John J. Bonacic's Press releases

Senator Bonacic Attends Orange County EMS Council Awards Dinner

Senator Bonacic stopped by 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.

May 21, 2015
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NY SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION PROTECTING HOMEOWNERS BY MAKING TAX CAP PERMANENT

(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.

May 19, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES ORANGE COUNTY RESIDENT MICHAEL CODY HAS BEEN INDUCTED INTO THE NY SENATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME

Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) is pleased to announce that Orange County resident, and Army veteran, Michael Cody has been inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. Mr. Cody was honored, along with other inductees, at a ceremony in Albany on Tuesday May 19th.

May 19, 2015
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO CREATE A REGISTRY OF VIOLENT OFFENDERS

(Albany, NY)- Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) is pleased to announce that The Domestic Violence Protection Act, also known as “Brittany’s Law”, has passed the Senate. The bill, S513, would increase the safety and awareness of communities by increasing access to information about convicted violent felons. It would create a publicly accessible registry of all individuals convicted of a violent felony and allow local law enforcement to keep track of their location.

May 19, 2015
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SENATE PASSES “TERESITA’S LAW” BY SENATOR BONACIC TO PROTECT PEDESTRIANS FROM ILLEGAL DRIVERS

(Albany, NY)-  Today the New York State Senate passed “Teresita’s Law,” (S.1600)  sponsored by Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope), which elevates the charge of causing the death of another, while negligently operating a motor vehicle with a suspended, revoked, or otherwise withdrawn license, from a misdemeanor to a Class E Felony.

May 12, 2015
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SAVE THE DATE: Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council Announces Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) Workshops

The Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council has announced it will hold three Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) Workshops to assist local municipalities and economic development organizations with any questions and issues they may have as they work to complete their applications for 2015.

 The dates and locations of the upcoming workshops are:

May 11, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES BOATERS CAN NOW TAKE SAFETY COURSE ONLINE

(Middletown, NY)- Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) is pleased to announce that boaters in New York can now take their safety courses online. In 2013, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law that required anyone born on or after May 1, 1996, to have completed a boating safety course before operating a motorboat. Prior to the online safety courses, boaters seeking a safety certification had to successfully complete an eight-hour course in a classroom setting.

“The Hudson Valley and Catskills are home some of the best boating and outdoor recreation in New York State,” said Bonacic. “This announcement will make it easier for young and new boaters to take advantage of all of New York’s waterways.”

May 7, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES ORANGE COUNTY RESIDENT DR. JOYCE WILLETTS AS HIS 2015 NY SENATE WOMAN OF DISTINCTION

 

 (Albany, NY)- Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt.Hope) is pleased to announce that Dr. Joyce Willetts, PhD. of Florida, NY has been chosen as his 2015 NY Senate Woman of Distinction. The annual program honors women who have made exceptional contributions to their respective communities. Dr. Willets accomplishments were celebrated, along with those of the other honorees, at a ceremony in Albany on May 5th.

May 7, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC APPLAUDS THE WORK OF THE BRAVE FIRST RESPONDERS BATTLING THE SHAWANGUNK RIDGE WILDFIRE

SENATOR BONACIC APPLAUDS THE WORK OF THE BRAVE FIRST RESPONDERS BATTLING THE SHAWANGUNK RIDGE WILDFIRE

May 7, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO PROTECT STUDENTS WHO RECEIVE STATE SCHOLARSHIPS

(Albany, NY)- Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) is pleased to announce that the Senate has passed Senate Bill S1370, which he sponsored. This legislation would ensure that students who receive certain state scholarships would not see their scholarship award reduced for choosing to live off-campus. The scholarships that this legislation affects include:

April 28, 2015
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SENATE PASSES BONACIC’S BILL TO PROMOTE EDUCATION IN HUNTING, FISHING, AND OUTDOOR EDUCATION IN HIGH SCHOOLS

(Albany, NY)- Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) is pleased to announce that his bill, Senate Bill S.4368 has passed the Senate. This bill would instruct the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to work the Board of Regents to develop an education program that local school districts could choose to utilize, relating to hunting, fishing and outdoor education as a means to present students in grades nine through twelve with information about outdoor recreation opportunities.

April 22, 2015
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BONACIC IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE REPEAL OF 57 BURDENSOME FEES AS PART OF THE 2015-2016 STATE BUDGET

(Middletown, NY)- State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) announced that the 2015-2016 State Budget includes the repeal of 57 onerous fees, which would save New York State $3 million annually.  These fees place an undue burden on Hudson Valley businesses and farms, and make it harder to remain profitable and competitive.

April 14, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC STATEMENT ON EDUCATION REFORMS IN 2015-16 STATE BUDGET

Governor Cuomo stated emphatically that if the legislature did not include education reforms in the budget, he would not sign it and withhold any increase in state aid.  Further, the Governor tied education reform, including counting student test scores as 50% of a teacher’s evaluation, to the distribution of increased school aid.

April 7, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF THE 2015-16 STATE BUDGET

(Albany, NY)-New York State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope) announced that the New York State Senate passed a $142 billion 2015-16 State Budget which increases education funding by $1.4 billion, invests in our infrastructure, and spurs economic growth.

April 2, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES $800,000 FOR THE RESEARCH AND RECOGNITION PROJECT TO TREAT POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS IN THE 2015-2016 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

(Albany, NY)- Senator John J. Bonacic, (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) is pleased to announce the inclusion of $800,000 in funding for the Research and Recognition Project in the 2015-2016 New York State Budget.  The Research and Recognition Project is a non-profit organization that has developed a breakthrough, non-invasive, neurological treatment for veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS).  Senator Bonacic was joined by a bi-partisan group of thirty State Senators, who were all in support of funding this monumental research to cure PTS.

March 31, 2015
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SENATOR JOHN BONACIC AND ULSTER COUNTY LEGISLATOR CRAIG LOPEZ ANNOUNCE FULL RESTORATION OF $8.5 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR SPINAL CORD INJURY RESEARCH

(Albany, NY)-New York State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope) and Ulster County Legislator Craig Lopez (R/C/I – Shawangunk) announced today that the 2015-2016 New York State Budget will include a full restoration of $8.5 million in funding for the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program. 

March 30, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR SENIORS IN 2015-16 STATE BUDGET

(Albany, NY)-New York State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope) announced significant funding restorations and increases for senior programs as part of the 2015-16 State Budget.  These include:

 

Restoration of funding for the following programs:

March 30, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH INITIATIVES IN 2015-16 STATE BUDGET

(Albany, NY)-New York State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope) announced significant funding restorations and increases for programs for women’s health and wellness programs as part of the 2015-16 State Budget.  These include:

 

March 30, 2015
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Senate Passes “Joanne’s Law” to Protect Employees in the Workplace

(Albany, NY)- Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) is pleased to announce that the New York State Senate passed his bill, S.1677. The bill, also known as “Joanne’s Law”, would require employers and workplaces to be notified if a former employee with a criminal record in that workplace is released from prison or violates parole. In 2005 an incident occurred where an employee who had been fired from his job and later sentenced to 10 years’ probation returned to the office of his former employer and shot three of his managers.

March 24, 2015
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Senator Bonacic Invites Nominations for New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame

(Albany, NY) - Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) is pleased to accept nominations from the 42nd Senate District for induction into the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame represents extraordinary New Yorkers whose heroism in the United States Armed Forces is complimented by their service to the people in their community.

March 18, 2015
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