe this was the appropriate way to honor him. Our sincerest thanks to Senator Bonacic, Dr. William Streck, who is retiring, and the community at large for helping to achieve this great success."
Senator Bonacic with James Martin, former Division Chief of the Fire Department of New York, in Albany for the NYS Emergency Medical Services Memorial held on May 20, 2014 at Empire State Plaza. This event recognized 12 fallen FDNY emergency medical service providers whose names were added to the Tree of Life Memorial, bringing the total to 56.
The Hortonville Volunteer Fire Company recently celebrated its 100th anniversary, and at their dinner, a New York State Senate resolution was presented to President Paul Hendershot and Chief Peter Norton in recognition of this milestone for the Fire Company.
Senator Bonacic attended and spoke at the recent Awards Dinner hosted by Catskill Regional Medical Center which recognized the contributions of all levels of emergency responders in Sullivan County. This event, held during Volunteer Firefighter and EMS week, honors members of local and state police, firefighters, paramedics, volunteer first aid responders, doctors, nurses, and staff members from CRMC for their dedication to the health and safety of Sullivan County residents.
Senator Bonacic met with constituents (l to r) Jessica Koock, Cindy Tangney and Eileen Konieczny recently at the District Office to discuss the Compassionate Care Act (SB4406) which would legalize marijuana for a certified medical use, and could only be administered by a certified patient or designated caregiver. The Senator advised them that he would support the bill if it came to the Senate floor.
Senator Bonacic attended the recent Orange County Sheriff Officer's Annual Awards which honored Deputy Sheriffs, Correction Officers and employees for their outstanding service to their community. With the Senator are Chief Dennis Barry, Sheriff Carl DuBois, County Clerk Annie Rabbitt, and Undersheriff Ken Jones.
Senator Bonacic attended and spoke at the recent RSVP Volunteer Recognition luncheon hosted by the Orange County Office for the Aging. The Senator recognized hundreds of seniors who continue to serve their community. Special recognition was given to William Denette who volunteers at the Round Hill Elementary School, and to senior volunters at the Albert Wisner Public Library, Pine Bush Public Library, Hill-Hold Museum, Historical Society of Newburgh, and the Orange County Genealogical Society. Here is the Senator with Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus; Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler; and AnnMarie Maglione, Director of the Orange County Office of the Aging.
Senator Bonacic attended and spoke at the Heroin & Opioid Addiction Forum hosted by Senator Larkin which was held at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center last week. Representatives from law enforcement; health, treatment and recovery centers; as well as local elected officials met to discuss this alarming epidemic. Their comments will aid the State Senate Task Force to create appropriate legislation. Here is the Senator with (l to r) Senator Phil Boyle, Chairman; Senator William Larkin, Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus, District Attorney David Hoovler; representative from Sean Patrick Maloney's office; Darcie Miller from the Orange County Office of Mental Health; and Rob Ross CEO of St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital.
Barbara Sush was honored as a New York Senate 2014 Woman of Distinction reception held in Albany on May 13. Sush a retired schoolteacher from Sullivan County, is a leader in numerous organizations and as a Master Gardener, has worked on various beautification projects throughout Sullivan County. Here is the Senator with Barbara and her husband, Richard.
Senator Bonacic hosted a Senate Task Force Forum on Heroin and Opioid Addiction on May 9. The Senator thanks the distinguished panelists: District Attorney, James Farrell, Sheriff Michael Schiff; Joseph Todora from SC Community Services; Public Health Director, Nancy McGraw; Dr.
Senator attended the Rock Hill Volunteer Fire Department's Annual Installation Dinner and Dance on Saturday, May 3. Here is the Senator with Jerry D'Agostino (l) and Chief Charles Blackburn. Awards were given out for multiple years of service to the Department, as well as to the Rock Hill Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.
Senator Bonacic attended Rock Hill Volunteer Fire Department's Annual Installation Dinner and Dance on May 3. With the Senator is President Jerry D'Agostino (l) and Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners, Steven Gottlieb. Awards were given out for multiple years of service to the Department; awards were also given to the Rock Hill Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.
Senator Bonacic with Walton resident, Peg Shafer, who was honored at the 2014 Senior Citizens Day Celebration recently. Shafer is a member of the New Hope Community Church and an active volunteer with the Church's soup kitchen. She also works the Pancake Tent at the Delaware County Fair. Also honored was Sullivan County's Arthur Viele, a volunteer medical driver, a member of the Sullivan County Historical Society as well as many other Sullivan County organizations.
Senator Bonacic attended the Police Officers Memorial Remembrance Ceremony in Albany on May 6. This event honored 20 fallen police officers from law enforcement agencies across New York State, including five who died in 2013 in the line of duty. The names of these 20 officers join the 1,340 others who have been inscribed on the Police Officers' Memorial, which represents 140 police agencies statewide and five federal agencies. The officers' names are placed randomly on the wall, without rank, to signify that every officer's sacrifice is the same.
Senator Bonacic attended the 2014 Sullivan County Pride Award ceremony on May 4, 2014. Pictured with the Senator are Sullivan County Chamber President, Cathy Paty; Young Emerging Leader, Brad Rutledge; Distinguished Service Award, Elaine Giguere; Distinguished Achievement Award, Alexis L. Eggleton; and Businessperson of the Year, Greg J. Goldstein.