John J. Bonacic's Constituent stories

Walter Kittle

In 1981, at the age of 17, Walter Kittle entered the Navy. He has since distinguished himself with more than 30 years of service to the United States, both on active duty and in the reserves with the Navy, Army National Guard and the New York Air Guard.

From 1981 to 1989, Mr. Kittle served as a Petty Officer Third Class in the United States Navy, and from 1989 to 2003, he was a member of the New York Army National Guard, 101 Cavalry A Troop. Kittle served as a Commissioned First Lieutenant in the Army National Guard from August 1991 to September 2003, and during that time, he attended Officer Candidate School and received a commission. In 2003, Mr. Kittle transferred to the New York State Air National Guard at Stewart Air National Guard Base, where he served until 2013.

May 16, 2014
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Barbara Sush

Barbara Sush is a retired teacher who is involved in various organizations, and has spent over 15 years dedicating herself to beautifi cation projects in her community. She was an elementary school teacher for 35 years with the Liberty Central School District. After her retirement, she began working as an office manager at Body, Mind & Spirit Wellness Center on a part-time basis.

May 13, 2014
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Richard R. Keiser

Richard R. Keiser served his country admirably during the Vietnam War. He achieved the rank of sergeant and is a disabled decorated combat veteran of Vietnam, US Army 101st Airborne Division. He was wounded on Hamburger Hill in May 1969. He is a member of numerous veterans organizations including: the Disabled American Veterans, AMVETS, Veterans of Foreign Wars (Charter member of Post 1615, Demeola Post and served as Commander).

May 19, 2013
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Donna L. Benson

When Donna Benson retires this year from her position as Orange County Clerk, she will leave behind more than her devoted staff.  Orange County Clerk since 1998, Ms. Benson leaves behind a legacy of leadership, diligence, service and exemplary professionalism.

May 10, 2013
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William H. Payne

William H. Payne enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, NY on July 24, 1968 on the 90 Day Delay Program. He reported for active duty at Fort Hamilton on October 2, 1968 and entered Basic Training at Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Training Depot, South Carolina on October 3, 1968. After graduation in January, 1969 he entered Infantry Training Regiment at Camp Stone’s Bay, Camp Geiger, Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Amphibious Base, North Carolina. Upon completion of infantry training in February, 1969, he was assigned to DPI Camp Lejeune for on-the-job training.

May 18, 2012
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Joanne Rosenberger

Joanne Rosenberger stands out as an inspiration to the next generation in many ways, most notably through her work as a Girl Scout leader. Ms. Rosenberger has been a scout leader for 20 years, since her daughter Erin (now 25) started in Girl Scouts as a Brownie. She has established herself as a positive role model, inspiring confi dence and compassion in so many young girls.

May 15, 2012
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Charles A. Eustis

World War II Veteran, Charles A. Eustis, 88, was living in Pittsburgh, PA in November of 1942 when he was drafted. His first active duty date was December 7, 1942. Charles, and three of his brothers served in Europe, he was in the Army Infantry and faced combat during his time there.

Charles served in the 1st Battalion HQ Co 376 Infantry 94th Division. He trained in Camp Phillips, Kansas; Maneuvers in Tennessee, Camp McCain in Elliott, Mississippi; Camp Shanks in the Town of Orangetown, NY and then spent 13 months in the European Theater of Operations. He was discharged after 2 years and 11 months.

June 9, 2011
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Kelly Myers

Kelly Myers has been a pioneering force in human services for over 15 years. Graduating Cum Laude from SUNY New Paltz, she has supervised residential programs for people with disabilities and coordinated clinical services. She continuously strives to help those she worked with obtain as much independence as possible.Currently employed by St. Mary of the Snow Church as Coordinator of Religious Education for the parish, Ms. Myers is renown throughout the Saugerties community for her unwavering dedication to service. She has volunteered for numerous organizations, including Clearwater Sloop, Saugerties Historical Society, Stockade Garden Society, Saugerties Farmer’s Market, Habitat for Humanity and the Saugerties Girls’ Community Club to name a few!

May 11, 2011
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Hancock Central School Earth Day Competition Posters

I would like to thank Hancock Central School and their students for participating in our Earth Day Poster Competition. In keeping with the theme of our Earth Day Celebration of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” We will celebrate and honor Earth Day this year  by displaying your work on my website. Also, each participant will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in the competition. Thank you and don’t forget to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!”

April 28, 2011
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Kevin M. Ryan

Kevin is a lifelong resident of West Hurley, Ulster County, New York. He and his wife Martha of 42 years have raised 5 children and are well respected and admired in our areas. Kevin enlisted in the United States Army on July 9, 1965 and started Army Basic Training at Fort Dix, NJ. His MOS was 11B40 or in words- light weapons Infantryman. He then went on to advanced infantry training. He then applied and qualified for Special Forces Reconnaissance School and Training.

June 1, 2010
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Al Etkin

Al Etkin is known throughout Sullivan County as a tireless advocate for veterans and their dependents. As the Director of the Sullivan County Veterans Service Agency from 1994 to 2000, Mr. Etkin has helped improve the lives of thousands of veterans by providing them with entitlement information and assistance in matters relating to veterans law. It is through these good works that Mr. Etkin, a decorated veteran of the United States Army, feels that he made his greatest accomplishment to society.

May 28, 2010
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Francis S. Currey

Honored throughout the country for his gallant actions during World War II, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Francis S. Currey is a true American hero and deserving of a special place among the elite veterans of the Empire State.

May 28, 2010
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William Brustman

Born, raised and educated in Obernburg, New York, a small town in the southern Catskill Mountains, William Brustman embarked upon a remarkable journey with his enlistment in the United States Army on September 11, 1941.He rose through the ranks to Sgt. E6 before being commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry on August 6, 1943. Mr. Brustman saw action in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam during his 23 years of service, retiring as a Lt. Colonel.

May 28, 2010
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