John J. Bonacic's Press releases

BONACIC: TV TAX PROPOSAL IS DEAD

State Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope) today said the legislation (S.3827), proposing a tax on satellite television service is not going to pass the State Senate.  The Legislation is sponsored by Senator Kevin Parker (D – NYC).

March 19, 2013
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SENATOR BONACIC GIVES A BUDGET UPDATE

STATE SENATE BUDGET PLAN FOCUSES ON TAXPAYERS, EDUCATION, AND HEALTHCARE

The State budget plan put forward by the State Senate would address several issues of importance to families and all property taxpayers in the Hudson Valley and Catskills.

March 12, 2013
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SENATOR JOHN BONACIC INVITES NOMINEES FOR “WOMEN OF DISTINCTION”

Annual Program Honors Women’s Outstanding Contributions to Our Community 

March 11, 2013
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NEW TSA RULES ALLOWING KNIVES ON AIRPLANES ARE ABSURD, ILLOGICAL, & COMPLETELY LACKING COMMONSENSE

The new Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) rules allowing small knives, which are potential weapons that could jeopardize safety, to be carried onto airplanes are absurd, illogical, and completely lacking commonsense. The TSA needs to immediately reconsider its actions. 

March 11, 2013
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SENATE PASSES SENATOR BONACIC’S LEGISLATION TO CRIMINALIZE CONDUCT AGAINST CORRECTIONS OFFICERS

The New York State Senate yesterday passed legislation, (S.2040) sponsored by Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope) to criminalize certain conduct against corrections officers and other employees of prison facilities.

March 7, 2013
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SENATOR BONACIC IN SUPPORT OF THE “GROWN IN NEW YORK” PLAN

This week I joined with the New York Farm Bureau to announce the Senate Republican plan for agriculture, known as “Grown in New York.”  

The proposal helps farmers expand their markets, boost productivity, and increase profitability.  The proposed legislation I introduced:

March 6, 2013
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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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