John J. Bonacic's Press releases

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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Senator Bonacic Issues Statement Regarding Passage of Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation

(Albany, NY)- Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) was pleased that the Assembly passed an anti-human trafficking piece of legislation today, March 16th. Senate Republicans passed the same bill on the very first day of session in January as part of the Women’s Equality Agenda. The anti-human trafficking bill would strengthen anti-trafficking provisions and increase penalties for traffickers.

March 16, 2015
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Senate Passes Fiscally Responsible Budget Resolution

(Albany, NY)- Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) delivered the following statement on the passage of the Senate one-house budget proposal. The proposal would create a new property tax rebate program for middle class homeowners, extend historic opportunities to students and make significant investments in New York’s infrastructure to create good-paying jobs.

 

March 12, 2015
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Senator Bonacic Announces Passage of Measures to Prevent Drug Use in New York Communities

 

(Albany, NY)- Senator Bonacic announced the passage of two bills by the New York State Senate that would strengthen penalties for meth related crimes and prevent use of parks or playgrounds for drug activity. Senate Bill S.1150, and Senate Bill S.994 would combat the spread of methamphetamine use in New York and stop parks and deter drug dealers from selling in parks and playgrounds.

March 11, 2015
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Senator Bonacic Invites Nominees for 2015 "Woman of Distinction"

Annual Program Honors Women’s Outstanding Contributions to Our Community

 (Albany, NY)- State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) today, invited local residents from the 42nd Senate District to nominate colleagues, friends, and neighborhood leaders whose exceptional work on the behalf of their communities make them deserving of special recognition as a New York “Woman of Distinction” by the New York State Senate.

March 11, 2015
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Senator Bonacic Acts to Protect Corrections Officers and PEF Employees

(Albany, NY)- Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) issued the following statement on the passage of Senate Bill 1900 (S1900).

March 4, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC JOINS EFFORT TO KEEP OUR CHILDREN SAFE FROM SEX OFFENDERS

Senator Bonacic Joins Effort To Keep Our Children Safe From Sex Offenders

February 25, 2015
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Senator Bonacic named a member to the Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases

Senator Bonacic named a member to the Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases

February 18, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC CALLS FOR AN END TO THE GAP ELIMINATION ADJUSTMENT IN THE 2015-2016 BUDGET

(Albany, NY)- Senator John J. Bonacic, 42nd Senate District, joined other members of the New York State Senate in calling for the end of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA). The GEA is a budget balancing scheme that took away 2.8 billion from school districts throughout the state and was implemented by the Democratic Legislature in 2010. Every Republican in the Senate voted against it.

February 10, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC STATEMENT ON THE CONFIRMATION OF JUDGE STEIN AND JUDGE FAHEY TO THE NEW YORK STATE COURT OF APPEALS

(Albany, NY)- Senator John J. Bonacic, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on the confirmation of the Hon. Leslie Stein and the Hon. Eugene Fahey to the New York State Court Appeals.

 

February 10, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC’S STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR CUOMO’S THREAT TO HAVE A LATE BUDGET

"Ethics reforms should not be tied to the budget, instead they should be considered separately after the budget.  Formulating and generating an on time budget that is responsive to the needs of everyday New Yorkers is the most important duty of the Governor and the Legislature.

February 3, 2015
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Senator Bonacic Announces Senate Passage of Education Investment Tax Credit

Today, New York State Senator John J. Bonacic announced that the Education Investment Tax Credit (S.1976) passed the New York State Senate.  This legislation would provide incentives in the form of tax credit for donations to public education entitites, school improvement organizations, local education funds, and educational scholarship organizations.  

January 28, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF S. 1608 WHICH TOUGHENS PENALTIES FOR SEX OFFENDERS

Senator Bonacic announces the Senate passage of legislation he sponsored (S.1608), which requires sex offenders to report secondary residences or domiciles to any police department within ten days.  At present, there is a section on the sex offender registration form to list a second residence, but completing this section is not required by law.

January 28, 2015
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Statement from Senator Bonacic on Property Tax Relief

Senate Republicans have a long history of fighting for property tax relief for hardworking homeowners and their families.  We created the original STAR school property tax relief program, led the fight for passage of the two-percent property tax cap, and initiated the STAR rebate check program, which was eliminated by Democrats in 2009.

While we look forward to discussing the specifics of Governor Cuomo's proposal when he unveils his entire Executive Budget, it is essential that any enacted property tax relief plan ensures all middle-income families in every region of the state receive property tax relief.

January 21, 2015
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR JOHN BONACIC REGARDING EDUCATION INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT

I join my fellow Republicans in the Senate to urge Governor Cuomo to include the Education Investment Tax Credit in his Executive Budget to send a strong signal that in New York, every student deserves access to a first-class education and the limitless opportunities that come with it.  And rather than being forced to simply lower their expectations, parents whose children are trapped in failing schools should have real options when it comes to furthering their child’s education and securing their future.

January 20, 2015
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Public Hearings To Focus on the Shooting Deaths of Two New York City Police Offiers

I am pleased to announce that the New York State Senate will hold a series of public hearings convened by four Senate committees starting this month to examine police safety and public protection in New York City and throughout the state.

The hearings will review serious safety concerns raised by the shooting deaths of two NYPD Officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, in addition to other recent attacks and hostility directed at law enforcement.

January 16, 2015
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New Law: "Hire a Veteran" Tax Credit

Starting this year, businesses can receive a tax credit for hiring and employing a qualified veteran. The credit is equal to 10 percent of the total amount of wages paid to the qualified veteran during their first full year of employment. If the veteran is disabled, the credit amount is increased to 15 percent. The credit is capped at $5,000 per veteran or $15,000 per disabled veteran. Any unused credit may be carried forward to the following three years.

January 15, 2015
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Senator John Bonacic Receives “Circle of Friends” Distinction From New York Farm Bureau

Award recognizes the Senator’s support of New York State agriculture

 

Middletown, NY – Senator John J. Bonacic was recently named to the New York Farm Bureau’s “Circle of Friends” roster of lawmakers who support New York agriculture and the Farm Bureau.

January 9, 2015
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New Laws to Help Veterans, Protect Kids & Create Jobs Taking Effect 01/01/2015

As we rapidly approach the New Year, I just wanted to touch base to let you know that a number of new laws will be taking effect on January 1, 2015.   These include:Hire a Veteran Tax Credit – Starting next year, businesses can receive a tax credit for hiring and employing a qualified veteran. The credit is equal to 10 percent of the total amount of wages paid to the qualified veteran during their first full year of employment. If the veteran is disabled, the credit amount is increased to 15 percent. The credit is capped at $5,000 per veteran or $15,000 per disabled veteran. Any unused credit may be carried forward to the following three years.

December 31, 2014
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