I am pleased the Legislature is on its way to adopting an early State budget that reduces the tax burden on New Yorkers and helps small businesses grow, all while funding essential governmental services. I am most pleased that the budget:
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.