Senate Republicans have a long history of fighting for property tax relief for hardworking homeowners and their families. We created the original STAR school property tax relief program, led the fight for passage of the two-percent property tax cap, and initiated the STAR rebate check program, which was eliminated by Democrats in 2009.
While we look forward to discussing the specifics of Governor Cuomo's proposal when he unveils his entire Executive Budget, it is essential that any enacted property tax relief plan ensures all middle-income families in every region of the state receive property tax relief.
"The volunteer chefs from the Kiwanis Club of Minisink Valley did a terrific job as always at their recent pancake breakfast. The event was well attended, and it was a morning of seeing friends, and eating good pancakes. The Kiwanis Club has been in the community since 1957 and has helped many needy organizations through their fundraising events."
I join my fellow Republicans in the Senate to urge Governor Cuomo to include the Education Investment Tax Credit in his Executive Budget to send a strong signal that in New York, every student deserves access to a first-class education and the limitless opportunities that come with it. And rather than being forced to simply lower their expectations, parents whose children are trapped in failing schools should have real options when it comes to furthering their child’s education and securing their future.
I am pleased to announce that the New York State Senate will hold a series of public hearings convened by four Senate committees starting this month to examine police safety and public protection in New York City and throughout the state.
The hearings will review serious safety concerns raised by the shooting deaths of two NYPD Officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, in addition to other recent attacks and hostility directed at law enforcement.
Starting this year, businesses can receive a tax credit for hiring and employing a qualified veteran. The credit is equal to 10 percent of the total amount of wages paid to the qualified veteran during their first full year of employment. If the veteran is disabled, the credit amount is increased to 15 percent. The credit is capped at $5,000 per veteran or $15,000 per disabled veteran. Any unused credit may be carried forward to the following three years.
Senator Bonacic was sworn in as the Senator for the 42nd district which covers Sullivan County, and parts of Delaware, Ulster and Orange Counties. Here is the Senator with Chief Administrative Judge, Gail Prudenti.
Senator Bonacic attended the pancake breakfast hosted by the Liberty Elks on Sunday, January 11, 2015. "The Elks' members volunteer so much of their time to help their community, and I was glad to be able to express my thanks."
On January 12, 2015, Senator John J. Bonacic met in Albany with advocates from the Spinal Cord Research Group to discuss funding for the group, the 2015 legislative session, and other issues of concern. The attendees were (back row) Keith Gurgui, Spinal Cord Injury Research Board Member; Linda Gurgui, Spinal Cord Injury Research Group; Rich Gurgui, Spinal Cord Research Program; Matt Jacobs, New Yorkers to cure Paralysis; (front) Terry O'Neill, Director of The Constantine Institute; and Scott Remington of the Spinal Cord Research Benefit.
Senator Bonacic meets up with Louis Heimbach, chairman of the OC Trust, and Lucy Joyce, Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension at the Orange County Chamber of Commerce's NYS Legislators Briefing and Breakfast.
Senator John Bonacic attended the first Orange County Chamber of Commerce’s NYS Legislators Briefing on January 8, 2015. This was the chamber’s first general membership breakfast of the year. The Senator spoke on issues of concern to the chamber, and also took questions from the audience. Pictured are: Orange County Chamber president, Lynn Allen Cione; and local Assembly members, James Skoufis, Aileen Gunther, and Karl Brabenec.