John J. Bonacic's Press releases

SENATE PASSES SENATOR BONACIC'S BILL TO KEEP DANGEROUS CRIMINALS OFF SCHOOL BUSES

On Monday, March 4, 2013, the New York State Senate passed legislation to protect children by preventing people who have been convicted of crimes involving children, sexual-based offenses, and drug offenses from being a school bus monitor. The bill (S883), sponsored by Senator John Bonacic (R,C,I-Mount Hope), also updates existing laws to include Leandra’s Law convictions in disqualifying a person from being a school bus driver for five years after conviction.

March 5, 2013
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SENATOR BONACIC WORKING TO BRING BACK STAR TAX REBATE CHECKS

On Monday, March 4, 2013, I, along with other members of the Senate Republican Conference, proposed the Middle Class Family Tax Relief & Fairness Act. 

 This proposed legislation would restore the STAR Rebate Check Program to help families pay their high property tax bills. 

March 5, 2013
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PISTOL PERMIT PRIVACY FORM

 My office has received requests for copies of the new pistol permit privacy “opt-out” form, please find below the links for the “opt-out” forms for your specific county:

Orange:

March 5, 2013
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SENATOR BONACIC ACCEPTS EMERGENCY SERVICES AWARD

State Senator John Bonacic accepted the Orange County Office of Emergency Medical Services and Orange County Emergency Medical Services Council’s annual award for being Orange County’s EMS Supporter of the Year.

March 4, 2013
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SENATOR BONACIC NAMED DEPUTY REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE LEADER FOR STATE/FEDERAL RELATIONS

State Senator John Bonacic (R,C, I- Mt. Hope) has been newly named the Deputy Republican Conference Leader for State/Federal Relations.  This leadership position entails working on issues related to the relationship between the federal government and New York State.  

February 19, 2013
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SENATOR BONACIC URGES GOVERNOR CUOMO TO REMOVE UTILITY TAX SURCHARGE EXTENSION FROM EXECUTIVE BUDGET

  Senator John J. Bonacic (R,C,I- Mt. Hope) is urging Governor Cuomo to remove the proposed extension of the utility tax surcharge from his Executive Budget.

February 8, 2013
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN BONACIC ON GOVERNOR CUOMO'S BUDGET PROPOSAL

I applaud Governor Cuomo for presenting a balanced budget that holds the line on spending.   Increasing aid to schools statewide by over 4%, during these very challenging economic times is a good thing.  However, in reviewing his aid calculations for several districts in the Hudson Valley, that statewide figure of a 4% increase is not bearing out locally in many districts.  I am concerned about that. 

January 23, 2013
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INFORMATION REGARDING THE NEW GUN LAW

Over the last few days my office has received numerous inquiries regarding the implementation of the new gun law. The Governor has released a list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding this law which is available here.

 

 

January 18, 2013
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN BONACIC: ON GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION

As the Daily Freeman quoted Ulster County Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum, in an article on January 13, 2013: "Anybody wants to do anything, they will find a way to do it."

The Sheriff pointed out that more restrictive gun and ammunition laws will not solve the crime problem.  Sadly, I believe that is true.

January 15, 2013
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SENATOR BONACIC REACTION TO STATE OF STATE ADDRESS

Governor Cuomo has laid out a clear vision for the Legislature to consider.  New Yorkers want to ensure our government enacts policies that encourage private sector job growth; and that our government functions in a bi-partisan, responsible way.   

January 9, 2013
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SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES NEW STATE LAWS TAKING EFFECT JANUARY 1, 2013

Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) announced that new protections for domestic violence victims and a new tax exemption to encourage solar energy use are among the new state laws taking effect on January 1, 2013.

January 4, 2013
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2012 REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL AWARDS

This year, for the first time, Senator Bonacic served on Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council.  That enabled him to help direct funding to several projects important to many of our communities.  In fact, this year, the Mid-Hudson Region was allocated an extra 38% in aid compared to last year.  Some of the key projects include:

December 20, 2012
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BONACIC’S MIDDLETOWN OFFICE IS A TOYS FOR TOTS DROP OFF SITE

Persons wishing to donate toys to the annual U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program can leave the toys at the office of State Senator John J. Bonacic, at 201 Dolson Avenue, Middletown.  Senator Bonacic’s office is set behind the Taco Bell in a one story strip mall on Dolson Avenue.            

November 28, 2012
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Subject: Hurricane Sandy Emergency Response and Relief Information

Hurricane Sandy has obviously taken a devastating toll on the Empire State, impacting literally millions of New Yorkers.   

November 2, 2012
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MTA Payroll Tax Refund Claim Deadline is November 2, 2012

The Department of Taxation and Finance has advised that businesses and other entities that have paid the payroll tax, have until November 2, 2012 to file a refund claim.  

October 23, 2012
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NEW LAW TO PROVIDE IDENTIFICATION OF VETERAN STATUS ON DRIVERS LICENSE

State Senator John Bonacic (R,C,I – Mount Hope) today praised a new state law, which he supported, to make it easier for people to identify themselves as veterans by requiring a separate line on New York State Drivers Licenses or Identification Cards to indicate veteran status.Often times, veterans do not have an easily available source of identification to prove their status.

October 16, 2012
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NEW YORK STATE MAY OWE YOU MONEY!

You may be entitled to some of the over $12 billion in unclaimed funds in New York State.

October 16, 2012
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Remembering September 11th

Dear Fellow New Yorker:Like so many New Yorkers, I clearly remember where I was on that crisp, clear morning of September 11th, 2001.And while more than a decade has now passed, the memory of that tragic day is still fresh in our minds.

September 11, 2012
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