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Senator Bonacic Announces 2014-2015 Budget

SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES 2014-15 STATE BUDGET:

WILL INCREASE AID TO EDUCATION, PROVIDE TAX RELIEF FOR HOMEOWNERS,

March 31, 2014
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Senator Bonacic with the Greenwood Lake Middle School 6th to 8th grade to celebrate “Music in the Schools” month

"What a great performance by the Greenwood Lake Middle School chorus here in Albany,” said the Senator.  “The students did a spectacular job, and I enjoyed meeting with them and discussing their visit to Albany.” The concert, held on March 25, was one of many in Albany, arranged by the NY State School Music Association, and National Association for Music Education, to celebrate the 42nd annual “Music in the Schools” month. 

March 28, 2014
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SENATOR BONACIC RECOGNIZES WILLIAM H. SEWARD DAY - MARCH 30

HISTORIC FIGURE, FROM FLORIDA, NY

PLAYED PIVOTAL ROLE DURING CIVIL WAR UNDER PRESIDENT LINCOLN, NEGOTIATED PURCHASE OF ALASKA

Senator Bonacic announces the recognition of March 30 as William H. Seward Day in New York State. “Not only was Secretary of State Mr. Seward a leading figure in American history,” said Senator John Bonacic, “but he also served the State of New York as a Senator from 1830 to 1834, and as the state’s 12th Governor, from 1839 to 1842. He was one of the nation’s most ardent opponents of slavery. It is with great pleasure that we devote this day to his memory and his great accomplishments to our country.” 

March 27, 2014
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SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES THE PASSAGE OF SENATE BILL S.1878 - INCREASES PENALTIES TO DRIVERS WHO PASS A STOPPED SCHOOL BUS

Senator Bonacic is pleased to announce the passage of Senate Bill S.1878 which passed today in the New York State Senate. This legislation, which he sponsors, will increase penalties for drivers who repeatedly pass a stopped school bus.

The bill will enhance current penalties for passing a stopped school bus by adding a sixty (60) day suspension of an individual’s driver’s license when a holder is convicted two or more times of passing a stopped school bus within a period of ten years. Current law provides that an individual convicted two or more times of speeding in a construction zone be subject to a sixty day suspension of his or her driver’s license, but does not provide the same penalty for passing a stopped school bus two or more times.

March 26, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Fights for "Guaranteed Stream" of Funding for Spinal Cord Research

Senator Bonacic spoke at an Albany press conference recently to pledge his support for increased spinal cord research funding in the 2014-2015 budget. Remarking on a statement made at the conference that this would be a job-creating endeavor, Senator Bonacic said that this was more “about caring for all of our citizens and their families.”

March 26, 2014
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Senator Bonacic At the Denton Presbyterian Church (New Hampton) For 175th Anniversary

Senator Bonacic with Marsha Tyrrell; County Legislator, Melissa Bonacic; and Rev. Peter Johnson from the Denton Presbyterian Church at the celebration of the church's 175th anniversary on Saturday, March 22, 2014.  

March 26, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Congratulates Port Jervis' Eagle Scout, Aaron Aumick

Senator Bonacic congratulates Eagle Scout, Aaron Aumick from Port Jervis Troop 173 on his great achievement.  For his project, Aumick erected two monuments in the Port Jervis Orange Square Veterans Park, in honor of the Veterans from both World War II and the Vietnam War.  The Senator also presented Aaron with a Senate Legislative Resolution in recognition of this prestigious Eagle Scout rank.

March 25, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Attends Wallkill's St. Patrick's Day Parade

Here is the Senator with (l to r), Adrian M. DeWitt, III; Dennis O'Mara; Archie Reid; and Roger Rascoe.

March 24, 2014
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SENATOR BONACIC PROMOTES MARCH AS NATIONAL DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AWARENESS MONTH

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed March “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month,” calling upon Americans to provide the “encouragement and opportunities” necessary for people with developmental disabilities to reach their potential.

To that end, Senate Resolution (No. 3679) calls upon New Yorkers to encourage and  recognize “the abilities of all people, and to take the time to get to know someone with a developmental disability; to provide the encouragement and opportunities necessary for people with developmental disabilities to reach their potential, and live as independently and productively as possible.”

Individuals with developmental disabilities are our family members, our friends, our neighbors, coworkers, teammates and classmates.

March 24, 2014
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Senate Bonacic Announces the Passage of Bill 2031A Which Reforms the Board of Regents Selection Process

New, more equitable process would distribute appointments among Governor, Senate and Assembly 

March 21, 2014
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Senator Bonacic, in Albany, with soldiers from Fort Drum

Senator Bonacic met in Albany with soldiers from Fort Drum Army Base in Jefferson County.  They discussed decreasing funds for the military, and its impact on national security.

March 21, 2014
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"The Flawed Common Core"

Senator Bonacic discusses the Common Core curriculum, the Board of Regents, and the proposed bill to change the Board of Regents voting method.

March 20, 2014
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"A fresh voice in the Board of Regents"

Senator Bonacic discusses the new Board of Regents member.

March 20, 2014
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"Let's not make them come back each year, hat in hand."

Remarks by Senator Bonacic at press conference proposing the "guaranteed stream" of spinal injury research funding in 2014-2015 budget.

March 20, 2014
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"Not on the backs of professional men and women who keep us safe and secure."

Remarks by Senator Bonacic at press conference addressing the Governor's plan to close the Mid-Hudson Psychiatric Center

March 20, 2014
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SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES JOINT TASK FORCE ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION

Panel will hold forums across the region to gather expert testimony to develop legislative action 

March 20, 2014
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SENATE BONACIC ANNOUNCES THAT “JOANNE’S LAW” IS PASSED IN THE NEW YORK STATE SENATE

 

Bill S.2042 to require employers or workplaces to be notified if a former employee with a criminal record in that workplace is released from prison, or violates probation

March 19, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Attends Monticello Fire Department's Pancake Breakfast

Here is the Senator with Congressman Chris Gibson, and firefighter Chris Bastone.

March 19, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Meets with Mount Hope Town Board reps and Town Supervisor, Chad Volpe

Senator Bonacic met recently with representatives from Mount Hope's Town Board to discuss issues affecting their community, and presented them with a pen certificate of a law he sponsored that settled the land dispute between Sullivan and Orange Counties; lands which were located on the border of Mount Hope.  Here is the Senator with Board members, Janet Sutherland, Gary Ketcham, and  Town Supervisor, Chad Volpe.

March 19, 2014
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