(Middletown, NY)- Senator Bonacic stood alongside local elected officials, as well as Steve Jones, President of the Goshen Historic Track at a press conference today to announce that he has secured a $250,000 capital grant for the track to make capital improvements on the facility. Senator Bonacic was also joined by Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus and Village of Goshen Mayor Kyle Roddey.
(Middletown, NY)- Senator Bonacic is pleased to announce that the NY State Senate has acted on an end-of-session measure that will bring $3.1 billion in new tax relief to middle class homeowners, extend the existing property tax cap to deliver additional savings and create new jobs.
(Middletown, NY)- This past Saturday, Senator Bonacic attended the Warwick Fire Department’s Biennial Parade in the Village of Warwick. Despite the threat of heavy rain, residents and members of the local community came out to support the officers and fire fighters of all the local fire companies in the parade. This year’s parade honored the outgoing Warwick Fire Department Chief, Jason Brasier.
(Middletown, NY)-Senator Bonacic was pleased to attend, and speak at, the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for James E. Steinberg, III, in Monticello, NY, this past Saturday. Steinberg is a third-generation Eagle Scout, with his grandfather and father having both achieved the rank of Eagle. Less than 5% of Scouts earn this prestigious award, and remarkably, Steinberg received his at the age of 15. For his service project, James painted and restored the Old Town Hall in Forestburgh, NY.
(Albany, NY)-The New York State Senate passed legislation, Senate Bill S5833, sponsored by Senator Bonacic that would make key improvements to the practice of electronic filing (e-filing) by the state judicial system. Starting in 1999, the state began to introduce a pilot program in the use of electronic means for the purpose of commencing certain categories of cases and filing court papers with Judges and adverse parties.
(Albany, NY)- Senator Bonacic is pleased to announce that legislation he supported has passed the Senate that will help combat sexual violence on college campuses. The bill, S.5965, would require all colleges and universities in the State of New York to implement uniform prevention and response policies and procedures relating to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
(Albany, NY)- Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) is pleased to announce that legislation which he supported, making key education reforms aimed at empowering students and teachers in New York, has passed the Senate. As part of the FY 2015-2016 State Budget, education spending increased by more than 6%. Senate Republicans fought to further eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA), successfully reducing these devastating cuts by more than 85% overall.
(Middletown, NY)- Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) is pleased to announce that seniors in Sullivan, Orange, Delaware and Ulster counties will have access to free produce at local farmers markets, as part of NY State’s Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. The program gives $20 coupons to low-income seniors that can redeemed at certain famers markets across the state. The funding for this initiative was included in this year’s state budget as a way to boost nutrition, and increase access to farm-fresh fruits and vegetables.
(Albany, NY)- Senator Bonacic is pleased to announce that once again the New York State Senate will be partnering with the New York State Library and the 1,100 libraries and neighborhood branches in New York State to get more children reading this summer. The Senate’s 2015 Summer Reading Program is offering students and families a variety of entertaining ways to encourage reading this summer.
(Albany, NY)- Senator Bonacic met with students from the Wallkill School District who were in Albany to showcase their artwork as part of the New York State Art Teachers Association’s (NYSATA) annual legislative exhibit. The student exhibit is held every year and recognizes the artistic accomplishments of students from across New York.
(Albany, NY)-The New York State Senate has passed legislation, S1901 by Senator Bonacic, that would increase safety and security at alcohol and substance abuse treatment facilities that are utilized for judicial diversion programs. This legislation would require a court to consider a defendants propensity for violence before assigning them to a judicial diversion program for substance abuse and would require a greater level of security at facilities that treat judicial diversion defendants.
(Albany, NY)- Senator Bonacic was pleased to attend Troop 45 of Warwick’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor yesterday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church to congratulate six scouts upon receiving their Eagle Scout Merit badges. Bonacic presented each scout with a NY Senate Resolution celebrating this momentous occasion. These six young men have demonstrated that they have the qualities to be leaders in whatever endeavor they choose.
(Albany, NY)- Senator Bonacic joined members of the local community and representatives from the Orange County Chamber of Commerce at the grand opening celebration of Mason’s Marketplace in New Hampton this past Friday. Mason’s Marketplace is a family owned and operated deli, grocery store and restaurant, and is located in a 150 year old building that served as a stagecoach stop in the 19th century.
(Middletown, NY)- The Town of Wallkill held a special ceremony this afternoon for town employee Michael P. Cody who was recently honored by Senator Bonacic as his 2015 NY Senate Veterans Hall of Fame Inductee. Bonacic presented Cody with a framed bio-board that hung in the Well of the Legislative Office Building in Albany. Several of Mr. Cody’s co-workers were on hand to celebrate his honor.
(Middletown, NY)- Senator Bonacic was pleased to join members of the community and local officials last evening at the retirement celebration of SUNY Orange President Dr. Bill Richards at Kaplan Hall in Newburgh. Dr. Richards has served as the President of SUNY Orange since 2003 and during his tenure has been a tremendous advocate for the students and faculty at the institution.
(Middletown, NY)- Senator Bonacic joined local elected officials, business leaders, health professionals and community members and delivered remarks at the grand opening and ribbon cutting for Braemar at Wallkill, an assisted living residence with 200 units in the Town of Wallkill. The facility offers on and off-site programming, multiple dining areas and several recreational lounges for its residents. They also offer a full complement of health-care services including a unit dedicated to serving dementia and Alzheimer's residents.
(Albany, NY)- Senator Bonacic joined colleagues, law enforcement officials and hundreds of pet owners and advocates at the annual Animal Advocacy Day in Albany yesterday. The annual event raises awareness and brings attention to important issues facing animals in New York State.
(Albany, NY)- Senator Bonacic is pleased to announce that the NY Senate has passed Senate Bill S.1634, which he sponsored. The bill would amend the vehicle and traffic law by increasing the penalties for passing a stopped school bus. Current law provides that an individual convicted two or more times of speeding in a construction zone be subject to sixty days suspension of his or her driver’s license. However, passing a stopped school bus two or more times does not carry the same penalty. This legislation would remedy that inconsistency.
Senator Bonacic attended the Orange County EMS Council’s Awards Dinner last evening to thank all the first responders for the work that they do every day to protect their local communities. The Awards Ceremony honors those men and women who give of themselves to care for and protect their friends and neighbors.
(Albany, NY)- Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) announced today that the New York State Senate has passed legislation (Senate Bill S.5597) making the state 2% property tax cap, implemented in 2011, permanent. The Senate included a permanent tax cap in its one-house budget resolution in March, and this legislation affirms the commitment made then by the Republican Conference to continue to work to improve the economic conditions in New York.