December 11, 2009: State Senator John J. Bonacic has urged that the Legislature enact comprehensive ethics reform when it re-convenes next month. Bonacic is the only Republican State Senator to co-sponsor bi-partisan comprehensive ethics reform legislation (S.5738). That legislation:
“We are responsible for each action we take. Former Senator Monserrateserved as a Marine, police officer, and was one of the Senators who led theeffort to help reform the Senate’s rules last year. We honor our veterans.We support our police officers. We want reformers to succeed. The goodactions he performed in those roles however, still do not authorizecriminal conduct. Here, Mr. Monserrate was convicted of a crimeassociated with an assault on his girlfriend. There must be zerotolerance for domestic violence.
Like you, I am appalled at some of what I see happening in Albany. That is why I have put party politics aside and worked in a bi-partisan fashion, even against the leaders of my own party, in an effort to clean up Albany.
* I believe that members of the State Legislature who are under investigation for Federal or State criminal violations should not be able to stay in leadership positions in government, and should have the perks of their office taken from them until the investigation is resolved. I was the only Senator to call for the removal of former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, when it was announced that Bruno was under Federal investigation.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope), today stated he would vote for the ethics reform legislation announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. The legislation is named the “The Clean Up Albany Act of 2011.”
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope), today stated that the Senate passed the ethics reform legislation announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.