John J. Bonacic's Press releases

SENATOR BONACIC CONGRATULATES SIX WARWICK BOY SCOUTS UPON ATTAINING THE RANK OF EAGLE SCOUT

(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.

June 8, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF MASON’S MARKETPLACE IN NEW HAMPTON

(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.

 

June 8, 2015
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TOWN OF WALLKILL HOSTS CELEBRATION FOR 2015 NY SENATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE MICHAEL CODY

(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.

June 5, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC CELEBRATES THE SERVICE OF SUNY ORANGE PRESIDENT BILL RICHARDS

(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.

June 5, 2015
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BONACIC ATTENDS GRAND OPENING AND RIBBON CUTTING AT NEW ASSISTED LIVING CENTER IN THE TOWN OF WALLKILL

(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.

June 4, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC SUPPORTS ANIMAL ADVOCACY DAY

(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.

June 4, 2015
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NY SENATE PASSES BONACIC’S BILL TO PROTECT SCHOOL CHILDREN AT BUS STOPS

(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.

May 28, 2015
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Senator Bonacic Attends Orange County EMS Council Awards Dinner

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.

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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