Senator Bonacic attended the New York State Police Troop F Memorial Service held on Friday, May 23, at the NYS Police Barracks in the Town of Wallkill. Here is the Senator with Chief Criminal Investigator, Will Garcia; Orange County DA, David Hoovler; and Orange County Steven Neuhaus, who were all present to pay their respects to the law enforcement community.
Senator Bonacic congratulates Walter Kittle on his induction into the NYS Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame at a ceremony recently held in Albany. Kittle served in the Navy, Army National Guard and Air National Guard and volunteered for tours in Iraq and Afghanistan before retiring in 2013 from 30 plus years in military service. Here, Kittle is being awarded a NYS Certificate of Recognition by the Senator.
Senator Bonacic attended a ceremony in his honor at the O'Connor Hospital in Delhi on May 21, 2014 to dedicate the new atrium entrance at the facility which is named for him. Here is the Senator with Dan Ayres, CEO of O'Connor Hospital.
"It was a wonderful event, said Pete Hamilton, Chairman of the O'Connor Hospital's Board of Trustrees, "We are so appreciative of the support from Senator Bonacic over the years, and we believe this was the appropriate way to honor him. Our sincerest thanks to Senator Bonacic, Dr. William Streck, who is retiring, and the community at large for helping to achieve this great success."
Senator Bonacic with James Martin, former Division Chief of the Fire Department of New York, in Albany for the NYS Emergency Medical Services Memorial held on May 20, 2014 at Empire State Plaza. This event recognized 12 fallen FDNY emergency medical service providers whose names were added to the Tree of Life Memorial, bringing the total to 56.
The Hortonville Volunteer Fire Company recently celebrated its 100th anniversary, and at their dinner, a New York State Senate resolution was presented to President Paul Hendershot and Chief Peter Norton in recognition of this milestone for the Fire Company.
Senator Bonacic attended and spoke at the recent Awards Dinner hosted by Catskill Regional Medical Center which recognized the contributions of all levels of emergency responders in Sullivan County. This event, held during Volunteer Firefighter and EMS week, honors members of local and state police, firefighters, paramedics, volunteer first aid responders, doctors, nurses, and staff members from CRMC for their dedication to the health and safety of Sullivan County residents.
Senator Bonacic met with constituents (l to r) Jessica Koock, Cindy Tangney and Eileen Konieczny recently at the District Office to discuss the Compassionate Care Act (SB4406) which would legalize marijuana for a certified medical use, and could only be administered by a certified patient or designated caregiver. The Senator advised them that he would support the bill if it came to the Senate floor.
Senator Bonacic attended the recent Orange County Sheriff Officer's Annual Awards which honored Deputy Sheriffs, Correction Officers and employees for their outstanding service to their community. With the Senator are Chief Dennis Barry, Sheriff Carl DuBois, County Clerk Annie Rabbitt, and Undersheriff Ken Jones.
Senator Bonacic attended and spoke at the recent RSVP Volunteer Recognition luncheon hosted by the Orange County Office for the Aging. The Senator recognized hundreds of seniors who continue to serve their community. Special recognition was given to William Denette who volunteers at the Round Hill Elementary School, and to senior volunters at the Albert Wisner Public Library, Pine Bush Public Library, Hill-Hold Museum, Historical Society of Newburgh, and the Orange County Genealogical Society. Here is the Senator with Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus; Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler; and AnnMarie Maglione, Director of the Orange County Office of the Aging.
Senator Bonacic attended and spoke at the Heroin & Opioid Addiction Forum hosted by Senator Larkin which was held at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center last week. Representatives from law enforcement; health, treatment and recovery centers; as well as local elected officials met to discuss this alarming epidemic. Their comments will aid the State Senate Task Force to create appropriate legislation. Here is the Senator with (l to r) Senator Phil Boyle, Chairman; Senator William Larkin, Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus, District Attorney David Hoovler; representative from Sean Patrick Maloney's office; Darcie Miller from the Orange County Office of Mental Health; and Rob Ross CEO of St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital.
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.