(Albany, NY)- Senator Bonacic is pleased to announce that the NY Senate has passed Senate Bill S.1634, which he sponsored. The bill would amend the vehicle and traffic law by increasing the penalties for passing a stopped school bus. Current law provides that an individual convicted two or more times of speeding in a construction zone be subject to sixty days suspension of his or her driver’s license. However, passing a stopped school bus two or more times does not carry the same penalty. This legislation would remedy that inconsistency.
Last Friday, a representative from my office attended the Town of Wallkill’s dedication of the Silver Lake-Scotchtown tunnel, which was renamed the Disabled American Veterans Tunnel. New signs are displayed at the entrances to the tunnel, which runs under railroad tracks on Silver Lake Scotchtown Road at the intersection of Mud Mills Road.
Senator Bonacic joined local elected officials, distinguished guests and members of the New York State Police at Troop F’s Memorial Day Service in Middletown this morning. The ceremony honors the men and women of Troop F who have died in the line of duty.
Pictured are the members of Troop F’s Honor Guard at the Memorial Day Service.
Senator Bonacic joined local community leaders and librarians this morning at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello for the 17th Annual Legislative Brunch, hosted by the Sullivan Public Library Alliance. The brunch is held every year and allows library advocates to hear from their elected officials about funding and other issues effecting public libraries.
Senator Bonacic stopped by the Orange County EMS Council’s Awards Dinner last evening to thank all the first responders for the work that they do every day to protect their local communities. The Awards Ceremony honors those men and women who give of themselves to care for and protect their friends and neighbors.
From creating the historic STAR and Enhanced STAR programs, to enacting property tax rebate legislation, the Senate Republican Majority has consistently led the fight to provide hardworking families with property tax relief.
Senator Bonacic attended and delivered remarks at the annual Emergency Medical Services Memorial Dedication Ceremony in Albany today. Bonacic was joined by members of the legislature, honored guests, and EMS professionals from around the state to pay respect to the men and women who keep us safe in our communities. This year, the names of Ross E. Huffer of the Nesconsent Fire Department and Andre M. Maurice of the Richmondville EMS were added to the memorial wall. Both paramedics were killed in the line of duty in 2014.
(Albany, NY)- Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) announced today that the New York State Senate has passed legislation (Senate Bill S.5597) making the state 2% property tax cap, implemented in 2011, permanent. The Senate included a permanent tax cap in its one-house budget resolution in March, and this legislation affirms the commitment made then by the Republican Conference to continue to work to improve the economic conditions in New York.
Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) is pleased to announce that Orange County resident, and Army veteran, Michael Cody has been inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. Mr. Cody was honored, along with other inductees, at a ceremony in Albany on Tuesday May 19th.
Michael P. Cody Jr. was raised in Suffern, New York. In February 1967, he entered into the service of the United States Army. While serving his country in the Vietnam War, Mr. Cody was wounded in action and found himself in an Army hospital in Japan. Due to the severity of his wounds, Mr. Cody was returned to the States, and received an honorable discharge from active duty in 1969.
(Albany, NY)- Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) is pleased to announce that The Domestic Violence Protection Act, also known as “Brittany’s Law”, has passed the Senate. The bill, S513, would increase the safety and awareness of communities by increasing access to information about convicted violent felons. It would create a publicly accessible registry of all individuals convicted of a violent felony and allow local law enforcement to keep track of their location.
This past Friday, Senator Bonacic attended the Catskill Regional Medical Center’s 3rd Annual County-Wide Celebration and Awards Dinner. The dinner is a celebration of those who have dedicated their lives to the safety, protection and health of the residents of Sullivan County, and Senator Bonacic was pleased to thank the men and women for their service to the community.
Senator Bonacic is pictured with first responders, and award recipients at the Awards Dinner.
Senator Bonacic was pleased to attend an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for six Boy Scouts from Troop 63 in Goshen yesterday, and present the new Eagle Scouts with Senate resolutions. Only 5% of all Boy Scouts will attain the rank of Eagle Scout. These six young men have shown that they have the qualities to be leaders in whatever endeavor they choose.
From L-R, Dustan Winship, John Lunden, Madison Olivero, Eric Hawkins, Advaita Rao-Sharma, and Colin Henkler. Seated behind the Scouts are the Scoutmaster’s from Troop 63.
Senator Bonacic joined friends, neighbors and local community leaders at the farewell celebration of Rabbi Joel Schwab of Temple Sinai in Middletown, NY, this past Sunday. Rabbi Schwab has served as the spiritual leader of the Temple for 33 years. He now takes on an even more important role, full time grandfather to his grandchildren.