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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Senator John J. Bonacic (R,C,I – Mount Hope) has received a strong vote of confidence from the state’s largest business advocacy organization, the Business Council of New York State, which recently named him one of the top “Pro-Jobs” state legislators.
Senator John Bonacic, the Senate sponsor of the Governor’s proposed casino plan to allow up to seven facilities said, Assembly Speaker was right to consider locating a casino at places like Coney Island and/or Willets Point. However, Bonacic also said, that if more than one City location was being considered, the overall number of casinos should increase from the now maximum of seven.
1998 Murder Prompted Loud Local Calls for Change but No Action in State Assembly Legislation (S.6115) sponsored by State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope), which would require reports made to the State’s Child Abuse hotline to be investigated, when made by mandated reporters such as physicians, social workers, or law enforcement, has again cleared the State Senate with wide, bi-partisan support.