After 50 Years, Legislature Poised to Pass Bill to Allow Casino Gaming in Catskills
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope) and Assemblyman Gary Pretlow last night introduced legislation (S.5883/A.8101) that is expected to pass the Senate and Assembly this week to authorize up to four casinos across three regions, including the Catskills, if voters approve the plan this November.
The New York State Senate has passed legislation (S.2042) sponsored by Senator Bonacic (R/C/I- Mt. Hope) to help prevent violence in the workplace. The legislation, known as “Joanne’s Law,” requires notification to an employer or workplace when a former employee is released from incarceration or has violated his or her probation or parole, if they committed a crime in that workplace.
The New York State Senate has passed legislation (S882) sponsored by Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) to establish the task force on adults with Autism within the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.2016) sponsored by State Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I- Mt. Hope), which would require reports made to the State’s Child Abuse Hotline be investigated, when made by mandated reporters such as physicians, social workers, or law enforcement The bill passed the Senate by with unanimous, bi-partisan support.
State Senator John Bonacic today thanked Governor Cuomo for submitting casino gaming legislation, but indicated he was very concerned the Governor’s proposal would be defeated if adopted by the Legislature and put before the voters in November in its present form.
This Memorial Day, we remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice defending our nation, our freedom and our way of life. Every one of these brave men and women deserve our respect, gratitude, and appreciation. As we gather this weekend with family and friends for barbeques, parades and parties, please take time to remember and pay tribute to those who have made sacrifices to protect our freedoms. We must never forget our veterans, and I thank all our veterans and their families.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (Orange County), has introduced legislation, S.5586, which would provide for a process to authorize up to seven licenses for casino gaming if a referendum on the Constitutional amendment to allow casino gaming this November is successful.
Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I- Mt. Hope) announced that the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to strengthen New York State’s ban on dangerous drop-side cribs. If passed by the Assembly, the legislation would expand the state’s existing drop-side crib ban to prohibit them from being used at child-care facilities and other places of public accommodation.
“The Governor should be commended for ending a long standing dispute with the Oneida Nation. I wish him continued success in resolving remaining disputes with other Native American tribes and nations. The Governor’s actions will help bring greater clarity to where private sector casino gaming can go. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in the Senate and Assembly, and the Governor to bring casino gaming to fruition this year.”
This week the Governor asked me to hold off on introducing legislation because he wanted to lay out his plan first. Accordingly, I waited. I appreciate the fact that he has now done so. I am pleased he is actively engaged on the issue of gaming.
Today the New York State Senate passed “Teresita’s Law,” (S.1888) 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.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) today announced that Donna L. Benson is recognized by the State Senate to be a Woman of Distinction. This annual program honors women who make an outstanding contribution to our community.
Senator Bonacic (R/C/I- Mt. Hope) has announced that the Veterans’ Cemetery Bill, S4213 by Senator Ball, has been included in the 2013-2014 New York State Budget. This bill will create a program to establish the first New York State Veterans’ Cemetery.
State Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope) voted in support of the State budget, which prioritizes State spending and provides increases in State aid to education to all Schools in his Senate District.